We look at the upcoming video game toys in 2012, including die-cast and construction lines, through to key chain plush and board games, buildable figures and collectables.
Q1 – January to March
• Lego has partnered with DC Entertainment to bring a new collection which introduces characters including Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman to the Lego universe.
The theme sets include Catwoman Catcycle City Chase, which includes two Minifigures: Catwoman and Batman; Superman vs. Power Armour Lex, which features a comic and three Minifigures: Superman, Wonder Woman and Lex Luthor; Batwing Battle Over Gotham City, which includes three Minifigures: Batman, The Joker and a henchman; Batmobile and the Two-Face Chase, featuring five Minifigures: Batman, Two-Face, two henchman and a guard and The Batcave including five Minifigures: Bruce Wayne, Batman, Robin, Poison Ivy and Bane.
The Lego DC Universe Super Heroes range also includes buildable figures. Each stand at over 18cm tall and can be combined together to create an ultimate hero or villain. The collection includes Lego Batman, Lego Joker and Lego Green Lantern.
• Brand new to the Bandai Pokémon Black & White range is the Pokémon Pokédex. The electronic Pokédex with a new sleek design teaches trainers about the new Pokémon. Audio includes information on 45 Pokémon characters from the new region Unova, with children able to search by name, Pokédex number, type and size. The Pokédex also includes four trivia challenges.
• Esdevium is set to introduce the World of Warcraft Deckbuilding game in May.
• March will see Five Element introduce Super Mario Bros and Mario Kart Wii keychains. The firm will also launch the Super Mario Mini Figures Series 3 and the Mini Figure Moshi Pack, as well as Super Mario Bros plush and Super Mario Bros Wii plush.
Finally, Five Element will launch three jigsaw puzzles based on Super Mario scenes and a Super Mario Chess Set.
• Worms plush from IGS includes collectible keyring characters. The range comes in three different sizes: keyring (£3.99), midi size (£8.99) and large sized plush (£14.99). Fans can collect classic Worms including the Pirate and the Sergeant. Bizarre weapons such as the Super Sheep will also be available.
More Worms merchandise from Gaya comes in the shape of deluxe, interactive 30cm soft toys which include a soundchip. The Super Sheep plays the sound of the sheep flying through the air with its fanfare and an explosion.
Q2 – April to June
• Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and Windows PC, as well as Nintendo DS, 3DS and PlayStation Vita will be released.
The new game will complement the recently released Lego Super Heroes: DC Universe toy collection. Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes will be published by Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment.
• Gaya will add to its Worms line-up of deluxe, interactive Worms plush with collectable squeezies which will be available in April.
• Tomy is ramping up its video games licensed products in the summer. The K’Nex Mario Kart Wii range will feature new building sets so that kids can recreate the racetracks. The big personality joining the K’Nex world is the Mario & Donkey Kong’s Beach Challenge Building Set, available from June.
• The Sonic range celebrates a whole generation of the gaming icon, with new seven-inch plush characters from the Sonic Generations range out this summer. Classic Sonic, Classic Tails and Modern Sonic add to the existing Tomy Sonic range.
• Tomy’s Pokémon range continues to grow with new versions of the eight-inch plush being added from June, along with new keychain plush collections.
• Five Element is introducing Super Mario Mini Figure Packs based on Mario, Donkey Kong and Toad and a Bowser 10cm figure. The firm will also unveil the Mario Kart Wii Large RC in both Mario and Yoshi.
Q3 – July to September
• Re:creation launches its Halo line of die-cast collectable vehicles and figures. The set will feature a number of ground and flying vehicles including the Warthog, ranging from £12.99 to £34.99. Each vehicle comes with two poseable figures. The range will also feature a large scale collectors’ Warthog vehicle at £59.99.
• Tomy grows its Pokémon keychain plush collection with new characters in time for the back to school period.
• Five Element will roll-out Series 3 of the Super Mario Mini Figures Box Set. Mario Kart 12cm pullback toys will also be available in Mario and Yoshi characters. The firm’s plush line will be boosted in July with 19 new Mario characters and two new plush sets on offer, along with a plush Question Box Cast. New Zelda plush will also be unveiled, along with Kirby characters in a range of sizes and a Porfessor Layton plush character.
• July will also see the launch of the Little Big Planet Kitt-o Construction Kit and Raving Rabbids die-cast vehicles and a figure.
• In August, Five Element will launch eight new Mario Plush Key Chains and two new Super Mario Puzzles. The Raving Rabbids range will be bolstered with seven new R/C toys and a die-cast pull-back TNT Rabbit along with five metal Rabbids Key Chains.
• September will see Five Element’s games offering expanded with Super Mario Checkers and Tic Tac Toe. Super Size Mario plush characters will also be on offer, along with the Series 4 Super Mario Mini Figure collection and box-set.
• First4Figures has produced collectible Worms resin figures. In a variety of poses with different weapons, there will be six characters initially available. There is also a series of dioramas for recreating battle scenes from the games.
• Mega Bloks will launch its World of Warcraft construction toy line. This will be the first toy collection based on the MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Game) and features figurines, collectable weapons, interchangeable armour sets, unique mounts, customisable dragons, iconic battle scenes and more.
The Faction Pack Assortment marks the opening price point and features articulated figurines, each intricately designed to represent a specific race/class combination. The 15-piece builds include weapons, interchangeable chest plates and shoulder pads, as well as tileable base plates with race-themed accessories.
The Mount Assortment features unique figures with customisable armour sets, each paired with a flying or ground mount and made up of around 50 pieces.
The Barren Lands Chase, which comprises one Horde character, plus mechanical mount and one Alliance character plus organic mount, allows kids and collectors to re-create the quest to steal the opposite faction’s flag.
Arthas & Sindragosa features the collectable Arthas figure equipped with the Frostmourne sword and armour. This set includes a buildable frozen throne along with Sindragosa, a poseable dragon made from over 75 customisable pieces.
The Horde Siege Engine Attack is a buildable battle scene that includes working launchers and features a minion to accompany the Human Warlock figure.
The battle between the Horde and the Alliance continues with the Goblin Zepplin, an iconic Horde flying ship with real working launchers. The 150-piece build is a display piece and includes three collectable figs and the Judgment Armour.
Finally, introducing one of the most coveted products within the entire line, the Deathwing’s Stormwind Assault. Inspired directly from the ‘Cataclysm’ game expansion, this set includes the Stormwind Castle, Alliance leader and an impressive Deathwing dragon built from over 100 customizable pieces.
• The Mega Bloks Halo construction line is expanding in autumn/winter. All new characters can be found in the Micro Action Figure Series 6, Armoury Packs and Combat Unit 8. New vehicles include the Brute Chieftan Charge, Orbital Banshee – a covenant space aircraft, an all new Halo 4 Warthog from the latest instalment in the Halo franchise, which marks the start of a new trilogy, Covenant Wraith & Seraph finishing with the UNSC Rhino & Sabre w/Gantry.
• Also for autumn/winter is the new Mega Bloks Halo Universe action die-cast line featuring iconic Halo vehicles and characters.
The collectors’ sets are smaller scaled replicas based on Mega Bloks Halo construction line.
The range will showcase the action pack intergalactic legend of Halo through battle packs, light armoured vehicles – such as the Covenant Banshee – and a new Halo 4 item, plus heavy armoured vehicles sets that include the UNSC Scorpion and Covenant Wraith and the UNSC Falcon.
All come with a collectable die-cast zinc figurine and tillable base plates to display any Halo skirmish.