D&D General So, You Like The D&D Cartoon Huh? Pre-order Poseable Figures!

Target (in the US) is selling exclusive poseable 6-inch scale action figures of the 1980s Dungeons & Dragons cartoon characters. They're available for pre-0rder for $49.99 the set including Venger and the Dungeon Master, and you can get some of the kid heroes, along with some giant dice, separately.




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MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
I miss when toys were made for kids instead of collectors.
Amen. Also, even more I wish the toys FOR kids today were not designed to groom collectors and exploit addictive behaviors. Apps with micro transactions, collectible card games, lego randomized blister packs....

But...I can remember my parents generation complaining about all the plastic junk kids were spoiled with in the 70s and 80s and how their toys required more creative imagination. And...I expect my grandfather, who lived through the great depression, complained about spending money on toys and probably lamented how kids can't just use their imagination playing with sticks and rocks.

Now that I've shouted at the clouds about the unimaginative materialism of today's youth, please excuse me as I check on the status of the game Kickstarter projects I'm backing. :p
 



But...I can remember my parents generation complaining about all the plastic junk kids were spoiled with in the 70s and 80s and how their toys required more creative imagination. And...I expect my grandfather, who lived through the great depression, complained about spending money on toys and probably lamented how kids can't just use their imagination playing with sticks and rocks.
I DO remember that. I'm mid 40s, and I have a vivid childhood memory of my grandfather, who lived through the Depression, saying when he was a kid, "We had a piece of 2x4, and that was a truck. If we got lucky, we could nail some spools to it for wheels" (quote might not be word-for-word, it's a 40-year-old memory.)

Let's remember the crisis in the toy industry because in the last decades a lower number of children are born.
And kids are aging out of action figures at younger and younger ages; I wish I had a supportable source for this, but I know Hasbro investor meetings have presented this challenge. Adult collectors become a target demo then.

Me? I went ahead a preordered Venger and DM as soon as I could, because, "Hey, goofy fun." I'm not sure on the kids.
 

teitan

Legend
The cartoon has actually been tangled up in rights issues for a while. You'd think it'd be straightforward, but the cartoon was created before any mediums other than broadcast TV, cable TV and VHS were around. So all of the subsequent uses have meant elements of the cartoon have had to be renegotiated -- see the above post about the music.

The fact that WotC is using pieces of the actual cartoon is significant.
Ah that's what you meant. I thought you meant the whole Marvel Animation being owned by Disney issue that was causing problems with the rights for a little while as well. Fricking Haim Saban.
 

teitan

Legend
I miss when toys were made for kids instead of collectors.
It's a two pack of essentially Marvel Legends figures. So the price is actually in line with the modern toy lines not produced by McFarlane and in line with his two packs.
 


teitan

Legend
Which are more designed for collectors, though....
eh a little of both yeah, it's the primary Marvel toy line and has been since Spider-man Legends back when the line originally launched with the movie. It's like Generations for Transformers, it's the toy line with a line also for the younger, younger crowd but yes. They aren't too pricey. Blame the Toddfather :p
 

Zander

Explorer
How will you be able to get these action figures in the UK? I mean through UK retail channels, not US-based resellers on the secondary market.

Apologies if this has been mentioned already but I missed the answer.
 

DarkCrisis

Legend
I DO remember that. I'm mid 40s, and I have a vivid childhood memory of my grandfather, who lived through the Depression, saying when he was a kid, "We had a piece of 2x4, and that was a truck. If we got lucky, we could nail some spools to it for wheels" (quote might not be word-for-word, it's a 40-year-old memory.)


And kids are aging out of action figures at younger and younger ages; I wish I had a supportable source for this, but I know Hasbro investor meetings have presented this challenge. Adult collectors become a target demo then.

Me? I went ahead a preordered Venger and DM as soon as I could, because, "Hey, goofy fun." I'm not sure on the kids.

I admit at 45, I still go through the toy aisle to see if there is anything cool.

And admittedly, I have bought some classic style Transformers. Some classic style He-Man, classic style TMNT, all more or less just like I had when I was a kid. And now some classic D&D cartoon figures in pre-order because I loved then and still love now that cartoon.
 





I would bet on a $50 Tiamat, as well as $25 Eric and Diana figures, in the next waves, giving us the d4, d6 and d10 dice as well (not necessarily in that order).
No way Tiamat is only $100 unless it's not remotely to scale. The Tiamat mini from WizKids is $400 MSRP and would be too small to be at scale with these figures. LOL
 


DaffCon1

Professional Lurker
Still holding out for the Sheila figure...

I wish they could put the cartoon back out on DVD. I had the original set, with the book, but it's disappeared. I fear I lent it to someone who never returned it, but I don't know.
 


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