November 2004 | Vol. III - No. 11
TDmonthly's Top 10 Most Wanted Female Action Figures
Can action figures be fashionable and fight evil at the same time? Toymakers are breaking down traditional categories and mixing genres in the female action figure market. Classic superheroes are no longer the only women kicking butt in this niche group; television stars, Goth-teenagers and comic queens are competing for the top slots with kids and collectors.
Movies and television have made a strong impact on consumers and collectors this year, Kill Bill from Neca and Mattel’s She-Ra were hot commodities. In the youth market, Cy Girl, Kabukui and Chobatas lead the way. Finally, there are the classic super-heroes like Wonder Woman and Catwoman who seem to enjoy perennial popularity. Collectors of each gender are having a blast accumulating rare, sexy and detailed female figures.
Here are the most powerful women in miniature form.
1.) Charmed Action Figures (Approx $12.99) by Sota Toys
-Charmed averages almost 4.7 million viewers per episode and has been renewed through 2005 by the WB.
2.)Alias Action Figures by Stevenson Entertainment Group
-The toy release will correspond with that of season three on DVD season four on ABC.
-This line is primarily aimed at collectors, according to a company sales representative.
4.) Wonder Woman Minimate ($5.99) by Art Asylum
-There is also a Catwoman minimate in the series.
5.) Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tara (Approx $29.99) by Diamond Select Toys
-Fox´s Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer continue to enjoy great success with their best-selling DVD releases.
6.) Kabukui: Scarab ($14.99) by Diamond Select
7.) Emily the Strange Action Figures ($9.99) by Toynami
-Books, clothing and accessories have already succeeded with tween and adult consumers.
8.) Batman Hush: Poison Ivy Figure (Approx $14.95) by DC Direct
-She comes with a 6” piece of Ivy and a Batman logo.
9.) Fantastic Four: Invisible Woman by Toybiz
-Toybiz already sells a Fantastic Four gift pack and will release a full action figure line to mark the film’s release.
10.) Storm: Marvel Legends Series 8 (Approx $8.99) by Toybiz
-A chase figure of the Black Widow is another female in the series of Marvel Legends.
One to watch…Chobitas Anime Action Figures by Toynami
Staff members surveyed the entire marketplace to gather information about this niche genre. TDmonthly compiled much data from online Web sites and recent articles. They also contacted a number of action figure manufacturers for information on their best selling female items. Click on the links below for more TDmonthly Magazine’s Top 10 Most Wanted lists.
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