September 2010 | Vol. IX - No. 9
Papo Malta Knight by HOTALING IMPORTS
The Malta Knight figuring from Papo is detailed play figure ready for action. With his sword raised and helmet turned to face his assailant, he can stand alone or ride one of the man armored horses available in the line. The Malta Knight wears chain mail and a bright red tabard emblazoned with a white cross, finished with period inspired details like his shoes, helmet, and scabbard.
—“[Our best seller is] Papo action figures by Hotaling Imports. We can't keep them on the shelves,” said Kathy Burns, manager of My Favorite Toy Store in Downer's Grove, Ill., during a July 2010 survey of top-selling action figures.
— Nine out of 38 retailers said Papo is a best-selling item in their stores.
— Linda Laramy, owner of Crackerjacks Toys and Childrens Books in Easton, Md., told TDmonthly in a Summer 2011 survey that she sells "a couple dozen" Papo knights each month, making them her best-selling action figure. 8/30/2010 (Age: 3 and Up)
Dolphin Trainer with Dolphins by PLAYMOBIL INC.
As though stepping straight out of an ocean-themed animal park, Playmobil's smiling Dolphin Trainer comes ready for a sunny day's work with these cute, intelligent marine mammals. Featuring a sun visor and sandals, the trainer comes with a bucket of fish and two friendly dolphins. This set can be fully integrated with many other sets in the Playmobil line.
— “I sell a lot of Playmobil,” said Jude Larene, owner of Izilla Toys in Seattle, Wash., of his best-selling action figures in July 2010.
— During a survey of 38 retailers, five listed Playmobil as their top-selling action figure. 8/30/2010 (MSRP: $3.99; Age: 3 and Up)
Star Wars Transformers Crossovers Obi-Wan Kenobi to Jedi Starfighter by HASBRO INC.
In a morphing combination of the two popular franchises, Transformers and Star Wars, this action figure from Hasbro offers kids a whole new way to look at some of their favorite stories. Star Wars character Obi-Wan Kenobi is here as a powerful fighting robot that can transform into Starfighter. His dual lightsabers in mech mode become firing projectiles in Jedi Starfighter mode.
— In July 2010, three out of 38 retailers named Star Wars Transformers Crossovers as their best-selling action figure. Sales reported average 20 per month. 8/30/2010 (MSRP: $16.99; Age: 5 and Up)
Crazy Cat Lady by ACCOUTREMENTS
Often whimsical and sarcastic, Accoutrements's line of action figures contains many unlikely characters. While perhaps not a comic or movie feature, the Crazy Cat Lady is a familiar concept that Accoutrements brings to life in a wild-eyed, wild-haired woman who comes packaged with six felines. Articulated arms and legs can be posed to hold the cats, as well.
— “Accoutrements action figures are an ongoing best seller,” said Samuel Cox, owner of My Favorite Toys in Carbondale, Ill., during a July 2010 survey of best-selling action figures.
— Crazy Cat Lady was named by TDmonthly as “one to watch” way back in November 2004.
— Three out of 38 retailers said Accoutrements is their top-selling line of action figures in July 2010. 8/30/2010 (Age: 3 and Up)
Batman All Star Action Figure by DC COMICS
Featuring multiple points of articulation and carefully sculpted details down to the creases in his costume, this Batman action figure depicts the character as drawn by comic artist Jim Lee. The figure stands 6.75” tall and comes with a base.
— Out of 38 retailers who participated in a July 2010 survey of best-selling action figures, two listed DC Comics as their top supplier. 8/30/2010