I cannot even begin to describe the hours of entertainment that came out of the famed Hanna Barbera animation studios over the years. The powerhouse teaming of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera produced a wealth of fantastic cartoons for kids of all ages since the studios inception in 1959.I was born in 1965, and grew up on a steady diet of The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Jonny Quest, Yogi Bear, Scooby Doo, not to mention licensed properties such as the Superfriends just to name but a few. I think out of all their many shows, it’s The Flintstones that holds the most special place in my nostalgic geek heart. I love The Flintstones. I think the show, while certainly dated, holds up pretty well today. But, then, I can’t help but view it through the lens of nostalgia. But, I’ve recently watched a few episodes with my 7 year old daughter and she enjoyed it…so, perhaps the show’s charm hasn’t been lost to time after all.
One of my toy dreams has always been a good, dare I say ‘definitive’, toyline based on The Flintstones. Yeah, we have the movie stuff from Mattel back in the early 90s. I still have a figure of Fred from the first movie, but it’s more of a John Goodman figure than a Fred Flintstone figure. There was the McFarlane stuff from a few years back. I didn’t pick any of it up as I was pretty anti-McFarlane at the time. I want my toys to be poseable, dadgummit! Now, I wish I had. I’ll track some down one of these days when finances permit.
But, now there are whispers on the wind of a Hanna Barbera line coming from Jazwares later this year! I know, I know. Jazwares doesn’t have the greatest reputation as of late after some missteps with their Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat lines. But, I’m a big fan of their Sonic the Hedgehog line and think they’ve done a great job with that.
In fact, in general, it seems Jazwares handles animated styled properties better than more realistic ones. So, I’ve got high hopes for this line.
This line hasn’t been announced. I’ve even dug around sites like License! Magazine and Playthings for any hint of the deal between Jazwares and Warner Bros. Consumer Products. All that seems to be out there is a thread in the General Toy Forum at The Fwoosh titled “Classic Hanna Barbera Figures” and a mention of Hanna Barbera in a freelance artist’s profile on LinkedIn. There looks to be 2″ figures (static, much like the 2″ Adventure Time figures), 3″ (think the 3″ Sonic line) and 5″ or 6″ figures of key characters.
If this all pans out, this line could really be amazing. Space Ghost? Jonny Quest? Birdman? Thundarr the Barbarian? This could be the ultimate in nostalgia lines. I can’t wait to see what these look like, and where this line goes. I really hope it does well. I admit I’m concerned, as someone posted on the forum thread at The Fwoosh, it’s a bit curious as to who this is being marketed to. Are kids today familiar enough with these properties to warrant a toyline? I know most of these shows are airing on Boomerang, and available through DVD, but who watches Boomarang? Kids or 40+ year olds like me catching a glimpse of their childhood on the TV. I honestly don’t know the answer to that. But, I so want this line to do well enough at retail to go on for at least a few years!
And, Jazwares, if you are reading this…I need 3″ poseable figures of the core Flinstones cast (that includes Dino, of course!) and the family car! Thank you! Well, that and The Jetsons! And Thundarr! And Jonny Quest! And Space Ghost! And….well, you get the idea…