There’s a bit of news that broke earlier this year that really has me jazzed. Mega Bloks announced that they would be producing sets in 2012 based upon the super-popular MMO (that’s Massively Multiplayer Online) World of Warcraft created by Blizzard Entertainment.
Now, a lot of people have lost a considerable amount of time and money to the World of Warcraft (or, simply, WoW). The same can be said of the property’s tabletop variant World of Warcraft: The Trading Card Game.
Warcraft started back in 1994 as a real-time strategy game on PCs and Macs. It was very successful and spawned Warcraft II & III (each of which also had expansions available). But, when Blizzard entered the MMO arena the Warcraft world exploded in popularity. As of November 2011 (according to Wikipedia) WoW had 10.3 million subscribers.
I’ve not played much of World of Warcraft, but I’ve played quite a bit of the original Warcraft and Warcraft III is still a frequent diversion for me, when my computer is feeling up to running it. I’ve always loved the look and feel of Azeroth, the setting for the Warcraft series. It’s colorful, imaginative and doesn’t take itself too seriously.
A few years back Upper Deck Entertainment, who – at the time – produced the WoW TCG, released the World of Warcraft Miniatures Game. I loved the game, and thought it was a lot of fun but it was sadly mismanaged by Upper Deck (which itself was mismanaged) and the the company eventually lost the license to the Blizzard Warcraft IP. A new company, Cryptozoic Entertainment was awarded the license for the trading card game in 2010. As of yet no company has attempted to bring back the miniatures game, much to my disappointment. But, there’s been comics, and novels, and action figures, and other merchandise over the past few years to appease fans desire for more.
However, Mega Bloks – makers of a variety of super-cool building block construction sets – is diving into the world of Azeroth with both feet in 2012. From what I’ve read the company has very ambitious plans for the sets and accompanying mini-figures. I can’t wait to see all that they have in store. Fans were given a first glimpse this past October at BlizzCon 2011, the annual event that Blizzard puts on for the fans of their properties. There’s some pictures online of some of the first sets that are due in stores sometime between Spring and Summer 2012. A mini-figure of Thrall was given away (see picture below). He’s cool. I want one.
Very cool stuff. I can’t wait.
I expect we will find out more about Mega Bloks’ plans for the World of Warcraft, along with their other 2012 products, at Toy Fair 2012 in February.