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ART ASYLUM

Art Asylum has certainly had their ups and downs and a lot of folks were wondering what direction they would go when Play Along was bought by Jakks. They seem to have refocused their efforts, looked at what they do best and picked up some great license that will play to their strengths. Mini-mates are still a staple and rightfully so.

Mini-Mates

Street Fighter- The Street Fighter Mini-Mates are coming as a result of a partnership with Diamond Select Toys. The main series will consist of 2-packs. The hope is to get the 4-packs into Toys R Us stores. There are 2 previews exclusives 2-packs, and AFX exclusive and a Hollywood Video exclusive 2-packs. There will also be a series released in Japan in single blind boxes. Player one decos for the US and player 2 decos for Japan.

Battlestar Galactica-

Here is a license that has not gotten good treatment in a very long time. With the updated version being a breakout hit on the Sci-Fi network there are still plenty of fans of the classic series and Art Asylum aims to please both. Starting with Mini-mates based on both the classic show and the new version, many of which were designed by AFI friend Matt "IRON COW" Cauley. The line will consist of both figures and vehicles. The vehicles will still be "buildable" but will NOT be in the style of the C3 construction kits. The classic Cylon Raider even has the look of the three pilot cockpit with the two extra heads in front.

In addition to the Mini-Mates they are looking at launching a series of statues based on the characters and vehicles. Only the prototype of the modern Galactica was shown, but no photography was allowed. They mentioned the possibility of connecting set of Six and Baltar.

Marvel -

Xmen boxed set with the 9 minute animated film "X-men: Darktide" made by the same studio that made the Batman C3 short last year for Art Asylum. While all of the characters in the boxed set have been released before they all come with new heads/expressions. Available now at Target stores.

It appears Target will continue to cary the Marvel 2-packs and they are working on putting together some new assortments for that.

Also show but not photographable were three new 4-packs of Marvel Mini-Mates that should end up as Toys R Us exclusives. The direction of the next few sets are based on new comics and teams- Marvel Knights, The New Avengers and Astonishing X-men.

They are also looking into the possibility of doing some single packed Marvel Mini-Mates for counter displays at food and drug stores, but nothing is set in stone on that as of this writing.

Lord of the Rings -

Don't get your hopes up. While packaged mock-ups and lose versions of the LOTR Mini-mates were on display it was really just to show folks what might have been had retailers continued to support the line. The line would have included: Eowyn/Morgul Lord 2pack, Ringwraiths 2pack, Witch King/Strider 2pack, and a Lurtz/Witch King 2pack.

 

Speed Racer -

Art Asylum has revamped the Speed Racer license by flinging them all forty years into the future. Speed Racer now has two kids: Speed Jr and Velocity. They also race and have teams of their own. Trixi, Chim Chim and Spridle are all still around, but older. They have hooked up with an animation house in New York to develop animation based on their new re-imagining and will start with 7-minute webisodes.

The boxed car prototypes are "The Gyro Cars" which function much like the old rip-cord Evil Kenevil stunt cycles. Rev up the wheel and the cars take off. There will be mini-mates in 2-pack and 4-packs with vehicles. The Speed Racer vehicles will be solid and not the "build-ups" line the BG stuff.

Also for Speed Racer are 5" figures which will include classic versions of Speed and Racer X as well as the updated version and new characters.

The other natural progression of this line they will be doing are die-cast cars.

 

 

Madballs-

Putting another new twist on an old classic is the Art Asylum revival of Madballs. AA will be updating the classic designs/characters with better, freakier sculpts and better paint ops. There's even a ball sculpted by Digger himself.


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