10 Sci-Fi / Fantasy Characters Hot Toys Needs To MakeJoseph
When it comes to pop culture like comics, television and movies there will always be a character that says something to you. A character that really speaks to something deep inside of you and leaves a lasting impression. One of the worst feelings for a collector of sixth scale figures or other collectibles is when you can’t find a good representation of that character you lust for. For fans of science fiction movies and television shows this is unfortunately a norm with Hot Toys and other major companies typically sticking to the popular licenses from Marvel, DC Comics and others with enormous fan bases.
From a business perspective it makes sense since why would you want to sell a few hundred pieces of something niche when you can sell a comic book character figure and generate 10x the amount of sales in most cases. If you were to ask any collector what character they would most want to see created in 1:6 figure form most would have no hesitation to talk your ear off endlessly with a long list of wants. Figures that they think deserve the Hot Toys treatment. Even if it’s only variant figures.
One of the places that Hot Toys seems to neglect is the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. What follows will be my humble list of Science Fiction and Fantasy figures that I want to see as a Hot Toys 1:6 scale figure at some point in the future. It might be a pipe dream but a man can hope, can’t he?
Riddick – The Chronicles of Riddick
Following the breakout hit Pitch Black (2000) being such a huge success, Vin Diesel’s on-screen movie career skyrocketed. It was not until the year 2001 that the original Fast & The Furious movie hit the silver screen so audiences were still largely unfamiliar with Vin Diesel. It truly is rather amazing that Hot Toys has not yet offered a 1:6 scale Riddick in the past given the popularity of this character in both the main stream and at a cult level with movie fans. We need at least one representation of Vin on our shelves and please don’t let it be something silly like from a movie like XXX.
Conan the Barbarian
The sword and sorcery character has been a staple since Robert E. Howard penned the original Conan the Barbarian back in the 1930’s. Arnold Schwarzenegger at one point took up the reins and brought him to the big screen back in the 1980’s, too. Since his inception, Conan has been and will always be the supreme warrior. One of the first names to pop to mind when one thinks of fantasy characters is no doubt Conan. Considering his recent rise to ultra popularity Aquaman star Jason Momoa might be a good candidate too considering he’s the star of the latest reboot of this character.
Serpentor – G.I. Joe
Hot Toys gave us some incredible sixth scale figures from the G.I. Joe movie including Snake Eyes, Roadblock, Storm Shadow and others. Much to my disappointment, this particular line of Movie Masterpiece Figures quickly came to an end. It would have been nice to see Hot Toys tackle some other characters from the G.I. Joe universe considering these films did well at the box office, both grossing over $300 million+ each worldwide. It would have been nice to see a Serpentor sixth scale figure to continue this line but with G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes set to release in 2020 it might not be the end of this series yet.
Tomax and Xamot – G.I. Joe
While on the subject of G.I. Joe, you have to admit that a dual figure pack with the Crimson Guard Twins would be a phenomenal pick-up if you are a fan of this universe. Hot Toys would even be able to get away with utilizing the same mold or a lot of the same pieces for both figures. Which means the lower cost of production could make for a well-priced two-pack of villains; something Hot Toys typically slacks on bringing to market.
Darth Talon – Star Wars
The seductive Sith Twi’lek from the Star Wars Legacy comics would make a beautiful 1:6 scale figure. Unfortunately, it appears that Disney has disavowed those comics and removed them from the “canon.” Which is a shame as they were really quite good. Imagine her on display next to the upcoming Darth Maul (Hot Toys) Sixth Scale Figure – with such similar designs it would make for a very cool display. Not to mention this character is dripping sexy.
Darth Revan – Star Wars
The ultimate Sith Lord, Darth Revan, from Knights of the Old Republic is a character that Hot Toys or one of the major companies needs to jump on now! With many sixth scale figure collectors customizing their own version of him it really is rather surprising that nobody has made an attempt at a non-kitbash version of this character. Disney has already released a 6” scale figure of this character so they have acknowledged that he is canon and therefore should have an easy road to 1:6 scale figure glory.
Darth Malak – Star Wars
One of the worst things that a figure manufacturer can do is release a Hero or Villain without releasing their counterpart. For collectors looking for a coherent display with their 1:6 scale figure collection it can be devastating to get one without the other. If Darth Revan is released they will have to do Malak, too. And Cade Skywalker, for that matter. There’s so many great Star Wars Hot Toys figures that still need to be made that my wallet weeps just thinking of what’s to come.
Drizzt Do’Urden – Dungeons & Dragons
The rogue dark elf penned by author R.A. Salvatore is one of my favorite characters of all time. I know I am not alone as there are 26 some odd volumes written with this as the main character. The dark skinned, lavender eyed Ranger is one of the coolest characters I’ve ever read and I would give my left kidney to have him in a 1:6 scale figure by Hot Toys. Even a deluxe version with a 1:6 scale panther to go along with him would really set it over the top. How this character hasn’t been made in any scale is crazy to me considering his popularity. If you’re a rep for Hot Toys and reading this, please.. pretty PLEASSSSSEEEE give me a Drizzt figure!
Artemis Entreri – Dungeons & Dragons
As I mentioned before, can’t have a good guy without the bad. The one being of equal skill with a blade as Drizzt Do’Urden would be Artemis Entreri. The skilled assassin would be a must to stand counterpoint to a Drizzt 1:6 scale figure. This is just one example of a Fantasy license that Hot Toys could explore that would not have the same high costs/fees that brands like Marvel and other top tier comic and pop culture brands carry.
Jarlaxle Baenre – Dungeons & Dragons
Truth to tell, there’s just so many compelling characters in this universe that you can’t have just one R.A. Salvatore figure. Jarlaxle is the enigmatic leader of the Bregan D’aerthe and eventually befriends both Drizzt and Artemis so he becomes another main character in the series. Plus, he’s bald. As someone who enjoys having a freshly shorn scalp, I feel there are too few bald characters in the Hot Toys universe. #thebaldmovement
Well, there is my top 10 list of Science Fiction and Fantasy characters that I want in a Hot Toys 1:6 scale figure. I’m certain, given more time and thought, I could list another thousand probably just in this genre alone. The brilliance of the fantasy and sci-fi world is that there are so many great possibilities for fresh licenses as pop culture fans have not seen collectibles produced for yet. The design of a lot of the characters is a great departure from what we are used to seeing lately, too. Let’s hear your top sci-fi or fantasy choices for sixth scale figures you would love to see in the comments below!