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Re: Kong: Skull Island Toys/Merchandise Thread

Postby Specium Ray » Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:01 am

I didn't even know I wanted a toyline like that until just now!
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Re: Kong: Skull Island Toys/Merchandise Thread

Postby Dr Kain » Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:52 pm

I hope they aren't selling those for more than $1. They look like the toys I can get at Dollar Tree. Also, why make a Kong figure so big if he barely has any articulation?
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Re: Kong: Skull Island Toys/Merchandise Thread

Postby lhb412 » Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:57 pm

^ Because these are toys for small children. Sure, the soldiers are simplistic, but they're just part of the playset - packaged with monsters, vehicles, and weapons - and the 18 inch Kong is the centerpiece of the intended playset, with all the characters roughly to scale.

This toyline may not be for me, but five year old me would be all over it. I think kids loved Godzilla in the '14 film, and were underserved by the toys. It seems they're trying to correct that here.

... I wonder if Pacific Rim will also get a kid friendly toyline? It really deserves one.
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Re: Kong: Skull Island Toys/Merchandise Thread

Postby klen7 » Tue Jan 10, 2017 4:13 pm

lhb412 wrote:I think kids loved Godzilla in the '14 film, and were underserved by the toys. It seems they're trying to correct that here.

I agree. I wasnt disappointed in NECA not getting the license on account of them releasing just G'14 and then letting the license expire without ever doing a MUTO. This toyline is more in line with what Jurassic Park would do, and i think that is good for the franchise long term. I do hope we see a couple higher quality Kongs for the collectors out there
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Re: Kong: Skull Island Toys/Merchandise Thread

Postby Baltan II » Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:32 pm

The only thing the line currently seems to lack is a giant foe for Kong to take on - presumably a large-scale Skullcrawler. The articulation on the Kong we are getting definitely looks adequate to sate my interest for a bit, definitely friendly enough to consider for my nephew, and can happily hang out with the Jakks Godzilla. Here's hoping Bandai can get in on the collector market a bit later.
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Re: Kong: Skull Island Toys/Merchandise Thread

Postby canofhumdingers » Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:46 pm

Baltan II wrote: can happily hang out with the Jakks Godzilla.


That's the first thing that immediately jumped into my mind upon seeing this Kong toy. I don't have the Jakks Godzilla (though I've often considered getting it for my kids), but this Kong looks like he'd be the perfect compliment to it.

I am glad to see we're getting a toy line for the film. It's not my cup of tea but as others have said, 10 year old me would've TOTALLY dug it. Really the thing I dislike the most is how cartoony they made the proportions of the people and some of the vehicles. If they'd kept everything else the same but just made more realistic/less cartoony proportions I think it'd be a home run in terms of a kid-oriented line that could also appeal to (some) collectors.

Oh, and they should've given Kong some swivel hips. If they've got the max number of joints they can squeeze in for the price point, they should've sacrificed the ankle joints in favor of swivel hips. But everything else looks great. He's got ball socket shoulders and double hinged elbows!
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Re: Kong: Skull Island Toys/Merchandise Thread

Postby tbeasley » Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:51 am

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Re: Kong: Skull Island Toys/Merchandise Thread

Postby lhb412 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:35 pm

The pakaging and art for this stuff is also a lot better than the lame stock image and generic package design for the Godzilla '14 merchandise.
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Re: Kong: Skull Island Toys/Merchandise Thread

Postby lhb412 » Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:48 am

You're probably wondering: do Lanard's Kong: Skull Island toys have an instagram account? The answer is yes. Yes they do.

https://www.instagram.com/kongskullislandtoys/
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Re: Kong: Skull Island Toys/Merchandise Thread

Postby lhb412 » Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:09 am

http://news.toyark.com/2017/01/13/addit ... ine-236237

The Skull Island toyline is exclusive to Walmart (in the US) and Smyths (in the UK).
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Re: Kong: Skull Island Toys/Merchandise Thread

Postby Jinzo Ningen » Wed Jan 18, 2017 12:33 pm

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Wow. Getting a MAJOR 1976 Kong vibe from this piece of artwork. :mrgreen:

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Looks like my poor wallet just keeps getting emptier. :lol:
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Re: Kong: Skull Island Toys/Merchandise Thread

Postby Gentleman » Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:17 pm

lhb412 wrote:I mean, I'd prefer a more adult friendly Kong toy (and I don't think it's out of the cards for one some company to do one later) but I think kids might dig this: it seems to be following the lead of all the Jurassic Park toylines.


That was probably intentional. A lot of crossover opportunities for JP and Kong figures, if you're a tyke with a lively imagination (I know I personally would have been all over that, back when I was age appropriate).
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Re: Kong: Skull Island Toys/Merchandise Thread

Postby Rody » Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:25 pm

That big Kong looks like he'll make a great sparring partner for the Jakks Godzilla.
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Re: Kong: Skull Island Toys/Merchandise Thread

Postby lhb412 » Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:05 pm

Saw these today: Kong really is enormous! Packaging is really cool looking, and seeing 'em up close really sells value: a monster, vehicle, soldier guy and weapons for $10?

Not for me. But at a certain age I'd be going nuts for these.
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Re: Kong: Skull Island Toys/Merchandise Thread

Postby GiganGoji » Sun Jan 29, 2017 1:09 am

lhb412 wrote:Saw these today: Kong really is enormous! Packaging is really cool looking, and seeing 'em up close really sells value: a monster, vehicle, soldier guy and weapons for $10?

Not for me. But at a certain age I'd be going nuts for these.


Likewise. You get a great amount of stuff for under $10, but up close, you really see how cheap the army bodies are.
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Re: Kong: Skull Island Toys/Merchandise Thread

Postby tbeasley » Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:18 pm

Here's the official toy site -
http://kongskullislandtoys.com/

And just for fun - the Kong 05 site is still up!
http://www.inverselogic.com/kong/
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Re: Kong: Skull Island Toys/Merchandise Thread

Postby canofhumdingers » Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:12 pm

Saw pretty much all these at Walmart today. Gotta say, as a parent, if my kids were the right age (they're still too young) I'd definitely buy these over most other things at the same pricepoint. Sure they're clearly a "budget" toy, but the quality of Kong seemed quite good. The plastic was much thicker and he was heavier than I would've guessed. The $10 packs have a ton of bang for the buck. I honestly would've expected these to be at least $15 even with the "budget toy" look.
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Re: Kong: Skull Island Toys/Merchandise Thread

Postby DannyBeane » Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:08 pm

For those interested here is my quick and dirty unboxing review.
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Re: Kong: Skull Island Toys/Merchandise Thread

Postby MekaGojira3k » Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:54 am

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I think my ONLY complaint for the Kong is that they didn't bother to at least do simple cut joints at the hips. Nothing fancy, but they would've been great especially since this thing, strangely enough, has ball jointed ankles.
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Re: Kong: Skull Island Toys/Merchandise Thread

Postby Moonlight SY-3 » Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:48 am

I can't believe that as huge a hit as this movie is there isn't much in the way of merchandising.
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Re: Kong: Skull Island Toys/Merchandise Thread

Postby MekaGojira3k » Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:46 pm

THe toys flew off of the shelves locally (Well, there are a lot of the larger vehicles). Though I do think it's strange that there's not as much of the general merch like wallets/t-shirts/blankets and the like. Godzilla 2014 had a ton of that stuff.
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Re: Kong: Skull Island Toys/Merchandise Thread

Postby canofhumdingers » Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:30 pm

I saw a mom picking out some Kong toys at Walmart yesterday. Too bad Kong himself was sold out. Well... maybe that's a good sign actually.
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Re: Kong: Skull Island Toys/Merchandise Thread

Postby MekaGojira3k » Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:02 am

canofhumdingers wrote:I saw a mom picking out some Kong toys at Walmart yesterday. Too bad Kong himself was sold out. Well... maybe that's a good sign actually.

Locally the Kongs went faster than anything else.
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Re: Kong: Skull Island Toys/Merchandise Thread

Postby lhb412 » Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:17 am

Moonlight SY-3 wrote:I can't believe that as huge a hit as this movie is there isn't much in the way of merchandising.


It may not seem the case, but this Kong toyline is actually more expansive and available than the one for Godzilla '14. Bandai's Godzillas were avaliable at Toys R Us and Target, while these Kong toys are at Walmart - which is the #1 brick-and-morter toy seller, and the previous line was just a few variations of Godzilla while this line has Kong, human characters, other monsters, and vehicles. Now, I did see more Godzilla shirts and novelty items back in '14.

I hope Legendary gets more on the ball for PacRim 2 and King of the Monsters. When kids see those movies they're gonna want to play with the characters. It's insane that the first PacRim didn't have the support of a toyline for kids.
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