TV Shows and Action Figures
TV Characters As Action Figures
A media critique
by Wayne Friedman
TV COMEDY STARS MAY NOT be made into toy action figures, since action poses are limited--seemingly smirks, grins, laughs, don't count. But they should.
Surviving a plane crash is something else. So Disney/ABC's Touchstone TV has struck a deal with McFarlane Toys to create a line of action figures based on characters from the hit "Lost."
Keeping with the action figures premise, each character will come with an associated prop. So Kate (Evangeline Lilly) will include a toy lead plane the character chased down in season one; Hurley (Jorge Garcia) will come with a lottery ticket. Characters will also be frozen in specific key moments, such as when Locke (Terry O'Quinn) first found the hatch.
McFarlane Toys CEO Todd McFarlane said it's rare for a TV to lend itself to action figures--which is typically left to big action-packed or sci-fi theatrical movies such as "Spider-Man" or "Batman" or "King Kong." Given the show's sci-fi nature, however, "Lost" becomes a perfect candidate.
"The younger guys get it," McFarlane said to Daily Variety. "Hurley, his face scanned the best. There's a lot going on there. When he smiles, a lot happens to his face."
With this in mind, we wondered about comedy--a lot happens on those characters' faces, too. Characters on "Two and a Half Men," "Everybody Loves Raymond," or "Seinfeld" would have their own smirking identity: Ray Romano's smirk is different from Jerry Seinfield's smirk or that of Charlie Sheen's.
How far can this go? Perhaps we could have "American Idol"'s Simon Cowell leering - in a karaoke bar; "Desperate Housewives"'s Susan (Teri Hatcher) with frightened _expression after burning down her neighbor's house; and "Prison Break"'s Michael Scofield's (Wentworth Miller) secretive stare at his fellow inmates.
These characters could have alternative looks--a frown, a well-placed mug, a grimace, a far-away look. EDITOR'S NOTE: SO INSTEAD OF A LITTLE PROP, THEY COULD COME WITH INTERCHANGEABLE FACES!
Storylines are naturally important to TV series; but the initial essence of TV shows comes with its characters and their faces. Sell every inch of it to the TV public. Have those figurines sneering at you on your mantle during prime time. EDITOR'S NOTE: HE SAYS THIS LIKE IT'S A BAD THING?
EDITOR'S NOTE: AND IN RELATED NEWS.....
LOST Video Game News
A LOST video game is set to hit shelves in 2007. The game will be developed by Ubisoft's Montreal studio for consoles and PCs.
"We are delighted to work with Bryan Burk, one of the biggest producers in Hollywood and with Touchstone Television," said Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer of Ubisoft. "That they have chosen us for the adaptation of the cult series 'Lost' is the best homage that a producer can make to the creativity of Ubisoft."
"Many of us on 'Lost' have been hardcore gamers for years and the chance to work with Ubisoft, a company behind some of our favorite titles, has excited us to no end," said Lost executive producer Bryan Burk. "With the ability to tell new interactive stories within the 'Lost' universe, we're giddy to be developing a game that, once completed, will be as engaging and fun to play as it is to create."EDITOR'S NOTE: IT ISN'T BAD ENOUGH THAT I SPEND SO MANY OF MY WAKING (AND SEMI-WAKING) HOURS WATCHING TV. (INSTEAD OF.....UMMM...WHATEVER IT IS PEOPLE DO WHEN THEY'RE NOT WATCHING TV?) NOW THE REMAINING HOUR OF MY DAILY LIFE SHOULD BE THE GAME BASED ON THE SHOW!
DARN THIS WHOLE WORKING/EATING/SLEEPING THING! INTERFERING WITH MY TV IMMERSION! DARN DARN DARN....