At E3, toy manufacturer supremo NECA announced a deal "to produce consumer products based on Valve's much-acclaimed games". Obviously this was very exciting news, if a bit of a tease given the lack of oh-so-sexy details. Things got sexy today though, with the revelation of the first full line-up, due for release in 2012. It turns out that those scintillatingly described "consumer products" will cover the full range of Valve's main current franchises, from Half-Life to Portal to Team Fortress 2 to Left 4 Dead.
Want to know exactly what you'll be sticking on your shelf and trying to justify as a legitimate piece of ornamental decoration next year? Well scroll down and I'll tell you.
From Half-Life 2, NECA will spawn a Gordon Freeman action figure. Portal 2 is going to get a fair bit more, including action figures of co-op protagonists Atlas and P-Body, Weighted Companion Cubes in both resin and plush form (probably similar to the now sold-out ones that used to be available from Valve), and best of all, a replica goddamn portal goddamn gun.
Outside of the Half-Life universe, Pyro, Heavy and Demo Man figures are coming from TF2, and Left 4 Dead 2 is getting Boomer and Smoker figures. No word on sizes or pricing yet, and given the obvious gaps in the line-up I'd assume these are only series one of what will probably be a long string of releases. The future possibilities though, are great. It would be insane not to predict a big expensive GLaDOS diaorama for example, and surely both sets of Left 4 Dead protagonists are going to be coming eventually too.
No pics of the first batch yet, unfortunately, so until they turn up, enjoy my mock-up of NECA's talking Gordon Freeman action figure. Just pull the string to hear all of your favourite Half-Life 2 catchphrases in Gordon's original voice!
July 22, 2011