Monday, March 5, 2012

Corpse Bride (McFarlane Toys)

In 2005 the film Corpse Bride hit movie theaters nation wide. While it saw major box office success, it remains one of the weaker projects that Mr. Burton was associated with. It would also mark the beginning of the four main names Burton would push forward with on future films - Himself, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and music genius Danny Elfman. While this group had worked together before in various mix matches of films, it would seem that all future movies by Burton will contain this group exclusively.

To coincide with the film's release, McFarlane Toys produced a handful of figures. True to the standards of McFarlane Toys, the figures were spot on to their film counterparts. Great attention was given to all the toys, including the accessories.

The packaging however was lacking. While typical for all McFarlane Toys, it seemed to be lacking in eye grabbing vibrancy. Dull black and grays were used to match the overall design of the film, but as a toy left many toy isle dwellers walking past them.

Series two hit shelves in 2006, and would be the last six figures in the series. The series simply didn't sell well enough to garner any new figures, and overstock was quickly moved to the clearance isles of most retail stores.

It's always a gamble when producing a toy line based on a film. Unfortunately, the majority of movie going people don't collect toys, and let's face it, the majority of movies out there aren't memorable enough to the general public that toys are sought after. Sadly, The Corpse Bride was not exempt from this fate.

One final set of figures were released in 2006, but were nothing more than a two pack of prior released figures to commemorate the DVD release of the film. Considered overpriced, and unpopular, the two packs found less success than the individually packed figures.

Today the figures see little success on the secondary market. The two lead characters, Victor and The Corpse Bride have been known to sell for twenty-five dollars each, but the remaining figures don't seem to sell at all, even with a six dollar price tag, which is less than half of what the figures were originally priced at in retail stores.

If you're looking for a cheap set of toys to collect, then this is surely a series to track down. It's cheap, relatively small, and pretty readily available. If you search hard enough, you may even find some down your local clearance isle.

Join us next Monday for our look at Kingdom Come!

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