Courtesy of The Arnold Fans, we have some insight on future NECA products coming directly from the toy director himself, Randy Falk.
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TheArnoldFans: Many fans are excited to see the recent NECA tweet that a possible 1/4th Terminator figure is being considered. Would this most likely be a T1 figure with sound chips and a light up eye?
Falk: No sound chip as we don’t have voice rights and we’re debating between T1 and T2, we love both and obviously the original has had less merchandise but T2 is the more well known and recognizable to the masses. It is a tough decision and we’re still considering, working on costs with factories, and talking to our retailers about what they want to see as well.
TheArnoldFans: Have you pursued other T1 characters such as a Reese and an 80s hair Sarah Connor?
Falk: We have been considering Reese for some time and do have the rights. It is just a matter of evaluation the sales potential of the 80s version vs Future War version and we wanted to make sure our first sets sold well enough. No plans for Sarah as the market is too limited for that one. It just would not be profitable as a figure.
TheArnoldFans: In addition to a 1/4th scale Terminator, might there be plans for a 12-inch T1 Arnold?
Falk: No such plans at this time.
TheArnoldFans: Have you considered this line of figures to ever expand with vehicles or backdrop settings?
Falk: No vehicles as they are way too expensive to tool and produce and most retailers don’t have the shelf space for them nor do they want figure accessories priced $40 and up.
TheArnoldFans: For the past several consecutive years, NECA has given Arnold fans a treat at Comic Con. Previous years included figures from Conan, Predator, and T2. Will Arnold fans again have a reason to celebrate at the NECA booth at Comic Con 2012?
Falk: There will most likely be a Predator 2 related exclusive for Comic-Con 2012 but nothing directly tied to Arnold this year.
TheArnoldFans: Will NECA continue with the Predator license beyond Comic Con?
Falk: Yes, most definitely!
TheArnoldFans: Now that Arnold has given his likeness to be produced (and you did such a great job with Terminators and Conan), might we also ever get a Predator Dutch figure?
Falk: We are very interested in this and have pursued it in the past, Arnold’s likeness is not included in our Predator license with Fox so we need to reach an agreement with Arnold separately. Since our products retail for a very affordable $15-$20 price point we work on very low margins and don’t have a lot of extra money to devote to such an acquisition. We would love to do this but as a company it has to make financial sense for us to pursue.
TheArnoldFans: From the figures you’ve helped produce, you’re obviously an Arnold fan. What are your top three Arnold films?
Falk: Terminator, Terminator 2, Predator. Thanks for reaching out to me and for your continued support and interest in NECA and what we’re doing in the world of action figures.