In the “Figures Wanted” spotlight, I take a look at classic properties that are overdue for collectibles. In most cases, these properties have had little to no collectibles released, especially in the last 15+ years. In my previous entries, I talked about the classic video game Double Dragon, and the iconic horror film The Thing. Today, I am talking about a another classic, and long running, video game property; Battletoads. The franchise began on the Nintendo Entertainment System, and has made appearances on every major platform of the 8-bit and 16-bit eras, including the arcades. At the height of its popularity, it even spawned a half hour cartoon pilot, which was ultimately never picked up to series.
These days, Battletoads is a Microsoft owned property, via their acquisition of Rare. One of the characters appears as a playable character in the modern revival of Killer Instinct. An all-new game was also announced earlier this year for Microsoft Xbox systems and PC. What better way to celebrate the revival of this classic franchise than with new action figures?
As you read on, I’ll go over a brief history of the Battletoads story, some of the best releases, and more. After that, I’ll go over which characters would most likely be in line for new toys, and which companies I believe would be best suited for taking on the license. Feel free to share what you’d love to see for Battletoads in our discussion thread.