Environment-Specific Action Figure
The tendency for toylines of Merchandise-Driven
(and sometimes otherwise) shows to also contain variations of the characters made up out of, er, whole cloth
. Most variations fall under Stylish Protection Gear
, and virtually every toy line has at least one of these:
- A snow version, with skis and a white winter outfit. Often called "Arctic Action Whatever."
- Desert version, usually just the regular one with a desert hat and brown or desert camo clothes.
- The underwater version, which sucks, and in some toylines will actually be made for play involving water. (See the Marvel example below.) Fires torpedoes.
- Some sort of big backpack/shield device that fits over the shoulders that usually fires missiles.
- A rocket pack or spacesuit. It may also fire missiles.
- Vehicles for every superhero popular enough to have their own toyline, even - no, especially ones that have no need for one. Fires missiles.
Additionally, these extra designs will almost always go way off color scheme or character concept: it's not unusual to see Batman sporting bright blue
armor covered in rocket launchers, or to see melee or magic-based characters with assault rifles.
do the research... market research
. (And, sometimes
, environmental research.)
shows will introduce these sorts of 'gear', like the snow gear in The Batman
(though in this case, the villain that justified its creation and inclusion already existed in the mythos), the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
episode with the backpacks, or just about any Power Rangers
episode with the new bike or Super Mode