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Stiq Figures, January 5 – 11: Gaming memorabilia edition

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Joystiq writes about gaming-themed figurines, apparel and trinket-stuffed special editions fairly often, but there are scores of referential collectibles …
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First 4 Figures Teases Zelda: The Wind Waker Series With Peek At Ganon

First 4 Figures is preparing to launch a collection of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker figures, and it is teasing the line with a look at Ganon.

Not much is known about the line like what figures will be created (other than Ganon), but pre-orders open up on January 20, which you will be able to do on the First 4 Figures website. For a look at other Zelda figures from First 4 Figures head here to see Link on Epona form Twilight Princess, here to see Link on a Loftwing from Skyward Sword, and here for a look at Zelda from Twilight Princess.

[Source: First 4 Figures on Facebook, via Kotaku]

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The War Of The Action Figures: Disney And Activision’s Dueling Sales Stats

There is a war brewing in the gaming world, and it’s not the one you might think. Ever since last year, Activision and Disney have been duking it out in the growing “toys to life” market (also called “toy-loadable content”). Today sees dueling statistics about performance during 2014.[Ecxerpt]

In the United States
According to the NPD Group, which released data on December 2014 as well as the full year yesterday, Disney Infinity outperformed Skylanders in total starter packs sold and total revenue. Disney points out that Infinity 2.0 is on three fewer platforms than Skylanders, and on those that they share, Infinity outsold Activision’s franchise by 72 percent in terms of starter packs.

However, Activision says that Skylanders is still the largest brand in the United States. This takes into account all sales across all years, of which Activision has two additional as the pioneers in the genre. (Update: Activision reached out to clarify that the number provided was for franchise sales in 2014. Skylanders total franchise sales for the past year surpassed Disney Infinity.) Note that Disney’s statistic about starter packs doesn’t take into account the equally important figure sales (and this year, Skylander traps) that come after.

This certainly points to strong growth for Disney Interactive’s most valuable franchise. The Marvel tie-in has done wonders for the brand, and with Disney’s vast stable of characters, there is more to tap into. However, these statistics don’t tell the entire story.

Gaming is a worldwide business
Skylanders is still top dog when looking at the entire video game market. While Infinity was on top in the United States this year, Activision says that it is still 30 percent larger. Additionally, worldwide, Trap Team outsold Disney Infinity by 17 percent. Even without specific sales figures, Activision's franchise is still larger and outperformed the competition across all markets.

The NPD says that in the United States, interactive gaming toys like these and Nintendo’s Amiibo figures were the top-selling accessory. On a dollar basis, sales increased 5 percent over 2013.

Activision and Disney haven’t opted to share specific sales statistics, but it’s clear that both are performing well and are here to stay. With other minor entries, like Angry Birds Telepods and inexpensive licensed games such as Hero Portal, the market is still filling up with no sign of stopping.

 

Our Take
This is an interesting case in how publishers use statistics as part of promotion and marketing. It’s worth taking the time to look at and understand the context in order to get a clearer picture of the landscape.

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Stiq Figures, December 22 – 28: Real-life video game replicas edition

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Yes, I’m still stuck on the real-life Pac-Man maze that Budweiser built for a Super Bowl commercial. Running through replicas of gaming stages and scenari…
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Sales figures for Bik, a retro point-and-click adventure

Did press help or hurt? Did advertising? It’s hard to say for this small indie — but this blog post gives a snapshot of what a small point-and-click adventure can do, revenue-wise. …


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Stiq Figures, December 15 – 21: 2015 resolutions edition

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Now that we can count the remaining days of 2014 on one hand, you might hear an awful lot about New Year’s resolutions over the coming days. Whether it’s …
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Ten Other Uses For Nintendo’s Amiibo Figures

Like many of you, I got some Nintendo Amiibos for Christmas this year. Unfortunately, I’m visiting my sister on the east coast and I forgot to bring my Wii U, so I decided to experiment with several other uses for Nintendo’s adorable new figures.

1. Pepperoni Placeholder
What’s for dinner? Pizza! Create the perfect pie, and instill a love of cooking in your kids at the same time. Amiibos can be used to create indents in a cheesy pizza foundation that are just the right size for delicious slices of pepperoni. Now your kids will know exactly where to put the pepperoni. Don’t have a kid? Try cooking with a dog or old people.

2. Ostrich Charm
Ostriches love shiny little objects. Use one of Nintendo’s Amiibos to charm any ostrich into a hypnotic sleep and then implant false memories into it subconsciously. Who needs a modern video game when you can watch an ostrich strut around, acting like a giant chicken.

3. Replacement Donatello
My sister had an old box of toys for me from my childhood. It was basically an amazing assortment of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers from when I was a kid. (Remember the figure where Michelangelo fired pizzas from his abs? That one was crazy!) The only problem is that my original Donatello figure seems to have gone missing, which made it hard for me to play with my nephew. So I just explained to the kid that Donatello went to the city, got some plastic surgery, and now goes by the name Link.


If you're allergic to peanuts, consult your doctor before eating Amiibos

4. Last Chance Snack
Hitting
the road during the holidays? Don’t leave home without your Amiibos. If
you accidentally take a detour and end up lost in the woods slowing
starving to death, you’ll be glad you have them. Sure, Amiibos don’t
offer any nutritional value, but they will keep your tummy full and your
spirits up while you wait for rescue.

5. Melting Stick
Have you ever enjoyed just watching plastic melt? Amiibos are made from a lot of plastic. You can use a BIC lighter to turn an Amiibo into a sad pile of tears, but it might take awhile. If you have a blowtorch, however, you’ll start to see some nearly instant melting. Editor’s note: if you use an Amiibo as a Melting Stick, then it can no longer be used as a Replacement Donatello.


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Get A Sneak Peek Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Figures

The original Star Wars figures were so popular that they were sold in empty boxes because the manufacturer wasn't ready to meet the Christmas demand. We have a feeling that Disney could also sell empty boxes of The Force Awakens figures, but they probably won't. Get an early look at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens' costuming in these early prototype shots of Episode VII's action-figure line.

In the shot above you can see the figures, which are left to right: Kylo Ren, John Boyega as Finn, Daisy Ridley as Rey, droid BB-8, and Peter Mayhew’s Chewbacca.

Star Wars: The Force Awaken will change your life next December.

[Source: Chinese-Starwars via AintItCool]

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Stiq Figures, December 8 – 14: Biggest surprise in 2014 edition

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A lot can happen in a year. Social media behemoths can snatch up rising tech companies, unlikely returns can happen simply because a CEO says so, and new,…
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Stiq Figures, November 24 – 30: Coming in 2015 edition

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Our to-play lists may still be a little bloated from this year’s offerings, but this weekend’s PlayStation Experience (and past Gamescom and E3 presentati…
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