2012 PAPAs: Best New Line
With toy companies and toy lines constantly entering and exiting the marketplace, finding five new toy lines to feature is a fairly simple task. We saw new things from well-known companies and stuff from some artists we had not yet encountered, but here are my top 5...
5. Gravescabs (Sharkchild)
The only plush line on this list, Gravescabs combined characters from a podcast with plush toys. The Skell plush can don several interchangeable covers to give it different looks. It was one of the most unique plush lines of 2012.
4. S.L.U.G. Zombies (JAKKS Pacific)
JAKKS Pacific is the largest company on this list. The mass-produced S.L.U.G. Zombies line took the popularity (and resurgence) of M.U.S.C.L.E. inspired figures and combined that with the undead (also apparently popular over the last several years).
3. Sundae Girls (Necessaries Toy Foundation)
After many years (around 6) in the works, NTF released the first figure from Fawn Gehweiler's Sundae Girls line - named I Want Candy. There are two more figures that were revealed back in 2006...but I don't know if I could handle waiting until 2024 to complete the set.
2. OMFG! (October Toys)
Crowdsourcing became a hot topic in 2012. One of the more successful projects was OMFG! Series 1 by October Toys. They brought together a group of artists and sculptors from around the globe to fund a five figure M.U.S.C.L.E. inspired line. And it was so popular that they did a Series 2.
1. T+CP (Tomenosuke and Circus Posterus)
Japan-based shop Tomenosuke joined up with Circus Posterus to release the T+CP line. To date, the sofubi vinyl line features designs from artists Brandt Peters, Kathie Olivas, and Chris Ryniak. Just when you thought that vinyl was on its way out...a line like this gets you excited to collect again.