In what is probably the most competitive category of the PAPAs, we remember the year that was in toy lines. There were a number of deserving line, so whittling it down to only five was a little difficult. Nonetheless...here they are:
5. Glyos System Series (Onell Design)
Onell continued to expand the Glyos line with several new figure sculpts and lots of new color combinations. One of my favorite new figures, Armovor, capped off the year in Glyos toys.
4. G.I. Joe (Sideshow Collectibles)
Sideshow took their sixth-scale G.I. Joe license from Hasbro and continued to churn out popular classic characters in 2012. Ireviewed General Hawk on the site, but the Zartan and Crimson Guard were this past year's standouts. (All I'm asking for is the metallic shield Cobra Commander)
3. Boombot2 (Boombotix)
The folks from Boombotix recently wrapped up their Kickstarter project to help produce the Boombot REX portable speaker. But the Boombot2, a wireless bluetooth speaker, combines amazing sound with a former designer toy design...and they even have an artist series.
2. T+CP (Tomenosuke and Circus Posterus)
The winner of our Best New Line Award, the Tomenosuke and Circus Posterus joint sofubi vinyl line is one that we have high hopes for in 2013 and beyond. In 2012, we saw them release figures by artists Brandt Peters, Kathie Olivas, and Chris Ryniak.
1. The Avengers (Hot Toys)
It's hard to outdo sixth-scale figures from the top film of 2012 by one of the top toy companies out there. Hot Toys assembled The Avengers...with perfect head sculpts and amazing paint work. Not any easy mission, but my pick for the best of 2012.