TOY FAIR 2013 COVERAGE!!!
So it looks like McFarlane Toys will be taking over the Assassin's Creed license, which, I assume, means that NECA is done with it.
This now means that you can now go from collecting 7" brilliant and fairly priced figures to McFarlane's (barely) 6" sloppy and over-priced shlock.
In case you're interested, here are some details from McFarlane:
There will be seven figures in series 1, including two of Connor. They will be 6" tall, have 25 points of articulation and cost 14.99 - 16.99 each.
The sculpt looks great, but McFarlane's quality control is heinous. Perhaps I shouldn't be so harsh, but I remember when McFarlane Toys first began. Todd started his own company because he said that nothing out there could come close to the quality of what his Spawn license deserved, so he created his own company to ensure it was done right. That desiccation ultimately made McFarlane richest and most successful of all the Image founders. From there, McFarlane toys went on to become the most influential action figure company since Hasbro in the 80's and changed the face of action figure quality and standards (in the US and Japan) forever. I just feel that they have fallen so far from what they used to be. Now it seems that they are doing what it takes "just to get by". Are they better than Hasbro? Most of the time, yes. But other companies who were originally influenced by McFarlane Toys are now kicking their ass!
I'd love to see McFalane Toys start to really step up their game again, but Todd is older and has lost that "fire" he once had (I guess being a millionaire for 20 years will do that to ya) and McFarlane Toys has also become a major corporation. That means cutting corners and saving costs. It means putting out crap just to cash in on a brand or summer blockbuster. It means being Hasbro.
Okay. I'm tuning the rant machine off now.