What is could be cooler than rescuing classic games and porting them to new platforms? How about creating action figures based on many of the characters from those games? That is exactly what is going on with Toyetico, a new subsidiary of Piko Interactive, who are seeking crowdfunding for an action figure based on Hiro from Switchblade. Video games and toys go hand in hand with most fans, so it makes sense to release action figures based on Piko Interactive games.
The Story of Switchblade
For those that do not know Switchblade’s backstory, here is a quick refresher. Havok have returned to Thraxx and unleashed a new level of evil after 10,000 years of peace. Havok were successful in destroying the Fireblade, the sour of power for the Bladeknights who kept peace across the planet. With the Bladeknights weakened, Havok was able to turn the skies red with destruction. Citizens and Bladeknights alike died at the hand of evil creatures that Havok set upon the world. All Bladeknights died, except one – Hiro.
Controlling Hiro your goal is to navigate the world of Thraxx dispatching Havoks creatures on your quest to reassemble the sixteen pieces of the Fireblade.
What about the figure
Currently the prototype figure has been created and is shown in this article. This is just the first part of the long process of getting the Switchblade toy into production. The full schedule is covered on the Kickstarter campaign page, so I won’t bore you with repeating it here. The track record of Piko Interactive should give anyone with concerns a bit of relief here. This is not their first Kickstarter and it probably won’t be their last.
The figure is basically designed to be similar in size to the Toybiz line (X-Men), Playmates (Ninja Turtles), and Hasbro (three- and three-quarter inch tall G.I. Joe figures). What that means for those that don’t know already is, the figures will be detailed but not absurdly huge.
All about the stretch goals
As with any Kickstarter campaign there are stretch goals in play here. As of this writing, the Switchblade figure campaign has passed the one third funded mark (it started earlier today). That gives great hope that not only will we see the Switchblade figure funded but we might see a stretch goal or two funded as well.
The first five, of six, stretch goals are additional figures from the Switchblade universe. Those would be great to see, the first is unlocked at $25k, but that sixth stretch goal. That is the one I want to close this article on.
Do you remember the Tiger Electronics hand helds? Remember how if there was a popular game or movie/television show then there was a Tiger Electronics hand held to accompany it? Yeah, that Tiger Electronics. Well, if the highest stretch goal is hit, we will see a custom made Switchblade hand held in the style of those Tiger Electronics releases. I know, it is a stretch but seriously, how cool would it be to see that happen?
Hit the Switchblade Kickstarter project page to check out the details and possibly throw a few bucks at this Switchblade figure. If you want it, help make it happen with pledging, sharing, posting, anything. It all helps in the long run.