A dream of mine recently is to see a company like Hot Toys or Asmus make a line of posable 1/6 figures for Baldur's Gate. I realize it's probably a pipe dream. But I wonder how many millennials and older generations that have tremendous love and nostalgia for the game would collect such figures if they existed...
Such "toys" are actually collectibles. Only a limited number of them is made. After they sell out they increase in value on the secondary market such as EBay. Popular figures often double in value from the original price.
For something like this to fly, the buyer must be 1) a devoted fan of the BG game series, and 2) willing to invest in collecting such figures. That there are still plenty of fans that have great love and nostalgia for the game is a given, I would think. Whether enough of those devoted fans would readily become 1/6 collectors is the big question.
If you've never seen Hot Toys
figues, check them out. It is astonishing how utterly lifelike the figures are.
Hot Toys has the licenses for the major superhero films and Star Wars, plus many other action-adventure and fantasy film franchises. Hot Toys is the big dog in the 1/6 collectible industry. Asmus has a much smaller inventory but they have the license for Lord of the Rings. And let me say as a collector of Asmus Tolkein figures myself: their prototype pictures at the website for LotR and The Hobbit fail to do justice to the figures in hand. In real life they really do look like they're right out of the film.
Hot Toys are running around $250 these days. Asmus typically runs a little less costly, sometimes even as low as $100. I would guess a BG figure from Hot Toys would probably run around $220-240? Whereas by Asmus they might go for, I dunno... say, $180-200... That's just a rough guess, though.
One thing Asmus excels at is in reproducing clothing and gear. They're actually a bit better at it than Hot Toys, imo. (Although Hot Toys usually does a phenomenal job at that too.) And over time Asmus has vastly improved with the quality of head sculpts. To the point that Asmus head sculpts now typically rival, and in some cases surpass, Hot Toys.
Sideshow Collectibles, the premier Hot Toys distributor in the U.S., offers a flex pay plan that lets the customer preorder and spread payments over 4 months. You can now buy directly from Asmus although I'm not sure if they also offer such a flex pay plan.
(Just providing this info to educate as an avid collector myself, not shilling for either.)
Anyway, assuming topflight quality for either manufacturer...
Would you over time collect, say, a core BG adventuring party? And get a Sarevok figure?
Which NPCs for you would be must have if you were to start such a collection?
Do you think that the introduction of collectibles for the BG game series might also help invigorate interest in the games?