EDITOR’S NOTE: I’d like to officially introduce you to our newest member to the SKC crew, Rob Meyer! Some of you may recognize Rob from the recently broadcast Toy Hunters special on the Travel Channel. As an avid toy fanatic, Rob will be joining us habitually to share his latest scores (both old and new) and generally be our geek guide to the world of toys.
If you’re not watching Cartoon Network’s hit series Adventure Time, you’re missing one of the most clever and strangely heartwarming shows being produced today. This show is totally bizarre… in the most wonderful way possible.
Created by Pendleton Ward (who also worked on another favorite, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack), Adventure Time follows the story of Jake (the dog) and Finn (the human). The series also features a colorful cast of oddballs such as; Princess Bubblegum, Lady Rainicorn, The Ice King and Lumpy Space Princess (yes… they are as bizzare as their names suggest).
Recently Jazwares released a series of Adventure Time toys that had me practically running for the nearest toy store. With a show this weird and fun, toys were a natural fit and I had to have them! Currently there are several different scales you can choose from. There’s the 2 inch 2-packs, the 5” inch single packs, a 10 inch Deluxe Finn w/ backpack, 6 inch plushies and the 20 inch Slamacows (think WWF Wrestling Buddies). The Slamacows (see above) encourage kids to beat the hell of them and “hear fun sayings from the show!”
WHAT’S IT WORTH?
With a show and toy line this new, speculating about collectible value is purely a guessing game at this point. I will say this… I gave up collecting toys as an investment a LONG time ago. Today I collect purely for fun of it and happily rip open (gasp!) almost all of the toys I purchase.
With that said, there’s still a strong chance that this line will be collectible in the future. The shelf life for most of these shows (no matter how good) is only about 2-3 years on average, which means Adventure Time could be toon history before we know it. Pair that with a strong cult following and the fact that Jazwares is a relatively small company (which usually means a small production run) and you’ve got one hot toy line. Now go snag some for yourself… they’re mathematical!