Alternative Hero

Traditional superheroes are subverted in collectible toys

Implications - Traditional superhero action figures are being transformed into new, eccentric forms that often double as collectible items. This progression not only speaks to the desire for "alternative" heroes in pop culture, but also the modern fan's insistence on memorializing their favorite characters. Ultimately, these items suggest a convergence between children's interests and older consumers who wish to engage in a sense of play.
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Mild Top 4 Examples: 3,682 Total Clicks Nov 15 - Feb 16
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Sketched Superhero Figurines - The Jim Lee Blueline Superman is Styled Like a 3D Drawing
SCORE: 5.9
Warm 1,437 Clicks Pub: Feb 23, 16
Sketched Superhero Figurines
The Jim Lee Blueline Superman is Styled Like a 3D Drawing
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SCORE: 4.7
Mild 1,022 Clicks Pub: Feb 13, 16
Superhero Nesting Dolls
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SCORE: 4.5
Mild 608 Clicks Pub: Feb 9, 16
Superhero Toy Ducks
The Batman Rubber Duck Transforms the Iconic Dark Knight into a Bath Toy
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SCORE: 2.4
Untested 615 Clicks Pub: Nov 13, 15
Spud Superhero Toys
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