Imagine walking into the toy stores of the late 1970s through the 1980s, as you gaze with fondness walking down the toy aisle on all of your favorite line of toys packed blister card to blister card with the likes of the Micronauts, Star Wars, Masters of the Universe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers, M.A.S.K., G.I. Joe, and so many more. Then in the middle of all of those a distinctive packaging draws your eye to a set of 4 action figures from something called The Legends of Cthulhu…then you begin to hear a strange and gibbering chanting coming from the aisle over where they keep the Hot Wheels as if the fabric of your reality is being ripped asunder by the loathsome words that mortal man was never meant to be heard.
Now sadly we never had the pleasure of having such a wonderful toy line celebrating the mythos of H.P. Lovecraft back in our youth but that is why the geniuses at Warpo Toys have decided to step forward and fix that mistake. Eric LeFeber, Bryan Katzel, and Tommy Baldwin have formed Warpo Toys in the effort to bring us what is sorely lacking in today’s toy market, the storytelling aspects that the toys of our past did so well (especially on the packaging) and to make their line of toys indistinguishable from the toy lines of our youth.
First up for Warpo Toys is the Legends of Cthulhu and to demonstrate they have their hearts and head in the right place they’ve been kind enough to share this wonderful video with us. Now watch this video for the background info on Warpo Toys and then watch it again and check out all of the awsome RPG games and toys on the shelves!
Now I admit I am a huge fan of H.P. Lovecraft and a lot of that came about thanks to movies like Re-Animator as well as the Call of the Cthulhu role-playing game back in the day, so you can say I’m the target audience for the Legends of Cthulhu BUT I’m also still a huge archeologist of Nostalgia so Warpo really won me over when they announced they were working with the legendary artist Ken Kelly (Micronauts, Masters of the Universe, KISS, Manowar) for the artwork and Eddy Mosqueda who just so happened to be a toy sculptor for Masters of the Universe and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
But of course the design of the figures themselves are exceptional as you can see from the photo below.
As you saw in the video above the Kickstarter has begun today, so you need to hop over there and check out all of the awesome things you can secure for yourself with your pledges but just in case you need a little pushing in that direction…
How about the Legends of Cthulu Coloring Books?
How about a VHS tape of that wonderful commercial you saw in the Kickstarter video?
I want to thank Warpo Toys for letting me have a sneak peak at all of their hard work and look forward to what new toy lines of a wished for past they have in the works, I’ll be sure to give you all a heads up when I hear more!
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