The toy I wanted to buy was a tree...just a nicely designed evil tree with flexible arms. The one above is from an illustration in a Lord of the Rings calendar.
I like the idea of doing up a corner of a kids room like Voldemort's cave in the "Prince" story. Cardboard or painted styrofoam kits could do the trick.
Computer and keyboard skins?
It;s fun to imagine what Potter bookshelves (above)might look like.
Toy Hogwarts Express trains will need trestle kits.
The right window shades could add moody, Potteresque color to a bedroom.
I have a ton more pictures which cover a lot more territory than I was able to touch on here. Maybe sometime in the future I'll do a follow up post.
One of the things I like about the Potter stories is that they attract bright and imaginative kids, and making toys and media for a quality audience like that is an interesting challenge. The Potter books touch on architecture, magic, English history and tradition, engineering, mythology and monsters. The toy possibilities are endless!
BTW, the Mayan wall above is there because it reminds me of the moving bricks in the first two Potter films. There must be some way to get a decent toy out of those bricks!
Also BTW, an anonymous commenter who seems to be in the know about selling toys had this to say about my criticism of Warners:
- "It wasn't Warner Brothers---they wanted to license and tried like crazy. There were more toys licensed for the very first film than people might remember, but they didn't sell.
- it was the distributors and stores. They were spooked by the new Star Wars films debacle. Although Lucas got paid up front, a majority of the toys were unsold, and the distributors had to eat the cost. Lots of cost.
- The window for selling these toys/shelf space is also very, VERY short.
- I don't agree with all the short term thinking a company like WalMart (the largest distributor in the word) has, but it's their business.
- Movie toys mostly just don't sell very well. The lead time is long, and films are no sure but. Remember The Simpsons? When it first came out...no toys. Same with Toy Story. Few toys (until later)
- While specialty toy makers make wonderful stuff, they're often expensive, and have a very limited market."