Magic figures are character figurines, made of plastic or other materials, based upon characters from the Magic: The Gathering flavor or storyline. The items may be produced and designed on the assumption that they will be bought solely for display. Action figures are poseable (the term "action figure" was first coined by Hasbro in 1964, to market G.I. Joe), while figurines are non-posable statuettes.
Heartbreaker[edit | edit source]
Wizards of the Coast[edit | edit source]
7 inch paintable plaster figurines[edit | edit source]
Unpainted plaster figurines, about seven inches high, were manufactured for the Japanese market around 1995. These included Baron Sengir, Serra Angel, Hurloon Minotaur and Prodigal Sorcerer. A second (?) series included Spirit Link.
13-22 inch statues[edit | edit source]
Between September 1998 and April 1999 Wizards of the Coast released a limited edition of four cold cast porcelain statues. The statues (Serra Angel, Shivan Dragon, Spirit Link/Jolrael and Hurloon Minotaur were designed by Randy Bowen, and produced in 5.000 copies each by Dark Horse Comics. Each statue ($125 - $195) was fully painted and packaged in a full-color collector's box. They measured 13 inch and 22 inch (Shivan Dragon).
9 inch action figures[edit | edit source]
In Spring 1999, Wizards of the Coast released a serie of 9 inch action figures in a production run of 30.000. They included :
- Serra Angel (16 points of articulation). Included Sword of Faith, shield, scabbard and cloth shirt for dress.
- Talruum Minotaur (9 points of articulation). Included battle ax, battle blade, crystal sword, Grinning Totem and loincloth.
- Orgg (6 points of articulation). Included ball and chain, Hammer of Bogardan, loincloth and Goblin Grenade).
A second series that released later that year included:
- Dakkon Blackblade. Included Gauntlets of Chaos.
- Juzám Djinn. Included Dancing Scimitar.
- Soldevi Golem. Included key and Lab Rats.
- Cateran Overlord.
A Crovax, Ascendent Evincar was announced, but apparently never released.
Hasbro[edit | edit source]
June 18, 2003, Hasbro released the Magic The Gathering Figures Series 1. The six individually packaged figures announced for the first series included characters based on four 'time-honored cards' (Serra Angel, Lord of Atlantis, Sengir Vampire and Ernham Djinn, and two from the Odyssey expansion (Kamahl, Pit Fighter and Shadowmage Infiltrator). Each Magic The Gathering action figure included a random Seventh Edition card.
First 4 Figures[edit | edit source]
In 2005, First 4 Figures obtained a license to produce several statues featuring some notable cards from Champions of Kamigawa and Betrayers of Kamigawa. A total of five different limited-edition (only 5,000 of each) resin figures were produced. These stood approximately 9 to 10 inches tall and were mounted on a base: Eight-and-a-Half-Tails , Melouku the Clouded Mirror, Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni and Kodama of the North Tree.
Funko[edit | edit source]
On February 16, 2014, Funko (a company that manufactures and produces a wide array of licensed pop culture toys) announced a new licensing agreement with Wizards of the Coast to produce Planeswalker figures for their popular Pop! Vinyl Figures and new Legacy Collection Action Figures lines.
Pop! Vinyl figures[edit | edit source]
Funko Pop! Vinyl figures are 3.75 inch tall super stylized vinyl figures, modeled in a Japanese chibi style. The first series features Jace Beleren, Garruk Wildspeaker, Chandra Nalaar, Liliana Vess, Ajani Goldmane and Nissa Revane (as featured in Magic 2015). The second series features Nicol Bolas, Sarkhan Vol, Tezzeret, Elspeth Tirel, Gideon Jura and Kiora Atua. Special editions include Chandra "Glow in the Dark", all-black Garruk  and all-black Bolas.
Legacy Collection[edit | edit source]
Funko teamed up with talented sculptors at Gentle Giant to create Funko’s Legacy Collection line of deluxe action figures featuring 20+ points of articulation and removable accessories for ages 14+. Released in August 2014, the Magic: The Gathering Planeswalkers were the first Legacy Collection figures to be released. The line features the same iconic Planeswalkers as those released in the first series of Pop! Vinyl.
Prime 1 Studio[edit | edit source]
In 2017, the Japanese Prime 1 Studio releases expansive painted Nicol Bolas and Ajani Goldmane statues. Size approximately 28 inches tall [(H)72 cm (W)66 cm (D)60 cm] - One (1) alternate exclusive portrait (In the Exclusive version only) Retail Price: - Regular version: $799 US - Exclusive version: $849 US
WizKids[edit | edit source]
This is followed up by a D&D crossover, focusing on the Ravnican guilds.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Magic Arcana. (February 07, 2002.) "Action figures", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater. (June 12, 2006.) "Angels Among Us", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Magic Arcana. (February 07, 2005.) "Kamigawa Figures", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Wizards of the Coast. (February 18, 2014.) "Announcing Funko Planeswalkers", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Funko Press release
- TJ Norris. (August 7, 2014.) "1st Glimpse + Pre-Order: Magic the Gathering Series II", Funkorific, Tumblr.
- Mike McArtor. (February 4, 2015.) "Funko Pop! Planeswalkers, Part Deux", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Blake Rasmussen. (July 11, 2014.) "Hot Topic Chandra", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Blake Rasmussen. (August 26, 2014.) "Magic at PAX Prime 2014!", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mike Rosenberg. (March 27, 2015.) "The OP Round-Up", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Magic: The Gathering Jumps Off Cards, Lands On Your Desk/Shelf
- Nicol Bolas Figure from Prime 1 Studio Announced
- Ajani Goldmane fully painted statue from Prime 1 Studios
- Facebook prime 1 Studio