Now Playing From Sota Toys

by Jay Cochran
July 15, 2004

Sota Toys announces Now Playing. Note that all images are pending approval from the licensor.

July 16, 2004 - They first came to life up on the movie screen- heroes, villains, creatures, monsters and madmen. These film characters were bigger, badder and cooler than we ever thought possible. And courtesy of SOTA Toys, they are NOW PLAYING!

This year, SOTA Toys are turning classic and cult movie characters into dynamic action figures. The figures are approx. 7 inches scale and each character comes with character specific bases.

“NOW PLAYING is really a labor of love for me, “ said SOTA Toys President Jerry Macaluso, “These are movies that I’ve grown up with and always loved watching over the years. So when the opportunity came for me to make these classic characters into action figure, I dove head first into it. This has been almost a year in development and I’m really proud of the lineup of movies we’ve got for NOW PLAYING… and even better titles are to come!”

NOW PLAYING’s first series of action figures will include characters from the movies DARKMAN, THE TOXIC AVENGER and AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON. Series 2 will include JEEPERS CREEPERS 2, KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE and THE MUMMY RETURNS, with more NOW PLAYING figures due in 2005.

NOW PLAYING Finished Prototypes will be debut at the SOTA Toys booth (#4129) at the Comic Con International in San Diego, July 21-25, 2004

NOW PLAYING SERIES 1 will be available through retailers in November 2004.

*NOW PLAYING Series 1 Descriptions:

-Dr. Peyton Westlake (Darkman)
Dr. Peyton Westlake was a brilliant scientist working on a temporary synthetic skin for temporarily help burn victims. A confrontation with a greedy businessman and his gangsters leaves Westlake’s lab destroyed, hisface horribly scarred, body burned and unable to feel pain. Using the synthetic skin to appear as almost anyone, Peyton exacts his revenge upon those who took his life from him. Because he is no longer Peyton Westlake… He IS Darkman.

-Toxie (The Toxic Avenger)
Pity Melvin Junko! He’s the ultimate nerd-a 98 lb weakling abused by everyone he meets. But when punks chase Melvin into radioactive toxic waste, he is now longer just himself-He’s the Toxic Avenger! Now Toxie’s fighting crime, reaping revenge on those who persecuted him and becoming a true hero… from New Jersey!

-Nightmare Demons (An American Werewolf in London)
Poor David Kessler. Not only is he dealing with his best friend’s savage murder on the moors of England and the fact that he might be a werewolf-he is also having strange and terrifying dreams. The worst involves the attack of his peaceful family by horrific, militaristic demons! The terrifying creatures ransack his home, kill his family members, set fire to his home then finally slit his throat! But for David, the nightmare doesn’t end
there . . .

*NOW PLAYING Series 2 Descriptions:

-The Creeper ( Jeepers Creepers 2)
A bus of high school students has been disabled and people are being picked off one by one… by something that is not human. A creature that appears only every 23 years and then only for 23 days... when it gets to feed. Now with a taste for blood, the Creeper will not be denied what it wants the most-to feed on its final day!

-Killer Klown(Killer Klowns From Outer Space )
When a group of kids track a shooting star to where it lands, they encounter they strangest sight-a giant circus tent populated by clowns. But these are no ordinary clowns but aliens from another world! And they’ve come for us armed with evil shadow creatures, diabolical balloons and cocoons made of cotton candy! Now its kids of the town versus the Killer Klowns from Outer Space!

-Imhotep the Mummy(The Mummy Returns
In 1933, Egyptian High Priest Imhotep has returned from the grave once more to be reunited with his love, Anck Su Namun. Now he plans on gaining control of the mythical man-beast known as the Scorpion King and with his undead army take the world for his own. But until he has gained certain body parts back, he must remain a desiccated mummy corpse.


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