Three forty-something toy-industry veterans have formed their own company, Warpo, dedicated to creating retro action figures. Their first product line? The Legends of Cthulhu series, featuring Spawn of Cthulhu, Cultist, Deep One, and Professor figures:
We always felt that Lovecraft’s worlds were deserving of their own action figure line and what better time period than the late 70’s / early 80’s when his work first began its modern-day resurgence … The result is our interpretation of what a major toy company in that era would have done with these characters and how a creative team of the period would have translated H.P. Lovecraft’s stories into a mass-market children’s toy property.
In keeping with the early 80s ethos, Warpo hired Eddy Mosqueda, who worked on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Masters of the Universe, for the figure sculpts. For the blister-pack art, they engaged the talents of Ken Kelly, who painted some of the most incredible art ever to adorn a backing card; just check out the packaging he did for Micronauts and the Dungeons & Dragons toy lines.
Everything about this project is pitch perfect, from the vinyl cape of the Cultist to the T-hole, fonts, and color palette of the cards. Ia!
Having exceeded their $60,000 Kickstarter goal and stating a disinterest in “remaking or reissuing old toys or licenses,” we can only wonder what else Warpo has in store. Will there be a second wave of Lovecraft figures? Perhaps a plucky lady journalist, armed with cloche hat, pearls, and revolver, uncovers a conspiracy led by a Great Old One and evil witch Keziah Mason (complete with Brown Jenkin accessory)! Or will Warpo expand into new (and, most likely, public-domain) IPs? Will David Innes and Dian the Beautiful battle the mahar and their savage sagoth slaves? Or will Bedford and Cavor square off against the menacing Selenites?
With Warpo, your nostalgia and upper-middle-class disposable income control the action!