Disney & Marvel Finders Keypers at NYCC ’17 (Alter Ego)
Last weekend while at New York Comic Con, I met with Rick Starr, CEO of Alter Ego (formerly Elephant Gun). During our visit, I got a first hand look at three of the newest additions to their Finders Keypers line of collectible mini-statues that double as key holders. Available later this year, the three newest statues continue the Marvel line with Spider-Man, and introduce the Disney line with Nightmare Before Christmas and Beauty and the Beast. Let’s take a closer look.
Spider-Man joins already released Deadpool and Groot in the Marvel line of Finders Keypers. Here is his classic costume, Spider-Man’s key-fob is the Spider-Man logo, which fits nicely on the web in front.
Seen here already in final packaging, Spider-Man is basically ready to head to store shelves for the holiday season.
I am loving this design for Spider-Man, especially the fun detail. What I also like about this one is that it could easily find use other than just either a collectible statue or a place for keys. I could easily see possible a place on a work desk for paper clips or loose change.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Presented in a fully painted final product, Jack Skellington and Zero are featured here taking a stroll through the graveyard/ pumpkin patch. For this statue, the key-fob is Jack’s head, which fits in a spot on the base.
What I liked about this statue is, while there is some great detail in it, it is also very durable. For example, spots like Jack’s bow tie are made of a soft plastic that isn’t rigid. Granted, you can’t throw the statue hard to the ground and not expect it to break. However, these statues are made with kids in mind, and are more rugged than a normal statue.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
The final Finders Keyper statue unveiled at New York Comic Con was for the animated version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. This statue features Belle, The Beast, and Chip in a scene from the library, with the key-fob being a book that sits on a stand. At New York Comic Con, the unpainted final version was on display.
Even though it is not painted, you can get a pretty good idea of how detailed this one is. In my opinion, this movie does not get enough love from higher end collectibles (above, let’s say, Disney Store toys and plush). I will be picking this up for sure.
In case you were wanting to see what it will basically look like once painted, here is the concept art sent to us from Alter Ego.
And this is not it for the Disney line. Rick informed me that there are plans to bringing up to eight more Disney Finders Keypers statues to market in 2018. That is awesome, and if they are as detailed as both of the Disney ones seen here, I am sure quite a few of us will have an extensive collection within the year.
I think the best part of this line is the price point, which finds each statue ranging from $20-$30 in cost. I personally have spent 2-3 times that for a statue similar in size (they range from 6″-10″) that did not have as good of detail. I understand that these are designed and produced mainly for kids in mind, but the collector in me is excited to see a quality, durable statue that is also affordable.
Want to add a Finders Keypers statue to your collection? Check out Entertainment Earth, which has these three designs up for pre-order for a November 2017 release.
Special thanks to Rick and the team at Alter Ego for taking the time to meet with me at NYCC. I had a great time, and this Finders Keypers line is sure to sometime to be very popular.
What do you think of these new Finders Keypers statues? Will you be adding any of them to your collection? Let us know in the comments below.
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Living in the NYC area, Travis has grown up loving a multitude of things, from Disney to Broadway to the fine arts… and beyond. He is the Press Reporter for such events like the NY Toy Fair and New York Comic Con. Additionally, he is also an amateur puppeteer, toy collector, avid movie goer, and carries his camera around wherever he goes.