Three years ago, Guitar Hero turned the gaming industry on its ear by proving that a market existed for playing with tiny plastic rock instruments. Later this year, McFarlane Toys would no doubt love to find a similarly lucrative market for playing with tiny plastic rock stars, as the company behind the Spawn character is producing a line of Guitar Hero action figures.
The first wave of four toys will be based on the fictitious axe men of the Guitar Hero universe, including shirtless punk Johnny Napalm, Euro death metal nut Lars Umlaut, and jean-jacketed rocker Axel Steel. Rounding out the line will be the unlockable God of Rock character. Each figure will stand about six inches tall, with between 15 and 18 moving parts, a Guitar Hero logo base, and (naturally) a custom guitar.
While McFarlane Toys is best known for its Spawn series of figures, the company is no stranger to the world of rock. The company produced a line of KISS figures in 1997, and has since produced a small Hall of Fame's worth of rock star toys, including The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Motley Crue, and Bon Jovi.
The Guitar Hero toys are scheduled to go on sale in November to coincide with the holiday launch of Guitar Hero World Tour.