Regular Show is one of the highest rated programs on Cartoon Network. The adventures of two slackers, a blue jay and a raccoon who have a series of bombastic, cosmic and inexplicable adventures while working in a park, have struck a chord with a wide range of Cartoon Network viewers, appealing to kids, some of their parents, and quite a few members of the “key” demographic who probably enjoy the show while under the influence of some recreational substance.
Since 2012, JazWares has released a line of Regular Show toys which has met with quite a bit of success, but which is also facing an uncertain future. We’ll tell you more about that in a moment but first, let’s look at some of the toys.
JazWares first released a boxed set of the core characters from the show done in 2 inch size, which is a pretty nifty little collectible that doesn’t take up a lot of space, but it includes figures so tiny they could probably fit inside a vending machine.
More interesting are their 3 inch figures with action features. That line includes Mordecai the blue jay, Rigby the raccoon, and their friends, Pops, an older gentleman with a head shaped like a giant lollipop and Benson, their short-tempered boss who happens to be a gumball machine.
At this point, I should probably mention that while Regular Show is suitable for kids (well, mostly suitable depending on how uptight the parents are,) it’s based on a cartoon that the show’s creator, JG Quintel, made in college about two guys working an overnight shift in a convenience store on Halloween while taking acid. This is probably not safe for work or for kids.
In addition, JazWares has released a line of 5 inch action figures which consists of Mordecai, Rigby, Benson, and Skips, the yeti. Other figures that have been released include bobbleheads with “new wave” glasses, deluxe figures of Mordecai and Rigby, Mordecai and Rigby on friction powered bikes, and a remote control golf cart, the key means of tooling around in the park.
There’s also been a line of plush figures with Mordecai and Rigby being done in several sizes, even in talking versions, with the supporting cast of Benson, Pops, Skips, Muscle Man and Hi-Five Ghost being released in a standard 7 inch collectible plush size.
The future of the line is in question at the moment because up to now, the action figures have been exclusive to Toys ‘R Us. You can find the plush in several other outlets, including Hot Topic. Apparently, at the end of 2013, the Toys ‘R Us exclusive deal expired and the future of the line is not clear, although we will probably find out what’s going on next month at the International Toy Fair in New York.
There are three possibilities. First, Toys ‘R Us may renew their exclusive deal. Second, JazWares may take the line to other retailers so that the figures will turn up at other retailers like Target or Walmart. The third, and very real possibility is that JazWares may drop the line altogether.
At Toys ‘R Us in recent weeks, we’ve noticed that JazWares has opted to give most of their assigned space to the very hot Minecraft franchise, a license they acquired last year. The Minecraft toys do not appear to be selling at a spectacular rate, so it’s possible we may see some of that space returned to Regular Show and Adventure Time or given over to another recent JazWares acquisition, Teen Titans Go!
Just in case, if you’re interested in Regular Show toys, now is the time to buy. Most Toys ‘R Us stores have them marked down for clearance and once these hit the secondary market, prices will skyrocket.
With an uncertain future, fans of the show must act now if they don’t want to pay an arm and a leg or be forced to eat a giant omlet in order to get these action figures. We will leave you with a rarely seen commercial for Regular Show toys.