While attending the ever-growing C2E2 pop culture convention in Chicago this past weekend, I stopped by the CKRTLAB Toys booth. Still somewhat a newcomer to the vinyl toy scene, the last few months have been good ones for the small toy company based in New Albany, Ohio. In the past year they have released vinyl figures of public domain characters: Captain Midnight, The Original Daredevil, American Crusader and The Black Terror.
Shortly after bringing those public domain characters to the market, they approached Valiant Entertainment and showed them what they were doing. Deals were made and CKRTLAB Toys continued to grow by adding the first vinyl figure based on characters from the Valiant Universe with starting with X-O Manowar.
Following the Valiant Universe news, they added another character that seems to be showing up everywhere these days, the popular Captain Action. At C2E2 they sold a Black-Ops Variant Captain Action along with the standard blue and black version. I am unsure if they intend to sell the variant figure at any other conventions this year.
After talking to CKRTLAB Toys’ Tim Ellis, I was told that the Valiant Universe line would be adding another popular character to the line after the success of X-O Manowar. Coming in June is the unstoppable warrior known as Bloodshot. No prototypes were shown, but there is control art available to check out. Also coming this year will be a vinyl figure based on the popular Canadian comic book hero, Captain Canuck! There will be a few versions, two featuring his classic uniform and one in his new modern look.
The vinyl figures are priced at $20 to $30 each, with convention exclusives running $40. You can visit their website to buy the public domain characters, X-O Manowar and blank figures.