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Avatar 2 Merchandise Updates, McFarlane Toys, Lego, and more

Avatar 2 Merchandise Updates, McFarlane Toys, Lego, and more

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In an article posted by License Global, we got a clearer picture of how the Avatar 2 merchandise landscape will look. Some of this has been known for some time, but since it’s covered in the article I’ll touch on it again. More books will be coming from DK Publishing this year, including one already released in Europe, The World of Avatar: A Visual Exploration. Plus more books from DK will be released as the sequels progress. Dark Horse will continue to make comics for the franchise, telling stories from the past to the present, the newest release is due out on May the 4th, Avatar: Adapt or Die. A new console and PC game, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is coming from Ubisoft. It is expected to release in 2022, although no finale date has been announced. You will be able to play in an open world as a Na’vi, exploring the previously unseen western frontier. A new mobile game is coming from Archosaur Games and Level Infinite, Avatar: Reckoning. The new action figure line will be produced by McFarlane Toys, with buildable sets coming from Lego that will be from major movie moments from Avatar and Avatar 2. Some of the other licensees will be, Adidas, Disguise, Duvetica, Citizen, Trends International, Hallmark, Ferrero and Zing.

“Our focus will be centered around products that celebrate the characters and, most notably, the world of Pandora. With the amazing breadth and depth of creatures and flora, we’ve tapped into the immersive world of Avatar and its many environments. Given the story and themes, we’re excited to introduce products that capture environmental elements such as flight and water in innovative ways. To further support, we’re also planning global retail activations across multiple touchpoints so we can engage consumers where they are shopping today – both physically and digitally.”

“From a merchandise perspective, we’ve seen extensive collaboration between Lightstorm Entertainment and various licensees, with cross-category products including highly detailed figures and collectibles, apparel, accessories, footwear, home décor and more. There will also be an extensive new collection of products for parks and direct-to-consumer retail across apparel, toys and home products that will lean into the unique color palette, environmental elements and creatures from Avatar 2.”

It seems we soon will be immersed in lot’s of new Avatar products and media. It is really exciting to get the latest sneak peek into what is just on the horizon. It looks to be a very exciting end to 2022 for all of us Avatar fans. You can see the link to the entire License Global article below-

https://www.licenseglobal.com/movies/exclusive-walt-disney-company-and-lightstorm-entertainment-avatar-2-collaborations-and

Pandora Explored-The World of Avatar: A visual Exploration – First look and Unboxing

Pandora Explored-The World of Avatar: A visual Exploration – First look and Unboxing

The Youtube channel, Pandora Explored, has come back after a long hiatus. It’s one of my personal favorite channels on YouTube and I enjoy sharing the content they create. This video is a look at the newly released book, The World of Avatar: A Visual Exploration. It is full of spoilers, so if you’d like to keep the contents a surprise until you can pick up your own copy, I recommend saving this video until later. So far only released in some areas, namely Europe, but in the USA it’s currently scheduled for release on 5/10/22 however I’ve seen this date change many times in the last 3 years. If you’re in the USA and you don’t want to wait, you can always snag a copy off of UK Amazon now and have it shipped- Amazon UK-The World of Avatar: A Visual Exploration

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New banshee hatchlings available for adoption from windtraders

New banshee hatchlings available for adoption from windtraders

There is another banshee (ikran) adoption option now at Windtraders, the merchandise store located at Pandora: The World of Avatar. You can choose to adopt a hatching, which currently includes one of two color options, an egg, a wristband for the banshee to perch on, and my favorite part, a teylu (Pandoran grub). Currently the color options are green/yellow, and red/yellow. I suspect more colors will be available in the future. The cost is $39.99

For a further look at the new hatchlings check out the article posted by WDWNT, it is full of photos and additional information- https://wdwnt.com/2022/01/photos-new-interactive-banshee-hatchling-toy-available-at-pandora-in-disneys-animal-kingdom/


Photo from WDWNT

Photo from WDWNT

Art by Avatar fan romina_diana_art Part 2

Art by Avatar fan romina_diana_art Part 2

This is part 2 of 3 showcasing @romina_diana_art‘s amazing Avatar art from Instagram. Todays selection has some of her original character designs, a fun take on Alita: Battle Angel, and some classic Avatar characters from the movie.

As with Part 1, please follow, like, and let @romina_diana_art know if you like her art on Instagram. Again, thank you so much to Romina for allowing me to share her art, she is so talented.

Art by Avatar fan romina_diana_art Part 1

Art by Avatar fan romina_diana_art Part 1

I wanted to share some more art created by the lovely and talented @romina_diana_art, you can find her on Instagram for even more art. She has created so many beautiful Avatar pieces this will be a 3 part series so they can all be shared properly. I love that she includes less popular characters, her own fan created characters, and is equally talented in traditional and digital art.

Follow, like, and let @romina_diana_art know if you like her art on Instagram. Also huge thanks to Romina for allowing me to share her art, it deserves to be seen by as many Avatar fans as possible.

Avatar: Adapt or Die

Avatar: Adapt or Die


As we enter further into the year of Avatar 2 we get our newest bit of Avatar media announced, Avatar: Adapt or Die from Dark Horse Comics. This is a 6 part series with issue one releasing on May 4th, 2022. So even us Avatar fans can have a good Star Wars day this year.

Decades into the advent of the Avatar program on Pandora, pressure to bridge the divide between human and Na’vi has hit a peak. As an ally of the Omatikaya clan, Dr. Grace Augustine begins negotiations to open a school for Na’vi children, but her plans for peace, hope, and unity could trigger an unprecedented disaster—one afflicting the most vulnerable and protected of Na’vi.

This sounds like a story diving further into the lore of Avatar 1. I love seeing things that happened off screen expanded upon. So I am very excited to see more of this book. I’m going to assume we will get more of the Neytiri/Sylwanin backstory from this as well, which I am very happy about. It will also be interesting seeing the Na’vi learn English from Grace at her school.

As more details are announced, previews shared, and preorders open up, well be sharing that info as well.

Screen Rant broke this story today, check their article out here- https://screenrant.com/avatar-pandora-adapt-or-die-miniseries-exclusive/amp/

Big thanks for sharing this to the community- @stevensullyshepard

Congratulations to Kelutral.org on reaching 1,000 members!

Congratulations to Kelutral.org on reaching 1,000 members!

 

Kelutral.org hit an impressive milestone today, reaching their 1,000th member. I think that’s great considering there hasn’t been much in the way of new content over the last couple of years. Kelutral has done a great job of filling the void in the Avatar fandom that has been caused by other fan sites shutting down or just being inactive. If you are unfamiliar with Kelutral, they are a Discord server based Avatar fan community with a focus on learning the Na’vi language. However you don’t have to learn the language to join in and hang out with other members. The past two years they’ve hosted OmatiCon, which is an online Avatar convention, filled with games, speakers, Avatar watch parties, and just an all around great time. If you want to join click the invite below!

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Avatar: Pandora Rising ending development

Avatar: Pandora Rising ending development

I just came across this on a Pandora Rising Facebook Group I am in. It was shared by a member named Nicolas, shout out to him for that, it would appear Pandora Rising is not going to end up launching worldwide, and will soon be closed to those who can currently play it. I really hate to hear that, I’ve been waiting years to play it, I love the art for the game, but I’m sure there are reasons beyond the developers control. When I learn more I’ll update accordingly.

Was Ninat in Avatar?

Was Ninat in Avatar?

I recently came across an old thread on the Tree of Souls forum titled, What do you think Ninat looks like? I must say that old threads like this hit me hard with the fun nostalgia hammer, there were so many things we didn’t and still don’t know about Avatar back then. However some of these questions have been answered in the years since. This is one of those question that has, we got some beautiful character art of Ninat when Pandora Rising was released. So we know what she looks like, however we aren’t sure if she shows up in Avatar the movie, so this is a topic I wanted to touch on. My guess is just that, my guess, this is totally for fun.

If you do a google search of Ninat you will come across speculation from various fans and sites who seem to agree the best possible guess for who Ninat is happens to be this lovely Na’vi to Neytiri’s right (I’ll refer to right vs left from our perspective as the movie viewer). This is by far the best shot we have of her face, the other screen shots I can get are just slightly different angles of this shot here.

It’s a logical guess, especially going off the lack of information we had at the time it was made. Which was simply her name, that she was the best singer, and that she could have been a potential mate for Jake. This particular photo is during the scene with the Omatikaya clan leaving their destroyed home and meeting at the Tree of Souls, which happens just before Jake shows up as Toruk Makto. However since we got a look at Ninat from the Pandora Rising game, I believe she could actually be the Na’vi on the left of Neytiri. As there are two Na’vi in this scene singing with Neytiri. Below we can see the three Na’vi women. Something else that makes sense in my mind is that the best singer would be in the middle vs on the end.

The 3 singers, including Neytiri.

Now let’s review what Ninat looks like in the art from Pandora Rising. Something important to note, this art is high quality, the pieces that depict characters we already know, such as Jake or Neytiri, look just like their movie counterparts. So I’m very confident if Ninat was in the movie she looked very close to this in the face.

When I study Ninats face and compare with the two women singing with Neytiri, I do think she is possibly the Na’vi to the left. The Na’vi woman on the right has a very uniquely shaped face, and her stripes don’t match at all. While the photos of the Na’vi to the right aren’t the greatest closeups, they show me enough to make me think she is not Ninat.

Neytiri with the singer to her left.

Ninat, the Na’vi to the right of Neytiri, and the Na’vi to the left.

The three best shots of the Na’vi who I believe to be Ninat, the left Na’vi. The stripe patterns don’t match up exactly with this singer either, that could be because there aren’t the highest of screen shots available so the artist took some liberties, or their is the possibility neither of these are Ninat. However I feel like if Ninat survived the Hometree destruction, which we don’t know, but if she did, as the best singer of the Omatikaya she would have been one of these two up front leading the singing for the clan. Looking at the face shape and what little information we have to go by, my best guess that this is in fact Ninat. Could I be wrong, absolutely, but they look very similar.

I’m curious what other fans think, Left, Right, or neither?