Another summer of blockbusters is upon us, and with merchandise-heavy hits like Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen and G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra you can bet it’ll bring a deluge of tie-in toys.
While we’re quite partial to shapeshifting 'bots and still have our old Sgt. Slammer figure with all the guns, what we’d really like to see are some less obvious – hell, all-out freaky – characters brought to plasticky life.
Here's seven to start with...
Frank Booth (Blue Velvet, 1986)
On the box: ‘Daddy wants to play!’
Who is he? The wheezy, Freudian foul-up at the centre of Blue Velvet’s twisted suburban crime ring.
Frank holds the husband and son of club singer Dorothy Vallens hostage so he can force her to act out his aggressive Oedipal fantasies while blowing hard on a can of amyl nitrate. Furious, nasty and destructive.
Accessories: Gas canister with realistic hissing noise and small square of fetish-rub blue velvet.
Also in this set: 'Dorothy’s Apartment' diorama, with openable wardrobe, one-eared corpse on chair and weirdly standing dead Yellow Man.