One of our studio’s favorite events to attend each year is Power-Con! We absolutely love this event and are honored that the organizers have chosen to include us as guests over the years. Wanting to give something back to Power-Con, we contributed to a fun charity raffle back in 2013, repainting some of our “birds” 2-ups as some specific avian characters. These pieces, which were limited to 1 of each, were auctioned off for a good cause, and the process of rethinking our in-house characters as tribute figures was clearly something that stuck with us, because we started doing these Power-Con figures just a few years later!
In this “Figures in Focus”, we will look back at some of the most popular figures we have released in the Mythic Legions line – the subset of characters known as the Power-Con Debuts.
What is a “Power-Con Debut”?
First off, let’s take a moment to define the term “Power-Con Debut.”
These are not “exclusive” figures. In fact, outside of the Sir Valgard figure from our first Kickstarter campaign for Legions, we have never done a true “exclusive” in the line. This is because we want ALL our fans to have access to our toys, even if they can’t make it out to a Con. So instead of “exclusives”, we do what we call “Show Debuts”. These are figures which are offered for the first time, sometimes months in advance, at a show or con. Those figures are always also offered as a pre-order in one of our normal waves, however. This allows attendees at Power-Con (or ToyCon NJ or Zolocon, etc.) to get early access to something cool without leaving out any of our other fans!
When we created our first Power-Con Debut figure, we honestly did not know if it would take off and become a regular part of the line. We simply thought it was a fun idea that we wanted to explore!
The orc weapons master, Unkann, was created for the 2016 Power-Con event. This was at a very early stage in the Mythic Legions line, and the first wave of figures had yet to even get into fans’ hands when we were designing this character, who was also included in the “Mythic Legions 1.5” wave.
Like the rest of the 1.5 wave, Unkann was produced in much smaller numbers than the waves that are being released today. He is by far the rarest of all the Power-Con Debut figures, and interestingly he is the only one that did NOT come with an alternate head!
Adamonn and Keltuss
By the time the planning started for the 2017 Power-Con, Mythic Legions was a hit and growing in popularity. We knew we wanted to do something extra special for that second year of Power-Con Debuts, so we brought out the big guns and released the warriors Adamonn and Keltuss!
Also released in the popular Coliseum wave, these two figures were an immediate hit at Power-Con, and our supply of each of them sold quickly at the event! Fans loved these characters, and we loved being able to share them with those fans! Over time, the Power-Con figures have helped to introduce our brand to fans who may otherwise not have given it a shot. Of course, we know what happens when someone gets a few Legions in hand – they often want to get more, and these figures have absolutely helped Mythic Legions continue to grow! Because of that, we decided that as long as we were involved with Power-Con, we wanted to do what we could to create some special figures for the event!
Cowaross and Malynna
The 2018 Power-Con event saw the debut release of the green-furred Cowaross figure as well as Malynna, our first female Power-Con figure!
The “cat” head that had made its debut on the B’alam figure was a perfect choice to create this Jaguallian warrior for Power-Con, while Malynna used a vampire head that introduced a new sub-race into the Realm of Mythoss – the deadly Uubyr race, which is a mix of bloodlines from orcs and vampires!
These two figures were also made available for pre-order as part of the Soul Spiller wave.
Purrrplor and Kronnaw
The evil warriors came out in force for the 2019 Power-Con Debuts! The purple-furred Purrrplor (credit to Mr. Bill Mancuso for that wonderful name) was joined by the terror known as Kronnaw for this set.
Every set of Power-Con Debut figures we have done has been more popular than the set before, and we were blown away by the response to these two figures. At Power-Con, the line in front of the Four Horsemen Studios' table stretched out the door on both days of the event as soon as the show floor opened! There were WAY more people in line than we had figures allocated for each day, so even with a 1-per-person limit, we unfortunately had to turn some fans away empty handed. Luckily, this event was not the only way to get these figures!
Both Purrrplor and Kronnaw were included in the Wasteland wave, and fans ordered these in amazing quantities, making them our most popular Power-Con Debuts to date and raising the bar for us on what we would need to include in subsequent years for these incredibly popular sub-set of Legions figures!
Dorina Onoris and Lord Draguul
2020 was a strange year all around, and the Power-Con Debut figures would be unique for us in a number of ways.
This year was the first time that we included the Power-Con Debut figures as part of a “Mythic Legions: All-Stars” wave – All-Stars 3 to be specific. The voting for that wave was held in January of 2020, and when the winners were announced and the pre-order began, fans were delighted to see a few surprises added – the Stone Troll 2, and the pair of Power-Con Debuts in Dorina Onoris and Lord Draguul.
Of course, this vote and the Power-Con planning all happened in the first few months of the year, right before the COVID-19 pandemic changed not only our plans for the year, but the entire world around us! The live Power-Con event was eventually cancelled, yet we had already placed our order to a run of Dorina and Draguul to be sold at the event. Looking to make the best out of the situation and give fans at least a small taste of Power-Con, we decided to sell the Dorina Onoris and Lord Draguul figures we had set aside for the show on StoreHorsemen.com during the same days that the event would have run in Anaheim. We even split the allotment up and only sold a portion of the run each day, just like we would’ve done at our table at Power-Con!
While the cancellation of the event was understandable, it was a bummer for all the fans, and we were happy to at least be able to ship Legions fans some cool figures months before the main shipments hit with the rest of All-Stars 3.
Mephitor and Bryophtus
The idea of pairing Power-Con Debut figures with an All-Stars wave proved to be a success for us, so when voting wrapped up for All-Stars 4 at the end of February 2020, that year’s Power-Con Debuts were shown along with the winners. This year's additions to this sub-set of Mythic Legions were none other than the emerald enigma of the swamps of Mythoss - Bryophytus, and the disgusting denizen of the dark woodlands of Mythoss - Mephitor!
These figures were offered for sale as part of the All-Stars 4 wave, joining the winners selected from the fan vote for that series, and the massive Forest Troll 2 (who is shown below alongside Bryophytus and Mephitor). They were also available at the Power-con event in Anaheim, CA for this year.
Zenithon and Okeaetos
For 2022’s All Stars wave, we decided to mix things up a bit and add some brand new items alongside the fan-voted reissue figures (which is why the wave was dubbed “All Stars 5+”). One thing we did not change was the inclusion of the Power-Con debut figures! This time we offered the winged messenger of Xylona’s Flock, Zenithon, and the 8-limbed arrakighast assassin, Okeaetos!
One of the other new things we did with the All Stars 5+ wave was engage with the amazing community of fans and creators who support our lines by having them take part in the reveals for this wave! The Zenithon figure was first revealed by Pixel Dan on his YouTube channel, while the Okeaetos figure was presented by the crew from LegionsCast! You can click the links below to watch those reveal videos.
Okeaetos reveal by LegionsCast
Fan-Created Tribute Figures
We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the incredible creativity of our fans, many of whom have embraced this idea of using Legions figures to make characters that would be pretty cool Power-Con Debuts. We have seen so many cool and inventive creations – from Eric Miller’s vampire that was donated as a prize on the Cabal years ago, to the range of customs that Matt Rhoads showed off at the first LegionsCon event, we love seeing the creativity of our fan base and what amazing recipes they can come up with too!
Want to learn some more about a few of the Power-Con Debut figures? The always amazing, ever POWERFUL reviewer, Alberto Arribas, does some of the funniest and best toys reviews we have ever seen – and he loves to review these Power-con tributes! Check out his reviews right here!
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