[UPDATE] A representative for NECA told GameSpot today that the company is not in fact producing new Crash figures, at least not right now.
“It’s not the case,” the rep said. “Someone has misunderstood a comment he made. Randy saw a faked fan-made image right before he came to the show and said that if the game were coming back, we’d love to do figures.”
The original story is below.
There’s many things from our childhood that we miss: afternoon naps, frozen lollies, and Dino-Riders, but more than anything, Crash Bandicoot.
The once platforming-hero of the video game world may be making his long-awaited return, as NECA Toys director Randy Falk has suggested that Sony may well be looking to bring back the beloved PlayStation mascot.
“We’ve got a lot of stuff going on with Sony. Looking at some of their other titles, I see that they’re bringing Crash Bandicoot back”, Falk said during an interview at the New York Toy Fair.
NECA are currently producing collectibles for other Sony franchises, including LittleBigPlanet and Uncharted, so this could be a sign that another Crash game is in the works.
However, it’s by no means a confirmation, as Crash Bandicoot merchandise has always been available despite the lack of games, but his comments do lean towards the plausibility of a new game.
Crash Bandicoot was one of Naughty Dog’s first breakthrough games in the first PlayStation console back in 1996. The game spawned many sequels and spin-off titles such as Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, Crash Bandicoot: Warped, Crash Team Racing, Crash Nitro Kart, Crash Bash and many more.
Unfortunately, the franchise faded into obscurity with some less-than-enjoyable entries after the game went multiplatform and development duties shifted to other studios.