Minecraft toys are based on the incredibly popular Minecraft video game.
The multi-award winning Minecraft game was created by legendary Swedish programmer Markus Persson and developed by Mojang, the company he co-founded, for release in 2009.
Minecraft, a powerful user created 3-D world made of coloured blocks, is currently available as a PC game, on the Xbox platform, and as a downloadable iOS and Android Pocket Minecraft app, all platforms have the option play together (on their respective platform, unfortunately, it isn’t crossplay) with the use of online servers from server providers such as Epic Minecraft Servers and more.
Popularity of the iconic game and the angular toys it has spawned has literally exploded, fuelled by social media, YouTube and word of mouth.
In mid-2012, following huge fan demand, Lego released the first Lego Minecraft set with micro Steve and Creeper figures. This was quickly followed by Lego Minecraft The Village and Minecraft The Nether playsets.
Florida-based Jazwares released a wide range of Minecraft merchandise from late 2013 including plastic figures, plush and paper craft toys. In the UK Jazwares Minecraft toys are distributed by Character Options.
The Jazwares 3-inch scale Minecraft figures available so far include Steve, Creeper, Zombie and Enderman. Each articulated figure comes with a block accessory. The Survival Pack set includes the Minecraft Steve figure as well as a sword, pickaxe, bed, treasure chest and special block accessories.
There are also larger 6″ scale vinyl figures of Steve, Diamond Steve and Creeper by video game specialist retailer Jinx who run the official Minecraft store.
Look out too for collectable Minecraft plush figures and larger scale feature talking plush Minecraft toys.
Role play toys include the Minecraft Foam Sword, Foam Diamond Sword and Foam Diamond Pickaxe.
With the ongoing viral popularity of the game, it seems a virtual certainty that an unlimited number of Minecraft toys will be spawned.