Imports Dragon to produce new NHL figures in 2015-16

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The wait for a new line of NHL figures is nearly over as Quebec-based toy manufacturer Imports Dragon has obtained a licence from the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players’ Association to produce a new line of figures.

Releasing to retailers on October 15, collectors will have the option to find the first wave of 6″ figures or they can choose the smaller 2.5″ line which includes a gaming component that aims to bring the action of the game home. In the past, McFarlane Toys had a long run with their NHL Sports Picks line and Imports Dragon will be looking to fill the void which began last year.

“Here at Imports Dragon, we are proud and excited to launch, on the market, the new hockey products that will sure please everyone. From acting as a general manager with our 2.5″ figure game to the amazing details and quality of the 6″ figures, all hockey fans will be thrill about the upcoming products, it is an honor to work with the NHL and NHLPA as licensee,” said Imports Dragon President, Stephan Tétrault.

Look for a complete checklist and sample images from this upcoming release after the jump.

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Imports Dragon Brand Manager Alexandre Beauchemin noted that collectors will have a chance throughout the 2015-16 season to track down limited edition figures as well. Some of them will be autographed and the company is also looking at adding vintage players to their lineup. He also spoke about the gaming aspect of the smaller figures.

“It is an easy but addictive game which the main goal is to score five goals against your opponent from your own selected roster.”

Collectors can build their teams by either purchasing a starter kit which contains three figures, six dice, three player cards, pucks, instructions, and a play mat, or buying figures through individual foil bags. The bags will contain a random figure with their card and there are 56 players to be found with varying levels of scarcity (common, uncommon, and rare). From there, players put together a roster that totals 25 points or less as each figure is assigned a point value based on their ability.

“This might sound easy at first, but you soon realize that strategy needs to be created,” said Tétrault. “Which figure will you place first? Which one will you use to face the opponent’s figure?  How do you fully use the 25 points to maximize your own team? Exactly the same as a GM with a salary cap would do.”

The game itself has been described as fast-paced and begins with a face off. The player winning the draw has the option to pass or shoot and their success is determined by tossing the dice. If you roll a flaming puck, you will be allowed extra dice to help increase your chance at scoring. The player that scores five times will win the game.

The starter packs of three 2.5” figures and accessories will have a suggested retail price of $19.99 while the individual foil bags are expected to sell for $6.99 each. For those wanting to collect the larger figures, their retail price is expected to be $19.99 and they will be released in four waves over the course of the 2015-16 campaign.

2015-16 Imports Dragon NHL 2.5″ Figures

NHL 2.5” Starter Pack 1
Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens
Ryan Miller, Vancouver Canucks

NHL 2.5” Starter Pack 2
John Tavares, New York Islanders
Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

NHL 2.5” Starter Pack 3
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Mark Giordano, Calgary Flames
Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

NHL 2.5” Starter Pack 4
Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators
Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

Individually Packaged (Foil Bags)

Common

Andrew Ladd, Winnipeg Jets
Taylor Hall, Edmonton Oilers
Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens
David Desharnais, Montreal Canadiens
Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings
Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals
Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils
Alex Galchenyuk, Montreal Canadiens
Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars
Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs
Jonathan Bernier, Toronto Maple Leafs
Alexander Edler, Vancouver Canucks
Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins
Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings
James van Riemsdyk, Toronto Maple Leafs
Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona Coyotes
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

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Uncommon

Rick Nash, New York Rangers
Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild
Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens
Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers
Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning
Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks
Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers
Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets
Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets

Rare

Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks

NHL 6” Figures

Wave 1

P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens
Brendan Gallagher, Montreal Canadiens
Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Ryan Miller, Vancouver Canucks
Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs
Jonathan Bernier, Toronto Maple Leafs
Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

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Wave 2

Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
John Tavares, New York Islanders
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings

Wave 3

Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild
Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets
Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens
Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators
Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche

Wave 4

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Rick Nash, New York Rangers
Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues
Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
Jordan Eberle, Edmonton Oilers
James van Riemsdyk, Toronto Maple Leafs
Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
Mark Giordano, Calgary Flames

Stephen Laroche is the editor of Beckett Hockey. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at slaroche@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter @Stephen_Laroche.

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6 comments

  1. David Johnson 9 September, 2015 at 12:54

    They look nice and the game sounds like fun. I hope the autographed ones are done in the foil packs and aren’t easy to pack search. I loved when McFarlane made autographed figures, but I hated the fact that you knew just by looking at the package if you got an autographed one. That simply meant whoever checked inventory at the store first got the autographed ones. If they made it so you had to actually open the package to determine if you got an autographed one then the value for unopened ones would go up, and there might not be so many basic figures left in the store.

  2. Christopher Adams 21 July, 2016 at 22:46

    Back in 2012 I went to Walmart after dinner and was lucky enough to find a Rob Gronkowski autographed figure right on the shelf. $10.99 well spent! When I tell people the story they don’t believe me. Dealers have told me that that’s the way it was intended to happen, but usually they never make the store shelves. I didn’t even know what I as looking at and was wondering why there was writing inside the package

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