Check Out This Limited Edition N.O.V.A. 2 Figure (GALLERY)

You might be interested to see what Gameloft sent me: it’s an 8-inch tall limited edition Kal Wardin figure from N.O.V.A. 2, which I won more or less for hitting the retweet button on Gameloft’s Twitter feed about a month back.

See — that Twitter thing. It’s cool.

Anyway, I got lucky, which was nice, and the figure finally arrived, which is also nice. Having pulled it out and played with it (uh… I like toys), I can vouch for its coolness. I also took some photos, including one of good ol’ Kal standing like the Jolly (Blue) Giant next to a can of beans for scale. It’s amazing how little visually identifiable food I have my apartment — not even a Coke can.

It’s kind of interesting that this guy even exists. N.O.V.A. 2 is a pretty big game, but it’s not Angry Birds, and it’s also an iPhone and iPad game. Granted, Gameloft is making a lot of games on a lot of different platforms and is even bringing its games straight to Panasonic’s connected TVs, but I guess I didn’t realize the kind of effort and money that had been sunk into N.O.V.A. 2.

You’re probably getting sick of hearing me talk about iPhone games (and if you’re not — just wait), but this seems like a pretty big deal to me. Companies have been sinking a lot of money into gaming in the last few years — look at the Activision’s insane party at Comic Con 2010, for example. And yeah, I’ve heard of Angry Birds merchandise, but that’s a bit of a special case; or at least I thought.

Seems to me that all signs are pointing at companies working on small-scale games becoming bigger players in the gaming industry. Maybe I’m reading too much into this Kal Wardin figure on my shelf, but this is the kind of thing large companies like Sega produce for collectors (who are mostly in Japan). I feel like this one, from an iOS game franchise, is a big deal, and an indication of the shape of things to come.

Anyway. More photos in the gallery below.

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