National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) Director Randy Faulk unwittingly fueled the flames of the much rumored Crash Bandicoot revival, and he has since retracted the comments, saying that he was misunderstood.
Stating in an interview with PixelDan at Toy Fair 2016, Faulk was talking about his work with Sony, as NECA collaborates with Sony on all Sony-owned franchises, and he casually dropped a line:
“I see they’re bringing Crash Bandicoot back.”
Again, this is hardly a confirmation on his part. Faulk merely speculated on the same mysterious Twitter post straight from Sony that we’ve all been wondering about for the last week. However, as a man with direct connections to possibly produce Crash Bandicoot toys, desperate fans are going to take his words very closely to heart.
أكثر شخص مطلوب… أين أنت يا كراش؟ pic.twitter.com/aj85Ap018v
— PlayStation Mid East (@PlayStation_ME) February 6, 2016
Beyond Crash Bandicoot, Faulk talks up the rest of his work with Sony for the coming months.
“On the modern gaming front, we’re going strong. We’ve got a lot of cool stuff going on with Sony. So we have Ultimate Kratos from God of War III that’s about to hit retail. We have Uncharted 4 Nathan Drake, which comes out in May. And then LittleBigPlanet is doing really well, so we have some more of those here on display, too.”
He drops the Crash Bandicoot line while talking about the Kratos figurine.
Yeah, that’s one we wanted to do way back when, and finally, we’ve been able to get back in with Sony and get some of that stuff out. And looking at some of their other titles, I see they’re bringing Crash Bandicoot back, which is really cool. There’s some great stuff there.”
NECA backed off the comment after things got out of hand with a statement to GameSpot, saying:
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.
Oh, shoot. Let’s all continue to dream, though! I have to admit, I missed out on the Crash Bandicoot movement back in the mid-90s. I jumped to PlayStation for JRPGs, not the simple platformers I could already play on Nintendo. I remember his commercials more fondly than his video games, the ones where he would taunt Nintendo out in front of its headquarters. I don’t believe he deserves the cruel fate he has received in recent years, even if I have always been more of a Spyro fan.
Nobody wants to be loose change lost in the multi-million dollar sofa of Activision.
Let’s hope Sony nurses its first mascot back to health after his brief bender and showers him with the loving treatment he deserves.