During this past Friday’s Pulse Fan Fest Event, Hasbro announced a bunch of cool-looking figures being added to its Fortnite line this fall, including a lady Black Panther with a tail, formal gas mask guy, Destiny reject, and clear blue easy. Also, there’s a giant shark that splits in two and spills garbage. Am I missing out by not following Fortnite lore?
As a long-time toy collector, I firmly believe one does not need to follow the source material to appreciate an action figure. I do not need to know that the toy with the awesome clear blue arms and sledgehammer is named Rippley to appreciate its fine details. I have a shelf full of figures with transparent elements, and this Rippley person would fit right in.
Should I know who Rippley is? I asked our resident Fortnite expert, Riley MacLeod who Rippley is and he said, “I think it’s the blobby guy?” So maybe not. Maybe these are all just throwaway skins and the only folks who really care are players who use them.