Wu-Tang Comic Generates Action Figures, Film

In a world where comic books inevitably spawn action figures, the time is nigh for the Wu-Tang Clan.

D-Boy Inc. and Gibraltar Entertainment have crafted two action figures based upon characters from the Image comic "Nine Rings Of Wu-Tang," Prince Rakeem (modeled after the Wu-Tang's Rza), and Ghost Face Killah (after rapper Ghostface Killah).

The manufacturers unveiled the toys at an international comic conference in Paris last week and will bring the prototypes to America for a showing at the Toy Fair 2000 convention being held at the International Toy Center in New York City from February 10-17.

Other figures being issued as part of the first Wu-Tang roll-out include Kryle Femme and Kryle in monster form, also based on one of the central villains from the "Nine Rings" comic (see "The Many Projects Of Wu-Tang; Comic Book, More Solo LPs Due"). The Prince Rakeem and Ghostface Killah action figures

are

expected to hit store shelves later this year, well in time for the Christmas holidays.

Due to the popularity of the comic (the second issue of which is on stands now), there is talk of spinning-off the Wu-Tang "Nine Rings" series into a full-fledged animated film that would also be released later this year.

For more information on the "Nine Rings Of Wu-Tang" and a glimpse at the comic book counterparts to the real life Wu-Tang rappers, check out the official "Nine Rings" Web site at ninerings.net