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Toy maker teases return of Crash Bandicoot

As a figurine ... or something else?

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

An offhand comment at New York Toy Fair has Crash Bandicoot fans rejoicing with hope that the franchise will return to PlayStation.

In this interview with PixelDan Eardley, Randy Falk, director of development for toy and collectible powerhouse NECA, goes through his company's licensed offerings. "We've got a lot of stuff going on with Sony," he said, referencing the God of War, Uncharted and LittleBigPlanet franchises. Then offhand, he mentions "Looking at some of their other titles, I see that they're bringing Crash Bandicoot back ..."

There's no follow-up to that remark, so who knows what it actually means. Sorry.

Crash Bandicoot, originally developed by Naughty Dog, was Sony's branded mascot game kicking off the PlayStation era nearly 20 years ago. The character is currently owned and controlled by Activision. The last Crash Bandicoot game was Mind Over Mutant, a multiplatform launch in 2008.

Falk could be referencing Crash Bandicoot as something other than a game, and who knows what the specific terms of ownership are for the character. But in December at PlayStation Experience, Shawn Layden, the PlayStation chief for North America, wore a t-shirt referencing the series, and t-shirt mentions at such events have been deliberate in the past.

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