The mammoth success of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion has increased the popularity of Prabhas and Rana Daggubati to an extraordinary degree. Amarendra Baahubali and Bhallaladeva have emerged as one of the most loved and epic characters that are etched in our minds. Now, to everyone’s sheer delight, you can buy the figures of these popular characters. Yes, Baahubali superhero toys are now available and can be brought home in the form of figurines, fresh reports suggest.
The brain behind the idea of such toys sees them as Indian superheroes."We have always had toys based on popular superheroes. I wondered why not toys based on popular movie characters? They could be our own superheroes," Uday, who is the director of a small software company in Visakhapatnam, told IANS.
"I wanted to make a toy version of Chiranjeevi, and even created a prototype before the release of his film 'Khaidi No 150'. Unfortunately, the plan didn't materialize. Finally, things fell in place with 'Baahubali 2', and I brought out toys based on the film's two most popular characters," he said.
While Bhaskar took care of the designing part, it was a challenge to find a manufacturer."I went to US and Canada, and realized it wasn't cost effective. Finally, I decided to get them manufactured from China, where the cost of production is cheaper and there's no compromise on quality.
The toys, manufactured by the company Lilliput Hub, were on sale from April 24. The demand has been phenomenal, says Uday. "On the first day, we sold 200 pieces. There's great demand from overseas, especially from places such as France and Germany. This one time, a customer from New York spoke to me for about seven hours. We are surprised with the response," he said.
Why only two characters from the Baahubali world?
"Honestly, we don't have the funds to go big. We chose these two characters because of their wide popularity," he said, adding he is hopeful of adding more toys to this collection.Made from PVC, the toys are available on Amazon. Bhaskar believes there's a market to have a toy version of every popular Indian movie character.
Meanwhile, Prabhas actor is all set to become the brand ambassador of a popular smartphone. Fresh reports suggest that the South sensation is the new face of Gionee, the Chinese smartphone brand.
(With IANS Inputs)