The license to Skycaptain's weird to me too... I guess the company, as I understand it, that was trying to license that film just asked them to whip a plane up in the film's deco... Since they had a P-40 (it's not a Mustang btw, different planes) tooled and all already...
To me, it's odd, but they're getting some recognition for it... The fact they're delving into licensing is a good sign for the company. They've done licensing before, but generally it was something along the lines of "Dodge" selling them the license to do the Dodge Command Car, or Cargo truck from WW2... Stuff like that.
Their first big license was getting the Patton family rights to do George Patton items, which was surprisingly expensive. 21st is really showing that they have rebounded though, even though I've argued they have expenses and overhead that most likely surpasses large companies like Hasbro in how they must plan financially... Plus now licensing fees. If what I heard is right, the Platoon license wasn't anything short of pricey, even for a large company, what with acquiring the actor's likenesses and the film's rights and such. That's a lotta bigname people who are making appearances in plastic (incredible likenesses too, just outstanding!), including Johnny Depp, Tom(d?) Berrenger, and Charlie Sheen... Not to mention Willam Defoe. I guess there's 6 more of the actors to come too maybe? I dunno.
They really picked their **** up after the last couple years where financial troubles plagued them.
To me the Bridge Too Far line may be the most interesting.
That's an old film...
On the note of Skycaptain, and its disappointment, the movie Sahara is also under 21st's licensing rights... The one kid from "That Thing You Do" (The funny blonde guy) and Matthew McConnahey (sp?) are the only two getting figures I guess and they're really only gonna repaint a couple of their current vehicles and include the figures as pack-ins. I think a stand-alone figure line would've been more impressive. Sucks they didn't push that movie with more figures I think.