Stare Into The Face Of Live-Action Airbender's Appa

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This is it - the fluffy flying bison we've been waiting for! How is M. Night Shyamalan going to bring the giant six-legged beast named Appa to life? Like this. Check out the whole line of new Airbender movie toys.

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Possibly the trickiest of creatures from Avatar's fantastical planet that Shyamalan has had to tackle is Aang's flying bison, Appa. Looks like they traded the cartoony face for an all-dark snout. We're pretty impressed, it's about as real as a 6-legged bison can get.

Also in the new movie toy line is a "bending" kit, where it looks like you'll be able to manipulate fake fire, water and earth, which is most excellent.

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All we need to see now is the little lemur creature, Momo, and we're sold on the toys, as far as the animals go.

[via Toy Line and Amazon]

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ThatAsherPowell
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I'm going to take that design with a grain of salt, because all of the other toys look shitty. A lot of the creepiness could possibly be from horrific toy design.

Still though, that is one creepy ass sky bison. Besides the black face and too small humanesque eyes (larger and brown, like, oh, I don't know, a fucking bison?) the way the arrow doesn't fall past his horns is bugging the shit out of me. It was drawn that way for a reason, because it reads well on camera. You can't see it when it's set so far back.

I'll call final judgment once I see the actual CG Appa. This doesn't give me a whole lot of hope for a film I already have so little hope for. I know they were given a 2d character, and I know that his anatomy is made up, but jesus, it does actually borrow from various animals anatomy.