Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Hot Topic's New 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Gear Includes An Appa Backpack

A new collection of apparel and accessories based on the iconic Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender has flown into Hot Topic, and this amazing Appa mini backpack ($49.90) is one of the items up for grabs. It features a front zipper pocket, 3D ears and horns, and fuzzy sky bison fur.


Ever since the very start of the beloved Nickelodeon series, Appa has been a key part of Team Avatar. Acting as both the group's main means of transportation and a beloved family member, Appa won over fans' hearts from the first moment he appeared alongside Aang in the Avatar: The Last Airbender pilot. Much like Aang himself when it comes to the airbenders, Appa is the last flying bison in the world.

The rest of the new items in Hot Topic's Avatar: The Last Airbender lineup include t-shirts, tank tops, skirts, and sweatpants with designs that range from chibi characters to elements symbols. You can shop the entire collection right here - the vast majority of items are 20% off at the time of writing.

Hot Topic's new Avatar: The Last Airbender gear comes at an exciting time for fans.

The past year has seen quite the Avatar renaissance, and it's only going to get bigger from here. The animated series debuted on Netflix last year, leading to a boom in views as fans new and old flocked to the service to watch it. Avatar was Netflix's most-watched animated kids' show for 2020, and sequel series The Legend of Korra was also popular when it arrived months later.

Back in February, Nickelodeon announced the creation of Avatar Studios, a branch designed exclusively to create new shows and films set within the Avatar Universe world. Their first project will be an Avatar animated movie, which will reportedly begin production later this year. All of this is taking place while Netflix is still in development on their live-action Avatar series, something that has been in the works since 2018. Fans can even expect some Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra titles to launch for Free Comic Book day this year.

With Avatar now appearing more relevant than ever, it's no surprise Nickelodeon is moving forward with new projects set within its world.  In other words, there's a lot of Avatar-related content on the way in the next few years, so fans better get ready.

Whether Appa will factor into any of the projects emerging from Avatar Studios remains to be seen, though he and Aang were the only character to have been glimpsed for Netflix's series. Way back when the live-action Avatar show was first announced, the streamer released some concept art of Appa's design. Seeing as he's a vital part of Avatar: The Last Airbender and will also require some CGI, it's important that any attempt at bringing the series into live-action form gets Appa just right. The jury's still out on Netflix's show, especially now that the franchise's co-creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko are no longer involved, but at least the above backpack really nails his cuddly look.

You can keep tabs on all of the latest news from the world of Aang, Korra, and their fellow benders right here.


For those who are unfamiliar, Avatar: The Last Airbender was originally created by Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko for Nickelodeon in 2005. The series is set in world people can manipulate the elements of Earth, Water, Fire, and Air, and they lived peacefully in different regions until one of the regions started a world war.

One master who can manipulate all four elements, dubbed the "Avatar," had been able to prevent this war, but disappeared soon after. 100 years later, a new Avatar named Aang awakens and sets out on a journey to master all the elements in order to bring peace to the land once more. The Legend of Korra takes place takes place 70 years after the events of its predecessor, following the next Avatar, a young girl named Korra from the Southern Water Tribe.

Both series continue in success ongoing graphic novel series published by Dark Horse.

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