Sonntag, 27. November 2011

Ming (Mattel 1979)

Ming in the Flash Gordon animated movie
With the new blog on the Ming action figure from 1979 in mind, I just finished watching Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure of All Time. I've never seen the movie before, so I didn't know it was that cool.

I've never really been into Flash Gordon either. The animated movie, produced by Filmation, aired in 1982, the year I was born. The cartoon series started out in 1979, so it actually was before my time.

Freitag, 25. November 2011

Crystal Ball (Hasbro 1986)

There are countless blogs on GI Joe action figures. But (almost) none on Crystal Ball. Or let's say, none that does not state him as one of the dumbest and most ridiculous characters of the entire line.

When you ask me, then Crystal Ball is an extraordinary character. He's looking different from other GI Joe / Cobra figures in his medieval costume. A regular 80s GI Joe action figure had weapons, I mean real weapons like a gun, a rifle, a bazooka, or at least a sword. Crystal Ball came with a multi-colored holo shield instead and (sometimes!) with the ability of mind reading.

Mittwoch, 23. November 2011

Moss Man (Mattel 2009)

Some of my dear toy buddies might already have realized, that I'm a big Moss Man Fan. I guess it's this "elementary" scent again that hooked me up on him. I felt quite the same for Swamp Thing. Swamp Thing and Moss Man are one family. They're simply awesome, without any bells and whistles, a pure incarnation of a force of nature that existed long before man's civilization spread the earth and that (probably) will still be there after his reign has fallen apart.

Sonntag, 20. November 2011

The Corps (Lanard 200x)

Like williambwest put it once on twitter, if you tell your grandma to get you some GI Joes, you'll be getting The Corps! This is why hardcore GI Joe fans hate The Corps, somehow for a good reason. Lanard has been copying GI Joe ever since. They always have been cheap and poor looking knock-offs of the originals. Anyhow, when I take a look at the new ones I got my fingers on yesterday, I have to admit that a lot of progress has been made towards a self-consistent toy line.

Mittwoch, 16. November 2011

Turly Gang - Fighters for Freedom (Europlay 1991)

I'm totally into bootlegs and knock-offs these days. You wanna know why? Well, I guess I just don't wanna go with the float. To me, collecting action figure knock-offs feels like listening to some lousy independet crust punk music. I like crust punk music not only because of the raw sound. It feels good being one of those who like something the majority dislikes and calls "ugly".

The most hated (toys) are just good enough to get the love of the Toywalker! So do these two beautiful Turly Gang action figures I got my fingers on last weekend. For those who don't know - Turly Gang is indeed a knock-off of a knock-off (or even bootleg?), namely of the Galaxy Warriors or Galaxy Fighters produced by Sungold in the early 80s. The Turly Gang was released by Europlay in the early 90s. The figures were similar in some parts, using same molds and heads, but had different wristbands, weapons, and colors. One I got my fingers on is Spikes, called Anubis or Walph in the Galaxy Warriors / Galaxy Fighters toy line.

Samstag, 12. November 2011

Skull Man (Remco 1982)

The success of the Masters of the Universe toys in the early 80s let other toy companies follow up with their own MotU look alike action figures. From this era come the Warrior Beasts, released by Remco in 1982. This cool looking guy called Skull Man is one of them.

Skull Man originally came with a red cape, a knife, and a bow. The figure is kept simple in sculpt and design. But Skull Man convincingly proofs that a cool looking action figure doesn't need more than a body of muscles, a skull, and a cape.

Freitag, 11. November 2011

OverTop Man - Rare "Originals" from the Early 90s

I already did a blog on OverTop Man. But when I was writing it I didn't have all the inside scoop. Besides it was written in German, a language that some of my toy geek associates on twitter don't understand. So, let's have another blog on "OverTop Man"!

Dienstag, 8. November 2011

Monster in My Pocket (Matchbox 1990)

Kids of today are playing with Pokémon (are they still hip?). In the early 90s we had something better, called Monster in My Pocket (MIMP). I remember having the first series complete, consisting of 48 colorful 2'' monsters. It's been a hard piece of work to get them all, I can tell.

Dienstag, 1. November 2011

Conan (Hasbro 1992)


Grundkonzept von He-Man war es, Conan (bzw. Schwarzenegger, welcher Conan in der Verfilmung von 1982 spielte) wie einen Schwächling aussehen zu lassen. Das Konzept war erfolgreich. So, dass Remco 1984 mit einer "look alike" Toy-Line namens Conan nachzog. Anfang der 90er, als He-Man als Konkurrenz aus dem Geschäft war, startete Sunbow Productions die Cartoon-Serie Conan: The Adventurer, gefolgt von Toys aus dem Hause Hasbro.