We have this massive hype of Schleich figures over here: Elves, knights, dragons, dwarves & stuff. They're not action figures though. They're stiff, about 4" tall rubber guys, that are of so called "pedagogical value"; hand painted, non-hazardous, and produced "fair trade".
It's not that I don't like the latter. I guess I'm just not a big fan of the whole Fantasy genre as long as they don't mix it up with some freaky Sci-Fi elements (btw, this is why I admire the MotU toys so much). I liked the LOTR books, but them lame Hobbits in the LOTR movies were a real pain in the ass!
Anyhow, when I passed the Fantasy shelves at Spiele Max a few days ago, one figure suddenly catched my attention. It turned out to be the Gorilla Mutant by Papo (similar to Schleich toys).
I've always been a huge fan of The Planet of the Apes. I like all sorts of cyborgs (SilverHawks, Terminator, RoboCop ...). As well, I like mutants (Toxic Crusaders, TMNT, Bucky O' Hare ...). So, what I like about the Gorilla Mutant is, that he seems to be a bald mixture of all the things I like.
He's a primate, and he's got a cyborg arm & leg. He's got some sort of butcher knife, and a samurai sword as weapons. And he's got this freaky, medieval loincloth with a (-nother ape's?) skull on it, in contrast to his worn out sneaker on the one foot.
Some might think of the Gorilla Mutant as a simple Cy-Gor (Spawn) remake. But that doesn't make him a less cool toy! Taking the pedagogical question into account, the Gorilla Mutant might be even more valuable. But just see for yourself... ;)