Friday, August 26, 2016

Buried Treasures: Mattel's Secret Wars Bad Guys!

Doug: Hey, friends. We're finishing a 2-part look at the back panels from Mattel's Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars action figure line, on sale way back in 1984 and 1985. There were two series sold in the United States, and a third wave sold in Europe that featured Electro, the Constrictor, and Iceman. While I never had those, I did have the 13 figures that were available domestically. I say it past tense, as I sold them last week!

Last week we looked at some Handbook entries and 4-panel comic strips from the heroes' packaging. Today, it's Bring on the Bad Guys! And be sure to check the bottom line on Magneto's card. Say what?


William Preston said...

Doom with just a cowl looks strange. And there's no fabric draping the chest, either (so we see, what, circuitry on the chest plate?).

Redartz said...

Those are ( were) mighty cool, Doug! Had I been younger in '84 I'd have been all over them. Especially Dr. Octopus, who topped my villain list as a youth. Those figures make a nice halfway point between the comparatively simple Mego figures and today's high Def resin figurines.

And per your comment- yes, exactly what does the Master of Magnetism need with a laser pistol?

Doug said...

I agree, William -- Doom looks weird.

The Doc Ock and Hobgoblin figures were by far the best in the lot. Falcon was a nice figure, too.

Articulation was virtually non-existent. Figures were jointed only at the neck, shoulders, and hips. As a contrast, when Marvel Legends first came out, those had over 30 points of articulation!

Thanks for the comments, guys!


Martinex1 said...

I kind of like Doom without the tunic and cape. Magneto however looks a little off without his cape to me. Do we know who drew those panels?

Doug said...

Sadly, Martinex, "no".

I asked Scott Edelman last week before I ran the first post, but he said Secret Wars was around three years after he'd left Marvel. But he assured me that if he'd still been there, it was a project he'd definitely have had a hand in.


Doug said...

I just put out a request for info./retweeting on Twitter. We'll see if we can get to the bottom of this.


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