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  • EMarkM 3 Jan 2013 17:02:29 4,355 posts
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    Gah! Black boots, probably not Mer Man.

    Or Deckard!
  • X201 3 Jan 2013 17:03:39 17,959 posts
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    Is it one of these?

  • Popzeus 3 Jan 2013 17:04:35 8,425 posts
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    Evel Knievel?

  • EMarkM 3 Jan 2013 17:20:00 4,355 posts
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    @X201 No; they look far to solid. The material was virtually tissue paper thin. Thanks though!
  • EMarkM 3 Jan 2013 17:24:33 4,355 posts
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    @Popzeus Definitely not; much taller (more like the large size Star Wars figures), glossy thin plastic, the cloak was matte on one side, and was attached around the edges of the figure.

    The whole thing was two halves, front and back, clamped together with such a prominent seam that he would not stand in his own.

    I have the impression he was supposed to remain in his cardboard-with-a-window box.

    Thanks for your input though.
  • caligari 3 Jan 2013 17:27:28 17,534 posts
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    Popzeus wrote:
    I love this site.

    I had all the really shit ones - Roboto, Buzz-Off, Tri-Clops, King Hiss, Leech... I don't know if I had really bad taste in toys or my parents were having a gigantic laugh at my expense.
    Hah hah - I feel your pain, brother.

    I had (probably still 'have' - at least in my Mum's loft) Mantenna, Roboto, King Hiss, Leech, Blade, Hordak and Sy Klone.

    My favourites were Whip Lash and Clawful (Christ, was that really his name?).

    Hours of fun with this robust bad boy, too.
  • EMarkM 2 May 2016 06:59:18 4,355 posts
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    EMarkM wrote:
    Would anyone mind if I had a go? This has been bugging me for over twenty years!

    In, if I remember correctly, the early eighties, a distant aunt gave me a Christmas gift that I never really understood and have never been able to trace.

    It was, to all intents and purposes, an action figure, but it was probably around 300mm tall and made of an extremely thin plastic; the sort if stuff that would permanently dent and discolour if you pressed it,

    I believe, therefore, that it was intended more for display than for play.

    It was a male character with long brown hair (all part of the moulding; not fibrous hair), he wore a cloak that seemed to be attached via perforations, and I indeed tried to detach it, which was not what was intended.

    I've been using words like European space hero to locate him, but to no avail.

    Any ideas, gamers?
    Well, here's a blast from the past: the good people of Reddit on/r/whatisthisthing managed to solve this one for me in a few hours yesterday.

    CAPTAIN HARLOCK

    I've not been able to find an image of the actual model I had yet, but that is definitely the character.

    Mystery solved!
  • boo 2 May 2016 11:55:50 13,124 posts
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    There are some photos of a shoddy looking figure on this page, that go by the name of Captain Harlock.
    Might they be the one?

    http://geoffstoys.blogspot.co.uk/2010_08_01_archive.html
  • twelveways 2 May 2016 12:03:39 7,102 posts
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    I had a really cool toy in the 80s, it was a spaceship but it came with loads of attachable parts like mecha legs and wings and boosters and stuff (possibly wheels) so you could customise it.

    It came with a pilot who was around the same size as star wars figures and could fit in the cockpit, maybe a tad smaller and he had an orange jump suit and a really cool helmet which I lost in school.

    He also had articulted joints.

    The spaceship was grey but I think the cockpit canopy was blue.

    Any ideas?

    Edited by twelveways at 12:07:37 02-05-2016
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 2 May 2016 12:05:46 8,294 posts
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    Sounds like merman
  • EMarkM 2 May 2016 12:57:02 4,355 posts
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    @boo Good find, but none of them appear to be made out of the thin plastic that mine was - it was definitely more of a display piece than anything you were actually supposed to play with.

    The plastic, formed in two halves, front and back, with that prominent seam, was the same thickness as you would find on one of those really (really) cheap jelly moulds or anything made via that vacuum plastic method. In fact, that's probably how it was made.
  • EMarkM 2 May 2016 12:57:30 4,355 posts
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    Decks wrote:
    Sounds like merman
    :D
  • Sharz 3 May 2016 09:10:48 1,617 posts
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    @twelveways

    Sounds like something from Space 1999.  Came out in the 70s but some toys were floating about in the 80s.
  • Dirtbox 3 May 2016 09:16:13 88,545 posts
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  • Load_2.0 3 May 2016 09:54:41 25,033 posts
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    Holy shit, that is a blast from the past!

    I had both the black and the white fucker. Good toys but I recall the velocity with which the missiles fired lacking any oomph.
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  • mal 3 May 2016 10:31:11 27,712 posts
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    Has anyone said Big Trak yet? That's the only 80s toy anyone has any right to look back fondly upon, even though they are a bit pants if you actually get one and try to use it these days.
  • Ron_Justice 3 May 2016 10:31:31 3,073 posts
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    Mental as I was watching this the other day and recognized the name, and you may be interested as fans of the toys, but Micronauts may be getting the big screen Avenger style treatment:

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  • Ron_Justice 3 May 2016 11:04:52 3,073 posts
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    He did yeah. Started smoking loads of weed and cut out sugar from his diet - Not a stalker but my brother is about to appear in the very meta film about the making of Clerks - Shooting Clerks so I got the goss.
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  • frightlever 3 May 2016 13:09:11 1,375 posts
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    EMarkM wrote:
    EMarkM wrote:
    Would anyone mind if I had a go? This has been bugging me for over twenty years!

    In, if I remember correctly, the early eighties, a distant aunt gave me a Christmas gift that I never really understood and have never been able to trace.

    It was, to all intents and purposes, an action figure, but it was probably around 300mm tall and made of an extremely thin plastic; the sort if stuff that would permanently dent and discolour if you pressed it,

    I believe, therefore, that it was intended more for display than for play.

    It was a male character with long brown hair (all part of the moulding; not fibrous hair), he wore a cloak that seemed to be attached via perforations, and I indeed tried to detach it, which was not what was intended.

    I've been using words like European space hero to locate him, but to no avail.

    Any ideas, gamers?
    Well, here's a blast from the past: the good people of Reddit on/r/whatisthisthing managed to solve this one for me in a few hours yesterday.

    CAPTAIN HARLOCK

    I've not been able to find an image of the actual model I had yet, but that is definitely the character.

    Mystery solved!
    Funny, I just watched this at the weekend. Pretty good, if you like anime.



    I had a BUNCH of Micronauts stuff as a kid, including Karza. there's a new Micronauts comic that just started. from IDW. Haven't read it.
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