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It’s Friday so that must mean it’s time to take a trip in our time machine back to a simpler era of toys. Today we’re going back to 1988 for the infamous Mattel Food Fighter line! I just asked Mattel about doing something for the 25th Anniversary of this line, so I figured we might as well spotlight one of the gems.
The Food Fighters line was pretty simple in concept. Two factions, the Kitchen Commandos and the Refrigerator Rejects, battled it out. Both teams were comprised of food. The Kitchen Commandos were technically the “good guys” but there wasn’t any rhyme or reason behind the choices of the food for each team.
“Hey, get back-a in the box-a!”
Private Pizza was probably the best figure in the line and he’s one of my personal favorites. Pizza and Lieutenant Legg were the two baddest mofos in the land of Food Fighters when I was a kid. While I didn’t have every figure in this line, I had a bunch and they saw a lot of play. It’s just such a crazy and simple idea that it’s hard not to like them.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these Flashback Friday reviews, but with TMNTmania running wild here at Infinite Hollywood, I thought now would be a good time to do another. Today we’re taking a look back at one of the middle of the run Ninja Turtles characters and perhaps one of the strangest to the entire line. When looking back at this classic Playmates toy line, that’s actually saying quite a bit.
In the 90s there were two Pizzafaces. One appeared on the Nickelodeon show, All That and the other, was a twisted character who terrorized the Ninja Turtles. Pizzaface is an odd character indeed, only ever really appearing in the classic toy line. A villain pizza chef seems like a natural concept for the Turtles, though.
I can’t remember if I liked Pizzaface as a kid or not. I think I went back and forth on thinking he was the dumbest character in the whole line and one of the coolest. One thing is for certain, I didn’t get this crazy monstrous chef until long after I was past the point of playing on the carpet with action figures. These days I find Pizzaface very endearing and one of the more remarkable characters in the classic toy line. In fact, Playmates really did some unique things with this guy.
Every Friday we hop into our toy time machine and take a look back at a classic older toy. Today we’re taking a look at one of Kenner’s 1991 creations, the Savage Mondo Blitzers. It’s scary that it’s already been 11 years since these little guys were on the market.
While skateboarding is all the rage these days, it’s not the first time the “craze” has come around. It first hit in the 70s and then it came back around in the late 80s and early 90s. The big difference in those days was that the craze didn’t really hit middle America. Sure, I’m certain that some kids picked it up, but it wasn’t huge like everyone makes it out to be.
In California and places like that, clearly it took off. Paving the way for many of the famous skaters we know today. However for most of us, skateboarding was something that the Ninja Turtles did and the rest of us wished we could do. I had a skateboard, but I was the only kid in my neighborhood to have one. I couldn’t do much of anything on it and spent most the time just rolling down my Grandmother’s car port.
Now the skateboard invasion has taken full hold. Heck there’s a skateboard park right down the road from me. But back in 1991 all you had was Skate or Die and toys like the Savage Mondo Blitzers to tell you about how cool skateboarding was.
Savage Mondo Blitzers were just one of many toys of the era that put an emphasis on the skateboard. What made these little buggers unique is that they were sort of like Rat Fink and the hot-rod characters of the 50s & 60s but done in the 90s gross out mentality. As a result, most of these characters look like they could have come from a Troma film or something.
Every Friday we’re going to hop into our toy time machine and take a look back at a classic older toy. We already review a lot of older toys on the site, but starting today, Friday will be the home of one guaranteed classic each week. This week, we’re hopping back to 1983 with the title character of his own comic and toy line… Crystar!
This is not a complete Crystar, but those are nigh on impossible to get these days without sacrificing your first born. Crystar was a little line by Remco that only lasted for a brief time. All of the figures can typically still be found, but for whatever reason, Crystar himself is harder to come by. A complete Crystar would come with a blue translucent sword, a translucent blue shield and a blue prism crystal. He also had a helmet that was red and you guessed it, translucent blue.
He’s seen here with wizard Ogeode’s axe/staff. It’s the only other weapon I have that’s blue and translucent. A lot of the weapons were interchangable in this manner because they were made of the same materials.
I absolutely loved this line. I’m a sucker for translucent figures and this one really takes the cake. There wasn’t anything else like this out in 1983 and in fact, there haven’t been many toys like this since! It seems unlikely that Crystar will ever make a proper return to the toy aisle, but the Working Class Villains crew are putting together their own fantasy line inspiried by Crystar. I can’t wait until that project is active.
As a kid, my Crystar broke pretty early on. A fall from high altitudes caused his hollow chest to burst into a million pieces. It was like he was made of glass! I also think it didn’t help that my brother and I used to put him into the freezer and make him cold. I’m not sure what that was about.
However he was one of the few characters we managed to “save”. With a hefty amount of Scotch tape and using part of his prism crystal, we rebuilt his chest and Crystar lived on to battle Moltar! Of course he had to be pretty gingerly played with in battle… But it was worth it. I don’t recall the battle that finally saw his death, but I’m certain it was epic.
Crystar remains one of my favorite figures (and toy lines) of those crazy days gone by. I think we must have lost his helmet right out of the package as I never recall him wearing it much. So aside from lacking his sword, this guy feels mostly “complete” to me. Crystar didn’t need any fancy gimmicks to get by, he just looked so cool… Plus he had articulated knees! That made him more articulated than about 75% of the figures in the early 80s!
Although the line was being clearanced out by 1984, you could still find the remains of Cyrstar figures for quite some time at K-Mart locations. Much like the heyday of K-Mart and Remco itself, Crystar is a distant memory for many. That’s why he makes a perfect first entry into Flashback Friday!