Tools of the Imagination – Ripley

Space Marine Lt. Ellen Ripley by Kenner, part of the Aliens toy line, produced 1992 The Cart Before The Horse (Image courtesy of collectiondx.com) Aliens is one of the best movies ever made. It’s an intelligent action movie. It’s an ambitious visual tour de force. Good acting. Great sets and special effects. Nominated for everythingContinue reading “Tools of the Imagination – Ripley”

Tools of the Imagination – Ultraman

Ultraman Ambition does not always equal success DreamWorks toys, Ultraman: Towards The Future toyline, 1992 It seems fitting to transition from Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad to Ultraman: Towards the Future.  Both were westernized versions of Ultraman (or Ultraman-inspired).  Unfortunately, in many ways, Servo and his buddies were able to learn from the failures of this toyline,Continue reading “Tools of the Imagination – Ultraman”

Tools of the Imagination – Phormo

Phormo When all else fails, use a giant gun Playmates, Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad, 1994 Most toys about combineable superheroes have a linear progression: five individual robots become one giant robot, who maybe is then joined by another (or others) to become even more powerful.  But rarely do you see diverging paths of combining sets, whereContinue reading “Tools of the Imagination – Phormo”

Tools of the Imagination – Drago

Drago Dragonzord by any other name… Playmates, Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad, 1994 In 1984, Transformers addressed the age-old of question of ‘what’s cooler than alien robots that turn into cars’ with the answer ‘alien robots that turn into dinosaurs’.  The next logical step, of course, was to embrace not the prehistoric but the fantastic.  Dragons, theContinue reading “Tools of the Imagination – Drago”

Tools of the Imagination – Synchro

Synchro By your powers combined… Playmates, Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad, 1994 Even from the early days of toys, toymakers have known that if pieces are interchangeable (if two dolls can wear the same clothes, if two action figures can hold the same accessories, etc), then that will drive sales.  In the 1980s, however, toymakers discovered thatContinue reading “Tools of the Imagination – Synchro”