In case you guys haven’t heard, Madballs and Boglins are due to drop back on our collections and wallets sometime here very soon. That’s an amazing thing to those of us who had the absolute privilege of being born in a time of such wonderful toys. The 80’s and early 90’s were the best time to be a kid. Hopefully, these lines relaunch with great success and give us another crack at some other toy line-ups. In fact, here’s three specific toy lines I’d love to see boost a nostalgic morale.
Mondo Mega Blitzers (Kenner, 1992)
Right off the bat, let me just say: these things were AWESOME. Why? Because parents hated them… meaning, as kids, we loved them. Imagine if your stack of Garbage Pail Kids became sentient, peeled themselves off the card and climbed into your toy box to get busy with your Micro Machines. Nine months later…awesomeness is born.
These miniature figures came four to a pack and each set was labeled as a specific gang with names like The Dudes of Disaster, The Chunk Blowers and The Sewer Surfers. These guys just looked freaking cool: a horde of monsters, mutants and madmen wielding weapons on skateboards. They were great! Even as a 30-something adult, I would completely buy them today just based on this commercial alone.
Steel Monsters (Tonka, 1986-87)
Imagine getting to stay up late one weekend and you catch Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome on HBO. The next morning you wake up, watch your cartoons and remember how awesome that movie last night was. You go to K-Mart with your grandmother and see some toys that look just like they came from a Thunderdome toy line. That, in a nut shell, is what the Steel Monsters toy line was: post-apocalyptic dudes with super-beater assault vehicles.
Consisting of eight figures, that each came with their signature vehicle, these dudes were about the same scale as G.I. Joe but with a punk-rock. It’s as if the Joe collection began and ended with Zartan and his Dreadnoks. Each set could have been pricey for its time so, like G.I. Joe, you could also purchase single carded figures that came with a short comic.
Super Naturals (Tonka, 1987)
You know, sometimes a knock-off can be even more memorable than the original and that is exactly the case with Super Naturals. When it comes to figure that fuse PVC with holograms Visionaries technically came first and, to be honest, they were probably everyone else favorite. However, Super Naturals spoke to me a whole Hell of a lot better.
These guys were larger in scale (Visionaries were G.I. Joe scaled, while Super Naturals were more He-Man scaled) and mimicked a very King Arthur’ish styled universe even though they had modern styled vehicles. They all looked like the front half of their faces and torsos were lopped off and lost in the production facility, but revealed even more rad holograms. Depending on how you held each hologram, you could view them in normal mode or a “powered-up” mode. The good guys looked cool enough, but the bad guys really made this series as the holograms were just completely gruesome and gnarly.