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Uncle Milton Tarantula Planet Red Beard Action Figure Uncle Milton, 2011
Day #383: April 23, 2012
Uncle Milton Tarantula Planet Red Beard Action Figure Red Beard
The Pirate

Uncle Milton Noise-Activated Spiders
Item No.:
No. 11002
Manufacturer: Uncle Milton
Includes: Hat, parrot, hook for hand, 3 AG13/LR44 batteries
Action Feature: Make a sound and he moves
Retail: $9.99
Availability: Early 2011
Other: Series 1

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Uncle Milton Tarantula Planet Red Beard Action FigureWhile at Toy Fair in New York, I had a few dinners with vendors and let me tell you: when you live in the basement and work with toys all day and have no kids, there aren't a lot of wonderful tales to tell. So I steered the conversation toward the things I do, and the likes of Red Beard came up. After a few drinks, a table of toy industry people will not believe you when you tell them "so yeah, the wife and I picked up some electronic tarantula toys dressed up as Mexican wrestlers" to the point where they will inevitably demand proof. And proof they shall have. This particular model was a later purchase and a pain to get, but check him out: he's got a hook for a hand! It's non-removable, but it's awesome.

Uncle Milton Tarantula Planet Red Beard Action FigureThe concept is, of course, so totally ludicrous that you pretty much have to be on board with it immediately. Toys like "Army Ants" were to homogenous, Tarantula Planet have more distinctive personalities. Like the other figures in the line, it shares the same body type and mechanism-- but unlike the others, he has a pirate hat and a little parrot to sit on his arm. Really. I can't make this crap up.

There's no articulation to speak of, and at its heart it's just a black tarantula with a red "beard" and a skull painted on his backside. It's such a crafty idea it's impossible not to look at it and smile, the only thing I felt missing from this toy was one (or more) eyepatche(s). These are largely being phased out of retail stores in the USA, but you might find them at the odd mom-and-pop or at Toys R Us still. It's also probably still available online from Uncle Milton, and while I wouldn't suggest you drop $15 on it this is totally worth $8-$10 as a ridiculous thing for your desk at work. If you need a test to see if your co-workers "get" you, this is potentially it.

--Adam Pawlus

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Uncle Milton Tarantula Planet Red Beard Action Figure
Uncle Milton Tarantula Planet Red Beard Action Figure

See more Uncle Milton figures in Figure of the Day:
Day 277: Uncle Milton Tarantula Planet Loco Ocho Figure
Day 383: Uncle Milton Tarantula Planet Red Beard Figure
Day 415: Uncle Milton Tarantula Planet Side Kick Action Figure
Day 428: Uncle Milton Tarantula Planet T-Bot 8000 Action Figure

See more Tarantula Planet figures in Figure of the Day:
Day 277: Uncle Milton Tarantula Planet Loco Ocho Figure
Day 383: Uncle Milton Tarantula Planet Red Beard Figure
Day 415: Uncle Milton Tarantula Planet Side Kick Action Figure
Day 428: Uncle Milton Tarantula Planet T-Bot 8000 Action Figure

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