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Tyco Looney Tunes Marvin the Martian Tyco, 1993
Day #399: May 15, 2012
Tyco Looney Tunes Marvin the Martian Action Figure Marvin the Martian
with Plutonium 2000 Missile!

Looney Tunes Action Figure
Item No.:
n/a
Manufacturer: Tyco
Includes: Rocket launcher, rocket, jetpack, trading card
Action Feature: Giant rocket launcher shoots
Retail: $4.99
Availability: ca. 1993
Other: No Space Modulator Included

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Tyco Looney Tunes Marvin the Martian Action FigureIn the 1990s, a number of companies had (or attempted to launch) the Looney Tunes license as action figures. Even Kenner had a bunch of prototypes floating around, so by the time Marvin the Martian actually got made I was pretty much ready to buy. Remember, this was the era of Warner Bros. Studio Stores, Space Jam, and the still-constantish repeats of classic Warner animated shorts on cable, so a line like this was actually pretty exciting.

The sculpt was-- and frankly, still is-- quite good. It's a simple design with bright colors and not much heavy detail work, so the figure's basic structure is similar to the cartoons. His leg and arm poses are a little weird, but you do get jointed shoulders, neck, and a waist. He doesn't stand very well without his rocket launcher, but he does look pretty neat. The rocket launcher has an added pole to help keep the item standing under the weight of the accessory, which is the kind of play/display detail that's sorely lacking in this current age of action figures marketed at adult collectors, yet, oddly, seems completely understood by the toymakers of 1978-1994.

Tyco Looney Tunes Marvin the Martian Action FigureMarvin originally sold for $5, and today he's worth about $5. In the packaging. See? All that crap about leaving your figures in the box because they'll be collector's items? It's not always true. It's a fun action figure, but the stuff Funko put out between its vinyl figures and bobble heads are generally a little more charming and a little bigger. I'd suggest going after those first, but this is pretty nice if you absolutely must have an action figure.

--Adam Pawlus

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