Super7 Toxic Crusaders Glow in the Dark Toxie Action Figure Super7, 2020
Day #2,211: July 9, 2020
Glow in the Dark Toxie You're Welcome
Toxic Crusaders Ultimates - Entertainment Earth Exclusive
Item No.: No. 80871 Manufacturer:Super7 Includes:Shield, flag, mop, belt, 3 grenades, Blobbie Action Feature:Glows in the dark Retail:$44.99 Availability: June 2020 Other: Sadly sold out, but watch for more from Super7!
Another special from work, this Glow in the Dark Toxie sold out in under 12 hours - which is pretty fast for some of these guys. Super7 and I talk about exclusives here and there and the best way to get my interest is to say "yes" when I say "can you make it glow in the dark?" (That's a freebie, anyone out there who has to work with me in the future.) Modeled after Mattel's Masters of the Universe Classics buck, Super7 has made several new figures based on that style and the results are good. If you liked what Matty Collector was making, here's more of that - and glowing, and exclusive.
What matters, though, is that it's big and it glows really well. My glow-toy friends are going to love this one... or rather, I hope you loved it enough to get one early on.
The standard Toxie used the same mold and did a great job bringing a figure from the Playmates house style into the 21st century. Much like the Ninja Turtles and He-Man, those older figures are buff and squat. The new ones have 27 points of articulation and - gasp! - painted accessories. The build quality is on par with Mattel's stuff, and the paint is great. The sticker for the flag is no slouch either.
The lumpy, knobby, quasi-gross figure from 1991 or so was updated pretty faithfully by Super7. The flag/mop now has a removable flag, the shield has a great logo, you've got thee bandolier, and you've got the canister grenade things. (I admit, I didn't collect these at the time - I was knee-deep in buying your older brothers' Star Wars stuff and NES games.) Comparing this figure to the pictures of the original, it's obvious that Super7 was looking to give you a version of the figure as you remember it, but not as it actually was. All the landmarks are there, but with more articulation and slightly better proportions thanks to the enhanced articulation. The old figure didn't have all that many moving parts, while the new one has bend-and-swivel wrists and rocker ankles - we've come a long way.
Thanks to the mop being a little heavy, you might see the arm sag a tiny bit under its weight - but aside from that, everything holds up well. The alternate heads pop off and on easily, the clips of the flag go right on the mop handle, and the bandolier can store accessories somewhat well. The cans are a little tricky to fit in the slots, but you can easily fit the shield or mop in the loop on his back.
The main reason I wanted this figure was becaues it was a large chunk of glowing plastic with glowing plastic accessories. We get a lot of indie glow figures, but those are usually mini-figure keshi things or vinyl. Super-articulated almost all-glow PVC plastic figures aren't as common today as they were in the late 1980s and early 1990s, so throwbacks like this are pretty much the only way we're going to get some good glow - and boy howdy does this one glow well in person! Unlike most glow figures, this one seems to show a fair amount of detail despite the milky plastic. You can see individual mop strands and lots of warty fleshy bits on the figure's plastic, but what really helps are the painted details. The shoes, pants, shirt, and wrist band do a lot to make the glow parts "pop" in the dark, and to make it look like it's a $45 (or more) action figure. You get a lot in the box... and you get a lot of box. The brown mailer box has a box inside it with a slipcover - it's pretty ornate! I'd have been just as happy with a novelty oversized blister card, but this is good too.
Toxie having been born from a kid's toy line which itself was taken from a low-rent indie R-rated superhero movie from 1984 is kind of remarkable, and our seeing a new figure based on its hero decades later is even more amazing. Nostalgia casts a long shadow, and figures like this walk the line between hokey kid figure and awesome collector update. It was popular, it old well, it glows in the dark... it's got something for everybody. If you see it at a price you can handle, get one.
16bit.com is best not viewed in Apple's Safari browser, we don't know why. All material on this site copyright their respective copyright holders. All materials appear hear for informative and entertainment purposes. 16bit.com is not to be held responsible for anything, ever. Photos taken by the 16bit.com staff. Site design, graphics, writing, and whatnot credited on the credits page. Be cool-- don't steal. We know where you live and we'll break your friggin' legs.