I'm working on a game inspired by 90's toys and am looking for as much reference as possible, i've got a ton of stuff that I had as a kid, but I imagine there was a ton of other cool stuff that I missed out on.
I'm really focusing on anything with bright vibrant colours, as many mutants, monsters and robots as possible, but anything is welcome.
This guy was one of my favorite toys from the 90s. When T2 came out and I saw an ad in the paper that Rite Aid or somesuch was carrying toys from the movie, I went as soon as I could, hoping that they'd made an endoskeleton figure.
Rito revolto and other power rangers aliens and monsters, are fucking awsome 90s toys.
Generally I'd say early 90's were focussed more on "Gross-out" sculpts and bright, pastel colors, while the mid-to-late 90's started bringing on more "extreme" detailing and darker coloring (think McFarlane) , chrome, and translucent plastic. Action feature versions of characters are another big thing; the Batman toys were a major example. You had Batman variants meant to street luge, to snow board, to lava dive; everything. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles kinda started the trend but Kenner went all-out with Batman(ToyBiz did too with Spider-man.)
Vac Man is another one of my favorites. His massive toothy grin, detailed face, and his gimmick of his skin tightening and showing his innards just screams 90's toy.
80s figures were more about making a shitton of new characters and with more minimal sculpts. While 90s figures had awsome sculpts but lots of remolds of exsisting characters, and even more outlandish and outragous paint decos.
But they made a shitton of new characters for lotu. I shouldve rephrased it about resuing the same characters. Because batman got a dhitton of new sculpts, but motu had alot of new characters with the same body, and only a new head and accesory.
For the most part, 80's figures were sculpted around more stoic or at least stock expressions(for example,
Where as late 80's/90's toys started incorporating more wild expressions and poses in figures. 80's figures generally went for more subdued colors on figures(but often wilder colors on accessories and playsets), while in the late 80's onwards there was a shift to brighter colors. 80's figures generally went for a "realistic" style, while the 90's stuff started going for a more cartoony style.
Thanks for the spoiler, Kenner.
90's toys really broke down into classes.
You had Superhero toys(exagerated heroic sculpts, bright colours, lots of specialized variants), Mutant Animal toys (TMNT, Biker Mice from Mars, C.O.W.boys of Moo Mesa, Street Sharks, Bucky O'Hare bright colours, often gross out designs, cartoonish proportions), War toys (GI Joe, The Corps, more generic 1/18 guys, realistic proportoins with detailed, often scifi weapons and vehicles), Miniature Toys (Poly Pocket, Micro Machines, Mighty Max, detailed miniature figures, vehicles, and playsets), Ranger invasion figures (All of Power Rangers, Beetleborgs, Mystic Knights of Tyr Na Nog, Superhuman Samurai Cyber Squad... I forget if Tatooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills ever got toys... anyway, it's armoured supherheros usually with complimenting, combining vehicles), there were Transformers of course(different from it's origin, it featured garish Generation 2 paintjobs, and the animal changing beast wars), Gross Out toys (Creepy Crawlers, Dread Labratory, anything designed to make your sister go EWWWWW. Also included any of the ooze or gak gimmick toys)
I'm trying to remember if i'm missing any of the major categories.. I'm skipping on the roleplay toys (like water guns, plastic guns, nerf, spy gear, etc) and focusing on action figures, vehicles, and playsets.
Oh wow, I remember those. I had Aracula, a friend gave it to me at my birthday party and I had no idea what it was because I was just into X-Men and GI Joes. His mom probably picked it out for him, I bet. Now that I look back on it, those skeleton figures are 100 times better than any of those shitty early 90s Joes and Marvel figures.
>kid-friendly Captain Planet clone about environmental issues
>based on a movie in which a woman masturbates to a photo of a corpse and people are dismembered left and right
I know it wasn't a big deal to turn r-rated stuff into cartoons for kids, but who thought THAT film in particular was prime material for it?
The original toxic avenger trilogy film series was fucked up. Especially in the second one where he puts that one guy in a superheated hot tub with vegetables and stirred it with his mop to make Jap stew.
Nope. The movie was released in December '93. The 1st wave of figures shipped out before that so they could get the Christmas sales.
It was one of the early cases of a toy being released before a movie that contain/was a spoiler.
Doesn't matter which wave. It was still on the shelves when the movie came out. I got mine about a month before the movie came out, and there was a big flap at the time about it being such a spoiler.
Actually, there was only one wave of Phantasm figures that was released, and it was released in 1993.
I had some of those.
I don't remember this being articulated. Was this the only line of Swat Kats toys?
I saw these in a trading card shop as a little kid and it freaked me the fuck out. I was a huge wuss.
This pic left out a figure. Though I can understand as it's the least interesting looking of the 9.
This was my favourite toy for a long time when I was younger.
I had the whole collection and even some vehicles, I even had doubles of some of them like the two headed guy and Toxie. I guess the toyline bombed so badly my mom just bought me all of them one day whens he saw them on the shelves for cheap, I mean why else would I have had all of those.
I had this figure when I was a kid and it was like this gijoe sized green alien guy who had little red buttons on his torso (which was yellow) that you could press to detach his arms and legs to swap them out for others.
One of his arms had a spring loaded snake and one set of legs was like a hover segway kind of thing.
It was really neat but I've never been able to remember or find out what it was.
Street sharks were goat! The 90s were the best time for toys.
Sorry it's off topic, but TNMT was arounf in the 90's, and it's not worth a new thread, so, here's a question.
I got the Megan Fox April O'Neil figure. Her left leg is super rubbery when everything else is harder plastic. Are they all like this, or did I get some weird defect one?
It looks just fine, just odd when in hand, like the leg came from a different figure.