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Karate Cyborgs and Hulk Balls

Karate Cyborgs and Hulk Balls

Now THIS is what I'm talking about! All you blog readers out there take notice. Last week marked a true sign of reader generosity.

Out of the blue, one of the blog readers, "Mistuh_Thye," contacted me informing me that he'd found some cool toys. He thought I'd enjoy them for my collection and website, so he wanted to send them to me.

Awesome.

I've had this kind of thing happen with friends and family but never with a total stranger. I'm always really grateful for all the thoughts and kind gestures, but unfortunately, a lot of the toys i get from folks don't really "make the cut" in my undefinable sense of weirdness (Yeah, I'm an ass. Sorry.).

Mr. T

So, out of the kindness of his heart, Mistuh_Thye sent me a couple of weirdo toys... and not only that, they were WEIRD! Wow! That really meant a lot. Thanks so much. Not only did I get some cool, free toys, but they are actually good ones. 😀

When I first got the message from Mistuh_Thye, I was a bit weary. Seriously. This is a total stranger that could be sending me anthrax in the mail or something. But, for some reason, I trusted him. Thanks Mistuh_Thye. You're the best. (As a sidenote, I wanna let you all know that Mistuh_Thye likes to collect Hillbilly themed toys and stuff, so if you have any cool items to share, maybe you can drop him a line.)

Well, enough Mistuh_Thye ass-kissing, let's see the toys.

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Karate Cyborg Figure Karate Cyborg Figure

First we have this awesome and generic karate-terminator-barbarian kind of guy. I'm not sure not sure what toyline he's from. He has no markings (none that I could see anyway. I didn't strip him down 100%).

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Karate Cyborg Figure

The first thing I noticed is his torn face revealing his cyborg skull. A classic gimmick reminiscent of the old Terminator movie. It's funny to see all the detail in the cyborg eye socket, but his other eye is simply a black dot. What the hell.

Next, I noticed he's outfitted in a cloth, black karate uniform (properly referred to as a "gi"). This reminded me of the Karate Defenders toyline. But then, I noticed his body is a generic mold taken from the classic Masters of the Universe toyline (yep, another one). He has the same torso, arm and hand poses, etc. The only thing "weird" was his legs.

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Karate Cyborg Figure

They aren't regular "he-man" legs. Look. He's actually wearing pinstriped pants under his karate pants. Very weird.

I felt kind of dirty pulling his pants down like that.

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Combo Heroes

So with a little bit of "research" online and a bit of info from a newly found toy buddy of mine (thanks for the tips Justin), I was lead to a toyline called "Combo Heroes." These figures look like the classic MOTU figures and come equipped with vest, shield and weapons.

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Combo Heroes

In these pics I found, you can see the cyborg face guy. He's definitely different from the one I've featured here. Who knows? There are so many bootlegs and bootlegs of bootlegs out there, what I have here is probably some messed-up homemade custom. Fortunately, it found a home on my shelf 😀

If anyone has some good info on the origin of this figure, please share. I'd love to know what this toy is. Until then, I'll call him Karate Cyborg.

Next we have this odd Hulk head Madball wannabe.

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Hulk Metamorphs Ball

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Hulk Metamorphs Ball

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Hulk Metamorphs Ball

He looks cool enough as is. Just an odd Marvel Comics' decapitation toy. The toy is rubbery and squishy, and when you squeeze him...

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Hulk Metamorphs Ball

... he vomits a giant ball of slime containing a single fist and a brain.

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Hulk Metamorphs Ball

Huh?

So, either he's eaten someone recently and decided to cough things up, or these floating bits are supposed to be symbolic of the Hulk's inner rage and the dual-minded intelligence of his alter-ego, Bruce Banner.

Or it could be I'm over-thinking it. It's just a goofy, gross toy. Great!!

So, i tried to figure out what this thing is, because it looks kind of like a shoddy bootleg. The markings read "TM & © Marvel www.fantasmatoys.com." Well, the first thing I did was go to the website which actually just lead me to some company that produces a bunch of magic products (stuff like magic sets, instructional DVDs, etc.). Absolutely no sign of Hulk balls anywhere.

After searching online for a bit, I found a series of Marvel Madballs... or as they like to call them "Metamorphs."

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Metamorphs

Apparently there are also gross-out squeeze versions of Iron Man, Wolverine, Spider-Man and Venom. Funny.

I found these pics of the Hulk Metamorph, and it actually looks different than mine.

Hulk Metamorphs Ball
Hulk Metamorph photo courtesy of Ratchet’s Hulk Collection. Thanks!

Looks like the sculpting and painting is better, the puke bubble is chock full of innards, and the head actually has a sound chip which plays Hulk sounds when tapped. Mine doesn't have that! Unfair!

Also, while looking for "Metamorphs," I found out about a toyline of the same name made up of transforming Marvel character robots.

Hulk Metamorphs Robot

That's a bit confusing. Not sure if it's a screw-up, or maybe they just hope we will forget about the crummy robot toys.

Well, thanks for reading everybody, and thanks again Mistuh_Thye for the awesome toys and subject matter for another blog entry.

 


5 Responses

  1. Matty says:

    DUDE! I need (not want but NEED) the venom Metamorph! Cool post! Kudos for Mistuh_Thye for sharing his passion!

  2. mistuh_thye says:

    wow I wasn’t expecting to get like a whole featurette on me. thanks!

    I have a detail that might help out with karate ninja based on some of your findings. lets just say, based on the part of town that the garage sale was in, there is a pretty good possibility that this is a Mexican bootleg

  3. Justin says:

    @ Mistuh_Thye – Yeah. I hope you don’t mind being in the Weirdo Toys spotlight for a bit. I really appreciate your sending these things my way. Thanks for the tip on the potential Mexican origins of the Karate Cyborg figure too.

  4. Mittens says:

    hhaha that shot of the cybo-karate champ with his pants pulled down around his ankles is great.

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