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Snatch Attack Spidertron

Snatch Attack Spidertron

So, here we have Snack-Attack Spider-Tron (that's what you get when you cross snacks with Spiderman and Tron obviously).

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Spidertron by Bandai
I found these pics by searching "Weird Spiderman" and "Weird Tron."

Waitaminit. It's Snatch Attack Spidertron. My mistake.

I found this guy at the York Toy Show too. Funny thing is, I'd never seen this toy before in my life, but for some reason, at this show, I saw at least 4 or 5 of him at various vendors' tables. I guess old Power Rangers toys are more common up north or something. (I was just guessing it was a Power Rangers toy. It sure looks and acts like one.)

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Spidertron by Bandai

As I've mentioned every time I've posted one of these MMPR monsters, I'm not a fan of the show at all, but I'm willing to admit, the villain toys are pretty cool/freaky/goofy.

This guy really grabbed my attention, because he's a cool-looking, semi-realistic depiction of a spider in action figure form. It's as if whoever made this figure heard the term "Spider-man" and took it literally. Look at him. He's a a bulbous, furry, humanoid spider man, with eight hinged, red-spike-tipped arms/legs and a creepy, fangy, spidery face.

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Spidertron by Bandai

And nothing complements nappy, brown fur and red spikes like that big, green and yellow protective shell.

Not only that, but he comes equipped with "spider-hug action!" There's a trigger on his back that, when pulled, controls the top six arms to flex and grab at whatever unlucky teen in a vibrant-colored jumpsuit gets in his way.

As I mentioned previously, I didn't know what this toy was, but a quick glance at his feet soon revealed that I was on the right path. His markings read ©94 Bandai, which basically meant he was a Power Ranger (or Beetle Borg) toy. So, a few minutes on Google, and voila! I had the culprit's identity. I soon discovered his name was Spidertron (actually, too be more specific, it's "Snatch-Attack Spidertron," but you already knew that). With a name like that, it sounds like he should be a robot or something.

Spidertron
Spidertron pic courtesy of Megazord.net. Thanks!

Looks like the toy originally came with a big web shield doohickey.

Spidertron

According to sharetv.org, in his introductory episode, "Itsy Bitsy Spider," (Aired Oct. 12, 1993) - "Rita switches out a Forrest Spirit Statue from Angel Grove park and replaces it with her own- one which holds her latest Spidertron monster inside. He puts a sleeping spell on the entire town of Angel Grove, putting everyone but Zack under a deep sleep, leaving him to face Spidertron alone."

A sleeping spell? Lame. He should've just covered the town in spider webs. Better yet, he should've wrapped up the Power Rangers and sucked their blood dry.

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13 Responses

  1. Jason says:

    Very cool figure. The pic from the show looks funny/ gross. Too bad it wasn’t a giant robot spider, as the name would suggest.

    Now i wonder if Toy Biz will ever make a figure of the Dumpy Spiderman? How freakin’ great would that be?

  2. bradlby says:

    It may be a “robot” in the same way that all the human characters in Contra on NES got turned into robots in Europe. Sometimes censors just find killing a robot more palatable, and with all the strange changes those Power Rangers shows went through I wouldn’t be surprised.

    Or it could be robotic fur, who can say?

  3. Shawn says:

    I can’t get over the fact they decided to call him Snatch Attack Spider-Tron. Hilarious.

  4. krakit says:

    Snatch Attack? I guess the idea is that it uses
    its closing arms to SNATCH you when you’re not
    looking. “Help mom! I’ve been snatched!”
    “Hurry Hon, get the shotgun! Our child has
    been snatched away from his video games!”

  5. bubbashelby says:

    With all this talk about snatches, your Google Anal ytics results are gonna go crazy!

    Like, since everyone here is talking about Snatch then natchurally your anal lytics are going to start snatch-ing any search that is remotely Snatch related.

    Whew. I think I’ll go snatch a banana as I am getting hungry. Maybe I will also snatch some whip cream. A banana, some whip cream and some weirdo toys. Now that’s a snatch…I mean a match made in heaven!

    (Can’t wait to hear about your next analytics review! ;) )

  6. Mittens says:

    I’m going to have a hard time watching the news now, everytime I see a story about rape or something I’m going to scream “SNATCH ATTACK!”

  7. Dodsey says:

    Those arms look like scary witch fingers.

  8. @ BubbaShelby & Mittens – Ah… good to know my readers will take it there so I don’t have to ;)

    @Bradlby – They had to make the badguys “robots” in European Contra? Ha! I’d never heard that. I guess it’s what they did for the TMNT cartoon too with the Foot soldiers.

  9. I love that the action figure actually looks better than the on-film costume. Man, Power Rangers had one seriously sorry effects department…

  10. I think the costume looks pretty cool. Especially the head.

  11. bradlby says:

    They actually made everyone a robot in the European Contra, and changed the name to Probotector. There are some good screenshot comparisons here: http://www.unseen64.net/unseen-changes/contra-vs-probotector/

  12. The Bootleg King says:

    Very unique. Anyone remember the Sentiaman figures that became power rangers?

  13. Somarinoa says:

    Ah yes, Spidertron. Another figure I have lying in a storage unit three thousand miles from my new home in Minnesota. Ahh I miss my things…

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