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Nightmare Warriors by MTC

Nightmare Warriors by MTC

Alright. Prepare to be jealous. The toys featured in today’s entry are too cool for words (not literally… how else would I write about them?).

I found these fellas a few years back, at a toy show, lying in a cardboard box among some other generic toys. I got ’em for five bucks each or something like that. It appears that I’ve really lucked out, because I cannot find these things for sale anywhere.

I need one more figure to complete the set, but I figured I’d show ’em to you anyway.

Nightmare Warriors
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Nightmare Warriors Action Figures

I’d never seen these charmingly goofy skeleton toys before, but after a quick search online, I found that these guys are from a toyline called Nightmare Warriors produced by MTC (Multi-Toys Corporation) in 1983. They are ghosts of historical warriors (but they look more like ghosts of the Village People)… and they glow in the dark.

Just a side note – I think it’s funny that these guys were buried nude, basically… only wearing boots, a belt and head gear. Weird huh?

Major Bones
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Major Bones - Nightmare Warriors Action Figure Major Bones - Nightmare Warriors Action Figure

Pancho Villa
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Pancho Villa - Nightmare Warriors Action Figure Pancho Villa - Nightmare Warriors Action Figure

Captain Kidd
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Captain Kidd - Nightmare Warriors Action Figure Captain Kidd - Nightmare Warriors Action Figure

Sir Lancelot
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Sir Lancelot - Nightmare Warriors Action Figure Sir Lancelot - Nightmare Warriors Action Figure

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Geronimo - Nightmare Warriors Action Figure Geronimo - Nightmare Warriors Action Figure

It looks like these guys were made to possibly cash-in on the popularity of the Masters of the Universe toyline. One could make the argument that they were inspired by Skeletor, but I think these guys are much cooler (and skeletal). Outside of the “skull face” comparison, they actually do have very similar hand positioning to the MOTU toyline (you know, one “grip hand” with protruding thumb accompanied by one wide-open hand.).

Nightmare Warriors - Captain Kidd Nightmare Warriors - Geronimo Nightmare Warriors - Sir Lancelot
Nightmare Warriors - Pancho Villa Nightmare Warriors - Spartacus
Nightmare Warriors packaging photos courtesy of The Gallery of Monster Toys

As you can see in these packaging pics, I’m missing the Spartacus figure. If anyone has it and would like to get rid of it, please get in touch with me 😉

13 Responses

  1. Mittens says:

    ah man, Geronimo has a bow that’s so freaking cool!

    haha I love Capt. Kidd’s picnic blanket sash.

  2. Jason says:

    Yep. They are great. I was there when you found ’em. I really should’ve fought with you to get them, because now i’m jealous as crap. Great find. I LOVE THESE GUYS!

  3. Justin says:

    @ Mittens – Yeah, the plaid picnic blanket sash cracks me up too.

    @ Jason – Sorry man. I saw ’em first 😉
    Just goes to show you, you should never go to a toy show with buddies that are looking for the same thing.

  4. Mistuh_t says:

    the army guy reminds me of the munich germany level of castlevania bloodlines for sega genisis.

  5. Justin says:

    Really? He reminds me of the undead army guy (played by Richard Moll) in that old 80s movie, HOUSE.

  6. Ryan says:

    oh man….i had captain kidd, spartacus, and lancelot when i was little

    i still wish id had the whole set


  7. The King of Bootlegs says:

    I had Major Bones. I arrogantly gave him away when i was going through a bad phase. I miss my dollar figure. He Glowed in the dark!!! ARGH!

  8. Bob says:

    These make me sad, because they’re so cool, and $50 loose on ebay.

  9. Red Rex says:

    I had the Pancho Villa figure when I was little, and have been trying to remember what line he was from. I’m not sure if someone got him for me as a present or what, but I can’t imagine I would have picked out Pancho instead of any of the others. He seems to be the lame duck of the bunch. What kind of kid asks for a skeleton with a sombrero. I do distinctly remember wanting to go back to the store some day to get the Sparticus but never did.

  10. Totally cool! These are the greatest skeleton figures ever! And how clever to make them into characters you don’t normally think of (real or fictitious). Great find for only $5 each. well done. I must add that the artwork on the card is brilliant. Reminds me of “Tombs of the Blind Dead”.

  11. finkrod says:

    I’ve gotta thank you. I bought what I now now is the Sir Lancelot figure for ¢50 at a flea market about 15 years ago, minus the cape. I recently dug him out and had been wondering W(here)TF he came from. Was he some bizarre mexican wrestler figure? Was he from some obscure Rankin & Bass film I’ve never heard of? Now I know!!!

  12. […] Major Bones (1983 MTC Nightmare Warriors) Ghosts of historical warriors (but they look more like ghosts of the Village People)… and they glow in the […]

  13. Janet says:

    I just listed a Spatacus for sale on eBay. Thought you might knownofnsomeone or were looking for yourself. Thx.j

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