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10 Devastating Action Figure Disappointments

by | 14th, February 2014

IMAGINE you’re a kid, it’s 1978 and you’re opening birthday presents.  Your heart is full of optimism and joy in anticipation of what lies underneath the festive wrapping.  As you tear away the paper, your smile fades to an expression of horror.  “A Love Boat action figure?”  Surely, this cannot be.  No one would be insane enough to bypass the Star Wars figures and get this abomination instead… or would they?

Indeed, an untold number of children of the 70s wound up with exactly the worst sorts of action figures imaginable the kind that make you wonder what sort of sick mind conceived of making them in the first place.  Star Wars lends itself perfectly to the action figure business, as do comic book heroes.  The Love Boat , not so much.  Here are 10 such figures (in no particular order) which must have been bitter disappointments.

 

1. SET A COURSE FOR DISAPPOINTMENT

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You could’ve had the Darth Vader action figure, but instead you got Captain Stubing.  I suppose, in many ways they were similar: They both captained massive ships, both had family issues, and both were part robot.  (Okay, I’m not sure that last one applies to Stubing, but you can’t prove he wasn’t.)  Regardless, an Isaac the Bartender figure would’ve been cooler than either one.

 

2. ELDERLY AND FEEBLE BUCK ROGERS FIGURE

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Do you remember Dr. Huer from Buck Rogers He was the elderly fellow in the second season who did nothing but shuffle around his office.  This is like getting a George Burns or Wilford Brimley action figure.   While the Buck Rogers figure came with a laser gun, I believe this came with a miniature foot bath.

 

3. GRIZZLY ADAMS:  HAIRY FIGURE OF  REGRET

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Let’s be clear I loved the Grizzly Adams TV show, and not every action figure needs to be Star Wars There were plenty of cool figures to go along with Battlestar Galactica, GI Joe , and a motherload of comic book heroes.  The fact is, some TV and movie tie-ins don’t translate well to the action figure universe.  In the case of Grizzly Adams , this is just a shade better than having a Waltons or Little House on the Prairie action figure….. which, if you need me to spell it out, is a very, very bad thing.

 

4. WHO THE HELL IS KATE MCCRAE?

Mego KATE MCRAE The Black Hole Vintage 1979

If there was a bigger letdown than seeing the movie itself, it was getting the Kate McCrae action figure.  My heart goes out to the poor kid stuck with this dud.  It doesn’t quite fit into the Barbie niche or

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