Saturday, October 18, 2008

Conan Remco Action Figures!

Way back in the early 80’s, a little action figure line called Masters of the Universe took the toy world by storm. Following the success of the toy line, many toy companies rushed to put out their very own lines of bulky, muscle-bound warriors with a penchant for heroic fantasy. Remco was a relatively small toy company at the time, but found great success with their He-man "inspired" toys.

One of these toy lines was based on our very own Conan the Barbarian. Now, these toys were hard to find, and I never even actually saw them when I was a kid, and my heroic fantasy action figure radar was on full blast back then.

The line is a little confusing. It looks partly based on the movie, and partly based on the Marvel Comics Conan publications, and at the same time based on nothing at all. Let’s take a look...

Here we have a couple of carded figures from the line, specifically Conan the Warrior and Thoth Amon. Notice the Conan logo on the packaging which looks a lot like the "sword through the letters" logo from the motion picture. And the drawing of Conan over the logo is a dead ringer for Arnold...
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There were only five figures in the line, incuding two Conans (which really didn’t look like Conan at all, with is light brown hair and smiling face). The figures were: Conan the Warrior, Conan the King, Thoth Amon, The Devourer of Souls and one simply called "Jewel Thief" which was an arbitrary red translucent skeleton wearing a cape that I don’t remember from any Conan movie, comic or book.

Here’s a closer look at the figures...
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Allegedly, there were vehicles and playsets associated with this series, but all I have ever found on the internet is a reference to a Conan "War Chariot"...
But as you can see, it looks like a corny red wagon pulled by a random rubber dinosaur. The figure in the pic is not even from the Conan line, but from Remco’s "Warlord" series. So this may be toy urban legend, a lot like the Conan/He-man myth.

The last thing I’d like to show is the back of the cards that show the entire collection along with a couple of animals that I have never seen...

So they had a short life and are now one of the most collectable action figures series ever. One day I hope to add them to my collection, until then, I’ll just have to keep blogging!

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you all next time!


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Jay Santi said...

hey wassup i own conan the king