This morning I had a little yard work to do. As I was working I realized that twenty some odd years ago I would have been in the same spot playing with toys. Back in those days I lived next door to the house I live in now. What is now my yard was just a big open area, ripe for any kid’s imagination. I spent plenty of time playing with all kinds of different toys outside but for some reason the one that popped in my head this morning was Swamp Thing.
In the early 90’s there was a short lived cartoon and toyline based around Swamp Thing. The toys were put out by Kenner and though the humans were basically duds, the Swamp Thing variants were pretty cool as were the mutants and monsters who Swamp Thing fought.
Sadly I’ve only retained one Swamp Thing figure, the others lost or sold through the years but the one I still have is the one I have the strongest memories of using outside anyway. Each Swamp Thing had a different action feature from falling apart to glowing in the dark. The one I still have has a retractable hand that can be pulled out then reeled back in by squeezing his legs together.
He’s covered in leafy plant details and though his paint job is simple it works perfectly for Swamp Thing. He’s got very limited articulation with just four points (five if you count the fact that his retractable hand can be swiveled around). He has swivel shoulders, hips, and nothing else. His design really limited any kind of head or neck articulation and frankly I’m glad they didn’t even try. They could have potentially ruined Swamp Thing by trying to give him a neck with the 90’s action figure technology. He probably could have at least used some joints at his knees but back then this was pretty standard minus the issue with a lack of neck.
My Swamp Thing had lots of battles in the yard outside back then but he survived pretty well. The only noticeable damage seems to be the loss of a few fingertips on his retractable hand. Those were probably lost in a hard fought duel with Metlar or D’Compose of Inhumanoids fame (or lack of fame, though they deserve more recognition).
Despite having lived here for 95% of my life and at times hating the small town backwards attitudes of rednecks around me I do think it’s cool sometimes to live where I am. My front yard was the biggest playset I ever had as a child and I’m definitely enjoying using it again with my own kid. I decided before I stopped my yard work for the day I would run in and get my Swamp Thing figure. I let him hang out outside for a while just like old times. I’ve never seen him happier.
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