Recently on another post here at Doom Kick a small discussion broke out over the awesomeness of the above photo. The great and epic toys in that picture are obviously from the vintage Masters of the Universe line and feature the extremely hard to get MOTU Giants as well as one huge dinosaur that was never released. the discussion got me thinking about how some cool toys just never make it out for one reason or another. I’ve come across some other cool toys in the last day or so that I wish we would have gotten but it was just never meant to be. Want to see some of the stuff we missed out on?
I loved Darkwing Duck, in fact I still do. We managed to get a small line of toys from Playmates to go along with the show but as nice as it was there was just so much more that we could have gotten. The above photo (from ToplessRobot.com) shows some cancelled figures that never made it to retail. There’s some really great characters here including Liquidator and Quackerjack. The big draws here though have to be Gizmoduck and Negaduck. I know it would be fairly simply to make a Negaduck by repainting a Darkwing figure but that unreleased figure was more than just a simple repaint. It was a brand new sculpt with a bill that didn’t stick up in front of the face like Darkwing’s.
The Real Ghostbusters from Kenner was pretty great line. We got tons of crazy monsters and ghosts and some really cool vehicles but one thing we didn’t get was Egon’s Lab. This picture ( from theraffon.net) shows the unreleased playset. I’ll be honest, I have no idea what it was supposed to be doing to Venkman there but it was a cool little machine that would have added to an already great toyline.
Visionaries was a classic 80’s toyline. These were sort of like GI Joes but they had holograms on their chests. Though they are often forgotten these days they did enjoy modest popularity or a time in their day and this massive unreleased playset called Iron Mountain (picture from afbforum.com) looks fantastic. It’s huge, has several weapons and what looks like a hologram projector at the top. I’m sure that the gimmick didn’t look as nice in real life as it appears in the picture but a boy can dream, right?
All that brings us back to this, the MOTU Gigantisaur. There were a couple of really cool dinosaurs that did see release near the end of the Masters of the Universe’s life but this huge brontosaurus-like beast didn’t make the cut. It towered over the vintage figures and can even eat them! It looks to have had an articulated neck, legs and an opening mouth but that’s not even the best part. In true MOTU fashion this thing pops open to reveal cannons and there’s even room for He-Man and his fellow Masters to ride inside the Gigantisaur. This is one we truly missed out on.