Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Busy Getting Brain Like Krang
It might have been mentioned before that one of my collecting goals lately has been rebuilding my long-lost Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collection. The one I sold a few years back for mere pennies and nickels and a whole lot of heartbreak. Of course, I've been taking it easy; mostly scoring big at the thrift shop with grab-bags and occasionally purchasing some deals from sites like Nerd Rage Toys. Oh, and eBay.
Unfortunately, eBay isn't quite the place it used to be. Years back, when I was originally trying to live nostalgically by buying back my childhood, I'd find larger lots of loose figures for reasonable prices. These days, well, not so much. That doesn't stop me from wasting hours on scouring the site, though, in a mad, desperate search for the best possible purchases.
And, every now and then, I stumble across an oddity that I have to have. That I can't possibly pass on.
Like this fella here.
Yeah, he may sorta' resemble the vile Warlord from Dimension X that you remember from your youth, but this isn't the Krang that you and I grew up with. This predominantly purple-and-pink piece of plastic is the best kind of bootleg. Supposedly, according to the seller who listed it, this lovely knock-off was originally produced in Mexico. Wherever this brainy beauty hails from, it was clearly a labor of love and not just an attempt to make a quick buck by copying a "classic" TMNT action-figure. Or, actually, that may be exactly what it was. A poorly-made cash grab.
Well, I still love him.
Similar to the original Playmates' toy, this version features a fully-articulated robotic "walker" body. Both the arms and legs can move, although they are limited in range. And the protective, plastic bubble can be removed in order to unleash Krang on his unsuspecting foes, be they turtle or otherwise.
Unlike the real-deal, however, Krang himself doesn't feature any articulation. The toy from '89 featured the ability to rotate his tentacle "arms", which this one does not, though he is still able to wield his Brain-Drain Gun.
Overall, he's not a bad little addition to my burgeoning TMNT collection, but I still need to add an actual, Playmates-produced version of my favorite bad-brain. Someday, I suppose.
It's good to dream big.