DC Comics Retro 8” Action Figure Series – 2020
In November of 2020, Figures Toy Company released this fantastic Mego inspired Swamp Thing figure. I picked one up when they became available and am finally getting around to sharing it on the site. Figures Toy Company did a terrific job with the figure and packaging. The design of the figure is inspired by Bissette/Totleben’s Swamp Thing, as indicated by the “1987” on the back of the packaging (see images below). The packaging design also feels of the era, with artwork inspired by Bissette/Totleben. Although, the packaging illustrations look more friendly/whimsical like the artwork used on Swamp Thing collectibles in the early 90s.
The onesie suit looks great and is a fun way to show off Swampy’s texture in a simple way. The Rick Flair looking green fur is a bit cheesy but I really like it.
The details in the head looks great! The figure is detailed and simplified in all the right places. Continue reading “Swamp Thing Mego Style”
I shared the Kenner Swamp Thing toy line last week and am now excited to share the Playset & Vehicles. Every great action figure line needs them!
Kenner Swamp Thing Transducer Playset with Mutated Insect Figure – 1990
Although Arcane is not include, the Mutated Insect Figure is. This fun playset allows you to “transform” figures into the Insect Un-Men.
Below are pictures of the packaging.
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Kenner Swamp Thing Action Figures, 1990-1991
Like so many of the fun, memorable Swamp Thing collectibles from the early ’90s, this toy line was released in conjunction with the short lived Swamp Thing animated TV series. For better or for worse, the five episode cartoon ,much like the recent series of 2019, wasn’t given the chance to spread its wings. But, that didn’t deter the powers that be. Thanks to all the fine folks at DC, LCA, Kenner, Noteworthy, etc. for marketing the living hell out of it. The toy line outshined the animated series so much so that many fans don’t realize there was a Swamp Thing cartoon. I’ve met a number of fellow Swampy fans who enjoy sharing fond memories of growing up with these action figures. In this post I’ll be sharing the action figures. Next post, I’ll share all of the vehicles!
Snare Arm Swamp Thing – Starting things off, the original Swampy action figure! Sure it only comes with that weird looking trap you’re not sure what to do with, but it’s the fun figure we’ve grown to love. I consider it to be the classic Swamp Thing figure. It was rumored, and since proven wrong, that this figure was intended to be part of the Super Powers action figure toy line.
Bio-Glow Swamp Thing – The figure wielding the most weapons is Bio-Glow Swampy. Don’t be fooled by his charming glow in the dark features, this figure is equipped with an axe and mace. I really like this design. The cactus texture is a really fun addition.
Snap Up Swamp Thing – Snap Up Swampy is a fun concept but rarely would Swamp Thing need to play dead or need to hide as a pile of logs. When not playing dead, Snap Up Swamp Thing enjoys log bazookas. Continue reading “The Kenner Figures”
2019 Fan Expo Comic Con Promo Poster
Another wonderful package arrived yesterday from Canada. This 13″ x 17″ promo poster advertises the Swamp Thing television show for Canadian viewers. If not already, Swamp Thing will be available through the Showcase Network. Numerous Canadian Swamp Thing fans that I’ve been in contact with have been chomping at the bit to watch the show and I’m extremely excited that it will finally come to fruition.
Since the show previously wasn’t available in Canada, I was extremely excited to obtain the collectible.
Back of poster
DC Year of the Villain “Who are the infected?” Promotional Computer Mat (2019)
Good friend and purveyor/guru of comics, John Nordstrom stopped by the house last night with this wonderful surprise! The promotional mat was included in comic shop orders this week. I’m not sure if all retailers received this cool promo mat but I’m thrilled to share it with you. Oh, and it features Swamp Thing!
The mouse pad-like mat measures 11×17, while Swamp Thing’s appearances on the mat is the size of a penny. Regardless of how big or small, it’s always a thrill to come across a Swamp Thing sighting.
2019 SDCC Exclusive Swamp Thing Poster
Fellow Swamp Thing fanatic, Erica attended San Diego Comic Con last week and sent me one of the treasures she acquired! I’m so grateful for Erica’s generosity and to add the poster to my collection! Artwork by Cliff Cramp
The poster measures 18” x 24” and is printed on thick, quality paper. Along with the SDCC Swamp Thing bag, the poster promotes the current Swamp Thing show available on the DC Universe streaming platform.
Pixel Elixir‘s Return of Swamp Thing Collection is out now and if you’re one of the first 50 customers, you get this limited print signed by TROST director, Jim Wynorski!
A few months ago, Pixel Elixir asked me to send them ideas for pins relating to The Return of Swamp Thing film. I provided a laundry list of fun scenes and characters from the film that I thought would make for fun enamel pins. They decided upon the classic Swamp Thing scene where he gives the kids a thumbs-up. I’m extremely proud that they asked for my thoughts and am even more excited to have received the pin and print last week.
Back of card
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2019 SDCC Exclusive Swamp Thing Tote/Backpack
San Diego Comic Con was last week and and I was fortunate enough to obtain a couple exclusive Swamp Thing items. This large bag measures 19″ x 23″ x 4.5″. I can only imagine the amount of awesome loot you could fill this with. The front of the bag features Swamp Thing, promoting the current tv series on the DC Universe streaming service.
Front of tote/backpack
The back of the tote/backpack features a 2019 SDCC graphic with Warner Bros straps. Next week, I’ll be posting the 2019 SDCC Swamp Thing poster.
Swamp Thing Battle for the Bayou Board Game – 1991
Last weekend I had company over and decided to unleash the Swamp Thing board game. It’s always a blast to play and easy to learn. Along with a slew of Swampy merchandise, the game was released in conjunction with the short-lived Swamp Thing animated series in 1991 by Rose Art. Gameplay is easy enough, allowing two to four players, ages seven and up.
Players take turns advancing their game pieces, utilizing “Swamp Thing” and “Hero Card” cards as they make their way toward the evil Anton Arcane. The first player to reach Arcane, and defeat him, wins!
There are various pitfalls and obstacles throughout the board. Arcnae’s Un-Men are dead set on stopping you and your opponents from defeating Arcane. It’s a simple and fun game Swampy fans are sure to enjoy.
I was lucky enough to acquire another sheet of uncut Indonesian trading cards and am thrilled to share it with you. This sheet depicts the first installment of the narrative that continues in “Manusia Rawa” #2, which I posted a little while back. To get caught up, visit my previous post here. The storyline is poor, but it’s exciting to see young Jim (from the TV show) again. Manusia Rawa, sheets #1 & #2, seem to help explain Jim’s unfortunate departure from the television series.
I’ve provided a rough translation of the trading cards below. A very special think you goes out to Rich Handley for his help in translating. Throughout the sheet, Swamp Thing is referred to as Amos. I’m assuming “Amos” is being used in place of “Alec”.
Thub – Henchman
Jim – Kidnapped boy
Simon – Villain
Jane – Jim’s Mother
Jevry – Good Guy
Swamp Thing/Amos – duh
Swamp Thing: “Manusia Rawa” translates to “Swamp Man”
Jevry: “Let’s go now”
Caption: Jevry and Thub are work colleagues.
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DC Direct Swamp Thing Action Figure – 1999
Once, it seemed he was an unthinking monster, a bizarre combination of scientist Alec Holland and the swamp itself. Now, the truth is clear: the Swamp Thing is an earth elemental- a being of vast power whose role as guardian of all plant life sets him forever above and apart from the human race.
Based on the sculpt of William Paquet and inspired by Michael Zulli’s original Swampy design, this 6 3/4” action figure casts a long shadow. It’s tough to find a better looking Swamp Thing action figure. The figure came with optional rosebush attachments to replace the hands. Although the figure has various points of articulation, the options for posing are quite limited.
The figure was styled after a similar statue, released in 1996. See details of the statue here.
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Super Monstruos – Spain 1992
El Monstruo del Pantano figure
I was really hoping to come up with a fun title for this post, riffing on Dylan’s song, “Spanish Boots of Leather” but that took too long and now it’s not funny, but… check out this sweet Spanish bootleg Swamp Thing figure. The Silver Surfer looking Monstruo was produced by Comansi/Yolanda Toys. I was excited to find the figure along with its packaging and product card.
The figure looks quite similar to one of Bernie Wrightson’s more obscure renderings of Swamp Thing.
The illustration on the right was published on the cover of Australian edition, Swamp Monster #2 in 1981. It’s interesting to see similarities between the two.
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Spyfall, the new DC card game is now at your local gaming shop! I procured this great promo card on eBay, but Swampy is indeed in the game as a location/environment card. Gotham City, The Bat Cave and The Swamp are just a few of the fun DCU locations you can put into play during the Spyfall game.
I’ve not played the game but here’s a great blurb on how it all goes down.
Based on the social party game Spyfall, DC Spyfall is an easy-to-learn party game that features bluffing, suspicion, probing questions, and clever answers. At the start of each round, players receive a secret card informing them of the group’s location — one of twenty unique DC locations, including Arkham Asylum, the Daily Planet, the Hall of Justice, and S.T.A.R. Labs — except for one player who receives the Joker card instead. The Joker doesn’t know where he is, but if he can figure out his location before his cover is blown, he wins the round!
back of Spyfall card