Wednesday, December 19, 2012

FEATURE: LoEB ''Wish Lists''

If you hadn't noticed, Christmas is just around the corner. So with that in mind it's time for a festive-themed League of Extraordinary Bloggers.

This week Cool and Collected's Brian played Santa with the following assignment:

The big guy is on his way! What's on your Christmas wish list this year?

Of course, as ever I want peace on earth and goodwill to all. But more importantly I want a Captain Action.

But seeing as I know I'm already getting one (because my wife is so awesome she not only listened when I said I'd like a Captain Action figure but went so far as hunting down the Deluxe version and even showed me it when it arrived to verify it was the toy I wanted, although that's also served to make me even more impatient) there's one other gift I would love to receive this year that truly qualifies as one for the wish - rather than ''have a good chance of getting'' - list, and that's a Denys Fisher Muton.

For those who don't know the story, Muton was the Westernized version of the King Walder Jr doll released by Takara as part of the Henshin Cyborg line (itself a spin-off from Takara's Combat Joe line, which was their licensed take on GI Joe.) Released in the UK by Denys Fisher Toys, the original line-up featured the heroic Cyborg (re-branded from Shonen Cyborg) battling the evil shape-shifting terror from space Muton, both of whom were later joined by the equally villainous Android (again, a re-brand  this time of Android A.)

Much as I loved Cyborg and Android, there was something even more special about Muton. Whether it was his cool Torg (AKA Dokuro King) outfit, evil eyebrows, gross-out innards and brain or his cool afro, I've no idea but Muton always struck me as pretty much the perfect space villain. He was a genius (at least, that's the impression I had as a kid for some reason) but also could transform into a series of super-powered monsters. He even had a snake-hand weapon that could spit venom. If that's not enough to fire a young kid's imagination, I don't know what is...

Sadly whilst I still have a near-complete Android and Cyborg (albeit with a few missing parts replaced with weapon accessories) my Mutons (yes, plural) are both in pretty bad shape, with both missing most of their limbs (the figures came apart to allow you to change weapons/limbs) and although I've looked at replacing these parts I've had no success. And yes, whilst Muton does occasionally still appear on Ebay it's just not the same, because the fact is that what I really, really want for Christmas is my Muton restored to full working condition.

Still, there's always next year...



  1. I never had Captain Action as a kid so I do not have the nostalgia bug for him.

    1. I missed out by a few years myself but he's a character I was always - somehow - aware of. My guess is I saw him in some vintage comics as a kid or something. I don't know. But now I'm getting one, so I'm good!

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    1. I got the repro one a few years ago. He's pretty cool although for some reason mine was issued with the blue Devilman hands and no clear ones, which isn't good!

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    1. Thanks. Oh and my awesome wife surprised me - she also got me Captain Action's nemesis, Dr Evil. I did not expect that at all!


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