Heavy Metal’s Microphone (1985)
In the world of toy collecting, there are many expressions and terms that the normal world hasn’t heard in our geeky context. Loose, complete and carded are a few common ones used to describe a toy’s condition, and they make sense once you’ve been indoctrinated into the culture. I won’t even go into the many acronyms that litter the collector lexicon, lest my toy geek card be revoked.
What one considers “complete”, meaning that a figure includes all of its original accessories, can vary depending on both the figure and the collector. Take for example the RAH Battle Corps series, most of which included a plethora of weapons along with spring-loaded missile launchers. Can I consider a Battle Corps figure to be complete if it doesn’t have its big honkin’ launcher and two missiles? I suppose that’s up to me, and in the case of most of the series’ figures, it isn’t really a life or death situation. However, there are a few for which I think the launcher is essential.
So have you ever paid an arm and a leg for a half-inch long bit of plastic? Me neither, but some collectors have in order to consider a certain figure “complete.” Heavy Metal, the driver of the Mauler tank, came with a tiny microphone that plugged into his helmet. Of course, in 1985 most of us were kids who played with our toys, and I’d venture to guess that said microphone was either lost shortly after opening the packaging, or eaten by the dog or perhaps a younger sibling.
So the whole law of supply and demand thing is in full effect with this particular accessory, and now it costs mucho dinero. Bet old Adam Smith never figured tiny plastic bits of toys into his economic theory.