Manimals (1994 Toy Fair Catalog)
It’s amazing to think that Hasbro would focus a segment of the 1994 GI Joe line on a different scale, and continue the all-out sci-fi vibe of Star Brigade’s second assortment. The set seems like it might have had a chance among the competing Turtles and Rangers in the early 90s toy aisles. However, we’d not find out how these creatures would have fared in an all-out battle against Joe’s toy rivals, as the same year would see the Real American Hero era come to a close. Quicker than you can say Simon McCorkindale, these monsteriffic Joe Toys were axed.
But that wasn’t the end of the story, at least for three of the six figures. In 2001, Iguanus, War Wolf and Slythor would make their way to Kay-Bee Toys. I was fortunate to be in the midst of buying the latest o-ring Real American Hero Collection redux line, so my pump was primed to pick up some heretofore cancelled creeps. I’m glad I did, because these guys are a lot of fun. Too bad the final three never saw mass release.