Rayden (1995 Mortal Kombat Movie)
During my last search for blog subjects, I ran across my set of Mortal Kombat figures, including the movie versions. Though neither the game nor film-based figures were part of the GI Joe mythos (unlike the initial StreetFighter II assortment) the toys were produced using GI Joe parts.
Rayden doesn’t look too much like his game self, but bears a passing resemblance to the character as portrayed by Christopher Lambert. The thunder god spent a good part of the film without his iconic hat, and the figure follows suit. Unfortunately his soft goods vest is starting to deteriorate. I imagine this thing will be dust within a few years. It’s a sad reminder of how long ago 1995 was. Wow, I’m old—even the toys from my adult collecting years are disintegrating.
The most exciting aspect of Rayden for Joe collectors lurks under his clothes. No, not that—get your minds out of the gutter. Under the vest is the body of one of the infamous cancelled 1995 GI Joe Ninja Commandos. This mold was originally intended to be Flint, but like other movie Mortal Kombat line mates, was repurposed by Hasbro. That reason alone makes it a worthwhile pickup, even if his clothes are giving up the ghost.
One final note: today’s pics were all shot by JAD Will, who has developed into a very capable action figure cameraman at the young age of seven. Once he learns to type, I can turn this whole enterprise over to him.