Sonya Blade (1995 Mortal Kombat)
I recall finding the Mortal Kombat figures at the now defunct Kay-Bee Toys. Generally located in malls, the stores had a history of two things: obtaining older closed out toys, and overcharging for most everything else. Many of the closeouts were marked with “hand written” markdowns prices on their tags, but were actually original printed amounts. The while operation seemed quite shady. I could be wrong, but I recall a class action suit resulting from this practice.
Regardless of the chain’s honesty, they were a source of odd and unusual toys for many years. The movie based Mortal Kombat line showed up unexpectedly, and while I picked up a few choice figures, I kick myself for not buying the awesome Dragon Wing ship. That thing could be a wonderful piratey custom ride for Zanzibar and the Dreadnoks.
Sonya Blade looks at first glance to be simply a repaint of Jinx with a new head. Most of the body is Jinx, but the lower legs are different. Instead of ninja pajama bottoms, Sonya has unique leg wraps, and even some molded in knives. I wonder if these pieces were originally intended for figures from the canceled 1995 GI Joe series. Other movie Mortal Kombat figures utilized parts from the unproduced Ninja Commandos sub-set. Very interesting. The machine gun is a great accessory, since it’s a black remolded version of 1991 Cobra Commander’s weapon.