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Big Damn Heroes

The Intruder's Endorsement Gig

Posted on 2007.10.18 at 08:04
I'm pretty sure this will be entirely meaningless to Non-Americans on my flist. SOrry.

In the 1970s, when Viet Nam had made warfare unpalateable to many parents, toy manufacturer Hasbro re-imagined GI-Joe, the battle-hardened soldier for which Hasbro coined the term "Action Figure," into explorers, naturalists, archeologists, conservationists, and counterterrorists, members of an ill-defined organization called the Adventure Team.

As the popularity of that waned, an attempt was made to juice the AT up a bit by giving them an enemy to fight, alien cave-men called "The Intruders." These figures, comically under-articulated, wore metallic-colored armored harnesses, and waved their arms a lot. They were pretty sad as far as opponents go. I never owned one as a child, because I thought they were lame, but I always liked their Neanderthal heads. As an adult, who has realized that you can mak whle toys the way you want by combining parts, I got a kined of doughy-but-over-muscular body with good articulation, and an Intruder to take the head from, and made my own modern-day Neanderthaler, named Torg. (He was finished last night.)

And, of course, the first thing my modern-day caveman needed was an endorsement gig:

I think Torg is going to end up being a "Doctor Who" companion who finds work as a Private Eye, but for now, he's a spokesman.


lnalvgd at 2007-10-18 12:55 (UTC) (Link)

That is hilarious!!! And brilliant!!!

Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-10-18 16:16 (UTC) (Link)
the source of all heresies
ms_worplesdon at 2007-10-18 13:20 (UTC) (Link)
Torg? That's completely brilliant, but to me the best part is that you had the car as well. *is envious*

Seriously, though? I'm glad I'm not the only one that's been playing with dolls recently. Tell me, you wouldn't happen to have a Rio doll, would you?

*clasps hands*
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-10-18 16:17 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I've been playing with my dollies for years now... But, no, I don't have Rio.
the source of all heresies
ms_worplesdon at 2007-10-18 16:42 (UTC) (Link)
Damn. I'm desperate to make Remus/Tonks stuff with my Jem dolls. The beauty of it is that they can all be Tonks.

*keeps looking*
the source of all heresies
ms_worplesdon at 2007-10-18 17:05 (UTC) (Link)
Well aren't you helpful? I think I'll bid on the one that's not in the box though, since I do intend to open it.

Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-10-18 17:15 (UTC) (Link)
Hey, you're in on two of my favorite pastimes! Of course I'll do what I can to help you out!
harrysmom at 2007-10-18 14:57 (UTC) (Link)
I like that. It should definitely be marketed. And the tag line is PERFECT!
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-10-18 16:18 (UTC) (Link)
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