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#1 bigburty

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 01:41 PM

Hey guys, I'm hoping you can help me identify some figures that I spent many happy hours playing with when I was younger. I haven't found them out (I know they're hiding somewhere) so I'm going to have to describe them:

First of all I remember they were made by Bluebird, like my Mighty Max toys, and I remember vividly that I took them into hospital to play with when I had an operation at the age of 7, so they must have been out around '91 or '92.

The figures we're a mix of heroic looking men and monsters about 1 inch tall, standing on a cylindrical purple base, again about 1 inch tall. On each characters base there were various ratings, presumably like strength and speed etc (I can't actually remember). The cool bit was that each character had these coloured skulls that you attached to their base and when you had a better 'score' than your opponent you took one of there skulls!!

I'd love for someone to tell me what these guys were called, even if it's purely for the sake of reminiscing. I'd like to think that I used to have a full set too, so if anybody know how many there were that would be great. Just got to try and find these little guys now :wallbash:

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 01:54 PM

Hero Gladiator.

They were a part of my childhood in the Virgin Islands too.
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Posted 21 August 2012 - 02:09 PM

I've got the Bluebird dealers catalogue from 1992, and Hero Gladiators feature on the cover (as well as having two pages to themselves inside). I'll scan it sometime this week, if you want?
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Posted 21 August 2012 - 02:25 PM

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 03:01 PM

I loved these,i dont think i would ever have remembered them though its amazing when memories flood back,i remember the feel of the rubber,and their smell too,does anyone remember these too?http://www.toyandgiftshop.co.uk/road-maniax-general-buster-ocasey-hotwheels-p-51647.html
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Posted 21 August 2012 - 03:07 PM

Those actually look pretty fun.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 03:28 PM

I loved these,i dont think i would ever have remembered them though its amazing when memories flood back,i remember the feel of the rubber,and their smell too,does anyone remember these too?http://www.toyandgiftshop.co.uk/road-maniax-general-buster-ocasey-hotwheels-p-51647.html


I've still got the big helicopter playset from that line!
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Posted 21 August 2012 - 03:35 PM

Is there a resource online, with info on these, that any of you are aware of?
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Posted 21 August 2012 - 03:57 PM

I've still got the big helicopter playset from that line!

you lucky bastard,there was so much stuff i had and who knows where the hell it ended up,i swapped a lot of my stuff away but not all of it?
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Posted 22 August 2012 - 12:14 AM

Thanks guys! Hero Gladiators it is then. TwoHeadedBoy I'd love to see that catalogue scan if you don't mind. Just need to find out how many there were in the set.

EDIT: I've just managed to find them yay! Turns out I have 10 of them and there were 12 in the set. Now to identify which I'm missing!

Edited by bigburty, 22 August 2012 - 01:14 AM.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:13 AM

Here you go - you'll have to excuse the state of the pages, I was 6 when I got this book!

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:51 AM

Nice one THB! I've never seen this catalogue before so thanks for sharing. This will enable me to find out which 2 I'm missing when I get home later.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 03:23 AM

You're only missing two of them?? I only HAVE three of them!

It's a nice catalogue, it really is. It also features Manta Force, Zero Hour, Chopper Ace, Eggsploders, The Warriors of Kerang, Tool Street Gang and the Big Red Fun Bus, amongst other things.
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Posted 22 August 2012 - 03:52 AM

Tool Street Gang and Big Red Fun Bus!!! Man I loved playing with those back in the day! Bringing back great memories now buddy! My mom gave all my stuff away years ago though.

Yeh I just need 2 for the full HG set, which if I could pick up cheap would be great.
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Posted 22 August 2012 - 04:15 AM

You're only missing two of them?? I only HAVE three of them!

It's a nice catalogue, it really is. It also features Manta Force, Zero Hour, Chopper Ace, Eggsploders, The Warriors of Kerang, Tool Street Gang and the Big Red Fun Bus, amongst other things.


you have to love manta force I have a few of those guys
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Posted 22 August 2012 - 10:34 AM

Im sure they was a dark blue figure with a skull shield as it was given in newspapers probally The Sun as a promo figure like the series 1 Mimps in Mimp series 2 colours and the non glow in the dark super scary series figures.
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Posted 22 August 2012 - 11:30 AM

Yeah, think I remember that one in the newspaper. I wanted my mum to buy the Sun from Woolworth's for that very reason, but that was when I was young and unaware that certain scummy newspapers aren't allowed to be bought.

Manta Force is one of the best things ever though - got loads of them now!
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Posted 22 August 2012 - 11:49 AM

Yeah, think I remember that one in the newspaper. I wanted my mum to buy the Sun from Woolworth's for that very reason, but that was when I was young and unaware that certain scummy newspapers aren't allowed to be bought.

Manta Force is one of the best things ever though - got loads of them now!

i love manta force,ive started picking them up again online awesome toys.
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Posted 22 August 2012 - 12:09 PM

Did you get that Bog Rocket I was bidding on? If so, good one!

I currently have the Manta Force ship, the Black Barracuda, the Red Venom (had this since I was tiny), and the Manta Force Base.

Next on the list is the Bog Rocket (again!), and the Astro Shark.
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Posted 22 August 2012 - 12:19 PM

I've managed to find my 10 Hero Gladiators and have found something odd! First of all, this isn't the odd bit, but I have one figure as a double, Hackor.

Now the slightly odd thing, 3 of my figures aren't in the above catalogue picture. They are called Ghengar (grey), Strykor (royal blue) and Fanglac (orange). So this has left me wondering if some of the catalogue figures weren't ever made and were replaced by others. It also makes it a little difficult for me to work out which figured I don't own that we're actually available!! Basically I have 9 + 1 double.

Anybody who has any of these can you please post their names or even a pic in this thread, then I might be able to work it all out.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 12:26 PM

They're all there - look closely, Strykor came with that big playset. As for the other two, they're there as well, just in different colours. "Colours may vary", as most catalogues point out before you order stuff... Unless they did all the figures in different colours, to get the kids to buy more of them?
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Posted 22 August 2012 - 12:45 PM

Did you get that Bog Rocket I was bidding on? If so, good one!

I currently have the Manta Force ship, the Black Barracuda, the Red Venom (had this since I was tiny), and the Manta Force Base.

Next on the list is the Bog Rocket (again!), and the Astro Shark.

oh no im starting small got a couple of figs and the rocket rammer ship a couple of months ago bog rocket is the dream dude.one day...
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Posted 22 August 2012 - 12:53 PM

Ah yeh I see those 3 now thanks, and I remember that I did have that play set at one time :).

So the ones I'm missing are:

Attlac (red)
Loxor (yellow)
Eywulf (dark purple)
Bloodrac (black)
Skor (dark orange)
Jazrax (cream/yellow)

Without them I'm yet to experience, quote catalogue, 'The thrill of collecting all twelve in the range!' ha!
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Posted 22 August 2012 - 03:21 PM

Lashton was the one I had as a child. Couldn't tell you why I picked such an ugly fellow as my figure... Eldroc was the one my brother had. I know some of my skulls lasted much longer than his, but all that is likely left of either figure is just the figure itself. I'm almost positive I still have Lashton around, but not sure if I rescued Eldroc from obscurity or not.
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 12:40 AM

Looks like there may be colour variations as the link Eri posted has a blue/turquiose colour Fanglac.
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