Sunday, October 19, 2014

Vintage Friday! Moltar, "The Prince of Chaos" from Remco's The Saga of Crystar Action Figures (1982)


This is going to be the final post for week 3 of my Countdown to Halloween.  This week's theme has been HALF HUMAN, HALF HORROR: Vampires, Werewolves, Apemen and More, a Week of Human Beings Crossed With Horrible Things!  I've been focusing on half human, half animals all week, but this guy's a little different, he's half man, half lava!  It's Moltar, the Prince of Chaos and Leader of the Magma Men, from Remco's The Saga of Crystar Action figure line.  Let's check him out after the break in this bonus, non-Friday edition of Vintage Fridays!



Moltar With Axe and Club

Prince Moltar was the Brother of Prince Crystar.  After their father the king died, the two princes warred with each other for the kingdom.  Moltar had the evil wizard Zardeth transform he and his army into beings of molten lava.

Behold, the Face of Moltar!
Moltar has 7 points of articulation, the standard 5 points most vintage 3 3/4 inch figures have, plus hinged knees.  He's also taller than the other figures in this line, probably closer to 4 inches than 3 3/4.  He came with an axe and a club.  He also had one of those weird crystal magnifying glass things that all of the Crystar figures came with.  I didn't take any pictures of that, but he can't hold it or anything.  I think they were intended for the kids who had the action figures to play with on it's own (doing what, I'm not sure), not as an action figure accessory.

Behold, the Back of Moltar!
The figure is cast entirely out of orange plastic, with the only paint being yellow on his eyes.   He has a crystal molded in his chest, but it looks weird because it's molded out of the same orange plastic.  They really should have painted it, or made it out of translucent plastic and attached it to his chest.  He's still an interesting looking figure though, since he is covered in knobby growths and lava texture.

Zardeth Performs Dark Magic With Moltar at The River of Fire
I hope you enjoyed week 3 of my Countdown to Halloween, "HALF HUMAN, HALF HORROR: Vampires, Werewolves, Apemen and More, a Week of Human Beings Crossed With Horrible Things!"  Next up is week 4, "BEYOND THE STARS AND BENEATH THE WAVES: A Week of Space Monsters and Sea Creatures!"  I'll be kicking that off with a look at Diamond Select's Metaluna Mutant from their line of Universal Monsters 7 inch figures.  Look for that sometime Monday!

BONUS!  MUSIC VIDEO:

The B-52's - Lava (Live at The Capitol Theatre November 7th, 1980)





2 comments:

  1. I always liked this guy though I never owned him. I'm really digging your countdown, especially the action figure posts.

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    1. Thanks! I never had this figure when I was a kid. At the time this came out, I was all about Kenner Star Wars figures, or similar sci-fi figures like Battlestar Galactica, The Black Hole, The Fisher Price Adventure People space stuff, etc... If it didn't involve spaceships, aliens, or robots, I wasn't very interested. But I'm having a lot of fun as an adult rediscovering all of these toys I missed out on as a kid. Taking the photos for the action figure posts gives me an excuse to "play" with the toys and makes me feel like a kid again.

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