When I was a kid, there was nothing I loved more than the Swamp Thing. I loved Wes Craven’s Swamp Thing (especially Adrienne Barbeau’s topless scene) and the vastly underrated, campy sequel, The Return of the Swamp Thing. At that age, I didn’t know that he was based on a comic book character, let alone a horror based comic book character. But then, lo and behold, the world was bombarded with Swamp Thing memorabilia, from toys to lunch boxes to T-shirts, Swampy was having the same amount of success as The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Unfortunately, that boom only lasted for about three years, but as a kid, that was a fun three years.
Fresh off the heels of the two Swamp Thing films of the 1980s, the USA Network debuted a live action TV series of the Swamp Thing and his journey to stop the evil Dr. Arcane. Fox, wanting another animated series to complement their environmentally friendly series The Toxic Crusaders, debuted an animated version of the Swamp Thing on their Fox Kids block of programming. Kenner, seeking to cash in on the Swamp Thing boom, debuted a line of toys in 1990 based on the animated series.
These toys were some of the coolest action figures I owned at the time. My Swamp Thing toys were fighting against my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys on a regular basis, with Swamp Thing ultimately winning in the end. Recently, my grandma found a box in her garage full of my old toys, and right on the top of them were the Swamp Things.
I’d like to invite all of you to take a trip down memory lane with me to go back to a time when children’s toys were amazing. Feel free to comment below about which toys you remembered, which ones you owned, and what you thought of the Swamp Thing franchise overall. Enjoy.
Camouflage Swamp Thing
Snare Arm Swamp Thing (my favorite)
Snap Up Swamp Thing
Bio Glow Swamp Thing
Net Arm Swamp Thing
Climbing Swamp Thing
The Evil UnMen
The Transducer Playset
Pretty sweet huh? There were better toys that came out during that era but these ones hold a special place in my heart. Hope you enjoyed.
Until next time,
Matt De Luna, the De Lunatic