Monday, September 14, 2015

Kickstart the Week 28: Skeleton Warriors' Grimskull

Back in the mid-1990s, CBS had a 90 minute block in the middle of their Saturday mornings devoted to action adventure series. WildC.A.T.S. and the final animated seasons of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were part of it, but my favorite contribution was Skeleton Warriors.

Created by the director of the Masters of the Universe film, the franchise definitely had influences in He-Man or The Visionaries. But in crafting a series around humans turned into evil skeleton soldiers and the super-powered humans framed to stop them, Landmark Entertainment created a unique property with tons of potential. Unfortunately the series never really built to anything nor was it renewed past the initial 13 episode run.

The Skeleton Warriors sat with no new material for nearly 20 years before George and Ayleen Gaspar of October Toys revived the property last year with the Kickstarter funded release of Baron Dark. With that toy released (and awesome), they have moved on to the second figure in the line, the amazing Grimskull.

Grimskull betrayed his brother to the people that became the Skeleton Warriors, only to have a change of heart at the last moment. But his loyalty to light and dark transformed him into something between the super-powered Legion of Light and the corrupted Skeleton Warriors. He became Grimskull.

Now Grimskull is the second release in the October Toys series and he's just as amazing as Baron Dark. With three accessories and a wolf companion, he also is far more ready for combat than his simply sword-wielding foe. About half way into its campaign, the toy is only about a third of the way funded though, cutting into my chances of getting this great figure next year.

So head over to Kickstarter and lend your support to make a great toy a reality.

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