The Bug Men of Insecta by Multiple toys first hit my radar when they rolled into town around 1985 with a new “Toys R Us” store. They seemed to be a mix of MOTU, Sectaurs with a little horror thrown in.
There they sat and sat and sat until at least the mid-1990s when they seemed to vanish from every Toys R Us I visited, in some sort of clearance clean up. I almost never see them at toy shows either, they just vanished.
Turns out the Bugmen of Insecta are highly collectible now, commanding more than I’d pay for them, which is a shame because their mix of horror and cheapness are now intoxicating to me.
Basement of Horror did an indepth video on this line, check it out here on YouTube.
I think the best thing about the Bug Men of Insecta is their card art, looking at it I guess we all know what happened to Action Jackson now. Above is Grass Hopper man, I’m assuming the Bug Men were meant to be bad guys.
Elephas- Strongman of the Stag Beetles
Webspinner IV- Emperor of the Spider Nation
Tinga Chief of the Killer Bees
Carniva: King of the Tiger Beetles.
Our gallery is missing a shot of Black Widow: Queen of the most vicious Spiders, the only female character (I think) in the line.
1984 Multiple Toys BugMen of Insecta Catalog.
I believe they’re repurposed from another Toyline called “Dragon Riders of Styx” which is interesting because they were made around the same time by a company called “Dimensions For Children”.