If you recall NBC’s “Manimal”, the TV show that kind of made a laughing stock
of the network for a period in the 1980s. The show revolved around a crime
fighter who just happened to be able to turn into animals.
So it was a lot like that video Yes did for “Owner of a lonely heart” but slightly
longer. Each week, our hero would save the day by turning into a snake, panther
or eagle. He could turn into other animals but the budget only let you see the aforementioned
snake, panther or eagle transformations, which were well done but I digress.
The series got crushed in the ratings and only aired 8 episodes, so merchandise was out of the question, or so I’d thought. I’d heard rumors
that a toy company did have the license but only recently came across them in
More after the jump.
was quickly removed from airwaves wasthat the premise isn’t very “Toyetic”. He’s a guy and
then he turns into an animal. So you’d either have to make a figure of a guy or
a toy of a snake. Children could likely reenact the show just by reaching into
their toy box and using their (dreaded by toymakers) imagination.
Of course, that’s just a scan of a catalog, did the toys actually get released?Feast your eyes below:
It’s my first Manimal inaction figure! I’m sure in the past I’ve seen these loose at toy shows and completely ignored them, not realizing their inherent greatness.
There is two reasons this brings me joy, 1) it’s something that if I’d found out about after my Rack Toys book was published would have upset me and 2) after six years I finally have a “Manimal” tag for the blog. I’m sure to use that plenty.