Saturday, August 23, 2008

Rio Blast: The worst (best!) Master of the Universe toy ever.

OK, I've seen some bad He-Man action figures, and really, even the "best" are in retrospect pretty heinous, but today I saw one so ludicrously awful, I thought the blogger was joking. This list at Toybender of 5 Most Wanted He-Man Figures lists four toys I've seen many times before, and one that I had not. His name is "Rio Blast."



A He-Man face plus a mustache, chaps, black gloves and named "Rio Blast?" I truly thought this was a customizer's joke. Oh, it's no joke. He's the fastest draw in the universe and his thighs and chest hide pop-out laser guns:



He has his own lengthy page at Wikipedia. And The Four Horsemen sculpted an even sillier version a few years ago:



He's like "Grim 90's Rio Blast." There's an extended discussion and lots of photos of the newer Rio Blast here. And you can buy both the original and updated Rio Blast figures at eBay.

*Previously: A few gay ads.

10 comments:

  1. HA! I actually had one of these as a kid! I'd make him fight that knight guy what stretched out (he was a robot, but he was a knight, too ... I think, or something like that). Crazy!

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  2. The character YOU refer to is Extendar. Yeah, his name was lame. As to Rio Blast, he was part of the He-Man reset universe. There was a whole new cartoon series shortly after the original and it was much more hi-tech (as opposed to the hapless meshing of tech and fantasy the original was). And it was lame, yes.

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  3. anonymous - no, Rio Blast was not part of the "reset" He-Man universe (which was not reset, but a follow-up...the first comic with the new characters showed them leaving Eternia). Rio Blast was an addition to the original toyline late in the game (as was Extendar).

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  4. I still have this guy... only all of his guns are missing (including the ones that open from his chest and legs)

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  5. I still have him.

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  6. Huh, I never heard of or owned this one. Thanks for the blast from the past...

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  7. Hmmm, Rio (a He-Man figure) in a She Ra world....way to go! lol

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  8. Yeah I had him too. As a 7 year old I thought all those guns were totally ripshit.

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  9. Thanks for the link. He might be pretty ridiculous, but Rio Blast was awesome for a kid. To this day if I run across him I'll sit there and open up and close his hidden guns in a trance like state.

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  10. wow. ron jeremy has his own he-man action figure...who woulda guessed?

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