Hi all, I'm new to the site and forum. I emailed Chad asking for his help identifying a toy from 1984-1985 and he suggested posting on this forum.
The figure in question was about 6-8 inces high and the cool feature was that the head was removable and in fact it was a tennisball-sized ball.
The figure I had was a mummy but I remember from the back of the package that there were at least 4 other monsters. The figure had articulated arms and knees and a round body - and as I mentioned before, you could remove the head/ball by pressing on a lever on the back.
Do you guys have any ideas of the name of the digure/line???
Post by joeybones on Sept 26, 2010 14:02:12 GMT -6
I hope this is the right topic to list this under.
I picked these up today at a garage sale, Ive never seen them before.
They are marked 1986, They clearly are Madballs from the front, Snakebait and Locklips.. But from the back they seem to be a sort of Top, or missle/projectile.. does anyone know where these came from, or what was used to make these work? I never knew they existed until today when I found them, any info or photos would rock. thanks! Take care..
They are very heavy,hard plastic, Good Quality.
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Post by WishItWas1984 on Dec 23, 2010 2:31:29 GMT -6
What you've got there are two heads from the vintage Madballs "Head Popping Action Figure". A line of actual little figures where the Madballs were the heads and they would pop-off. I assume via spring and lever.
They're really cool Definately going to try and find at least one of them to add to my collection. I have a Madballs Horn Head mask dated 1986, that is the only one I have seen so far also. Thanks again for the share and extra pics.
There were a LOT of knock off madballs made by various companies in the 80's. Even knock off madball windups made by Woolworth...
They might be legit, but you'd think they'd have the Amtoy markings then. Whoever said that it looks like a ripcord goes in there are dead on. The probably have an internal gyroscope type engine, and when you pull the ripcord through, they spin like a top on the red protrusion thing. I've seen many fast food toys that operate on the same principle. In any event, they look cool.
Last Edit: Jan 13, 2011 22:36:45 GMT -6 by else3573
Quite a few of the ripcords from different toys and vehicles are fairl standard and will work in most toys that use them, so if you have a ripcord like for a Tron Lightcycle, or one of the Star Wars fast food toys or any of the old TOMY motorcycles or spinbots that used them, it might work on this. They're usually pretty universal. I have one black ripcord, not sure what it's from, that will work a multitude of fast food toys (Star wars, Shrek, Spongebob, etc.), as well as my Tomy Light Cycle and the Starriors Strazor. Might want to check Ebay for a cheap fast food toy that comes with a rip cord and pick one up. It should only be a buck or so, and if it doesn't work, you aren't out much...
Ah, madballs. My brother had a standard ball (the eyeball), I had a colouring book which I all but forgot about til now. I remember the head-poppers in the stores, but never the tops. Looks like you've scored nice.
I loved Madballs! But i actually grew up having blurp balls! the mad ball look a likes that shot out projectiles. I used to have the whole set as a kid but have been long gone sold off. sucks cause they are pretty rare now.
Yeah they are pretty cool. I was actually enquiring about some other items he had listed and he mentioned he had these. Needless to say the deal changed pretty quickly as I wasn't about to let them go I got a whole loose set of the large collectums off him also.
At the moment I think they are going to be living with me for a while.
Post by muckmonster87 on Nov 29, 2011 10:28:36 GMT -6
man, killer score!! i have spitball louie loose. it's so great to see them packaged. i'd love to find bonehead and sewerface sam. love that it's a madballs/muscle/wrestling KO line all wrapped up into one.
Post by funkyterrance on Jan 24, 2012 20:41:46 GMT -6
I had a madball knock-off that I loved and lasted way longer than all my friends since mine was made of rubber and theirs were foam lol. My guy was green with black hair and one of his eyes was falling out. He sort of reminded me of the Frankenstein monster, mainly I think because he had some stitches on his head somewhere. I think the ball was actually inflatable now that I've got my memory banks working but I remember it getting deformed so I let the air back out to normal. Didn't seem to affect this tough little toy.