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“Sometimes a sword is just a sword,” says the Warlord in this 1980s toy ad

June 1, 2013


I recall having a Warlord action figure as a kid. He was likely bought for me because of his hypertrophied, bow-legged similarities to the Masters of the Universe line, which I was all agog for. However, not being part of that lineage, he was promptly consigned to the shadowy bottom of the toy box. The otherworldly adventures of Mike Grell’s bearded, sword-wielding, very nude creation were unknown to me at that point, I guess. That and I was a bratty toy snob. Probably more of the latter.

Anyway, I had no idea at the time that there was an entire “Lost World of the Warlord” line of Remco toys at Kmart focused on DC’s lesser heroes. Not only did you have Deimos, Mikola and Machiste, all supporting Warlord characters, but also Arak — yes, the Son of Thunder — and DC’s Hercules. (Not to be confused with this Hercules. Or that Hercules. Or that Hercules.) I guess you could combine them with your Super Powers toys (You Decide!), and have a company Christmas party or something. Or not. Whatever.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jeremy Gunter permalink
    June 1, 2013 8:56 pm

    They should have made Claw the Unconquered instead of Hercules.

  2. m.l. post permalink
    June 2, 2013 8:44 am

    I had Micronaut figures when I was a kid, but it wasn’t much fun, because those things would snap in half if you even looked at em’ funny. A piss-poor design for a kid’s toy, in my opinion.

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