Martian Spy Girl might have been the most memorable part of the movie (other than Tom Jones), the standard Martian Troopers are certainly the most recognizable. Released by Trendmasters in late 1996 (the toy company who had a monopoly on many of these sci-fi movie properties), the Martian Trooper was part of a fairly expansive action figure line comprised of figures, vehicles, and role-play toys from both the film and the Topps comic book series. Maybe he's a little more silly than spooky, but the Martian Trooper is the perfect fit for some Hokey Halloween Horror! More Martian fun after the break...
Height: 6 inches
Articulation: Swivel hips, swivel shoulders, and a swivel neck.
Accessories: Dome, pistol, proton ray blaster, and 2 missiles.
Year of Release: 1996
* Considering how outlandish the Martians look, I think Trendmasters did an admirable job of capturing their appearance. This isn't the kind of character design that a modern company would be able to do much more faithfully, you know? This guy still holds up well thanks to his very retro inspired design.
* The headsculpt and paintwork is really good. I feel confident in saying that while it may not compare to the best of what's available in stores today, it certainly is better than much of what you'll see.
* The work on the brain-like Martian head is amazing. I love the detail and the sharp green and purple paintjob.
* Not only does the Martian Trooper have the slick red backpack on it's back but it also serves as the battery holder for the voice feature.
* The Martian's ray blaster may be quite a bit oversized, but it is a cool looking pistol.
* The Proton Ray Blaster is probably supposed to be one of the main ray guns used in the film but it definitely has a unique look and feel. It fires two missiles and launches them a pretty respectable distance.
* The standard five points of articulation included here are not out of the ordinary for the time and can't really be considered to be a negative. The fact that the Martian is sculpted in somewhat of an action stance is a bit of a negative, though, as it requires really utilizing one of the weapons to balance the figure so it can stand. Otherwise, it tips over like someone just played Slim Whitman's "Indian Love Call."
If you're looking for another Mars Atacks! review, I also reviewed the Martian Spy Girl a few years back.
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