Sunday, October 23, 2016

31 Days of Toy Terror Lives: Junk Jackal from Trash Bag Bunch by Galoob

 While the dog is widely considered to be man's best friend (I have three dogs and I can attest for two of them all of the time and one of them about 3/4 of the time) there is definitely a fascination in horror with turning the almost sacred bond between humans and canine into something terrifying! Think of Cujo, the zombie dogs in Resident Evil, and the various tales of black dogs being harbingers of death that have existed for ages! Today I'm looking at one of the figures from Galoob's 1991 minfigure line Trash Bag Bunch: Junk Jackal! Junk Jackal is one of the figures from this series I actually owned as a kid back in the early 1990s but I recently acquired a second one to army build. If you can't tell from many of my posts over the past few months, I really, really like these guys! As part of 31 Days of Toy Terror lives, let's take a closer look at Junk Jackal after the break, shall we?

 The Facts:

Height: 1 7/8ths inches

Year of Release: 1991

* The face of Junk Jackal has always stood out to me as a high point in this line. Looking at him today I'm reminded of Pooch from Hack/Slash. The sharp yellow teeth, beady eyes, and exposed nostrils really make for a frightening visage.
 * Junk Jackal has a pretty cool body sculpt, too. While the veins an pieces of exposed muscle are all accomplished simply through paint applications the body sculpt is lean with plenty of visible bony details like the rib cage and spine. His pose is pretty solid, too: It appears that Junk Jackal is either preparing to pounce upon his prey or tear into a lightning fast sprint after some unfortunate sole. I imagine that the Trashors have dozens of these guys hanging around guarding stuff and causing havoc.
  I've loved this figure for a long time so it's tough to be very objective with it. I have a lot of love for this line and just find a figure like Junk Jackal to be an extremely fun and crazy toy. He works in the context of Trash Bag Bunch but also could have made his way into a number of 1/18th scale toylines, too. He's a Great and a 1/2 minifigure and a really exciting toy to keep around on your desk at Halloween or anytime you need a vicious, hairless, skinless dog to liven things up a bit.

Keep checking back here every day in October for more Toy Terror! Also, make sure to check out the Toy Bloggers United contest being hosted here this month! For more 31 Days of Toy Terror, check out my Hokey Halloween Horror page for spooky fun from 2016 and years past!

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