I always have a lot of fun incorporating both the newest goodies and old favorites into 31 Days of Toy Terror. Sometimes it's fun to stray outside of your typical "horror" toys and check out something a bit different. Today's installment is the duo of Muckman & Joe Eyeball from Playmates' vintage Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line. The packaging for this pair refers to them as "The garbage-gathering ghoul and his parasitic pal," both things which seem like descriptions of toys suitable for the Halloween season. Muckman is a former sewer worked who has been mutated into a living heap of ooze and various pieces of trash and debris. He's one heck of a figure and features one of the most detailed sculpts of any figure from the vintage TMNT toyline. Ready for a look at Muckman & Joe Eyeball? Then join me after the break...
The Facts: Muckman
Height: 3 3/8ths inches
Articulation: Balljointed hips, swivel shoulders, swivel right elbow, swivel left forearm, and a swivel head.
Accessories: Skullcap, trash can backpack, and cannon.
The Facts: Joe Eyeball
Height: 1 3/4 inches
Original Retail Price: $4-$5 dollars
Year of Release: 1990
* The headsculpt is awesome. Muckman's eyeballs are crazy and bulging. He's filled with personality. So much, in fact, that he wears a clothespin on his nose, which the bio card informs us is to keep all the junk in his body. He's got a banana peel on top of his head instead of a hat, too. What won't this guy think of next?
* Need someone to watch Muckman's back? Just pop Joe Eyeball in Muck Pack and he can keep an eye on Muckman's 6.
* Muckman actually has something of an action feature: You can place ooze in his mouth or in his backpack and it will drip out of holes in his body. For his mouth to drip ooze, you remove the top of his head and pour a bit of ooze inside. I didn't have any slime or ooze at hand so I placed those little frog guys from the Episode I Jabba the Hutt figure in the whole in his mouth. Hopefully that gives you an idea of what Muckman is capable of. Take note: The figure didn't come packaged with any ooze; you had to buy it separately.
* Muchman's last piece of equipment is his dreaded muck gun. It's a hollow barreled weapon made of various cannisters with a scope on top. The canisters are legible and, if you want, you could stick something like one of the plungers from the TMNT accessory packs in the barrel. That's what I used to do with mine as a kid.