Sunday, March 11, 2012
Name of Toy Line: Toxic Crusaders
Production Company: Yolanda
Characters & Elements: Troma Inc.
Years of Production: 1992
Countries/Regions Available: Spain
Figure Trade Markings: 1992 Troma Inc. Yolanda
Approximate # of Figures: 6 sculpts at least 5 colorways
Yolanda is a Spanish toy company specializing in mini-figures that has been operating in the country for decades. In the 80's the company was purchased by another well-established and respected toy company, Comansi, known for making Cowboy and Indian plastic mini-figures. Since then, Comansi, with Yolanda as a subsidiary, has produced dozens of painted and blank mini-figure lines. Comansi has used the Yolanda brand name on lines featuring popular franchises such as Ghost Busters, Dragon Ball, Snorks, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Yolanda figures can be found in hard and soft PVC. Typically, the painted figures are made of the soft PVC and the blank figures the hard PVC.
A Yolanda toy line that seems to have the most exposure outside of Spain is the excellent Super Monstruos (sic) toy line. Not unlike MIMP and Diener figures, it's a collection of popular monsters and creatures. Check out the Super Monstruos entry at Toys from the Past, the excellent source for much of my information regarding Yolanda.
Many Yolanda toy lines seemed to be sold in iconic, red counter-top boxes containing loose figures in single, opaque baggies.
Credit: Toys from the Past
This Toxic Crusader toy line is based on the short-running cartoon of the same name. The cartoon was a spin-off of a series of comedy horror "Toxic Avenger" movies about a young, wimpy man who was transformed into a mutated monster following a tumble into a vat of toxic waste.
The monster, affectionately known as Toxie, became a crime fighting vigilante. The cartoon continued this theme, but Toxie and his friends focused their efforts on stopping environmental polluters, as was the trend with many cartoons and toy lines at the time (Captain Planet, TMNT, Trash Bag Bunch).
This line seems to have been produced in 1992 with full licencing from Troma Inc.. There are at least 6 sculpts: 3 crusaders: Toxie, NoZone, and Headbanger, and 3 villians: Dr. Killemoff, Psycho, and Bonehead. There may be other sculpts. As noted above, they're made of hard PVC.
As you can see, it's not the tightest of sculpting, but each sculpt does its character justice. If you're a fan of toys, Troma, Toxic Crusader, or all of the above, you'll enjoy this little toy line. However, Western collectors will find it a bit tricky to get their hands on these figures.
As a side note, here's a peak of another super very interesting Yolanda mini-figure line that consists of characters from a mythical 80's toy line called Dinosaucers, based off a cartoon of the same name. The figures bare the trade markings (C) 1988 Telecon Inc. (which may be a Coca Cola entity) and a tiny printed "Yolanda." Special thanks to Juan of Toys from the Past for confirming that this toy line was also produced by Yolanda! And the author of the great, miniature figure blog Small Scale World stopped by in the comments to tell us that, like the Horrors N Heroes toy line, these Dinosaucers figures were available in the legendary UK Lucky Bags.
If/when I acquire more of these handsome figures, I will devote an entire entry to them.
Until next time mini-figure fans!
Yolanda Super Monstruos @ Toys for the Past
The Yolanda-Comansi Website
Toxic Crusaders Card Set