Thought I was done with Mighty Max, eh? I’m just gettin’ warmed up!
Okay, not really. I’m half done.
By this point Bluebird had already made one or two giant Mighty Max sets (which I’ll blog about later so as not to end my Mighty Max entries on a sour note): Series 1 gave birth to Skull Mountain, and Series 2 brought us the dreaded Dragon Isle. During Mighty Max’s second series they had a nifty idea: make a giant playset that doubled as an action figure. The result was MAGUS, and soon after, the Battle Max line of smaller figures/playsets that ranged from crap to awesome.
MAGUS is a walking battle-station. It introduced us to the Lava Lord, secondary recurring villain to the Skull Master. Ol’ Magus is literally bursting with goodies: open his arms, legs, and torso, and out spills a battle royale waiting to happen.
The Battle Warriors figures weren’t as big as Magus, but the stuff they contained was just as sweet. Usually. They’re called a number of other names such as Battle Max or Battle Masters or whatever. Wikipedia says Battle Warriors, so I’ll stick with that.
BATTLE CONQUEROR is one of my two favorites. He’s the ultimate badass, a twenty-foot lion man with a flail that could crush a house. It features a unique Norman figure (from the cartoon show) who can wield the Giant Sword of Badassitude.
DOUBLE-DEMON tends to be a pain in the ass to pack up, probably because Max and Skull Master don’t wanna be packed so closely together; I know I’d be fussy if I had to share a closet-sized apartment with my mortal enemy. The ‘Demon itself is pretty wicked-looking and stores a sleek flying platform in his belly. It also has three different weapons that it can spit from one of its two heads or wield in a melee.
LAVA BEAST looks like Sweetums the Muppet, and he’s about as lame. He comes with a not-so-cool Lava Lord figure, a fiery sword, an angry lava monster that rides on his head, and a fist projectile. The most interesting thing about him is the articulated jaw, which is connected to a catapult so he can puke up Max.
PHARAOH PHANG makes up for his lack of interesting features by being one beautiful sonofabitch, and coming with the most awesomely memorable villain in the entire toy line. Look at that pharaoh and tell me he isn’t the coolest thing you’ve ever seen.
This big ol’ gargoyle opens rather nicely into a dilapidated cathedral (or a gargoyle’s toilet if you leave the big red monster intact), and features the Bruce Lee of Lizardfolk as the star bad guy.
CYBOT is my other favorite of this line. It’s impossible to be a 90’s kid and not love this thing: an undead ED-209 controlled from the inside by another, smaller undead cyborg! The head opens to double as an ugly turret, and both Max and Cyberskull (recurring Mighty Max villain #3) can ride the Surfboard of Doom.
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