Clash of the Titans
Who can forget this great movie from the 80s? As a recap, the plot is as follows. Perseus, the son of Zeus, by answering a seemingly impossible riddle, wins the hand of the Princess Andromeda in marriage. Trouble appears in the shape of Calibos, who has been in love with the Princess for many years, and his mother, the Goddess Thetis. In order that the dreaded Kraken not be released, Andromeda has to be sacrificed and Perseus searches for the Medusa; her head is the only thing that can stop the Kraken.
Mattel launched their Clash of the Titans action figure line in 1980. This was a pretty small set, featuring four action figures and two creatures - Pegasus and the Kraken. The line actually sold fairly well but was not expanded beyond the initial release. The figures were sold individually with the exception of Perseus who was also packaged in a gift set with Pegasus. The Kraken is huge and by far the most valuable of the set today. This is a great line, but I can only imagine what a Medusa would have looked like with this set.
Perseus Calibos Charon Thallo
Pegasus The Kraken Did You Know?
Hero Son of Zeus
A great likeness. Came with the standard shield and sword shared by the other figures. Mattel missed the boat by not issuing a helmet or a special shield for Perseus.
Lord of the Marsh
Poor Calibos. Mattel should have taken pity on him and given him a better face! Yikes. Loose versions are frequently missing their tails. Came with the standard sword shared by the other figures.
The best artwork of the bunch (but they are all great). Charon came with a sword, I guess that is more exciting that an oar.
Captain of the Guard
Pretty dull figure really. Did come packed with the same sword as the others and the same shield as Perseus.
The Winged Horse
A pretty nice sculpt job. Pegasus looks fantastic on display with Perseus mounted on top. He was sold individually or in a gift set with Perseus.
How great is this bad boy? He is 15" tall and really towers over the other figures of the set. He is pretty hard to find. Loose figures are usually missing a flipper or two, the tail or an arm (or four). Definitely the most valuable piece of the set.
Did You Know?
Mattel launched a line of action figures to give kids everywhere a chance to re-enact the rescue of the delicious Princess Andromeda. The only problem was, they did not make a figure for her. One was planned, but Mattel knew that mostly boys would want these figures and they believed weapons would attract them more than Andromeda. Thus, Thallo beat her to the production floor. Mattel also produced a prototype Calibos's Throne Playset that appeared in dealer catalogs but also never made it to production. Some might try to tell you otherwise (I have seen this many times) but Bubbo the owl was never produced. If anyone tries to sell you one, it is a fake.
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