While action figures came into being before the 1990s, there’s no denying the fact that this particular decade was a great one for some absolutely ridiculous toys. Back then, it felt like almost any franchise could spawn some plastic shelf-fillers. And that’s not even mentioning the TV shows created specifically to sell merchandise – of which there were plenty. What’s more, while some action figures produced during the ’90s have had real sticking power with collectors, there are plenty of examples that just seem bizarre today.
20. The Real Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters was – and still is – a seminal American comedy, and you might think there’d therefore be a great tie-in line of action figures to be had from the movie. Unfortunately, though, for some reason, these toys were actually based on The Real Ghostbusters – a spin-off animated series. And even though The Real Ghostbusters ran for seven seasons and was nominated for an Emmy, let’s face it: we’d all rather have had toys based on characters from the original film.
What came first – the ThunderCats TV show or the ThunderCats action figures? You may be surprised to learn that this apparent chicken-or-the-egg riddle’s answer is actually the latter. Yes, the show was based on the toys, which themselves are basically about as ’90s as it gets. After all, there’s no way we’d buy into these weird anthropomorphized felines today, as the swift cancelation of the 2011 revival of the TV show proved.