Category: Forgotten Lore

Forgotten Lore > SOTA’s Micronauts (w/ Jerry Macaluso interview)

Forgotten Lore is a feature that highlights unproduced toy lines. For more, see the archive.

Baron Karza prototype, by SOTA Toys

In 2005 the toy company SOTA, best known for their 6″ Street Fighter toy line (still one of the best 1/12 lines ever made), announced they’d scored the rights to the classic vintage property Micronauts and would be producing 6″ figures based on the characters. After viewing some beautiful prototypes, fans eagerly awaited their release…but sadly, the line was not to be.

Forgotten Lore > Darkwing Duck Series 2

Darkwing Duck was part of the Disney Afternoon,  a great block of syndicated cartoons that ran for most of the 1990s. Pretty much every show on the Disney Afternoon was awesome: DuckTales, Gargoyles, Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, TaleSpin, and so on.

Darkwing Duck was a semi-spinoff of DuckTales–Darkwing himself never appeared on the show, but the premise was inspired by the DuckTales episodes “Double-O-Duck” and “The Masked Mallard.” But enough regurgitating information you can find on Wikipedia–the important thing here is Playmates produced a line of toys based on Darkwing Duck. I owned a Darkwing figure myself, now sadly lost.

The merchandising for the various Disney Afternoon shows was spotty at best (the only show I can remember getting a full, decent toy line is Gargoyles), so it’s not surprising that the Darkwing Duck line only made it to one wave. However, as you can see above, we have some pics of what the second series would have looked like, and it would have been painfully awesome. I would have given my right eye in a Faustian bargain for that Gizmoduck alone.

Forgotten Lore > Marvel Toys TNA Wrestling

Brother Ray

Forgotten Lore is a feature focusing on toys that were planned but never produced.

Today’s Forgotten Lore comes to us from Poester American Hyena. Says AH:

Arguably the best wrestling figures ever, they were produced with Marvel Legends-level articulation and came with scads of cool accessories. There was a final wave of figures that made it to prototype stage but was never released, which was heartbreaking for fans of the line because Brother Devon of Team 3-D and Homicide of the Latin American X-Change had already been released, and their tag team partners Brother Ray and Hernandez were slated for that wave. It was also supposed to include the series first female figure Traci Brooks (who just posed for Playboy) and a newly sculpted Kurt Angle. There were also supposed to be two more 12″ figures (Christian Cage and Christopher Daniels) on the Marvel Icons style body with outstanding looking cloth costumes.

I know a lot of fans were dying to know what would become of the line. Sadly, I don’t recall Jesse Falcon even mentioning it in his Toybiz/Marvel Toys retrospective at Comic-Con a couple years ago.


12″ Christopher Daniels

12″ Christian Cage

Forgotten Lore > Ra from Stargodz


Forgotten Lore is a feature focusing on toys that were planned but never produced.

Whenever action figure fans wax tragic about the action figures that never got the chance to see the light of day, you can be sure someone will bring up Ra from Stargodz.

Forgotten Lore > Ragnar from Rune


“Forgotten Lore” is my Raven-inspired title for a feature in which I examine some unreleased action figure. Pictures are from Raving Toy Maniac.

One of my favorite PC games ever is Rune, a Viking-themed, 3D 3rd-person action game that came out long before 3rd-person action games like God of War were in vogue. In Rune the player takes on the role of Ragnar, a Viking whose village is slaughtered by Conrack, another Viking who serves the evil Loki.

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