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Toy Maniac: The 8 Titans of Toys

Were you ready for their wrath

By Robert T. Trate     March 30, 2012
Source: Mania.com

Yet another Clash of the Titans film is upon us. It is hard to believe that only two years ago I wrote the “Top 6 Clash of the Titans” toys in honor of the original 6 produced toys. After reading Mania’s “Who’s Who of Wrath of the Titans” this week, I got inspired. The Titans themselves were nothing more than big badass monsters wrecking havoc. So what toys did I have that were the equivalent of Titans? I knew I had to count out a few immediately. Godzilla for one as he is, after all, the hero. There wouldn’t even be a GI Joe in this group either. What I wanted were Titan worthy toys and their Perseus’ counterparts. After all, we each had our tiny quests as kids to defeat these monsters. Who were these Titans of Toys?
    
8. Metlar

Imagine you are a Geologist and you uncovered a secret passage to the Earth’s core. Now imagine you unleashed a horrible collection of Titans. That was the premise for The Inhumanoids. The leader of the three giant Titans was Metlar, a sinister villain that would make Hades himself turn and run. As Herc Armstrong (great name by the way) you had your work cut out for you.

7. The Warrior Bug from Starship Troopers

The bug toys were awesome. The likes of Johnny Rico, on the other hand, and the other soldiers were the equivalent of Micro Machines. Not the best Perseus to be, so we’ll take the Titan for this one.

6. The Battle Troll

By the point this badass Titan showed up, Aragorn seemed unstoppable. He had killed just about every kind of bad guy in Middle Earth. Naturally, they had to throw a Titan at him that was larger than life. Even though he was a bit dumb and slow he still gave our hero a quick run for his money.

5. Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

There are times you have to wonder what the Greeks or the Romans were smoking when they scribbled these tales of two headed dogs and an eagles with lion’s bodies. You might also wonder what they were smoking when they came up with Mr. Stay Puft.

4. Galactus

One of the best Marvel Universe Titans is Galactus. Complete with his herald, Galactus is a Kronos worthy Titan. Equally impressive is his everyman adversary, Norrin Radd; a man who will stop at nothing to protect the world and woman he loves.

3. The Kraken

Standing at an impressive fifteen inches tall, the Kraken is the crown jewel in the original Mattel Clash of the Titans line. As the original Titan big boy this was the one to have if you were a fan of the film. Can you believe that Medusa didn’t even have a figure?

2. The Rancor

It was the stuff of old myths and even Godzilla movies. How does one take down a 5-story beast? How does a Jedi do it without a lightsaber, too? Great stuff and a perfect Titan of toys if ever there was one.

1. Unicron

There are plenty of big Transformers out there. Many of these have an equal. None of them compare to Unicron. He was only the size of a planet. For a Titan that wiped out whole worlds, Rodimus Prime certainly had his work cut for him.

Robert Trate writes three weekly columns for Mania: the DVD Shopping Bag, the Toy Maniac, and The Geek Life. Follow Robert on Twitter for his for Geek ramblings, Cosplay photos and film criticisms.

 

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jedibanner 3/30/2012 5:45:34 AM

I wish I had all of those toys....man I wish I was 12 again...

Wyldstaar 3/30/2012 8:37:51 AM

As I'm a GenXer, most of those are after my time.  Of the few that are not, I only wanted a Rancor.  I thought Clash of the Titans was a fun movie to watch, but it wasn't cool enough to warrant getting any of their toys.  Same with Ghostbusters.  Besides, the Mr. Staypuft that came out in the 80's sucked.  It was only slightly taller than the Ghostbusters themselves.  The Inhumanoids just seemed stupid to me.

Now the Shogun Warriors, those were some Titans of Toys.  Two foot tall robots towering over all the other small, die-cast metal vehicles in the line.  I wanted one of those something fierce, but it was not to be.  Only had the small die-cast stuff (although those were very cool, too).

ultrazilla2000 3/30/2012 2:47:45 PM

I'm a GenXer as well...but for myself, there is no "after my time"!  ;) 

 

I wanted the Kraken toy sooo bad...I already had the Shogun Godzilla, and thought it would be the perfect play foe.  Plus the idea of having that bad boy in the bath tub! LOL

Though Robert, I would still have the Shogun Godzilla on this list.  It wasn't until the last half hour of his 5th movie that he became a "hero"...

darkdragon13 4/1/2012 1:41:30 PM

i had Unicron i got him for $5 ;)

demonfire 4/1/2012 5:07:10 PM

nice picks for when it come sto unicrone and galactus  including in their figure form no one else can match them espicaly given the original unicrone figure was so massive the prototype was offered as a give away if orders were made. and the rancor that thing is one  of the few figures that can eat other figures.

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