Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Retro Toy Chest Day 10: C.O.P.S. and Ninja Turtles

C.O.P.S. –Central Organization of Police Specialists – was an animated television series and toy line released in 1988. The show revolved around the ongoing struggle between the C.O.P.S. led by Baldwin ‘’Bulletproof’’ Vess and Big Boss’ criminal empire – CROOKS.

The toy line was comprised of characters that shared ‘’DNA’’ with GI Joe. Several characters re-used Joe names like Mainframe, Mace and Longarm. One character was actually Beachhead’s son and the figures themselves had similar construction to ARAH Joes.

Highway by bucky

I loved the cartoon c.o.p.s! The toys were fantastic as well, and the sculpts on them were mean and fierce looking. I think they were done by Bart Sears.

I honestly never had any figures of my own of them though. I played with some my friends owned, and my brother owned some as well. The only one I distinctly remember was Highway and his sled, which is why I chose it for the project. What to do on the sled? That was a tough one, until Jman from D&J toys came up with a 3D sculpt of the sled which I used, modified with some bars off a cobra glider.
The figure was challenging for me in getting the parts gathered up and flowing correctly.

Parts list
Head: John Armijo firefly with Wild Bill helmet glued on
Torso: Firefly
Arms: Nick Fury figure
Legs: Unknown Joe figure
Lower Legs: hiss Driver

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) debuted as a comic series in 1984. However, most kids fell in love with them in 1987 when the toy line and animates series were launched. TMNT has been going strong ever since.

I remember watching the show and buying the 4 Turtles when I was 12. Most of my friends were leaving toys behind, but I still enjoyed them. I would pit the 4 brothers in battles against my old He-Man figures.

April O’Neil by Oreobuilder

When I made my Canary Ann custom for my Funskool series a few months ago, I noticed that I could use a similar recipe to make an April custom. That is where this figure started.

Head, torso, arms: 25th Lady Jaye
Right Hands: 25th Mutt
Left Hand: 25th DVD Snake Eyes
Legs: RoC Ripcord

Foot Soldiers by Oreobuilder
The Foot Soldiers were favorites of mine as a kid. I loved that Shredder had armies of them and episodes where the 4 Turtles fought off hordes of these ninja/robots were my favorites. Later in the series, they became less present in the show when they were replaced by the ‘’mutant of the week’’.

Head: Cast
Torso, upper arms, legs: DG Storm Shadow
Forearms: 25th Viper

Next: Oreobuilder puts the ‘’World's Toughest Troops at Your Command!’’

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