Boss Fight Studio reveals sneak peek at one of its designs for the resurrected 1980s toy line slated to hit Kickstarter in Q2 2015.
In the late 1970s, a number of factors including the rise in petroleum prices (which drove up the cost of plastics manufacturing) and the breakout success of Kenner’s 3¾-inch scale Star Wars toys contributed to the decline of the 12-inch scale “boy’s dolls” of yesteryear, setting the stage for the smaller-scale “action figure” of today.
US toy manufacturer Mego, looking to recover from the huge misstep of passing on the Star Wars license, debuted at the 1982 Toy Fair a line of 2½-inch scale line of military-themed die-cast metal figures called Eagle Force. The characters that formed the basis of the toyline were designed by Paul Kircher, a comics illustrator and writer best known for his regular contributions to the Heavy Metal comics anthology magazine.
The action figures, which came packaged on backing cards that featured the characters’ comic strip adventures printed on the back, were quite well-received at retail, although it would prove too little, too late to save the floundering Mego. The company would file for bankruptcy soon after Eagle Force‘s retail launch and would permanently close its doors in 1983. Rival company Hasbro’s G.I. Joe would fill the military action figure gap in the market and it would go on to become one of the best-selling toylines of all time.
Fast-forward some three decades later…
The return of Eagle Force has been teased for months on the Eagle Force Returns fan page on Facebook. A joint project between Fresh Monkey Fiction and Zica Toys, information on the new line has been released sparingly. What we do know is this: production is set to begin in 2015, the figures will be made in a 4-inch scale comparable to modern G.I. Joe figures, and as revealed today on GeneralsJoes.com, as revealed earlier the figures will be designed by Boss Fight Studio, the outfit composed of former Hasbro employees behind one of the most-funded toy/action figure projects on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.
Below is the promotional sheet for Eagle Force‘s Captain Eagle alongside an image of the original Mego Captain Eagle toy still in its packaging (click to view in larger size, images not to scale):
As readers can see, Boss Fight Studio’s updated version of the good Captain is aged and grizzled, as befits the theme of the product.
The Eagle Force Returns Kickstarter is set to launch the Second Quarter of 2015 and we will keep you posted with project updates as they come.