Today marks The Forgotten Starship’s first anniversary. It’s hard to believe that it has already been a year since my first post, which was a look at the Mighty Max Kronosaur playset. Seeing as that first ever post was looking at a micro playset, it’s probably appropriate to look at another micro playset, in honor of TFS’s anniversary. So here it is!
“Wait!” I hear you say. “That isn’t a playset, it’s a Super Nintendo controller!” and you would be right in the sense that it does indeed resemble a PAL Super Nintendo controller (or the Japanese Super Famicom for that matter). It has even changed colour over time to that gross yellowy grey that old Nintendo products have a tendency to do.
Size-wise, it’s a little bit shorter and a bit fatter than a SNES controller, and the blue and green buttons are the wrong way around, as well as lacking any ‘select’ or ‘start’ buttons. But considering my parents often used to let me ‘play’ demos in arcades on the machines, if you gave it to a three year old as you played Super Mario World, there’s every chance they would think they were playing along as well.
The point of this post isn’t about how to dupe your kids into thinking they are playing video games though, It’s to look at a pretty obscure micro playset that is actually based on the Street Fighter II series. So enough babbling, here it is opened up!
Ta-da! If you are a Street Fighter II aficionado, you will probably recognise this scene as being somewhat representative of Guile’s stage, which is an Air Force base. The two most noticeable elements of this set are probably the mini-figures, which are Guile and Chun-li.
They both rotate at the waist by way of a rubber peg that joins the legs and torso. They do feel very fragile so I’m somewhat reluctant to make Chun-Li do a spinning bird kick on Guile for fear that she will end up looking more like a Mortal Kombat fatality as opposed to a Street Fighter II character.
One of the strange things about these figures is the paint choices. Chun-Li looks okay, but Guile is sporting a very golden coloured hairstyle as opposed to his usual yellow. This is probably the most indicative piece of evidence to suggest that this playset might not be an official licensed Street Fighter II product (though just look at some of the strange choices for the the G.I. Joe/Street Fighter II series…) but despite not being a licensed product, it is undeniably neat.
One of the things I like the most about it is the artwork on the top half of the set. Although it looks like it has been coloured in with crayon, it is still a pretty charming attempt at copying some of the elements from the background of Guile’s Stage, like the plane, the guy with his arm around the girl and the cheering man with shades on.
See, not a bad attempt huh?
The set also comes with a few accessories to bulk out the playset, which includes two bent pipes, two different sized ‘railings’ and a crate, which is probably the most essential accessory for me as so many bouts on Guile’s stage seemed more about trying to get your opponent to smash through a crate than to actually win the round.
Aside from the Guile and Chuni-Li set, there were a few other sets released with different characters in each one (like a bearded Blanka!) though they are definitely not something you will find every day, especially complete with all of the original accessories.
What seems unusual to me is that this toyline was made without an official licensed version of these products existing (to my knowledge anyway), making me wonder if the term ‘knock-off’ is really appropriate.
Despite the ‘not-approved-by-Capcom’ nature of this playset, it is a fun, nifty little set and I would have loved to have owned it as a kid when it would have been a whole lot less yellow.
Finally, to anyone who follows this blog, facebook page, twitter or who to anyone who just likes to have a read through my posts now and then, thank you for giving me an incentive to write. I don’t have a massive amount of followers, but it’s nice to think that a few people enjoy reading my posts about retro toys, nostalgia, video games and other old crap.