Before Sega had become a serious competitor to Nintendo in the early ’90s with the release of the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis) console and popular mascot Sonic the Hedgehog, it was known for its success within video game arcades worldwide.
Whilst few could deny Sega’s contributions to video gaming, it was less known for its contributions to toy aisles, yet in 1988, it manufactured a series of pocket money toys that were about the size of credit card, all distributed by RC toy manufacturers, Tyco.
The line was excellent and featured everything from toy cars, boats, submarines and even tiny toy guns. but without a doubt the highlight of the line was Glo-Bones!
Glo-Bones is a three inch Skeleton action figure that sits inside a black credit card sized frame for easy storage. And he is my current favourite thing, now that I have uncovered him. Please excuse the dog hairs in the subsequent photos, we have a white dog whose hairs are seemingly invisible until I take a photo on a black background, and then they all appear.
I actually bought Glo-Bones last year, and he wasn’t cheap (around £35), but I had wanted him for a helluva long time, so I figured he was suitably spooky enough for me to post about on here. I’ve always loved Skeletal warriors, ever since watching the fantastic stop-motion monsters of Ray Harryhausen in Jason and the Argonauts as a kid, so a Skeleton toy made by one of the legendary video game developers, was something I knew I had to own.
As you probably have eyes, you will already have seen that Glo-Bones comes equipped with an array of weapons and accessories in order for him to be a badass bony barbarian warrior. As he’s over thirty years old at this point, his arms aren’t the tightest so they do flop a little when you put something in his hands, but you can still get a good pose out of him.
The back of Glo-Bones is fairly flat, just so that he takes up less room, allowing him to fit tightly into the thin black storage frame.
I’m not a huge fan of all the screws holding his bones together, but as he doesn’t have a muscular system to do the job for him, I’m willing to overlook it.
Finally, the best part about Glo-Bones is that he lives up to his name–
He glows in the dark! If there’s one thing I love just as much as a skeletal, weapon-wielding badass action figure, then it’s definitely a glow-in-the-dark toy. Such is the level of great reverence that I have for Glo-Bones, that he now occupies the same special place in my heart that has only ever been attained by such individuals as Rio Blast from MOTU, and Yoda from the Vintage Star Wars line. Neither of them are glow-in-the-dark, but now I’m imagining a glow-in-the-dark vintage Yoda, and I don’t think there’s anything that I wished existed more now. Sigh.
Anyway, Sega may have done some brilliant video games, but they also knew how to make a damn good action figure once upon a time.
That’s all for now!