Monday, December 23, 2013

Darkwing Duck (Playmates Toys)

Darkwing Duck
Playmates Toys

In 1991, The Walt Disney Company launched the highly popular spin off series, Darkwing Duck.  The show featured several characters and reference to its "anchor" show Duck Tales.  The show featured mild manner Drake Mallard, a parody of Kent Allard, AKA The Shadow.  He lives in an unassuming suburban house with his adopted daughter Gosalyn, next door to the bafflingly dim-witted Muddlefoot family. Darkwing struggles to balance his egotistical craving for fame and attention against his desire to be a good father to Gosalyn and help do good in St. Canard. Most episodes put these two aspects of Darkwing's character in direct conflict, though Darkwing's better nature usually prevails.

To coincide with the series, Playmates Toys produced a short lived line of toys.  Though the action figures didn't last nearly as long as the animated series, which ran from 1991 to 1995, today the figures fetch a premium price on secondary markets, and many a collector seeks them out.

Bushroot*Darkwing Duck
Goslyn*Honker Muddlefoot

Launchpad McQuack*Megavolt

Thunderquack Jet
In addition to the standard sized figures, Playmates Toys produced a one shot Giant Sized Darkwing Duck.

Darkwing Duck
A cosplay "gun" was also produced for the series.

Gas Gun

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  1. I really loved these as a kid. I only had a few, but it's a shame that the second series never got produced. There were some really great gems there.

    1. This is definitely a series we wished would have taken off in a big way, and paved the way into a Duck Tales line in the process.


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