Thursday, January 22, 2015

James Bond Jr. (Hasbro)



James Bond Jr.
Hasbro
1991

James Bond Jr. was an animated cartoon series which was based on the beloved Ian Fleming master spy. In the series, Jr. is actually noted as the nephew of the famous spy of the same name, and not his son. The series ran for sixty-five episodes and regularly featured infamous villains from the live action Bond films such as Jaws, Oddball, Goldfinger, Nick Nack and Dr. No.

Hasbro released a series of toys based on the show in 1991, however when the show ended after one season, so too did the toys. As a result there wasn't much ground covered in terms of characters. Though twelve figures were produced, four were reserved for versions of Bond Jr.

Captain Walker D. Plank*Dr. Derange*Dr. No
Gordo Leiter*IQ*James Bond
 
Though most of the figures are pretty commonly found on secondary markets, the original James Bond Jr. with brown jacket and Dr. No seem to be the hardest to get your hands on. Despite this difficulty, prices have not peaked beyond $15.00 to $20.00 for either of them.
 

James Bond (Flight Gear)*James Bond (Ninja Gear)*James Bond (Scuba Gear)
Jaws*Mr. Buddy Mitchell*Odd Job
 

The series included a handful of vehicles that were produced to coincide with the figures. The most difficult to track down these days is the Sports Car.

S.C.U.M. Shark
Sports Car
 
The final item released for the series was the cos-play Hot Shot CD Player. What's interesting about this item is that it isn't a functioning CD player at all. Instead it's a cap gun, and the CD player works as the holster.
 

Subcucle
Hot Shot CD Player

It would be interesting to hear from some fans of the James Bond movies as to what their opinion is of this cartoon series. Do they love it, or is it considered an abomination to them? We wonder if it would considered to be what the Star Wars Holiday Special is to Star Wars fans.

Join us next time when we take a look at Buck Rogers Dolls!

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