Monday, June 15, 2015

Kull the Conqueror (Toy Biz)



Kull the Conqueror
Toy Biz
1997

Kull the Conqueror was a character created by Robert E. Howard, the man behind Conan the Barbarian. The character found mild success in three separate volumes from Marvel Comics between 1971 and 1983, and in 1997 was brought to the big screen by actor Kevin Sorbo (Hercules). Though the film peaked at number nine at the box office, the overall reviews were negative.

It was this particular film that Toy Biz based their concept of the toys they produced on. Unfortunately due to the film thudding hard with critics, only three figures made it to store shelves before the line was halted and cancelled.

 Kull the Conqueror with Blazing Battle Armor

Because the line of toys was so small, we thought we'd take this opportunity to also look at the three volumes of the Marvel Comics series.

Volume one, Kull the Conqueror, (as pictured above) consisted of ten issues, and ran from 1971 to 1973.

Volume 2, Kull the Destoryer, (as pictured in the two photos below) picked up in 1973 where the Conqueror series left off. It even continued the numbering scheme, beginning with number 11. The Destroyer series ran through 1978 ending with issue number 29.


 Kull the King with Royal Battle Armor

Marvel tried to find success with a third volume (as pictured in the below photo - to the right of the figure) of Kull the Conqueror in 1982 and 1983 when they released two giant sized issues (one each year). Due to the lack of the characters overall popularity, and the hefty $2.00 price tag, sales were bleak at best.

Taligaro with War Attack Armor

Though the figures are readily available on secondary markets, sales are slim to none. Figures have been priced as low as $4.99, and still don't get purchased. It's a great line if you're looking for something cheap, but it's not a line that's grabbing the attention of the masses.

Join us next time when we take a look at Space: 1999!

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2 comments:

  1. I don't even remember seeing these in stores.

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    1. They were usually found around KB Toys, and even then, quickly shuffled to the massive wire rack clearance bin at the front of the store.

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