Clash of the Titans was released in 1981 to Big Screens across America. After the success of the movie, a toy line had to be produced ! Mattel was chosen to produce the Action Figure recreations of the characters of the movie. While the toy line was nice, for the era, I can only lament what would have happened with this line if it was produced by a better toymaker.
THALLO. The name rings fear in the hearts of ..... um ... someone. Maybe Giant Scorpions. Calibos's pitchfork ...
The figure is a decent likeness of Tom Pigott-Smith and it's fairly well detailed considering it was produced in '81.
Thallo came with a Sword and Shield. Unfortunately, they were not movie accurate, but that's not a big complaint. The sword is sculpted nicely with a good bit of detail. The shield incorporates two clamps on the back to attach to his arm and is sculpted well too. The eagle design is pretty intricate for a 3 3/4 scale figure of that era. Mattel could have included his Whip/Fly Swatter, but you cant have everything.
I have to admit, I like Thallo a lot. I used him the most out of all the Clash figures and I had all the action figures of this line. I incorporated him into Dungeons and Dragons play pretty easily. Of course I wanted the Kraken ...... I usually used Thallo as a God that takes human form to fight alongside the mortals while dungeon delving. I know, Perseus was there, but I liked Thallo's Roman look.
One problem I have is the line should have been produced by a better toymaker. There are so many more figures and accessories that could have been incorporated. An Ammon with Bubo, the Stygian Witches and Medusa come to mind. A "Gods" set and maybe Calibos's lair.....
What could have been ..... None the less, Thallo is a nice figure. I do take into consideration that in 1981 there wasn't much emphasis on action figure quality so when looked at through that perspective, Thallo and the line as a whole really stands out.
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