Finally! The four original Defenders of the Earth are available again in action figure form! NECA has announced that Lothar and Mandrake the Magician are part of the second series of toyline based on King Features’ 1986 cartoon.
Defenders of the Earth Series 2 didn’t immediately follow the first series. Between the initial release and this one, we saw NECA tackle the original versions of Ming, Flash Gordon, and The Phantom. It’s getting costly to be a collector these days, especially for those who love King Features stuff.
Mandrake the Magician, Lothar, and Garax should be on store shelves in September and probably be priced between $29-and $40, depending on the retailer.
Lothar comes with blaster that fits in a holster on the figure’s leg, two attachable blast effects, grappling hook, and interchangeable hands.
Mandrake features a soft goods cape and comes with a cane, blaster, two attachable blast effects, and interchangeable hands.
Garax includes weapons with attachable blast effects, interchangeable hands, and piece that snaps onto the previously released Zuffy figure (sold separately) allowing a character to hold it. Window box packaging.
I figured Garax would show up sooner than later in this series. He is the leader of Ming’s Ice Robots, and it always helps to have at least two villains early in a toyline. So he was probably the better option than Prince Ko-Tan or Kurt Walker (the Phantom’s brother).
With Ming, Flash, Phantom, Mandrake, and Lothar now part of the DotE series, where does the toyline go? The original cartoon also had younger Defenders, some of the kids of the original Defenders, as part of the cast. Would they have enough name recognition not to end up as peg warmers in stores? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.
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