If you've been to a Toys R Us store recently, you might have noticed an array of toys called "True Legends." This is a 2013 line exclusive to Toys R Us that features action figure sets of all different kinds of hero/warrior types, including Greek mythology characters, pirates, ninjas and more. I was pretty stoked to find out that in addition to the action figures, there are also buckets of mini figure playsets available under the True Legends name. One of these is a really cool set called "Mythical Warriors," which is reminiscent of the classic DFC fantasy playsets of the early 1980s as well as HeroQuest game pieces.
As you can see from the photos, the set consists mostly of plastic green "army men"-style mythical beings. These figures are 1.5 to 2 inches tall. Also included is a larger red dragon (around 3.5 inches tall), and multiple playset pieces you can use to set the scene of the fantasy battle. In total, the bucket includes 72 pieces.
There's some pillars with shields you can plug into them, a bridge, stone wall pieces, rocks, a couple trees, and a clear red base you can stick two long silver and black pieces into. There's also a small black headstone/monument piece that is supposed to be placed on top of the red base, according to the photo on the tub. I'm guessing it's supposed to be some sort of magic shrine. Here's a quick setup I did of the various pieces:
As far as the green figures, there are seven different warriors. Let's take a look:
Here are the first four participants in this epic mythical battle. All the way to the left is what I believe to be an orc. He doesn't look too monster-ish or crazy, but he has fangs, so he's got to be something other than human and orc sounds about right. Next to him is a Conan-esque barbarian. Then, we've got the tallest warrior, a Middle-Earth style elf ready for battle with his bow and arrow. Finally, there's a bulky bearded dude with a hammer and shield. He looks a bit too big to be a dwarf, so my best guess is he's supposed to be a berserker (if this were a role playing game, I'd totally pick him!).
The set of seven warriors is completed with these three female figures. I have to give them credit for including three different female characters in this set. Usually with toys like these there's none, or one at most. The figure all the way to the left looks like some sort of magical queen or priestess. The one in the middle looks to be either an amazon or an elven warrior. Finally we have my favorite to the right, a nasty-looking cloaked witch or evil sorceress, complete with a belt made of skulls!
And here's señor dragon. I'm not sure what his role's supposed to be in the fantasy battle. Are they all going up against him? Is he assisting one side? Or just an innocent dragon who found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time? He actually looks pretty friendly, as dragons go. In any case, I'm not complaining about his inclusion. I'm pretty sure I've seen this dragon figure (or a very similar sculpt) in one form or another in the past, but I can't pinpoint where. This one is made out of a somewhat softer, more flexible plastic than the other pieces in the set.
And there you go--a fantasy battle that makes for hours of fun. Or at least minutes. The True Legends Mythical Warriors set screams of '80s fantasy toy nostalgia, and I was really happy to find it. We need more stuff like this back on toy aisle shelves!