|Packaged jumbos shown with standard minis|
According to the product description for this release, the super-sized versions were originally produced by Tim Mee Toys' parent company, Processed Plastic, in 1979 as a follow-up to the standard 2-inch mini figures released the previous year. They were typically sold under the name "Star Patrol."
The 2014 reissues have been produced in bright green, with each bagged set consisting of six figures: the Chewbacca-esque alien, the space hero, the stubby robot, the Vader-esque villain, an astronaut, and of course, the ever-awesome lobster-turtle alien. The paper header on the sets features the same type of fun, colorful artwork that we've seen on the previous Tim Mee reissues.
There are a couple of the mini figures that didn't make it into the jumbo set, including an astronaut in a different pose and the space heroine standing by her console. While the absence of the space-lady is especially noticeable, from what I have read she was never produced in jumbo size and a mold doesn't exist, which explains why she isn't included.
When you first get these figures in hand, you might be surprised by just how much larger they are than the mini versions. I know I was. As you can see above, they pretty much tower over them. These figures have a really solid feel to them, and are made of a hard and sturdy, yet somewhat flexible plastic. The details come through crisp and clear. It looks and feels like a high quality set.
Aside from that classic weirdo, the super-sized figure I dig the most is the R2-D2-meets-mailbox robot. I don't know exactly what it is, but there's just something about this particular sculpt being in the larger scale that makes it extra fun. I love the textures on on it, and the fact that the jumbo version features the solid, fully-sculpted back instead of the hollow back that is seen on most of the mini versions.
If you're a Galaxy Laser Team fan, you'll no doubt want to add this set to your collection. And you can do just that via Amazon, where each set of six costs just under $16. Hopefully we'll see some more colors in the future. I'd love to see some glow-in-the-dark colors, or maybe a snazzy neon pink set.
What about you?