Sunday, July 24, 2016
Skeleton paratrooper party favors
Imperial Poopatroopers that have been sold in one form or another for decades.
I can't remember exactly where I got them or how they were sold, other than I bought them new in a physical store. My best guess would be that they were released as party favors around Halloween -- possibly at Target. I don't think I've ever seen them show up anywhere else online.
The figures are about 1.5 inches tall and made of flexible soft plastic. There are six different sculpts that come in three different colors -- orange, green and purple -- each with a bit of painted detail.
The sculpts are really well done for being cheap toys, and you can tell whoever designed them had fun with it. For example, the helmeted skeleton has a tiny cigar sticking out of his mouth, and the skeleton holding the axe has a creepy-lookin' bone tail.
To add to the fun, the thin plastic parachutes attached to the figures aren't just plain white -- they have graphics printed on them depicting each of the 6 skeleton dudes as well as a big skull head in the middle. Rad.
These are definitely some of the coolest party favors I've seen. I just wish I had bought more of them!
Has anyone else come across these skeleton paratroopers before, or know anything more about them?