TELEVISION / CARTOONS SECTION

(Action figures from television shows and cartoons)

 

Captain Planet and the Planeteers
1994 Tiger Toys
This was a cartoon series that I watched once in a while. It was a cute show that had a very strong message concerning protecting our environment, and taking care of the earth. Mother Earth was played by Whoopi Goldberg, and Captain Planet was played by some guy with a voice that I can imitate rather well, if I don't say so myself. 8-) But anyway, there were five kids who each controlled a powerful force of nature with a special ring. When trouble got out of control, which it did usually about 15 minutes into the program, the kids from around the world would combine their powers to summon Captain Planet, a champion of environmental justice and the mortal enemy of all who are wasteful and damaging to the planet. His skin was blue, which I never could figure out what that was all about, but anyway, the kids represented a good number of ethnicity's: a Russian girl who controlled wind, a white American guy who controlled fire, an African guy who controlled the earth, a South American native guy who controlled heart, and a Chinese girl who controlled water.
Gi Click here for image Gi is the Chinese, or Asian, representative who controls the power of water. This particular figure I found in a now defunct K-Mart on the west side of Indianapolis. It was on the clearance rack, so I got it real cheap, but the important thing here is that I decided to begin collecting Asian American Action Figures with the purchase of this figure, thus changing my life forever (yeah, forcing me to form an addiction to going into toy stores and departments every chance I get!). Her hair is short and her eyes are just a little slanted inwards. This figures posture is amazing. I say that because it is almost unnatural. I think this is the case because she comes with a huge backpack that sticks into a hole in her back that runs a tube through to her right hand and comes out of a ring that is on her figure. Basically, she squirts water. It doesn't work too well, but hey, we all know she controls water, so she doesn't have to prove it all the time! 8-) The file card on the back of the card says that Gi is "an athlete whose favorite sport is surfing, she is very smart and started college at the age of 14 in marine biology." True, this is a stereotype of sorts, but hey, it's a good stereotype, and it's not like they said "she, like ALL Asians, started college at age 14 and etc..." so I'm not criticizing it too much. 8-)

 

G.I. Joe (3 3/4" edition)
1982-1994 Hasbro
My parents never let me play with GI Joe toys. They said it was far too violent for me to get involved with. I did manage to talk my mother in getting me the "peaceful" GI Joe's, like Lifeline (the medical officer) and Spirit (the Native American freedom fighter with his eagle sidekick). I'm kind of glad I didn't get too many of these cool figures when I was younger, because I played them to DEATH, literally. I mean nothing survived the battles I put my "peaceful" Joe's through. Well, now that I'm a bit more mature (haha) I can enjoy these figures for what they really mean. The 3 3/4" GI Joe's were created almost entirely by an Asian American by the name of Larry Hama. He named and designed almost every single figure, and wrote the storylines that they played out in the comics and T.V. shows. In fact, he did all the more than 150 comic books by himself! You know those clip n/ save file cards that are printed on the back of the cards that action figures come packaged in nowadays? Well, Larry Hama pioneered this practice with the 3 3/4" GI Joe's! The "Real American Hero" is also an Asian American Hero, at least in my opinion. Many other people may see it differently, but hey, identity is important, and when you've grown up all of your life hearing and reading about heroes who are nothing like yourself (i.e.: who don't look like, haven't gone through the same experiences, etc...), then you really would understand the need for such an identity. Well anyway, there are hundreds of GI Joe's out there, and beginning in 1997 Toys R Us brought them back in special anniversary collections. The ones I have chosen to list are by no means all of the Asian and Asian American ones, just the ones I have found thus far. Check out the links page for some great sites about GI Joe's!
Budo images coming soon Budo is a samurai warrior who trains the rest of the Joe's in hand-to-hand combat. According to his file card, his father was an orthodontist in Oakland, CA, his grandfather was a farmer in Fresno, CA, his great-grandfather was a track worker on the Rocky Mountain Line, and his great-great-grandfather was a fencing master in one of Japan's last great samurai warrior families. Larry Hama adds that he holds a fifth-degree black belt in Iaido, and would have more degrees if he didn't spend his time working on his Harley and listening to heavy metal music. How anti-stereotypical, in such an indirect way!
Jinx images coming soon Jinx's specialty is intelligence and finance, what a combination, eh? She studied three forms of martial arts since the age of 7, and when she arrived in Japan for a vacation, she discovered that her family had been ninjas for generations. This must be a common thing for us Asian Americans, but I found no such thing when I went back to Taiwan for the first time. 8-( But anyway, she comes in a red "ninja" uniform with some ninja paraphernalia. She even has finger nail polish on her finger nails. The only thing I can remember about her character in the TV show was that she always caused mishaps and problems to occur, thus the name Jinx. I also got the impression that she was absent-minded, but her action figure is all business, as serious as serious can be.
Quick Kick images coming soon Quick Kick is a cool figure. He has all sorts of swords and weapons, and has a real ticked-off look on his face. He's very "cut," and has upper body muscles I didn't even know existed! You can check out his file card at http://www.yojoe.com, which can be found on the links page. Actually, you can check out ALL GI Joe file cards on that site.
Storm Shadow images coming soon Storm Shadow is VERY mysterious and mystical. He's a ninja who works for Cobra, or the bad guys of GI Joe. Actually, he only works for them in order to find out who killed his uncle back in Japan. He is part of a VERY intricate and complicated story line that Larry Hama developed throughout the Joe series. It also includes Snake Eyes and Scarlet. Like most of the ninjas in GI Joe, you can't see any facial features, accept for the eyes, but you know what, when you're looking at a figure that is only 3 3/4" tall, eyes tend to look the same no matter what ethnicity the figure is supposed to be. 8-)
Tunnel Rat Click here for image Now this is a special figure. It was modeled after Larry Hama himself! He is an explosive ordnance disposal specialist, and he also is a combat engineer. No GI Joe collection should be without one of the two Tunnel Rat figures that were released due to its tribute to the creator of GI Joe.
Chun Li Click here for image Chun Li is not a part of GI Joe, per se, but she is a member of the Street Fighter group. The reason I include this figure in the GI Joe group is because GI Joe did a special series called the Street Fighter series. She has a plethora of weapons that come attached to a plastic frame, and she has kicking action in her legs. Her facial features are much like many other GI Joe women figures, namely, they look like men, but she does have her signature hair pieces on and she's ready to kick some major butt!

 

The Green Hornet and Kato
1998 PlayingMantis
I talked a little about this in the HOT List Section, but upon reading Tomart's Action Figure Review, and finding out that this is actually a Captain Action figure with Kato's head and costume, I'm not all that excited about it, but it will still be a fun addition to my collection. Oh well, at least you will be able to pose him in "1001 positions," and it looks like he will have some decent looking weapons too!
Kato Click here for image In the 1966/67 Television series, Bruce Lee played Kato, the loyal and martial arts fighting chauffer and sidekick to the Green Hornet. The FEW episodes I have seen from this series (I'm not that old 'ya know?) revealed that Bruce Lee ended up saving the Green Hornet numerous times?! Yet he was STILL just the sidekick. Oh well, such is the case when it comes to super heroes. In any case, check out www.katoman.com from some cool information about the show, the series, and Bruce Lee.

 

M.A.S.K.
1985-1987 Kenner
Now here's a line of toys that I was part of my generation, I think, but anyway, it was your basic toy/T.V. cartoon combination that was so prevalent in the 80's. There are some really good M.A.S.K. sites you can check out on the links page, but there is only one figure that I choose to be a part of my collection. Actually, I had this figure WAY before I ever began collecting Asian American Action Figures, but alas, I've LOST IT! 8-( I have no idea where it's at. When you have to move around a lot as a kid, you tend to lose things VERY easily. But anyway, his memory lives on in my collection. M.A.S.K. was all about these vehicles that turned into other things (in the spirit of the Transformers, another Asian creation by the way). I had the Condor, which was a motorcycle that turned into a helicopter, and a Dodge Viper which turned into an attack jet! The vehicles were really cool, but the action figures were really tiny. They came with masks or helmets that usually had some type of additional power, but as for detail, you couldn't see much.
Bruce Sato Click here for image Bruce Sato comes from Japan. In the cartoon show he had an accent, and I never thought about looking to see who voiced him, but anyway, he was Matt Trakker's (the main character) right hand man. He came packaged three different ways: in the Rescue Mission Adventure Pack with a flying helicopter backpack, in a two pack with Brad Turner, and in the Rhino truck with Matt Trakker. The Rhino was a semi cab that turned into a huge tank-like behemoth of a machine. As with all of the M.A.S.K. figures, the facial details were almost non-existent. But I do remember that Bruce had black hair (another stereotype, errr, oh wait, that's a reality, sorry 'bout that) and some molding in the face that led me to believe that he was Japanese, but there were no painted features, so he could have been from any country. 8-)

 

Masters of the Universe (HE-Man)
1983 Mattel
This is another series I remember playing with when I was much younger. My very first He-Man figure (as I called them) was Stratos, who was some sort of bird man. Soon after my mother gave him to me (for my birthday) I broke his red wings off, and he spent the rest of his life as a glue tester, as I was forever trying different types of glue on him to get his wings back to where they were originally. Alas, he never did have permanent wings again, but I did discover Rubber Cement, which I used extensively throughout grade school (NOT for sniffing for any one of you who may have been thinking that!). Anyway, there were some Asian figures in this set. I didn't actually have any when I was younger, and I haven't had time to search for them now, but I wanted to include them in this page just for the heck of it. SPECIAL THANKS to the HE-Man and the Masters of the Universe Homepage for the image links!
Jitsu images coming soon I don't remember him too much, but I just recently found his figure on-line (check out the links page for on-line action figure stores). He's your standard HE-Man action figure, with the fur loin cloth, WWF-style belt, and boots with the furry trim. His breast plate is removable, and it's gold and red color. His right fist is gold, sometimes silver, and it's in a karate-like chopping position. It is spring loaded so that he can effectively beat up the other Masters of the Universe. His head his very typical of older AAAF's. He'g got a receding hairline with all black hair. His eyes are squnting, with one being a little more squinty, if that's a word, than the other. I can gladly say he does not have a fu-manchu, but rather, he's got a full bloom covering his mouth and jaw. I will assume that in the time and land of HE-Man, this was an appropriate fu-manchu. I am a little disappointed with his teeth. Though this may be unintentional, THEY'RE BUCKED!!! He's got bucked teeth, of all things! With HE-Man figures, head detail was very detailed, so this explains why many other AAAF's do not have bucked teeth, simply because they are too small. But Jitsu's teeth are severely bucked. His skin tone is very dark as well. In the cartoons, he was lighter tone, but in figure form he's really tanned. This is contrary to HE-Man's figure, as he was very light in figure form, but very tan in animated form. I dont' know what the significance is, but I figured I'd mention it. He came with an orange samurai sword, for whatever reason. Jitsu fought for the side of evil, so he was a bad-guy.
Ninjor images coming soon I don't remember this guy at all, but I found his name in a price guide and just "assumed" he was Asian. I explain this tactic further in the Police Academy section which appears just below this section (how convenient). Ninjor is VERY difficult to find, and if you do find him, consider yourself fortunate if he has is clothes on. He came with black cloth robes, silver samurai sword, a silver bow, and silver nunchukus. His eyes were squinty, but they also pointed down, unlike Jitsu's. I think it should be mentioned here that the ONLY two Asian characters (but considering there was only one Black figure, two isn't too shabby) were BOTH on the side of EVIL?! I think this reveals a very interesting issue. Why couldn't there be an Asian good-guy? If there were two, why couldn't one be good, and the other be bad? This follows a trend that is seen throughout AAAF's over time: Asian characters typically are bad guys. Just think of what kind of effect this could have had on children growing up, especially if they only saw Asians and Asian Americans in such toys as Ninjor and Jitsu, as opposed to see real Asians and Asian Americans.

 

Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers
1995 Bandai
This is a European knock-off series from the Japanese hit show called Go-Rangers, Go meaning five. I seriously have NEVER watched an episode of this series, but every time I flip through the channels, it seems to be on. And it always looks like it changes. One thing that doesn't change to the fact that the Yellow Power Ranger is always either Black or Asian American. I think that two Asian American girls have played the Yellow Power Ranger. One of my very first Asian American Action Figures was a PVC Yellow Power Ranger. Even though there is no action involved with it, I keep it as a tribute to my sister, who was always asked, by the kids she volunteered to take care of at the local children's hospital, if she was Trini, the Yellow Power Ranger! My sister is the one who bought the cupcakes that came with the little Yellow Power Ranger, so it's all relative, you know?
The Yellow Power Ranger Click here for image I've already mentioned that I have a PVC figure of the Yellow Power Ranger, but Bandai also made these interesting Power Ranger figures that had two heads, one with a helmet, one without. One head flips up while the other hides in the chest. Consequently, the yellow Power Ranger looks like a man with her huge, solid chest, but the face is all right. It doesn't look like Thuy Trang, the girl who played the Yellow Power Ranger for a few seasons.

 

Police Academy
1989-1990 Kenner
This series was released as the whole Police Academy movie craze was fading, but there was a short run of cartoon shows that I believe these figures were based on. I do remember seeing these in the stores when they were new, but I was "beyond my toy buying phase" by this time, only to have it reappear some six years later. But anyway, as I started to search for Asian American Action Figures, I began looking at toy lists and price guides for "Asian-sounding" names and such. This theory generally pans out because I noticed there was a "Flung Hi" figure in this Police Academy set, and decided to check it out. I bought the figure over the Internet without seeing it first, and guess what... he was Asian all right. Actually, my "Flung Hi" figure used to be some kids who played this thing to death. All of his limbs are loose, and he has no accessories. Oh well, it's no big loss.
Flung Hi with crazy Karate gear Click here for image As I was just mentioning in the above introductory statement, my Flung Hi figure is all played out. I believe he had some sort of "crazy karate action" because his right arm and leg are super loose compared to his left limbs, but alas, he can barely stand anymore. At least someone enjoyed playing with this figure. As for the "crazy karate gear," I have NO idea what that was all about. In fact, I can't even tell if this is a "good guy" or "bad guy." He has a fu-manchu beard, and a pony tail on his head. He also has some sort of ear muffs on. This figure really confuses me. And another thing, what kind of name is "Flung Hi?!" Those names must be from the Tang dynasty, which also saw names like Flung Lo, and Fling Flung, and Spring Fling. I tell 'ya, we REALLY need to stop using stereotypical names to describe Asians. In every culture, and in every name, there is meaning behind the names. My surname, for instance, means "one who proclaims." Chen used to be the most populous Asian name in the whole world, but now it is 4th or 5th. I am very proud of my name, and it offends me when people who do not understand the meanings behind Asian names make fun of them so easily. Even Western names have meaning. My first name, Peter, means "rock." It is Biblical, standing for the strong foundation that Christianity brings to those who have faith. I am very proud of this name too. My middle name is another name for the toilet, John. Actually, I'm kidding, it has another Biblical meaning, but I think you get the point. Names are very important in any culture, so lets be more sensitive about them, all right?

 

The Simpsons
2000 Playmates
Omigosh, I can't believe it. The Simpsons, my all time favorite cartoon series (aside from Under Dog) is out in Action Figure form!!! Actually, Simpsons toys have been popular in other countries, mostly in Europe, for many years now. Why it's taken a generation for the U.S. to get them I have no idea, but we don't have to worry about that now that they're here! And they utilize a cool microchip voice interaction technology that enables them to communicate with each other. Does anybody remember the days when you had to provide the sounds and voices for your toys? I perfected the maching gun noise that made my glasses fly off every time I made it. But now toys not only talk, they communicate with each other. Soon your toys will actually play with each other, and there will be no need for humans in the equation. What fun the future holds for us!?!
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon in Kwik-E-Mart Click here for image This figure is not out yet, but I do know it will be released with the Kwik-E-Mart set. Each set is supposed to include special pegs for other Simpsons action figures to produce dialogue. We'll have to wait and see, but I bet some of you are wondering why I'm including Apu in the AAAF Homepage. You can make the argument that he's just a Matt Groenig creation that is voiced by a white actor. And most certainly there are many Asian groups, most of them Asian Indian or South Asian groups, who despise what Apu stands for --- the stereotypical Indian working in the convenience mart. But in recent years Apu's character has turned into some much more than a stereotype. He was involved in an arranged marriage to Manjula in 1999, and it was discovered that he holds a PhD in Computer Science. Hmmm, well I guess he's still falling in stereotypes, but at least he's getting more screen time. In fact, the last time I searched for his name (which was like five minutes ago when I wanted to find how to spell his last name) I found no less than eight homepages dedicated to Apu. Now that's an accomplishment! And the other cool thing about The Simpsons is that everybody who's not Black American, foreign, or sick all of the time (like one of Bart's classmates)  is yellow! Talk about Yellow Power! 

 

Star Trek (Original Series, The Motion Picture, Deep Space 9, Voyager)
1995-1998 Playmates and 1996 Applause
Star Trek has GOT to be one of the best source of Asian American Action Figures. Not only did the original series pave the way for Asian American actors in the 1960's, but every T.V. spin-off and movie since then has included all sorts of multicultural actors and actresses! I, unfortunately, do not consider myself a Trekkie (Star Trek fan). My brother and I always fought about which was better, Star Wars or Star Trek. He sided with Star Trek, and I took Star Wars. I think it is actually a draw since they appeal to different and diverse audiences, but nothing will ever beat Battle Star Galactica (even though it is a spin-off from both series)!
Hikaru Sulu Click here for image George Takei is one of my heroes. He has an AWESOME voice, piloted the first Enterprise for five some years, AND he became captain of the Excelsior, the best Star Ship in the known universe! Now who can beat that?! I have several Sulu figures, including his Target Exclusive 9" figure from the original series, his classic Star Trek 5" figure, and a statue that depicted his famous fencing stance in the episode "The Naked Time." George Takei also has written a book, and is in the process of writing another one. Check it out.
Ensign Harry Kim Click here for image Garrett Wang is another good role model for young Asian Americans. I got the opportunity to meet him at a Midwest Asian American Students Union conference at Indiana University a couple of years ago. In his Voyager 5" figure file card, it says that he is the "only son of doting parents, and openly returned their affection." Perhaps someone who watched Star Trek: Voyager can tell me what this is supposed to mean? But anyway, he has all sorts of accessories, and his head sculpt is quite realistic. Actually, most Star Trek Asian American action figures have realistic facial features because they don't choose to slant the eyes downward. I'm sorry, but I have NEVER met an Asian person whose eyes slanted at 45 degree angles inward towards the nose, yet so many action figures who portray Asians have this feature. What's up with that? I also have his 9" Target exclusive figure, which again has a more realistic face sculpt.
Keiko O'Brien Click here for image Keiko O'Brien, is married to Chief Miles O'Brien. They were wed in a combination Japanese and Irish style wedding, apparently. I didn't see the episode where this happened, but I think that's pretty cool since it recognizes both cultures. But anyway, her maiden name is Ishikawa, and she appeared in Playmates Warp Factor series 4. She is in a really weird stance. It appears she is about to do step aerobics or something, but her face sculpt is pretty good. She is played by Rosalind Chow, who appeared in "The Joy Luck Club" (along with a plethora of other Asian American actors and actresses), and she's also in my Shanghai CD-ROM game from Activision. To tell you the truth, her action figure looks NOTHING like her in real life, but I still say it is realistic because of the fact that her eyes are not slanted downward, I believe I discuss this in the previous section. Her character loves to teach, both on the Star Trek Enterprise D and Deep Space 9.

 

Thundercats
1985 LJN
This is an old cartoon that I remember watching every afternoon after school. The one thing I don't remember was that there was an Asian figure in this series, and NO he was NOT a Siamese Cat (i.e. every figure in this series was a cat of some sort). Fortunately, I've found the figure, but unfortunately, I haven't found any information about his charater in the cartoon yet.
Hachiman images coming soon BIG THANKS go out to Kevin Moore who FIRST told me about Hachiman. This is a strange figure. He stands rather tall, but that's to be expected from the Thundercats line. He has this little button on his left torso that, when pushed, makes him swing to the left at the waist. He can only do this when his arms, which are awkardly positioned to be holding a sword with both hands, are pulled up. Without his sword, he looks like he's performing hari kari on himself, OR, I suppose, if your mind was in the gutter he could be performing some other lewd act on himself, but ANYWAY, he's definetly NOT a typical figure. His head appears smaller than it should be, proportionately speaking of course. His eyes are painted weird, because no matter where is face is pointed, you can't tell what he's looking at?! I guess you could say he's got lazy- eye? He's got a frown on his face, with no other facial hair, so it's a toss-up if he's good or bad. I would venture to say, however, that he is a bad guy. Given the fact that all the good characters are half cat/half human, and the bad guys are all deformed, in addition to the fact that this was in the 1980's, and most every AAAF was a bad guy, I think it's a safe bet that he is bad.  

UPDATE: I stand corrected. Thanks be to Tom Yeung from Canada who sent me this report:

Hachiman was actually a good-guy, described as an ally of the Thundercats though not part of their team, per se.
In his one and only appearance on the cartoon show, he was a samurai warrior, honorable to a fault, summoned by the bad guys from Earth to kill the Thundercats (actually, like all cartoon shows, the bad guy would use the word "destroy" instead, as if its some sort of G-rated equivalent). But in the end he learned the bad guys were double-crossing him, so he and the'Cats teamed up and kicked some @$$.

 

Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, Live Action T.V. Show
1997 Playmates
This is a live-action T.V. show that currently appears on your local Fox affiliate during Fox Kids TV, in the afternoons. I seldom get to watch afternoon T.V. anymore, but the couple episodes I have seen from this series are no different than the numerous cartoon shows and movies that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have done in the past. The twilight for these zainy turtles in a half shell may be drawing near, however. Fox has cancelled this new live action show after only one season, and there's a huge push going on trying to save it. In either case, the TMNT have done nothing but carry on past stereotypes from Asian culture, and introduce these stereotypes to younger generations. We have the wise-old sage in the form of Splinter, the rat, and we have four young students who are learning the ways of the martial arts from the rat, and of course we have the supreme evil bad guy who is an Asian mastermind that uses his martial arts for evil instead of good. In the live action series, we find a female turtle, which finally breaks the sex (gender) lines in this long-time running program, and there is diversity in the evil villain camp. For instance, there's this really weird-looking scientist named Dr. Queasey who is definetely NOT Asian, and then there's a Gorilla named Silver (as in Silver Back) who doesn't portray any Asiatic features, accept maybe for black hair. But then there is the Dragon Lord, who is big, mean, and ancient, and althoug he is played by an Asian American guy, he's in a big polyeurethane suit, so you cannot recognize him. The one figure in this line that is especially intriguing is Vam Mi, the "blood suckin' babe."
Vam Mi Click here for image Vam Mi is played by Kira Clavell. She is the "blood suckin' babe" vampire who is mortal enemies with Venus de Milo, the female ninja turtle. a ancient Chinese vampire with a vendetta against Chung I, who cut out her heart and put her into a death-like state about 70 years ago. After being awakened and given the illusion of flesh, Vam Mi has only 4 days to live, unless she can get her heart back from Venus. Vam Mi can also fly, when she is in bat form. Her figure is really weird looking. She's dressed rather skimpishly and provocatively, as I am sure any female vampire would be dressed, and she really does look like Cher in teh face, with her long, thin nose and big eye-brows. She's got fangs, in order to suck turtle blood or turtle soup I guess, and her collar is so large it prevents me from turning her head. She comes with two identical bat tail whips and two identical flesh-breakin' bat blades. Perhaps my particular figure is missing two more hands because why else would she be packaged with four weapons and only two hands? As for the political commentary, at least she doesn't know martial arts, at least I don't think she does. It's quite a change to see an Asian women be portrayed as a vampire as opposed to an exotic princess or even geisha. But then it makes me wonder if the fact that she is "blood sucking" pertains to the Japan-bashing movement of the 80's and early 90's that labeled all Japanese people as blood-sucking, money stealing (From American workers) demons??? I admit, this is stretching it, but it brings up a good point, and that is when we learned how a country can react when another country shows it can produce better quality products for less money and give the customers what they wanted. What was Japan-bashing all about anyway? Was it a response to the false notion that the Japanese were "taking over the United States," or was it fit of jealous rage ties in with racial tension focused on one particular group of people (but as the Vincent Chin case proved, it wasn't just towards Japanese, but towards all Asian Americans whom White Americans could confuse as being Japanese)? My oh my, how do I digress so far from the subject of toys sometimes???

 

WMAC Masters
1996 Bandai
Here's a bunch of cheap action figures from the little-watched Fox T.V. show called WMAC (World Martial Arts Champions) Master. I've never watched this show, so I cannot say whether it is good or not, but in the title they mention that these are "Real Martial Arts Champions." The figure I have I found in a clearance Toy store. There were two series of these figures, each one coming with a "Ki" which could be attached to a belt (sold separately) that you could wear, or at least a young version of you. These figures have barely any facial features, and they have some corny action lever on their back that performs some weird sort of kick or punch.
Ho Young Pak - Star Warrior with Tornado Kick Click here for image This figure has tiny little dots for eyes, and that's about it as far as facial features go. His skin is also very light, even though the picture on the card shows him being rather dark, or at least tanned. He is Korean, and is a Tae Kwon Do master. He has perhaps the WORST and most CONFUSING accessory, which is a big red fan that serves as some sort of weapon. This may or may not be a real weapon, but I just don't see the point of using a big fan in battle. Let it be known I am not a martial artist, nor have I ever kicked anything other than a soccer ball, so I could be wrong. Once again I state that all Asians do NOT know a martial art. Although I wish I did since it really is a great way to keep in shape and stay focused. His action tornado kick is rather anemic, and I don't suppose it would kick any other action figure down. I guess he better keep his big red fan, eh?

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