Go Go Gadget Action Figures
I was a huge fan of the cartoon in Elementary School, but the fact that the toys came out when I was nearly finished with High School is why I never owned any - or even ever saw any in person - until now. I wasn't shopping for toys my senior year (that I would admit to at the time, anyways) and I darn sure wouldn't have wanted kiddie toys from a kiddie 'toon (unlike the more adult oriented nature of Batman: The Animated Series for instance)! But there they were, languishing on toy store shelves, impressing no one.
In fact, the only reason I own these now is because of Freecycle. If you have never heard of Freecycle, it is a community based online group where folks post stuff they are giving away (yes, for free) and you can stake a claim on it. Look it up in your area.
So a while back a lady said she had a bag of her son's old toys, listing some characters, and mentioning Inspector Gadget specifically. I jumped, not really knowing what I'd end up with - in fact, I more than half expected to get some movie version McDonald's Inspector Gadget toy. Remember that crap?
The bag was mostly nothing to write home (or a blog post) about, but it did contain these three cartoon based Inspector Gadget toys which I was very pleased to see.
And that my friends is how a cartoon I loved in '83 became a toy I ignored in '92 to later be given to me for free in '13. A toy's journey is a circuitous one.
No matter, I'll probably customize her into a 'tween Harley Quinn soon anyways.
So there you have it, the entirety of my Inspector Gadget collection. Good toys, really. It's a shame the line was so poorly timed; a well made Inspector Gadget line released today could actually be a big hit.
But you know what they say: Timing is everything.