|What's buzzin', cousin?|
Confession: I have never played the Earthworm Jim video game nor have I ever, to my failing memory, seen the television show.
But I did own an Earthworm Jim action figure back then. He was pretty cool. Unfortunately he has been lost to time (I'm usually pretty good at remembering if I gave away or otherwise intentionally got rid of a toy, so his lack of existence in my collection is a mystery to me.)
A figure I did not own is this Princess What's-Her-Name. This one was just gifted to me by Jboy of Clawful Punch. Thanks Jboy!
|Distress? No, dis leotard.|
I just love the design of this figure. I honestly don't think I appreciated this stuff as much when it was originally released, (if I did, I'd surely own the whole EWJ line!) but the older I get the more I love Playmates Toys' figure designs from the late eighties and nineties. They all had an undeniably 'toy' quality, but also a cartoony cuteness that made them seem to have popped right off the drawing board and in to life! Everyone from Raphael to Dick Tracy to Princess What's-Her-Name and even Geordi LaForge all meld together into a sort of end of century uber-toyline, with their squatty poses and cartoonish likenesses and kind-of-similar scale.
As someone who grew up combining all their toys into team-up adventures, I can really appreciate the inherent sameness in Playmates designs of the time.
And speaking of team-ups, I really wanted Princess What's-Her-Name to meet up with my TMNT Killer Bee:
|He's so FLUFFY!|
|OW! You're sitting on my hair! Oh wait, no...I'm sitting on my hair. Carry on.|
I suppose I'll be on the lookout for an Earthworm Jim now. Princess What's-Her-Name need someone to rescue!