Remembering when men were MEN…
Believe it or not, in a time not that long ago (although it may seem like a universe away), men used to be unconcerned with plucking their eyebrows, shaving off all their chest and leg hair, or getting a cucumber facial peel and “highlights.” Men used to be MANLY. They grew big, bushy moustaches and beards, refused to back down from any threat, and they were TOUGH!
Hobby Crash (HC) clearly remembers those days. And their exciting new “Karateca” Geyperman figures instantly transport you back to those “manly” years; back to a time when martial arts masters Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris were battling to the death in the Roman Coliseum, or killing deadly cobras on a madman’s island near Hong Kong. Yes, they’ll take you back to the thrilling time of—the KUNG FU GRIP!
As always, our favorite Spanish toy company is using the ORIGINAL molds licensed to them by Hasbro back in the 1970s to create these ALL-NEW, outstanding, fuzzhead GIjOEs. In addition, the figures are outfitted in ORIGINAL 1970s NOS (new old stock) clothing and outfitted with authentic 1970s accessories as well.
Of course, as Hobby Crash’s amazing Geyperman line continues to expand, its stockpiles of original clothing and gear will inevitably shrink, and soon it will become difficult to keep separate what is NOS (new old stock) and what is not. But that really doesn’t matter, because the quality of EVERYTHING they’re putting out is top-notch—all the way down the line.
This new “Karateca” figure is no exception. And though pricey ($79 plus s/h), it seems like a great value. When you consider all that you’ll receive; an all-new “vintage” Fuzzhead figure, its NOS outfit and accessories, plus paperwork and a brand-new 1970s-style box, the cost is very reasonable.
Bottom Line: Another “no-brainer.” Get ’em while you can. Only 300 will be produced. If you’re interested (and who isn’t?), these new Geyperman Karateca figures are currently available as a “pre-order” from our good friends over at Cotswold Collectibles HERE, or (if you can’t wait) directly from Hobby Crash HERE. Either way, you’re good to go, “Grasshopper.“
Editor’s Note: After this article appeared, Hobby Crash maestro, Juanma de Castro wrote in to help clarify the origin of the molds used to create this new line of Geypermen, saying…
“Hi Mark, I’ve read your article about the Geyperman Karateca, thank you, it’s great! Only a commentary: The molds were not made by Hasbro but are from Geyper directly. Geyper made new molds from copies under the license agreement they had with Hasbro, but the tooling is not the same used for GIjOE. Most pieces are almost identical (to Hasbro) but some have minor differences, while others were exclusive from Geyper Industries.
There are also a lot of pieces from Palitoy UK. Geyper only hired some (very few, actually) Hasbro molds like the West Point Cadet hat and shoes. They made the rest for their own use. So that’s how I got the molds. Also, this time the uniforms were newly done, and are not vintage. I didn’t have enough vintage karate outfits in the numbers required for making even a small run, so we had to make them sewn new. All the others until now and most of the future releases have vintage clothing, but not this time. All the best, Juanma”