This one is probably late 80’s, but you still see generic wind-up and battery-op toys like this, crudely shinobi-fied, at Southern California swap meets, Florida flea markets, dirt mall dealers and curbside vendors in NYC all the time.
Card-back art, courtesy of Geek Orthodox, from the Ninja Warriors: Enemies of Evil 80’s toyline.
Scored a weird little trio of plastic or low-grade modeller’s resin castings of shinobi a few years back, no manufacturer details alas. I’m guessing the 2.5″ ninja were scoped up from some much smaller lead gaming figure original, as the … Continued
Fooling around with some sixth-scale stuff last weekend, put together this Tonbei the Mist-like kitbash: I have all sorts of 1:6 shinobi cluttering my place, but I always wanted to do an elder suppa figure, a crafty old spy. And … Continued
I’m not a video game guy in the least, but man do I love the elevated place lady ninja have in that realm. If only movies followed suit more often… Taki is a twin short-sword wielding kunoichi from Soul Calibur, … Continued
More VHS clamshell art, via DRILLPOP: Formal from an Onmitsu Doshin wedding or the Demon Spies prom? A baffling image via the amazing Black and WTF photoblog: A review of this nifty capsule figure of Sega video game kunoichi Hibana over … Continued
We’ll wrap-up a month of toys and merch with a look at some nameless, non-property-based ninja toys from the 80’s. Wind-up toys sold in subway stops or off swap-meet blankets, supermarket tchotchkes, vending capsule minatures, even cake-toppers – these are … Continued
Next to Kaiketsu Lion Maru (which in a modern context some find waaaay to ‘furry’ for comfort) Henshin Ninja Arashi was easily the most outre ninja hero ever — weird silver bird-like, but scaly, with some parts that look kinda … Continued
While Hasbro’s “Storm Shadow” from the GI Joe line is easily the most prolific ninja toy produced during the 80’s craze (permutations are still best-sellers today), the same company later released the non-property-based Ninja Warriors: Enemies of Evil line. Dojo … Continued
More Russian stuff! I picked up this set of 2″ tall plastic shinobi a few years ago, they’re from one of several Russian manufacturers of property-derivative (but not property-based) toy soldiers. These sit somewhere between the lead miniature gaming realm … Continued