A lot of stuff going on around NM-E, probably the coolest-looking of the Ultraforce action figures.
That’s it for the desk shots. I only have six on display although I have a box at home that has a full set still on the cards (except for the 504s). Although I think I might have a Ghoul stuck in a drawer around here somewhere …
He looks like he is getting ready to kick the crap out of that glow-in-the-dark zombie woman right in front of him.
Reminds me of the line from Spaceballs, “I knew it, I’m surrounded by a-holes.”
Again, not really “in action.”
It’s either some kind of mechanical glider or a Russian gulag’s interrogation chamber.
OK, maybe none of these are really “in action.”
Judging by the level of dust, I would say Topaz has not seen any action in a while.
Nightman toasts you with an invisible beer!
No beer for the lurking X-Men.
It might surprise some of you to know that a guy who writes a blog about a defunct line of comic books is something of a nerd. This does not surprise people who know me, however.
Anyway, like a lot of nerds, I have a desk at work loaded with action figures. Included are several Ultraforce figures. I’ll snap some pictures of them using the Hipstamatic app, since I’m cool that way.
Let’s start off with Prime and his head-mounted bazooka-thing.
If you’re going to be an Ultraverse completionist, you’re going to need to track down some toys. Fortunately these are plentiful and cheap online and elsewhere (for the most part). There are eight basic figures on orange cards and 10 more black-carded “Ultra 5,000s” that were dropped in cases as chase items. After the Ultraforce TV show bombed, the action figures followed suit and most of these are not particularly collectible.
But five other figures (pictured here) were barely distributed and are extremely tough to find. When you see them on eBay they usually go for big bucks. A group of all five sold a few months back for $550. These are appealing to collectors of action figures more than just Ultraverse collectors and some of those guys (I’m just assuming they are guys) are not afraid to drop some serious coin.
Supposedly 504 were made of each of these five (there are 5,000 each of most of the other black-carded figures) but they feel more rare than that. Here’s a pretty good site that discusses how many were made and how they were distributed. There was going to be a second run but they were never produced.
There was also a toy car called the “Rage Rover.” It’s not bad, and you can usually find a decent boxed one for under $10. I’ve got a couple.
Here’s the checklist for all of the Ultraforce action figures that were actually produced. The 504s are in bold.
0. Prime Ultra 5000
1. Prime Basic Figure
2. Prototype Basic Figure
3. Hardcase Basic Figure
4. Atalon Basic Figure
5. All American Prime Ultra 5000
6. Ghoul Basic Figure
7. NM-E Basic Figure
8. Topaz Basic Figure
9. Night Man Basic Figure
10. NM-E Ultra 5000
11. Night Strike Prime Ultra 5000
12. Polar Prime Ultra 5000
13. Solar Prototype
14. Radiation Hardcase
15. Hardcase Ultra 5000
16. Red Slayer NM-E Ultra 5000
17. Blue Steel NM-E
18. Shadowfire Night Man Ultra 5000
19. Queen Topaz
20. Night Man Ultra 5000
21. Desert Heat Night Man
25. Topaz Ultra 5000