Friday, May 3, 2013

The man with the Metalface

Ah, Steel Monsters. When 1987 rolled around, I was already a huge fan of Tonka's construction toys. I would spend hours playing with them in the sandpile, pretending to build forts for my action figures. Then Christmas morning of '87, I found a heavy and familiar shaped package under the tree. I tore it open expecting to find another piece of equipment to add to my crew. Instead, I found this guy:

Whoa..I already had a Tonka Grader, but this one had attitude. You can't see it from the picture, but the vehicle actually had battle scars molded into its plastic parts. It looked like the sort of vehicle you'd find in Mad Max, except with a double shot of kick ass. Don't pay any attention to the jerk standing next to Masher, he was the driver of a different vehicle. This is Masher's driver:

There's ol' Metalface. He was one of my favorite figures growing up, and I was lucky jboypacman had one up for trade. Of course, he didn't include Masher, his only accessory. What's up with that jboy? Just kidding, of course. Metalface only has 5 points of articulation, but he's actually a pretty detailed figure. He would certainly fit in among the vintage Star Wars crowd, and I even found a place for him among my G.I. Joes. The nice thing was they were all pretty much the same scale, so my Joes could fit in my Tonka trucks and the Steel Monsters vehicles.

Since Metalface didn't come with a vehicle, I decided to look around and see if I could scrounge something up.

What luck! A dump truck, a large rocket launcher, and some tape. I'm sure Metalface can come up with something..

Looks like he's almost finished. I can't wait to see what he comes up with.

That certainly is a dump truck with a rocket launcher on top. It's not quite as impressive as Masher was, but Metalface doesn't seem to mind. I'm sure he can cause plenty of chaos and mayhem with that combo.

Thanks again to jboypacman for the awesome trade. Don't forget to go check out his blog in my sidebar.


  1. Never heard of this line until I started reading blogs.

    1. I don't think they ever really had a big following. I'm betting the problem was that the sort of folks that would buy these toys were already into G.I. Joe, while the Tonka fans weren't really interested in the storyline, and would rather play with construction equipment.

  2. Ha! This is great Chris and if I had the Masher it would of been sent your way buddy. : )

    1. Nah, no need. Metalface is damn cool all by himself.

      I wonder if anyone has ever made a custom version of him in the new G.I. Joe style? Hmm...

  3. Loved this collection!!
    Sadly the only ones I have left is Metalface and one human.


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