Wednesday, May 1, 2013

You're about to be conquered, by KANG!

What is it about guys that have names that sound like noises? Kang seems like the sound a pot would make if you dropped it on the tile floor. Anywho, I'd like to introduce you to one of the first superhero action figures I ever owned, Secret Wars Kang.

 Kang is one of those toys that I actually remember being given to me. I couldn't have been more than 6 or 7, and I was sitting in the car while my mom loaded up the groceries. I can't even remember seeing Kang in the store, let alone asking for him, but I do remember being surprised when my mom gave me the figure. Kang came with a small double barreled pistol, and like all the other Secret Wars figures, a shield that allowed you to stick several lenticular panels inside. They all  included these small pictures that would depict an action scene when you would move the shield back and forth. I must have lost the little cards and pistol rather quickly, since I don't remember seeing them past that first day. In fact, I think I managed to lose the cards in the car on the way home. I held on to the shield for as long as I had the figure though. I must have tossed his file card out as soon as I pulled the figure off, because up until a few years ago, I didn't even know his name. In fact, he almost always ended up being a good guy whenever I played with him.

I've got to mention Kang's look, just because it has always puzzled me. The most confusing aspect is his face. Sure, the purple thigh high boots are a little odd, but what's going on with his head? Is his face really that blue, or is it armor like Iron Man? Various Google Image searches have done nothing to solve the mystery, and have only confused me more.

I wanted to get some pictures of the action scenes on the shield, but they're notoriously difficult to photograph. I was able to get a couple shots of one of the scenes though.

That one appears to be Kang phasing into existence in ancient Egypt. You see, ol' Kang here started off as Nathaniel Richards. Nathaniel was from the 30th century, and is a descendant of Doctor Doom and an ancestor of Reed Richards. I'm not sure how that happened, but moving on...I guess Nathaniel got bored with life in the future, and decided to go galavanting through time. He built a set of armor that gave him the ability to enter the time stream, as well as super strength, force fields, etc. Right about there is where his story stops making any sense whatsoever. Seriously, go do a search for Kang and try to understand his story. Kang has been no less than three different major Marvel villains, and he ends up ruling just about every version of Earth he ends up on.   The man has traveled through time more than Doctor Who. Do you want to know the craziest thing about Kang? At one point, there were so many different Kangs, that 3 of them formed a Council of Kangs to start killing off the more redundant versions.

The man may wear ridiculous thigh high boots, but he gets results.


  1. I used to own a SW Kang and he was a favorite of mine and fought my G.I. Joe Breaker and Sgt. Rock action figures all the time.

  2. I had Wolverine, Iron Man and Dr Doom from Secret Wars and I too had no idea who they were at the time (other than a knowledge that IM and Wolvie were good and Doom was bad,) so I made up my own stories and adventures with them. It wasn't until years later that I discovered Wolverine's claws weren't strapped to his wrists in the comics.

  3. KANG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    One of my all time favourite Marvel character!!

    I got this amazing figure at the flea market two years ago for like 50 cents!!!

    1. Between you and Eric, I'm always reminded just how awful our flea markets are around here. Sounds like I need to go north or west.


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