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For something that was mass produced in the 1980's, Leechor remains a fearsome action figure. The ability to spit on something and attatch it to the nearest shiny surface probably contravines various health and safetey regulations now, yet in 1986 this entertained me for hours. The figure is now collectible selling for around £ 5.00 on ebay, whilst the carded version(in original packaging) is available for around £50-60. My figure still stands, although the deteriorating rubber that holds his legs on has weakend, so he is now prone to falling over. He is an iconic example of a revolution in action figure design, His bat emblem shows his affiliation with the fearsome evil Horde, chief villains of the classic eighties cartoon, 'She Ra'. Despite his week knees Leechor has stood the test of time, his green coluring still glazed and, mostly, unscratched and his crossbow in full working order. I refuse to add comment, at the age of thirty, as to whether you can still spit on his suckers and attatch him to a window. But you totally can.
He Man's slimy foe, Mr Leech, that's him in the photograph, looking a bit washed up! Leech was one of the later figures released in the He Man toy series and was one of my favourites when I was younger. I think I liked him because he looked so unusual. The monsters were always much more appealing than the boring old humans and this green creature was visually exciting.
Leech is made from plastic, but has a rubber ring around his mouth. If you moisten this you can actually attach him to windows and baths. I used to have hours of fun suctioning him onto various objects. This added feature definitely boosted the play value of the toy. As well as his rubbery lips, you could do the same with his hands, which had rubbery discs attached to them.
Leech stands at about six inches in height and has a very chunky frame, which makes the toy nice and sturdy and fit for harsh play scenarios. Fairly basic colours , greens and oranges and blacks keep the toy simple looking, but this does not really matter. Leech has subtle detailing on his chest with some lines running over it, nothing too intricate though. I guess they could have beefed up the detailing on the toy.
His weapon is cool, a firing cross bow, which actually snaps shut and releases when you trigger it. The mechanism works, but again the colour choice was somewhat bland and lacking. Leech can attach this over one of his arms and use to hunt enemies.
If you want to buy this toy, you can buy him loose from auction sites for a mere three pounds or so, whereas a boxed Leech will set you back over ten pounds pounds, should you be lucky enough to stumble upon one!