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Matchbox Fighting Furies (Mid 1970’s)

Pirates were big news in the mid 70’s. Well, Pirates were big news in our house anyway. For a couple of years Pirate action figures hung around, courtesy of Matchbox (who were a lot more famous for their small toy cars) and their ‘Fighting Furies’ range (though when I say range, it wasnt much of a choice – 3 figures in total…)

You had Captain Pegleg;

and Hook;

and then there was another one – a GHOST. The Ghost of Cap’n Kidd lived in a coffin and was a sort of light lime green. Anyway, as soon as you took him into the dark, you could see his luminous ghostly skeleton – aarrghhhh! and aaaaa-hhhaaaarrrrr!

My memory is of the treasure map in the peg leg, and how difficult it was to get it to go back in after thumbing the map a few times. Then, of course, the map got lost. You could press a button somewhere on the body and the figure would wave their sword arm around so you could have fantastic mini pirate battles. I think the treasure map and peg-leg fascinated me more to be honest, that and the purple tattoo on Hooks chest (see top picture).

Saw this on ebay recently – looks to be part of a collection available in Europe, where you put the outfit on one of the action figures you have already – this one is ‘Kung Fu Master Adventure’

and this is from the back, with all the other costumes you can get for the figures;


The Big Red Toybox talks ‘Fighting Furies’ – probably the best resource on these toys

Plaid Stallions blog with a nice piece about Fighting Furies

Forum discussion on Fighting Furies

Here is a press advert for Matchbox Fighting Furies from the mid-Seventies (looks like it is taken from some sort of Trade Magazine or paper);

Over in the States, but not over here in the UK, you had Mego producing a line of Pirate action figures at the same time as ‘Fighting Furies’, including Blackbeard and the intriguingly named ‘Jean LaFitte’…..

Mego / Palitoy Marvel Toys – 1970’s

One of those unfilfilled childhood wishes. I wanted all of the ‘Fist Fighting Super Heroes’, but I had to make do with Captain America battling Batman & Robin, because I didnt have any ‘super foes’. I remember really wanting Spiderman & The Lizard, but again, my dreams were smashed against the rocks of financial hardship…..

I also desperately wanted the Batmobile,

but had to settle for the small Corgi replica Batmobile (with Batboat) and the tiny 1 inch figures of Batman & Robin;

Yup, I was a spoilt brat without the budget. This makes me feel better though. This is a fantastic clip of the UK Palitoy advert for ‘Fist Fighting Super Heroes'(about £2.25 each!!).

Mego were the manufacturers of these toys, with Palitoy selling them under license over here in the UK. Some great resources here; article on Marvel action figures
An article on Mego toys
Dedicated Mego Action Figure site

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Palitoy were a great company, giving us British kids the wonders of Star Wars figures in the 70’s and 80’s, as well as Action Man, Action Force & Marvel licenses like Micronauts. Not only that, they had the only real rival to Subetteo – ‘Striker’. Based in Coalville, Leicestershire, they sadly closed in 1984. Some links for Palitoy;
A Striker tribute site
Lovely site – shows the conneciton between Mego & Palitoy