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August 17, 2009

Onda Jeeg Brings the Funk

Filed under: Daily Money Shots,Declarations,Toy Love — Prometheum5 @ 9:39 pm

“Dude, you like Jeeg and will be kicking yourself if you don’t pick this up”

And that’s how Josh Fraser made me buy my first Onda piece at the East Coast Chogokin Summit 2009. I was buying a pair of higher-end items from the indomitable Alen Yen, and noticed this figure in his pile. I proceeded to agonize over it for a while before Fraser pushed me over the edge. The funk of this toy is undeniable, and the cheapness is something to be relished. For being a toy made mostly of die-cast, it is unfathomably light. The torso and legs are a single two-part die-cast molding, and feel like the legs would snap if I dropped the toy. The plastic bits barely fit together and have massive sharp sprue nubs where they were seemingly gnawed off the mold sprues, and the head is soft rubber. Combine all this with some of the eye-endageringly strongest launcher arms I’ve ever seen, and you’ve got a recipe for funky success. The box is in stellar condition (I also like how the figure on the box features about twice as many paint applications as the actual item), and the news of my acquisition seemed to stir even the Chairman himself, who’d likely dismissed me as a vinyl loving poser by this point. Suffice to say, I’m glad I picked this awful toy up, and it will always have a place on my shelf.

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