Weird Toys of the Week – Marvel Labbits (Wave 2)
While it’s true that I’ve been a casual comic guy for a long while, I’ve never stopped paying attention to comic and geek culture. Still, it hasn’t crossed my mind how many wacky, strange, and just plain weird comic toys that are being pumped out. Enough that it seems worth a look each week at the weirdest comic toys I’m stumbling upon.
You might recall some of my previous posts on WTF toys like DC’s Sofubi toys. This week, I’m fascinated by the odd Marvel “Labbits” line by kidrobot. I have no idea where the word Labbit originated, and I’ve also discovered that they have Labbits with other licensed lines – like DC comics. I don’t know who is buying these things, though… Ever wonder what Ghost Rider’s Skull would look like if he were a rabbit? Me neither.
Maybe I’m missing the point. Are these supposed to be ironic?
Maybe they’re a modern day critique about the state of modern comic books. Marvel’s brand is aimed and targeted towards innocent, bunny-like, children with shows like “Super Hero Squad”. But when those children pick up Marvel’s comics, they are exposed to intense violence, represented by painting the bunny to resemble Deadpool and shoving a gun down its throat. Or maybe I’m over-thinking it…
Let’s take a closer look at a couple of these:
The box reads, “No amount of healing factor can mend this broken heart”. Now I know you’re just messing with me.
Did the Weapon X team think that his mouth was the most effective place to put the claws? Seems pretty useless in a fight. Think, people! You’re not being paid by a shadowy, covert branch of the government to make stupid, pointless weaponized people.
And some more…
Spidey looks like he just sneezed and needs a tissue. Hulk? Thing? A little hand here?
So, these things are apparently designed by someone called Kozik, from what it says on the boxes. I’m sure I’ve heard the name and that the guy is a well respected designer. I still don’t get it.