Mexican Kid Acero (Big Jim) Figures
Mexican Toy company Cipsa had the rights to produce Mattel's Big Jim line south of the border. They did a really imaginative Job of the line from the get go, christening it "Kid Acero" (meaning Kid Steel) the line had it's own series of cool comics. Things got uber funky when Cipsa decided to do the P.A.C.K or as they like to call it "El Squadron Lobo". .
This is Kid Acero himself, leader of El Squadron Lobo. This version is called "Brazo Bala" and has the Torpedo Fist arm which makes him that much cooler. There are different versions of Kid Acero, one has a launcher of sorts on his back but finding these toys in good condition has always been a challenge. Mexico doesn't seem to be as passionate about it's junk hoarding as are here.
So, with some awesome collector friend Jesus, I present some of the coolest toys every made.
From Jesus's collection we have Kid Acero Lanza Atomos, I believe it has a bellows and the vest fires little pellets. Very hard to find.
Hombre Bionicos is the Steve Austin of "El Squadron Lobo", no doubt created to compete with rival Lily Ledy's Bionic Man line.
Here Jesus provides us with pictures of Bionicos in the box (he's had two!) and a boxed version of villain Dr Drago (We knew him as Dr Steel). For some reason I don't own one of these.
My favourite figure of the line is Hombre Invisible, he has a clear body and two heads (don't mind that he looks exactly like Hombre Bionicos) He comes in a warmup suit with white hockey gloves. I seem to have misplaced some of his pieces in my move (they're floating around somewhere) so I've attached an older photo below.
Now the baddies, this is the Miexican version of Zorak with a glow in the dark skull face. I like the US version too but this kicks all kinds of ass.
Here is a boxed Zorak courtesy of my friend Jesus, I used to own one of these but i made a bad decision one day.
A cross between the Whip and Torpedo fist from the US PACK line, Garfio is an evil weapons dealer.
Noctun is an evil alien, believe it or not he's a character from mattel's Space:1999 line that was only ever released in Germany. He's all kinds of magic.
The Lobo Mobil is known as the Beast in the US, the original box art is by Jack Kirby but someone drew over the King, so the Mexican characters could appear. I need this in my life.
Here Hombre Bionics has been drawn over Warpath, it's a really good job.