Saturday, May 15, 2010

Happy Zartan Zaturday Everyone!

That's right! Zartan Zaturday! I was informed earlier in the week that the third Saturday (or Zaturday) in May was Zartan's. Also I was to honor said baddy of GI Joe:Real American Hero fame with a post featuring some Zartan love or hate, I guess, but who has time for hate when it comes to toys and Zartan...

I will admit, Zartan was one of those figures that eluded me back in 1984, but from what I have seen the one with the swamp skimmer and the color change was awesome and the one to have. When the 25th Anniversary line was released I had planned on filling in that hole in my collection with the newer Zartan, but again was foiled. He's slippery than a greased pig I tells ya! He's been released three times in the Anniversary line alone, once with the color change feature, once with a miniature of his swamp skimmer and the one I finally laid my hands on from the Cobra Box Set .

Enough about my Zartan woes, here's some Zartan to enjoy on Zartan Zaturday!

Here's the goods: A stand, two masks (such the master of disguise), a knife and a laser pistol! Oh and he is sporting a transparent pink vest, styling!

He can be a friend, Stormshadow...

...or Foe, Duke "Go Joes, or something like that!"

His backpack opens for convenient mask storage!

I was really bummed that this version didn't come with the mask with the the stache, you know he could get into all sorts of trouble with that look and the pink vest! Maybe next year my Zartan collection will expand? Who knows... maybe.

I hope everyone enjoys their Zartan Zaturday and keeps the master of disguise, the sun fearing prankster of fun, and leader of the dreadknocks in mind this fine Zaturday. To keep the Zartan train a rollin' here's a list of blog that are participating in this year's Zartan Zarurday...

A year of Toys
Adventure in Nerdliness
Branded in the 80's
Dan's Toy Museum
Geek Orthodox

edit: I forgot one!
Revenge From The Cosmic Ark

and duh, me, chunky B of Eclectorama

Oh, almost forgot Mini Zartan! Go get em Mini Zartan! "Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!"

I wonder how many we'll have next year for Zartan Zaturday? I guess Zay Zuned Zo Zind Zout!

A special thanks goes out to Bubbashelby of Toyriffic and Reis at Geek Orthodox for including me in on the fun. It's been awhile since I posted about a Joe or Cobra, so for old times sake...

G.I. JOE: 17

Yo Joe! Hail Cobra! Zaaaaaaaartaaaaaaaaaaaaan!


jboypacman said...

I too had a hard time getting a hold of Zartan as a kid.

Shawn Robare said...

Man, I love the Combat Heroes Zartan. It just doesn't get any cuter than a miniature paranoid schizophrenic with a crossbow.

I didn't realize he was released a third time with the pale pink chest armor. I wonder why they didn't go with translucent blue?

Bubbashelby said...

Zmall Zartan lookz zo cute.

Reis O'Brien said...

Woo hoo! Zartan Zaturday! Great post, Chunky B. :)

chunky B said...

Jboy - I haven't thought about the classic until they (Hasbro) started releasing the 25th line, I may have to find a classic for next year.

Shawn - I like the transparent blue on the Combat Heroes as well, the pink doesn't bug me, just don't know why they went with that either.

BS - I think Zmall Zartan should talk like a Zmurf!

Reis - Thanks! Happy Zartan Zaturday!