1985’s Commando starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as Col. John Matrix was a pretty popular movie for its time. How popular was it? Well, Commando was the 7th highest-grossing R-rated movie of 1985 worldwide. The movie was R-rated, but in the 80’s that didn’t stop toy companies from cashing in on a popular movie. After all, Rambo got a toy line, so why not Commando right?
Diamond Toymakers saw it the same way and decided to release two series of action figures based off the film. The first and probably the most common and popular line was an assortment of 4″ figures, that were sorta kinda like G.I. Joes, that were released in 1986. These were the ones I had because for some reason the local Drug Store (family owned) had tons of them. I basically HAD the entire series. I remember them being pretty cool, but they also came with somewhat rubbery arms. Not as detailed or as good as G.I. Joes, but I liked them just the same for some reason.
As you know, Matrix’s old unit was dead in the movie so he lead a new unit called C-Team, made up of Spex, Blaster, and Chopper, against the forces of F.E.A.R., led by Psycho (who is based on the character of Bennett) and consisting of Lead-Head, Stalker, and Sawbones.
They also had a 7″ toy series. These were a bit harder to come by around here for whatever reason and they must be rare, seeing as how it is hard to find any online to even use pictures of for this post.
Regardless, I had John Matrix. I got him from a local Flea Market and oddly enough, he was about as bare as you could get with none of the clothes he came with included. As into wrestling as I was, this figure made for a big foe for both my AWA Wrestling Figures, as well as my Masters of the Universe. Really, the only people who could stand toe to toe with him were my Rambo action figures or my Over the Top action figures.
Here is how it apparently looked in box/with what actually came with it. Apparently, that line had Matrix, Spex, Blaster, Psycho, Lead-Head, and Stalker with Chopper and Sawbones not in the series. I’m still unsure on this one, so if anyone seeing this knows, please let me know or let me see pictures.
Finally, we had 16″ John Matrix that came with a pistol, an M16, and a grenade. I never did see this one in person, but here’s the pics of it.
Come to think of it, Ol’ Arnold had a few toy lines and I had most of them. I still wish my Last Action Hero post had survived the great site meltdown of 2014, but regardless, I think Commando was the best of the toys based off his movies.