From the back room of misfit toys.

§ March 3rd, 2010 § Filed under misfit toys § 18 Comments

We have had this toy in stock since the Virus film, based on the Dark Horse comic book, was released in 1999. Though, come to think of it, I don’t remember if the toy was explicitly a tie-in to the movie or to the comic. I suppose it doesn’t really matter now.

There was a short series of store stickers on the packaging (removed for that photo) with progressively lower prices that attracted no one.

I tire of looking at it sometimes, and I’ll store it away in the back room for months, or years, at a time. However, I also occasionally put it on eBay, and pray that someone takes pity upon us.

Oh, Squeaky from Virus action figure, I fear that you will accompany me to the grave.



18 Responses to “From the back room of misfit toys.”

  • Anonymous says:

    Really. He shouldn’t have let Lenny drive.

  • Old Bull Lee says:

    Ah, when bad guy action figures came with Eastern Bloc weapons.

  • Scott Semet says:

    Why not take him out for “ice cream and a drive through the woods”? Either that or a one way fishing trip. Time to cut your loss, Sterling.

  • Allan says:

    You never know. Last year I paid $30 for an Alien Resurrection toy at a collectible fair in order to fulfill my desire to own a Winona Ryder action figure. I’m sure that out there is someone on the lookout for a action figure based on the actor who played Simon Alonso in Krippendorf’s Tribe.

    I mean it’s conceivable. Isn’t it?

  • Josh says:

    At what point do you just throw something like this away?

  • Heli says:

    I am the one person in America who actually has a Virus figure collection, and even I didn’t buy Squeaky. Dead robot Donald Sutherland, though, was a must-buy.

  • CW says:

    For a second there I thought it was a squeaky-toy, like the kind dogs and cats enjoy. Couldn’t quite figure out why they’d make a Virus-related squeaky-toy, though … ;)

  • Nat Gertler says:

    Marketing tip #37: If you want to sell an item, do not put the words “virus collector series” on it. No, really, don’t. I want to wipe my screen just for having that on it.

  • Dave White says:

    Heli, please tell me dead robot Donald Sutherland isn’t half-naked like he is in the movie.

  • Randal says:

    But….but…it’s a Previews Exclusive! I mean, how many of THOSE can there be?

  • Tom K Mason says:

    For reasons that are more boring than this anecdote, I once had a Men In Black action figure – a limited edition where the packaging had been signed by the figure’s designer. I tried eBaying that thing 3 times before I just gave up and donated it to a Christmas toy drive.

  • Wayne Allen Sallee says:

    Why not offer the figure to the first store owner that sends you at least two stripped covers from SIEGE?

  • Jamie says:

    I think Squeaky should fill in for Sluggo on the occasional Saturday.

  • As I recall the giant robot Virus toy they made looked pretty cool although you’d still have the stigma of owning a toy based on the movie Virus.

  • bigmountain says:

    I’m confused. It says “Collector Series”. Doesn’t that make it collectible?

  • plastic soul says:

    Dave, I can tell you that not only is the Sutherland figure half naked, but was the first figured I’d ever seen that had REMOVABLE SKIN as a feature.

  • Heli says:

    Thanks for taking up my slack, Plastic Soul.

    Yeah; he’s transformable from alive Donald Sutherland to dead robot Donald Sutherland. I can’t imagine why that line didn’t sell like gangbusters.

  • K26dp says:

    Poor Squeaky. He looks like the saddest action figure ever.