Over here in the Netherlands, the original Madballs weren’t that big a thing unfortunately.
Maybe because parents didn’t like the idea of their kids throwing around something that looked like a severed and shrunken head.
Who knows. Seriously. If anybody out there has the answer, let me know.
Because Madballs did well in the US, they decided to take the toyline a step further. That’s when we got Madballs Head Popping Action Figures.
One day, I was walking past a toy shop with my dad and sister and there they were. I had to look twice, because they were some of the coolest, grossest things I’d ever seen.
These figures had an awesome feature as well, that their name probably gave away..
You could press down a lever on their back and the figure’s head would be launched at that pesky kid from across the street that always smelled like a wet dog.
Of course I had to have one of these bad boys!
I chose Skull Face and my sister got Dust Brain. We played with the figures for weeks and after that I proudly displayed them.
One day, I got the Mad Roller Cycle as well; the only vehicle ever produced for the line. It came with the ultra-mega-cool-exclusive Horn Head figure!
To this day, I still own those three creeps and their bizarre choice of transportation!