31 Monster Toys #22: Lord of the Rings – Eye of Sauron
This is one of the sillier toys in my collection, and that’s saying a lot.
An extensive line of 6″ action figures accompanied the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, and once manufacturer Toy Biz exhausted their list of orcs and hobbits, they released this toy of the chief villain, Sauron. It’s unique in that it’s not a figure at all, since it’s a tower. It’s the fortress of Barad-dûr, and the flaming eye atop it is the incorporeal form of Sauron himself.
As the film depiction of Barad-dûr is alleged to be nearly twice as tall as the largest skyscraper in our world, and the Eye of Sauron toy is the same height as the standard human figure in the Toy Biz line, it’s…well, it’s just a little bit out of scale. Also, it hews to the Japanese “super-deformed” style of design: big “head,” squat body.
But what’s silliest about it is its action feature: a lever on the back causes the Eye to pivot and light up, while shouting “I seeeee youuuuu!”
Which becomes even funnier when it triggers on its own, as mine has done at least a couple of times.