Minifigure Review 90's Edition: Bio-Degrador from Trash Bag Bunch by Galoob
real life battle Birnkrant had with the State of New York centering around their desire to put a landfill right next to his home. The second cool thing about the toyline was that they were sold in little biodegradable trash bags. When you dropped the bag in water (I remember my parents filling up the sink for me) the green trash bag dissolved and an effervescent tablet inside fizzed, revealing your plastic minifigure. Would you get an evil Trashor or a heroic Disposer? Who would it be? Today's figure is Bio-Degrador, one of the Disposers. He isn't from my original collection; I obtained him secondhand recently as I'm working to complete my collection of the original 36 figures. Ready for a closer look at this crazy cool minifigure? Then join me after the break...
None of the Trash Bag Bunch were articulated. They are solid plastic figures that really remind me of Mattel's G.U.T.S. line (another one of my favorites). Most of the figures stood quite well on their own and Bio-Degrador is no exception. He has a wide legged firing pose that makes him look like he's stepping forward with a very cool rifle at the ready. Like many of the figures (even some of the heroic Disposers) Bio-Degrador doesn't look quite human. While he's wearing a cool, heavily armored suit that covers most of his body, his face looks almost mechanical (perhaps it's a gas mask?) and his hands only appear to have three fingers. He's also wearing a massive backpack that has a few cool little details on it. What's it for? Who knows?
To learn more about these guys, check out Mel Birnkrant's website where he has concept art, stories, and other neat details about the Trash Bag Bunch!