Action Figure Insider » @PlasticMeatball goes back to 1981 to create a line of retro “Time Bandits” products in association with handmade films


@PlasticMeatball goes back to 1981 to create a line of retro “Time Bandits” products in association with handmade films

The full range of products is sure to please fans of the Cult Classic!

LOS ANGELES, April 26, 2022 – Plastic Meatball, authorities on retro-nostalgic collectibles, have worked with Handmade Films to develop a cross-category product line based on Terry Gilliam’s 1981 cult classic, “Time Bandits.”

Plastic Meatball’s deal encompasses a wide range of consumer product categories, including toys, games, apparel, homewares, seasonal decorations, limited-edition artwork and more.

“Time Bandits” follows the exploits of imaginative 11-year-old Kevin, who is swept up in the adventure of a lifetime when six time-traveling bandits suddenly appear one night through a time hole in his bedroom wardrobe. . On the run from the Supreme Being after stealing his map depicting tears in the fabric of time and space, they use the map to steal historical figures such as Napoleon, Robin Hood, King Agamemnon, and others. However, they are unaware that their activities are closely watched by Evil, who watches over them from his fortress of ultimate darkness and wants the map for his own nefarious purposes.

“Time Bandits made a big impression on me when I was a young boy looking for adventure,” said Roman Cortez, Creative Director of Plastic Meatball. “I vividly remember pushing the wall in my bedroom, hoping it would move like Kevin’s in the movie – hiding a portal that would take me to another time and place. The movie was so layered and dark compared to other children’s films of the time, and I think that’s why it resonated so strongly with an entire generation. There was nothing like it. I can’t believe that 40 years later we are able to produce the product line that should have been on the shelves when it was released”

Directed by Terry Gilliam and co-written by Gilliam and Michael Palin, the film has been hailed for its clever, subversive story that has as much wit and heart to offer adults as it does children. The first in Gilliam’s “Imagination Trilogy”, the film sports an international all-star cast that includes John Cleese, Sean Connery, David Warner, Shelley Duvall, Katherine Helmond, David Rappaport and many more. Fans should be thrilled to know that Plastic Meatball’s deal includes likeness rights for the entire cast.

“It’s a real pleasure to work with the team at Plastic Meatball as their passion for the Time Bandits movie resonates in everything they do,” said Trudi Patrickson of Handmade Films. “Their retro-merchandise expertise combined with their love for film will result in great products. We look forward to seeing the line grow.

Plastic Meatball’s first batch of Time Bandits merchandise kicks off with retro 3.75-inch action figures of Evil, Randall, and Og (after being transformed into a pig). A set of fast food-inspired drinking glasses, puzzles, and clothing will follow later this year, and a second wave of figures is already in development. Products will initially be available on the company’s website,, with retail distribution expected to follow.


About Plastic Meatballs

At Plastic Meatball, our business is making wishes come true. We recognize that the pop culture brands we love don’t always get the merchandise programs they deserve. We identify the properties and characters our customers loved when they were younger and develop cross-category product offerings to help them fall in love all over again. Our goal is to give the impression that our products have traveled back in time from an alternate past and to evoke in our customers priceless memories. It’s all at the heart of our motto: “Pop culture products that should have been . . . but never were. For more information, visit

About Handmade Films

Handmade Films was founded by George Harrison in 1979, famous for helping Monty Python make “The Life of Brian” the most expensive movie ticket in history,” as Eric Idle would later comment. Today, Handmade is privately owned and has in its catalog of over 100 films, classic titles such as Time Bandits, The Long Good Friday, Withnail & I, Powwow Highway and Robert Altman’s Images, as well as Eloise. with respected and trusted partners on all projects, to ensure that the company’s history is respected.


Daniel Pickett

AFi’s founder and editor, Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett, has been around toys his entire life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Superhero line in the 70s. He’s been surrounded by collectibles ever since. In 1999 he was baffled by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite lines of toys he collected. Since he couldn’t find the information, he decided to search for it himself, thinking that other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and an action figure for a toy news site and within a year he tripled the site’s daily traffic with his updates, reviews and features. of products. He has established relationships with all the major toy manufacturers and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He has turned his hobby into a global expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they started their own website Daniel has been quoted both in the industry and in the mass media. Over the years, Daniel and AFi have been sought after as experts in the field. Daniel has been featured regularly on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 Network as a top contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our homepage has been linked to USA’s “Pop Candy” blog twice. Today. Daniel’s content has also been featured on Bloomberg News,,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo .com, Ain’t It Cool News, the official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet, and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But it all sounds really cocky and ‘tootin’ his own horn’ – basically it’s that Daniel loves toys and LOVES talking about them.


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