Mattel Food Fighters
Food Fighters was an action figure line released by Mattel in 1988. Proverbial for the concept of a food fight, the figures were all different types of anthropomorphic food dressed in military gear. Food Fighters consisted of ten figures, three vehicles, and an unproduced playset. The characters were divided into two armies: the protagonist Kitchen Commandos and the antagonist Refrigerator Rejects. Each figure was made of soft, rotocasted vinyl similar to a squeaky toy with hard plastic limbs. Each figure included a small hand weapon and removable backpack, resembling accessories from Hasbro’s G.I. Joe line. The tagline on the lines’ packaging read, “Combat At Its Kookiest!”
Due to the line’s overall poor sales, Food Fighters were commonly sold at small discount store chains like Hills or Ben Franklin.