This plastic figures were made in 1992 and are marked (C) D´Ocon 1992. Interestingly, there is no manufacturer marking on the back of the figures and collectors in Spain argue if the manufacturer was Comics Spain or not. The figures are identical to these: same plastic, same paint, similar design, but the company in 1992 has some economic problems as I explained in entry #267. This would make some sense if they did this figures using a second company in order to cash the money and avoid paying other debts. One detail here is that in 1997, together with Comics Spain there were other two companies that were precincted and closed.
Curiously, that same year it would be another D'Ocon production (Delfy) that would cause the end of Comics Spain.
It will probably take a few years more until we find somebody involved in the casting or manufacturing of these figures and we know the rest of the story. No matter what, the figures are really great and represent characters from the Spanish cartoon series "Basket Fever" or "Locos por el Basket".
This series was produced by the Public Spanish TV (TVE), the ACB League (professional basketball league) and the Spanish Basketball Federation to promote basketball and sports among children. The main character, a grasshopper was also the official mascot of the ACB league.
The cartoons´ script dealt with two rival gangs who instead of fighting decide to play sports for the control of the block. One of the gangs is formed by respectable, nice and kind dogs, and the other one are crook and troublemaker dogs. The grasshopper arrives and joins the first group, and will have the idea to play basketball with the rival gang.
The good guys gang is called "dinamics". Although in the original series there were more characters, these are the ones made in PVC:
-Mike (a.k.a. Boss): Gang Leader
-Linda: Gang member
-Hooper: The grasshopper, newest member of the gang
-Sargent: Trainer (I do not have the figure yet!)
The bad guys gang is called "quebrantahuesos". This name literally means "the bonecrushers", but it is also the common name in Spanish for the bearded Vulture, a bird that can be found in many places around Spain.
-Charlie (a.k.a. Kilo): Gang Leader
-Yvonne: Gang member and Charlie´s girlfriend
-Rapper: Gang member
Unfortunately, there are other characters that do not got their figure. In the dinamics gang: Freddie (a.k.a. Krueger) and Plasta, and for the Quebrantahuesos team: Paccino and the Destroyer. With these figures we would have 2 five member teams and two trainers, and thus we could have played 5 on 5 basketball games.
FACTS and FIGURES:
- Name: HOOPER, BOSS, LINDA, CHARLIE, YVONNE, RAPPER and O'REJAS.
- Year: 1992
- Company: Unknown Manufacturer, maybe Comics Spain (Spain)
- Size of the figures: Around 7 cm (between 2’’ and 3’’)