Mighty Max Caught by Man-Eater
Doom Zone Playset Review
Time to get our toes wet with Mighty Max Caught by Man-Eater, also known as Mighty Max trapped by the Jaws of Doom. This is an underwater, shark themed Doom Zone playset that managed to inspire it’s own TV episode.
Mighty Max goes toe-to-toe with Dr. Kalamarus, a squid creature with a desire to destroy and collect sunken treasure using his modified shark submarine. The shark submarine has a great feel to it, with some really good organic textures both on the inside and outside of the playset. Looking inside the shark’s mouth, the submarine is revealed with plenty of mechanical components to keep it operational. I loved the extra detail for the Doom Zone, with sea life gathering around rock pools as well as the embedded items from the submarines travels. Hooks, skeletons, ropes and treasure.
The set came complete with the Mighty One, two squid fins, an electro manta submersible and the villain, Dr Kalamarus.
Might Max Caught by the Man-Eater inspired it’s own TV show; Less than 20,000 squid heads under the sea. There was plenty of changes from the initial play-set idea, with the squid-like creatures acting as a peaceful race trapped below the ocean by a crazed squid, but it’s always interesting seeing how these play-sets were interpreted for their ‘big screen’ debut. The deep-sea feel was certainly carried over and made a great setting for a Mighty Max story.
Bluebird and Mattel approached the Mighty Max underwater theme a few times, and it’s fun to think how these underwater playsets could complement each other. We’ve had the smaller Horror Head playset, Mighty Max Pulzerizes Sea Squirm, as well as a larger Doom Zone released in the final wave of playsets; Mighty Max Sinks Nautilus.