These hard plastic 60mm barbarians and amazons started showing up in the early 2000s. I think they were prizes that you won playing arcade games for tickets. I loved to play skeeball in those kind of places as a kid. I was good enough to win a lot of tickets and take home a lot of plastic crap, but I really wished that you could cash in the tickets for more skeeball games. They were also sold in bags under the name Galaxy Warriors. Marty Toy and Sungold used that name as well. These are very rare. I still have no idea who actually made them.
I recently found a variation. The figure on the left is about 10% larger than the standard figures and is made of soft rubber instead of hard plastic. This figure also does not have the little round base sticking out from one foot. I don't know anything about where it was made or how it was packaged. Vending machine is a possibility. I got it in a mixed ebay lot.
|I recently found a few more of the variant figures.|
|I believe this was a sales board for arcade prizes.|