Thursday, July 22, 2010

Kevin Costner mystery solved

OK, maybe you haven't been wondering all this time, but I have: is that hand-me-down toy we got really Kevin Costner?

I mean, it looks so much like him, but for the life of me I couldn't think of one Kevin Costner movie that would warrant an action figure. The only one I could come up with was Waterworld, but that was made way back in 1995. Surely there was no way this toy could have been making the hand-me-down rounds in Cairo for 15 years, right? RIGHT?

Meanwhile, "Kevin," as this toy has been affectionately dubbed by my girls, became quite popular. He's come with us on lots of outings and almost gotten left in taxis many times. When Magdalena wants to take him on an errand, she walks through the house calling, "Keeeevvvviiiin!" It's very endearing. And it made me more determined than ever to figure out this toy's genesis.

So I did a little Googling and it turns out that this IS Kevin Costner in action figure form. But it's not from Waterworld. No. It's from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Which movie was released in 1991. ALMOST TWENTY YEARS AGO.

Here's the proof:

I am amazed that Kevin survived intact (well, not quite intact, since he doesn't have his cape or crossbow anymore) through twenty years of being handed down. It makes me want to create a small history of Kevin and keep it with him as he is passed on to new families, so everyone can know his story.

It's a shame I don't know his history up to this point. Because I bet it's GOOD.


Liz Johnson said...

Wow. I think I am most impressed that he still has all of his limbs. My boys would have had him drawn & quartered by now.

Suzanne Bubnash said...

So would have our boys Liz. AND, they would have drawn angry eyebrows, fat lips, & railroad track scars on him, in permanent marker.

Susanne said...

Glad you solved the Kevin history mystery! :)

Shannan said...

Oh - that is a good story. Wow.

Bridget said...

Well, that picture of Kevin was taken before Magdalena bit his nose off. So maybe his history won't continue beyond my girls.

Nancy said...

We lost him in Moudy's. They found him and saved him for us at the counter.

He has played "prince" in several princess tales.

Just adding to the history.

Jeanerbee said...

Something about this post makes me feel OLD... oh yeah, probably because I took one look at that doll and thought "it's from Robin Hood." Seriously? TWENTY years ago???? I remember it coming out and I know for sure I saw it (even though it was kind of scary for a ten year old). How crazy that you ended up with it!


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