In our previous article looking at the Scarabus figure from our Gothitropolis property, we also showed all the variants that were also offered in that release. The most popular of those variants, by far, were the trio of characters inspired by Egyptian deities. In this Blast From the Past feature we will take a closer look at Anubos, Horos, and Thothos.
The Appeal of Something Familiar
Over the years, some of our most popular figure releases have been ones which fans can see something familiar in. For example, in the Mythic Legions line, our MOTU-inspired tributes have always been popular. Our Templars and Mercurians have also been fan-favorites, in large part because those fans can connect them to the knights and Spartan soldiers who helped inspire some of the design choices we made on those characters. The Egyptian Trio from Gothitropolis fall into this same category.
The various pantheons of mythology boast many unique and interesting characters, and the gods of ancient Egypt are some of the coolest looking with their animal heads. As we were planning out the variants for the Scarabus wave, we decided to tap into this pantheon for some inspiration. That decision made perfect sense for us, since Scarabus already had a very Egyptian-feel to him and since we had already established a theme with the anthropomorphic characters we had released in the Seventh Kingdom line. We decicied to create toys based on the Egyptian gods of Anubis with his jackal head, Horus with his hawk head, and Thoth with his ibis head. These three figures were immediately the most sought-after figures in the line - and they remain so today on the secondary market!
Building Off the Scarabus Base
Like all the variants in the Scarabus line, the Egyptian trio started with the same base body that the main figure featured. That figure was designed with a head that has a removable “face plate”, allowing us to create different looks for this figure simply by swapping out that plate. The standard Scarabus came with 3 different faces, and these versions were repainted for some of the other variants as well. For the Egyptian trio, the standard face plate was included, painted in a way to work with that figure’s deco, but a second plate with an animal head representative of the Egyptian deity was also in the package. This is the head that most people obviously display these with, and they are the ones shown on the package itself.
Other than those unique heads, each of which was only included with these figures, the rest of the parts in these packages are identical to the ones found with the other Scarabus variants.
Easily the most popular of all the Scarabus variants is the jackal-headed Anubos. Inspired by Anubis, the “Egyptian god of mummification and the afterlife as well as the patron god of lost souls and the helpless”, this figure was the first one in the line to sell out from StoreHorsemen, and he remains the most expensive Scarabus variant on the secondary market.
Inspired by the god Horus, which is “the name of a sky god in ancient Egyptian mythology which designates primarily two deities: Horus the Elder (or Horus the Great), the last born of the first five original gods, and Horus the Younger, the son of Osiris and Isis” this hawk-headed figure is another hard-to-find Scarabus variant.
While still quite hard-to-find, the easiest to locate of the Egyptian trio of figures is Thothos. This figure includes an ibis head inspired by Thoth, “the Egyptian god of writing, magic, wisdom, and the moon.”
One little trick that many people missed out on is that fact that the original “bird wings” that were sold as part of the Gothitropolis Ravens Kickstarter have pegs that fit perfectly in the backs of the Scarbus figures (as shown above with Thothos and in the images below). Since Horos and Thothos are both bird-like characters, using those larger featured wings on these figures in place of the beetle-like appendages in their back allows for some cool display options!
Note that only the original wings, with the smaller pegs, work on these figures. The wings with the larger pegs that were released as part of the Mythic Legions line do not fit in these back holes.
Hunting Down the Egyptian Trio
For collectors who missed out on these three amazing figures when they were first released, the secondary-market is the only place to find them now. As we’ve mentioned in this article, these figures are some of the most expensive pieces from our previously-offered releases, so if you can even find them (they don’t often come up for sale), expect to dig deep to acquire these long sold out characters!
As we’ve stated in the past in our other “Blast from the Past” articles, we have no plans to re-issue any of these previously offered characters, so that secondary market is the only way you can get Scarabus or any of the Egyptian trio variants today!
Published on 12.15.20