Looking Back: Chewgum Warriors
August 26, 2013

Chewgum Warriors. So that’s what he was called. I had pretty much relegated this guy to an old but vivid memory. But some random interweb search turned up an image that stopped me dead in my tracks. At long last, justice was gonna be served.

You see, when I was around seven years old my mom briefly dated a guy who had two boys of his own. At some point close to Halloween we were all invited over to this fella’s home and my mom wanted to bring his boys a little gift. I don’t know where she bought them but I did remember what she bought them: black action figures with clear torsos that contained Chiclet style chewing gum.


Well, I was a lover of the little plastic people and I was extremely jealous that these two knuckleheads got such an awesome present. I suppose my jealousy could have been mollified in the intervening 33 years had it not been for the fact that one of these lucky kids took his Chewgum Warrior and smashed it on a rock in his backyard. Yeah.


That vision of him committing that unforgivable act has been emblazoned in my mind ever since. Not many memories have that kind of staying power so I must’ve been really upset. Number one: because I didn’t get one of these and, number two: because this kid could obviously care less that he did!


Knowing the toy had to have been some bootleg I had very little to go on in initiating a search. But, like I mentioned at the outset, I stumbled upon a picture of a Chewgum Warrior recently. Armed with the name I hit eBay with vigor! Believe it or not, there was one listed. It was a Buy It Now and it wasn’t cheap. With a patience I’ve only acquired since practicing yoga I waited it out. But not terribly long. I finally caved and bought it. At long last a wrong was righted. At the tune of 30 times what I assume the original price to be.



But really, can you put a price tag on justice?

Danny "CantinaDan" Neumann
Action figure anthropologist, Professor Cantina Dan Neumann has been a scholastic contributor to the online community studying the complex world of parumplasticus populus {little plastic people} since the turn of this millenium. His primary focus is the visual cataloging of species exhibits through photo-journalism.
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  • Brian Miller says:

    I always love your blog as I know I can look forward to insight on favorite toys of my youth. You stumped me this time around. Somehow I missed the Chewgum Warriors… now I wish I hadn’t.

  • I fully expect that the follow up to this article will be about you trying the 30+ year old gum… for science!

    Great blog. But if I know you, you are gonna hunt for more of them so you can stack them just like the back of the card. 🙂


  • bnjmnrlyr says:

    I wish more toys today had that awesome “stacking action”….
    … and gum in their chests ….

    Maybe we should pass this along to the dev teams at Hasbro, Mattel, NECA, etc., and see if we can get a nice “retro” offering of this fantastic find!

    Thanks for sharing Dan, this kinda makes me feel like I’m 7 years old, sitting on the monkey bars during school recess, sharing new toy gets after a long weekend.

  • JeffS says:

    WOW, I had one of these! Thanks for identifying a great childhood memory.

  • whako says:

    “one of these lucky kids took his Chewgum Warrior and smashed it on a rock in his backyard”…
    Lucky is right and that little bum had no appreciation for what your mom did. I REALLY hated those types of kids back then and I’m not all that fond of them today either although it’s a much different perspective as an understanding adult. Man I hope he’s locked up in a prison somewhere today. lol 😉

  • demoncat4 says:

    interesting never heard of chewgum warriors till now . even though they are legit they still look like something you would find in a dollar store or a in vending machines. hope you did not dare eat that thirty year gum in it.

  • Mark says:

    Great story! I too had a vivid memory of the Chewgum Warrior; only I had one myself and I remember exactly the store it came from! The thing was very fragile and it broke the day I got it. A few years ago I too searched for one of these and eventually one popped up on eBay. I had to have it! I got tha one and then another one a year or so later I got another one with a very loose card tha I could open. I have only seen one other come up on eBay since; I’m thinking it’s probably the one you got! Long live the Chewgum Warrior!

  • Mark Bradley says:

    I just found this entry on your epic Chewgum Warrior saga. I too had a very specific childhood memory of this item- but in may case it was something actually had back then (for a short time I’m sure, as I remember it breaking easily). I actually remembered the name all these years, so it occurred to me a few years ago. Long story short, I am the (quietly) proud owner of not one, but TWO Chewgum Warriors! I have one open and one on the card. And no, I have not tried the gum. Its amazing to me that even three of these still exist. Thanks for sharing your story!

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