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Food Fighters was an action figure collection released by Mattel in 1988 and 1989. Proverbial for the concept of a food fight, the figures were all different types of anthropomorphic food dressed in military gear. Food Fighters consisted of ten figures and three accessory toys; a refrigerator playset was also designed but never produced. The characters were divided into two armies: the protagonist Kitchen Commandos and the antagonist Refrigerator Rejects. Each figure was made of a soft, hollow plastic similar to a squeaky toy and included a small hand weapon and removable backpack. The tagline on the figures' packaging read, "Combat At Its Kookiest!"
Food Fighters were commonly sold at small discount store chains like Hills or Ben Franklin. The collection was also not backed by an animated series or comic book and, consequently, is not among the most well remembered action figure lines of the era.
The Kitchen Commandos wore black boots, green clothing, and carried red weapons.
- Burgerdier General, a cheeseburger
- Major Munch, a doughnut (available with chocolate glaze or cherry glaze)
- Lieutenant Legg, a chicken drumstick
- Sergeant Scoop, an ice cream cone (available as chocolate ice cream or sherbet)
- Private Pizza, a slice of supreme pizza
- The Combat Carton, an egg carton with a ketchup bottle cannon holding a tomato-slice missile on the top
- The Fry Chopper, a frying pan helicopter with spatula blades
- The Refrigerator playset, the Kitchen Commandos' base (unreleased)
The Refrigerator Rejects wore brown boots, black clothing, and carried blue weapons.
- Mean Weener, a hot dog
- Chip the Ripper, a chocolate chip cookie (also available as a macadamia cookie)
- Short Stack, a stack of pancakes (available with maple syrup or blueberry syrup)
- Taco Terror, a taco
- Fat Frenchy, a carton of French fries
- The BBQ Bomber, a barbecue grill armed with a spatula catapult
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- Galindo, Brian (19 February 2013). "The Best Toy Line No One Remembers: “Food Fighters”". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
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