Barnyard Commandos Action Figures Identification Tool with Pictures

Barnyard Commandos Action Figures Identification Tool with Pictures
Barnyard Commandos logo

Riding high on the mutant mania from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Playmates introduced the Barnyard Commandos in 1989. James Groman for the American Greetings Corporation designed this small toy line. These simple soft, squeezable polyplastic figures had no articulation at all. With each figure only coming with a single weapon accessory that pegged into the figures, the battles between these commandos were left to the imagination. While most of the Commandos stood on four legs, some stood upright on two.

What were the Barnyard Commandos

The Barnyard Commandos mutated after they encountered materials from an abandoned military experiment. These radioactive materials made these animals hyper-intelligent with a penchant for military tactics. They then split into two groups: the R.A.M.S., Rebel Army of Miitary Sheep, and the P.O.R.K.S., Platoon of Rebel Killer Swine. As they battled it out for control of the barnyard, each group communicated with a special code language. The R.A.M.S. used “baa code,” while the P.O.R.K.S. used “pork Latin.”

Playmates Barnyard Commandos toy line

Those Characters from Cleveland created the Barnyard Commandos, while Playmates produced the toys. They released each toy in colorful card-backed packaging. On the back of each card was a small series of comic panels that told the backstory of the Barnyard Commandos. Near the bottom of the card was a small file card that provided the character’s bio information.

Playmates Barnyard Commandos Private Side Obacon

Each package also contained a special insert that provided even more information on the commandos. Depending on which side the character was aligned with, the insert gave a short brief that welcomed the reader to the team, even providing the logo and song for that unit. It also had a section that provided a codex to decode the team’s code language.

There were only two series of toys for the Barnyard Commandos, each with 16 figures. While the first series concentrated on the figures, the second expanded with a selection of four different vehicles. This brand even briefly appeared at Burger King as toys for their kids’ meals.

The Barnyard Commandos cartoon series

Like most toy lines in the 1980s, Playmates attempted to link the Barnyard Commandos with a cartoon series. Produced by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson, with IDDH from France doing the animation, the series was planned for 13 episodes. Unfortunately, the poor reception of the first four episodes led to the early cancellation of the series.

The lasting legacy of the Barnyard Commandos toy line

Despite the short run of the original Barnyard Commandos, the brand received a second chance when Megalopolis announced in 2020 that they planned to create a new series of toys under their Premium DNA banner. This toy line surfaced in 2022. Unlike the original series, the new toys had articulation and were made of hard plastics. These boxed action figures also came with a wide array of accessories. The other notable difference between the two toy lines was the size, with the new ones easily dwarfing the originals.

Identify Barnyard Commandos action figures with our toy line identification tool

How to use the Identification Tool to find your action figures and toylines

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