I was very excited many years ago when I ran across this action figure:
It’s a Bucky O’Hare action figure. And this, of course, is Bucky O’Hare.
The thing is, I didn’t know that when I bought it. When I originally found it, I thought it was a Jaxxon action figure. Jaxxon was a different giant green rabbit who appeared in the original run of Marvel Star Wars comic books.
That’s him on the right, but you probably already figured that out. When I showed the action figure to a friend of mine, he said, “That’s not Jaxxon — that’s Jazz Jackrabbit!”
Jazz is a completely different giant green rabbit. Created by Epic MegaGames, Jazz starred in Jazz Jackrabbit 1 (1994) and Jazz Jackrabbit 2 (1998), both for the IBM PC, and later in Jazz Jackrabbit for the Game Boy Advance in 2002. Mystery solved, right? Not quite.
A few years later at a local auction I ended up picking up a Bucky O’Hare cabinet on the cheap.
After buying and playing the game, I put two and two together and — finally — solved my own mystery. The Bucky O’Hare figure has been relocated to my backyard arcade and now sits on top of my Bucky O’Hare arcade cabinet. Along with the arcade version, Konami also released a Bucky O’Hare game for the NES.