They don't eradicate aliens, but Kiss have nonetheless been elevated to action-figure status. Yet before they could invade toyland last month, designer Todd McFarlane had to do a little fine-tuning on the heavy metal dolls:
GENE SIMMONS --Choice accessory: Winged snake staff.
--Cosmetic quibble: Simmons wanted his hair to be "poufier" and his bass to have more blood splatter.
--Choice accessory: A guitar that shoots star-shaped missiles.
--Cosmetic quibble: Stanley thought his doll lips weren't puckered enough.
--Choice accessory: A guitar that turns into a "space sled."
--Cosmetic quibble: Frehley worried that his rocket-launcher boots and shoulder pack made "his head [look] small," says McFarlane.
--Choice accessory: Drum that launches missiles.
--Cosmetic quibble: The feline-esque Criss had one complaint. "He said, 'How come I don't got a tail?'" recalls McFarlane, adding that Criss specified "a tail with blades." --KB