A: My elder brother had a toy soldier called “Man of War.” It had a button on the back of the head. When you slid the button left and right, it would change the direction the soldier was looking.
B: We had one of those, too. And I had a monster called “Stretch-o” made of green rubber covering a malleable material: you could stretch its limbs out really far, but they would always slowly return to the original shape and length.
A: That sounds cool. I would have liked one of those, too.
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B: It wasn’t great, to be honest. It was supposed to be a formidable foe, but the material was so malleable the legs couldn’t take the weight of the body. If you stood it up straight, it would gradually slink down to the floor.
A: That doesn’t sound very formidable to me. If it ever attacked you in a dark alley, you could just wait for it to fall over.
（Paul Cooper, Taipei Times / 台北時報林俐凱譯）
The suffix “-o” is often added to the end of the name of a comic character with special powers. The name itself often summarizes the character’s ability, for example “Magneto” in the X-men Marvel Comics franchise.
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