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Throwback Thursday: “Micronauts” action figures!

Mego produced the “Micronauts” action figures that you see below between 1976 and 1980.  I remember getting a couple of these guys for Christmas when I was in … kindergarten?  First grade?

I had no idea who they were.  (I grouped them together with my “Metal Man” action figures — another toy line in the late 70’s that is now mostly forgotten.)  I still loved them, though.  They weren’t as cool as “Star Wars” figures, but they were still space-based toys.  (At least they looked that way.)  And their partially transparent bodies made them unique.

It was this toy line that gave rise to the “Micronauts” comic book series from Marvel.  (I had a few issues in the early 1980’s — it was trippy stuff.)

 

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Throwback Thursday: the Coleco Electronic Quarterback

The Internet informs me that Coleco produced its Electronic Quarterback in 1978, but I seem to remember receiving one for Christmas in the early 1980’s.

My parents had a superb track record at picking out presents that I didn’t ask for, but that were still awesome.  (See my blog posts on my “Clash of the Titans” or “Metal Man” action figures.)

This, however, was the rare white elephant Christmas gift.  A grid of flashing red lights crudely simulated a game a football, a sport in which I had zero interest.

My love of video games would be well nourished elsewhere, though, by the Atari 2600, which arrived in my household at around the same time in my childhood.

 

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Throwback Thursday: “Metal Man” action figures!

The “Metal Man” action figures are a bit of a strange late-1970’s phenomenon for two reasons.

First, Zee Toys produced them with no backstory — there was never any fictional universe established by a comic book or cartoon or movie.  They just sort of appeared under my Christmas tree around 1979 with names like “Questar,” “Radon,” and the lazily repetitive “Roton.”

Second, they were actually made entirely of die-cast metal.  They were heavy, with more joints and points of articulation than “Star Wars” figures, which were simpler and more cheaply made, if far more popular among first graders like me.

Those two things gave them a lot of mystique to an imaginative little boy.  I loved them.  Sure … they were confusing.  Radon looked a bit like a Cylon from “Battlestar Galactica,” but he wasn’t one.  And how did his “Sky Sled” fly?  Upright, so that he could see where he was going?  Did he just recline on it?  For some reason I spent a lot of time thinking about that — probably when I was supposed to be doing my homework.

Seriously, these were treasures.  I still have the above three, I think.  “Corporal Chrome” looks like he would be fun to hunt down.  And “Major Mercury” deserves his own goddam album cover.

The 1970’s … weird, but fun.

Bugeyedmonster.com has a really neat rundown of the entire toy line right here (and here’s where you can get a glimpse of “Major Mercury”):

http://www.bugeyedmonster.com/toys/metalman/

 

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