Saturday, March 2, 2013

The World of the Micronauts


Karen: We have mentioned the comics, but what about the toys? Who entered the world of the Micronauts?? (And who didn't but wished they did?)





13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lurker here...
This was my absolute favorite toy as a child.
Unfortunately, none of them survived my ... enjoyment.
Bill Mantlo and Michael Golden's comic adaption was the very best of Marvel's franchise efforts of the late 70s.

J.A. Morris said...

I had bunch of them, loved them. But they were so damned delicate! I had a few that broke after 2 days. Not because I played rough with them, they were that poorly made.

Repto was my favorite. Batwings, buzzsaw hands, and he's one of the few I still have that never broke!

http://www.micro-outpost.com/pictures/aliens/repto/repto.html

Doug said...

Mr. Lurker --

Upon thy second comment, verily tis time to step to the fore and name thyself amongst the hallowed commenters on the Bronze Age Babies!

Doug :)

mr. oyola said...

The only Micronaut toy I ever had was the Micronauts Rocket Tubes - unfortunately, as cool as the toy seemed, they didn't work and my mom returned them.

Oh, I take that back, I also have a Repto in a box somewhere with some G.I. Joes.

Anonymous said...

Funny you should have the picture of Acroyear up there, that's the only Micronaut toy I ever owned! I still have him, but just the body (with arms and legs); all the removable parts (including his head!) disappeared years ago.

I'm not even sure why I bought Acroyear...I never read the comic. I guess I just thought he looked cool.

Mike W.

Garett said...

I wanted Micronauts for XMas, but was unable to get them, so I built my own spaceship using paper towel tubes, cardboard and other odds and ends! It even could shoot various objects out the tubes using an elastic band system I set up.

Later I did get actual micronauts--Spaceglider, liked his cool wings. I had fun with both, but probably more with the one I built!

Edo Bosnar said...

While I never was as much into toys, I had a few Micronauts - Space Glider for sure, and something else, but I can't remember what. I know I played with them together with my few Star Wars figures - oh, yeah, I did some great crossovers in my mind.
By the way, that's the first time I've seen that commercial since the late '70s, and I have to say, it's pretty bizarre - I mean using an adult to demonstrate the various toys and how to play with them...

William Preston said...

I recall the ads, but I was too old for the toys. I probably picked up the first issue of the comic because . . . that's what I did, pick up first issues of comics. But I loved it nonetheless. Visually and narratively exciting.

Matt Celis said...

Seem to recall seeing the toys but don't think I had any. They don't seem anything special to me.

never read the comic book, didn't intrigue me but I see a lot of folks like it. never really into michael Golden art.

Can't really comment on this one but I guess I just did.

Anonymous said...

Lurker here...

Edo?
Crossover toy franchise playing?
I... I never though of that.
I'm too old now... I can't go back.
It's like a whole world is go to me now.
Like Earth 2.

Anonymous said...

Gone to me
Ugh

I will Doug ... I will

Hoosier X said...

My younger brother and I had a lot of fun with Series I (I was 12) but I remember the next year, when I was 13, feeling kind of silly playing with these things. I did it anyway. I remember buying Pharoid (with the time travel case!) and having a blast, but later, I had a sad feeling that childhood was just about officially over.

I think my favorite was Microtron. And I do remember the Time Travelers falling apart all the time, until, among all the kids in the neighborhood, we had a Micronauts hospital that was mostly Time Travelers missing hands and feet and limbs.

Karen said...

I had a similar experience to Hoosier X -micronauts were some of the last toys I ever got, as I was at that age where I was feeling just a little too old to be playing around with dolls -er, action figures.

But the translucent bodies of the Time Travelers were so very appealing! With all the different colors, they were similar to hard candy. I also found Acroyear to be pretty sharp. And Pharoid -well, I'm a sucker for that Egyptian motif.

They did seem to break very easily though. The parts were also easy to lose under a sofa or in the yard. I never had the second wave, with the alien figures. Looking at them now, they kind of remind me of the Outer Space Men, a toy line I really really wish I had collected!Those figures go for thousands of dollars on eBay!

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