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?)


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!

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...

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

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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