The original sales pitch read, ‘Moving across the landscape, overrunning all obstacles as inexorably as the Future itself, these amazing, efficient and powerful automatons have but one purpose – to serve their masters at work and play!’
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The toy system included four astronaut action figures, sharing a common body molded of a rubber-like material over a wire armature, with a separately-attached head and a removable space helmet based on early NASA helmets. The wire frame often suffered from metal fatigue, breaking at the elbow, knee, and hip joints, giving the toy a limited life span as a result. Each figure was also painted differently and had a separate head for each character.
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Released in 1975, the rugged Steve Austin Six Million Dollar Man Action Figure stands a tall 13”. Recommended for ages 5
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One of the coolest sets of action figures to hit toy stores in the 1960s was Colorform’s Outer Space Men. This badass set of extraterrestrial beings was designed by toy inventor
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The Ideal Monster Lab was first introduced in 1964, and made its first public appearance on the Magilla Gorilla T.V. show. According to Popular Mechanics magazine in December of 1964, “Opponents try to keep the monster away from their end of the Monster Lab as buttons make him walk back and forth…”
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In 1961, Aurora issued the Frankenstein kit. Twelve other monster figures followed. The company used their rights to issue and reissue these figure models in different versions through the early 1970s. Aurora also aquired licenses for other figures based on characters from movies, TV shows and comic books.
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In 1967, Wham-O released a giant comic book with the obvious name, ‘Giant Comics’. Touted on the cover as The World’s Largest Comic Book, it boasted over 1,500 Action Panels filled with original works from…
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