Friday, October 24, 2014

Vintage Friday! Micronauts Alien Invaders (1980)


"Horrifying alien invaders from an unknown planet, with giant brains that glow in the dark!"  They were the Micronauts Alien Invaders, released by Mego in 1980, shortly before the company went out of business.  They were evil aliens with cybernetic weapons implanted onto their limbs, turning them in to living killing machines.  Let's take a look at these terrifying Space Invaders after the break!
 

A Trio of Evil

Series 4 of the Micronauts in 1980 was the last full wave of figures released by Mego before the company went out of business. And it's a shame that they went out of business when they did.  With  their previous Micronauts figures, Mego had just reused existing toy molds from the Microman series in Japan.  But with the the Alien Invaders, Mego finally came up with their own original designs, and they were really cool.  There was a final Series 5 with even more original creatures, but the distribution on those toys was really spotty, and they were mostly just available in Italy.

Packaged Micronauts Aliens

There were three Alien Invader action figures released in series 4: Repto, Membros, and Antron.  Each one came with a removable glow-in-the-dark brain, plus interchangeable weapons that snapped into place on their limbs.
REPTO

Repto is a scary, pterodactyl looking alien.  He's molded in light green plastic, with a darker green used on his feet and his wrist cuffs.  He has three red plastic accessories: bat wings, a laser gun, and a buzz-saw. 
 



ANTRON

Antron is an insect looking alien with six limbs.  He's molded in purple plastic, with blue wrist cuffs, and four red weapon attachments.




MEMBROS

Membros might be the weirdest looking of the three.  I think he might be part snake, part robot.  He came with two weapon attachments, plus a backpack with a hose that ran from the pack to one of the weapons.  He has the largest of the removable brains, and it is so big it kind of looks like curly hair parted down the middle, which is a pretty odd look for a snake robot.  The original figure was molded in red and orange plastic.  My figure is actually a reissued figure that Palisades Toys produced in 2002, and he has an alternate color scheme.  The Palisades reissues also came with a couple of new accessories: an action figure stand, and hands that can be attached instead of the weapons.



I was huge Micronauts fan when I was a kid, but by the time these figures were released, I was deeply in the throes of "Star Wars Mania."  I remember fantasizing about owning these figures as a kid, poring over their comic book ads, and admiring the figures in the toy store.  But when ever it came time to actually pick out a new toy, I always ended up getting another Star Wars figure or vehicle instead.  I guess i figured I could get the Alien Invaders on my next birthday or Christmas.  I ended up never getting them, but their memory has always stayed with me.  These figures were probably the biggest thrill to come back to and purchase as an adult, it was definitely a childhood fantasy come true.

1980 Comic Book Ad

Detached Attachments

Droids and Noids



9 comments:

  1. I don't remember the name but my favorite one was the blue/black horse-like one.

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    1. I think that was Centaurus, which was part of the final series of Micronauts that Mego released, and didn't have as wide of a release as the earlier figures. I'm guessing that the vintage figures are probably pricier than the average Micronaut as a result, although I haven't really checked that out. It was one of the figures that Palisades Toys rereleased in the 2000s, though, so it shouldn't be too hard to find as a repro. I don't have one yet, but it's definitely on my list.

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  2. great posting, I think you'll like this fan art of the Micronauts aliens http://csuhsux.deviantart.com/art/Micronaut-Mego-Aliens-430162479

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  3. what playset are you displaying the micronauts on?

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    1. Read all about it...
      http://misfitdaydream.blogspot.com/2014/10/halloween-week-begins-with-my-custom.html

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  4. Hey guys I am in need of display stands for micronauts 70's edition. Anyone know where I could purchase some?

    Thanks.
    Mark

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  5. I usually buy action figure stands from Collecting Warehouse (www.collectingwarehouse.com). I'm not sure if any of the stands they sell will be a good fit for Micronauts, though. I don't think the peg holes in their feet are sized the same as other figures. One solution might be to buy small doll stands, since they don't use peg holes and instead hold them up at the waist. But Micronauts might be a little too small for even the smallest doll stands, though.

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