One of the coolest toys I had as a kid was Tomy’s robotic knight, Mighty Max. Although it’s not related in any way to Micronauts, the chrome head and Japanese influenced design made it feel like a Micronaut when it was play time.
Best part about Mighty Max was his versatility. You could disassemble him at any of his joints, and his motorized sled allowed him to ride it standing or gripping the handles on the side. For defense, he came with a big shield and orange lance. His sled was equipped with a winch and hook that could be used to help him scale furniture or drag villains like my Kenner Alien to their doom.
For sheer hours of fun, it was hard to beat Max.
In retrospect, Buck Rogers was not the best sci-fi show on TV in the 80s. It was sexist, the plots were thin, the effects were canned. But I still really, really liked it and I loved playing with my Buck Rogers figures and in particular, I liked the ships. The Star Fighter and Draconian Raider were super detailed and cool. I never encountered the command center as a kid, but I can easily imagine it setting next to my Hoth base and droid factory on the fireplace. Like so many Mego playsets, the detail is pretty great. If you remember the show, it does an excellent job of evoking the hangers where the Star Fighters were kept.
Sadly, my Star Fighter did not survive adolescence and one in decent shape now costs a fortune, otherwise I might hunt down one of these playsets for Buck and the gang to hang out it.
I’ve been messing around with the site design a bit lately – mainly trying to make it easier to maintain and make it more mobile friendly. The template I’m using now is a slightly modified “stock” template for WordPress.
I’m curious if you folks looking at the site think the current template works as well/is as easy to read as the previous version?
Welcome any feedback!
A BEM reader emailed me about this figure asking if I knew what it was. Sadly, I’ve no idea so I’m posting here to see if any of you can identify it. Everything but the shorts are metal, no markings.
The board game of Hollywood movie monsters! I’ve never had the pleasure of playing it, but I love the idea of any game involving classic monsters.
The Blue and Gray is my favorite era of Batman and Robin. This particular clock is an 80s era item, but it still delivers that 70s vibe.