If you’re from Generation X, chances are that you spent countless hours in front of the boob tube watching the exploits of the colonial heroes in search of a place called Earth. The Cylons totally creeped me out and I hated Baltar, the human traitor. Battlestar Galactica was definitely one of the best Sci Fi series to grace the small screen.
Mattel produced a line of toys to accompany the film, giving kids the chance to play with all their favorite characters and ships. But they didn’t stop there! Mattel also created toys and ships that were at best “based on” the TV series. There are four main types of toys in the Battlestar Galactica category.
The first set is the 3 1/2 inch figures. Action figures were the staple of every afternoon play date and the BG toys were usually in attendance. Surprisingly, there are only a few of the figures, and some obvious characters like Cassiopeia are missing.
The next bunch of toys is probably the most infamous, the missile firing ships! Reportedly, some kid fired a missile down his throat and choked, causing Mattel to create “peace bonded” versions of these ships. There are pre and post choking versions of a Cylon ship and Colonial Viper, as well as “based on the show” Stellar Probe and Scarab ships.
The third line of toys is less well known. A 12 inch Colonial Warrior and Cylon Centurian. Both toys were very cheaply produced but sport battery powered lights! After Rom the Space Knight, though, these boys are just wannabes.
The fourth group can only be identified as miscellaneous. There’s everything from plastic badges to laser guns and die cast ships that have nothing to do with the series.