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As well made as this line is, it still creeps me out! But I love the 70's Microman funk about it.


Leonardo Flores
CollectionDX Staff Writer-West Coast Bureau

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Posted by Showapop on 5 June, 2010 - 19:37
I'm happy to turn you on to

I'm happy to turn you on to my beloved Power Lords! Glad you like him.

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Posted by The Enthusiast on 5 June, 2010 - 20:11
Never really heard of this

Never really heard of this line but I like it.

Reminds me of those original Micronaut monsters.

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Posted by VZMK2 on 5 June, 2010 - 21:43
The line was also designed

The line was also designed by Wayne Barlowe, shortly after his "Barlowe's Guide to Extra-Terrestrials" and decades before his Expedition book and the Alien Planet special based on it... :D I remember as a teen I always thought it looked like his work, but only had it confirmed in recent years. Recently concept art for an unproduced playset that he drew up went on eBay--I didn't win it but I have the pictures around somewhere on my drive. :D

I accidentally lucked into an Arkus in a really cool toy lot I got a few years ago, and he looks great with my collection of alien figures. Even makes a good ride for Antron if you put him on all fours... :D

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Posted by microbry on 6 June, 2010 - 05:04

I remember a cousin back east had that "Barlowe's Guide to Extra-Terrestrials" which a Google search just confirmed the name of, and which I pored over repeatedly while I was visiting him once. I never forgot that book and always wished I could remember what it was called. Thanks!

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Posted by warrhead on 7 June, 2010 - 17:10
Barlowe's Guide to Fantasy

Don't miss his Guide to Fantasy, either. With the rather looser definition of "fantasy", it's a much more diverse bunch of designs, but every bit as good as the Extraterrestrials book.

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Posted by recognizer on 8 June, 2010 - 20:18
Will do, thanks!

Will do, thanks!

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Posted by warrhead on 9 June, 2010 - 17:57
I don't know how this site

I don't know how this site does it, but you have managed to dig up another long-lost toy memory for me. I had this guy as a child and probably hadn't thought about him in over 25 years! I honestly remember nothing about how I got the toy and was too young to know any of the back-story. I didn't have anything else from the line that I can recall. Just this one creepy dude with his through-the-head horn and weirdly translucent eyes.

I've got nothing to add to what JoshB said about it... just THANK YOU SO MUCH for giving me these unexpected trips back into some of the happiest but least-visited parts of my memory.

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Posted by Corduroy Bear on 6 June, 2010 - 09:56
I love that this menacing

I love that this menacing purple alien has butterfly wings.

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Posted by ZA on 6 June, 2010 - 19:17
So this wasn't Japanese

So this wasn't Japanese designed? I'm surprised by the high level of articulation for an early 80's American toy.

Definitely can work as a super robot monster of the week.

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Posted by VZMK2 on 7 June, 2010 - 07:58
Look at the Mego 3 3/4

Look at the Mego 3 3/4 figures, those were essentially the basis for every 3 3/4 action figure since, and those were from 1980. While those can be traced back to Takara due to the Mego Micronauts connection, they were original designs.

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Posted by duke togo on 7 June, 2010 - 10:50
You know what happens now.

You know what happens now. One of these is going to leap out and attack me, at an upcoming fleamarket, or con, or something, and demand to be taken home.

Yes, great fig for the day. I forgot about this Alien line. Very Antron-ish. ....And cool!

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Posted by repairtechjon on 8 June, 2010 - 22:51