Zerak, the original Commander
Zerak, the blue robot, was originally the “commander” of the three robots.
The Zeroids were a line of toy robots from the Planet Zero, introduced by the Ideal Toy Company in 1967. The original three robots were Zerak, Zintar and Zobor.
The ads boasted, “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!”
Major Matt Mason was an action figure created by Mattel, an astronaut who lived and worked on the moon. When introduced in 1966, the figures were initially based on design information found in Life Magazine, Air Force Magazine, Jane’s, and other aviation- and space-interest periodicals. Later, the line would attempt to transition into the realm of science fiction.
Front cover of a 1973 Blue Chip Stamps catalog.
There was a catalog lying on coffee tables throughout America back in the 1970s. Children around the country would pick up the catalog and browse through the toy section. Imaginations ran wild with thoughts of, “If I had a million dollars…” “For Christmas…” “I’m getting this for my birthday…” “I want…” and “Can I have…” The Blue Chip Stamp catalog was used to redeem the popular trading stamps for TOYS (if you were a kid) and lots of other stuff if you were an adult.
Released in 1975, the rugged Steve Austin Six Million Dollar Man Action Figure
stands a tall 13”. Recommended for ages 5 and up, this boss, Fully Articulated action figure comes dressed in a red NASA-style jumpsuit and red sneakers. Make his powerful Bionic arm lift the huge engine block (included with the figure). Look through the back of his head – you’ll see the wide angle lens in his powerful Bionic left Eye. Exchange Bionic Arm Modules – Roll back the skin to reveal the modules that can be removed for Bionic surgery.
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 Mel Birnkrant and produced in 1968. Interestingly, these figures were also known as the Colorform Aliens, a label not afforded them by Mr. Birnkrant. The name “Aliens” developed because not many people had seen them in their “Outer Space Men” packaging.
by Family Foods, Chicago, IL
Click to watch Clanky Spaceman in a classic TV ad.
In the early 1960s, the Space Race was on. Nearly anything space-related was an instant hit.
Clanky Chocolate Syrup - Spaceman (Robot) Bottle
Distributed by Family Foods, Chicago, Illinois, beginning in 1963, Clanky Chocolate Flavored Syrup quickly became a childhood favorite. The brown plastic container stood approximately 9.5″ tall and contained a handy cap that did not require removal to dispense the syrup.
Monster Lab by Ideal
In 1964 the Ideal Toy Company came out with what would become the “Holy Grail” collectible for monster toy collectors.
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. If he reaches either end of the lab, he raises his arms, emits a growl and the mask over his face drops off.”
Box cover for the Aurora Movie Monster Kit, The Creature
The first models offered by Aurora were their “Famous Fighters” aircraft kits. However, Aurora’s “figure kits” proved to be their biggest sellers. After releasing the series, “Knights in Armor”, among other historical figures, Aurora acquired a license from Universal Studios to create a series of kits based on Universal monsters. This was a wise business move as the Universal monsters became Aurora’s most popular offerings.
Wham-O, Giant Comics, front cover
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 such well know artists as Wally Wood, among others.
Originally intended as a sales vehicle for Wham-O products, this first-and-only issue has become quite the collector’s item in many circles. Besides Wally Wood, contributors include W.T. Vinson (the wraparound cover), John Stanley (Little Lulu), Lou Fine, and Warren Tufts.