Collectible of the Week: Pulsar’s Life Systems Center (Mattel; 1976)

In the year 1976, toy companies across the U.S.A. rushed to compete with Kenner’s super-successful The Six Million Dollar Man toy-line.  Mattel, for instance, devised PULSAR, “the ultimate man of adventure.” 
About the same size as the Steve Austin figure, PULSAR came outfitted in a nifty red and black uniform, but when you took off his shirt you could see all of his chest organs — heart and lungs — pumping awat. 
Also, PULSAR’s head could flip-up, and different mission disks could be inserted into his brain.
PULSAR’s enemy was the evil HYPNOS, and the hero’s base of operation was this ultra-awesome Life Systems Center. 
The packaging described this base as a “re-energizing and reprogramming machine” and it features an x-ray screen, a “power pak and scanner,” a “brain probe light,” a “mission programmer,” “control dial” and “remote activator.”  With the Life Systems Center you could double-check X-rays, “light-scan” PULSAR’s brain, “set all systems” and activate “vital organs” (which always help on a secret mission, I guess.)
Designed for “ages over 3” this Mattel toy ran on 2 AA batteries (not included).  I still have PULSAR, HYPNOS and the Life Systems Center, though the center is missing many parts (including some tubing and the actual X-Ray screen).  Mine doesn’t function at all, either, and as you can see from the photos, the box is pretty badly damaged at this point.
Still, I love the whole PULSAR line from Mattel, even though I’m not entirely certain what’s so special or adventurous about a guy who shows off his internal organs for all to see, or can be controlled by a disk drive in his brain.

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2 responses to “Collectible of the Week: Pulsar’s Life Systems Center (Mattel; 1976)

  1. I weep for my lost childhood.

  2. Hi David,There's always E-bay, the best way to reclaim lost childhood. :)best,John

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