In 1979, the post-Star Wars, Glen Larson version of Buck Rogers took the sci-fi world by storm. I was nine year old at the time, and both the feature film and the follow-up TV series on NBC were right up my alley.
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Back on November 30, 2011, I wrote here about one of my favorite StarWars knock-off toys, the fantastic “Interplanetary Star Fortress” manufactured and sold exclusively by Sears, and made to fit Kenner Star Wars figures, as well as Mego’s The Black Hole and Buck Rogers figures of the 1970s. The playset is a quasi-cylindrical carrying-case that folds out to become an expansive asteroid surface and landing pad.
Accordingly, Mego released an impressive and varied line of Oz figures including Dorothy (w/Toto), the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, Glinda, The Wicked Witch, and the Wizard.
Even a few munchkins, including the Mayor, were included in the roll-out.
There was even a peep-hole in the door, where a sentinel could ask “who goes there?”
Last week for the collectible of the week I remembered the Darth Vader-esque Knight of Darkness, from Ideal’s “Star Team” line in 1977. This week, I want to offer a closer look at another cool space toy in that same line (carefully labeled to include the copyright dates of both 1970 and 1977).
Here it is: the Star Hawk, the “Star Team spaceship with motorized hatch and space-like sounds.”
This large red and gray flying saucer-type craft came “complete with Zeroid, moveable landing pods, revolving platform, exit ramp and clear dome.”
As for the Zeroid himself — one of the Knight’s nemeses along with ZEM-21 — he is a modified version of the popular (and now incredibly expensive…) 1960s Zeroid line. He’s a “highly detailed action robot with moveable arms. ZEROID rolls on a twin-tread base. Flip on his special flishing signal lamp and send messages to his friends.”