Wednesday, April 27, 2011
RETRO TOY FLASHBACK # 92: Star Base Command Tower (Minor Industries; 1979)
The year 1979 was a pretty great one for kids who were interested in space adventuring.
On the big screen: Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Black Hole, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Moonraker and Alien.
And at home on ABC TV every Sunday night: Battlestar Galactica.
Toy stores were terrific places for the final-frontier-minded tykes as well. Their shelves were packed with Kenner Star Wars figures, and, last but never least, The Micronauts.
On this last front, the set included a white tank-like vehicle, a rocket launcher, a space sled of sorts and two red headquarter "domes" with transparent tops.
Better yet, the Star Base Command Tower also came "fully manned with finely detailed space action figures." These astronauts are molded in various action poses, carrying walkie-talkies, tools and the like.