Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Collectible of the Week: Mork and Mindy Action Figures (1979; Mattel)
Last week, I remembered Mattel's Space: 1999 (1975 - 1977) action figures. The company used the same nine inch tall action figure molds to create Mork from Ork (Robin Williams), the break-out sitcom star of 1978 - 1979 on ABC's Mork and Mindy.
The Mork action figure came with a "talking space pack" which, when a string was pulled from the rainbow colored device, would emit eight "crazy" catchphrases such as the ever-popular "Na nu, na-nu."
A Mindy figure was also produced, described as "favorite earthling and every best friend of TV's lovable MORK." Mindy (Pam Dawber) came complete with long hair that could be brushed (as opposed to a plastic mold, like Helena Russell's figure from the 1999 collection.)
At the same time that these two larger-scale figures were released, Mattel also produced a small 3 and 3/4s inch action-figure of Mork (to fit right alongside your Kenner Star Wars figures)
This figure came housed in his egg spaceship (or eggship), which could hatch right down the middle and release Mork for more antics.
In "Twiki is Missing," a space iceberg moves perilously near Earth, endangering the entire planet as an ion storm approaches....