UK 49p US $1.99 1976
"Official Space 1999 Parachutist", "Realistic floating action! * Completely assembled
* Perfectly balanced and weighted" No 6347 (both designs)
Two designs, each figure 12 cm tall with yellow & red striped plastic parachute:
Blister card 19 x 27 cm, crude art of astronaut & Eagle with inset photo of Koenig.
For Year 2 each had new, different, blister packs, titled "Fly 'Em High!". The uniformed figure had art of Koenig in his orange jacket; the astronaut had art of an astronaut (based on a pose from The Exiles) and the Metamorph Eagle with boosters.
See other Azrak-Hamway (ahi) toys. Thanks to Gordon Moriguchi for image
"Official Space 1999 Walking Spaceman", "Battery Operated"
Grotesque Frankenstein-proportioned astronaut which waddles along on huge yellow feet. The face in the cylindrical helmet is vaguely Koenig; the chest pack is fairly accurate. With blinking light and "radiation sound".
Sold in a square box illustrated with astronauts from Ring Around The Moon (Helena being dazzled as Koenig reacts), a small Eagle and, on the front, Ahi's standard pictures of Koenig and Bergman.
See other Azrak-Hamway (ahi) toys.
UK £2.25, later £2.49 1975
All cat no. 22830. Figures 20 cm tall, posable with joints in neck, waist, shoulders & hips, elbow & knee, wrist & ankle. Likenesses approximate. Alphan figures have yellow belt with small red plastic comlocks.
Blister card 23.5 x 21.5 cm with photo of Alpha and inset art of the hs of all 5, on front and back. "From the most spectacular space series ever".
US $15 per figure, $60 per set of 4. 2005
Reproduction figures based on the 1975 UK Palitoy set (minus Koenig, for licensing reasons). As per the originals, these are 20cm tall with 16 points of articulation. They continue the inaccuracies of the original (white uniforms, yellow belts). The 4th set includes two figures with a more accurate orange spacesuit.
The blister card is also a reproduction of the original, although the rather good artwork portraits have been replaced with photos of the actual figure heads.
Random "chase figures" with a single Donruss card inserted inside the packaging were available.
Single limited edition figures were also produced, of 500 figures each- an Alan Carter in uniform (with 8 different online retailers), Security Guard (with Italian retailer Murotoys.com) and Alan Carter "From The Mark Of Archanon" in red jacket (with TJ's Toys.com).
In pre-release photos, the Mentor figure (set 2) and the Companion figure (set 3) wear the wrong clothes- they have swapped costumes. This was corrected in the released figures.
Above: Alan Carter uniform variation. Below: chase card figure
Much delayed (originally due October 2004)
November 2005 (originally due April-May 2005)
November 2005 (originally due April-May 2005)
November 2005 (originally due April-May 2005). Later version issued the Paul and Alan spacesuit figures in boxes, rather than blister packs.
These "space crew" (or "space guys") wear white uniforms. There is no packaging. The heads are taken from other Mego reproduction figures (in the 2011 release, the yellow sleeve is Robin Hood, the odd-shaped security guard is the Black Knight). Three were released in 2008; there were four at the start of 2011, although with different heads. With no packaging and random heads, they seem to be stock clearance.
US, Germany 1975
"Exciting TV Characters From Moonbase Alpha!" Each 22 cm tall. Torso and legs hard plastic, head & arms soft plastic, jointed at neck, shoulder, hips & knees. Polyester uniforms, each with plastic belt, comlock and stun gun (very accurate) plus soft plastic slippers. Likenesses poor.
The alien was due to be added in 1976 (original packaging did not feature Zython in the set). But it was cancelled (possibly before production). A few figures exist, which may be sales prototypes or early production figures; they are very rare. Mattel sold the mold to Cispa in Mexico, who produced a taller 10 inch version called Nocton for their Big Jim line of figures. The advert below is for a competition in the German comic Zack (thanks to Patrick Zimmerman). It includes Zython, suggesting the figure was released in Germany (333 of them were prizes in this competition).
Blister pack 16 x 30 cm. Fair artwork shows applicable character in foreground, other 2 behind, Moon, explosion & Eagle in background. Back of pack is blue and white, showing 3 characters: description
Below: original head moulds in metal and plastic.
The Koenig and Bergman figures can be seen in the 2005 comedy film The 40 Year Old Virgin starring Steve Carrell as a character who collects such action figures.
Zython thanks to Meachelle Moss
Below: Nocton from the Big Jim range, produced in Mexico by Cipsa from the Zython mold. Thanks to Dale
1:32 scale (5 cm tall) white metal figure kits in theTV Classics series (also including Blakes 7 figures), modelled by Ian Marchant. Good accuracy. Not licensed and thus not identified as Space: 1999.
200mm tall resin figure, with decals and transparent visor. Pictures thanks to Donald Suttie.
"Character Identified 3 dimensional rotation moulded vinyl" (Mentioned in "The Making Of Space: 1999" by Tim Heald). There were two figures, each pocket money banks.
US 1976 $14.95
Also DELUXE SET including three 9" action figures
'Starflash (TM) Computer lights up! Console for "reading out" Moon Base data! TV screens for "monitoring" vehicle launchings!'
Play set designed for the Mattel figures, including plastic 24 cm tall pedestal (the "Starflash (TM)" computer) with a flashing light and attached chair, another plastic chair and small table, a vinyl floor and wall mat (18" x 30" x 11", ie 44 deep x 76 wide x 28 cm tall) and stickers. The walls may be in silver gray or dark gray.
Box, 35 x 31 x 9 cm, features yellow logo and art of the set including Koenig, Helena (in red uniform) and Victor (in brown uniform); an annotated diagram of the set in on the back, in blue.
A 14 x 28 cm instruction sheet, folding out to 42 x 28 cm, details construction.
The DELUXE SET was identical but included the Mattel figures of Koenig, Helena and Bergman.
UK, due October/November 1998 but released late 1999. Price £25
1:9 scale (about 20cm tall). The model moulded with facial features and a clear (tinted) helmet visor.
UK, 2002. Price £22
6 inches (15cm tall) painted resin model. Sold to members of the UK-based Fanderson fan club.
The Mattel 1976 dealer catalogue listed small (3 inch high) action figures. The spacesuited figures appear to be identical to those in the Mattel Eagle 1 Spaceship model; they may not have ever been commercially released. The figures are:
In February 2010, two figures in uniforms (Koenig and Bergman) were sold on ebay for $898.88. These came from a Mattel employee and seem to have been prototypes.
Copyright Martin Willey