Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Zython from Mattel's Space:1999 line.

The Zython was offered in the 1977 Mattel Catalog as an alien character to go alongside with Mattel's Space:1999 action figure line. It never appeared in the series but was a rather welcome addition to the line which desperately needed more flair.

However, sales on Space:1999 merch weren't strong enough to warrant a wide release and the Zython seems to have only been offered via this contest for a German comic book above (Thanks Eddy for the scan). It's speculated that less than 300 of these were made, we'll probably never know for sure but a few have trickled out of Deutschland over the years.

But of course, this is Mattel we're talking about here, they'd never let a good toy mold go unused, so Zython would later appear in the amazing Mexican version of Big Jim (known as Kid Acero), which was produced under license by a company called CIPSA, who would dub him Nocton an alien enemy of Kid Acero.

So, while I'll probably never own a Zython (the last one went for just under a grand), I was able to buy a Nocton in the 1990s and still have him to this day. One day I hope to track down his scepter. 

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Rick Dunn said...

The Zorak Cipsa Mexican Variant is giving me a heart attack. I love the box so much. I realize this post is about the amazing Space 1999 figures, but that's the one I've been looking for. I found photos on Worthpoint of the back of the box. Incredible.

YesterdayIsNow said...

Yeah, the Zorak packaging is badass.

As for Space 1999, what were they thinking with those beige bell-bottomed pantsuits? I guess in the future everyone will dress like Mary Tyler Moore. Or not, as things turned out.


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