Thursday, January 9, 2014

Battlestar Galactica (Mattel)

Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica was created by Glen A. Larson and adapted into an original television series in 1978.  This was later followed by a second series in the 80's entitled, Battlestar Galactica 1980 as well as a line of book adaptations, novels, comic books, board games, video games and toys.

After its cancellation, Battlestar Galactica saw a boost in popularity in 2003 with an all new mini series and weekly television series.  Since then, several spin-offs have been produced which include the prequel series Caprica, and the all new Blood and Chrome.

The series revolves around the human race which has separated into twelve colonies who are all engaged in a war with a race known as the Cylons.  The Cylons have only one goal - eradicate human kind.  When the war begins, the humans flee their destroyed planet, and begin their struggle for survival from the ever pursuing Cylons as they seek out the fabled thirteenth colony hidden on a mythical planet - Earth.

Between 1978 and 1979 Mattel produced a healthy variety of toys based on the series, but oddly enough never got around to one of the main characters, Apollo.  This could possibly have been because the actor, Richard Hatch, never gave his approval to use his likeness.  Unfortunately we just don't know.

Commander Adama*Cylon Centurian*Daggit (Brown)*Daggit (Tan)
Imperious Leader*Lt. Starbuck*Ovion

Cylon Commander*Lucifer
In addition to the single carded figures, Mattel produced a handful of multipacks.

4 Figure Pack with Ovian*Cylon Centurian*Imperious Leader and Daggit (Brown)
Six Figure Gift Set with Ovian*Imperious Leader*Cylon Centurian*Daggit (Brown)*Commander Adama and Lt. Starbuck

Mail Away Three Pack with Cylon Commander*Lucifer and Baltar

Mattel released a mail away gold colored Cylon Centurian Leader.  It was the same as the gold colored Cylon Commander as released in the second series.
Cylon Centurian Leader

Colonial Landram*Colonial Stellar Probe*Cylon Raider
Colonial Viper*Colonial Scarab

Radio Control Cylon Raider

Electronic Command Ship
Viper Launch Station

Join us next time when we take a look at Marvel's Transformers!

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  1. Whenever I see that weird dog thing "Daggit" I always think of the many times when he appeared in random places in ToyFare magazine.

    1. We miss ToyFare. Or at the very least, Twisted ToyFare Theater.


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