What an incredible surprise it was finding these vintage spacemen figures on my doorstep this afternoon! My pal Todd, over at Hake’s Americana, sent me these guys, knowing my fondness for them. I think they’ll be in good company.
Like just about everything Hake’s sells, these figures are in pristine condition–way better than any I have ever found in the wild. One of them even has the original bubble helmet! I’m not sure what the little green robot figure is from, so if anyone can clue me in, I’d appreciate it.
Thanks again Todd!
Awesome! Just love them Brian congrats on them.
Alex D. says
I believe that little robot was made by Lido in the 1950’s as part of its Captain Video line. I’ve seen them talked about as cereal premiums, but I did see one photo that showed this guy in a boxed set of “Interplanetary Spacemen”.
Either way he’s an awesome addition! And I love those slot-hand Archers, I’ve been trying to get my hands on one to add to my shelf!
Excellent! You led me in the right direction, and I found this close-up shot: http://airandspace.si.edu/collections/artifact.cfm?id=A19970886000
The man who stares at Toys says
wow, now there’s a series I’m intimidated to even think about collecting… nice lot!
Very cool! A couple Archer Mars Men, which are harder to find…as you know. There were six Mars Men poses total. These guys are commonly referred to as “slot-hand” figures for obvious reasons. Even harder to find than the figures themselves are the various weapons and accoutrements that came with. Reproductions can be quite pricey.
The little guy up front is a Captain Video figure made by Lido. The more desirable ones stand at about 2.5 inches and made of hard plastic, I can’t tell what yours is made of. They were later released as smaller versions in soft plastic as cereal toys etc., and are more crude in design.
A standard rule of early plastic toys — older ones are made of hard plastic and later ones in soft. Always shoot for the hard plastic!
As you may tell, I love my spacemen too!!!
I know you do Bill!
That Lido robot is definitely a hard plastic and is exactly 2″ tall.
I should have read before posting and seemed to have repeated a few things…I guess it’s double-confirmation!
And it’s all GOOD information! Thanks Bill!
Eli zolik says
Hey guys, i need some help. Many years ago i had a small golden alien elephant or amd eater thing and have no idea were to find one. I feel like it came in a set and is this style toy. Any ideas?