Buck Rogers 3 3/4″ Action Figures

Mego produced Buck Rogers figures for 3 years

Mego Repro Line artwork for Buck Rogers

Original Line Artwork for the 3″ Buck Rogers line including the playset. Rumour has it this line was bought as a favor to a licensing agent who had helped Mego out in the past.

Despite this Mego put high quality into the Buck Rogers line, the 3″ figures are more articulated than Kenner’s Star Wars line and the 12″ figures set a benchmark for Mego production. Sadly, the line suffered somewhat because it based itself solely on the pilot movie, the main villain figures only made sporadic appearances on the series (King Draco was never actually seen!)

Twiki was the most popular figure in the Mego lineMego Buck Rogers figure MOC

The Buck Rogers 3 3/4″ Figures were sculpted by Bill Lemon, a veteran of the business, Lemon is described as having a great eye for detail and it shows with these figures clean and attractive sculpts.  MOC Twiki and Buck (thanks to Greg Mason).

Ardalla, Wilma and Twiki(courtesy Mike Farrence)

Draconian Guard MOC, Draco MOC Tigerman MOC(All courtesy of Troy)

Dr Huer MOC, Kane MOC (All courtesy of Troy)

Mego Buck Rogers on a Canadian Grand Toys Card

Buck Rogers on a rare Canadian Grand Toys Card, courtesy of Craig MacKillop.

Mego Draconian Guard on a Canadian Grand Toys Card

Draconian Guard on a rare Canadian Grand Toys Card, courtesy of Craig MacKillop.

Mego Tiger man on a Canadian Grand Toys Card

Tigerman on a rare Canadian Grand Toys Card, courtesy of Craig MacKillop.

Draco, Dr Huer, Buck, Kane, Tigerman (courtesy Mike Farrence)

 

Original Line artwork for the Buck Rogers Vehicles

Despite the series short run, Mego sold the toyline for three years
and made a number of vehicles and playsets. In the early eighties
Mego planned to extend the line using vehicles from the sagging
Micronauts line including Microrail city. The Star Searcher was
released in a Buck Rogers box (despite the fact that the instructions
still said “Micronauts”) but buyers didn’t bite when the series
didn’t return for fall 1980. Mego also tried to repackage the Star
Trek Mission to Gamma
IV as the “Draconian Fortress” but sadly, it didn’t fly.

 

The Buck Rogers Land Rover

The Buck Rogers Land Rover was featured briefly in the pilot and then later made a cameo in the “Flight of the War Witch” two parter, Mego made a terrific rendition of this piece.

The Buck Rogers Land Rover

The Land Rover is one of the most difficult pieces to find MIB in the Buck Rogers series.

Laser Scope Fighter MIB

The Buck Rogers Laser ship was a vehicle not based on the series, it also turned up in Mego's Black Hole line

Star Fighter MIB is the most desirable piece in the series, proving
it’s one of Science Fiction more enduring designs.

The Buck Rogers Starfighter, one of Mego's better Space ships

The Buck Rogers Starfighter Canadian Box

This Canadian boxed Star Fighter is a truly rare item, not many are kicking around. Photo courtesy of Mark Schmidt.

The Buck Rogers Starfighter Canadian Box

Back of the Canadian box, notice it’s bilingual. The Buck Rogers Command Center playset is another styrene piece similiar to the Star Trek TMP Enterprise Bridge and the Pocket Heroes Batcave

Teh Star Fighter playset was based on the Star FIghter hanger used in the first season of Buck Rogers

As you can see, in order to complete the playset you must first
mangle the box. Don’t expect pics of that anytime soon.

The Back of the Mego Buck Rogers playset
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The Buck Rogers Star Searcher is the grand old toy industry tradition of recycling toy molds. It had nothing to do with the Buck Rogers television series and is actually a Micronauts  Star Defender vehicle repackaged under the Buck Rogers brand. Even the name “Star Searcher” is a trademark from an earlier Micronauts vehicle.  The most significant change being the box artwork which features Buck, Wilma and Twiki fighting Draconians.

starsearcher1

 

Mego had planned to retool many existing Micronauts play sets for the then popular Buck Rogers brand, even the Star Trek Mission to Gamma 6 play set was pitched to buyers as a “Draconian Fortress”, the Star Searcher is the only Buck Rogers item to feature recycled Micronauts tooling to make it into release.

starsearcher2

 

Note that the instructions for this set say Buck Rogers but there is an additional set of Micronauts branded instructions, even a catalog!

 

 

 

 

The Buck Rogers action figure contest from Australia

Courtesy of Toltoys.com we have this cool Buck Rogers Ice Cream box from Australia, which adveritsed a contest to win a series of Mego Action Figures, I wonder who the lucky kid was?

The Buck Rogers action figure contest from Australia

The Buck Rogers action figure contest from Australia

In Canada, there was a similiar contest involving Shreddies cereal and Mego Black Hole figures. Does anyone have a scan of that box?

The Buck Rogers action figure contest from Australia

The Buck Rogers action figure contest from Australia

I guess it’s too late to enter.