Occasionally we tend to surprise ourselves when we dig through some old boxes, photos, files etc. At times we see a special something in those pictures that reminds us of a cool place we visited, that special T-shirt, that awesome Xmas morning or your meeting with Mickey Mouse! All good times..right? There are also those moments where you have absolutely no recollection of events you may be pictured in, or where you go what the heck is that? This is my story of a toy I apparently I owned as I have had vivid memories of a large action figure that’s body was see through and it was a circulatory system!
For years flashes of my memories would always come back to this weird figure that I vaguely recall being in my collection. Conversations with friends trying to explain at length about this memory of a toy I had as a kid to which most responded with either confusion or a sense I was delusional I began to question myself if this figure did indeed exist or did I create it in my consciousness. Scary right? Random Google searches yielded no results that I was looking for. I was about to make peace with myself that I was losing my mind and that it would be my secret. One night while I worked away at my regular blog I was researching an article when in image searching the Bionic Man a random image of this toy popped up! I WAS STUNNED!
Here was the elusive toy. I was sane after all. Still I had no idea what it was, let alone its name. Like an amnesia patient I uncovered all I could about this figure. Finally I found my answer..my old toy collection as a child included very briefly PULSAR The Ultimate Man of Adventure!
The figure was very distinctive. He had a very distinguished middle-aged man’s head with bright white hair! The torso itself was clear and you could literally see all of Pulsars vital organs. A button on his back would activate his vital system! His lungs worked, blood flowed through his body and his heart pounded. He also came equipped with an amazing red black and white jumpsuit, which for some reason had no recollection of ever owning. I continued to piece together my investigation.
His face lifted upwards to insert mission disks as well! This figure was jacked! During my search for info I discovered that Pulsar was created in 1978-79 about 3 years after the debut of Kenner’s 13” Bionic Man action figure line. This was Mattel’s answer to the Bionic Man! It’s one of those bad ideas in hindsight that never hit the mark of the original concept. Pulsar was not Bionic..He was… well? See through! This toy was downright weird.
Pulsar was not alone like some abandoned franchises; his nemesis was Hypnos, an alien, also had a removable face mask and a sparking, noisy hypnotic wheel in his chest.
As I dug in deep I realized that the amount of info on this figure was quite limited but there were a couple of YouTube Gems that helped my cause..
No Bionic Man Knock Off would be complete unless he had his own knock off play set!
We really were not sure if Pulsar was Bionic, if he was a cyborg or even an alien. Not much about this toy and his bad guy counterpart is know. One thing was for certain there are many more questions to be asked to get to the bottom of the origin of PULSAR: The Ultimate Man of Adventure! Any Retroist fans out there have any memories or background on Pulsar feel free to share in the comments section!
Till Next time Heroes!!