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Secaturs Laid Low By Bugs…Coleco Confidential!

Holy cats, how long has it been since I’ve graced you boils and ghouls with a lil’ purple prose from your’s cruelly ’round these parts? Too long I say…and just why have I made my return with all of the award losing style and grace I am known for? Well, because ol’ vicious Vic Sage posted about those sexy Sectaurs the other day and that got my ol’ noggin juices a flowin’!

You see, I lived my misspent youth in a bucolic little industrial town nestled within the foothills of the Adirondack mountains…and what we lacked in big box retailers and solid gold roller skate rinks we more than made up for in poopy smelling factories; 99% of which were leather mills…but oh, the other glorious 1% was a manufacturing plant for none other than Coleco (which I guess isn’t so strange when you realize Coleco started life as the Connecticut Leather Company).
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And what did those nimble lil’ fingers of those industrious workers put together? A bunch of stuff, but also Sectaurs…that is until the incident (cue dramatic music and thunderstorm f/x).
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You see, those bodacious bugs our insect pals road around on were covered in fur, and said fur was flown in from parts unknown (perhaps Symbion itself…or China…I’m going with Symbion), and said pelts, though synthetic, were loaded…nay, infested with fleas…and that’s all she wrote on that one. Alanis couldn’t have come up with richer irony than a bug based toyline taken down by bugs…
Coleco - Sectaurs Catalog

There are other stories too, like every kid in school who’s parents worked at that plant had a talking ALF doll…it was like unto a furry Dr. Theopolis (Theopoli…biddi biddi biddi…whatevs) hanging off their person dispensing that beloved Melmacian wit.
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Or the fact that enterprising scamps would scale the fence of the factory, steal Colecovision eproms from the dumpsters and sell them to kids sort of like (but definitely not for legal reasons) me. But that is a tale for another age my fine fiends!

[Via] Scottith Games

Speaking of Melmacian wit, cast your peepers on this vintage Coleco commercial for one of their dolls!

[Via] PhakeNam

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It’s Time For 1985’s The Sectaurs To Take Wing!

By 1985 there were certainly quite a few massive hits in the toy market. For example, you had Masters of the Universe, Transformers, Jem , G.I. Joe, and Gobots to name a few. However for each of those successes there at the likes of Crystar, The Wuzzles, Advanced Dungeons and Dragons as well as Sectaurs!

[Via] RetroWinnipeg

Now in no way shape or form am I disparaging those toy lines. Especially in the case of the Sectaurs. They just sadly failed to connect with kids at the time. As a matter of fact in my youth I can recall only seeing the Sectaurs on the toy shelf once. That was at our local Sears department store. While my Grandparents were shopping I was getting to know the heroic Dargon and his flying stead Dragonflyer!
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You can probably already guess that shopping trip didn’t end with me taking any of the toys home. Far from it in fact. Pants though…boy…did I get some exciting pants. Sigh.
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That isn’t to say I didn’t become a little more familiar with the characters, thanks to the Marvel Comics series.
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Indeed there turned out to be an animated series for Sectaurs. Thanks to the wonders of the internet you can watch it too!

[Via] William Sweeney

Coleco obviously did their best to push this new toy line. It just wasn’t to be and soon they vanished. That isn’t to say they didn’t leave a mark. Because as a matter of fact they are about to make a return, thanks to a successful Kickstarter by ZICA toys!
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Sectaurs - General Spidrax - ZICA toys

The new toys while obviously not including those epic puppet insect steeds. Will at least be released in 1/18 scale, more in fitting with current toy lines. As well as having interchangeable hands and be packaged on a blister card. The original Sectaurs were 7″ tall, that’s only four inches shorter than a Barbie doll! Actually, fellow Retroist author Doug McCoy had something to say about the height of the toys too.
Sectaurs - Mantor - ZICA toys

Sectaurs - Zak - ZICA Toys

At the time of this post, there is still 3 days left for you to pledge to the Kickstarter. ZICA toys set a goal of $40,000 and have hit a little over $43,000 so far.

Now for a more revealing and professional look at the Sectaurs, why not watch this video by Toy Galaxy?

[Via] Toy Galaxy

Jon Caron Has Forsaken His Lunch to Bring You Visions of 80’s Heroes and Villains!

Pal to the Ouija Board Kid and card carryin’ Coffin Club member Jon Caron (owner of Asylum Studios and one of the film makers behind the upcoming documentary My Name is…Jonah) has been spending his lunch breaks sailin’ our fair seas of sweet nostalgia. The fruits of this time misspent are some fantastic visions sure to strike a chord among every fan of 80’s animation! Don’t believe me, feast your accursed eyes on these!

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Toy Companions

The quintessential 80s hero was a loner, right? Well, almost. Sure there were lone wolves like Rambo, Stringfellow Hawk, and Chuck Norris in any Chuck Norris movie, but lots of 80s heroes had companions. This was especially true in the toy realm as many toy figures came with companion figures. Here are a few examples.
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Rainbow Brite & Twink. I never owned a Rainbow Brite. I’m not sure I ever even saw one in the flesh (er, stuffing?). But as I understood it, each Rainbow Brite character came with a color-coordinated sprite like Rainbow’s Twink.
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Strawberry Shortcake & Custard. I never owned any Strawberry Shortcake character, but I did see a few, and I know that each came with an animal friend. Custard the Cat belonged to Strawberry.
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Sectaurs. Now here is something I could get into. Each Sectaur warrior had an insect symbiote. Some were large enough to ride (or fly) on, but others were smaller, like Zak and Bitaur.
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Other World. Bendable action figures from Arco. They not only had glow in the dark weapons, but the hero Ronin came with two companions, Jipps and Mogs (I think Mogs was actually an enemy, but he was little and cute, so who cares).