Where Was I When 1984’s ManTech Came Out?

Where Was I When 1984’s ManTech Came Out?

In 1984 I was already hooked on the Transformers toy line as well G.I. Joe and though my interest in the Masters of the Universe line was taking a bit of a backseat to the others at that point, you could still find me frequently aiding He-Man in the battle against Skeletor for the fate of Eternia. Throw in the likes of my Star Wars collection that still saw action and I suppose it was possible that Remco’s ManTech line escaped my notice.


But I don’t even remember ever seeing an ad for the toy line!

[Via] Into The Mantle Vlog

As you can see from the commercial the selling point for the line was that you could interchange body parts from each figure with any other figure. From the YouTube video we can see the characters available were:

Watching the ad it remind me of something that Kenner sort of did with their 1986 Centurions toy line, though instead of body parts it was interchangeable weapons systems.

[Via] Toy Guru Man

The ManTech toy line even had a comic series from Archie…
ManTech Comic

…plus a mini-comic that came with the figures like those found in the Masters of the Universe line.
ManTech Mini Comic

So I have to ask, do any of you out there remember the ManTech toy line?


Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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  1. I don’t remember the ads but me and my brother each got a figure in the mid 80’s from some relatives for Christmas. They were cheap toys that didn’t hold our attention like Transformers, GI Joe, or our Star Wars Toys. They made ok villains in a mixed toy war that we would play.

  2. They certainly seemed to be made on the cheap compared to the likes of the Transformers, etc. but never having owned one much less knowing about them, I think there is a bit of charm about that.

    Did you and your brother use them basically as cannon fodder, Thunderball005? :D

  3. They were cannon fodder. Who could beat GI Joe when he teamed up with the likes of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca.

  4. Not to mention the fact that Wheeljack was supplying them with the technological superiority! ;)

  5. I had the red one and the green one. It took a long time to figure out what the line was called when I was an adult, but thanks to the internet, all things are possible.

    It seemed like there were a lot of these one wave toylines in the 80s.

  6. I think I’m going to have to keep my eyes open at the flea markets for some of these…I guess it’s because somehow I never knew they existed, it’s become very desirable to me. :)

  7. I have seen people selling them loose for between 5 and 8 bucks. I usually see the guy with the purple gloves.

  8. Hm, so it would seem that Terrortech is the unwanted robotic villain? We need Tupa to illustrate his sadness. ;)

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