Inflatable Cylon Chair - Cylon Centurion

Remember The 1979 Inflatable Cylon Chair?!

First of all I will say this. As a kid I didn’t even remotely realize an inflatable Cylon chair had been made. Which is curious as one thing that immediately captured my attention on Battlestar Galactica were the Cylons. In fact we know the inflatable Cylon chair was made but more on that later.

[Via] NBC Classics

While I of course loved 1978’s Battlestar Galactica as a kid. I never obtained that many toys that were produced for the TV series. In all honesty there was another space epic whose toys I was contanstly clamoring for. Of course I am referring to Star Wars, naturally. However that doesn’t mean I didn’t keep any eye on the Battlestar Galactica toys when visiting our local stores. I certainly do not recall seeing any commercials or ads for the inflatable Cyclon chair though!

[Via] Gold Cylon

Now then, just the other day I was flipping through some old science fiction magazines. A fan of the arcade happened to bring them in, it was slow enough that I could flip through them while we talked. When I came across a little article on then upcoming toys being released featuring the Battlestar Galactica property, I did a double take. There in black and white was the image for the inflatable Cylon chair.
Inflatable Cylon Chair

On the other hand, a quick internet search didn’t exactly lead me to used chairs on eBay. Thankfully however another site had something to offer. That of course was the always knowledgeable Plaid Stallions site. Furthermore, Plaid Stallions offered a scan from a GLJ toy catalog. On the site it was explained that while the inflatable Cylon chair was indeed produced, they doubted the vehicles were made and the Cylon Centurion Bop Bag was released as a Shogun Warrior version.

Speaking of GLJ, the company responsible for the inflatable Cylon chair. They weren’t strangers to the marketing the likes of the Shogun Warriors. As is quite evident from this Great Mazinger watch.
Inflatable Cylon Chair - GLJ Shogun Warriors Watch

In addition they certainly produced inflatable chairs and Bop Bags for other famous licenses. Such as Raggedy Ann & Andy, in this case it was an inflatable love seat. Or for those future super-villains in training you could land a few punches on the Amazing Spider-Man!
Inflatable Cylon Chair - GLJ Raggedy Anne and Raggedy Andy

Inflatable Cyclon Chair - GLJ - The Amazing Spider Man Bop Bag

While I may not have been lucky enough to receive the inflatable Cylon chair in my youth. At least I can take comfort in obtaining a gold-colored Cylon Centurian Leader!


Inflatable Cylon Chair - Gold Cylon

Seriously though, I truly want to thank Plaid Stallions for the GLJ catalog page. Make sure you hop on over by clicking the link to check out even more products that were offered!

VicSage

Editor at Retroist
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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2 thoughts on “Remember The 1979 Inflatable Cylon Chair?!

  1. Max Power says:

    I don’t know if the inflatable ships were made, but I had a foam Viper I picked up at a garage sale or possibly from an older cousin in the late 1980s. I think it was intended to be shot like a foam dart gun.

  2. Max, I vaguely, like so vague it might be something I made up – but I remember a launcher for those foam Vipers. Not like the game in the commercial – what I’m thinking of is like a plastic sling shot. I believe it was the same thing used with the flying superhero toys!

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