Friends, I have mentioned already my love of all things robotic and Droid related. As I always say that has more than a little something to do with Star Wars in 1977. It truly didn’t matter to me if it was a wind-up or battery operated robot, they would all manage to find their way on my birthday and Christmas wish lists. The more futuristic and gadget-laden, all the better. Which is why I think it’s a shame that I was born too late to see the first release of Ideal Toys Zeroids line!
Thank to the small removable DC motor installed in each of the Zeroids, they could move forward and backwards on the command of their ‘master’ with a flip of a switch. All four of the robotic toys featured wheels with rubber treads that allowed them to get around. In addition the cases they were packaged in acted as a playset, Zobor’s case transformed into a rolling container, allowing it to haul precious discoveries back to it’s master!
The Zeroids or the Mighty Zeroids as they are also known featured swivel waist action as well as gripping hands. To say nothing of the fact that those hands could be interchanged for other features, like throwing items or magnetic attachments. The first three robots in the line all had these functions, those original progenitor included Zerak the Blue Destoyer, Zobor the Bronze-Colored Transporter as well as Zintar the Silver-Colored Explorer!
Now then, how about you take just a couple of seconds and check out this Zeroids TV commercial?
[Via] Deft Mahatma
Of course I just mentioned that these were the first three of the robots that Ideal produced in 1967. Shortly after they debuted and perhaps due to their pricing which was around five dollars, the series was widely embraced by young fans which meant a new Zeroid would shortly arrive on the scene.
That was Zogg and it would turn out that he was marketed as the commander of the Zeroids. The toy allowed for Zogg to ‘power up’ his station, which possessed moving parts such as a radar dish and a monitor that would present a spiral image. Zogg did not possess a throwing arm like the others but he did have an internal light bulb and could carry a light up laser beam weapon.
It sounds like the Zeroids certainly needed those defensive capabilities when Ideal Toys introduced the Zeroid Alien. Besides having a clear dome head to witness his computer brain in action, it allowed you to replace cogs within it to alter how it moved. You could have the dreaded Alien move in a zig-zag pattern or even allow it to fire off it’s parts when you added the self-destruct cog.
The awesome thing I found out is the Zeroids keep coming back!
Thanks in no small part to 1977’s Star Wars the robots were brought back as part of the Star Team. The Zeroid Pilot featured the body portion of Zogg and while it did have a light up dome, the motorized features were removed.
Then in 2010 the Zeroid robots returned in a comic book mini-series published by Moonstone Books. In which they arrived on Earth to protect the descendant of their creator against a horde of zombies and the Shadow Raiders.
That is not the last time they have shown up either as in 2016, Toyfinity produced kits for a new line of Robo Force toys and Zeroids as well. In fact you will want to hop on over to Toyfinity’s official site as they have secured the rights to produce future collectibles based on the 1984 line of Manglors and Rocks, Bugs and Things – although Toyfinity’s take on the latter is Mordles.
In closing on how awesome the Zeroids line were…and continues to be…rock out with this fan video!
[Via] Mike Burrows