Sunday, November 22, 2015
Mysteries of the Universe: UFO playsets, Mighty Max-style
Mighty Max micro playsets were some of the most popular toys of the early-to-mid 1990s, which of course resulted in plenty of rip-offs. One of the coolest releases that took advantage of the Mighty Max concept was a small line from 1996 titled Mysteries of the Universe, which consisted of three different compact UFOs that fit in the palm of your hand and contained micro visitors from outer space.
These were manufactured by Uni-King Toys of China, and I believe distributed mainly to discount stores. That's where I remember getting mine--probably for a couple bucks.
There's a black ship, a green ship and a blue ship, each with a different design and each including different micro aliens and other accessories. To add to the coolness, all of the sets include items found on Earth that have been associated with extraterrestrials, such as pyramids, a Moai, a Dogū, and Nazca Lines.
I own only the shiny green UFO, which comes with the classic alien greys, plus the awesome little Moai and Dogū statues,and a couple machine-type accessories. All four aliens have a different sculpt, which is a nice touch.
When you open up the ship, you see a few more aliens lying in pods, either sleeping or being experimented upon. So cool!
Considering these were dollar store types of toys, the fun factor and level of detail are fantastic. Whoever designed them clearly put a good amount of research, thought and effort into them. I like the one I own so much that I've been tempted to track down the others.
You can find a detailed review of one of the additional two UFOs over at Dinosaur Dracula.
Who else has any of these or remembers them?