The Coleco Starcom figures are some of the best astronaut toys ive come across. Intially released in 1986, way after the first true action figures appeared in the Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica lines, Coleco eschewed the standard 3.5 " range and went for a much small and in some cases, much more detailed figure. The Magna-Lock feature of including strong magnets in their boots added a distinctive weight to the tiny pilots, besides giving the facility to attache them to any ferrous metal surface, so zero-g conditions could be simulated with ease!
The initial 23 figure line was divided into three units - Astro Marines, Starbase Command and Star Wing. Each cohort would be responsible for a certain section of the fleet, ground assault, base and space force. Some figures were only available in playsets or with vehicles.
After the collapse of Coleco in the early 90's, Mattel picked up the licence and distributed a few extra sets in Europe. Some of the figures were issued with re-decos and some in twin packs.
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