Four great toy lines from 1987 that featured tiny action figures and vehicles. I loved these kinds of toys as a kid; M.A.S.K. being a favorite. Smaller figures meant more vehicles and bigger, detailed playsets. And nothing could beat these tiny wonders for imagination induced adventures around the house or backyard. When the figures are 2 inch scale, a bedroom floor or back patio becomes a vast universe to play in.
Unfortunately for me, around '87 I had turned 12 and was getting too old to play with or buy toys, so my experience was fleeting with most of these (Although I made sure to watch the cartoons)
First, StarCom: U.S. Space Force. These were awesome. Tiny, detailed spacemen and evil robots with cool motorized vehicles and magnetic boots. I managed to score 2 of the smaller vehicles, the M-6 Rail Gunner and the Shadow Bat, and some figures. One of the great things was the little figures were sold separately, so it was easy to annoying whine at mom to drop a couple of bucks for one.
No clue what happened to mine. They disappeared into the ether during long ago.
Next is the 3rd series of MASK toys from Kenner, aka the racing series. I was a huge MASK fan, but missed most of these, again due to that pesky "growing up" thing. A buddy's younger brother was into these at the time and had most all of the racing toys. Whenever I'd be over at their house, we'd hang in the basement and I'd secretly eye those MASK vehicles. A couple years later, my friend was nice enough to give me the Mantis with Vanessa Warfield since his brother was now "too old for it" too. In the early 90s MASK was re-syndicated and I was lucky to fine most all of these on clearance when I started toy collecting.
Third, Sky Commanders by Kenner. This is a fairly obscure series. I only had one of the basic figures, again lost to time. The toys didn't catch on and quickly became clearance aisle fodder. They're great toys and had an even great cartoon that aired as part of the Funtastic World of Hanna Barbara, and later re aired on Boomerang a few years ago. Sky Commander vs The Raiders for control of the element Phata-7 on a newly discovered continent.
Lastly, probably the least remembered, but one of my favorites, Air Raiders by Hasbro. The series didn't get a cartoon, but did manage a few issues of a Marvel comic.
Most later 80s toys I only had a taste of, but these, I had nearly all of these suckers. It was the week before Christmas and ShopKo was open 24 hours during the holidays (this was a crazy new gimmick at the time). For some reason the idea of Christmas shopping at 12 am on a Saturday night amazed my dad, so we had ourselves a little trip to the 'Ko. Turned out they had a huge clearance aisle set up and tons of Air Raiders ass-cheap. I scored just about the entire series for around $25 (and got a ton of the big M.U.S.C.L.E multi-gift packs too). The giant "Man O War"ship was a favorite. I managed to keep most all my childhood toys but I can remember the Air Raiders going into a garage sale a few years later, when I had moved onto other things like video games, cars and not getting laid.
Four great series, mostly forgotten today. Looking at those photos still gets my brain racing thinking about the adventures a kid could have with those.