The Transformers, from the popular cartoons to the blockbuster movies, is based off a series of Hasbro toys from the Eighties. Now the company may be looking to recreate its success with another one of its toy lines.
The Micronauts were a series of action figures sold between 1976 until 1980. They predate the Transformers, which first hit the shelves in the mid-80s. Micronaut figures were usually based on robots and science-fiction vehicles with one notable exception, e.g., the Andromeda horse. They were extremely easy to pose due to the unusually large number of articulation points in comparison to similar toys at that time. Also, many of the parts, like the arms and legs of the robots, could be exchanged between figures to create new ones. The Micronaut villain, Baron Karza, who’s a cybernetic centaur (half-humanoid, half-horse), could be based on one of these early combinations.
Attempts during and after that time to bring the toyline to other media like television and even the big screen failed; the only notable success was several comic book series starting with Marvel’s Micronauts (1979 – 1984) and the latest from IDW. This year, though, Hasbro has announced two major projects for the toyline.
The first is an animation series, set to launch in 2019. Concept art and the following description are all that’s been released so far about the new series:
“When fate brings an unlikely team of alien space explorers to earth in pursuit of the evil Baron Karza, they make a shocking discovery—on our world they are the size of action figures! The Micronauts are small heroes in a big world but the stakes are higher than ever as their miniaturized size presents dangerous obstacles at every turn. Fortunately, they forge an alliance with teenager Cameron Ruck, who will join them in their pursuit of justice. Although the Micronauts are small in stature, their bravery and adventurous spirits remain larger than life.”
What network will be carrying the series is still unannounced at this time. The animated series will presumably be a precursor to the previously announced live-action movie adaptation, which Paramount has set a release date of 2020. No additional information has been released.
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