REVIEW: SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON EXCLUSIVE: BATTLESTAR GALACTICA COMMEMORATIVE TIN with BOXEY, MUFFIT, and TUCANA SINGER
There are those who believe... that life here began out there, far across the Universe... with tribes of humans... who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians... or the Toltecs... or the Mayans... that they may have been the architects of the Great Pyramids... or the lost civilizations of Lemuria... or Atlantis. Some believe that there may yet be brothers of man... who even now fight to survive -- somewhere beyond the heavens!
With those words, one of the most remarkable science-fiction television series ever to come along since the original Star Trek made its way onto the airwaves in late 1978. It was called BATTLESTAR GALACTICA.
Galactica took advantage of the sudden and considerable resurgence in the popularity of science-fiction created by the mega-blockbuster STAR WARS movie. Prior to this, science-fiction series had been few and far between on television. The last science-fiction movie of note had been "Logan's Run", which had spawned a short-lived television series. There had also been a very capable, if equally short-lived, TV series based on the Planet of the Apes concept. Around the same time, a British production, "Space:1999", enjoyed two seasons' worth of television time.
But once Star Wars blew box office records through the roof, it was clearly time for something new to try its hand on television. Star Wars' one attempt at a television program, the "Star Wars Holiday Special", managed to set a new standard for the term "train wreck", so it didn't seem as though Star Wars was going to have much of a television presence for the foreseeable future. That left the TV field wise open, and it was soon filled by Battlestar Galactica.
Battlestar Galactica was created by Glen A. Larson, that began the Battlestar Galactica franchise. It featured an impressive cast, including Lorne Greene as Commander Adama, Richard Hatch as Captain Apollo, Adama's son, and Dirk Benedict, as Lieutenant Starbuck, as well as John Colicos as the treacherous Baltar, a human agent of the Cylons, who continued to serve them even though he'd been betrayed by them (his Colony was supposed to have been spared in the final Cylon attack), probably to save his own skin as much as anything.
In a distant star system, the Twelve Colonies Of Mankind were reaching the end of a thousand-year war with the Cylons, warrior robots created by a reptilian race which expired long ago, presumably destroyed by their own creations. Humanity was ultimately defeated in a sneak attack on their homeworlds by the Cylons, carried out with the help of a human traitor, Count Baltar.
Protected by the last surviving capital warship, a "battlestar" called Galactica, the survivors fled in any ships that were available to them. The Commander of the Galactica, Adama, led this "rag-tag fugitive fleet" of 220 ships in search of a new home. They began a quest to find the long-lost thirteenth tribe of humanity that had settled on -- a legendary planet called Earth. However, the Cylons continued to relentlessly pursue them across the galaxy.
The era in which this exodus took place is never clearly stated in the series itself. At the start of the series, it is mentioned as being "the Seventh Millennium of time", though it is unknown when this is in relation to Earth's history. The implication of the final aired episode, "The Hand of God", was that the original series took place after the Apollo 11 moon landing in July 1969, as the Galactica receives a television transmission from Earth showing the landing
It was a cool concept, and even though some critics claimed the special effects were far too close to Star Wars -- hardly surprising, since the man who had handled the effects for Star Wars, John Dykstra, also worked on Galactica -- the concept behind the series was certainly distinctive enough.
And unlike some of the more recent attempts to bring sci-fi to TV, Galactica had a decent budget to back itself up. The massive and complex bridge of the Battlestar Galactica itself was one of the most expensive ever created for television to date. The effects were top-notch for the time, the design of the Cylons interesting and innovative, and I sincerely enjoyed watching it during it's far too brief single-season run.
Galactica has endured, however. Even setting aside the remake series which aired on SyFy for a number of years, and which I had absolutely no use for as it both bastardized and politicized the concept far too much for my tastes, the original Galactica remains highly popular, and has maintained a presence in a number of ways, included DVD releases of the original series, certain novels, comic books, and -- action figures.
It's also worth noting that 2013 is the 35th Anniversary of the original Battlestar Galactica, and what better occasion than that for there to be an abundantly cool exclusive set of action figures at the San Diego Comic-Con!
The primary producer of action figures throughout much of the 1970's was unquestionably a company called Mego. Their eight-inch, cloth-costumed figures filled the toy departments, and Mego saw to it that a wide range of concepts were covered. They produced super-heroes from both Marvel and DC, figures from such already legendary concepts as Planet of the Apes, Star Trek, and the Wizard of Oz, as well as a number of in-house concepts based on ideas like western heroes or medieval knights.
They also turned out figures for a surprising number of recent concepts, some of which seemed unlikely contenders for action figures. Mego produced eight-inch figures for the likes of CHiPs, Starsky & Hutch, The Dukes of Hazzard, Happy Days, and even The Waltons. That's the one that's always thrown me off. I mean -- The Waltons!? Yeah, there's an action-adventure series. Build a big enough collection of Megos and you can have Grandpa and Grandma Walton invite Superman, Dr. Zaius, the Tin Man and Mr. Spock over to the farmhouse for a home-cooked dinner, while John-Boy tries to keep the Hulk from destroying the family's tractor...
But I digress -- which isn't hard to do when it comes to Mego. Nevertheless, while it seemed as though Mego brought in just about every pop culture concept conceivable, there were a few glaring omissions. One of them was Star Wars, which went to Kenner, who started turning out 3-3/4" action figures, and arguably started Mego's eventual downfall.
Another was Battlestar Galactica. Mego didn't snag that one, and neither did Kenner. Galactica went to Mattel, which did a capable if not overly impressive job with it. As with Kenner's Star Wars, Mattel's Battlestar Galactica figures were 3-3/4" in height, and rather limited in articulation. They tried to fancy the figures up a bit, giving Starbuck and Adama cloth capes, and the Cylons chrome finishes, but the figures just didn't quite cut it. They weren't especially well-detailed, and unlike Kenner's Star Wars figures, Mattel didn't even bother to paint eyes or eyebrows on the faces of the human characters, which left them looking rather unfinished, to put it mildly.
So, there never were any Mego Galactica figures. Not at the time, anyway. The Mego format of eight-inch, cloth-costumed figures has regained a distinct popularity among collectors in recent years, however. Mego figures themselves are highly prized, and there's even an annual Mego convention, and a Mego-based Web Site called megomuseum.com.
A few years back, several toy companies decided that it was about time someone brought the format back. EmCe Toys was formed, with the blessing and assistance of Mego's original founder, Marty Abrams, and brought back very authentic Mego-type Star Trek and Planet of the Apes figures. Mattel crafted a line of DC Universe figures that were very close to their originals. And a company with the rather unusual name of "Bif Bang Pow" (henceforth referred to in this review as "BBP") took a different tactic by taking the basic Mego design, tweaking it a little in an effort to upgrade it a bit, and turning out figures based on concepts that Mego never had at the time, but it certainly would've been interesting if they had.
The two lines from BBP that particularly garnered my attention were "The Six Million Dollar Man" -- and "Battlestar Galactica". To date, a number of very impressive 8", cloth-costumed figures have been produced under the Galactica banner, including Commander Adama, Captain Apollo, Lt. Starbuck, and a Cylon, in both silver and gold chrome versions. According to information I have read, Athena and the Cylon Lucifer are in the works.
It's funny, but after I had obtained the Galactica figures, the thought crossed my mind, "You know, it'd be cool if they could maybe do a two-pack that featured the little kid from the show, Boxey, and somehow do his robot dog, Muffit the daggit." Seemed like a reasonable idea, even though I knew it would take some distinctive molds, so I wasn't exactly holding my breath waiting for it to happen.
BBP, and Entertainment Earth, went one better at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con, offering an exclusive Battlestar Galactica 35th Anniversary set that featured not only Boxey and the Daggit, but a third figure, a Tucana Singer, all neatly packed in a commemorative tin tote! Let's consider its various parts individually.
THE COMMEMORATIVE TIN TOTE -- Okay, they can call it what they want. And I'll admit, "Commemorative Tin Tote" has a certain collectible ring to it. I call it a lunch box. In ages past (like when I was a kid), kids would carry their lunches to school in metal lunch boxes. These also included an insulated Thermos container with a cup for a lid that could keep a drink, customarily milk, cold for several hours.
In order to make these lunch boxes appeal to kids more, they were imprinted with a wide variety of pop culture images of the time. I distinctly recall having Peanuts and Batman lunch boxes over the years. They were imprinted with colorful graphics on all sides. These days, lunch boxes are made from plastic, and at best have some sort of sticker applied to the front, and I believe thermoses have given way to juice boxes.
This Galactica tin tote seems to be the right size for a classic metal lunch box, and it's certainly colorful enough. It has a plastic handle on a couple of metal holders, designed just like I remember them from when I was a kid.
The images are painted, and present very capable likenesses of the prominent characters. Some of the ships look a little off, but perhaps the artists of the original lunch box, upon which I assume this is based, didn't have models to work from. Or were maybe on a really tight deadline. One side shows Cylons invading a planet, with Colonial Vipers in the sky, with the Galactica logo. The other side also shows Cylons, but features Boxey and the Daggit, as well.
The perimeter sides of the box feature other characters, including Apollo, Starbuck, Colonel Tigh, Adama, Athena, Cassieopia, and one of the Tucana Singers looking in a handheld mirror for some reason. About the only major characters missing are Baltar and Boomer. If nothing else, the box shows that there's still a lot of figure potential for BBP to work with.
The only slightly odd thing about any of the images is that, despite most of the characters being in rather dire circumstances, everyone's smiling. I suppose this was a way to make the lunchbox images seem a little less violence-inspired, or something. Maybe an early attempt at political correctness. Nevertheless, seeing Boxey, with a big smile on his face, running TOWARDS a Cylon warrior like he's some sort of favorite uncle, is just a bit creepy.
Fortunately, the tin tote does not contain a 35-year-old Thermos. It does, however, contain three neatly packed action figures.
So, how are the toys? Let's consider them individually.
BOXEY - Boxey is definitely the prize of the set, in my opinion. He was, if not a lead character in the series, then certainly a significant one, and as far as I can recall, was the first time a young child was given that major a role in a prominent science-fiction series -- something that to the best of my knowledge hasn't really happened since. Wesley Crusher and Jake Sisko in their respective Star Trek series were in their early teens. Boxey was barely seven.
Boxey was played by a young actor named Noah Hathaway. Hathaway, born in November 1971, had started acting in commercials at the very early age of three. Battlestar Galactica was his first major role, and from all accounts I've read, it went well for him. He got along well with the cast, and pretty much regarded his on-screen father, Richard Hatch, and his on-screen buddy, Dirk Benedict, as virtually uncles. There was a very entertaining interview in Starlog magazine at the time -- appearing in the same issue as an interview with veteran actor Lorne Greene, just for some counterpoint -- where Noah's parents did most of the talking while Noah intermittently excused himself from a table at some diner to go play video games.
Hathaway's other best-known role was as the hero Atreyu in the superb 1984 fantasy movie "The Neverending Story". By this time, Hathaway was almost a teenager, and no longer looked so much like little Boxey, but he was still recognizable. "The Neverending Story" is a truly superb fantasy movie that I would highly recommend, although I would just as readily recommend avoiding the sequels, which do not have Hathaway in them.
Hathaway largely retired from acting after "Neverending Story", but still turns up at occasional conventions.
The character of Boxey had something of a rough life. He and his mother, a journalist named Serena, barely escaped the destruction of their homeworld of Caprica when the Twelve Colonies were attacked. Boxey was heartbroken because his beloved pet, a little dog, or "daggit" in Galactican, didn't survive, and he became quite despondent.
Feeling sorry for Boxey, who had approached him asking for a ride in his Viper when he visited the ruined Caprica, and feeling an attraction towards his mother, Captain Apollo arranged for Boxey and Serena to be transferred to the Galactica, with Boxey put in charge of a robot daggit. The robotic animal had been developed to aid in the exploration of new planets, to literally sniff out any trouble. It would be Boxey's "job" to acclimate the creature to human companionship and command. After a momentary reluctance, Boxey took to the animal very willingly.
Boxey would continue to turn up throughout the series, occasionally invited along on missions where the daggit, named Muffit after Boxey's original pet, was required, or on occasion, just managing to sneak along for the ride, notable appearances including the episodes entitled "Gun on Ice Planet Zero" and "Fire In Space".
His mother Serena was not so fortunate. She and Apollo married, but she also trained as a Viper pilot, and in an early mission to a particular planet, was gunned down by a Cylon. The heartbroken Boxey was left nearly orphaned, but soon came to accept Apollo as his father. The two grieved together, and moved on as best as they could. Boxey had something of a privileged life on the Galactica, with a prominent Viper pilot as his father and Commander Adama as his grandfather, and to some degree had the run of the place.
According to the generally less-than-impressive sequel series, "Galactica 1980", which took place quite a few years beyond the original series, at a point where the Battlestar Galactica has indeed found Earth, Boxey grew into a Viper pilot in his own right, and took on the name Troy, which according to some sources was always his real name, with Boxey being some sort of nickname (although if someone wanted to get on his nerves a bit, they'd still call him "Boxey", which he didn't seem to much appreciate). However, Troy was neither a child nor played by Hathaway. He was played by actor Kent McCord.
Hathaway, for his part, turned in an impressive performance in his role as Boxey, which can't have been easy for such a little kid in such unusual settings as Galactica offered.
The figure is excellent. The headsculpt is a reasonable likeness of Hathaway at the time, with the level of detail that one would expect from a Mego-type figure, especially that of a child where there may not be the same amount of facial detail. The headsculpt is not quite as detailed as the adult Galactica figures that have come before, which are arguably somewhat more detailed than one might have expected from Mego at the time, but Boxey still looks good. The figure has fairly long, dark brown hair, probably somewhat darker than Hathaway's was in the series, blue eyes, and a slight grin on his face.
A few slight criticisms. The eyes do not have a line above them representing "eyelashes", and they seem to be an unusually pale blue. This gives Boxey a rather surprised look to his face.
The body is a reproduction of a child-type body that was used by Mego in the 1970's on a rather limited basis, mostly for a line of figures based on the Little Rascals/Our Gang concept of movie shorts from the 1930's. I happen to have one of these figures, and the body structures are nearly identical as far as I can determine.
And here we come to an odd point. Although these Galactica figures are a product of Bif Bang Pow, the name sculpted to the figure's back is EmCe Toys, and the EmCe logo appears on the plastic wrap that encased the tin tote -- as does the BBP logo. Clearly, BBP and EmCe are working together these days, since they're both arguably the main manufacturers of Mego-type action figures. Still, I was unaware of the alliance until now.
Boxey stands about 6-1/4" in height. This makes him a little tall relative to how the character appeared in the series, since he's not quite shoulder high to the 8" figures such as Adama and Apollo, and Hathaway wasn't that tall in the series. Still, BBP had to use what was available, and it can be readily argued that had Mego picked up the Galactica license in the 1970's and turned out a Boxey figure of their own, this is exactly how they would've done it, so I can't fault them on that basis.
Boxey, as a civilian, didn't wear a uniform, and he had several changes of clothes in the series, but there was one outfit that he was somewhat better known for than most. This consisted of a blue turtleneck shirt with a sort of green bib or tunic over it, dark blue slacks, and black boots. Apollo had given Boxey one of his Viper Pilot insignia pins, which Boxey always wore proudly.
This outfit has been nicely duplicated on the figure, although as with the eyes, I tend to believe that the shirt is a little too light a blue. Overall, though, the design works, the bib/tunic looks cool, and the pin has been imprinted on the tunic.
There is a slight mystery with the boots. Boxey's boots in the series were more or less just pull-on boots. No laces. The boots that the figure is wearing very distinctive have laces running all the way down. So -- where did these boots come from? Technically, they're not quite right, and I find it difficult to believe that BBP or EmCe would sculpt this level of detail onto an inaccurate boot.
I do have a theory. There have been a lot of repro Mego products over the years, designed to help people either replace missing or broken parts, or customize their figures. This has certainly included boots, usually produced by a fellow who goes by the name of "Dr. Mego". In fact, if you look at the boots worn by Apollo or Starbuck, they're clearly of Mego design, and they say "DM" on the bottom.
Now, any eight-inch scale boot would be far too big for Boxey. But I do recall, quite late on, there was this odd line of action figures, and I don't think they were official Mego figures, or maybe they were from one of Mego's subsidiaries, that were a series of cloth-costumed military figures. However, they were only about seven inches in height, not eight.
Boxey seems to have a fair amount of toe room in these boots, and they certainly have a military look to them. While I'm just speculating here, it wouldn't surprise me to learn that Boxey's boots came from that odd military series.
Of course, Boxey is superbly articulated, poseable at the head, arms, elbows, wrists, waist, legs, knees, and ankles, although the ankles are hindered by the boots. But that's still an excellent range of motion. Now, let's consider Boxey's pet --
MUFFIT THE DAGGIT - It occurs to me that it is now possible to buy robot pets. I've seen robot dogs in toy stores. While certainly not as sophisticated as Muffit was intended to be, they do exist, and that wasn't something that could be said back in 1978.
Robots have always been a staple of science-fiction, and they've certainly been a part of science-fiction movies and television series. You have Robby the Robot from "Forbidden Planet", the Robot from "Lost in Space", and of course, robots were a huge part of "Star Wars", with C-3PO and the rather distinctly non-humanoid R2-D2, who was alternately performed by a little person named Kenny Baker, encased in that robotic fireplug, and occasionally as a radio-controlled model that -- didn't work too well. No wonder Lucas helped take CGI to where it is today. Another small but humanoid robot turned up in the Buck Rogers television series, in the form of Twiki, performed by another little person, actor Felix Silla.
But a robot DOG!? And if you looked at the proportions of the thing, there was almost no way there could be a human being inside that get-up, not even a small human. And CGI at the time was barely getting off the ground, and there was no way the daggit was a CGI creation. It wasn't a mechanical device, or a puppet, either, although the ears and mouth were doubtless remote-controlled. So what the heck was in that suit?
It was a trained chimp. I remember seeing a demonstration at Universal Studios one time, when Galactica was at a popular enough level to have quite a fair presence in the park. I've tended to have three thoughts about this fact over the years. One: That had to be an exceptionally well-trained chimpanzee, to put up with being sealed in that daggit suit like that, especially since the costume paws didn't let it use its hands and feet fully. Two: One has to expect that, since Muffit was interacting with a child actor on a regular basis, that there were some animal handlers close by just in case. There's a few times I think I've spotted them in the series, in wardrobe. Three: I don't want to think about what that daggit suit smelled like after a while...
That was what was in the daggit suit in the show. What's in the toy? And honestly, I initially wasn't entirely sure.
The figure is impressive, but a little odd in a few respects. It has a plastic sculpted head that is an excellent likeness of Muffit. The tan, furry head with the perky ears, the bulbous, silver-framed eyes, and the silver robotic muzzle are all just as they should be.
The rest of the figure is dressed in a furry fabric suit -- and it's almost frightening how well they color-matched the fur to the color of the plastic used for the head -- with silver fabric trim along the joints and ends of the paws where the robot daggit was "articulated" in the series. Even has an appropriate tail.
As to the figure underneath the fur suit -- that's where the mystery came in. Clearly, BBP was trying to imitate the bodily structure of the chimp. The arms looked longer, or at least as long, as the legs, even though the figure was posed in more of a human position than an animal, and seems inclined to maintain that pose.
But what did the body consist OF? It's slightly shorter than Boxey, and the legs seemed very strange. I initially thought that the costume was not removable, but to some degree, it is. The costume is actually in two parts -- a shirt, which I think would only be removed with great difficulty, and pants, the seam for which is hidden by the silver section across the middle.
Much as I'm not in the habit of undressing my action figures, there was still a mystery here that needed to be solved. As it turns out, the Muffit figure, for the most part, uses the same child body as Boxey. However, instead of legs, a second set of arms is used in their place, and the lower torso piece has a couple of inserts in the leg holes to accommodate the smaller diameter of the shoulders!
It was an interesting idea, that certainly gave Muffit proper proportions. Articulation is another matter. The elbows bend forward, rather than backward as knees. While this is accurate for a dog, it's not accurate for a chimp, and that's what was in that suit. Getting Muffit to pose in a four-legged manner is not easy. About the best I've managed is to get him to sit like a dog. Okay, this figure is more of a collectible than a toy. It's not like he's going to see a lot of play. This was still a very interesting and unusual way to achieve the figure.
One has to wonder, is this how Mego would've done it? And honestly, I haven't the slightest idea. Mego wasn't exactly known for doing a lot of animals. I'm sincerely not sure how they would've handled this. I think BBP came up with a cool way to create a Mego-esque figure that certainly looks like Muffit the Daggit, even if it doesn't exactly move like he did.
TUCANA SINGER - During the movie-length premiere episode of Battlestar Galactica, after the destruction of the Colonies and after the "rag-tag fugitive fleet" had set out in search of Earth, one of their earliest stops to try to replace fuel and supplies was a world that initially looked to be idea. Run by an insectoid species known as the Ovions, the central complex appeared to be a massive nightclub and casino, with ridiculously favorable odds that seemed to allow everyone to win a fortune, and with an abundance of food and supplies for the fleet.
But the world had a grim, dark secret. In the lower levels, the Ovions were harvesting hapless humans as a gestation and food source for their young. This they were doing with the permission of the Cylons. And you thought casinos in Vegas could be trouble. You might leave broke, but at least giant bugs aren't going to try to eat you..
Anyway, one of the main entertainment shows featured a trio of female singers. Although more or less humanoid, seemingly African-American for the most part, in that they had brown skin and huge afros the likes of which only the disco age -- even on another planet -- could have produced, these alien women, upon closer inspection, had four eyes, two on either side of their noses, and two mouths, one on top of the other, each with a different voice. One was so low-pitched that it shattered a drink glass at Starbuck's table.
Starbuck, at the time thinking the fleet's troubles were largely over, actually wanted to hire the group to tour with the fleet, and actually persuaded one of the singers to speak with him. She politely turned him down. One suspects that they knew what was happening to the club's clientele, but were largely powerless to do anything about it. I never got the impression that the singers themselves were evil. It might have simply been a case where, in a rather disturbing variation of "Sing for your supper", the Ovions had ordered the performers to "Sing OR you're supper..!"
This was the only appearance of this particular trio, although they've become a reasonably iconic part of Galactica lore, and although I don't recall them being specifically named in the series, they're known as the Tucana Singers.
The figure is excellent. As with Boxey, the figure has an EmCe mark on its back. However, the figure is just as clearly a more advanced figure design that, while maintaining a lot of Mego's early design appearance, has been developed by EmCe to create a sturdier and more effective body. The male version has already seen use in EmCe's own Star Trek line. Essentially, it gets rid of the internal rubber bands that hold the figure together, something that Boxey and Muffit still have, but one suspects that at this time, EmCe and BBP don't expect to be making all that many kids.
For the Tucana Singer, the new female body is a vast improvement over EmCe's first attempt at remaking Mego's female body. My initial experience with that, their Planet of the Apes Zira figure, was a disaster. The figure couldn't hold a pose worth a darn and couldn't even stand up on its own. It's one of the reasons I haven't bought the Uhura figure from the Star Trek line, although it occurs to me that if this Tucana Singer wasn't such a limited edition, I could probably do a head swap. But let's set that notion aside.
The headsculpt is excellent, even though every time you look at this face you wonder if you're having double-vision. And I can only guess how an alien race with four eyes straight across must process sight. The face could be described as more or less humanoid, as the various features -- eyes, nose, mouth -- do have a human appearance to them. It's just that there's a few extras. There's two more eyes, off to the outside of the "normal" ones, and a second mouth, set below the first.
The make-up job in the show must have been interesting, and extensive, because the Tucana Singers were able to blink all of their eyes, and move both of their mouths. I've long suspected that the means of doing so might have been controlled remotely, with some sort of receiving equipment contained within the massive afros. The afro is impressively sculpted and highly detailed, more along the lines of the more extensively detailed heads of the other adult Galactica figures, which in my opinion go beyond the detail one would've expected from Mego at the time. Painted detail is decent, but just a little slipshod around the eyes. I'm not sure why. It's not that bad, though.
The figure is dressed in a performing gown that screams "disco era". It's pale turquoise in color, with corduroy-like ridges on the front and back, while the shirt portion is basically long fringe. The top of the outfit is held in place by a transparent strap that runs behind the neck. An ornate necklace of sorts is imprinted on the body. And she's wearing high-heeled white shoes. As with Boxey's boots, I'm not sure as to the origin of these, especially since they also have laces, but as I recall, Mego did have a fashion doll line at the time.
The Tucana Singer is nicely poseable at the head, arms, elbows, wrists, waist, legs, knees, and ankles. And, she can stand up on her own -- doubly impressive in the high heels and given how top-heavy that afro makes her. And I have to say it again, the body design is a vast improvement over its predecessor.
So, what's my final word? I've been a Galactica fan since the original run of the original series. I never had any great use for the modern series, but I did, and do, like the original, and will track down elements of it when I can, such as the Dynamite Comics' title, and these figures.
Maybe Mego never had Galactica, and maybe Mattel's original figures were a bit lacking, but Bif Bang Pow and EmCe are definitely making up for that, and I hope they'll continue for a good long time. There's a lot of potential there. I always figured that the likelihood of getting Boxey and the Daggit in the line wasn't very good. I am delighted to have been proven mistaken on that. These are very cool figures, and the Tucana Singer makes a cool addition to the line, as well -- all packed in a very colorful "tin tote" that, at the very least, ought to show modern pop culture lunch boxes how cool this sort of thing used to be.
The SAN DIEGO COMICON EXCLUSIVE BATTLESTAR GALACTICA 35th ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE TIN TOTE featuring BOXEY, MUFFIT the DAGGIT, and the TUCANA SINGER definitely has my highest recommendation!
Fleeing from the Cylon tyranny, the last Battlestar, Galactica, leads a rag-tag fugitive fleet on a lonely quest... a shining planet known as Earth.