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    Zee Toys Metal Man

    This brings back Christmas Memories.
    I had this set under the tree around 1976.
    Seems a little high but it is mint in the original mailer box from JC Penney.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ZEE-TOYS-ZYLMEX-...em260322673699

    All that survived my original set was a yellowing ship and an astronaut head.

    I did manage to get another NASA ship (in excellent condition) and two astronauts to suffice my memory.

    Questions though:
    Is there anyone out there who has an extra astronaut body with no head? I'd love to get one and add the head I have.

    Plus, I need a top clear plastic piece to the NASA ship. Is that a hopeless venture?

    Also, is there any way to get the yellowed plastic back to white on the NASA ship?
    Last edited by hobub; Feb 19, '09 at 7:05 AM.

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    I loved these when I was a kid. I found the metal bodies appealing (one of the reasons the Glider is my fav micronaut).

    I had forgotten about them until someone here mentioned them a few years back. I wouldn't mind getting that spaceship again.
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    I try to get the ships and some of the bigger sets when they pop up but there is a hardcore contingent who always pants me on this stuff. I have precious little Metal Man stuff.

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    That's a sweet set
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    I still have my Corporal Chrome with raft, paddle and bundle of TNT accs.. I agree with brian about the hard core base of collector that drives the prices up. I'va been lucky to find a couple of them are a good price. The seller didn't know what they were and listed them as Metal Soldier or Metal Robot.

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    That's how I got the NASA ship and the two astronauts. It wasn't ebay though, just local /Western PA collectible shops and they didn't know what they were. The replacement ship I acquired is nice. My original looks like it took a rough re-entry to Earth's atmosphere. I'd still like to restore it though. The plastic has yellowed and it needs new clear dome.
    Last edited by hobub; Feb 20, '09 at 9:56 AM.

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    I think they are awesome.

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    Yep, that JC Penney set over in the UK has been on eBay for a while now. Those sets go high, but not THAT high ;-)

    The seller is above the stratosphere with that price. In my observations, Sears & JC Penney Metal Man sets have commanded between $125 - $200. And those auctions had toys & the brown shipping boxes in WAY better condition.

    While I never received any MM for Christmas, I agree with your sentiment, Hobub. I always felt they were a very cool, coveted non-mainstream toy back in the late 70's. I was amazed to learn about the Microman Gakeen and Super Joe Shield connections later on.

    I could never find Metal Man toys in our small town stores, but a trip to the big city in 1982 yielded a Metal Man spinner rack at a Kay-Bee toy store chock full of MOC figures. I only bought a Questar with a wing pack, and I have serious buyer's regret for not snatching every figure there. AND the spinner rack!

    Yes again, there is a very tight and competitive contingent of Metal Man bidders on eBay who watch for the rare stuff. Sets with multiple pieces (medic/stretcher set, raft set), vehicles, and catalogue sets always fetch a premium.

    I'm a bottom-feeder myself who usually doesn't go over-board with bidding. I'm just happy to get them on the cheap whenever I can.

    Finding them on eBay is an adventure because of the plethora of incorrect spelling variations. And that's *IF* the seller knows what they are! Like Drain indicated, you'll infrequently find them listed as "Metal Robot" or soldier, figure, etc.

    I actually found an undocumented Metal Man figure (!) in its package and two samples of an undocumented alternate color variation for another. They're now in the collection of a friend because my own collection is too humble to have something that cool ;-)

    I'll let him know about this thread. Maybe he'll jump in & join and share some amazing pics of his Metal Man stuff.

    Lastly, Hobub:

    1. I might have a headless Astronaut figure. I'll check.
    2. Finding a loose NASA canopy is pretty hopeless ;-) I'd love to find somebody who could maybe cast one in clear resin someday. I'd cough up the sample. BTW, they're almost always missing one of the plastic hinge "nubs" that secure them in place. Same with the UFO saucers.
    3. I don't think you can turn the yellow back to white. You'll notice that the darkest yellowing occurs between the fuselage seams and is actually caused by the glue used to bond the two halve together. Some folks have mentioned using denture cleaner on white Force Commanders with limited success, although I've never tried it myself.

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    I remembered when a friend of mine turned me onto these. I think we were about 5 years old. It seems that I got most of mine at Kay-Bee Toys.


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    Thanks for your comments geotroid! Please let me know about the headless astronaut. If that canopy can be reproed, that would be excellent. I figured that it would pretty much be a long shot. But sad as it is (looking like wreckage from the POTA and all), I still cannot bring myself to dispose of it. It does look as though it could be restored with a lot of tlc.

    Len
    Last edited by hobub; Feb 21, '09 at 3:44 AM.

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