Friday, April 3, 2015
The Zeroids Are Here!
One of the best comic book ads of all time is the one-pager for the Ideal Toys Zeroids, originally three awesome robots from beyond the stars. Zerak the Blue Destroyer, Zoboar the Bronze Transporter, and Zintar the Silver Explorer were fascinating figures with sufficient back story to ignite the imagination, but plenty of room to fill in with hours of play.
I only ever had Zerak myself, but I still remember getting him. I must've said something to my parents or picked him out of a catalog. The only Christmas present I enjoyed more as a boy was a Major Matt Mason figure and kit.
Here are all three of the originals. Later a fourth one, Zogg was added who apparently displaced my beloved Zerak as leader of the team.
Moonstone tried belatedly to develop a comic book about these delightful toys, but based on what I've seen of it, the comic book was far less wonderful.
Go here for more on this vintage toy line and here to see a great old TV ad for them.