We all remember the "big" 1980s toylines, like Masters of the Universe or GI Joe, but there were dozens (if not hundreds) of other, smaller, lines that filled our toyboxes. Things that are more obscure today, things that perhaps you'd recognize if you saw one in the wild, but couldn't quite place. I want to honor some of the more random toys I loved as a child - things like the character "Weed Killer" from the short-lived Swamp Thing cartoon, which I promise to review some day.
Today's "Retro-view" is a fellow that has a special place in what I call "the Shrine": Soaron Sky Sentry, the pterodactyl-like robot-man from Mattel's 1987 Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future line.
From his original packaging:
Mentor File - Confidential
SOARON SKY SENTRY Date: 8.31.2172
FULL NAME: Soaron 71852 - Sky Sentry (Prototype).
CLASSIFICATION: Warlord - Class 1A/Aerial Unit
PROGRAM: Primary Function: Execute orders of Lord Dread without fail. 2nd Function: Provide Air Surveillance for Volcania and the Empire.
CHARACTERISTICS: Highly intelligent... Merciless... Moves with lightning speed and is unstoppable when airborn.
KNOWN WEAKNESS: Underestimates human strategy and endurance capacity... Subject is weaker when grounded. Lure to ground whenever possible.
SPECIAL TACTICAL WEAPON: Digitizer Staff.
MILITARY INSIGNIA: Sky Sentry Symbol.
CURRENT STATUS: The first "Warlord" Bio Dread... self-replication enables it to replace/repair any damaged parts in battle... A one-of-a-kind unit.
WARNING: Capable of destroying small cities... engage in battle only when unavoidable... artificially intelligent - can "think" during battle.
Now, none of that means anything to me, but I thought I'd throw it up there for those of you for whom it does. The packaging also states that Soaron is the "Bio Dread Sky Assault Warlord," which sounds like the title of an animé to me.