activate his vital systems!
Insert mission disks into his "brain!"
He almost "comes alive!"
At least, that is what Mattel wanted kids to think in 1976
when they released Pulsar, The Ultimate Man of Adventure.
Standing a little taller than Kenner's Bionic Bigfoot at
13 1/2 inches, Pulsar is decked out in very 70's stretch pants
and a velcro shirt. Peel away Pulsar's apparel and you'll
discover that our hero has a transparent chest, revealing
his most intimate internal organs. Inside you'll find a pretty
reasonable facsimile of a human heart, lungs, and a circulatory
system the size of the large intestines. See
a close up.
In Pulsar's back is a
pump. Press on the pump and his heart beats, his lungs
"breath" and the blood in his veins will flow.
Unfortunately, whatever substance was used for the blood
almost always is congealed and won't move a corpuscle. Of
course, that doesn't stop it from still being pretty cool
unusual anatomy doesn't stop there, though. Pop open his head
and you'll discover one of two of Pulsar's holographic mission
discs. Most loose Pulsar toys are missing one or both of the
mission discs. While they are fun to have with the toy, they
don't actually do anything and you can't see them unless you
open up his head.
are actually two versions
of Pulsar, but the difference is very small. Pulsar's
chest is a single clear plastic piece that is screwed to the
piece that makes his back. On the first, the entire front
piece is clear, from his neck down to his groin, revealing
the rubber used to hold his legs in place. The second variation
has been painted on the inside to match Pulsar's flesh tone
so that the clear section of Pulsar's chest stops at about
his waist. Also, the second variation has a slightly more
expressive and, well, friendlier, face. Although the variance
is slight, the Pulsar with the painted in waist is actually
a much more interesting toy to display.
you get to see the inner workings of Pulsar's organs, you
don't really see the inner workings of Pulsar the toy. The
bottom line is that the painted in waist tells of a higher
Aside from that, Pulsar doesn't really do anything else.
Mattel also sold a medical bay that you could strap Pulsar
into. In many ways, it resembles the Bionic Transport and
hero needs an arch enemy, so Mattel also released Hypnos,
the Yang to Pulsar's Ying. Appropriately enough, Hypnos doesn't
have a circular system, he has a hypnotic spinning disk in
his chest... pretty clever eh? When you push a lever in his
side, a multi-colored disk in his chest spins, extruding hypnotic
rays! Hypnos is a friction toy, so when you pull his lever,
e-hem, sparks fly in his chest. Hypnos' torso and limbs are
cast form the same molds as are Pulsar's, but his interior
is dramatically different, as is his purple head. Hypnos has
a very sinister cast to him, not unlike Sinestro, the rogue
Green Lantern, but it is hard to be too evil when you're naked.
Hypnos' only stitch of clothes is a black mask.
is a pretty easy toy to find either loose or boxed.
A mint boxed Pulsar can usually be found for around $60. Loose
with one of his mission discs, Pulsar might fetch $30 to $45.
I've only ever seen one of his medical bays, however, and
that toy, loose, sold for $250. Hypnos is only slightly less
harder to find than the medical bay, and with the box sells
anywhere from $50 to $100.