The Zython from Mattel’s Space:1999 line.

The Zython from Mattel’s Space:1999 line.

The Zython was offered in the 1977 Mattel Catalog as an alien character to go alongside with Mattel’s Space:1999 action figure line. It never appeared in the series but was a rather welcome addition to the line which desperately needed more flair.

However, sales on Space:1999 merch weren’t strong enough to warrant a wide release and the Zython seems to have only been offered via this contest for a German comic book above (Thanks Eddy for the scan). It’s speculated that less than 300 of these were made, we’ll probably never know for sure but a few have trickled out of Deutschland over the years.

But of course, this is Mattel we’re talking about here, they’d never let a good toy mold go unused, so Zython would later appear in the amazing Mexican version of Big Jim (known as Kid Acero), which was produced under license by a company called CIPSA, who would dub him Nocton an alien enemy of Kid Acero.

So, while I’ll probably never own a Zython (the last one went for just under a grand), I was able to buy a Nocton in the 1990s and still have him to this day. One day I hope to track down his scepter. 

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AKA Brian Heiler author of "Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings" and co-editor of "Toy-Ventures Magazine". Co-Host of the "Pod Stallions" podcast. Host of the Brick Mantooth Youtube channel, painter, designer, writer, mental health advocate, toy collector, Mego, and Mego Knock-Off enthusiast. I have large feet, ADHD and I live in Canada. Talk toys, not others.


  • Unknown on February 12, 2019

    The Zorak Cipsa Mexican Variant is giving me a heart attack. I love the box so much. I realize this post is about the amazing Space 1999 figures, but that's the one I've been looking for. I found photos on Worthpoint of the back of the box. Incredible.

  • YesterdayIsNow on February 14, 2019

    Yeah, the Zorak packaging is badass.

    As for Space 1999, what were they thinking with those beige bell-bottomed pantsuits? I guess in the future everyone will dress like Mary Tyler Moore. Or not, as things turned out.

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