In the 1960s speculation about space travel became more popular as we got closer to taking our first human steps on the moon. Until that time the "aliens" were usually slobbering monsters in 50's films that intended, for unknown reasons, to carry off a shrieking, helpless female.
Out of this era was born the wildly popular "Matt Mason" line of toys, 6" rubber "bendie" dolls that were effigies of strong, intelligent astronauts who dwelled on the moon, doing...well, whatever it is we thought there would be to do on the moon at the time. The toys were "action figures," that is, they were dolls but no one wanted to SAY they were dolls, as they were marketed to boys. The idea was to give young boys inspiration to become idealized masculine icons (although MY only idea of a spaceman back then was Larry Hagman in "I Dream Of Jeannie," but never mind).
After the original line of Mattel's "Matt Mason" toys conquered the market the question was what to do next; after all, you could only go so far with Matt in a space suit and his roving crafts.
Into this world were dropped three perplexing and fascinating entities I like to think of as "Matt Mason expatriates," that is, they were supposed to be a part of Mr. Mason's world but never quite fit in, for good and for ill. Let's meet them, shall we?