The late 1960s were a remarkable time of changing ideals and technologies. One of the more memorable events that came out of this time period was, of course, the first moonwalk. But BEFORE man walked on the moon, people imagined men CAME from the moon, and elsewhere.
In 1967 a toy designer named Mel Birnkrant was hired by the famous and popular Colorforms Company to develop a line of toys to compliment (and cash in on) another popular toy line, the "Matt Mason" astronauts.
The original plan was to create a force of "men" representing each of the planets in our system, and eventually planets NOT in our system. While the toys themselves never truly caught on for a variety of reasons (one being that, a year after they came out, we actually made it to the moon and realized no bug-eyed monsters lived there), these wildly inventive and beguiling creations still captivate today and the figures, and the story behind them, have spawned cult groups of collectors, web sites and conventions.