"With Magno power action, and firing fists and missles, leader of the evil Acroyear, enemy of the Micronauts"
"The leader of the evil Acroyear and enemy of the Micronauts, Baron Karza's armored limbs and spring loaded weaponryare fully interchangeable via a groundbreaking design of magnetic attachements called "Magno Power". He towers over most citizens of the Microverse, and over most Sci-Fi action figures of the 70's. Karza's star stallion, Andromeda, is fully interchangeable with Baron Karza and hosts it's own arsenal of combat add-ons. Armored wheels can replace Andromeda's legs, or it's entire head can be replaced with Karza's battle-ready body to create a massive Evil Centaur!" Released in 2002, the text from the file card says it all! These new Baron Karza's were replicated from the Mego vintage Baron Karza , and come in 3 amazing colors: clear red, original black, and clear.
"Classic" Baron Karza repro
Magno collectors all over are rejoicing at the fact the new figures now come in a variety of colors for (basically) the first time. The Karza/Andromeda sets come packaged 6 boxes per case; 3 black, 2 clear and 1 an exciting new clear red. These new clear colored plastics allow you to see exactly how the missile firing mechanisms work, and the large "magno" plate inside the body. Now, who out there doesn't love that clear plastic ? The new Baron Karza's all come equipped with the same accessories as the vintage ones with some minor subtractions. Only 1 belly missile is included this time as well as only 1 pair of fists. Be careful firing those projectiles kids...! As a matter of fact, due to today's safety regulations, the new springs have had to be weakend a little, to avoid any choking (or related) accidents. Also included with the new set are 3 rubber tipped safety missiles.
Baron Karza translucent red with black highlights
Baron Karza's backpack accessories, color co-ordinated to match each figure (l-r: red, black, clear)
When is a toy not a toy? When it doesn't pass safety regulations. Included on the front of the packaging is this delightful sticker:
Another new feature included with the Palisades figures are fantastic "crack-n-peel" stickers (packaged in the lower right hand corner of the box) showing off the fantastic artwork of artist Dave Dorman. The reverse of the box shows off the same artwork again, this time as part of a collectible file card. The Baron Karza "microbyte" reads: "Baron Karza made his premiere at the New York Toy Fare in the Spring of 1977 (should read "1976") shortly before the debut of another famous black armored sci-fi villian."
The Palisades Retro Series 1 Magno figures are a welcomed addition into the ever expanding Interchangeable World of the Micronauts.
Palisades also produced a super rare gold Baron Karza and Andromeda set as a gift to say "thank you" to certain members of the Yahoo! Groups Micropolis Embassy mailing list for all their help in the series 1 production.