Even More Toys - J.J. Abrams Producing a Micronauts Movie?
by Alex Billington
November 5, 2009
What is it with all these robot movies? Earlier this week a story on Robopocalypse being adapted hit, and now there's news today that J.J. Abrams is looking at adapting the Micronauts toys from Japan. The Wall Street Journal (via SHH) is reporting that Abrams is looking to take the miniature toys and turn them into a big movie. He even references how actors always get questioned when they're cast in big roles, but then they turn into big stars, and no one questions them anymore. Apparently he thinks Micronauts is going to be huge as well. I've never heard of them until now, but they sound pretty damn cool, so maybe he's right?
First released in Japan in 1974, the toys (under the original name Microman) were imported to the US by Mego Corp. in 1976. The line consisted of 3.75-inch tall toys, featuring figures, vehicles, and robots, which used a universal, five millimeter inter-connective design. Mego canceled the line in 1980. Then in 2002, Palisades Toys bought the rights to reproduce them and Hasbro announced today that they're bringing back the toy line. Marvel has also published a Micronauts comic, the first issue appearing in 1979. I'm not sure if there's even a good backstory in the Micronauts world, but if J.J. Abrams thinks there's something, I'm in!