These days, it seems like any pop culture related item from the 80s and 90s is getting revived. As nostalgia becomes weapons grade material, Micro Machines probably won’t be the last toy line to get a second shot at life. That being said, the brand did make some pretty distinctive products in its heyday, as anyone who played with these vehicles can attest. Anyway, it’s happening. And they should be on the shelves before the 2020 holiday season.
Galoob, the parent company of Micro Machines, did pretty well for itself in the 90s. In addition to Micro Machines, they produced the “Star Wars Action Fleet,” which was a sub-brand under the Micro Machines banner. The above picture has Luke’s Red Five T-65B X-Wing residing inside their Hoth playset, which came with its own exclusive Snowspeeder. Hopefully Hasbro, which bought Galoob in 1998, will read this post and get inspired to revive this lineup too, because 3.75 inch sized ships weren’t really a thing back then and still aren’t now. Although thee company still makes at least one similarly sized ship, it’s under the Kenner name. That’s odd, right? Because as far as I know, the Kenner ships were much larger.
Micro Machines also featured Star Trek ships too, although they were more in line with 1:64 scale toy cars. Today, Mattel is the company responsible for smaller toy ships, and like Galoob, they just lumped them in with their car lineup. Just go to any decent toy aisle at Target or Wal-Mart and you’ll see Star Trek and Star Wars ships under the Hot Wheels banner. The white Kelvin Universe Enterprise is a modern Hot Wheels product, while the gray original series Enterprise is a genuine Micro Machines product from back in the day.
Anyway, I definitely had one of the Super Van City playsets when I was little. Not sure what happened to it though. Young millennial parents will no doubt be interested in buying something like that for their kids. And the grandparents can likely relive their memories of purchasing Micro Machines for their kids too. Wicked Cool Toys will actually be jump starting the brand. Hopefully they’re successful, but as the above picture demonstrates, Mattel will apparently make a toy vehicle based on pretty much anything.