Galaxy Laser Team: the greatest gumball machine plastic toys ever cast

Kirk Demarais of the Secret Fun Blog looks into the series of space monster plastic figurines from the late '70s known as the Galaxy Laser Team.

Since then, clues about the series have popped up around the web, and now they are commonly known as the Galaxy Laser Team (except for the time they were packaged as Star Patrol.) They were initially produced at the Processed Plastic Factory in Illinois and sold by Tim-Mee toys in 1978. Five-inch jumbo versions of the characters showed up in 1979, and later they became a product of Mexico. The set combined the fun of classic, plastic soldiers with our unquenchable craving for all things Star Wars, thus, during the handful of years that they were available they generated countless fond memories in young brains around the globe.

Galaxy Laser Team: the greatest gumball machine plastic toys ever cast


  1. I had some of these guys, but had completely forgotten about them. Thanks for this trip down memory lane!

  2. I am from Mexico City. I STILL have these somewhere. I remember that turtle guy, particularly.

  3. Best thing about this photo: the R2D2 guy looks like an amp, and that makes the gun the guy behind him is holding look like a guitar –  and all of a sudden you’ve got the hardest rocking band in the plastic figurine universe.

  4. I love these dudes. They’re sort of recent thing for me since I never owned any, but I must have seen them on pegs in stores near the Gayla kites.

    I’ve always loved generic space men, and I’ve been collecting them for a while now, long enough to mount a full-scale generic space war. (Or I could mix it up a bit with the Dimensions for Children playset figures.)

  5. Pity you dont see this kind of awesome in gumball machinese these days. Well I suppose in japan you might but not here.

  6. Oh, is that what those things are! I’ve got a bunch in my Red Suitcase of Rescued Youth. Just pulled out a baker’s dozen.

  7. I always felt sorry for Ms. Boobsy McShortSkirt there – everyone else got a weapon of some sort, and she’s apparently, uh, holding up the console?

    1. Was she the model for Gwen DeMarco?

      Gwen DeMarco: Fred, you had a part people loved. I mean, my TV Guide interview was six paragraphs about my BOOBS and how they fit into my suit. No one bothered to ask me what I do on the show.
      Fred Kwan: You were… the umm, wait a minute, I’ll think of it…
      Gwen DeMarco: I repeated the computer, Fred.

  8. I had at least four of the figurines above; I think I had more than one of some. Fond memories.

    Oh, and at the link you can apparently try to repurchase your (recast) youth if you’re so inclined.

  9. I love those.  
    Reminds me when we lived in FLA for a couple years in the early 70’s.  We used to go to the Busch Gardens in Tampa fairly often and they had these machines that would spit out cast plastic toys in the shape of animals for 50 cents.

  10. Wow, I had a bag of these, my grandma bought ’em for me 33 or 34 years ago (from a Woolco, IIRC).  Mine were all pink, though.  At least one thing missing is the X-wing with the jet scoop under the fuselage.

  11. OMG! I had these, and I still have the X-winged F-16! It sits on my bookshelf between the Playmobil Vampire and a trophy for winning the Battletech Gunslinger event at Comundrum 2000…

  12. Holy crap. This just uncorked a metric monkeyton of forgotten childhood memories.

    I had tons of those guys. I also had the Fookiee’s laser rifle, the human guy’s helmet & pistol, and Darth Knockoff’s sword in full-size. Well, kid-sized anyway. The laser guns were a serious classic sci-fi design, and they had flashlights in them that would turn on with a pull of the trigger.

    And the knockoff X-wing in a scale a lot closer to the figure size. It was really just an F-16 mold with goofy wings.

    Another blog about these:

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