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JJ Abrams Toys With Hasbro’s Micronauts

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on November 6, 2009

 Micronauts

Michael Stevens – HollywoodNorthReport.com

Director J.J. “Star Trek” Abrams is interested in producing a film adaptation of the Japanese action figure line ‘Micronauts’, recently acquired by toy maker Hasbro.

Debuting in Japan in 1974, the plastic/metal ‘Micronaut’ 3.75 inch action figures were released in North America by the Mego Corporation. Pallisades Toys picked up the toy line in 2002, following a succession of Micronauts comic books published by Marvel, Image and Devil’s Due Publishing.

According to the first Marvel comic book, the Micronauts originate in the ‘Microverse, a microscopic series of habitats linked together in the fashion of molecule chains. The original team comes together in response to the threat posed by former academic and now dictator, ‘Baron Karza’. ‘Commander Arcturus Rann’ (returning from a thousand-year deep space voyage in suspended animation) and ‘Biotron’, his robot co-pilot, land on the ‘HMS’ (Homeworld Micro Ship) “Endeavor,” to discover Karza has removed the royal family, who are Rann’s parents.

What follows is an epic war across the Microverse: Rann and his allies against Karza. In addition to Biotron, Rann’s team includes ‘Princess Mari’ of Homeworld, who, with her brother, ‘Prince Argon’, are the only survivors of the royal family. Known to the team as ‘Marionette’, she falls in love with Rann.

The warriors ‘Acroyear’ and ‘Bug’ also join Rann’s cause, one a noble warrior prince and the other a joking ‘insectoid’. The last member of the original team is ‘Microtron’, Mari’s robot tutor. Trapped for a time on Earth (where they are the size of toys), the team returns to the Microverse for more battles against Karza and his genetically engineered armies of soldiers, until the Micronauts triumph and Karza is destroyed.

Rann is able to claim victory with possession of the ‘Enigma Force’, a semi-sentient power that bonded with him during his period of suspended animation, enabling him to perform super feats.

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