|The International Top Secret Operative! As long as nobody reads this box!|
Of course these days he would be called an 'action figure', but the term hadn't been invented yet back when he was made. Mike is 12" tall, and has the same type of hard plastic jointed body as the Best of the West figures, like Johnny and Jane West. My cousins had them. But Mike was better!
I got Mike for Christmas, I think. He's one of my favourite things I got as a kid that I didn't actually ask for. At least, I don't remember asking for him. He's just the type of thing that I would have asked for though. If I didn't ask for him, whoever picked him out did a great job!
|'Blow up luggage'! Who could ask for anything more?!|
From what I can find, he was made from 1966 to 1968.So I was somewhere between 4 and 6 when I got him. It's amazing that I still have his box, and as many of his "Over 50 pieces of equipment" as I do.
He had so much cool stuff. There was a false beard,a mask,a wig, glasses,a false nose with attached glasses,various hats...
|Anybody remember Michael Caine as the spy, Harry Palmer?|
...a bullet proof vest, guns, a bazooka!,a transistor radio that transforms into a gun!, a camera, hand grenades, a key ring with detachable keys,a stiletto that fitted into a secret holder on the back of his tie!,a gun you could put together that had a telescopic sight, a secret listening device,and two, count 'em,TWO exploding cases!
|Ok. I've got a gun! Somebody set the snap on this briefcase right now!|
|Amongst our weaponry are such diverse elements as fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, and a really cool attache case booby trap!|
Of course, they wouldn't make a toy like this for kids now days.All the guns and knives and exploding cases with dangerous caps and super snappy devices a kid could get hurt with. Plus Mike even smoked, and came with cigarettes, a lighter, and a pipe, which also transformed into a gun. But you know, I grew up with these kinds of toys, and I still have all my fingers and have never killed anybody or smoked in my life.
Fuzzy loved Mike Hazard. When he was very tiny he asked, "Can I play with your Kazard?" Whaaat? "Your Kazard.Can I play with your Kazard?" It took a while to figure out he was asking about 'Mi - KeHazard'. (He thought I had called him 'my kazard'.) He played with him carefully and I think we may have lost the last bazooka missile, but that was it.
Emma and Fuzzy both wore the Spy Coat on their missions too, when they were small. It still had (and has), in the pocket, a plastic bubble gum machine key on a necklace that I used on my missions. Ivy alone remained free of the 'Spy' trap. I have since reclaimed the Spy Coat and packed it away, in case any future agents want to go on a mission.