In 1979 Marvel Comics began publishing a comic series based on a toyline that a few years prior made its debut in the United States, The Micronauts. Although I never was 'full on' into the toys (because my toy budget was allocated to STAR WARS toys) I was captivated by the toy line, the figures and the packaging.
For example, TIME TRAVELER, who was the cheapest and most basic of the figures came in the 1976 release came in several different clear colors including clear, blue, orange and yellow. The packaging for the toys was a longer card back with a photo of the toy (whatever figure it was) with some cool light effect. The figures were articulated sadly to the point of being too fragile for rough play and the vehicles and most figures were interchangeable to the point of losing pieces.
When I had extra money I would purchase MICRONAUTS to augment my STAR WARS adventures. SPACE GLIDER, ACROYEAR, REPTO and even the tank-like TERRAPANT vehicle would end up fighting with or against Luke Skywalker and the gang.
MICRONAUTS would produce 5 waves of colorful and super cool toys from 1976 to 1980 until the line, and sadly MEGO would file bankruptcy in 1982, leaving the toyline in limbo for many years.
But before the toys would disappear from store shelves, Marvel would launch one of my favorite comic series of all time! "THEY CAME FROM INNER SPACE" was the tag line and what a ride they would bring the reader on....