Action Figure Overview: Sectaurs - Zak and Bitaur (Coleco, 1985)
|Four Sectaurs: Night Fighting Dargon, Zak, Mantor, & Skito|
I don't remember much about Sectaurs from my childhood. I probably saw a TV commercial for them, but I don't even remember that. I only know for certain that I had two Sectaurs. I'm positive that one of them was Mantor and I'm 95% sure that the other one was Waspax...mainly because it really seems like I had his flying companion, Wingid. I also distinctly remember selling both figures with all of the accessories, paperwork, and boxes at a church sale when I was a few years older.
|Zak armed with his Slazor sub-machine gun, Vengun, and battle shield!|
Until recently, I hadn't actively sought out Sectaurs. However, over the years I've ended up with a few figures, so earlier this year I got more active in my collecting. When I began researching the figures, I found many more products than I had realized had been created for this line! In addition to the 9 figures, their companions, and their mini-comics, Coleco had also released / licensed coloring books, hardback story books, book and record (or cassette) sets, stamp books, a series of Marvel comic books, a cartoon, and more!
|Sectaurs Zak and Bitaur in the original box.|
Thanks to Tony Fowler for the photos of the packaged figure!
One of the nine figures released in this line was the fun-loving hero, Zak, who was the captain of the Royal Guard before losing his position for joking around too much. He came packaged with his insectoid companion Bitaur, the war-beast with jaws of iron! Although I never had this figure as a kid, it seems like I should have! Zak is the cool friend of the main hero and Bitaur is one tough bug.
|Sectaurs "Zak" and the mini-comic that came with the figure|
|Sectaurs: A look at Zak from all sides!|
|Zak's insectoid: Bitaur|
One of the main details of all of the Sectaurs stories is that each Sectaur is telepathically bonded to an insectoid companion. Zak's insectoid sidekick, Bitaur, was also included with each Zak figure. On the back of the package, this war-beast is described as being a hot-tempered insectoid with deadly jaws ...and the figure fit the description! Bitaur had a button on his back which made his jaws open and snap shut. In the mini-comics, Bitaur is portrayed as a lazy any time he's not in the midst of battle, but a formidable force once the fighting starts!
|Sectaurs comic panel featuring Bitaur|
Do you collect Sectaurs? Who is your favorite figure? Who is your favorite Insectoid? Tell me in the comments below!
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