Pharoid

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Prince Pharoid (Marvel)
Oziron Rael (IDW)
Micronauts character
Pharoid-carded.jpg
Pharoid toy on card, grey color with second version of the Time Chamber
First appearance

Micronauts 23, November 1980, Marvel Comics

Micronauts 1, IDW Publishing
Created by

Mego Corp.
Information
Species Homeworlder (Marvel)
Pharoid (IDW)
Gender Male
Occupation Prince (Marvel)
Smuggler (IDW)
Title Prince of Aegypta (IDW)

Pharoid is a fictional character from the Micronauts series introduced in 1977. He is depicted as a heroic character.

Micronauts

Pharoid was a character in the Micronauts series. The depiction of Pharoid has varied vastly from one fictional setting to another. Initially depicted as a heroic prince in the Marvel Comics stories, the Pharoids were an alien race in the IDW Publishing works. One member of the Pharoids, Oziron Rael, is a regular in the series.

Development

Microtron and Pharoid appeared in a 1978 Mego commercial together.[1]

Derryl DePriest said at SDCC 2016 that the Micronauts Classic Collection toys were created using a combination of the 1970's molds recovered by Takara and various Microman parts.[2]

Reception

Fictional biography

  • Pharoid and his sarcophagus-like Time Chamber merge super-science and ancient technology, reminding us of legends about alien visitors meeting ancient earth civilizations. His intricate detail and high-tech design fired imaginations young and old. Pharoid lacked weapons in the 1970's, but now arrives in a new century armed with a new Scarab Blaster and interchangeable Chrono-Wings!

Comics

Marvel Comics

Pharoid in Micronauts 28 by Marvel Comics

Pharoid in the Marvel Comics stories has little resemblance to the toy.

Prince Pharoid was the ruler of Aegypta, a desert region on Homeworld. He was an ally of the Micronauts and an admirer of Lady Slug.

In "Last Stand in Fantasy-World!" Reptos participate in Baron Karza's fleet which attacks Homeworld. A Repto is seen defeated by prince Pharoid.[3]

Pharoid was eventually killed by Baron Karza.

IDW Publishing

When a Pharoid temple was occupied by militants, Baron Karza and Red Falcon led a battalion of Acroyears on a rescue mission. At the battle's conclusion, Karza received a cryptic warning from one of the dying militants, before discovering Red Falcon inside the heart of the temple, communing with five Time Travelers. The Emperor's son returned home with claims that the Travelers, part of a Pharoid sect said to have transcended time itself, had shown him the future, and that by seeking their counsel he alone could guide the empire on the right path.

After flying into the Cloud, the Micronauts were attacked by Reptos, a race of beings previously thought destroyed by the cloud. Seeing that the Reptos survived, Oz was excited to return home with the news that Microspace wasn't doomed. With the Reptos destroy tearing up the Heliopolis, Oz told Microtron to destroy the ship if he had to, something which proved unnecessary after the crew was saved by the mysterious Time Traveler.

Several days into their journey, while tracking a mysterious energy source, the Micronauts received a message from Baron Karza. Karza told them that though it had only been a few days for them inside the storm, years had passed for him after he followed them into the cloud. Microtron then informed Oz that he discovered the source of the energy he detected earlier, which also happened to be the source of Karza's signal. Upon seeing the source of the energy, Oz struggled to comprehend what he was looking at. Karza explained that he was looking was the birthplace of Microspace: the body of Micronus Prime.

Toys

  • Mego Micronauts Pharoid with Time Chamber (1977)
A recolor of Microman M161 Sheriff and other figures in the Microman Command series. Came in 3 color variants, blue, grey and red. Can with two winglets and a Time Chamber.
Initial releases of the Time Chamber featured with works "Microman Command" in Japanese, but later releases features symbols.
The Time Chamber was released as the Cosmic Warp Chamber.
Issue 5 of the IDW Publishing Micronauts series featured a picture on the cover of Oziron Rael with the second version of the grey Mego Time Chamber.
  • Palisades Micronauts Pharoid (2003)
4 different color variants were released. Included the original two winglets and Time Chamber, but added two larger winds, rifle and stand.
The Time Chamber featured the second version of the mold.
Micronauts Classic Collection toys
  • Hasbro Micronauts Classic Collection (2016)
A SDCC 2016 exclusive box set containing a green plastic Galactic Warrior, a grey Orbital Defender and blue Pharoid with two winglets and Time Chamber.
The Time Chamber featured the original Japanese writing.
Features art by Ken Kelly. The box art for Pharoid features him wearing the leg wings which were not part of this set.

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