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Repto
Micronauts character
Repto-carded.jpg
Repto on card
First appearance

Arena of Death, Micronauts Annual 1, 1979 by Marvel Comics
Created by

Mego Corp.
Information
Species Repto
Abilities

  • Energy blasts
  • Flight
Affiliation

Minion of Psycho-Man and Baron Karza
Death Squad
Quote

"A bug on his back! How nice! I think I shall enjoy cracking your carapace Insectivorid!"

Repto is a fictional character in the Micronauts series. He is an evil alien flying reptile humanoid introduced in 1979.

Micronauts

Repto are evil winged reptiles in the Micronauts series. They usually appear to be green humanoid with long head and tail with red wings. Although Repto toys have been produced in other colors, they have only appeared in the original green/red colors in fiction. Reptos often use lasersaws, blasters or a mace as weapons, as well as having clawed hands.

In a Mego catalog a Repto can be seen in the chariot of Equestron.[1]

In the Mego 1980 Spring Toy Dealer Catalog a wingless Repto can be seen piloting Ampzilla.[2]

Development

Repto was designed by California R&D for Mego. Concept art depicted him in green and did not include wings. Instead of a lasersaw he carried a shield. His head was to have a removable cover that revealed the brain.

The patent for Repto depicted him without wings and using a his blaster for his left hand, and a blue Giant Acroyear missile as his right hand.

Early prototype figures were produced both green and black variants. The green version had a blaster for one hand and a ring from the vehicle for President Acroyear with a missile from Acroyear II on the other.

Repto was released as part of the 4th wave of Mego Micronauts in 1979. Versions of this toy were also released by Gig and Lion Rock.

The hands for the Palisades release of Repto were designed by Dave Waugh.[3]

Repto was released as by Palisades in 2003 for four color variants.

According to developer Bryan C. Wilkinson the translucent purple Palisades Repto was to have glow-in-the-dark yellow parts, but they ended up normal yellow plastic. There were two unproduced color variants intended to be exclusive. One was two shades of green, while the other was red with translucent green wings. [4]

Reception

In January 2015 Machinema announced they had completed script writing for the Transformers: Combiner Wars series together with some behind-the-scenes photos, which showed several Palisades Reptro toys in their collection.[5]

Fictional biography

Half Man Half Reptile From the Distant Planet of Sauria.

Comics

Reptos have been a stock villain in Micronauts comics fiction over the years.

1979 Marvel Comics

In "Arena of Death" a Repto with a blaster and lasersaw was forced to battle as a gladiator by Baron Karza. It attacked Bug, who defeated it with his rocket lance.[6]

In "Rendezvous in Sub-Atomica!" Psycho-Man attacked Bug with his fear-inducing Control-Box, causing Bug to believe a Repto was attacking him. [7]

In "...the Harder They Fall!" a Repto working for Psycho-Man killed Jasmine.[8]

In ""Assault on SHIELD" the Knights of Neep reported confronting Reptos. It is said Reptos have "winged space ships", implying they use the Hornetroid.[9]

In "Last Stand in Fantasy-World!" Reptos participate in Baron Karza's fleet which attacks Homeworld. A Repto is seen defeated by prince Pharoid.[10]

In "This Battlefield Earth!" a Repto joins the Death Squad in attacking the Micronauts. He is defeated by Bug with his Rocket Lance.[11]

When Marvel lost the license to Micronauts it included losing the rights to Repto, and they have not appeared again the Marvel Universe.

2018 Micronauts Protectors of Inner Space

Several Reptos are among the cast in the 2018 art series Micronauts Protectors of Inner Space by Brian Vox. A Repto appeared on the cover of issue 10 fighting Angel Commander and Galactic Defender.

A character named Repto-X appeared in issue 32. This Repto was made using parts of the purple/yellow and clear/black Palisades Reptos together two Centaurus weapons.

Games

Freedom Force

There is a fan-made mesh and skin for Marionette in the 2002 Freedom Force video game.[12]

Toys

  • Mego Micronauts Repto (1979)
A new mold by Mego. This 1:18 scale figure comes with two cuffs, removable brain, lasersaw and blaster. Variants of the brain came in orange or grey color.
The head of Repto was remolded for Leborio.
The wings on Repto were recolored for Chromantron, Topen, Toriac and the Bat-Shuttle.
The lasersaw was seen on the prototype for Aloros.
The blaster and lasersaw on Repto was recolored black for Toriac.
  • Gig Micronauti Repto
Sold in Italy by Gig, this toy was nearly identical to the Mego version.
  • Lion Rock Micronauts Repto
This version of Repto came with his brain and a Time Traveler seat adapter peg that couldn't be used much because of his tail.
He did not come with cuffs, lasersaw, blaster or wings.
  • Palisades Micronauts Repto (2003)
A recolor of the Mego toy with an added pair of hands and a stand.
This toy came in several color variations: Green/red, light blue/dark blue, translucent purple/yellow and translucent/black. Each produced in equal numbers.

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