A history of the Mighty Max line of toys
Before there was a Mighty Max, there was Polly Pocket. In order to understand the history of the Mighty Max toys (which were an offshoot of Polly Pocket), you have to understand the history of the Polly Pocket line of toys. Here is an excerpt taken from the History page of the Polly Pocket World site:
Polly Pocket was manufactured by Bluebird Toys of Swindon, England. Polly was first designed by Chris Wiggs in 1983 for his daughter Kate. Using a powder compact, he fashioned a small house for the tiny doll. Bluebird Toys of Swindon England licensed the concept and Polly Pocket first appeared in 1989. Mattel held a distribution arrangement for Polly Pocket items from the early-1990s. In 1998, Bluebird Toys underwent a trying period of hostile take-over attempts that ended with Mattel as the victor toward the end of that year. Production lulled during 1998. Since take-over, Mattel has redesigned Polly and embarked on a whole new series of collectible items.
At the peak of the Polly Pocket line's popularity, Bluebird decided to launch a new line of similar toys geared towards boys. They created Max - a boy whose "cosmic cap" allowed him to travel through "time portals" and fight all kinds of nasty monsters and aliens. The line launched in 1992 under the name "Mighty Max". Of course, boys loved that kind of stuff, so the toys were a hit both in England and abroad. To promote the toys here in the US, the cartoon was launched in 1993. It's still debatable to this day which was more popular - the toys or the cartoon (my vote's for the cartoon, personally). The rest is, as they say, history...
Toys & Collecting Information
Personally, I don't have a lot of Mighty Max toys. I've got a wife and five kids and a fairly small house with limited storage space, so my collecting hobbies have taken a slight snub in the past few years. However, there are sites that highlight the Mighty Max line of toys, some of which can be found both below and on the Links page. If you have any questions about Mighty Max toys, you should contact the webmasters of the sites below - they're probably far more knowledgeable about it than me.
- Spectrum Planet
Guy Himber's definitive list of Mighty Max toys, this is one of the oldest and best sites out there.
- Virtual Toy Chest
A toy site listing the various toys of the Mighty Max series. This link is to the Mighty Max section of it.
- A Portal to the Mighty One
A small Mighty Max page that includes a nice toy list with pictures.
U.K. Logo and Story Introduction
U.S. Logo and Story Introduction