Based on Philip Francis Nowlan's original novel Armageddon 2419 AD, William Anthony “Buck” Rogers was the first American newspaper comic strip based on science fiction. It went on to run as a radio series from 1932-47 and then became a film in 1939. The story surrounds a 20th century pilot named Buck Rogers and his young friend Buddy Wade who awake from 500 years in suspended animation to find that the world has been taken over by the outlaw army of invaders led by Killer Kane and his girlfriend assistant Princess Ardala. Aided by his newly found space companion Wilma Deering and his mentor, the brilliant scientist Dr. Huer, Buck Rogers defeats the invaders and frees America.
In 1935-6, a line of six Buck Rogers painted lead metal toy soldier figures were made by Britains under licence from John Dille Co (the newspaper company in the USA who were copyright holders of the Buck Rogers name). They were made for one year only and were available to buy in Woolworth stores in the USA and also as premium offers in return for collecting Cream of Wheat tokens from the cereal packets and sending into John Dille newspapers.
The set comprised (left to right): Wilma Deering, Buck Rogers, Killer Kane, Ardala, Dr. Huer and a Mekkano Man Robot, which is the most scarce. This figure was named Twiki in the 1979 film remake. Each is fully painted with moveable arm or arms. On the bottom of each of these are the names of each character and words “Made in England J. Dille Co”. This is the very rare complete original set
All items in very good original condition with working arms, guns etc all intact. There are some small areas of paint loss, mainly to Killer Kane. Dr Huer’s right arm, holding the torch, is loose and Ardala’s raised hand repaired