I was digging around the Weird Wide Web, when I got a blast from the past. The Fisher Price X-Ray Man and Woman Adventure People! I had them, I don't remember where I got them. I think they turned up in my nightmares, with their fixed staring yellow eyes, and just stuck around my childhood for a while. Suddenly as I saw their dead eyes looking back at me, I remembered I had quite a few of the Fisher Price Adventure people. I even had the black robot Clawtron from the same series of figures. But also I recall a deep-sea diver, a fireman, and other small articulated figures from the range. How could I have forgotten? Maybe, just maybe, I buried the memories of the whole period based on trying to forget I had this creepy pair floating around my bedroom at some time during the early 80s.
Anyway, enough of my childhood traumas...
Adventure People was a toy series introduced by Fisher Price in 1975, long before Kenner got the Star Wars product licence and started knocking out their much lower quality figures, as a answer to the G.I. Joe action figures. Unlike the gun-ho G.I. Joe, Adventure People were usually real-life heroes, with everyday jobs. If you count deep-sea divers, and a news-crew, trail blazing adventurers and dare-devil sports figures as "everyday jobs". The Firestar 1 series, that X-Ray Man and Woman came from, first appeared in 1980, I assume as a response to the popularity of Star Wars figures. They were the last series Fisher Price did, as the Adventure People range discontinued production in 1985.
X-Ray Man and Woman were actually released in 1982. As with many figures of the time, they were a variation of an existing mould. In this case a male and female pair of scuba diver figures called Matt and Becky, that were part of the Adventure People range from 1976-1981. Then they mysteriously disappeared, only to be replaced by these nameless blue/green see-through soulless creatures. Who knows what happened. Maybe Matt and Becky met some undersea aliens, al la The Abyss movie. Abducted and "enhanced", before we knew it these two abominations were unceremoniously unleashed on unsuspecting children around the world.
Damn! Wish I'd kept them, they fetch loads on eBay!