March 15, 2013

MTSC FIGURE OF THE WEEK #18: Mars Man from the J.H. Miller Company

The J.H. Miller Company of Quincy, Illinois began making individual plaster nativity figures in 1938. In 1950 the company also started to produce plaster toy soldiers. While experimenting with plastic (a so called "waxy" plastic, which was actually polyethylene) they came up with a blow mold injection system to produce the "Earth Invaders" line. More commonly known as "Miller Aliens" the series consisted of 18 characters - Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Orion,Ceres, Milky Way, Big Dipper, North Star, Betelgeuse, 2 Eyed Moon Man, 3 Eyed Moon Man, Nebula M31 and the Purple People Eater. Pictured here is the Mars Man who looks suspiciously like the hit cartoon star Megamind. Good thing Miller is kaput, otherwise the place would be lousy in lawyers.

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