Vintage Vault: Sectaurs Zak with Bitaur by Coleco

If you grew up in the 80’s there’s a good chance you remember the Sectaurs line of figures. It never actually reached the heights and popularity of lines like Masters of the Universe, but with its own cartoon (ok, mini-series) and one of the coolest playsets of the era, The Hive, it was no slouch either. I never owned a single Sectaurs toy as a kid, but I sure spent time drooling over their page in the Sears Wishbook at Christmastime. Those of you who are familiar with this line will likely remember its most unique characteristic being the creepy gloved bug steeds that the figures could ride on. We’ll get to some of those eventually, but today we’re going to look at one of the regular figures: Zak, Captain of the Royal Guards, and personal chum to the line’s main goody-goody, Prince Dargon himself.                          

One day I may invest in a packaged Sectaur figure, but for now I’m just picking up the loose figures in good shape to slowly build my collection. In other words, I don’t have a boxed figure to show you, but you shouldn’t have to look too hard to find a picture if you’re curious. The figures came in window boxes with a baggie holding their weapons and gear, and beside them was their tele-bonded Insectoid buddy. Zak’s buddy is Bitaur.                            

The Sectaurs are nice, sizeable figures, which are pretty much perfectly in scale with Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Classics line. Zak’s body is generally simple in sculpt, but I really dig the way this guy’s armor looks. The toso armor has sculpted muscles and a cool blued steel, almost metallic finish, with flaired shoulders. The head sculpt is really distinctive too. The face is human, except for the vacant and creepy blue bug eyes. He’s got a sculpted helmet with two rubbery antenna protruding up over the forehead. The head is actually made of very soft rubbery plastic, which you can easily squish between your fingers. Overall, Zak’s sculpt is mighty good for a toy of the age and I think it holds up really well.                            

Zak’s articulation is typical of most Sectaurs figures. It may not be up to today’s standards, but it was pretty solid for its day. The head turns three-sixty, the shoulders are ball jointed, but there’s no other articulation in the arms. The legs are ball jointed at the hips and have hinged knees. The added articulation in the legs is designed so that they can mount their big bug steeds, but it also helps to make the figure a lot more fun to pose.

Zak comes with a nice amount of weapons and gear. For starters, he has a holster belt with a shoulder strap. The entire rig is made of soft plasic and can be removed. It’s sculpted very well and looks great on the figure. Zak’s weapons are all cast in gold plastic and include a rifle, a pistol and a shield. The shield fits into either of his hands with a grip. The rifle actually came with a shoulder strap originally, but mine is long gone. The pistol can be stored in the holster on his belt rig. One of the many things I loved about the Sectaurs line was the imaginative way it mixed swords, shield and laser guns, yep, just like Masters of the Universe.

And then there’s Zak’s Insectoid buddy, Bitaur. Bitaur is a pretty simple toy that kind of looks like a six legged alligator. He has a decent sculpt, which includes a red spiked collar. He has a biting gimmick that is activated by pressing the button on his back. Get it? Bitaur? There’s no other articulation on the figure and not a lot else to say about him. If you want to get into collecting this line, you’re going to often find the figures without their Insectoids. Hunting the Insectoids down separately shouldn’t pose too big a problem, but you might want to ask yourself if it’s really worth it. I’m happy to own them with the figures, but I don’t think that they really add much to the figures themselves.                                

I picked up Zak and Bitaur for about $20 shipped, which I thought was a pretty nice deal since they’re in pretty good condition and except for the rifle strap, they are complete. Like I said earlier, I always wanted to collect this line and now that I’ve started to get some, I’m extremely impressed with how well they hold up against other figures in my collection, which obviously can’t always be said about vintage figures. Their designs are imaginative and distinctive and the fact that they fit so nicely in with the MOTU Classics figures has given me even more incentive to track them all down.

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