Hasbro is working on an animated Micronauts TV series, set to launch in 2019. In 1976, the toy company Mego launched the Micronauts. It was a range of action figures featuring mysterious alien beings, and they proved tremendously popular. So much so that comic book rights were even licensed out to Marvel Comics.
Nowadays, the rights for the pint-sized superheroes are owned by Hasbro. The company has plans for a live-action Micronauts movie, to release in 2020, but it seems there are other ideas in the works as well.
Bleeding Cool has uncovered a sales guide on the Hasbro website that teases a Micronauts animated series. The sales guide explains:
"When fate brings an unlikely team of alien space explorers to earth in pursuit of the evil Baron Karza, they make a shocking discovery—on our world they are the size of action figures! The Micronauts are small heroes in a big world but the stakes are higher than ever as their miniaturized size presents dangerous obstacles at every turn. Fortunately, they forge an alliance with teenager Cameron Ruck, who will join them in their pursuit of justice. Although the Micronauts are small in stature, their bravery and adventurous spirits remain larger than life."
It also features intriguing concept art for the series.
It seems likely that the series will be adapted from Bill Mantlo's Marvel run. Mantlo was the one who persuaded Marvel to purchase the comic book rights in the first place. He'd fallen in love with the Micronauts when his son, Adam, got their action figures as a Christmas present.
In the comics, the Micronauts originated from another realm of reality, known as the Microverse. They were a ragtag crew of heroes who assembled to overthrow the ruthless Baron Karza, who had gained control of the Homeworld. The team included the legendary revolutionary Arcturus Rann, the deposed Princess Mari, and the alien gladiators Acroyear and Bug. In one of many homages to Star Wars, they were assisted by a robot known as Microtron.
The sales guide suggests that the Micronauts have been subtly adapted. It describes the team as "alien space explorers" who are pursuing Baron Karza. It's unclear whether Karza has fled to Earth, or whether he's expanded his interests to our world after conquering the Micronaut Homeworld.
The new Micronauts series will be aimed at 6-11 year olds, and will launch with a series of 26 22-minute episodes. It's intended to be developed through 2018, to air next year.