The Manimals were intended to be the next phase of the "Lunartix
Empire Star Brigade" figures. Six figures were planned for late
1994 - but the G.I.Joe line was cancelled before these figures hit the
stores. These first six manimals were so close to being released that
advertising for them appeared on the back of later
Each a different kind of alien, all the Manimals had a transforming
ability. In addition, the Manimals were larger
in size than regular 3 3/4" figures.
Unlike the similarly cancelled Ninja Commandos, a few dozen loose and
perhaps one dozen carded of the original Manimals samples are available
in the collector's market.
Note that the above preproduction version of Iguanus is different than
those pictured below in that the eyes on the figures mutated head (or
non-mutated chest) have not been painted.
The mold was eventually re-used in 2001 to create a new version of
Iguanus as a Kay-Bee exclusive.