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, Hasbro has spelled
the name "Slither" rather than "Slythor." While
he does not have the yellow visor pictured on the packaged sample below,
it is likely that it simply was not pictured.
The mold was eventually re-used in 2001 to create a new version of
Slythor as a Kay-Bee exclusive.