Mego outdid itself with its deluxe alien aircraft, Hornetroid, designed independently of Takara's Microman line. A black flying insect with red and clear purple highlights, Hornetroid's head was a cockpit for a small figure (a little too small for most Aliens, alas). Fronted with mandibles that closed about its prey when a small "tongue" was engaged, his tail was tipped with a clear purple stinger. His wings, also clear purple, were made of four independently extendible winglets, and could flap via action of a lever on his back. His red toed legs could retract beneath him. A silver rocket launcher on his back held its missiles fixed in place, a victim of a shift in the US toy market against the choking hazard presented by small parts.