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Undersea action was inspired by three television shows.  A morning children's show, "Diver Dan" featured a cast of string-operated fish and a man in a deep sea diving mask.  Next was an evening show, Sea Hunt, with Lloyd Bridges.  Later came "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea," a futuristic series with a submarine and a small "flying sub."  It was set far in the future, something like the late 70s / early 80s.  These underwater shows inspired our interest.  Of course, the toymakers met our interest with the latest round of toys.

This deep sea diver is actually an aquarium ornament.  Some of these are inspired by older lead figures from the 1930s.

These are modern copies of the famous cereal-box offer from the late 50s and early 60s.  They were billed as diving frogmen.  You put baking powder into the compartment under the frogman's foot, drop him in water and wait.  He bobs up and down.

Another view.  One has a tool - I think the original had a spear gun.  The yellow man has a limpet mine, and the red one has a knife.

This recast complements the frogmen, the diving mini sub.  It was also powered by baking soda.

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