I remember these in the Sears catalogs, etc. and always wanted them, but never got them. The resemblance to Mad Max was awfully confusing to me. I remember trying to figure out where the Mad Max figure was.
Steel Monsters were a toy series from the Tonka company in the 1980swikipedia
Produced in 1986 and 1987 by Tonka, they were well-made and colorful 3-3/4" figures, each having its own mini-comic. Sub-labeled as "The Only Survivors", they were very reminiscent of the Mad Max genre, with Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome coming out the year before.
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Even though Metal Face and Punk are pictured with their respected vehicles above, I think they were switched somehow. I seem to remember seeing Metal Face with the Masher and Punk with Bomber, but I left it for consistency with the pictures.
But then again, it does appear to be Metal Face in the ad above.