Cardboard Kong

Cardboard Kong

My friend Corey gave me this shot (you can check out his awesome auctions here) and I honestly can’t ever remember seeing this cool toy before.
What amuses me about it is while it appears to be from the 1970s, it seems to be based on the original film and not the Delaurentis remake. Which of course, makes it cooler in my book.

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AKA Brian Heiler author of "Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings" and co-editor of "Toy-Ventures Magazine". Co-Host of the "Pod Stallions" podcast. Host of the Brick Mantooth Youtube channel, painter, designer, writer, mental health advocate, toy collector, Mego, and Mego Knock-Off enthusiast. I have large feet, ADHD and I live in Canada. Talk toys, not others.


  • Richard Bensam on October 1, 2012

    If this dates to the period right before the 1976 remake came out (and was expected to be a hit) surely this being based on the original film isn't all that perplexing? Delaurentis would have controlled any use of distinctive elements from his version such as the World Trade Center or jet fighters…but the playset makers could use the Empire State Building and biplanes without fear that David O. Selznick would rise from the grave to sue them.

  • Plaidstallions on October 1, 2012

    Yeah, I wrote that late one night in the summer and it now sounds daffy. Nothing all that perplexing really. I decided to change it

  • John Scott Tynes on October 1, 2012

    It's incredibly close to the Earthquake Tower, actually, but not quite the same. Uncanny!

  • Anonymous on October 26, 2016

    I realize that this post is many years after the fact, but I can confirm that this was released during the 1970s, I'll say mid-70s as I had this as a child. I was born in 1971 and the Empire state building was pretty much as tall me, so I would have been 5 or 6 at least when I received it on a Christmas morning.

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