Mom’s strike back

About The Author

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.


  • Philthy Alfred on April 10, 2018

    Anyone know the date of the issue?

  • Brother Bill on April 10, 2018

    Inspired by this spread a friend and I set out to make our own version of this playset but ran out of steam and ended up playing with our Hoth figures in a shoe-box full of flour

  • John Addison on April 10, 2018

    I don't ever recall seeing this playset. Looks fantastic! However, living in Iowa, I was able to recreate an authentic Hoth playset outside in the snow with my Star Wars and G.I. Joe figures.

  • josephgioielli on April 11, 2018

    It is from 11-25-80 Lower right on the image

    I think I remember this, my mom did subscribe to Women's Day. I seem to recall cloud city and Dagaboha [sp?] play sets as well. There were not made for commercial sale. These were home made, designed to inspire you and dad to hit the work bench and make something together.

  • Anonymous on April 11, 2018

    Wow, I don't remember ever seeing that in production in the states, and I'm very well versed in Kenner stuff, and knock off products too.

  • electricwave on April 11, 2018

    star wars always cool! ew

  • Owen Driscoll on April 11, 2018

    My mother made me one and it was great, I believe there were plans included with the article. I played mine to death and a year or so later I made my own slightly bigger version with a better grade of Styrofoam. I think we omitted the trampoline, though.

  • Anonymous on April 13, 2018

    EIGHT Imperial Hoth Troopers???
    SIX Rebel Hoth Soldiers???

    Even kids with names like "Charles Bebbington III" typically didn't have that many multiples of the same figure. Women's Day hired the same photographers who did the boxes of all those Kenner playsets…. The ones who'd use equivalent of a toy store's entire Christmas shipment to re-create the Emperor's Death-Star arrival.

    Those photos, beyond the reach of even the rich kids, are directly responsible for the untold numbers of traumatized 40 and 50-somethings out there who are finally vanquishing some very old demons by doing things like -this- in their living room.

    This is an incredible play-set, even for something "home-made" (by a professional photography company). Like most dream lay-outs in the magazines, results at home were a bit more modest. For many of us, our "Hoth playsets" were a few broken sections of the styrofoam packing from an appliance. Not that there was anything wrong with that.

    Positively loving the fact the photo includes the mostly-forgotten die-cast vehicles. I'm probably not the only anon who, even when he realized he was too old to be playing Star Wars anymore, still held onto his Hoth Snow Speeder and Slave-1… just because.

  • Anonymous on July 26, 2018

    Blows the 'Rebel Command Centre' Sears playset outta the water (or asteroid field).

    Unfortunatly, my mother's absolute refusal to allow me to have any Star Wars toys (it was for nerds/losers, apparently), means I had to adopt a flat rock with some uncanny angles and pretend it was a Snowspeeder.

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