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Hasbro Ghost Gun

I got to spend one afternoon with the Ghost gun’s brother “the Moving Monster Gun” when I was ten and i remember how smitten i was with this toy. Bonus shot: Here’s the Ghost gun at retail way back in 1974. We have a PodCast! It’s fun, please listen. Check out our Instagram for more stuff […]

I Love Action Figures in Karate Outfits

(Many thanks to my friend Eddie for this awesome image above)  The Martial Arts explosion of the early 1970s was not lost on action figures, growing up in this time, it gave me a lifelong obsession with the culture.  It also turned out to be a real positive influence in my life, so I’ve decided […]

Weeblemania

Weebles were completely forbidden in my household as we had pledged loyalty to the Fisher Price Little People. I ain’t complainin’ but come one, a Sub and a haunted house? Aggghhhhh! Like our Facebook Page Check out our Instagram Get the expanded digital edition of Rack Toys here.

1971 Hasbro GI Joe Adventure Team Catalog

 My earliest memories of action figures are Hasbro’s GI Joe Adventure team, I would spend hours staring at those wishbook pages, drooling at those fuzzy faced guys having adventures.  The sights of these toys are so hard-wired in my brain, they’re pure happiness. That’s why I’m excited to be showcasing the 1971 Hasbro GI Joe […]

Banana Splits Mania

I’m a little young for the original run of the Banana Splits but their reruns are a really happy early memory. So I totally dig these pages from the 1969 Hasbro catalog,  I never knew how much merch they got. I especially would have loved these! I’m a sucker for bendy figures and these are […]

Palitoy Commander Power; Fearless Defender of the Galaxy

Fortune smiled on me last month in the form of managing to pick up a Commander Power action figure.  Known to us kids as Super Joe, the British toy firm Palitoy made some fun changes to the line such as marketing the characters (Palitoy only selected 3 Super Joe characters) in large boxes and more […]

The Lost Dark Crystal Toys

This toy trade ad from Spring 1982 showed a rather ambitious merchandise campaign for the Dark Crystal including Hasbro (actually their subsidiary Aviva) tapped for an action figure line. Like many Science Fiction and fantasy properties of the early 1980s, like Krull, V and the Last Star Fighter the action figures got left on the run […]

Live long and Prosper

I admit, I didn’t know I needed a 25 foot mylar Mr Spock Dragon Kite but now, I can’t live without it. I really need to be “That guy” in my neighbourhood, the “oh you know, the guy with the kite” guy.