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1974 AHI Catalog – Azrak Hamway- Super Monsters- Batman

1974 AHI Catalog Azrak-Hamway International was the absolute king of the 1970s licensed Rack Toys. 1974 was a giant leap for the company as it saw them significantly expand their licensed offerings and create iconic collectable toys. AHI chose such heavy hitters as the Universal Monsters, Batman, Spider-Man, the Super Friends, Popeye, the Flinstones and […]

1975 Matchbox Fighting Furies Catalog

1975 Matchbox Fighting Furies Catalog   The Fighting Furies were introduced in 1974 by Matchbox (Lesney) and were the creation of legendary toy design firm, Marvin Glass and Associates. The line at this time centred around a series of Pirate action figures with “duelling action” which was a lever on their backs allowing them to […]

1975 Matchbox MAC Catalog- Mobile Action Command

1975 Matchbox MAC Catalogue   Matchbox MAC or “Mobile Action Command” is one of the 1970s most forgotten toy lines. That’s a shame because of how wonderful they really are. A series of quasi-futuristic vehicles that come with a nameless driver (I always pretended he was a robot), this series would run for years and […]

Toy-Ventures: Kenner Bionic Bigfoot

Toy-Ventures: Kenner Bionic Bigfoot Toy-Ventures looks at the Kenner Big Foot, an action figure made for a very special recurring guest star on the iconic television program, the Six Million Dollar Man.      We explore the history of Kenner Bionic Bigfoot, a figure of one of the show’s most popular recurring nemesis that barely […]

Vintage Mego: The Love Boat

Mego Love Boat Vintage Mego looks at the Love Boat action figure line and tries to tackle the question of “Why did Mego make these?”. It’s a power-packed episode with special guest stars Abe Vigoda and Ron Pallilo. #mego #megomuseum #loveboat Issue 6 of Toy-Ventures Magazine is now up for pre-order. Get a limited edition […]

1969 Remco Star Trek Catalog

The 1969 Remco Star Trek Catalog is a deceptive title. We chose to focus on the weird “label slap” Star Trek toys made by Remco but you’ll also notice other properties such as “Land of the Giants”, “Lost in Space” and “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” as well. Remco sold licensed kites right […]

1976 Mattel Sunshine Family Catalog

I’ve been quite open about the fact that the Mattel Sunshine Family dolls kind of freaked me out as a kid, it’s the blank eyes, sedate expression and well, even their name sounds like a Grindhouse horror movie. The Sunshine Family was devised in the mid-seventies by Mattel and seems to be grown-up hippies now […]

1979 Toys R Us Catalog Gallery

From our video this week, here is the 1979 Toys R Us Catalog in it’s full-colour glory. This wonderful time warp of a publication really encapsulates the late 1970s toy and pop culture crazes. Starting of course with Mork Mania, the popularity of “Mork and Mindy” spawned some really fun merchandise from Mattel and others. […]