Imperial Toys was one of America’s premier producers of lower-cost Rack Toys for over 50 years. The company sadly folded a few years ago, but in the 1980s, they were everywhere with their in-house IP and hot licenses. This supplement catalogue from 1986 is a neat little time capsule of hot toy trends.
Karate Defenders became all about Ninjas in the middle of “80s Ninja-Mania” on every cartoon and video store.
I spent the entire seventh year trying to figure out how to get some nunchucks and throwing stars.
The big license for that year was the Canon Films “The Delta Force” and Imperial unleashed every toy weapon mold they could find. Also a bop bag so you could rain kicks on it’s star.
That Delta Force Paratrooper was also used in the James Bond line from “A View to a Kill” just two years earlier.
Poop-a-Troopers were still a staple as was Old West merchandise.
I was disappointed to discover that the Uzi is considered a terrible gun.
The Imperials PVC Dinosaur game was strong.
Replica Animals were another big category for Imperial.
Madballs was another hot license for 1986.
You can still find all of this stuff at dollar stores and arcades.
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Imperial Toys Catalog 1986 rack toys