Imperial Toys Catalog 1986 Delta Force Ninjas Madballs

Imperial Toys Catalog 1986 Delta Force Ninjas Madballs

Imperials toys catalog 1986

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.

Imperial toys catalog 1986 Ninja warrior

Karate Defenders became all about Ninjas in the middle of “80s Ninja-Mania” on every cartoon and video store.

Imperial toys catalog 1986 Ninja toys

I spent the entire seventh year trying to figure out how to get some nunchucks and throwing stars.

Imperial toys catalog 1986 Delta Force

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.

Imperial toys catalog 1986 Delta Force

That Delta Force Paratrooper was also used in the James Bond line from “A View to a Kill” just two years earlier.




Imperial toys catalog 1986 Delta Force

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.

Imperial toys catalog 1986 Delta Force

The Imperials PVC Dinosaur game was strong.


Replica Animals were another big category for Imperial.

Madballs was another hot license for 1986.

Imperial toys catalog 1986 Delta Force


Imperial toys catalog 1986 Delta Force

You can still find all of this stuff at dollar stores and arcades.

Imperial toys catalog 1986



Imperial toys catalog 1986

Yeah a lot of Rock bands use Kazoos and Slide Whistles, it’s all the rage!

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Imperial Toys Catalog 1986 rack toys



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.


  • Kristian Kumba Kamen on November 24, 2022

    thanks for that excellent work and passion

    • Matthew on November 26, 2022

      Wow. I’ve been collecting Robotech for 36 years and have never seen anything related to that Saucer/Satellite Launcher!

      Any idea if that ever made it to market?

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