Our Ten Best Vintage Toy Store Photos
One of the driving passions behind PlaidStallions is collecting Vintage Toy Store Photos. It’s a beautiful experience to relive those childhood memories, no matter how fleeting they are. I’m very proud of the many images I’ve found over the years, so what better time than December to pick our ten favourites?
Who could resist this impressive shot from 1978 of the “Sci-Fi” section of Macy’s? Filled with not only the hottest Kenner Star Wars items but in the back we have the Ideal STAR TEAM and Mego Micronauts. It truly is a seven-year-old’s dream if you’re me.
I love everything about this photo; I want to jump into it and buy a complete set of boxed Shogun Warriors and like all the Godzillas. I wanted these badly as a kid, but the folks said no. Now they task me, they task me! *Shakes Fist*
Gimbels 1980- Look at all those Minty carded Mego Superheroes, Funstuf Rage Cage Hulks and Remco Energized Spider-Men! I am in heaven.
This shot, which I would love to see in colour, is perhaps my favourite of all the photos I’ve found. It’s the closest I’ll get to the Toy Department of the Eaton’s in the Scarborough Town Center as a kid. I remember being in awe of all the art on the GI Joe packaging. That display box of Mego Superheroes also screams childhood to me!
The Fisher Price Adventure People showed up every Christmas like clockwork, and I always loved them. Such an amazing line of toys, non-violent and you weren’t embarrassed by having girl figures. Bring this back, Fisher Price!
I’ll admit I was 15 when this photo was taken, but I still visited the toy aisles A LOT (I’ve never stopped), which brings me back. I especially love the Kenner Power of the Force figures being regulated to the bottom for such new figure lines as the Infaceables, GI Joe, Thundercats and Masters of the Universe. I think most if not all of these lines are available at toy stores now. Well, probably not the Infaceables; history was not kind to them.
There is something so magical about a whole end cap of Glow-in-the-Dark Aurora monster models. I wonder about the value of that display.
Some sweet Bionic Man goodness on display here. Kenner Steve Austin and friends were a Christmas staple for me from 75-78 and a true highlight of being a kid. Those hot pink boxes really popped!
You know, I know it’s just a byproduct of borax, but dammit, I want a can of slime. Always have.
For a kid growing up in a small farm town outside of Toronto, the New Jersey Heroes World stores might as well have been Narnia. I dreamt of going there every time I saw a comic book ad.
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