Rack Toys in your stocking

Rack Toys in your stocking

Hey, even Santa has a budget and shoving a cheap-o rack toy into your stocking is a time honoured, fun tradition. There’s nothing particularly Christmassy about what’s inside the display but it didn’t matter. I’ve put together a collage of different Christmas dump bins (I’ll always giggle when typing that word) from the shag decade.

A variety of Gordy items from 1979.

Surprise, surprise, Popeye got in on the action.

I love the graphics on this earlier Gordy santa box.

Seriously, that design is killer.

This is a Jak Pak display from 1986, if Inspector gadget wasn’t a give away…

Nothing but rack toys and utility grade candy in there. It’s the kind of thoughtless thing that one of your dad’s co workers might give you and you’d probably think it was the best thing ever.

I closed my book with the above image from a 1976 catalog


 It’s just so full of win.

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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.


  • Anonymous on December 19, 2012

    Oh man I remember those stupid cheap pool table sets. With the tiny plastic pool balls and spring loaded pool cues! Haha

  • blaxfilmfan on December 19, 2012

    That early Gordy Santa box is killer!


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