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1982 Ideal Team America Promo Catalog

Ideal Team America Promo Catalog After years of being marketed as an Evel Knievel toy line, Ideal toys had a severe problem with Knievel’s career hitting rock bottom. They had a hit toy concept but needed a new marketing method. Ideal tried classic monsters with the Scare Cycles in 1979 but regrouped and launched Team […]

Doctor Who Playhouse

Stumbled upon this “Dr. Who Playhouse” in a catalogue today and just was so amused it wasn’t just called a Tardis but whatever. This would have been awesome to have as a kid, heck I want one now.   You can now subscribe to Toy-Ventures magazine, never miss an issue and be insured a pre-order […]

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 […]

Lego: 1982

I’d like to spend a rainy afternoon with all that Space Lego with cartoons blaring, I imagine that would be restorative… We have a PodCast! It’s fun, please listen. Check out our Instagram for more stuff like this blog. Get the expanded digital edition of Rack Toys here.

Confessions of a 1982 video game junkie

When I think about 1982, my mind drifts to three things, action figures, Doctor Who novels (mostly written by Terrance Dicks) and VIDEO GAMES. My then eleven year old brain had Pac-Man fever bad, I was a total junkie. I bought terrible magazines about video games where even i could point out the grammatical errors, […]

Revell invades action figure market with Power Lords

While I had (briefly) “grown out” of action figures by 1983, I still liked to shove my face up against the bakery window so to speak. Revell’s Power Lords were probably the most intriguing to me as they were so….uncommercial in their designs. To be honest, their designs looked almost frightening and appealed to my […]

The Lost Dark Crystal Toys

This toy trade ad from Spring 1982 showed a rather ambitious merchandise campaign for the Dark Crystal including Hasbro (actually their subsidiary Aviva) tapped for an action figure line. Like many Science Fiction and fantasy properties of the early 1980s, like Krull, V and the Last Star Fighter the action figures got left on the run […]

Pod Stallions 54: Movies of 1982

For our 54th show, we start with a brief (well for us) discussion about our thoughts on the newest actor to take the mantle of Doctor Who.  Then we dig deep into the movies released the summer of 1982. Some call it the greatest summer for movies and hey, a lot of these movies went […]

Kenner Indiana Jones on Sale

This piece literally fell out of a drawer this morning, I find it wonderful that some kid kept this clipping for 30 years until it landed on my desk. For More Kenner Indiana Jones stuff, check out this page.