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1984 Fleetwood Toys Catalog – Manimal – Secret Wars – Sword & the Sorcerer

1984 Fleetwood Toys Catalog Even though Fleetwood began in the 1970s by grabbing such high-brow licenses as Charlie’s Angels and the Marvel Comics Superheroes for Rack Toys, the 1980s seemed to be the company’s high point with them retaining many high ticket licenses from TV and movies. 1984 is a good example of how Fleetwood […]

1984 Ideal Toys Manglors Catalog

Manglors were a pretty interesting concept from Ideal and one you remembered seeing, first, everybody in the line was a monster, which is cool in itself. Secondly, the concept was that you hatched the figures from their eggs and then you could stretch, squeeze and even rip the body parts off the figures and attach […]

LJN Dune Catalog from 1984

It’s hard to believe that toymakers thought the next merchandising blitz would come from a David Lynch film but that’s exactly what happened in 1984. Dune got the full treatment with colouring books, bed sheets and of course a selection of action figures produced by LJN. The movie wasn’t particularly kid (or for that matter […]

1984 BANDAI GODAIKEN CATALOG

After Mattel ceased production of the Shogun Warriors brand in 1980, Popy’s parent company Bandai decided to forge ahead and market their characters in the United States themselves. They branded the line of diecast robots GoDaikin which combines the Japanese words for alloy “gokin” with the word for big “Dai”.  Many of the characters chosen […]

Buy PowerLords or we’ll shoot you

I was too old for the Power Lords when they came out but I remember kind of digging their design, they certainly weren’t as child friendly as other action figure lines at the time and that appealed to my newly discovered cynicism. I don’t remember the characters in this ad from Toyfair 1984 and go figure, they […]

ERTL Star Trek 3 Figures

I thought it would be fun today to talk about a Star Trek action figure line that nobody really ever does, from 1984 let’s explore the ERTL toys Star Trek 3 line and I’ve even got prototype shots! More about this fun (and very affordable) line after the jump! So after the merchandising disaster of […]

Mighty Crusaders Remco Parachutist Figure

There is no greater time in a toy collector’s journey then when they find that something that they thought existed, actually does. Well I guess, finding it for a dollar would trump that but no such luck here. After decades of searching I have found my white whale, the very last produced Parachutist figures by […]

Big Jim 1984 Catalog from Italy

He may have faded from our toy shelves in the 1970s but in Europe, Big Jim was still kind of a big deal. How big a deal? In this 1984 Mattel Italy catalog, Big Jim has as many pages as Masters of the Universe. By this time, the Big Jim line is firmly set in […]