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Imperial Godzilla

Even though I was a teen when this stuff came out, I won’t pretend I didn’t go a bit nuts when I saw Godzilla merchandise in my local drug store. I still have my PVC Godzilla on my desk. But children of the 80s, please tell me, did any of you do the obvious conversion […]

Finger Faces

One of the things I’ve noticed about Rack Toys is that good concepts don’t die. This Finger Faces ad is 40 years old but I can still find them at my local dollar store for exactly the same price. I can’t say that about coffee or Buicks sadly… Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings is a […]

Amigos Del Terror

Amigos Del Terror (which translates into “Terror Friends”) is an Argentinian off shoot of the Imperial Monsters figures discussed earlier in the day. The main differences are that the figures are blow molded (meaning they’re hollow) and they dropped the Wolfman for the line. While I’m not fond of the Imperial Monsters, I’m gaga for […]

Imperial Monsters

I have to admit that I’ve never warmed to the Imperial Monster figures, they came out when I was a teenager and I was spoiled by what came earlier. Since then, I’ve met several people who owed their adult monster love to these very figures, plus this display box is pretty swell, so I thought […]

Buck Rogers Bubb-A-Loons

Say that five times fast. I do admit to loving the smell of this stuff and the fact that imperial did three different types of card art for the same item.  Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings is a limited edition 144 page book from the creator of Plaid Stallions. Order from us and get three […]

The hungry mouse in the cheese house

This is just one of those weird generic things that the Imperial Toy Corporation was good at in the 1970s. Rubber mice and a fake bit o’cheese, not sure what the  point is but I bet kids wanted it. Not so much with collectors, I nabbed two of these for $0.99 just in time to […]

Imperial Inflates the Monsters

  I wasn’t a kid when Imperial Toys got the Universal Monster license (and I’ll touch upon this more next week) but I do have nostalgia for the line. There was a Frankenstein bop bag in the back of a KB Toys in Western NY that I visited for the majority of the late 80s […]

The Last Photo

The name is Bond, Elton Bond. I’m interupting the Halloween hijinx for a moment just to make a special announcement, this is the last photo I’ll take for my upcoming book, Rack Toys : Cheap, Crazed Playthings. While they don’t look like much, these Secret Service Sunglasses hold some special meaning to the whole thing. […]