5 Must-Have Toys from this 1981 Christmas Catalog | Toy-Ventures

5 Must-Have Toys from this 1981 Christmas Catalog | Toy-Ventures   Toy-Ventures digs deep into the 1981 Hudson’s Bay Toy Flyer, and as an extra challenge, we pick five things we’d ask for. Everything from Smurfs to Star Wars to Strawberry Shortcake, this show is seriously a timewarp. #toyventures #starwars #80stoys Toy-Ventures is our magazine; […]

A salute to Vintage Space Lego

As Christmas time approaches, I thought it would be fun to talk about Space Lego. Mainly because it was often featured in my letters to Santa, but I never got it. Now, I turned out just fine, Christmas was amazing but my folks would just settle for a regular Lego set. I pined for this […]

Fisher-Price and Lego- 1980 Consumer’s Distributing Catalog

Fisher-Price and Lego- 1980 Consumer’s Distributing Catalog   If there is any testament to the power of Fisher-Price toys, it’s the fact that many of the items featured here had serious longevity. I had the three bottom items from the Fisher-Price play family series, namely the Farm, the parking garage and the ferry boat before […]

1969 Toys R Us Flier

Here’s another wonderful Toy Newspaper Circular from the good people at Toys R Us, this time it’s from this weekend 41 years ago (ok I timed that part). A lot of people don’t know that Toys R Us was around in the 1960s but it’s hard to deny this kind of evidence. It’s a cool […]

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.

Lego Police!

The Police Headquarters was not only my first Lego set but the toy designated to stay at my Grandmother’s house for when i visited. I had a million fun hours with that thing and even though my kids look at the blank faced figures like they’re caveman tools, so did they.

1975 German Toy Catalog

I found this wonderful catalog from a German company called Spielzug, I remember my grandmother bringing me back some of these and how enthralled I was. It’s a really great slice of what lucky kids in Germany got, their own versions of GI Joe and Big Jim, as well as Barbie, Sindy, Lego, Playmobil and Steiff. Check […]

Space Lego Love!

True Confession time: As much as I go on and on about vintage Space Lego sets, I a) never had any as a kid (save for one small set I bought with my own money) and b) don’t have any now.  However, I am luckily married to a Space Lego collector and with the help […]

Primitive Lego

I still have some of my old Lego sets, my kids look at the faceless people and the less than sophisticated bricks as odd but then, I immediately  lose them for an hour playing with it.

Amazing Space Lego Display

The Big Toronto Toy show was this past weekend and while I went home empty handed (well, save for the Barbie my daughter bought)I really dug this giant Space Lego display they had going on. Space Lego completely rules and I’ve always envied it’s collectors (including my own wife) I just love those happy smiling […]