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“A Galaxy of Action Figure Savings” Proof Review

22 June, 2017 - 04:57
My latest book project (Kickstarter page) was successfully funded last month, went to the printer last week, and has now completed the proof review process and is in production. This means that the book is in the final stages, and everything is coming together so that the finished books should reach me the end of next month. If all goes... Read more →
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$6.99/each in 1985: “Action vehicles for G.I. Joe from Hasbro.”

22 June, 2017 - 02:45
Yesterday’s ad for the Motobots and Dinobots toys also included this block of info which is perfect research material for my new G.I. Joe book. Here we see the Cobra Stinger, A.W.E. Striker, and Snowcat vehicles on sale for $7/each, once again showing what a great deal Hasbro gave us on the G.I. Joe toys of the eighties. Seriously, just... Read more →
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“New G.I. Joe specialists and evil enemies.”

22 June, 2017 - 02:28
Yesterday’s 1985 newspaper ad for the Transformers Soundwave and G.I. Joe Tactical Battle Platform toys also included this block showcasing G.I. Joe action figures priced at $2.29/each!
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Transformers Dinobots on Sale at Ben Franklin in 1985

22 June, 2017 - 02:10
December 11, 1985. We have certainly seen more exciting newspaper ads for the Transformers Dinobots toys of the eighties (here and here), but I’m not going to let even something this small and insignificant escape capture. You never know, there may come a day when we need this information.
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Video – Touring Factories in China

21 June, 2017 - 05:46
I was wrong when I mentioned that the Hong Kong TRU video was my last video from the recent trip. I also shot and edited a video of my tour of factories in China, so if you want a look at game manufacturing — including our newest Munchkin* and Ogre* releases — then this video is one you won’t want... Read more →
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Transformers Soundwave and G.I. Joe Tactical Battle Platform 1985 Newspaper Advertisement

21 June, 2017 - 03:24
December 3, 1985. This ad is a bit tough to see clearly, but at least we can get enough information to know what both Soundwave and the Tactical Battle Platform were priced at for Christmas that year. If you look at the relative sizes of the toys — especially the box sizes — those G.I. Joe toys once again look... Read more →
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Motobots and Dinobots in 1985

21 June, 2017 - 03:19
Here’s a fabulous 1985 newspaper ad featuring both the Motobot cheap transforming robot toys and Hasbro’s Transformers Dinobots. Just look at the price of the two different lines and it is easy to see why those also-rans and off-brand transforming robot toys performed so well in 1984 and 1985. Are you on a budget? Well, grab the set of three... Read more →
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1983 Barbie Fashion and Fitness Show

21 June, 2017 - 02:29
It’s a newspaper ad for the Barbie Fashion and Fitness Show in 1983! Prizes. Tips on “fashion and fitness.” Toys for sale. Okay, world, answer this question: Why don’t we see many of these events today? Where’s my Transformers fashion and fitness show to promote the latest film?
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Masters of the Universe and M.A.S.H. Action Figures in 1983

21 June, 2017 - 02:09
Yesterday’s G.I. Joe action figure ad also included these two blocks for Masters of the Universe and M.A.S.H. action figures. Now we all know that Masters of the Universe ads from the eighties aren’t all that uncommon, but how many times do you find an ad block for M.A.S.H. toys?
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G.I. Joe Action Figures at ToysRUs in 1983

20 June, 2017 - 05:04
In a newspaper ad packed with E.T. merch we find this small block for Hasbro’s G.I. Joe action figures. This is from early in the G.I. Joe run in the eighties, so I am not sure if the brand was a hit at this point or not. I’ll know more next week; I’m set to visit the Strong Museum where... Read more →
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G.I. Joe Dragonfly and Masters of the Universe Attak Trak at ToysRUs in 1983

20 June, 2017 - 02:21
Yesterday’s ad featuring Crystar, Dungeons & Dragons, and Star Wars action figures included even more fun that we have to capture and share. Masters of the Universe newspaper ads are always a treat to uncover, but as work continues on a book of G.I. Joe newspaper advertisements, it is the Dragonfly in this ad that most excites me . .... Read more →
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Olmec’s “Bronze Bombers” in 1995

20 June, 2017 - 02:18
I posted a 1988 article about the Olmec Bronze Bombers action figures a few days ago (posted here), and today I feel it important to turn your attention to this 1995 Ebony magazine piece on the return of the toys to shelves. The toys weren’t actually released until 1997, but being built from Hasbro’s G.I> Joe series, this is one... Read more →
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Digest Group Publications’ A.I. Roleplaying Game at Wayne’s Books

12 June, 2017 - 00:49
I posted two bits of information about the unreleased A.I. roleplaying game last week (here and here), and as I scour the web for information about the game I find that there’s very little out there. Hell, I am starting to think that I’ve posted more times about the game this month than anyone has this decade. Anyway, digging into... Read more →
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1982 Strawberry Shortcake Dolls and Berry Busy Bug

11 June, 2017 - 02:01
December 8, 1982. Here’s more of Kenner’s Strawberry Shortcake toys of the eighties, this time in an advertisement that also includes other 1982 greats like Pac-Man and ET. Seriously, can you get any more 1982 than this ad? Look at the Smurfs and Monchichi toys if you need any more proof that this is 100% ’82!
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“If Adventure Has A Game, It Must Be Indiana Jones!”

11 June, 2017 - 01:11
This 1984 magazine advertisement for TSR’s Indiana Jones roleplaying game (find at Amazon.com*) makes a great companion to the commercial that we found last month, even if running across this info has me noticing that there’s a flaw in my game collection: I do not own this game. That’s a problem.
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Video – Hong Kong Toy Shopping

10 June, 2017 - 05:38
It’s my last day in Hong Kong before returning home, and earlier today I made my way out to the shops of the city to search for toys. I actually didn’t buy any toys at all this trip — I am picking up more older toys than new these days — but that didn’t stop me from capturing video at... Read more →
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G.I. Joe Bivouac Battlestation Blueprints and Instructions

10 June, 2017 - 03:09
I’m telling you, someone in the G.I. Joe team at Hasbro in the eighties was a genius. That Bomb Disposal Vehicle we looked at a few days ago wasn’t the only small set the company released for the G.I> Joe line. This Bivouac Battlestation (question, why is “Battlestation” spelled as one word on the blueprint and two words in the... Read more →
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“Fashion Plates from Tomy” in 1978

10 June, 2017 - 02:48
I shared one advertisement for Tomy’s Fashion Plates last week, but when I noticed that the 1978 ad for Pressman’s Space Creatures masks also included the Fashion Plates, how could I do anything but capture the image and share it here?
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1989 G.I. Joe Condor Z25 Commercial

10 June, 2017 - 02:46
Sharing the blueprints and instructions for the Condor Z25 yesterday (posted here) soon had me searching for more info on the toy which, not surprisingly, led me to this commercial. I love the Hasbro used animated segments for the G.I. Joe toys in the eighties, and this commercial makes it a little sadder that the Sunbow cartoon died out before... Read more →
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A.I. RPG – Research is Cruel

10 June, 2017 - 00:37
I’ve mentioned the unpublished Digest Group A.I. roleplaying game twice already in the last week (here and here), mentioning how unfortunate it is that the game was never published. Well, as I set of in search of more information about the game I stumbled across an old rpg.net forum thread from 2005 where I commented on how I’d always found... Read more →
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