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Matchbox’s Monster in My Pocket Toys

17 April, 2017 - 05:50
This advertisement for the Monster in My Pocket toys comes from the back cover of the first issue of the comic of the same name. Wikipedia tells us all about the toys, and looking through the info reminds me again that I don’t own those Monster in My Pocket trading cards. That’s probably a mistake I should correct.
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That’s Not Star Wars

17 April, 2017 - 02:53
Oops!!! JCPenny commits a party foul in this 1981 newspaper advertisement listing Star Wars toys at 15% off. The error? Well, as all of you likely noticed immediately, the toys shown in the ad are from Mattel’s Battlestar Galactica line and not Kenner’s Star Wars toys. Oops!!!
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“G.I. Joe Action Sets” on Sale in 1982

17 April, 2017 - 02:38
It turns out that G.I. Joe newspaper ads of the eighties are a lot tougher to uncover than the Star Wars ads of the same era. The toys were popular as hell for years, but it just seems that the ads are less common when I explore the Google Newspaper Archives. Still, this particular ad from 1982 is remarkable enough... Read more →
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1982 Rebel Armored Snowspeeder Newspaper Advertisement

17 April, 2017 - 02:09
I see it written as both Snowspeeder (in today’s ad) and as Snow Speeder (as seen in this ad), but I am pretty sure that the official spelling of the Kenner toy is as one word. Meh. Spelling. Who needs it when we get to see how much the toy cost in 1982?
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Affiliate Link – Star Wars Black 40th Anniversary Legacy Pack

17 April, 2017 - 00:01
The new Star Wars Black 40th Anniversary Legacy Pack* is out there, appearing in stores and getting snatched up quickly and added to collections across the country. This 6-inch scale Darth Vader action figure comes packed in a replica of the 1977 Kenner Star Wars Early Bird packaging, and as always I cannot deny that the retro Kenner packaging makes... Read more →
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Parker Brothers’ Star Wars Video Game and Mattel Electronics’ Pocket Dungeons & Dragons Game

16 April, 2017 - 02:55
We’ve seen both of these games before (comic ad for the Star Wars game, 1983 review of the D&D game), so this 1982 ToysRUs advertisement explores familiar ground. What I find most interesting about the ad is how many of the games are at “big discounts.” We now the electronic games market crashed in 1983 (see Wikipedia), and here we... Read more →
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Jabba the Hutt on Sale in 1983

16 April, 2017 - 02:18
November 4, 1983. It turns out that a little more searching through the Google Newspaper Archives is all it takes to find another pool of ads for Kenner’s Star Wars action figures. This Jabba the Hutt ad is great, but it is everything surrounding the ad that really makes things exciting. Hey, wanna see Spider-Man at Children’s Palace?
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Star Wars Action Figures, Speeder Bike, and Micro Collection Wampa Cave

15 April, 2017 - 02:33
Yesterday’s Dungeons & Dragons advertisement also included this Star Wars block of Kenner toys. 1983 would have been the last year that Kenner’s Star Wars toys really had any traction at retail, meaning that this ad is special to me since it also sparks memories of the last Christmas when I was a kid and got Star Wars for Christmas.... Read more →
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1982 Star Wars Sneakers by Stride Rite

15 April, 2017 - 02:14
A newspaper ad from December 15, 1982, is all we need as proof that kids have loved Star Wars shoes for decades. Better yet, Lucasfilm — and now Disney — can simply keep capitalizing on the character designs that will never age: this 1982 ad shows us sneakers for R2-D2, C-3PO, and Darth Vader, keeping it very clear that those... Read more →
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Visiting FlashBack in Oklahoma City

15 April, 2017 - 01:51
We’re taking a short vacation this weekend, visiting Oklahoma City to do a lot of nothing but fun. Well, we spent last evening at the FlashBack RetroPub, an eighties arcade where all of the games are set to free play. And so very many games! You have to be over 21 to get in, but once you’re inside you’ll find... Read more →
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“He-Man and Wind Raider Gift Set” in 1983

15 April, 2017 - 01:06
This 1983 ad block for Mattel’s Masters of the Universe comes from an ad we’ve seen before; this Star Wars Mini-Rigs advertisement that I shared last year. It appears that when I am searching for new ads I also need to take a little time to dig into the ads we have already seen; there’s no shortage of amazing discoveries... Read more →
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“20% off all toys” in 1983, Including Kenner’s Star Wars Action Figures

14 April, 2017 - 02:56
This 1983 Toledo Blade newspaper advertisement caught my eye for one reason: Look, kids, at the Boushh action figure illustration hiding in plain sight! How could I not share this discovery with the world? And hey, only $2.88/each for Star Wars figures. Load up!
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BattleGrip Facebook Page

9 April, 2017 - 16:42
It has taken far too long, but there’s now a Facebook page for those of you who want to follow along there. I’ll figure this thing out one of these days.
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Starship Troopers 1997 Trading Cards Advertisement

9 April, 2017 - 04:51
The Starship Troopers series (find at*) has really never taken off with audiences. There’s just enough excitement around the brand for the occasional bit of fun to happen for the series, but it never generates enough cash for Hollywood to go all big and crazy and capitalize on things. This 1997 issue of Starlog magazine does show us a... Read more →
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Kenner’s Super Powers for Easter in 1985!

9 April, 2017 - 04:22
April 3, 1985. It was somewhere around this date that I first encountered the Super Powers action figures. Kenner did an incredible job with this series, but I was too lost in Transformers at this time to squander gift opportunities and allowance monies on superhero action figures when transforming robot toys were out there. Still, I can look back at... Read more →
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Look! A Castle Grayskull Playset Newspaper Advertisement!

9 April, 2017 - 03:54
Jump to page 34 in this 1983 newspaper and you’ll find an advertisement for the Masters of the Universe Castle Grayskull playset. One of the most iconic action figure playsets ever, Castle Grayskull is one of those toys that many people instantly recognize. Why is that? I suspect that it’s the skull design, yes, but the classic commercial and that... Read more →
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Jabba & Dragons Newspaper Ads from 1983

8 April, 2017 - 04:23
Take a look at page 3 in this 1983 newspaper and you’ll find a Playland Toy Stores ad which includes Kenner’s Star Wars Jabba the Hutt action figure/playset set and TSR’s Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game? Can you even get any more Christmas in the eighties than Star Wars toys and D&D?
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“Welcome to Strawberry Shortcake World!”

8 April, 2017 - 03:59
December 16, 1982. I’ll never get tired of looking at these fabulous newspaper ads of the eighties, especially when Kenner’s Strawberry Shortcake line makes an appearance. Here we see a game, stuffed animals, as well as the doll-like action figures — or is it action figure-like dolls? — and two of the Strawberry Shortcake vehicles. I know Barbie has had vehicles... Read more →
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1983 Games Workshop and Judge Dredd

8 April, 2017 - 00:32
Games Workshop’s series of Judge Dredd games (find at*) of the eighties may be mostly forgotten today, but this 1983 advertisement from an issue of White Dwarf magazine should lead to some of you searching the web for more info. Well, I can make your search a lot easier with one link: BoardGameGeek’s entry on the 1982 boardgame should... Read more →
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Strawberry Shortcake and Castle Grayskull in 1982

7 April, 2017 - 02:52
December 17, 1982. What child of the eighties can resist taking a moment to admire this 1982 ToysRUs newspaper advertisement? I’m personally more interested in the Strawberry Shortcake action figure dolls than the larger dolls, but regardless of my tastes I have just gotta stop when I run across something this fun.
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