We are BACK!!!! Brian and Darryl are joined by friend of the show Cousin Kenny, and they are talking toys!
Toys We LOVED as Kids
Power Rangers, Kenner Batman, playmates Trek, GI Joe… NFZ
Transformers, He-Man, and GI Joe were my biggest selection (also had Voltron, Legos, Hot Wheels, and Star Wars)
The LNJ Thundertank – The vehicle was based on the original 1980s cartoon version of Thundertank. The ThunderTank had action features as well as moving wheels and tank treads. The vehicle could seat two ThunderCats figures. It was fitted with springs to allow it to transform into its “Attack Mode” just by depressing the blue switch on its rear. In this mode, the jaws are agape, the two claws are elevated, revealing cannons underneath them, and the top of the back opens up, revealing the pivoting cannon blaster. The Tank can be returned back to its cruise mode by pressing down the top of the jaws.
Silverhawks Action Figures – Silverhawks was a small toyline produced by Kenner hot on the heels of a popular Rankin-Bass TV show of the same name. The television show rode the enormous popularity of Rankin-Bass’s Thundercats, but the producers opted to partner with Kenner instead of LJN. The toyline debuted in 1987, and scarcely lasted into 1988.
The toys themselves were action figures modeled after Kenner’s highly successful Super Powers Collection. Each figure was about 4-5 inches tall, and had some sort of action feature, typically triggered by squeezing the legs. Each early figure included a bird companion with an action feature of its own, while later figures included some other action accessory. The hero figures were extensively decorated with vacuum-metalized “chrome” in a variety of colors.
Vintage 1977 Star Wars CHEWBACCA CHEWY Wookie 20″ Stuffed Animal from Kenner
Starcom Starmax Bomber Shuttle – The most unusual aspect of the Starcom toy line was its use of Magna Lock technology. The action figures had tiny magnets implanted in their feet. Not only did this allow them to stand on the vehicles and playsets without falling off, but it also activated devices in the playsets. For instance, if one placed a figure in the elevator of the Starbase Station playset, its Magna Lock magnets would cause the elevator to rise to the top by itself. On the same playset, if one put a figure within a cannon, the Magna Lock magnets would activate a mechanism that made it turn and fire its rockets.
The vehicles and playsets also delivered Power Deploy features, which uses automatic wind up mechanisms that allows them to perform multiple actions all in a touch of a button, without the use of batteries. For example, with the touch of a button, the Starcom StarWolf unfolds its front, and both its wings. All in all, they offered plenty of moving parts (hidden compartments, cannons, folding wings, etc.). Starcom toys never caught on in the U.S. due to poor promotion and the fact that its parent show only lasted a year in syndication. They were discontinued after two years but ended up doing very well in Europe, where both the show and the toys continued to be popular long after the American toys.
Slot Car Racing, Star Wars Action Figures, GI Joes, He-Man and the Masters of The Universe figures
Toys We WANTED But Never Got
TMNT… swat Kats… Hasbro WWF felt like they walked out of a SEGA game
GI Joe Defiant Space Station Complex
Kenner’s X-Wing Fighter – The X-wing debuted in 1978 with an approximate retail price of $14.99. The ship measures 35 cm x 31 cm x 9 cm and, of course, that makes it way too small compared to the figures. But if the X-wing would have been on scale (1:1) with a Luke X-wing pilot figure, it would have measured more than 69 cm. The X-wing is made of white plastic and features red and yellow stickers. The ship can hold one figure in its rather small cockpit, so some larger figures will not fit (comfortably) in the cockpit. R2-D2 is not removable and is in fact a disguised action button.
The X-wing has three action features. It has a retractable forward landing gear and an electronic laser light and battle sound (works with two “AA” batteries). It can also lock its S-foils in attack position by pressing R2-D2’s head. The wings can be returned to their normal position by pressing another button.
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