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(X-Entertainment)   With the help of the Sears Wish Book, X-E looks back at a dozen of 1985's coolest toys   (x-entertainment.com) divider line 77
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2007-11-13 12:59:23 AM  
I worked at Children's Palace during Christmas 1985. I had forgotten about that USS Flagg thing.

/1985 was also the peak of the "Baby on Board" sign fad, and slap bracelets were just beginning to emerge.
 
2007-11-13 01:08:45 AM  
No Castle Grayskull? Or Optimus + Trailer?

Those must have come later.

I had all the Dinobauts, but I prefered Soundwave and his little flying cassette tape guy.
 
2007-11-13 01:10:56 AM  
CheddarPants: 1985 was also the peak of the "Baby on Board" sign fad

Stupidest contextual Engrish I ever saw was actually made in the US, observed on a train in Tokyo circa 1987. Namely, some tough teenage boys[1], punch perms and all, were wearing bright yellow shirts that said "Baby On Board" with the arrow pointing down and the whole bit. No way was I going to laugh, but it was hard not to.

[1] big enough to kick my scrawny ass, we'll leave it at that
 
2007-11-13 02:20:24 AM  
I just relived my childhood in a moment there.

Paper catalogs that you would fold the corners on your favorites.

Do they still have chemistry sets?


//my favorite?
 
2007-11-13 03:03:12 AM  
I used to love reading those.
 
2007-11-13 03:11:47 AM  
I totally had the Voltron, Fright Zone and Pound Puppies. I would used to Pound Puppy carrier to lug He-Man figures around.

Now all I get is socks.
 
2007-11-13 03:39:50 AM  
BlackKnight: Paper catalogs that you would fold the corners on your favorites.

Man, my father would hand me a book every year and just have me circle whatever I wanted. He would then make appropriate choices for gifts.

Off to visit Dad's house now; I have to drop off a brochure for a sports car...

/worth a shot, no?
 
2007-11-13 06:19:02 AM  
 
2007-11-13 06:45:34 AM  
kmmontandon: No Castle Grayskull? Or Optimus + Trailer?

Those must have come later.

I had all the Dinobauts, but I prefered Soundwave and his little flying cassette tape guy.


THIS! Soundwave was the shizznit. I had the Optimus Prime with the Trailer. Wish I still had all of them.

/mom decided to sell them at a garage sale.
//she kept Bumblebee
 
2007-11-13 06:50:34 AM  
I reallly wanted one of these robots. Why don't they have cool robots like this anymore? God knows the technology is available.

BTW, the full Sears 1985 Wishbook is available at Wishbookweb.com
 
2007-11-13 07:27:46 AM  
Mom: Timmy? What are you doing in the bathroom
Me: I'm picking out my Christmas presents

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2007-11-13 08:02:32 AM  
That lucky, lucky bastard. He had Voltron and the friggen Dinobots.

Looking back, I think I got more enjoyment out of the Sears catalog than the gifts themselves. So much fun to look at everything and wonder in anticipation whether or not I was gonna get any of the big ticket items I wanted.

With that said, here were my two besides Voltron that I wanted more than anything:

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and

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Tamiya kit cars were the shiat.
 
2007-11-13 08:26:56 AM  
kmmontandon: No Castle Grayskull? Or Optimus + Trailer?

Those must have come later.


Several years earlier, actually.

BTW, does anyone know who the black guy with the red eye is in the Star Wars pic?
 
2007-11-13 08:31:57 AM  
I had the U.S.S Flagg. 7 1/2 feet long! Its long gone by now though. If I did have all of the pieces, it would be ebay time!
 
2007-11-13 08:52:03 AM  
Let me be the geek to say that the Dinobot descriptions were totally wrong.

Grimlock=T Rex, not a dragon
Swoop=Pteradactyl, not a "bird plane"
Slag=Triceratops, not a dog
 
2007-11-13 08:56:37 AM  
www.ultimaterc.com
 
2007-11-13 08:58:25 AM  
Thanks, subby. As if I needed another reminder this holiday season that life was better when I was a kid with parents that weren't divorced, and the worst problems I ever had were trying to apply the decals to the M.A.S.K. vehicles accurately.


/hoping my insurance covers therapy, drugs
 
2007-11-13 09:10:30 AM  
Rev. Skarekroe: kmmontandon: No Castle Grayskull? Or Optimus + Trailer?

Those must have come later.

Several years earlier, actually.

BTW, does anyone know who the black guy with the red eye is in the Star Wars pic?


I think that's the death star gunner.
 
2007-11-13 09:15:21 AM  
Being born in '84, I didn't start playing with toys till about '88, so I missed out on alot of these things. But Holy Farking Catshiat. That USS Flagg ship man... that thing screams "I WANT IT" in any kid's head.
 
2007-11-13 09:21:53 AM  
What crappy toys. No wonder that generation is so screwed up.
 
2007-11-13 09:28:05 AM  
sentient_being: That lucky, lucky bastard. He had Voltron and the friggen Dinobots.


With that said, here were my two besides Voltron that I wanted more than anything:


I had both of those. The Contructacons kind of sucked... the big robot they formed into always fell apart... individually they were OK.

The Grasshopper, on the other hand, was easily the coolest toy I ever owned. I remember 1986 very well... I was 12. My Dad and I put that thing together. He's a retired engineer, and very anal retentive. It was slow going, but we did a very good job. That car ran for years.

I saw they recently brought some of them back out (The Hornet, I think, perhaps the Frog)... If they are still around when my son is old enough I'll get him one.
 
2007-11-13 09:28:50 AM  
The_Driver: What crappyawesome toys. No wonder that generation is so screwed up.awesome
 
2007-11-13 09:34:17 AM  
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My friend had the Terrordrome. Don't know what the "r" was for, but dammit playing with that in his laundry room are some of my favorite toy memories.
 
2007-11-13 09:43:21 AM  
The_Driver: What crappy toys. No wonder that generation is so screwed up.

I actually agree. We had much better toys when I was a kid! And my parents would give me the Sears book also, I loved to circle what I wanted. :) I was so spoiled.

Funny how little girls aren't looking at the book for the men in the boxers and briefs. Now I might look!
 
2007-11-13 10:09:01 AM  
I had the GI Joe aircraft carrier. It got old fast. That seven foot monster took up so much floor space that every GI Joe adventure had to somehow involve the damn thing. Believe me, there are only so many nautical adventures to be had.
 
2007-11-13 10:13:50 AM  
kmmontandon: No Castle Grayskull? Those must have come later.


I can't believe I know this, but Castle Greyskull was actually much earlier; 1981 or '82, IIRC. My cousin had one while I was in first grade.

My parents didn't buy me anything but Legos. Actually that was way cooler than He-Man and GI Joe crap anyway, but at the time I was really jealous of my cousin's stuff.

He had that aircraft carrier thing too. It took up half the floor space of his bedroom. I don't even think he kept it a full year.

Tim Tactless: My friend had the Terrordrome. Don't know what the "r" was for,

I believe "-drome" is a fancy way of saying "hanger."
 
2007-11-13 10:18:38 AM  
My favorite toy, while not from 85, was my Han Solo 12 in. doll. I also got Leia, but she had no hair under her bun things, and she was FAT! (really wanted 3PO)

/ as a parent, I look at those toys and think about what a pain it would be to put it together. That Flagg thing looks like it would take hours, and be complicated...
 
2007-11-13 10:32:13 AM  
Am I the only one who actually liked the Go-Bots?

I must have been 6 years old, and somehow I convinced my parents to order the entire collection from HSN/QVC. One day, I'm home from school and the UPS guy shows up with this monstrous box, must have been 6 feet tall. I grab a steak knife from the kitchen, somehow manage to knock the giant box over, and cut it open. Dozens and dozens of packaged transforming robots from China spilled out.

Good times.
 
2007-11-13 10:38:54 AM  
andrewhy: BTW, the full Sears 1985 Wishbook is available at Wishbookweb.com

Well, that sure killed an hour. And brought back some memories. Thanks.
 
2007-11-13 10:51:17 AM  
Jeez, that voltron is pretty sweet.

My brother managed to get that aircraft carrier. I remember it taking hours upon hours to get put together.
 
2007-11-13 11:08:23 AM  
I wanted the THE G.I. JOE "U.S.S. FLAGG" PLAYSET! so damn bad as a kid...

my parents couldnt afford it so they found me an old long coffee table and let me use that as an aircraft carrier to play with the GI Joes I had....

I loved that coffee table Aircraft Carrier sooo much....
 
2007-11-13 11:09:14 AM  
I was born in '85 but i still remember some of these toys....hmm thanks for the newest stuff ma.
 
2007-11-13 11:09:27 AM  
cubsfan07: Am I the only one who actually liked the Go-Bots?

I loved the things too. My parents got me a Go-Bot that turned into a GUN! I miss the '80s.
 
2007-11-13 11:28:03 AM  
cubsfan07 I must have been 6 years old, and somehow I convinced my parents to order the entire collection from HSN/QVC. One day, I'm home from school and the UPS guy shows up with this monstrous box, must have been 6 feet tall. I grab a steak knife from the kitchen, somehow manage to knock the giant box over, and cut it open. Dozens and dozens of packaged transforming robots from China spilled out.

spoiled brat. fark you.

/38, and still jealous
 
2007-11-13 11:29:34 AM  
ChrisPC: I loved the things too. My parents got me a Go-Bot that turned into a GUN! I miss the '80s.

Ah, yes - I remember that one. A Transformers ripoff, obviously, but great nonetheless.

Even better: Entertech water guns. Uzis, M-16s, etc.

They had a goddamn rocket launcher!

And, in the beginning, they were all black. It wasn't until some dumbshiat cops killed kids with toy guns that they started painting every toy gun neon orange/green. I was at a Halloween store for the first time in years this year and couldn't believe how "safe" they made all the toy guns. Like a Capone-era gangster really had a bright pink tommy gun.
 
2007-11-13 11:52:09 AM  
sentient_being: Tamiya kit cars were the shiat.

OMG I forgot about those. Never got one but WANTED one big time.

I also was trying to work my way up to completing the Devastator but can't remember if I ever got completely there.

Tim Tactless: My friend had the Terrordrome. Don't know what the "r" was for, but dammit playing with that in his laundry room are some of my favorite toy memories.

Best gift I ever received. My grandparents splurged on me because they thought it might be the last chance they had to buy such a toy for me before I grew out of it. I was shocked when I opened it, like it wasn't really happening to me, hah! I'll never forget it. It was almost like getting the USS FLAGG, one of those toys you wish for but don't actually think you're going to get. Best Christmas ever.
 
2007-11-13 11:55:07 AM  
It was always the JC Penney Christmas catalog at our house. I'll never forget the glorious 2-page spread of the Empire Strikes Back(TM) figures and vehicles in cotton snow. I wanted an AT-AT so freaking bad but didn't get one.
 
2007-11-13 12:15:15 PM  
Shoguns: Invincible Guardians of World Freedom! Although that's more late 70s... but those were my toys of choice as a lad.
 
2007-11-13 12:20:19 PM  
Man, I forgot all about the USS Flagg. If I could find one now, I'd make a funky coffee table out of it.

I do need to point out that I do still have one of these in my possession:

transformers.ugo.com

...and yes, to this day, most dudes have a pavlovian reaction when they see it.
 
2007-11-13 12:20:38 PM  
tallguywithglasseson I was shocked when I opened it, like it wasn't really happening to me, hah! I'll never forget it. It was almost like getting the USS FLAGG, one of those toys you wish for but don't actually think you're going to get. Best Christmas ever.

i think i was of age for this phase twice in my childhood. late 70s, when i opened my micronauts battle cruiser (new window) - all i could do was stare at it dumbfounded. oh how i loved my life then. second time was 84 or so when i got my colecovision, which was the system of choice at that time and almost completely unobtainable. my parents rocked.
 
2007-11-13 12:28:58 PM  
I_Approve_Of_This_Message: I do need to point out that I do still have one of these in my possession... and yes, to this day, most dudes have a pavlovian reaction when they see it.

Was he Jetfire or Skyfire? Either way, yeah, I wanted one bad.
 
2007-11-13 12:35:23 PM  

By the way, I almost forgot that I saw another nostalgic item from the 80s at Toys R Us the other day:


Madballs!!!!




They looked totally original, and included several classics like Slobulous, Screaming Meemie, etc.
 
2007-11-13 12:36:20 PM  
I_Approve_Of_This_Message: Man, I forgot all about the USS Flagg. If I could find one now, I'd make a funky coffee table out of it.

I do need to point out that I do still have one of these in my possession:

...and yes, to this day, most dudes have a pavlovian reaction when they see it.


Jetfire! Man. I had him. He was the most awesome Transformer ever, and when Robotech came out, the Autobot stickers were peeled off and he became a Veritech for me. Sadly, he broke and ended up in the trash. I am going to weep now.

I'm glad people still have this toy.
 
2007-11-13 12:56:15 PM  
Oh wow. I could never remember what my favorite toy was called, and here it is in the '85 Wishbook: Omagles! My younger sister and I played with this shiat for years.
 
2007-11-13 01:03:23 PM  
I used to cut out the pictures of the toys I wanted and pasted them on paper, and gave that to my parents.
 
2007-11-13 01:13:24 PM  
I only had one toy on that list, but it was the U.S.S. Flagg.

I played with that thing well into my teen years.

Finally, when my interest in girls became greater than my love of toys, there was one final battle that involved lots of lighter fluid and bottle rockets in the backyard.
 
2007-11-13 01:39:48 PM  
I_Approve_Of_This_Message: Man, I forgot all about the USS Flagg. If I could find one now, I'd make a funky coffee table out of it.

I do need to point out that I do still have one of these in my possession:



...and yes, to this day, most dudes have a pavlovian reaction when they see it.


I have Skyfire, but he's missing a few of the red pieces....
 
2007-11-13 01:56:07 PM  
Ahh, what a great blast back from my childhood! We always got the Sears and Service Merchandise catalogs. Between my brother and I, there were many dog-eared pages and by Christmas, the catalog looked like it was 45 years old and had been used as a door stop.

/never asked for the metal detector, but secretly wanted one
//never got "a-list" toys
 
2007-11-13 02:05:07 PM  
My friends and I always agreed that we could set up the toy display photos in those catalogs about a million times better. Case in point:

www.x-entertainment.com

Why are Voltron's ear/horn thingies folded down? They were the essential crowning moment of his formation in every episode!

Also, they would always pose Snake Eyes down on both knees, like he's in the Minneapolis Airport mens room or something. Quite clearly he was always drawn kneeling on one knee with one foot forward to better control his Uzi.
 
2007-11-13 02:06:51 PM  
timmy_the_tooth: Mom: Timmy? What are you doing in the bathroom
Me: I'm picking out my Christmas presents


oh, and THIS!
 
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