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(Topless Robot)   The 1980s were a great time to be a kid, as there were lots of cool toys, from GI Joe to Transformers to He-Man. But as these 9 toylines show, not every gimmick worked   (toplessrobot.com ) divider line
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2012-08-22 09:44:20 AM  
Ring Raiders.. *chuckle*
 
2012-08-22 09:48:06 AM  
What was so great about toys in the 80s? Before that, your toys could kill you, and after that, your toys were smarter than you. The 80s sucked for toys.
 
2012-08-22 09:50:00 AM  

rumpelstiltskin: What was so great about toys in the 80s? Before that, your toys could kill you, and after that, your toys were smarter than you. The 80s sucked for toys.


The three-front wars between my GI Joes, Transformers, and my My Little Ponies disagrees with you.

Yes, I had My Little Ponies. You got a problem with that?!
 
2012-08-22 09:57:15 AM  
I had none of those. I had Transformers, He-Man, M.A.S.K, Thundercats, a few Go-Bots and others.
 
2012-08-22 10:06:04 AM  
Anyone remember Power Lords? That line had some weird figures.

1.bp.blogspot.com

www.destroyallpodcastsdx.com
 
2012-08-22 10:06:50 AM  

i141.photobucket.com

What's going on in this thread?



/Hot.
 
2012-08-22 10:21:11 AM  
www.mwctoys.com

/That is all!!
 
2012-08-22 10:30:52 AM  
anyone remember the Mcdonaldland character toys?

ebid.s3.amazonaws.com
 
2012-08-22 10:37:33 AM  
Anyone remember the Feculoids Toxic Critterz Line?
 
 
i253.photobucket.comYeah, I'm not sure if they were real or not either, I sniffed a lot glue as a kid. They were real to me dammit!
 
2012-08-22 10:52:28 AM  

Cythraul: rumpelstiltskin: What was so great about toys in the 80s? Before that, your toys could kill you, and after that, your toys were smarter than you. The 80s sucked for toys.

The three-front wars between my GI Joes, Transformers, and my My Little Ponies disagrees with you.

Yes, I had My Little Ponies. You got a problem with that?!


I suppose I have to retroactively approve of 80s Ponies since I approve of modern Ponies.


Anyway, Silverhawks farking ruled.
 
2012-08-22 11:12:09 AM  
My favorite were Army Ants.
 
2012-08-22 11:25:25 AM  

eas81: [www.mwctoys.com image 400x533]

/That is all!!



Yep. That's still packed away in my parent's attic somewhere. It was actually my younger brother's but I confiscated it for fear he would destroy it.

I remember all in that list and never had one of them...as I thought they sucked.
 
2012-08-22 11:31:34 AM  

rumpelstiltskin: What was so great about toys in the 80s? Before that, your toys could kill you, and after that, your toys were smarter than you. The 80s sucked for toys.


No...

s12.postimage.org

...No they did not... 


/Yes, it was a transformer.
//Yes, it was a copyright violation and discontinued.
///Yes, I still have it.
 
2012-08-22 11:41:23 AM  

UberDave: ///Yes, I still have it.


I broke mine. But when they rereleased Jetfire in the classics line a few years back, I snapped him up. Same paint scheme and all, but nothing will beat that original.

Just like the original Soundwave. I really want the new Masterpiece Soundwave they're putting out.
 
2012-08-22 01:05:22 PM  

rumpelstiltskin: What was so great about toys in the 80s? Before that, your toys could kill you, and after that, your toys were smarter than you. The 80s sucked for toys.


Toys in the '80s were awesome for two primary reasons:

1) They were sufficiently technologically advanced to be able to do some very cool $#!+, and...
2) The pussification squad hadn't yet come along to sand off the corners.

Toys in the '80s could still fire missiles with enough velocity to injure pets. They could still be made out of frightening (but awesome) chemical compounds. And they could still have edges you could cut deli meats with.

But then the goddamned parents got a hold of everything. Parents who were too lazy or too preoccupied with their OWN agenda to properly supervise their kids while they were playing. So, when they bought toys as babysitters, and their kids lost eyes and/or fingers? They blamed the TOYS.

Suddenly, nothing could be pointier than a bowling ball. Things couldn't break up into small enough parts to choke on. Missiles had to be glued in, or have their springs weakened so much that they never even got off the launchpad. And toys started to suck.

We used to have to RESPECT our playthings, and show them the proper care...Because we knew that if we used them improperly, we could hurt ourselves. Now everything comes with a dozen warning labels, and a f*cking helmet.

Whee...?

Also, obligatory:

Fun Toy Banned Because Of Three Stupid Dead Kids
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2012-08-22 01:29:32 PM  
Ready Player One?
 
2012-08-22 01:31:30 PM  
I had a Robo Force telephone for a while. I think it's still in a box in the attic of my parent's house.

UberDave: ///Yes, I still have it.


I might still have mine. My parents kept a lot of my old toys.
 
2012-08-22 01:39:44 PM  
My favorite toy from the late 70's:
www.timewarptoys.com

/anyone else notice that the kids in those commercials were all wearing rugby shirts? 
/Evel Knievel
 
2012-08-22 01:40:19 PM  
Too lazy to find Sectaurs, were they? I had them all, including the Hive

2.bp.blogspot.com

Visionaries were pretty cool. They might as well have ragged on Inhumanoids or Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors.
 
2012-08-22 01:41:50 PM  

texdent: I had none of those. I had Transformers, He-Man, M.A.S.K, Thundercats, a few Go-Bots and others.


Transformers, Go-Bots, Thundercats, He-Man, Voltron, and I actually had one or two of the Visionaries toys from TFA. Also, anyone remember a set of toys that were kind of like Transformers, but they transformed into different rocks and they had one that was supposed to smell like Brimstone?

FirstNationalBastard: Anyway, Silverhawks farking ruled.


Loved the cartoon, never had any of the toys for them though.
 
2012-08-22 01:51:02 PM  

Bschott007: Ready Player One?


CSB:

I'm (like reading right now, real-time) on page 24 of 34 in the iBooks sample. Decided to hit the 'buy' button as soon as I saw this thread.
 
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2012-08-22 01:51:37 PM  
There were no actual G.I. Joes in the 80's, because they weren't 12 inches tall.

Sorry, but no. What you had was a marketing gimmick.
 
2012-08-22 01:54:51 PM  
Starcom, Silverhawks, Sectaurs, Dinoriders, MASK.

GI Joe never got a food hold in our house, but my brother and I were not wanting for awesome toys.
 
2012-08-22 01:57:10 PM  
Robo Force figures were the rampaging 1950's robots that GI Joe had to fight to save the city at my house.

When not Fighting Cobra, or Rambo, or Godzilla and Rodan, or those wussy Mask guys.
 
2012-08-22 01:59:59 PM  

rickycal78: texdent: I had none of those. I had Transformers, He-Man, M.A.S.K, Thundercats, a few Go-Bots and others.

Transformers, Go-Bots, Thundercats, He-Man, Voltron, and I actually had one or two of the Visionaries toys from TFA. Also, anyone remember a set of toys that were kind of like Transformers, but they transformed into different rocks and they had one that was supposed to smell like Brimstone?

FirstNationalBastard: Anyway, Silverhawks farking ruled.

Loved the cartoon, never had any of the toys for them though.



Are you referring to "Rock Lords"?:
www.toplessrobot.com
 
2012-08-22 02:00:58 PM  
I had several of the Sky Commanders line when I was a kid.

Were they much fun as a standalone playset idea? Eh, not so much.
Were they great for setting up sheet tents in my bedroom? Absolutely.
Were they perfect for tying my sister's bedroom door closed so she had to climb out the window and climb down the front of the house to get out? That seemed to be exactly what they were made for.
 
2012-08-22 02:04:01 PM  

UberDave: rumpelstiltskin: What was so great about toys in the 80s? Before that, your toys could kill you, and after that, your toys were smarter than you. The 80s sucked for toys.

No...

[s12.postimage.org image 480x628]

...No they did not... 


/Yes, it was a transformer.
//Yes, it was a copyright violation and discontinued.
///Yes, I still have it.


That was my favorite Transformer of all time. I actually have two of them, though one is in pieces awaiting a custom paint job that a friend was supposed to do years ago. I even have one of the green Bandai ones that I picked up in a store in Cali. The primary one has all the pieces unbroken and the little rockets for the gun. He currently lives in his original box in my parents attic.
 
2012-08-22 02:09:07 PM  

Fano: Too lazy to find Sectaurs, were they? I had them all, including the Hive

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 317x400]

Visionaries were pretty cool. They might as well have ragged on Inhumanoids or Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors.


totally had that playset. the glove that turned your hand into a spider was farking GENIUS.
 
2012-08-22 02:09:13 PM  
For reasons that I am unable to articulate, I thought of "Visionaries" immediately after reading the headline but before viewing the related article.
 
2012-08-22 02:22:10 PM  

Virtual Pariah: wussy Mask guys


You call this wussy?
homepage.ntlworld.com
www.internationalhero.co.uk
pulse.wyldware.com
 
2012-08-22 02:24:49 PM  
Sectaurs were awesome. My son agrees. Still got Battle-Beetle packed away at the parent's place.
Inhumanoids were cool, even if my son seems to think that Redlen should be menacing Metlar, instead of the other way around.
I totally had that first Power Lord! And the castle/play-set!

Ditto for He-man, the Veritech/Jetfire, Rock-lords, and Voltron. Seriously, I had it good as a child - including Construx, and a couple of other building toys that escape me right now.
 
2012-08-22 02:31:08 PM  
Spinjas FTW.. We played for keeps som some games got bloody
 
2012-08-22 02:36:28 PM  

MetaCarpal: I had several of the Sky Commanders line when I was a kid.

Were they much fun as a standalone playset idea? Eh, not so much.
Were they great for setting up sheet tents in my bedroom? Absolutely.
Were they perfect for tying my sister's bedroom door closed so she had to climb out the window and climb down the front of the house to get out? That seemed to be exactly what they were made for.


I figured out how to take one of the missle launchers and instead turn it into a grappling hook. It had pretty decent range, too.
 
2012-08-22 02:36:30 PM  
FYI, Sky Commanders were awesome. You could set up crazy lines all over the house and watch them zip around. Toys were rad looking also.
 
2012-08-22 02:36:43 PM  
Yeah whatever.. this one was the farking best.
Add more rubberbands and send away for a couple of extra sets of bricks
and you're good for YEARS of entertainment. Hell, I'd play it now if I could.

i975.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-22 02:39:33 PM  
I had one of those Super-Naturals...Lion Heart, I think. It was pretty cool, but the Visionaries was way cooler. I wish the cartoon had gotten a 2nd season.
 
2012-08-22 02:41:43 PM  
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Millions Of Unusual Small Creatures Lurking Everywhere
 
2012-08-22 02:42:50 PM  
I liked my Sky Commanders. Had zip lines all over my room. Made it difficult to get up in middle of the night to hit the bathroom without clotheslining myself, but i loved those things.
 
2012-08-22 02:44:04 PM  

Apok451: That was my favorite Transformer of all time. I actually have two of them, though one is in pieces awaiting a custom paint job that a friend was supposed to do years ago. I even have one of the green Bandai ones that I picked up in a store in Cali. The primary one has all the pieces unbroken and the little rockets for the gun. He currently lives in his original box in my parents attic.



I think the Bandai one was an actual Macross/Robotech VF1F. Jetfire, was a Transformer that transformed *exactly* like a Macross/Robotech Veritech fighter and the attachments were the Enhanced Veritech attachments. Going from memory, without googling, they were sued for Jetfire (of course). I'm sure there's something I'm missing or leaving out...someone may be along to correct me. :)

The Bandai toys were awesome and well made. The VF1 had the Enchanced Veritech modifications *and* the Armored Veritech mods. I remember Bandai toys being damn hard to get hold of. You could pick them up at comic shops but they were quite expensive. I *did* have a Bandai green Mospeada/Robotech-Invid Alpha Fighter. It pretty much set up on the display shelf.
 
2012-08-22 02:45:03 PM  
I have a Visionaries comic #1 in a box around here somewhere ...
 
2012-08-22 02:45:46 PM  
The only one of these I know about is Super Naturals. Man they sucked.

Virtual Pariah: Robo Force figures were the rampaging 1950's robots that GI Joe had to fight to save the city at my house.

When not Fighting Cobra, or Rambo, or Godzilla and Rodan, or those wussy Mask guys.


Them's fightin' words, hombre.
 
2012-08-22 02:50:02 PM  

UberDave: Apok451: That was my favorite Transformer of all time. I actually have two of them, though one is in pieces awaiting a custom paint job that a friend was supposed to do years ago. I even have one of the green Bandai ones that I picked up in a store in Cali. The primary one has all the pieces unbroken and the little rockets for the gun. He currently lives in his original box in my parents attic.


I think the Bandai one was an actual Macross/Robotech VF1F. Jetfire, was a Transformer that transformed *exactly* like a Macross/Robotech Veritech fighter and the attachments were the Enhanced Veritech attachments. Going from memory, without googling, they were sued for Jetfire (of course). I'm sure there's something I'm missing or leaving out...someone may be along to correct me. :)

The Bandai toys were awesome and well made. The VF1 had the Enchanced Veritech modifications *and* the Armored Veritech mods. I remember Bandai toys being damn hard to get hold of. You could pick them up at comic shops but they were quite expensive. I *did* have a Bandai green Mospeada/Robotech-Invid Alpha Fighter. It pretty much set up on the display shelf.


Yeah, its the Super Veritech Armor. The model for Jetfies was the VF-1S, for squadron commanders. And of course I had to check and see if the Armor fit on the green one from Bandai, and of course it fit, but bright red armor and an od green Veritech just looked silly.
 
2012-08-22 02:50:30 PM  

UberDave: rumpelstiltskin: What was so great about toys in the 80s? Before that, your toys could kill you, and after that, your toys were smarter than you. The 80s sucked for toys.

No...

[s12.postimage.org image 480x628]

...No they did not... 


/Yes, it was a transformer.
//Yes, it was a copyright violation and discontinued.
///Yes, I still have it.


Still have mine too...I let my kids play with my old Transformers when they get bored with today's crappy toys.
 
2012-08-22 02:51:47 PM  
Wow I had so many of those toys listed on that site and listed in these comments. Man now that I am a parent, I realize my parents spent way too much money buying me stupid crap.
 
2012-08-22 02:53:19 PM  
Huh, never had issues with my robo-force toys as a kid. As is, I sold them to a toy collector for a rather hefty sum a few years ago. Had the entire collection, minus a few of the smaller guns. Actually some pretty cool toys.

My jetfire will never, EVER be gotten rid of. The same goes for all my legos, especially the original pirate-themed line (before the crappy PotC tie-in) and the space command line (bad guys motif was black with a yellow tri-force like symbol).

Also still have the entire 'starriors' line boxed up in my basement. I will still occasionally break out the T-Rex and the Battle Station/Snake thing every once in a while to get the dog running around like mad.

/leave me and my childhood memory hoarding alone, dammit!
 
2012-08-22 02:54:40 PM  
We had dirt bikes, and the run of 100 square miles or so. I can't imagine many kids have that now.
 
2012-08-22 02:56:19 PM  
This reminds me to plan to sell my decent sized GI Joe collection

/except for white Storm Shadow with the broken crotch
 
2012-08-22 02:56:53 PM  

gunther_bumpass: Yeah whatever.. this one was the farking best.
Add more rubberbands and send away for a couple of extra sets of bricks
and you're good for YEARS of entertainment. Hell, I'd play it now if I could.

[i975.photobucket.com image 412x421]


I had that, and Torpedo Run, where you had a little submarine and shot red discs at the other player's ships, aiming for slots that would cause them to "blow up". It was awesome. I ditched the game board and would fire them across the kitchen floor.
 
2012-08-22 03:00:14 PM  
You could still buy Jarts in the 80s. Porn was less fake, too.
 
2012-08-22 03:01:49 PM  

Apok451: UberDave: Apok451: That was my favorite Transformer of all time. I actually have two of them, though one is in pieces awaiting a custom paint job that a friend was supposed to do years ago. I even have one of the green Bandai ones that I picked up in a store in Cali. The primary one has all the pieces unbroken and the little rockets for the gun. He currently lives in his original box in my parents attic.


I think the Bandai one was an actual Macross/Robotech VF1F. Jetfire, was a Transformer that transformed *exactly* like a Macross/Robotech Veritech fighter and the attachments were the Enhanced Veritech attachments. Going from memory, without googling, they were sued for Jetfire (of course). I'm sure there's something I'm missing or leaving out...someone may be along to correct me. :)

The Bandai toys were awesome and well made. The VF1 had the Enchanced Veritech modifications *and* the Armored Veritech mods. I remember Bandai toys being damn hard to get hold of. You could pick them up at comic shops but they were quite expensive. I *did* have a Bandai green Mospeada/Robotech-Invid Alpha Fighter. It pretty much set up on the display shelf.

Yeah, its the Super Veritech Armor. The model for Jetfies was the VF-1S, for squadron commanders. And of course I had to check and see if the Armor fit on the green one from Bandai, and of course it fit, but bright red armor and an od green Veritech just looked silly.


Quite a few of the transformer toys were re-purposed from other toy lines. That's why there was such a wide variety of quality in those first few runs. I'd have tosearch for it again, but there was a toy collector pagethat went in-depth into where some of the transformer toys originally came from in terms of being taken from other existing lines.
 
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