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2013-09-20 06:52:53 PM  
Solution:

ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2013-09-20 08:36:33 PM  
eartist.nl

Illegal
 
2013-09-20 08:38:00 PM  
I don't remember any of that horrible sh*t. Except for Police Academy. I'm pretty sure I watched that cartoon and it was pretty terrible.
 
2013-09-20 09:07:26 PM  
Bag O' Glass?
 
2013-09-20 09:48:29 PM  

jaylectricity: Bag O' Glass?


What?  It's fun.  Kids love it.
 
2013-09-20 09:57:02 PM  
Yeah, well, look - you know, the average kid, he picks up, you know, broken glass anywhere, you know? The beach, the street, garbage cans, parking lots, all over the place in any big city. We're just packaging what the kids want! I mean, it's a creative toy, you know? If you hold this up, you know, you see colors, every color of the rainbow! I mean, it teaches him about light refraction, you know? Prisms, and that stuff! You know what I mean?
 
2013-09-20 10:46:31 PM  
gold.mylargescale.com

/It's better than bad, it's good!
 
2013-09-20 11:07:25 PM  
Dude, Computer Warriors! I remember those! They're right that the clock one kind of sucked, but the pepsi can one was a cool idea.
 
2013-09-20 11:08:02 PM  

NewportBarGuy: I don't remember any of that horrible sh*t. Except for Police Academy. I'm pretty sure I watched that cartoon and it was pretty terrible.


I remember Rock Lords, Visionaries, and Sky Commanders and even had a couple of them. Those ones were necessarily bad, but they weren't great.
 
2013-09-20 11:25:17 PM  
Oh man, I had a few of the Food Fighters when I was a kid. Good Times.
 
2013-09-20 11:26:15 PM  
I remember Rock Lords. They were fairly popular weren't they? Or was I that much of a nerd?
 
2013-09-20 11:27:32 PM  
I remember visionaries vaguely.
 
2013-09-20 11:29:56 PM  
Shockingly, kids had little desire to buy General Hamfat Lardo, Corporal Hy Onahog, or even the Pork-a-pult.

But then these idiots grew up to make pork fat-coated bullets.
 
2013-09-20 11:30:00 PM  

DubyaHater: I remember Rock Lords. They were fairly popular weren't they? Or was I that much of a nerd?


I dunno if they were popular so much as they were widespread. I think I remember only myself and one or two other kids in my area had them. It could be because they were cheaper than the Transformers, Thundercats , He-Man, and M.A.S.K. toys were and us poor kids got the shiatty toys.
 
2013-09-20 11:30:17 PM  

Mugato: [eartist.nl image 754x426]

Illegal


That one of the toys I wish I still had.
 
2013-09-20 11:33:29 PM  
Oh the 80's. Where if you looked you did not have to pay a small fortune for Voltron or any of the transformers. You just had to buy the bootleg knockoffs. And all the generic G.I. Joe action figures.
 
2013-09-20 11:43:29 PM  
Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball
 
2013-09-20 11:47:31 PM  

kombi: Oh the 80's. Where if you looked you did not have to pay a small fortune for Voltron or any of the transformers. You just had to buy the bootleg knockoffs. And all the generic G.I. Joe action figures.


The best part is half the time the knockoffs used the same molds as the actual Transformers because Hasbro just bought the rights to several existing Japanese toy lines that had apparently also sold the rights to the design to a lot of other companies. One Christmas I got a knockoff version of Shockwave who was molded in cheaper gray plastic instead of purple, but was otherwise identical except for having a trigger that was a tad more phallic.

Also, I have to say that even though the larger Transformers were awesome, I actually preferred many of the Go Bots to the smaller Transformers, since the small ones were generally crappy plastic penny racers while the Go Bots had a lot more die cast metal and were generally properly proportioned in vehicle mode. When I was a kid, I just mixed and matched my transforming toys.
 
2013-09-20 11:51:23 PM  
Anybody remember Dino Riders? Those were badass!
 
2013-09-21 12:00:48 AM  

Mad_Radhu: kombi: Oh the 80's. Where if you looked you did not have to pay a small fortune for Voltron or any of the transformers. You just had to buy the bootleg knockoffs. And all the generic G.I. Joe action figures.

The best part is half the time the knockoffs used the same molds as the actual Transformers because Hasbro just bought the rights to several existing Japanese toy lines that had apparently also sold the rights to the design to a lot of other companies. One Christmas I got a knockoff version of Shockwave who was molded in cheaper gray plastic instead of purple, but was otherwise identical except for having a trigger that was a tad more phallic.

Also, I have to say that even though the larger Transformers were awesome, I actually preferred many of the Go Bots to the smaller Transformers, since the small ones were generally crappy plastic penny racers while the Go Bots had a lot more die cast metal and were generally properly proportioned in vehicle mode. When I was a kid, I just mixed and matched my transforming toys.


Oh dont get me wrong. I had a knock off Voltron and a few transformers. and you could interchange the weapons. Go bots where cool. Like you said. They had a feel to them. And your right. I still have one of the small transformers and its dollar store junk. But it has an autobots sticker. People forget that the toys came first then the cartoon. Transformers was based on a Jap toy line.
 
2013-09-21 12:05:22 AM  

cannibalparrot: Anybody remember Dino Riders? Those were badass!


Yes remember dino riders. Anyone remember the toy... I dont remember its name but, they where grey plastic logs that you could connect together to build robots.. It had black servos and a controller. I remember the claws had purple pads on them.
 
2013-09-21 12:13:39 AM  
The greatest dead 80s toyline and best Transformers spinoff of all time was clearly Battle Beasts.

[consulting list of undisputed facts]

Yep, it's right here.
 
2013-09-21 12:21:08 AM  
I'm just sad that as a kid I never got any action figures from my favorite Saturday morning cartoon of the 80s. Man, I watched every episode! Anyone ever get any of those action figures?
 
2013-09-21 12:26:08 AM  
I was never into action figures for some reason. I just couldn't pretend that a little plastic dude was real but I could pretend that almost anything was a plane or spaceship (spark plugs made cool rockets and many vacuum tube spaceships were smashed in the woods as I "crashed" them into rocks). I also loved those plastic model cars and planes and of course countless Hot Wheels/Matchbox cars.
One of the earliest toys I can remember was a small robot that had like a screen on its chest and inside was a light and a clear plastic ring that would rotate and show something on the screen. It also had sound effects, but that's all I can remember. This was probably around 1982-84 I guess. It was probably something obscure so I doubt I'll ever see another one but maybe some Farker also had one and will know.
 
2013-09-21 12:31:58 AM  
I don't know. Sky Commanders had a TV show too, even if no one remembers it but me. I think that could be brought back if done right.
 
2013-09-21 12:36:27 AM  
I remember the Sky Commanders cartoon, and the Visionaries one too.

Somehow I don't remember the Converters at all.
 
2013-09-21 12:53:44 AM  
The only one I had was Sky Commanders.
 
2013-09-21 12:57:13 AM  
List left out Sectaurs, Captain Power, C.O.P.S, Spiral Zone, M.A.S.K., Wheeled Warriors, SilverHawks, Centurions, and Power Lords.

Damn, those toys were f*cking awesome.
 
2013-09-21 12:59:13 AM  
Does this mean Dino Riders are coming back?!
 
2013-09-21 01:12:36 AM  
M.A.S.K
 
2013-09-21 01:27:54 AM  
This is bringing back memories. I looked up some of the playsets trying to jog my memory because I have one for some toyline I can't remember. It's just a big lava mountain. Looking it up, I ought to dig out my Voltron playset along with the full lion collection, seems like they're worth some cash.

Wait.. found it. Power Lords. I have the Volcan rock Playset in a box at my parent's house. It's right next to the Voltron castle and Grayskull. I remember the lava pieces and the satellite dish. No clue on the backstory or if I have any of the other toys.

I moved back in the mid-90s and I boxed up all my 80s toys and never unboxed them. So for the past 18 years they've been left undisturbed. Waiting... dreaming...

FuryOfFirestorm: List left out Sectaurs, Captain Power, C.O.P.S, Spiral Zone, M.A.S.K., Wheeled Warriors, SilverHawks, Centurions, and Power Lords.

Damn, those toys were f*cking awesome.


I had a Sectaur hand-in-glove puppet. Loved that freaking thing.
 
2013-09-21 02:36:24 AM  
Dammit. This list doesn't piss me off one bit.

Can we have a "Toys/Cartoons from the 80's/90's that Should come back" list, so I can be angry it doesn't include Exo-Squad?
 
2013-09-21 02:46:13 AM  

1000 Ways to Dye: Dammit. This list doesn't piss me off one bit.

Can we have a "Toys/Cartoons from the 80's/90's that Should come back" list, so I can be angry it doesn't include Exo-Squad?


We can't have a list, but we do have one of these threads every 3-4 weeks, so give it time.
 
2013-09-21 03:16:43 AM  

1000 Ways to Dye: Dammit. This list doesn't piss me off one bit.

Can we have a "Toys/Cartoons from the 80's/90's that Should come back" list, so I can be angry it doesn't include Exo-Squad?


No, because such a list damned well will include Exo-Squad.
 
2013-09-21 03:29:08 AM  
I still remember the commercial to Blackstar.

"Laser lights!  {pew-pew-pew!} [x2]
It's BLACKSTAR!

Defender of right, he's ready to fight
THE EVIL OVERLORD (Ogre Lord?)

La-ser Liiiights

The Ice Castle is a mysterious place
He might meet the Lavalark [?] face-to-face!

"Laser lights!  {pew-pew-pew!} [x2]
It's BLACKSTAAAAR!"

And even in 1983 I thought it had to be the stupidest toy evar.  Also, IIRC, the "laser lights" were just flint-wheels like on the oldskool cigarette lighters.

/Mah lawn, git off it.
 
2013-09-21 04:21:16 AM  
amethyst-angel.com

It's a little known fact that Pizza the Hutt was wounded six times during the Allied Invasion of Sicily in 1943.  He also nearly died when a group of Italian prisoners of war mistook him for their rations.
 
2013-09-21 04:30:44 AM  
The one that I never understood were the M.U.S.C.L.E. figurines and just why they were so popular. They're tiny little monochrome rubber bits and while a few of them were bizarre and interesting in their design most were just slightly mutated professional wrestler types. And there was nothing to do with them unless you had the ring and even then all you could do was wiggle them around on the end of a stick.

Compare that to something like Transformers which were large, colourful, fully articulated and could fold from one thing to another and IMO they looked quite limited.
 
2013-09-21 04:47:01 AM  
Now that I was thinking about it, I had to go look up my old knock off "Shackwave":

1.bp.blogspot.com

I can really see why Hasbro changed up the trigger in their version:

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-09-21 04:50:44 AM  
This also came up in a GIS, which I thought was funny:

oi56.tinypic.com
 
2013-09-21 05:29:05 AM  

NewportBarGuy: I don't remember any of that horrible sh*t. Except for Police Academy. I'm pretty sure I watched that cartoon and it was pretty terrible.


Pretty much this. I'm not sure if they showed the cartoon in Canada, but the drawings do look vaguely familiar, so possibly?

Converters? That's what my dad called the remote!
 
2013-09-21 05:34:14 AM  

kombi: Mad_Radhu: kombi: Oh the 80's. Where if you looked you did not have to pay a small fortune for Voltron or any of the transformers. You just had to buy the bootleg knockoffs. And all the generic G.I. Joe action figures.

The best part is half the time the knockoffs used the same molds as the actual Transformers because Hasbro just bought the rights to several existing Japanese toy lines that had apparently also sold the rights to the design to a lot of other companies. One Christmas I got a knockoff version of Shockwave who was molded in cheaper gray plastic instead of purple, but was otherwise identical except for having a trigger that was a tad more phallic.

Also, I have to say that even though the larger Transformers were awesome, I actually preferred many of the Go Bots to the smaller Transformers, since the small ones were generally crappy plastic penny racers while the Go Bots had a lot more die cast metal and were generally properly proportioned in vehicle mode. When I was a kid, I just mixed and matched my transforming toys.

Oh dont get me wrong. I had a knock off Voltron and a few transformers. and you could interchange the weapons. Go bots where cool. Like you said. They had a feel to them. And your right. I still have one of the small transformers and its dollar store junk. But it has an autobots sticker. People forget that the toys came first then the cartoon. Transformers was based on a Jap toy line.


Go-bots were Kmart transformers!

/picklefarker
 
2013-09-21 05:37:07 AM  

Hand Banana: I was never into action figures for some reason. I just couldn't pretend that a little plastic dude was real but I could pretend that almost anything was a plane or spaceship (spark plugs made cool rockets and many vacuum tube spaceships were smashed in the woods as I "crashed" them into rocks). I also loved those plastic model cars and planes and of course countless Hot Wheels/Matchbox cars.
One of the earliest toys I can remember was a small robot that had like a screen on its chest and inside was a light and a clear plastic ring that would rotate and show something on the screen. It also had sound effects, but that's all I can remember. This was probably around 1982-84 I guess. It was probably something obscure so I doubt I'll ever see another one but maybe some Farker also had one and will know.


Robie? That's what springs to mind for me for that time period

/born in 74
//watched a lot of boy cartoons
///transformers, tmnt, G-force, Rocket Robin Hood, etc...
 
2013-09-21 05:42:28 AM  

Mad_Radhu: This also came up in a GIS, which I thought was funny:

[oi56.tinypic.com image 850x461]


What movie is that? Is it one of the Alien movies?
 
2013-09-21 05:59:31 AM  
Might not be from the 80's, but DAMN did I have some fun with Exosquad:

i50.photobucket.com
 
2013-09-21 06:27:37 AM  

kombi: cannibalparrot: Anybody remember Dino Riders? Those were badass!

Yes remember dino riders. Anyone remember the toy... I dont remember its name but, they where grey plastic logs that you could connect together to build robots.. It had black servos and a controller. I remember the claws had purple pads on them.



ROBOTIX
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlep7hyzij0

Awesome toy, along with Capsella
 
2013-09-21 06:41:21 AM  
img.gawkerassets.com

It's the Sarah Jessica Parker action figure
 
2013-09-21 06:45:22 AM  

Mad Tea Party: Oh man, I had a few of the Food Fighters when I was a kid. Good Times.


Dave Grohl?
 
2013-09-21 07:55:47 AM  

cannibalparrot: Anybody remember Dino Riders? Those were badass!


Dino Riders were great. I like that occasionally I still see the dinosaur molds pop up in varoous forms in toy stores. Apparently when you make a good walking T-Rex kids will want it even without lazer cannons!
 
2013-09-21 08:01:48 AM  
I was a technically adult nerdette, and I bought Golden Girls figures whenever I spotted 'em. And yes, I still have some of them sitting around in boxes. They're pretty damn sweet toys.
 
2013-09-21 08:09:31 AM  

RatMaster999: 1000 Ways to Dye: Dammit. This list doesn't piss me off one bit.

Can we have a "Toys/Cartoons from the 80's/90's that Should come back" list, so I can be angry it doesn't include Exo-Squad?

No, because such a list damned well will include Exo-Squad.


croesius: Might not be from the 80's, but DAMN did I have some fun with Exosquad:

[i50.photobucket.com image 800x600]


One of the most under-rated and under-appreciated crossovers ever:

www.stwing.upenn.edu
 
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