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The Great Sci-Fi Toy Slump of 1979

Plaid Stallions - 8 January, 2018 - 00:00

It's really hard to believe but in 1979, Star Wars and other Sci-Fi related toys hit a major slump. So much so that many retailers considered it all a "fad" and stopped ordering new items.


This article taken from a "Toys, Hobbies and Crafts" magazine interviews major buyers and the vice president of Mego about the then-uncertain future of  space toys. Surely Star Trek the Motion Picture and the Black Hole were going to kick it back into high gear!



The recent release of two new space movies, with a third on the way for the spring, means kids will again be looking into space toys in droves, say manufacturers.

But retailers are leery about space, since sales dropped off as much as 30% for some last year on licensed and nonlicensed space toys.
The retailer's attitude for 1980s a "wait and see" philosophy. Most are hoping that Star Trek, The Black Hole and the Star Wars sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, will rejuvenate sales.

Still, buyers say they plan to go slow in placing orders for sci-fi toys, depending upon the interest.

TH & C spoke with representatives from Heck's, Winns Stores, Singer and Co., Sprouse-Reitz Co.,Toy Fair, Kenner and Mego. This is what they had to say:

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MANDRANIMALS (& Jackalopes) from Lisa Toms

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 7 January, 2018 - 23:00
If you were late to the "harvest" of these two MANDRANIMALS from Catalonia-based "Lisa Toms", I'd recommend you stay connected to her Instagram for info+images of drops on her Etsy! These two adorable critters were unleashed Sunday 7th, priced at 27€ (the brown/purple) and 32€ (the green) +shipping. Hella adorable OMG! "It's been a while since I made a good amount of mandranimals but I have to
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News

MEGATRON RULES - LG63 Legends G2 Megatron Option Sticker Sheet Demo Brings Back The 90s

Tformers - 7 January, 2018 - 23:00
TakaraTomy has released via their official Transformers PR Twitter account a set of photos showing off the small sheet of optional stickers that will be packed in with the upcoming LG63 G2 Megatron. The sheet leans in to the roots of the deco, including a MEGATRON RULES sticker for the chest emulating a major piece of the Hero Megatron toy's factory applied stickering, as well as the option of a G2 Decepticon symbol, or Predacon logos, speculated to indicate that the Legends pack-in comics may be assigning the identity of Predacon Megatron to this toy's Headmaster. We've mirrored the photos, and you can find them below.
Categories: Transformers

The Return Of G1 Cartoon Deleted Audio, Featuring Ultimate Doom Part 3 And Countdown To Extinction

Tformers - 7 January, 2018 - 22:50
It's been a little while, but the TF @ The Moon team has once again released some lost studio recording audio from the G1 cartoon for everyone to enjoy. The latest samples come from The Ultimate Doom part 3, and the followup episode Countdown to Extinction. Of special note, Countdown to Extinction features a few Optimus Prime lines done by a fill-in in place of Peter Cullen, who sounds a lot like Chris Latta to us. These lines were obviously never meant for broadcast, and are another rare inside look at some of the technical side of the making of the old cartoon. Both videos are embedded below and are definitely worth a listen!
Categories: Transformers

Unique Toys Palm Collection Series Unofficial Apeface & Highbrow, Cerebros & Snapdragon Sets

Tformers - 7 January, 2018 - 22:11
Unique Toys has released full color photos of two upcoming Palm Collection Legends-scale unofficial figure sets. Set 04 features Apeface and Brainstorm, and is going by the product name "No Minds & Unhappy", while set 05 is Cerebros and Snapdragon, named "Day & Night". Both sets look pretty good, and show what we think is some clear development progress from their initial release in this series. Plus, one can't help wondering whether there's a body someplace for that Cerebros head mode and where such a thing would fall in comparative scale. Check out all the photos below!
Categories: Transformers

Let Me Show You My Toys 2018: Batam Getaway

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 7 January, 2018 - 21:00
I had the chance to take a quick getaway outside of Singapore in the first days of 2018, and brought along some toys to take pictures with - something I've not done in a long time, actually! Here are some Instagrammed snaps to share, which features quite a number with "FOOD" (which I know tends to gets some flack with some of my IG followers, hence I'd had some of the pics on my own personal IG
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News

First Sofubi Sale of 2018 from Hariken

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 7 January, 2018 - 20:43
Available on sale now (via his online shop) are TOYS from Hariken of Japan, starting off 2018 with a splendid trio of sofubi! Here's a look at what's available: 6.5cm tall GOLDEN "ARE" priced at 2,160円 The diminutive 1.6cm tall KOME SHIME METRAL FIGURE "White Rice" is priced at 3,240円 and comes housed in its own wooden box! 15cm tall SOFTROLLS Soft Vinyl Figure (1st colorway) made it's
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News

Spotlight: Planet of the Apes Game by IDW

Plaid Stallions - 7 January, 2018 - 20:29


This past week when I went to my local shop, (World's Collide BTW)  I was presented with this Planet of the Apes tabletop game by IDW.

 I like games and if you pair them with an established property, well I'm an easy mark, so even though I didn't sincerely recall ordering it, it sounded like something I'd do and I went on my way.

What it is: Planet of the Apes is a cooperation game, meaning all players work together rather than pitted against each other. I like this concept a great deal although I've never been particularly successful at it. I'm a big fan of Star Trek Cattan BTW....




How it's played: Each one of the up to four players is Taylor, albeit in a different emotional state, there is Clever Taylor, Defiant Taylor etc.  

The game works sequentially in the film's timeline as you race against time to go through the various stages of the film.  Each area has different challenges and relies often on dice to get you through. 

If the Soldier Ape or the Statue of Liberty gets to the bottom before Taylor, well, you blew it up you maniacs.







How it Looks- It's a pretty darn gorgeous game, the box art is by Jason Edmiston, a super talented dude I got to have a beer with a few years ago and have been a fan of ever since. The interior art is equally as beautiful, this is a joy to look at.

I got an early edition of the game and it came with plastic figurines of the Icarus, Taylor, a Soldier Ape and the Statue of Liberty but honestly, the cardboard pieces are super nice. I'm an Ape toy geek, so these do make me happy, I admit it....




So do you like it? Honestly, i've had a lot of fun but I'll freely admit this, I'm not sure if I'm doing it correctly. 

Planet of the Apes is ambitious and a little complicated, even on my second play, I had some questions. Now, that isn't a bad thing, the game rather new and I expect more and more Youtube videos of actual game play will probably answer all my questions.

I do see myself playing this a few more times as I've enjoyed the experience thus far.



Where to get it?


The absolute best place to get this is your local brick and mortar comic or game store. Keep them in business, spend your dollars locally.


Failing that, you can get it on Amazon or Ebay and if you click these links, you help out this site. Which would also be awesome.


GIGANTIC CRAB KAIJU (Dark Thunder Version) available from Jubi Yang via Lottery Sales

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 7 January, 2018 - 20:00
Jubi Yang is currently offering up Lottery Sales for his "The Gigantic Crab Kaiju - DARK THUNDER Version" (every time I read that it reminds me of "Thunder" by Imagine Dragons lol) - an exclusive with INSTINCTOY, produced by Unbox Industries. And while it is not mentioned, I would assume this to be his "Artist Proofs", IMHO. No quantity is mentioned though, so stay sharp! Price is US$185 (Item
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WARBOT FULL LOAD

3A - 7 January, 2018 - 19:59

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Hotspot, Blades, First Aid Design Drawings by Ken Christiansen

Tformers - 7 January, 2018 - 11:49
Transformers artist Ken Christiansen has shared even more images of the original package art drawings. Following the previous looks at ... We have some new drawings of Hotspot, Blades and First Aid characters. Read on to see the design images, original box shots, and Ken's comments below.
Categories: Transformers

Star Wars Rebels Top 5 Moments of Season 4, So Far!

TheForce.net - 7 January, 2018 - 10:30
With the second half of Star Wars Rebels Season 4 upon us it seems only fitting that we take a quick look back at the first half and talk about our five favorite moments from this final season so far.
Categories: Star Wars

GODZILLA: MONSTER PLANET Premieres Jan 17 on Netflix

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 7 January, 2018 - 09:58
New video promos for GODZILLA MONSTER PLANET (Tagged), now premiering January 17th on Netflix (previously reported to premiere November 17th, in Japan). Of course I'll be looking at Godzilla himself, versus the marauding humans who are trying to take him down LOL OFFICIAL PRESS: "Ever since it was first released as a feature film in 1954, “Godzilla” has come to be a colossal cultural icon loved
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News

Electronic Battleship, Risk, and Stratego Games at ToysRUs in 1978

Battlegrip.com - 7 January, 2018 - 05:41
“Geoffrey Beats Inflation” in this 1978 ToysRUs newspaper ad that’s loaded with boardgames of the seventies. That Electronic Battleship title stands out as the one boardgame in the ad I wanted as a kid and never got, but I cannot say that I didn’t have lots of fun with both Risk and Stratego when I was a kid.
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News

Strangecat Toys' 1st Custom Show of 2018 features KAWS Dissected Companions!

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 7 January, 2018 - 03:17
Strangecat Toys very kindly give us a headsup about their first custom show of 2018, featuring the 16" tall KAWS DISSECTED COMPANION as the platform toy of choice! "16-inches"? Now that's the OG Dissected, not the re-issue 11"-tall Flayed / Open Editions! Now THAT's pretty intense for a group "custom show", innit? :) We'll update with more information about the show as they are revealed,
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News

Hasbro Super Joe Action Figures and Rocket Command Center

Battlegrip.com - 7 January, 2018 - 03:15
Here’s a 1977 Kiddie City newspaper ad for the G.I. Joe fans in the audience. Featuring the failed Super Joe series (see my 2013 feature and G.I. Joe and Other Backyard Heroes* for more on Super Joe), shows us the toys from a time when retailers still held out hope that Super Joe could capture the sales magic of the... Read more →
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DYNAMITE vs. Rockin’Jelly Bean: VAMPILLERA Statue

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 7 January, 2018 - 02:58
"Good Girl" artist extraordinaire Rockin'Jelly Bean does "VAMPIRELLA", and the result is awesomeness in the form of a statue! To say *I am a fan of Rockin'Jelly Bean*, is an understatement, although I hardly own any of his awesomeness ... "tragic" (for me), I know, right? *facepalm* Produced by DYNAMITE, this SUPER MIXTURE MODEL Vol.3 / DYNAMITE vs. Rockin’Jelly Bean : VAMPILLERA stands
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INSTINCTOY Exclusive GIANT MAGURO (1st color “Killer whale”) now open for Lottery Sales!

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 7 January, 2018 - 02:17
After it's debut at Tokyo Comic Con last year, the INSTINCTOY exclusive "GIANT MAGURO SENPAI" (1st color ”Killer whale”) is now available for Lottery Sales (Register here), priced at 16,500JPY (US$146 / SG$194) per, excluding shipping. Entry Period: 6th Jan , 2018 till 10th Jan 2359h. Prize announcement: Emails will be posted on 13th Jan, 2018 until 1900h. The lottery winners will be
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News

The INSTINCTOY Happy Bag 2018 Lottery Sales Has Begun!

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 7 January, 2018 - 02:04
Launched for Lottery Sales from INSTINCTOY is their "Original Happy Bag" - featuring a 4 x item set, including ICE VINCENT 1st color "THE ICE", MINI EROSION MOLLY (Golden Crown), GOLDEN FAT BEAR Edition of Booo-Ma, and GOLDEN ICE LIQUID(M SIZE) = all of whom are in a very festive GOLD and RED (accents), perfect for Chinese New Year gifting, or for yourselves, I have to say! :) And what I reckon
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SUPER FESTIVAL 76 (Jan 7, 2018)

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 7 January, 2018 - 01:31
The 76th Edition of the annual SUPER FESTIVAL (www) in Japan launched Sunday January 7th, featuring a slew of sofubi makes, a whole lot of which TOYSREVIL is unfortunately unfamiliar with, but for a few coverage featuring Blackbook Toy, T9G + Shoko Nakasawa + Mai Nagamoto, Unbox Industries and South Korea's Rato Kim. Featured here are snaps of what else is on offer, which you can still snag
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