Category Archives: Toys

I Had That! #51: Kenner Star Wars Toys

I could have pieced this entry out more. It could have been all 52 entries by itself. As we’ve seen, Star Wars can’t be overemphasized in my youth, and Kenner’s line of toys played an enormous part of that. They … Continue reading

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I Had That! #50: Other Action Figures

The clock is running out on this feature, but I had planned to combine some entries anyway as, on their own, there wasn’t a whole lot to say. The success of the 3.5″ Star Wars action figures took the toy … Continue reading

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I Had That! #49: Blip and Digital Diamond

The digital revolution provided by Atari and the arcades caught some toy manufacturers off guard. While Mattel flourished in the new market with its “Mattel Electronics” games and Parker Brothers had some nice offerings, Tomy kind of lagged behind, aiming … Continue reading

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I Had That! #47: Enemy Visitor Action Figure

V, for “Visitor”, not “Vendetta”, was an odd sort of thing to me. On the one hand, I eagerly watched the original miniseries in 1983 and enjoyed it. I bought the novelization of the miniseries and its East Coast Crisis … Continue reading

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I Had That! #39: Dune Action Figures

Long-time readers will know how much I unflinchingly adore David Lynch’s Dune. A lot. Possibly too much. When it came out in 1984 I fell for the movie, even though I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. I … Continue reading

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I Had That! #35: Merlin and Split Second

My room was where batteries went to die. Nearly everything I owned required tons of them, and since my Dad’s favorite place to get them was Radio Shack, I needed a constant supply. When Merlin came along and required 6 … Continue reading

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I Had That! #31: Matchbox and Hot Wheels Cars

Does it count as memories if I had to be reminded of it? The other day I was scrolling through Tumblr when a post featuring a bunch of old Hot Wheels cars when by, and that car up there, the … Continue reading

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I Had That! #30: Mighty Men and Monster Maker

This toy was not an Atari 2600. I don’t say that because it was a Christmas bait-and-switch or anything, just pointing out that it’s not an Atari 2600. What it was was a kind of cool thing in which you … Continue reading

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