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Carded toys from the 80s that I would buy if I won the lottery

Carded toys from the 80s that I would buy if I won the lottery

As mentioned in a previous post, I’m forever daydreaming about what I would splash my cash on if I had a financial windfall. It’s just one of my hobbies I guess, making lists of rare or expensive things I would like to deck out my…

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Old Characters, New Toys

Old Characters, New Toys

What do Han Solo, Batman, Ms. Pac-Man and Jack Torrance from The Shining have in common? That’s right: they were all big in the 80s and are still popular today. But more than that, they’ve all existed in some form or another as toys, and…

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Go for Broke! – One of my favourite board game memories

Go for Broke! – One of my favourite board game memories

Growing up, my family was quite into board games. I have lots of happy memories playing Monopoly, Cluedo and Trivial Pursuits regularly with my mum, dad and brothers. They were probably the games we played the most often. But then there was a second rung…

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How I made my Man-E-Faces GIF

How I made my Man-E-Faces GIF

I’ve wanted to do a video/stop motion GIF for a while now but I just hadn’t decided what to do it on. I was scanning round my office and my eyes fell on my Man-E-Faces figure and it just seemed like a no brainer. Simple…

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Return of the Jedi card back

Return of the Jedi card back

I’m a huge fan of card art and packaging (as you can probably tell from my Ephemera page). I’ve also always loved leaflets or brochures that show the whole range of things like action figures. That’s why I’ve got a real soft spot for the…

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Anyone recognise these Grandstand Convertors in this A1 poster?

Anyone recognise these Grandstand Convertors in this A1 poster?

This is a toyline I wasn’t too aware of to be honest. Grandstand Convertors. After doing a bit of research it seems they are part of that pre-Transformers world that I often get confused by. They are the UK version of a Diaclone toyline by…

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Skedoodle was the Etch A Sketch alternative from Hasbro

Skedoodle was the Etch A Sketch alternative from Hasbro

Everyone knows what an Etch A Sketch is but not everyone has experienced a Skedoodle. Made by Hasbro in 1979, it had a cool round screen, compared to the flat Etch A Sketch screen. It also had a joystick which allowed you to draw shapes…

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The extremely cool Marvel Super Heroes card game

The extremely cool Marvel Super Heroes card game

I used to love playing card games like Top Trumps etc. This pack wasn’t an official Top Trumps pack but it was my favourite of the lot. I was always a fan of Marvel comics and the artwork on these cards is fantastic. The game…

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You have to check out these Awesome 80s Bedrooms posts by Shawn Robare

You have to check out these Awesome 80s Bedrooms posts by Shawn Robare

A lot of you may already be aware of these awesome posts, but a new one was posted yesterday so I thought I would just write a quick piece about how great they are in case you hadn’t seen them. Shawn Robare is becoming a…

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Great full page dedicated to M.A.S.K. from the 1986 Argos catalogue

Great full page dedicated to M.A.S.K. from the 1986 Argos catalogue

Feel like a M.A.S.K. fix today? Look no further. I love this full page diorama of most of the early M.A.S.K. toy range from the 1986 Autumn / Winter Argos catalogue. They obviously put a reasonable amount of effort into these dioramas, and it pays…

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