1984 Placo Toys Catalog: Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Playsets

Placo 1984

Placo 1984-2

Placo 1984-3

I’ve never seen these before, but that’s not really a surprise. The mainstream expansion of D&D starting in 1983, when the action figure line and the cartoon were released, was a decadent mess. I have fond memories of both, but neither product broke new ground or had anything to do with D&D, and what’s worse, they lived in separate universes. It was a marketing disaster.

Had the cartoon featured the grittier action figure characters and Thundarr-like production and writing, D&D might have become a much different franchise.

I do get a kick out of the toy sets, and I think they’re interesting historically. Maybe I’ll be Warduke for Halloween.

7 Responses to “1984 Placo Toys Catalog: <em>Advanced Dungeons & Dragons</em> Playsets”

  1. 1 Zenopus Archives September 12, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Awesome. Thanks for sharing. I hadn’t seen those catalog listings before. The Warduke costume is way cooler than Strongheart.

    • 2 2W2N September 12, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      Way cooler. I don’t think the sets have anything to do with Halloween, despite my comment. They’re just part of Placo’s line-up in 1984. I’d never even heard of Placo before seeing the catalog.

  2. 3 Jason September 13, 2013 at 12:29 am

    I have the complete cartoon DVD, but haven’t gotten to watch it yt. I do remember reading that Warduke was featured in all of one episode, as a henchman.

  3. 4 skullbone76 September 13, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Strongheart and Warduke were both in the Cartoon in seperate episodes. Also Malek was also in the cartoon

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