Archive for the 'Christmas' Category

Christmas Morning, 1981: Dark Tower and AT-AT

Christmas Dark Tower 1981

One of the more epic “big ticket” combos, via EyeSPIVE. That’s the U.K. version of the game, as seen here. There’s another Dark Tower Christmas, including some AD&D toys, here.

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Christmas Morning, 1982: Mego’s Eagle Force: Eagle Island Deluxe Playset

Christmas Morning Eagle Island

A little known playset for a well-done line that was gunned down when Mego went bankrupt. I remember the 2″ high, die-cast metal figures circulating on the playground before G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. There’s also a Remco Warlord figure in the shot.

The Eagle Island commercial is here, and I’m adding some better pictures of the set below.

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Christmas Morning, 1984: Return of the Jedi

Christmas 1984 ROTJ

Christine K and her Ewok friend (also made by Kenner) among the Imperial Shuttle, the B-Wing Fighter, the Dewback reissue, the Y-Wing Fighter, the Tie Interceptor, and a slew of figures. I also see a couple of 1985 calendars: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Duran Duran.

Christmas Morning, 1982: Pac-Man for the Atari 400/800

Christmas Atari 1982

Pac-Man Atari 400 800

I forgot how big the cart boxes were for the 400/800. The console wars of the late ’70s and early ’80s were fought largely through package art and package design. Demo centers were few and far between, but we all saw the boxes faced out under glass counters or behind the registers. The 400/800 packages were bigger, Atari would have us believe, because the contents were more sophisticated. Pac-Man wasn’t just a game when played on the Atari 400 and 800. It was a “computer program.”

When I got my 800 in ’82 or ’83, it came bundled with Pac-Man and Donkey Kong.

(Photo via vigorito; box scan via Atari Mania)

Christmas Morning, Circa 1979: Intellivision

intelligent television

Michael Paulus landed the greatest console of all time.

Christmas Morning, 1982: Assembling Kenner’s AT-AT

Christmas 1982 At-At

Via the Now Playing Podcast. More Christmas AT-ATs here.

Christmas `Dairy’ Entry, 1979

Christmas Dairy 1979

Via Once Upon a Product. Lori got a loom!

Christmas Toy Aisle Zen, 1980: The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars Toys 1980

The caption, via the Birmingham Mail:

Edgbaston twins Antony and Richard Joseph, both aged six, are seen here enjoying the toy department at Lewis’s in Birmingham on December 15, 1980.

Lewis’s was a department store chain in the UK that was in business from 1856 to 1991.

Lovely photo from a time when man-children weren’t snatching up all the Star Wars toys before the kids could get to them.

Christmas Morning, 1979: Star Wars, Micronauts, Buck Rogers, and The Black Hole

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Membros and Repto! There’s also a torn open The Black Hole action figure above the Micronauts. Maximillian is standing on Monopoly.

(Photo via the Rebelscum Forums)

Christmas Morning, Circa 1972: Barbie’s Friend Ship

Christmas 1974 Barbie

Barbie Friend Ship 1972

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Barbie Friend Ship 1972-3

Barbie has plenty of access to the kitchen, but not the pilot’s seat. Really colorful 1972 set that mirrors the decor of the real deal. It looks like Mattel toned it down in 1974, according to that year’s JCPenney Christmas catalog.

Barbie Friend Ship 1972-4

(Images via The Stumbling Christian, Etsy, and Wishbook)

 

 

 


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