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Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Modelling Clay: ‘Goblins and Dragons’ (DAS, 1982)

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The “Wizards and Fighters” set is here.

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Role Playing Dioramas (NSI, 1983)

AD&D Dioramas 1983

AD&D Dioramas 1983-2

From the makers of the AD&D Cool, Cool Candles and the AD&D Woodburning Set (!). The diorama set includes “semi-precious stones and foil for decorating”! Looks like the same art used for the LJN action figure cards. The backgrounds are very well done and might be the work of Ken Kelly.

Dungeons & Dragons Puffy Stickers (Larami, 1984)

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D&D Stickers 1984-3

D&D Stickers 1984-4

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D&D Stickers 1984-2

LJN released several sets (6 total, I believe) of D&D puffy stickers in 1983 that are still pretty easy to find. The Larami releases, however, are extremely rare. I’m missing at least one of the sets. These sold on eBay some time ago for hundreds of dollars.

All of the characters and monsters seen here appear in the Dungeons & Dragons animated series. I know because my four-and-a-half-year-old daughter has been watching the show obsessively for the last several weeks. My youngest (19 months) much prefers Thundarr the Barbarian. Elmo is a close second.

Dungeons & Dragons Paint-A-Figurine (Hasbro, 1984): Strongheart and Warduke

D&D Paint 1984

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D&D Paint 1984-3

D&D Paint 1984-4

Dungeons & Dragons Paint by Number Adventure Set (Hasbro, 1983)

D&D Paint 1983

D&D Paint 1983-2

You can see the Pencil by Number Set on the back cover: the knight looks very similar to Dirk from Dragon’s Lair, surely not a coincidence. The artist on this set is uncredited. More interesting are the two Giant Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Pen and Poster Sets (Arrow, 1981)—an early license with great art by Larry Elmore, Jim Holloway, and Jim Roslof—that you can see at The Acaeum.

Hasbro also released a D&D Lite-Brite Picture Refill.

Photos are via eBay seller burntwire, who has been selling very rare merchandise from the TSR archives.

LJN’s Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Toys: Dragonne – Half Dragon/Half Lion, Good Destrier – Mighty Battle Horse (1983)










More sensational Ken Kelly art. I wish I could see the originals for the whole line.

These are French boxes. Universal Toys owned both LJN and the Matchbox name at the time, and the AD&D toys were distributed in Europe by Matchbox.

(Images via eBay)

Dungeons & Dragons Party Invitations (C.A. Reed, 1983)

D&D Invites 1983

D&D Invites 1983-2

An adventure in brand management. The party plates are here. More to come.

Collegeville Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Zarak Costume (1982)




“Hey, Mom, can I be an evil half-orc assassin for Halloween?”

“Sure, honey. Just don’t eat too much candy!”

Actually, I don’t think my parents ever shelled out for a “name brand” costume. My mom would make them herself from supplies she got at the thrift and craft stores.

Dungeons & Dragons Party Plates (C.A. Reed, 1983)

D&D Plates

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There’s a whole line of party supplies, in fact. I’ll post more next week.

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Flashlite (Larami, 1983)

AD&D Flashlight 1983-3

AD&D Flashlight 1983

AD&D Flashlight 1983-2

Who needs torches and oil when this “handy” flashlite [sic] is available at the local marketplace? Reduce your encumbrance, adventurers!




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