Published April 6, 2016
And we thought the art on this case was bad! Enlarge and have a good look.
(Images via eBay)
Published March 14, 2016
If you’re going to make a case that only holds 8 figures, then you better hire Ken Kelly or a decent imitator to do your package art, Tara Toys. Here, like this:
(Collector’s case images via eBay)
Published April 28, 2015
Very cool looking (but not very sturdy, I’m guessing) sets that followed in the wake of DFC’s popular Dragonriders of the Styx set and its many copycats. The pics are courtesy of Shaun Christensen’s definitive Fantasy Toy Soldiers blog, where you can see a lot more, including close-ups of the better than expected minis.
Dungeons & Dragons gave the traditional playset format one last push—players could use the sets as role-playing aids—before its final demise.
The most priceless “free wheeling” fantasy toy line of the ’80s, and I’m not talking about cash value. The action figures are here.
You gorgeous monster! Ask and I shall obey.
(Background on Warpo’s Legends of Cthulhu line is here.)
Published November 10, 2014
Fantasy Toys/Playsets , Kites
The actual figure on the kite is not as cool as the illustration on front (which is slightly Warduke-esque), but it’s clearly an attempt to cash in on D&D without going in for the license. This happened quite a bit starting in 1982.
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The Dungeon Demons, originally released as Pop-Top Horrors in the 1960s, were used in Miner’s Dragon Crest Medieval Fantasy Adventure Playset (circa 1983).
The Space Adventure set appeared in the 1980 Miner catalog (below) with the Star Base and Star Base Command Tower sets.
Robots, Lasers & Galaxies was preceded by Dragons, Knights & Daggers. Hello, is that Castle Grayskull in the background? Poor thing is missing its eyes and nose. It was easy to go after both the D&D and MOTU fans, since MOTU was itself a D&D knockoff.
Published August 15, 2014
Ads , Fantasy Toys/Playsets , Frisbees
You can’t make them out really well in the ad, but the series included Pegasus, a dragon, and, for some reason, a butterfly. How about a wizard, guys?
Here’s a close-up of the dragon. The copyright date is 1981. There’s no such thing as a D&D flying disc (“Frisbee” is a Wham-O trademark), is there? Yes, there is.
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