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Published January 27, 2016 Close Encounters of the Third Kind , Imperial Toy Corporation 3 Comments
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Published January 27, 2016 Imperial Toy Corporation 2 Comments
Stay classy, Imperial. Super-patriot Wild Bill is wearing a Rising Sun bandana, comes with a Rising Sun parachute, and appears to have a Hitler mustache. There’s another figure here with more appropriate dress, so maybe this guy is supposed to be some random Japanese baddie (in American fatigues with a Hitler mustache)?
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Published November 2, 2015 Imperial Toy Corporation , Robotech Leave a Comment
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Published August 21, 2014 Fantasy Toys/Playsets , Imperial Toy Corporation , Knockoff Toys Leave a Comment
Published August 20, 2014 Imperial Toy Corporation , Knockoff Toys , Masters of the Universe , Space Toys/Playsets Leave a Comment
I talked about the robots of Robots, Lasers & Galaxies way back here. The Mammoth Marauder is neither a laser nor a galaxy, but I don’t think Imperial cared for such details. Four out of five stars for the box art.
Published October 22, 2013 '80s Movies/TV , Imperial Toy Corporation , Knockoff Toys , Presto Magix/Dry Transfers 1 Comment
Published September 19, 2013 Catalogs , D&D , Imperial Toy Corporation , Knockoff Toys 1 Comment
I assure you that any resemblance to Dungeons & Dragons is purely coincidental…
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Published August 28, 2013 GoBots , Imperial Toy Corporation , Knockoff Toys , Robots , Transformers 1 Comment
A little late to the game, aren’t we, Imperial?
The jet plane is named Wind-Cutter. Wind-Breaker and Cheese-Cutter were already taken, I guess.
UPDATE: Friend J. reminded me of a popular Galoob line called Micro Machines, so that’s got to be where Imperial got the first part of the name/idea. Here’s the commercial, which features the fastest talker in the world (according to the Guinness Book) at the time, John Moschitta, Jr.
Published March 20, 2013 Imperial Toy Corporation , Knockoff Toys , Robots , Space Toys/Playsets 5 Comments
Radon is a radioactive element, so that’s kind of scary and cool, but Exceller? Nobody likes an overachiever. I wonder if Exnon comes from Xenon, another element. Switching the ‘x’ and the ‘e’ gives it a crunchier sound, and it’s easier for kids to say. I can just see some guy in a cheap suit looking at his kid’s chemistry textbook and rattling off names for his company’s knockoff robots.
Then again, Avatar is a pretty Hindu word meaning a god who comes to Earth and assumes human form. Too bad Jim Cameron’s shitty movie ruined it forever.
The art on the cards is smart and polished. The robots themselves are not, but they didn’t have to be. Notice the line at the bottom: “Scaled to play with all fantasy figures”. The kids could figure that out from one look at the package, but the parents (and grandparents, etc.) couldn’t. And knockoffs were what the parents brought home either (1) thinking they were the real deal, or more likely (2) as a stop gap measure to keep us from pestering them for the real deal, which was either too expensive, perpetually out of stock, or both.
There was a “battle beast” line in this series as well. I’m keeping an eye out.