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Christmas Morning, 1985: Sectaurs Hyve Action Play Set and M.A.S.K. Boulder Hill Playset

Christmas Circa 1985

Sectaurs Hyve 1985

Sectaurs Hyve 1985-2

Mask Boulder Hill 1985

Mask Boulder Hill 1985-2

Nice loot, Kris Klinge. I dig those sofas, too.

P.S. The art on the Hyve box is incredible. I’m not sure who painted it, but I’ll look into it.

Christmas Toy Aisle Zen, 1983

K-Mart Toy Shopping 1983

The store is a K-Mart in Billings, Montana, and I’m only going to name one of the toys I see, other than the gorgeous, underrated Crystar figures the kid is holding: there are Dragonriders of the Styx figures hanging on the rack in front of him. You guys name the rest.

‘Tis the season. Visit posts of Christmas past here.

(Photo via the Billings Gazette)

Kenner’s Star Wars Toys: Patrol Dewback (1979)

SW Dewback 1979-1

SW Dewback 1979-2

SW Dewback 1979-3

SW Dewback 1979-4

SW Dewback 1979-5

SW Dewback 1979-6

The dewback was in one shot of the original movie? Kenner missed nothing. That’s Ricky Schroder in the commercial, right after he starred in The Champ (1979), his film debut, and right before he starred with William Holden in The Earthling (July, 1980).

Michael Knight Action Figure (Kenner, 1982)

Knight 1982

Knight 1982-2

Now you know.

(Images via eBay)

Kenner’s The Empire Strikes Back Toys: Turret & Probot Playset (1980)

ESB Turret 1980-4

ESB Turret 1980-5

ESB Turret 1980-6

Kenner’s The Empire Strikes Back Toys: Tauntaun with Open Belly Rescue Feature (1980)

ESB Tauntaun 1980-1

ESB Tauntaun 1980-2

ESB Tauntaun 1980-3

Such a great gimmick. If only we’d had some removable guts.

The Real Ghostbusters Shelf Talker (1989)

Real Ghostbusters-1

Real Ghostbusters-2

Kenner’s The Real Ghostbusters was after my time, but damn, this is how you get a kid’s attention.

(Images via eBay)

Christmas Morning, 1980: Star Wars, Star Snoopy, and Mr. Mouth

Chrismas 1980

That’s Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer Playset under the Land of the Jawas Playset. Among the figures you can see the Hoth Stormtrooper, my third favorite ESB figure after the AT-AT Driver and Hoth Han. Hoth Luke is also there.

Two items I’d forgotten about are Star Snoopy Colorforms (1979) and Tomy’s Mr. Mouth (1976).

SS 1979

SS 1979-2

SS 1979-3

Mr. Mouth 1976

There were a couple of different versions of Mr. Mouth, one featuring a green frog as the centerpiece, the other featuring a dopey yellow guy. The dopey yellow guy is the one I remember, but I could only find a commercial for the frog version. The yellow figure was later repurposed as a Pac-Man bank, seen below via the 1982 Tomy catalog. I got Pocket Pac-Man as a stocking stuffer in ’81 or ’82, but I never did get Mr. Mouth.

I also had the Fisher-Price Play Family Fun Jet, seen at the far left of the original photo.

Tomy 1982-4

(Christmas morning photo via the Rebel Scum forums)

Christmas Morning Home Video, 1980: Hot Wheels Wipeout and Star Wars Toys

The Kenner Star Wars/The Empire Strikes Back stuff starts at 2:43. Brother and sister demo the Wipeout set at 4:04.

The mother of all Christmas morning Star Wars videos is here.

Christmas Morning, 1982: AT-AT and Big Trak

Christmas 1982-2

Christmas 1982-1

Christmas 1982-3

Christmas 1982-4

Christmas 1982-5

Daniel Baker, you are one lucky kid. I arranged the shots in what I think is consecutive order. First, we see the massive AT-AT box unwrapped. Second, dad works diligently to assemble AT-AT while kids opens the Big Trak. Third, kid puts finishing touches on the Walker as assorted Star Wars figures look on. Fourth, the Big Trak (the separately sold Transporter is in the foreground) goes for a pre-programmed spin. Fifth, kid sits on mom’s lap, admiring his toy domain, exhausted by happiness.

More Christmas morning AT-ATs here.


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