Wheeljack’s Lab – Vintage Toy Blog

Follow this blog for the new, the unusual, the rare and cool Generation 1 G1 Transformers toys. Reviews, news, toy resources, galleries, unboxing, opinions and personal reflections on vintage toys.

The Dinosaurs Found in Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous

With the rousing success of Jurassic Park’s latest entries, Jurassic World and Fallen Kingdom, Universal Studios became determined to turn the franchise into a multimedia success. So, they increased the support for books, toys, and video games. Moreover, they strongly believed that Jurassic World could become a powerhouse as an animated series. By 2019, fans […]

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The Top Ten Jurassic Park Toys from Kenner

Even before Michael Crichton’s book, Jurassic Park, became a bestseller in 1990, Steven Spielberg believed in the potential of the fictional park. As he read Crichton’s unpublished drafts, he honestly believed the story told the most realistic way for humans to bring back dinosaurs. Understanding that he had a winning idea, Crichton quickly moved to […]

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Catching up on Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous

Even before Isla Nublar became a Fallen Kingdom, plans to create an animated series, which would later become Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous began floating around. Despite the bitter taste that 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom left in the mouths of fans, the film earned over a billion dollars worldwide. Thus, the plans for an animated […]

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Top Ten Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Characters from the Movies

Even as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics from Mirage Comics became a booming hit followed by a successful cartoon, few companies wanted to produce the movie. By the late eighties, the Superman films had run themselves to the ground with their fourth movie. Meanwhile, other comic book properties, like Howard the Duck, left a […]

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Top Ten Toys Based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movies

As the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles gained popularity with their comic books and cartoon series, Gary Propper obsessively sought to turn them into a movie. This surfer saw the potential in Kevin Eastman’s and Peter Laird’s independent comic series. So, he brought in Kim Dawson to help fund his cinematic ambitions as a producer. They […]

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A Look Back on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movies

Forty years ago, no one thought of let alone heard of the phrase Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. However, that all changed in 1983 when Kevin Eastman drew a single image. This image was a bipedal turtle with nunchaku attached to its arms. His partner-in-crime, Peter Laird, cracked up at the image along with the included […]

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The Top Ten Pokémon from the First Four Generations

As Pokémon fans across the globe return to the Sinnoh region today, it is a perfect time to examine the greatest creatures from the games. Game Freak has created hundreds of monsters to fill the world of Pokémon with. To design these creatures, they turned to numerous sources, from traditional folklore to real-life animals. Then, […]

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Top Ten Pokémon Toys from Hasbro, Jakks Pacific, and More

As the release of the latest Pokémon games, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, nears, now is a perfect time to look back at their greatest toys. With each generation, companies like Hasbro and Jakks Pacific have stepped out to create the toys that reflected the popular pocket monsters. In many ways, these companies looked to […]

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