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.

When Were the Original Planet of the Apes Action Figures Made?

Since its inception, the Planet of the Apes franchise has captivated audiences with its thought-provoking themes and captivating storytelling. But did you know that it also significantly impacted the world of toys? This article explores the fascinating history of the original Planet of the Apes action figures and their introduction to the market. The Original […]

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When Were the First Hot Wheels Made?

Hot Wheels has enthralled generations of children and collectors for over five decades with its iconic die-cast cars. With their vibrant colors, intricate details, and commitment to innovation, the cars have become more than just toys—they represent a passion for speed, design, and limitless imagination. In this article, we embark on a journey through the […]

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When Were the First Godzilla Action Figures Made?

Godzilla took the world by storm in 1954 on the big screen. Ishirō Honda directed the first Godzilla film. Since then, the franchise has only grown, with countless movies, comics, and action figures. So, when were the first Godzilla action figures made? The First Godzilla Action Figure by Marusan Marusan, a Japanese company, first introduced […]

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When Were the Original Captain Action Action Figures Made?

Captain Action’s Past Captain Action, an iconic action figure, has been admired by toy enthusiasts and collectors for decades. If you’ve ever wondered where this versatile toy hero came from, you’ve come to the right place. Our exploration of the original Captain Action begins in the era of bright-color television, pop art, and exciting space […]

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The Ten Most Expensive Captain Action Toys

Introduced in 1966, Ideal released Captain Action on criminals across the toy shelf. With the assistance of the inventor that helped create G.I. Joe, Stan Weston, Captain Action shared many of the same features as Hasbro’s action soldiers. These articulated action figures stood 12” tall and could easily don a variety of outfits. However, Captain […]

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