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 Top Ten GI Joe Characters from A Real American Hero

GI Joe is an action and science-fiction animated media franchise owned by the Hassenfield Brothers (Hasbro). The franchise began with the release of GI Joe: A Real American Hero in 1983, which a sequel followed in 1986. Hasbro pushed another sequel’s creation after the acquisition of the Kenner company to revitalize the company. After the […]

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The Top Ten Kenner Predator Toys

The Predator media franchise is a renowned franchise based on the sci-fi horror movie titled The Predator. Jim and John Thomas wrote the movie while John McTiernan directed it. The Predator movie spawned three other sequels and what later became a media franchise. The Predator franchise consists of some of the most popular movie sequels […]

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The Top 10 Movies Created to Market and Sell Toys

Companies have modeled toys and dolls after children’s favorite movie characters, wrestling characters, comic superheroes, and even villains sometimes. Studies show that people will pay more for a toy linked to an entertainment property like movies, TV shows, cartoons, and even comics than they will pay for a non-entertainment-associated toy. The statistics show that they […]

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Tonka: Rock Lords Prototypes

We recently received a collection of vintage Tonka Rock Lords prototypes, pre-production toys,  and memorabilia from a former Tonka Executive! The collection included some Rock Lords – this is just a sample, not all are shown.  The collection included pre-production mock-ups, hardcopies, first shots, test shots, engineering pilots, unproduced & unreleased prototype toys & MORE! […]

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