Wheeljack’s Lab – Vintage Toy Blog

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Retrospective on Transformers Cartoons from Generation 1 to Beast Wars

Originally, the Hassenfield Brothers, Hasbro, and Japanese toy company Takara Tomy formed a joint venture to create the Transformers toy line. As Hasbro aimed to bring Takara’s Diaclone figures to the states, they approached both Marvel and Sunbow to create the comics as well as an animated series to bring the characters to life. Thus, […]

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Retrospective on the Shogun Warriors Comic Books from Marvel

The Shogun Warriors are huge humanoid robots that Marvel Comics introduced to the western world. These Comic books were based on the line titled “The Shogun Warriors”. Mattel Inc. licensed the toys from their original creators in Japan. So, while they were originally parts of various Japanese toy lines, American audiences knew them as the […]

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Retrospective on the G.I. Joe Cartoons

G.I. Joe is an American media franchise owned by the Hassenfield Brothers (Hasbro). The company specializes in making toys. Their flexibility in adopting different unique forms has helped them sustain relevance and entertained children of different generations. G.I Joe gradually became a household name in the 1960s, following Hasbro production of Action Figures – a […]

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Retrospective On Voltron: Defender of the Universe

Voltron is an incredibly successful animated television series franchise that contains four animated television series, a successful toy line, and several comic books. The whole franchise is based on a five-person team of space explorers who became the pilots of a gigantic legendary super robot called Voltron. The Voltron franchise contains imported media from Japan […]

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Retrospective on She-Ra: Princess of Power

Following the public acceptance and commercial success of the He-Man: Masters of the Universe animated television series and its toy lines, Filmation, the production company in charge of He-Man, united with the renowned toy company, Mattel. Thus, they envisioned a female adaptation of the He-Man animated television series and toy line. Both the show and […]

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Retrospective on the Battlestar Galactica Television Series

Glen Larson conceived the idea behind Battlestar Galactica. Although Larson claims the idea brewed for over a decade before its execution, the creation of Star Wars in 1977 was a significant inspiration. The previous title of Battlestar Galactica was “Adam’s ark”. However, there were speculations that the remarkable success of Star Wars led to the […]

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Retrospective on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Comics and Television

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a media franchise that features a group of four anthropomorphic turtles who fight crime with Ninjitsu. These turtles are Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo. Meanwhile, their Sensei, Splinter is also a humanoid rat. Living in the sewers of New York City, they fight crime, evil villains, and alien invaders. The […]

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A Retrospective of the ThunderCats

For a generation, audiences experienced animated TV shows like Real Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Orson’s Farm, and the Super Mario cartoons. To succeed, new series must premiere with a touch of excellence and a captivating storyline to attract the audience. Despite the huge standards, Warner Bros. and Tobin Wolf found a way to introduce […]

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