About Where This Came From: First, this came from a 1970-1990’s Tonka designer executives home. He passed some time ago, this collection includes MANY product samples, packaging prototypes, etc. I will likely miss some and classify them as just basic stock. Some may have generic price tags as he was going to sell them shortly before his death. So this at worst is a standard product, could be something more. If questions ask, I got around 1,000 items in this collection. Comes as shown.
Tonka Made Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers?: Given Tonka never released Galaxy Rangers. I put the question to the Director of R&D and Engineering at Tonka during this period. He stated “Wondering if the Marketing and Design Department were considering licensing Galaxy Rangers and started working on the line but didn’t make the cut for a Product Turnover”. He continued “Licensor’s many times allow various companies to produce action figures and vehicles for specific sizes, i.e., 1″ to 3-1/2″ figures and another company may be granted 4″ – 7″ figures, etc. With defined price points. Further, various sizes from the various companies may or may not be territory restricted”.
Condition: This is a hardcopy, this would be one of 6 or so originally made. The left thigh could have had the pin drilled in deeper, which the buyer can do. The right knee is cracked at the back but does not fall apart and can be glued if wanted, but is not needed. If you want to learn about hardcopies continue reading. When they were needed they were used to make the following. Steel molds tooling master for production. Paintmaster was for showing the final product colors. The photography sample, as the hardcopy version has more detail than the steps that follow it. Photography is generally done before the figure is even finished. Packaging sample or a carded mock-up paired with a matching proof card to show how the final packaged toy will look. Office copy in case of questions. Hardcopies made from a negative silicone mold will be slightly larger than the final finished toy. This also allows for shrinkage on the final product. Hardcopies are made from Urethane resin and can be found painted, unpainted, as well as assembled or unassembled.