Vintage Toy Buys for 04-28-2020

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Toy Buys of the Week

Wondering who buys old toys?  Looking to sell your toys now?  We’d love to take a look at your toy collection. Below are some of the toy collections we bought in the past week.  Enjoy!

 

Dune LJN 1984 Vintage Action Figure

Dune Sardaukar LJN Action Figure

We are always collectible toy buyers for Dune toys!  Dune is a toy line set for a revival with a new two-part movie due to come soon. A film largely about a conflict over the most important substance in the known universe “the spice.” The spice allows for space travel and psychic ability. The movie wasn’t quite made for children and the toys were for sale.  Quite unfortunate given they were well made by LJN.

 

Crystar Remco 1982 Action Figure Toys

Remco Crystar Vintage toys

Two brothers, Crystar and Moltar, decided to ally their people with the forces of order and the forces of chaos. The forces of order were made of crystal and are translucent. The forces of chaos were made of lava. The battle for Crstalium was set.

 

Indiana Jones Kenner 1980’s Action Figures

Indiana Jones Kenner Action Figures

Indiana Jones 5 is set to release in the summer of 2021. The original Raiders of the Lost Ark hit theaters in the summer of 1981, just 40 years ago…wow! The film did great.  The toys’ success was slowed given a nearly 1-year long delay between the release of the film and the release of the toys. The line did manage 4 waves of toys.

 

Tron Tomy 1982 Action Figures

Tron Tyco Action Figures

Tron was the 1982 Disney Sci-Fi action-adventure, which was the first film to largely use computer animation. The action figures were produced by Tomy. Six figures made official release and were distributed in the United States. Tomy went with a slightly larger 4” scale.

 

Go-Bots Tonka 1983 Action Figures

MISB Tonka GoBots Toys

Go-Bots a transforming toy line produced by Tonka from 1983 to 1987. They are based on the figures produced by Bandai. The toys did very well, but Hasbro’s Transformers quickly took over. Considering most lines don’t last a year, Go-Bots lasting 5 years is an eternity!

 

Starriors Tomy 1984 Toys

Starriors Tomy Armored Battlestation Action Figure

A robotic toy line made by Tomy, based on the 1984 Marvel comic. The line lasted two years, 1984 and 1985. For me, I always liked interchangeable toys and I also loved wind-up toys and Starriors are both.

 

Sectaurs Coleco 1984 Toys

Sectaurs Coleco Action Figure

“The World’s First ‘Hands-In’ Action Figures” were Coleco’s initial foray into action figures. What that means for those of you who never had them is they were, in some cases, literally hand puppets. Very cool toys, especially the insects.  Sectaurs were 6” figures. A little larger than most mainstream toy lines.

 

Wheeled Warriors Mattel 1984 Toys

Wheeled Warriors Mattel Vintage Action Figures

The Wheeled Warriors were released by Mattel in 1984. The gimmick of the toy line was “stack & attack” meaning the wheels and weapons of all the vehicles were interchangeable. Now that is customization! Even better, they sold weapons packs for further modifications. Unfortunately canceled after just one year.

 

M.A.S.K. Kenner 1985 Toys

Kenner M.A.S.K. Vehicles

Some great looking toys with some very clever gimmicks.  They were made by Kenner in the mid and late 1980’s.  Figures were a bit smallish, but that was so they were to scale with the vehicles and to keep them at a good affordable price point.

 

He-Man Masters of the Universe (MOTU) Mattel 1982 Action Figures

He-Man-Masters-of-the-Universe-Toys

Made by Mattel in 1982 it’s a toy line right at home in the 5.5” scale. Try imagining them at 3 ¾”?  Not a pleasant image! Easy to use figures and gimmicks along with a great storyline made these some of the best toys of the 1980’s

 

Star Wars Vintage Kenner Action Figures

Star Wars Kenner Vintage Action Figures

The initial run of toys made by Kenner would see around 5 million of each toy made (on average). Amazingly popular.  The figures could have been a bit better, but the ships, vehicles, and creatures, as well as the playsets, made up for the poor articulation of the figures.

 

G.I. Joe Hasbro Vintage 1980’s Action Figures

G.I. Joe Hasbro MISB Tigerhawk

America’s oldest action figure made by Hasbro.  G.i. Joe is going on 58 years old. With its roots in 12” figures, he got a remake in the early 1980’s into the popular 3 ¾” scale.  With 9 articulation points, they have high play value. That along with some of the best playsets ever made in the USS Flagg, Defiant, and Terror Drome.

 

G1 Transformers Hasbro 1980’s Action Figures

G1 Transformers Hasbro Action Figures

In my mind the most popular toy franchise in history.  With figures being made by Hasbro nearly every year since 1984, not even Star Wars or Gi Joes can say that.

 

Sell Old Toys

Silverhawks Kenner Action Figure

At Wheeljack’s Lab, we are both vintage toy buyers and vintage toy sellers. We currently have nearly 5,000 vintage toys to choose from.

 

 

Prototype Toys

Clutch Poppers Fabricated Hardcopy
Clutch Poppers working Fabricated Hardcopy from Tonka Toys.

We recently received a collection of vintage prototypes and memorabilia from a former Tonka Executive! It includes pre-production mock-ups, hardcopies, first shots, test shots, engineering pilots, unproduced & unreleased prototype toys & MORE! If you would like to signup to be notified when they go for sale click here. If you would like to read our article about the prototype process at Tonka please read.

 

 

Vintage Toy Buyers

Godaikin Bandai MISB Daltanias

If you’re looking to sell vintage toys Wheeljack’s Lab is a vintage toy buyer.  We would love to buy or take a look at your old toy collection. Wheeljack’s Lab has been buying and selling used toys for three decades. We offer immediate communications, advance payment, and prepaid shipping. If the collection warrants, we will even pick up your collection! Toy quotes are given the same day. We will be certain to give your old toys new homes with people who greatly appreciate them as you did. Sell vintage toys.

 

Author: Chris Ingledue

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Bio: I’m the founder and owner of Wheeljack’s Lab. My vision has always been to reunite customers with their favorite childhood toys, triggering fond memories and reigniting their imaginations. Every day I work in the “lab” where it’s Christmas 365 days a year; scouring the internet – like we did the Sears Catalog of yesteryear – for the next great treasure, awaiting the arrival of the postman as if he was Santa Claus himself and helping collectors worldwide with their own versions of Christmas. Every day as a vintage toy buyer is an absolute joy!

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