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Since our last post, we’ve continued to bring in vintage toys. Come check out the top-selling brands that we have been buying and selling as of late!
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Top Selling Vintage Toys: Star Wars
The Kenner selection of Star Wars toys started in the wake of the hugely popular and successful Star Wars and ran from 1977-1979. In 1980, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back was released, and the Kenner toy line shifted and did so again in 1983 for Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. An interesting note is that Kenner signed the contract to produce Star Wars toys one month before the release of Star Wars in 1977.
The original release of the toys, in 1977, saw empty boxes shipped to customers with certificates that guaranteed one of four toys from the original line of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, Chewbacca, and R2-D2. Kenner developed this innovative but harshly criticized method due to the twelve to eighteen-month production length of three-dimensional model toys at the time. The toy line shipped in 1978, lasting until 1985, and sold 250 million figures.
We buy vintage toys from the Madballs Toyline
The mid-eighties saw a surge of Madballs content in the form of direct to VHS cartoons, comic books, a video game on the Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, and ZX Spectrum systems, and of course, a toy line. The original series was comprised of eight bouncing balls made of foam or rubber that featured freakish faces and designs. Each ball was given a strange name, theme, and synopsis consisting of gross-out humor to further characterize the hideous creations.
There was also a line of Super Madballs. These were larger versions of Madballs that took the form of regular-sized sports balls such as American Football, Basketball, and Soccer. The second series featured another set of eight different Madballs characters. AmToy also released a line of nine posable action figures called Head-Popping Madballs that featured swappable headpieces. The Madballs were only produced for one year, in 1985, but still managed to explode in popularity despite their limited timespan of distribution.
Looking to Sell A-Team Toys? Learn More…
Galoob produced two different lines of A-Team toys in 1983. The first was the popular three-and-three-quarter inch scale, and the second was a more detailed six-inch line. Galoob took an interesting approach in releasing the smaller scale line by opting to deliver the figures in sets of four instead of the traditional single toy offering.
The line consisted of the A-Team (B.A./Face/Hannibal/Murdock) and a set of four bad guys (Cobra/Python/Rattler/Viper) that were made-up creations for the toy line. This line also featured six vehicles (Armored Car/Corvette/Helicopter/Interceptor Jet/Patrol Boat/Tactical Van) and the A-Team Camp playset. The six-inch line consisted of nine action figures (Amy Allen/Bad Guy 1/Bad Guy 2/Bad Guy 3/Bad Guy 4/B.A./Hannibal/Murdock/Tempelton Peck), packaged individually, three vehicles (A-Team Van/Gyrocopter/Off-Road Attack Bike), and the Command Center. Galoob also released a 12” Mr. T figure, the Action Train Set, an Assault Rifle game that featured customizable accessories, and a Corvette or Van toy car that could be launched with an air pump called the Dynamite Blaster.
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Author: Chris Ingledue
Bio: I’m the founder and owner of Wheeljack’s Lab pop Culture and Toy Shop. My vision has always been to reunite customers with their favorite childhood toys and pop culture, 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!