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VM poll results and new poll

Well, Vintage Month is over and it’s time to tally up our poll results.

In answer to the question, “Which 1980s property most deserves a revamped toyline?” here’s how you voted:

  • C.O.P.S. ‘N’ Crooks: 39 votes (28%)
  • Bravestarr: 30 votes (22%)
  • Sectaurs: 29 votes (21%)
  • Inhumanoids: 26 votes (19%)
  • Captain Power: 15 votes (11%)

While I think all these lines could make for an appealing update, I can see why C.O.P.S. won: like Masters of the Universe, it has a broad range of crazy, unique character designs. And so, with any luck, Hasbro will give us a new Buttons McBoomBoom in the near future. (Man, does that name sound NSFW…)

There’s a new poll up, this time asking what new features (if any) you’d most like to see if and when Mattel re-releases MOTUC Skeletor. Note you can choose up to three options in this poll.

Vintage Month > Memories of Mr. Big Toyland

To kids growing up in the Boston area in the 1970s and 1980s, one of the most magical places on Earth could be found at 399 Moody Street in Waltham, MA. That was the home of Mr. Big Toyland, the world’s greatest toy store. This wasn’t your usual toy store; you didn’t just go to Mr. Big for the latest He-Man or G.I. Joe figures (although you could–they had those too). You went to him for Godzilla, for Gaiking, for all those imported Japanese toys you didn’t even know existed until they showed up in his ads.

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Tron Figures 3 by Blue Bezel

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He-Man: Meteorb Crocobite by jimmy j

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Voltron by ckirkman

Vintage Month > Poe’s Five Favorite Classic He-Man Vehicles

80f3_1With the exception of Hasbro’s G.I. Joe and Star Wars, vehicles have become a thing of the past for most action figure lines. That’s especially true for any figure line larger than a 3 ¾” scale. But back in the golden age of action figures, even the lowliest toy line had at least a couple vehicles, be they saddled beasts or gigantic rolling bases (looking back, I’m amazed I had the Technodrome. Thanks Mom and Dad!)

Of the many things it did right, some of the best things about Masters of the Universe were the vehicles. Like the toys, many of them had all sorts of action features and interesting designs. Here’s a list of my five favorite classic MOTU vehicles.

Vintage Month > That’s Just Prime (by PrftktTear)

optimus_primeThroughout its history, Transformers has had many incarnations, but one character is always prominent in them all:  Optimus Prime. From the first time we heard him say “Transform and ROLL OUT!”, generations of kids have been inspired by the Big Bot.

Over the years Optimus has taken many forms, from his familiar trailer truck, a fire truck, or a pick-up truck, to some bizarre forms like Nike sneakers and out-of-this-world Cybertronian based vehicles. Regardless of his alternate mode, he always seems to have the same general look, and is arguably the most instantly recognizable Transformer of all.

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Monsterizer by TCM Hitchhiker

Poe’s note: Every time I go looking for photos of vintage toys on Flickr, there’s an 80% chance that TCM Hitchhiker took them.

Vintage Month > The Pegasus Incident

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I’ve often praised my parents for the excellent job they did raising me, and for the lengths to which they were willing to go to humor my geeky interests. My father, for instance, would take rated-R movies like Predator and Aliens and, using two VCRs, make me PG-rated versions of the movies by cutting the really violent scenes.

However, every parent makes the occasional mistake. Fortunately, I could be bought.

My Little Urban Vinyl

Now here’s a clever idea: take the creativity of the urban vinyl movement and merge it with classic properties like My Little Pony.

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I realize that’s not quite what’s going on here, but if Hasbro’s smart, they’ll start hiring artists to design collector-oriented MLPs. The generic form of the ponies is perfect for it.

There’s already an active community of artists doing this sort of thing–check this out.

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