Earlier in the month, I posted about how 1986 was the year Santa became real for me. I briefly talked about some of the things I got for Christmas that year, but those little snippets just don’t do all those wonderful toys justice. So here, in detail, is what I got for Christmas in 1986!
The big one that Christmas morning in 1986 was the G.I. Joe Cobra Terror Drome. At that time in life, my world revolved around four toys. G.I Joe, Masters of the Universe, Construx, and Legos….with G.I. Joe being at the top of the list. Knowing this, it was no surprise to my parents that the biggest hit of the holiday season would be this huge G.I. Joe playset.
It had room for plenty of figures, so massive battles were a foregone conclusion. I stockpiled this sucker with every bad guy I had in my collection and then began a full-on assault with all of the good guys I could find. Even Bo & Luke Duke in their 3 3/4″ figure form and the General Lee got in on the action on the side of the Joes!
While that title wouldn’t need an exclamation point if a lot of you were writing this, it does when I write it. That’s because I haven’t purchased new toys off the shelf in something close to 16 years.
I used to be an avid toy collector in the late ’90s and early ’00s, but once I found out I was going to be a Dad, that changed. I kept all of my toys on display in the spare room we had…the room that would become the nursery…so I had to empty that room. And since babies cost a lot of money, I needed to liquidate my collection to put money in my pocket. And thus ended my toy buying ways.
In the grand scheme of things, that was a small sacrifice. But now, all these years later, I’ve got the itch again, so the other day I scratched it. This first foray back into toy buying wasn’t a big one. More like just dipping my toes in the water, but I’m excited nonetheless, and just wanted to take a minute to show off what I picked up.
These Masters of the Universe Megaconstrux figures are pretty nifty. Fully articulated minifigures is something I didn’t think would come along in my lifetime, but there they are. This was the only set they had or I would have likely gotten more. And it was only after I got home that I noticed He-Man had two left legs. Oh well, I still played with them. I’ll put some pictures of that up later.
Presented complete, and in all it’s glory, here is the Masters of the Universe section of the 1986 Mattel Retailers catalog. It features almost every toy from the line, presented in some of the most stunning photos you’ll ever see of the figures and play sets.