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A Collection of Masters of the Universe Toy Commercials

If you’re on this site, then I probably don’t need to tell you just how big He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was back in the 80’s.  FOr a couple of years there, you couldn’t get through life without being bombarded with He-Man merchandise.  I know I certainly fell victim to the never ending stream of advertisements and tie-ins, and I’m better off for it since He-Man remains one of my favorite toys of all-time.  So here today, I’m just taking a look back at some of the old commercials for the toys, and reliving those great times.

So this is supposedly the first commercial aired for the toy line.  I have no way of verifying that, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.  It features He-Man, Skeletor, and Castle Grayskull.  Whether it’s the first commercial or not, it certainly is from very early in the run as there are no other figures mentioned or shown in the ad.

Another video from early in the run, once again featuring He-Man and Skeletor, but also introducing the Attack Trak vehicle this time.  I had the Attack Trak, but I sure don’t remember it working quite like it shows in this commercial.  I seem to remember mine having a hard time makig it’s way through the carpeting in our house and getting stuck.  Maybe it was not so much that the Attack Trak didn’t work as advertised.  Maybe it was the fact we still had thick shag carpet in our home at that point.

Ah, Point Dread and the Talon Fighter.  What an awesome toy this was.  Point Dread was actually designed to fit atop the tower on Castle Grayskull, so when you had both, it extended the playability of both.  In the cartoon, Zodiak was kind of synonymous with the Talon Fighter, so that’s how I used it in my play.  I remember getting both Point Dread and the Talon Fighter, as well as Zodiak for my sixth birthday.  That was an awesome combo right there.  However, I don’t recall the storybook and record combo that came with the toy though.  Maybe my mind is slipping.

Now this commercial is kind of the cream of the crop, because it pimps so many different aspects from the overall toy line.  You get to see not only He-Man and Skeletor, but all their friends on each side of the ongoing battle.  It also makes sure to pimp Castle Grayskull, Point Dread and the Talon Fighter, and some other vehicles including the Attack Trak again.  You could tell that they knew they had a hit toy on their hands, as the commercial is busting at the seems with numerous toys showing how they were ramping up the line pretty heftily.

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Nintendo Nostalgia: Game Genie

Game Genie

Now I don’t know about you, but the Game Genie did more to change my video gaming experience than any other device with the exception of the Nintendo itself.  Once I got my hands on it, it was in use every single time I played a Nintendo Game.  My best friend at the time, Geoffrey, was one of those kids that got whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted it.  He saw the commercial for this thing and went nuts.  I still remember the conversation we had on the phone that fateful night.  He said he had pitched such a huge fit wanting it, that his Dad drove him the half hour to the nearest department store and bought it for him.

The next day at school, he looked like a hungover zombie, as he had stayed up all night playing Nintendo.  I knew that I just had to make the trip to his house that weekend for a sleepover and check it out myself.  Sure enough, I had the chance that weekend, and was blown away with just how awesome that thing was.

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I started saving my allowances immediately, and doing chores for folks around the neighborhood to earn extra money.  It actually didn’t take too long to get enough scratch together to go get one for myself.  Man, that thing revolutionized my game play.  Games that had previously had parts that I go so frustrated with that I quit playing the game, were now easily navigated, and I pulled those old suckers out and gave them new life.

It was some of the best money I’ve ever spent in my life.  And yes, I can say that still today.  It was revolutionary to be able to have unlimited lives, or unlimited ammo, or be able to make super jumps.  Now I know in all reality, it was cheating, but it made crappy games fun, and made fun games incredible.  Even now when playing roms on an emulator, I still google those old Game Genie codes and put them in play.

Looking Back at Electric Football

Electric Football

 

With the Superbowl coming up this weekend, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at a time before video game systems emulated the fun of football inside the home.  A time when you really had to work to set up your plays, and then hope that everything worked perfectly, and the little football players actually went where you wanted them to.  So here’s a look back at what “playing football” was like before things like Coleco Football, Tecmo Bowl, and Madden football games came along…..

Ever since enterprising toymakers hit on the gimmick of combining electricity and sports, many a fan has whiled his rainy-day hours away over miniaturized electric versions of his favorite outdoor games. Few U.S. sports are as popular as American football, so it came as no surprise when electric football became the king of this toy trend. These games have been popular for over five decades and continue to enjoy a fervent following today.

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Construx – One of the Best Toys of the 80’s

In 1983, Fisher-Price rolled out it’s newest toy creation.  It was called Construx, and was possibly the most versatile building/construction toy since the erector set.  It featured plastic beams in various lengths, multi directional connectors, plates, axles, wheels, pulleys, and much more.  What you could make with Construx was really only limited to your imagination.

 

Construx

 

Next to Lego, Construx was the greatest building toy that I ever laid hands on, and in some ways, it surpassed Lego. The size of the pieces and the way they were designed allowed for larger projects than Lego could handle, which allowed for such projects as bridges, buildings, and any other thing you could dream up. These were awesome if you had a fertile imagination…which my brother and I did, and we used our Construx to build goose neck trailers for our Tonka trucks to pull along, fork lifts to load those trailers, and a host of other equipment to be used with them.

 

Construx

 

The first set that I had was the Bridges and Tower set that came out in 1983. I remember it not being exactly easy to follow the directions and complete the build, but not so hard that I had to have help either. I just had to take a little longer than my older brother did to complete it. But when it was done, oh my was it ever a fun thing to play with. He and I ended up using those Construx bridges to enhance the fun in our G.I. Joe adventures. As a matter of fact, just about everything we built with the Construx were to play with some other toy line we had. Rarely did we build anything just for the sake of playing with the Construx. I would put together swords and ninja stars when I would watch a martial arts movie and then let my imagination run wild. I would use them to construct obstacle courses and run my G.I. Joe men through their paces trying to re-enact the latest episode of American Gladiators. We used them to build tunnels and other things to go along with our Hotwheels fun.

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Top 5: Favorite Action Figures

 

Each Tuesday I do a quick “Top 5” list, and instead of doing some kind of big write up, I do it in pictures instead.  I’d love to see others join in the fun as well and chime in on the same topic on your own site, social channel, Instagram, podcast, or wherever you share your opinions online.  I’ll be posting under the tag #Top 5, so if you do the same we can all see everyone else’s list.

This week, it’s my Top 5 Favorite Action Figures.  Let’s go to the list…..

 

Snow Job

Snow Job from the G.I. Joe A Real American Hero Line

With the skis, Snow Job was one of the most played with action figures I owned.  I killed many a snow day out of school going on special missions with Snow Job.

 

Jitsu

Jitsu from Masters of the Universe

While others may have other MOTU figures they were more fond of, but there was just something about Jitsu that struck my fancy.  That deadly golden karate chopping right hand of his made for a fearsome foe for He-Man in my world.

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Lego 1987 Shop at Home Catalog

 

 

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Top 5: Favorite Happy Meal Toys

 

Each Tuesday I do a quick “Top 5” list, and instead of doing some kind of big write up, I do it in pictures instead.  I’d love to see others join in the fun as well and chime in on the same topic on your own site, social channel, Instagram, podcast, or wherever you share your opinions online.  I’ll be posting under the tag #Top 5, so if you do the same we can all see everyone else’s list.

This week, it’s my Top 5 Favorite Happy Meal Toys.  Let’s go to the list…..

 

Dukes of Hazzard Happy Meal

Duke of Hazzard Vacuform Containers

These hit McDonald’s in 1982, and with their plastic bodies, the boxes were great for crashing into each other while re-creating scenes from the show.

 

Construx Happy Meal

Construx Action Building System

I absolutely loved Construx toys, and certainly didn’t miss out on the free sets when they were in the Happy Meals in 1986.

 

Berenstain Bears Happy Meal

Berenstain Bears Toys

In 1987, I was all in on the Berenstain Bear books and the cartoon that was on Saturday mornings at the time, so these were a natural fit for me.  These were probably the Happy Meal toys that I anticipated more than any other.

 

Halloween Happy Meal

Halloween Pails

These have been offered around Halloween on and off for years ever since 1987.  I loved using these things to collect my candy in while trick-or-treating on Halloween night.

 

Super Looney Tunes

I loved the idea of these things, as their costumes came off to reveal their alter egos.  Two toys in one!  The Tasmanian Devil/Flash was all kinds of cool.

Dave over at Banzai Retro Club is playing along again this week, so check out his Top 5 Happy Meal Toys as well!

 

So what about you? What were some of YOUR favorite Happy Meal toys?   If you don’t want to jump in fully on social media, then chime in in the comments section below.  I want to see what fads you were really into too!