Product of the Past: Big Trak

November of 1979 was the moment the future finally arrived in the American living room. When the holidays arrived a month later, many American children (mostly boys) were treated to the toy of their dreams, lovingly realized in injection mold plastic and the invisible world of internal chip technology.

Imagine the revelatory shock that spread like miniature mushroom clouds of excitement through your nervous system when underneath the torn wrapping of a holiday gift lay a bright, shining box containing Big Trak, the first artificial intelligence robotic vehicle made expressly for children. The mind raced with evil genius delusions of grandeur, fantasizing about all the limitless applications of your new six wheeled, programmable domestic assault vehicle.

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2020 LEGO Advent Calendar Day 2

It’s December 2nd, so that means it’s day 2 of my 2020 LEGO City Advent Calendar! Day 2 brought me the first of six exclusive minifigures…Duke Detain! I’m guessing he’s a police officer? My favorite part of this figure is the Christmas sweater he’s wearing. It looks like it’s Paw Patrol inspired, but the snow flakes printed on it make this figure pop. I’ll always see the sweater and know it came from this Christmas Advent calendar.

You can check out day 1 if you missed it here.

2020 LEGO City Advent Calendar!

I’ve never in my life had an advent calendar of any kind. Not as a kid, and not as a married adult. I’ve always made sure my kids had one, and it’s been one of the highlights of their Christmas season every year. But I saw this thing online last month and decided that this was the year I was going to have an advent calendar.

Picking this one up was an easy decision since I’ve been a lover of all things LEGO since about 1984. I’m already a collector of the minifigures, and this set includes six exclusive figures, so that alone was enough to entice me to part with my money. Then throw in all the neat little vehicles you get to make and the playmat that is attached to the box, and I’ve got something I’m really excited about every morning.

But let’s see what was behind Door #1 on this snowy December 1st…

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11 Things I Want From the 1988 Sears Christmas Wish Book

Well, Christmas is coming up quick, so I thought it would be a good time to open up an old Sears Christmas Wish Book and relive some great old memories from the past.   I’m going back in time to 1988 with that year’s edition of the Wish Book to pick out some of the cool toys I wanted and thought I’d share them with you. 

I was 10 years old in 1988, so it was right at that perfect time of still being into toys, but at the same time, starting to have an eye towards some gifts that were a little more “grown-up”.  The 1988 edition of the Wish Book was loaded with so much cool stuff, I don’t think I’m going to be able to cover them all this time out, so I’ll probably stop at ten or so things for now, and hopefully do more later.  Let’s get to it! 

G.I. Joe Locker Bag Kit

Oh my goodness!  If you’ve got to start a personal grooming habit as a young man, what better way to do it than with G.I. Joe?!?  This kit has everything a 10 year old young man would need too.  G.I. Joe approved toothbrush and toothpaste (ADA be damned), mini soap with its own case to keep it from getting all slimy, a brush and comb for whatever stylish ‘do you are sporting, and a cup to go along with that tooth care set.  To top it all off, there is a small pocket size pack of tissue to take with you wherever you go, and a cool ass locker bag to store it all in.  You would be the envy of your fellow gym mates if you walked into a locker room with that bag slung over your shoulder.  And on top of all of that, how cool would it be to see this puppy hanging up in your bathroom at home.  It would almost make coming in from playing outside to get cleaned up enjoyable.  Almost. 

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M.U.S.C.L.E. Toys from the 1986 Mattel Catalog

Here are scans of the M.U.S.C.L.E. toys lineup as featured in the 1986 Mattel Toy Catalog.  Intended for retailers, Mattel’s dealer catalogs showcased all the latest and greatest releases, along with existing products within its various current (at the time) toy lines.  These are great photos of some of my favorites toys from the past.  Hope you enjoy them as well! 

When you’re done here, you should also check out the 1986 Masters of the Universe Catalog, and the complete 1988 Toys ‘R’ Us Christmas Sale paper. Let’s get onto the scans!

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