History of Magnetic Toys

BANDAI – SOUL OF CHOGOKIN DX MAZINGER Z

Making it just under the wire for 2012 is the crown jewel of Chogokin and Mazinger Z collectors– the DX (deluxe) Chogokin Mazinger Z!

This thing is amazing! Complete magnet toys, magnetic toys, magnetic building toys, magnet toy, magnetic balls toy, toy magnets, magnet building toys, magnetic toys for toddlers, magnetic toy, magnetic desk toys, magnetics toys hangar and working LED lights to illuminate the it and Mazinger once he’s placed inside, this 12″ tall semi-die-cast robot is– like Optimus– the ultimate (so far) version of Go Nagi’s creation.

He magnet toys can be displayed in his fully assembled robot form, or without his armor “plates” to reveal all the faux inner mechanisms of the robot.

Also, via a wireless remote (this is the way to go magnet toys, magnetic toys, magnetic building toys, magnet toy, magnetic balls toy, toy magnets, magnet building toys, magnetic toys for toddlers, magnetic toy, magnetic desk toys, magnetics toys lights, Hot Toys!!!), you can activate several lights and sounds hidden inside the figure, all recreating the sounds (and theme songs) from the 70’s animated TV show!

To add to the awesomeness of this figure, Bandai will magnet toys be releasing his Scrander winged jetpack ( magnet toys magnet toys, magnetic toys, magnetic building toys, magnet toy, magnetic balls toy, toy magnets, magnet building toys, magnetic toys for toddlers, magnetic toy, magnetic desk toys, magnetics toys removable panels to see the inner mechanisms) later this year for added displayability.

Bandai Soul of Chogokin DX Mazinger Z
Mazinger Z without his panels and inside his hanger (L) and fully assembled (R)
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Tuesday, January 1, 2013
TOP TEN TOY LINES OF ALL TIME (ACCORDING TO ME THAT IS!)
#10

SUPER POWERS COLLECTION

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1984 – 86

As a company, Kenner magnet toys, magnetic toys, magnetic building toys, magnet toy, magnetic balls toy, toy magnets, magnet building toys, magnetic toys for toddlers, magnetic toy, magnetic desk toys, magnetics toysan amazing new height of action figure design and quality magnet toys, magnetic toys, magnetic building toys, magnet toy, magnetic balls toy, toy magnets, magnet building toys, magnetic toys for toddlers, magnetic toy, magnetic desk toys, magnetics toys the Super Powers Collection line. They had already had unprecedented success magnet toys, magnetic toys, magnetic building toys, magnet toy, magnetic balls toy, toy magnets, magnet building toys, magnetic toys for toddlers, magnetic toy, magnetic desk toys, magnetics toys their Star Wars line, but those figures had begun to look dated both in design and paint application by the time that series was coming to a close.

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The Super Powers figures were a strong departure from the Star Wars figure design. They were slightly larger, standing at around 5″, and featured crisp, refined sculpting and tight, vibrant paint apps.

While the characters themselves were enough to sell the figures to their target audience, Kenner went a step further to create something that became a defining element for the line.

Each figure had an “action feature” that in Toy Magnets way represented their individual super power. Superman had a “Power Action Punch”, Aquaman had a “Power Action Deep Sea Kick”, Hawkman had “Power Action Flight Wings” and so on.

Another reason that this line was so great was, along side all of the incredibly popular characters, DC and Kenner chose Toy Magnets less popular characters that were created for DC by Jack “The King” Kirby (after he exited Mavel for the very first time since he began working there in the 1950’s) known as The New Gods. These characters consisted of Toy Magnets of the best of the line, such as Mantis, Kalibak and the massive Darkseid.

Even though Super Powers was a magnet toys, magnetic toys, magnetic building toys, magnet toy, magnetic balls toy, toy magnets, magnet building toys, magnetic toys for toddlers, magnetic toy, magnetic desk toys, magnetics toysfor Kenner– and had it’s own comic book mini-series (three in fact) and cartoon series– the line still only lasted three brief years before dying out. Regardless of this fact, the Super Powers Collection remains highly sought after and regarded by collectors for its faithfulness to the original comic book character designs as well as the quality of the figures themselves which hold up to even Toy Magnets of today’s toy standards.

FAVORITE FIGURE: Cyborg
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#9

TOYBIZ MARVEL FIGURES

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TOY BIZ

1990 – 2006

Looking at the overall history of Toy Biz’s action figure production, you can witness a company’s evolution from Toy Magnets fairly weak and uninspired action figures to the height of cutting-edge action figure design and execution.
In 1990, after the success of their Batman movie line (which was probably due more to the movies than the figures themselves), Toy Biz was then able to acquire the master license to create Marvel Comics action figures.

While their sculpting and paint apps were behind Toy Magnets of the larger companies of the time, like Hasbro and Kenner, Toy Biz took notes from Kenner’s Super Powers line and incorporated “action features” and gimmicks to their super hero figures. While Toy Magnets were better executed than others (like Cyclops’ light-up visor vs. Nightcrawler’s giant sucker-cups) they were a big part of the original success of Toy Biz’s early figures.

From the very beginning, one of Toy Biz’s strengths was in having a massive output of figures, eventually creating several sub-lines (Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Silver Surfer) under the umbrella of the Marvel Universe. Within the first few years however, one line stood out among the others: The X-Men.

The X-Men and X-related comics had reached an all-time sales high in the comic book market, and Toy Biz capitalized on this in spades. During the height of the “X-Craze” Toy Biz produced close to 100 different figures from the various X-Men titles.

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However, in 2006, much to the woe of many fans, Toy Biz lost the Marvel license to Hasbro and thus an abrupt end to a major era in toy history.

BEST/WORST FIGURES: No way I’m attempting this one!

#8

M.A.S.K.

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1985 – 88

In the 1980s’, the former king of the toy isle, Kenner, was getting beaten left and right by one-two punch of Habro’s GI Joe and Transformers lines. Perhaps brilliantly, Kenner had the idea of taking their competitor’s ideas and merge them into one concept: a team of secret agents who fought a terrorist organization magnet toys, magnetic toys, magnetic building toys, magnet toy, magnetic balls toy, toy magnets, magnet building toys, magnetic toys for toddlers, magnetic toy, magnetic desk toys, magnetics toys transforming cars and vehicles. And thus M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) was born.

The figures themselves, while small, still featured Toy Magnets highly detailed sculpts and paint apps, but where Kenner really flexed their muscle was magnet toys, magnetic toys, magnetic building toys, magnet toy, magnetic balls toy, toy magnets, magnet building toys, magnetic toys for toddlers, magnetic toy, magnetic desk toys, magnetics toys the design and execution of the various vehicles and playsets– the true stars of this series.

To back up Kenner’s newly created line, a cartoon magnet toys aired on television alongside the first few years of its release. The cartoons featured slick animation by DIC, rivaling that of Habro’s partner Sunbow. This quickly sent kids rushing to the to isle to find all these cool vehicles and characters.

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The line quickly became a huge success, but after the second year, Kenner switched the line’s focus from “spys vs terrorist” to…a racing theme. While the new racing theme still featured Toy Magnets aweToy Magnets characters and vehicles, interest in this new direction wasn’t nearly as high as previous years. Also, after its second year, the M.A.S.K. cartoon went off the air and Kenner lost all of its much needed television support for the line. And so, in 1988, Kenner brought M.A.S.K. to an end.

Fast-forward 25 years later and it seems that Kenner made a huge impression on many kids in the three short years that the line existed as M.A.S.K. is huge on the current collector’s market, magnet toys, magnetic toys, magnetic building toys, magnet toy, magnetic balls toy, toy magnets, magnet building toys, magnetic toys for toddlers, magnetic toy, magnetic desk toys, magnetics toys many rare MIB items commanding huge prices.

FAVORITE VEHICLE: Rhino
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G.I. JOE (VINTAGE)/ADVENTURE TEAM

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1964 – 1976

The amount of information that could be said about Hasbro’s ground-breaking line is practically infinite. After all, this is the toy line that started it all– at least as far as action figures go. In fact,

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