Toy Commercial Tuesday: Spider-Man Spider Wars

I’m returning to the well a bit with today’s Toy Commercial Tuesday. I’ve been writing about the Wall-Crawler a lot for Marvel.com lately and it reminded me how much I enjoyed the Toy Biz line in the 90s. So, having already covered the original line, Spider Force and even Web Splashers, I hope you enjoy this look at the Spider Wars line!

Of the figures shown in this spot I’ve got Hydro Man, Kingpin, Black Cat and Doctor Strange. Hey, since I have all of my toys here, I can now back that up with photographic proof and talk about them in a bit more detail!I still love the enormous Kingpin figure, Doc Strange and his bendy cape (it’s still in the garage somewhere) and, no kidding, everything about Hydro Man from his six pack to his water squirting action feature.

My daughter and I both like the look of the Black Cat figure, but she refuses to stand up. In fact, moments after snapping the picture, she and Kingpin both toppled over. The resulting pile is NSFW. I remember seeing that crazy Cyber Spider-Man and the Doppleganger figure in stores, but they didn’t really appeal to me. I do give Toy Biz credit for coming up with interesting takes on their lead character, though.

Toy Commercial Tuesday: The Great Garloo!

Whoa! These are the kinds of rad things you stumble across when you just search for “toy commercial” on YouTube and dive in a few pages deep. I feel like I may have heard about The Great Garloo here on an episode of Toy Hunter, but it was just a vague echo.

Still, I would have been all over this had I been a kid in the 60s. It’s a remote control robot that can move around and also shift its arms up and down. In other words, as the commercial implies, it’s the perfect toy for kids who wanted to create their own monster movies! If you’re curious to see what this bad boy looked like in person (ie not black-and-white), head on over to The Old Robots Website.

Toy Commercial Tuesday: Shogun Warriors & Godzilla

As I mentioned towards the end of my Ready Player One review, I’m pretty interested in diving into the Japanese tokusatsu series Ultraman. That got me looking around for Ultraman toy commercials. There were a few, but I figured I’d wait on those until after I start watching the discs I’m waiting on from the library. But, it got me looking around on YouTube and check out this awesome Shogun Warriors/Godzilla spot!

The whole giant robot toy thing happened before I was born and by the time I was old enough, I was all over action figures and the like, not really looking back at what had come before. I do that now and wish I could have had some of these fist-launching bad boys! That Godzilla figure is so rad!

Toy Commercial Tuesday: Children’s Palace Ghostbusters

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMQKd8n9lFs%5D

As you can probably tell between last week’s TCT and this one, I went down a bit of a rabbit hole on YouTube looking at various Children’s Palace ads. This was my local toy store as a kid. There’s a Best Buy where it used to be, another place I spent a lot of money when still kicking around Toledo. The Ghostbusters are just the best.

Toy Commercial Tuesday: GI Joe Mega Marines

It seems pretty clear that Hasbro was desperately grasping for ways to make kids want to buy G.I. Joe toys in the mid 90s. At one point they went with awesome live action commercials then switched gears from the war on drugs thing to neon ninjas to the environment to monsters!

According to the fantastic YoJoe.com, Dr. Mindbender whipped up Mega Monsters Bio-Viper and Monstro-Viper to take on the Mega Marines who have moldable armor in the form of Play-Doh. The monsters look rad, but the idea of putting play clay on my figures sounds super-messy now. My kids love Play-Doh and I’ve seen how hard it can be to get the hardened stuff out of crevices and whatnot! Jeez, I sound old.

Anyway, I though this would be a good way to kick of TCTs for October as I love bonkers mash-ups like this! Enjoy and come back for hopefully-maybe daily posts leading up to Halloween.

Toy Commercial Tuesday: Micro Machines Super Van City

While at my folks’ place a few weeks back, I looked through a bunch of boxes in the garage, mostly toys. I was looking for a trip down memory lane, but also a few things I could bring into the house for my kids — now five and two — to play with. So, when I found the Micro Machines box, I was pretty excited. The kids had a great time playing with the tiny vehicles plus the larger plane and boat I found.

It wasn’t until the last day that I looked through another box and found the Super Van City. What could have been! Oh well, it’ll be fun to break out next time we’re at the cottage! That is one cool playset made even better in my eyes because of the transforming nature. You could have made a stick that transformed into a tree with a few flips and twists and I probably would have been in love with it back then.

Toy Commercial Tuesday: Star Wars Droids

I still think it’s amazing that, back in the 80s, it was standard practice to simultaneously launch a comic book along with a cartoon/toy line. These days, comic book characters are bigger than ever, but I’m not so sure that reflects back on the medium itself, but back then it was assumed that kids would want to plunk down the money they didn’t spend on toys on a monthly comic to fill out the story.

Just today, I wrote a post for Marvel.com about the tie-in comic for Star Wars Droids as part of my weekly Star Wars Spotlight column. While researching, I was reminded that the Kenner toys based on this short-lived cartoon were actually pretty rare so this will probably the most I ever see of them. It’s too bad because those vehicles sure look cool!

Toy Commercial Tuesday: G.I. Joe Battle Corps

It’s pretty funny that Hasbro decided to follow-up the short-lived Drug Elimination Force line with the over-the-top macho craziness of Battle Force. I mean, it’s not like the D.E.F. line was overly serious (see: Headman), but all that “very special episode” stuff is out the window in favor of neon, muscles and spring-launching weapons.

From perusing the fantastic YOJOE.com I realized that the early 90s were my personal heyday when it came to getting Joe toys. Some of the lines were crazier than others, but I was a kid who wanted to play with he-men, ninjas and evil bad guys, some covered in armor, so it was all gravy for me. How, I didn’t get into the sci-fi-themed Star Brigade figures and why there’s not a commercial for the whole line on YouTube will remain a mystery for now.