Christmas time reminds me of my childhood and receiving a bunch of great action figures. Lately I have realized despite all the adult collector lines that have been produced I actually prefer the vintage lines more. They had much better packaging with great card art. They were a perfect size and weren't too big and space consuming. They had great action features that upped their cool factor. And you couldn't beat the price
My favorites were
Kenner super powers
Toy biz marvel superheroes
Toybiz Spiderman animated cartoon series
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I will say that I like the current era of g1 homage Transformers better. Better articulation... better robot mode... better all around. I had a bunch of them as a kid... but they were mostly bricks and I could never really 'play' with them. Never made up any stories or anything... just treated tehm like puzzle boxes.
Otherwise, I collected
Kenner super powers
Toy biz superheroes
and TMNT. I had a bunch of those. MOTU was probably the biggest collection I had, but I loved my superheroes just as much.
As a kid my Favorites off the top of my head were
G.I. Joe ARAH 3 3/4"
G.I. Joe HALL of Fame 12"
Running the underground
Micronauts, Starwars, 6 Million dollar man, Lego
My favorite childhood toys were MOTU, LEGO, TMNT, The Real Ghostbusters, Star Wars and G. I. Joe., but I loved many other toy lines, there were so many cool toys back then.
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I would like to say Thundercats but my grandmother wasn't keen on me collecting two lines and when He-Man crashed and burned that was it for a while. I only got Lion-O and Tigra so Thundercats don't count. The next real line was **** Tracy (1990), which I loved. After that was WWF Hasbro figures (1991-1996). I then got into WWF Jakks Pacific in 1997 but stopped collecting in 1999 because I thought it was wierd for a 19 year old to collect action figures. In 2002 there was no way I wasn't going to collect 200x. That spurred the collecting bug so around that time I began collecting WWF Legends. I only collected them for 2 years before I'd been burned out (mostly because the burn from 200x left a bad taste in my mouth). That was it for the collecting of continuous lines.
Here and there from 1985 to the beginning of the 90s I would get the one off figure from the occasional figure line. Those lines were:
The Superpowers - Superman only
Various WCW figure lines (pre and post Hogan)
Some wierd line with Chuck Norris
Batman - 1989 movie
I'm sure there are some I'm forgetting
1982-85, I was all about MOTU. '85-'90s it was GI Joe. Those two dominated above and beyond any others for me. TMNT was big too.
Star wars and Motu mostly. However I also loved Nintendo and Captain Power.
Mego: World's Greatest Superheroes
Kenner: Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back
Hasbro: Super Joe
Mattel: Big Jim
I agree that those vintage lines hold more of a special place for many us. I think there are a lot of reasons for that. The biggest being all the wonderful memories connected to them. I started selling off a lot of my modern day stuff and focusing on filling vintage holes. My favorite vintage lines:
1. Masters of the Universe
2. G.I.JOE: A Real American Hero
3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
4. DC Super Powers
5. Star Wars
6. Rock Lords
7. The Real Ghostbusters
8. Marvel Superheroes/X-Men
9. WWF (Hasbro)
I don't remember much about toys that I had in the past but I think they were:
Masters of the Universe
Try to reach inside of me, try to drain my energy
Let me show you just what I'm made of
Simple curiosity trying to take a bite of me
Let me show you just what I'm made of now...
As a kid my main toylines were:
Batman The Animated Series/Batman in general
Star Wars (inherited a load of originals from a relative & bought POTF etc on my own)
MOTU (inherited a load of the classic line from a cousin)
When I got older I collected
DC Universe Classics (my favorite modern toyline - great updates of Super Powers done by the 4H)
Batman the Animated Series by DC Collectibles
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My 5 favorite toy lines as a kid were:
Marvel Super Heroes
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1) Kenner Star Wars
2) Hasbro Transformers
3) Hasbro G.I. Joe: ARAH
4) Mattel Masters of The Universe
5) LJN Thundercats
7) Kenner Super Powers
9) Mattel Shogun Warriors (even though I only had Godzilla but I loved him)
11) Generic plastic Army men (American, British, German, Japanese and Australian armies)
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As a kid, my memories regrding Christmas toylines are:
Mego World's Greatest Heroes & Pocket Super Heroes
Corgi Jr Super Hero die cast cars
Plastirama plastic horse riders (Zorro, Lone Ranger & "Toro", Granaderos)
Top Toys Star Wars
Joe Super Temerario (12 inch G.I.Joe)
Top Toys He-Man (MOTU)
Commandos Em Acoa (Estrela G.I.Joe)
And a as "late" kid, Batman Animated, The Batman, G.I.Joe 25th Anniversary, Super Powers, DCUC, MOTUC & SW Black Series
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I do prefer many vintage lines, but that's mostly due to various things and emotional baggage (and not packaging), anyway as a kid my favourites were easily:
Monster in My Pocket, Mini-Boglins, the original TMNT line, Masters of the Universe, Werebears, vintage Care Bears, Hasbro's WWF, Zoids 2 and the 90's foursome of Bucky O'Hare, Captain Simian & The Space Monkeys, Street Sharks and Biker Mice From Mars which totally dates me, but those were some fun action figures. I never really liked Transformers and G.I. Joe: RAH at the time and I'm still not mega fond of them now though I have learned to appreciate them, Beast Wars helped.
My favorite toy lines from my childhood were:
- Star Wars
- Masters of the Universe
- DC Superpowers
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
"There's only one Master of the Universe and it's He-Man." - Stephen Colbert
"The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing." - Blaise Pascal
Masters of the Universe and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
I had a few figures from other lines, for example, Transformers, but MOTU and TMNT, especially the latter, were my favourites.