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4:00 PM on 10.31.2014

Toys of Yesterday: Monster in My Pocket

Before there were Pocket Monsters (Pokemon), there was Monster in My Pocket. This surprisingly basic toy series would go on to have its own video game, tv show*, comics, trading cards, a board game, and a TON of pointless pro...

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Toys of Yesterday: TMNT - The Next Mutation photo
Toys of Yesterday: TMNT - The Next Mutation
by Chris Pranger

I stick to my word, and so since it is the last Wednesday of January, it is time for another Toys of Yesterday. When we last saw each other, I was talking about Street Sharks and how they were, surprisingly, beyond awesome action figures. At the end of that particular video I mentioned that I would somehow find a way to talk about Ninja Turtles, despite the fact that we've already had a Toys of Yesterday featuring the original 1987 Playmates line. In order to make this technicality work, I had to use the same method with Street Sharks of finding a terrible show with great toys. I've struck gold once more with the Playmates toy line based on Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation.

Hit the jump for the explanation and video!

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2:00 PM on 12.28.2011

Toys of Yesterday: Street Sharks

Has it already been a month? Well, last time we were together, I dug up some truly random figures from the Stone Protectors line. At the end of the video there I hinted at what was coming next, claiming that much like Stone P...

Chris Pranger



Toys of Yesterday: Stone Protectors photo
Toys of Yesterday: Stone Protectors
by Chris Pranger

Greetings, fellow classic toy enthusiasts! As you may have noticed, I have been AFK for the better part of November. Well, despite my hectic life, I've managed to come back for the last Wednesday of the month and bring to you the conclusion of the Grandma's Pink Top Tub Saga of strange toys, first started with the Cowboys of Moo Mesa and continued last month with Dick Tracy.

I promised at the end of my Dick Tracy article that the final toy line would probably be one no one has ever heard of, and for good reason. I stand confident that I'm right in that assumption, so join me in taking an extremely critical look at Stone Protectors! Full rundown and video is after the jump!

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Toys of Yesterday: Playmates' Dick Tracy action figures photo
Toys of Yesterday: Playmates' Dick Tracy action figures
by Chris Pranger

Hello and welcome to the last Wednesday of the month! I've had a lot of fun doing the occasional Show and Tell feature, but the standard trend had me talking about toys that were, how shall I say, old. As a result, we decided that I will no longer just do videos for Show and Tell on my old figures. Now I'll do Toys of Yesterday instead! I mentioned in my rundown of Cowboys of Moo Mesa action figures that I had a magical tub o' toys from my grandma and that I had at least two more random figure lines to talk about. We're continuing on with the second part of my Pink-Lid Tub From Grandma Saga with a handful of action figures from the 1990 movie Dick Tracy. Hit the jump for images and the standard ramblicious video!

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Toys of Yesterday: Playmobil photo
Toys of Yesterday: Playmobil
by Brian Szabelski

Germany has brought us many wonderful things: the printing press, the theory of relativity, the autobahn and it's complete lack of speed limits (well, at least when I drive my imaginary Porsche 911 down it in my mind), Rammstein and pretzels. But most importantly, the Germans are responsible for a toy that many people around the world will very easily recognize: Playmobil.

But how did these little guys come to be? And how have they changed over the years? Toys of Yesterday does a bit of digging this month on Playmobil and how the whole series got started. Hit the jump and get schooled on these little plastic dudes.

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Toys of Yesterday: WWF/WCW Figures photo
Toys of Yesterday: WWF/WCW Figures
by Andres Cerrato

I had a friend ask me that, to which I had to respond no, as I was only 2 years old at the time of Wrestlemania III. The days of my unconscious youth were those of that golden age of professional wrestling. Every Saturday morning would be occupied by wrestling. It was time to watch Hulk Hogan square off against Andre the Giant or Sting lock holds with Ric Flair. Slim Jims would be snapped in half by the Macho Man. A decade later brought out the Attitude Era, with Stone Cold telling us because he said so and DDP giving out Diamond Cutters everywhere.

Join me after the jump as I take a look back at wrestling figures of a time long ago. A time when The Rock, errrr, Dwayne Johnson, wasn't making horrible movies.

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3:00 PM on 11.24.2010

Toys of Yesterday: Kenner's Batman Returns action figure line

Writing about toys is great, but playing with them is better. At least it was, and still is, for me. That's why I decided to write this month's Toys of Yesterday about my most beloved action figure collection that I had as a ...

Crystal White



Toys of Yesterday: Stretch Armstrong photo
Toys of Yesterday: Stretch Armstrong
by Brian Szabelski

Most of the time, Toys of Yesterday is about the toys we loved growing up. And in a way, this week's subject, Stretch Armstrong, was a toy I played with in my younger years, mostly at friend's houses. It was far from a constant companion, but it was a toy I had vague memories of, enough to prompt me to do some research for this month's post.

But if there's one thing that's changed between then and now, it's that Stretch Armstrong now utterly terrifies me. Come with me and find out how something that was once okay is now akin to an evil demon form Toy Hell.

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Toys of Yesterday: Digimon photo
Toys of Yesterday: Digimon
by Brian Szabelski

Last month, we brought you a Toys of Yesterday feature on Tamagotchi. So perhaps it only makes sense that this month, the Toys of Yesterday spotlight shines on its sibling, Digimon. While eventually it turned out to take a different path than its predecessor, Digimon was originally birthed from a similar idea but aimed at a new audience: younger boys. Like the 11-year-old me.

But it was more than that: it was a player in the virtual pet market at a time when the other options for young boys were few and far between, since you really couldn't play video games in school. That was, except for the game-like Digimon, just small enough to sneak into class and take care of while the teacher was busy talking about stuff that bored you.

Hit the jump and travel back to the past once more!

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Toys of Yesterday: Tamagotchi photo
Toys of Yesterday: Tamagotchi
by Brian Szabelski

"Tamagotchi." The word alone conjures up memories of long hours training and cleaning up poop, over schools who were so pissed about these things distracting kids that they flat-out banned them, about even your mom having one, whether you liked it or not. It came from Japan and it took the U.S. and the world by storm.

But then again, I'm sure some of you were too young to really know or care about what Tamagotchi really was or where it came from. Or maybe you've never had one. Well, sit back, because you're about to get schooled on the history of one of the 1990s' biggest crazes.

Hit the jump and learn all about this virtual pioneer!

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Toys of Yesterday: Furby photo
Toys of Yesterday: Furby
by Brian Szabelski

Welcome once again, Tomopop readers, to another edition of Toys of Yesterday, where we look back at the toys we knew growing up and perhaps, at the same time, both educate and entertain you. And normally, this is where I bust out some wonderful anecdote about a toy I grew up with.

But tonight, we're going in a different direction. Rather than focus on a toy that had some amazing wonderful impact on us all, I'm going to focus on one that, depending on who you are, may be cute or the spawn of the devil. Hit the jump, and we'll head back into the past.

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