Toys of Yesterday

Monster in My Pocket photo
Is that a monster in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?
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... read feature

Retro TMNT toys photo

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 ac... read feature

Retro: Street Sharks photo
Retro: Street Sharks

Toys of Yesterday: Street Sharks


Dec 28
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... read
Retro: Stone Protectors photo

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... read feature

Retro: Dick Tracy photo

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... read feature

Retro: Playmobil photo

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), Rammst... read feature

WWF/WCW Figures photo
"Did you see when Hulk Hogan body-slammed Andre the Giant?"
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 mor... read feature

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


Nov 24
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 ... read
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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 consta... read feature

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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 di... read feature

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"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 ... read feature

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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... read feature

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Of the many toys I collected as a young boy, perhaps none of them were as tossed around and smashed around as my small collection of Incredible Crash Dummies figures. Then again, that was the entire point of their existence: ... read feature

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Toys of Yesterday: Hasbro/Tomy ZOIDS model kits


May 26
In this Toys of Yesterday, I wanted to take a trip back, but not too far into the past. Many of you may remember the Zoids animation that aired on Cartoon Network's Toonami block back in 2001. Well, for those of you who do re... read
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Like a great many people, I recently visited my local cineplex to check out the sequel to the greatest superhero film of all time. (Yes, Iron Man is 32 times better than Batman Begins and The Dark Knight combined. Deal with i... read feature

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Toys of Yesterday: Ivan Drago from Rocky IV figures


Apr 08
Upon watching Clubber Lang in Rocky III, I didn't think a boxing villain could be any more interesting. What a quick talking, fierce character, whose only motivation is to beat Rocky at any cost. Mr. T plays that character to... read
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Toys Of Yesterday: Masters of the Universe Rattlor


Apr 06
That old Masters of the Universe line does it for me, the new stuff is either too expensive or just tries to look too cool. I am all about old toys. I can't buy enough of them. I'm at a point where I want dupes. I want to hav... read
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Toys Of Yesterday: Masters of the Universe Kobra Khan


Mar 23
By the power of Greyskull! I know these new shows might have some okay villains, but He-Man and the Masters of the Universe had some of the best villains of all time! The toys were what that show was all about. Those villains... read
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My brother loves Bionicles. And not in a "he is rather fond of them" sense, but in a "he owns every one ever made" kind of way. That's right, every single Bionicle, including the ones you got at fast food ... read feature

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What was special to you growing up? Your first stuffed animal, your first little toy? When did you get them?  On the day I was born, I was given a teddy bear. A bear that has followed me through my entire life. One I sti... read feature

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Toys of Yesterday: Real Ghostbusters


Feb 17
I know most people in their mid twenties and early thirties liked the two movies and the cartoon. If you're like me, the Ghostbusters mean something to you. I don't know what exactly, but something! I really enjoyed the two f... read
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If you grew up in the 1980s and early 1990s, you grew up with G.I. Joe. I know I sure did, and I spent hours upon hours playing with those figures, occasionally managing to pop an arm or a leg off that required "surgery.... read feature

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I remember it as if it were yesterday. One night in the fall of 1997, I was sitting at a diner with my oldest friend, John Drauss. We were discussing Nostradamus' prophecies regarding the end of the world. Then he starts tell... read feature

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I know if you have any memory of Hasbro's collection of dolls based on the animated characters from Jem and the Holograms, you're looking at the header above and thinking, "I DO NOT remember Jem ever looking like THAT.&q... read feature

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Though we all have different interests on Tomopop, there are a few things that everyone can relate to, mostly because at one time or another, they've been a part of our lives. Fisher-Price's Little People series is certainly ... read feature

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I know to anyone born after 1985, the idea of a talking bear must seem like the lamest thing in the world. However, I was eight years old at the time Worlds of Wonder put Teddy Ruxpin on the market, and to me he was easily th... read feature

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The other day, I was wandering through a thrift store and suddenly my eyes landed on an item that mystically had the power to transport me back in time. Literally, I saw it and I fell into a portal. On the other side of the p... read feature

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McDonald's is known for having some amazing Happy Meal toys, but within my lifetime I don't remember any such toys causing the amount of chaos that the Teenie Beanie Babies did when they started appearing in 1997. The Beanie ... read feature

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Toys of Yesterday: Sonic & Knuckles UK Mini Figures


Oct 14
It's a well established fact that I'm a giant nerd for Sonic the Hedgehog, and around the time of these figures you wouldn't have been able to part me from my Sonic comics. Unfortunately with these being a UK only set I never... read
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Last month I reminded you just how awesome the Sonic 3 toys were at McDonalds, and now I come with another blast from the past which are the Jack in the Box SEGA toys. These weren't nearly as popular as the Happy Meal toys, e... read feature

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Toys of Yesterday: Sonic 3 McDonalds Happy Meal toys


Aug 26
As a young girl I was quite the connoisseur of Happy Meal toys from McDonalds, as was I giant nerd obsessed with Sonic the Hedgehog. So, when they released toys for Sonic the Hedgehog 3 in the form of Happy Meal prizes it goe... read
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Toys of Yesterday: Kenner's Slave I from Star Wars


Aug 12
At one point or another, most everyone either owned or came in contact with Kenner's Star Wars figures when they were little. I was in that first group of owners. For most kids who owned the figures, the big deal was the Mill... read






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