We all know the toy market is a massive industry, always looking for different ways to part parents from their hard-earned cash. Sometimes it’s cashing in on the lasted movie or TV show, or recycling something that worked well before, and then there’s the nostalgia market. Toys aimed at big kids and parents who will exclaim ‘I wish they had these when I was a kid’.
What you look fondly back upon depends largely on when in time you were born, there are a few characters though that cross generations, but none as consistently as the mystery solving Great Dane. The current range of Scooby-Doo toys feature the members of Mystery Inc. in their classic 60’s outfits and classic bad guys like Phantom Racer and The Ghost of Red Beard.
Following the success of the rather too limited-edition NES Mini in 2016 Nintendo released the SNES Mini, a miniature version of the 90’s console pre-loaded with twenty classic games like Super Mario World, F-Zero, and Donkey Kong Country, as well as an exclusive, never before released sequel to Starwing/Starfox.
One of the most recognisable jingles of the Eighties gets a face lift for the post-Millennial generation, or what ever the kids of today will later be referred to.
‘Mr Frosty, he’s such fun, he makes drinks for everyone’
Funko have become the go-to-guys for pop culture collectables, creating various lines of merchandise based on all your favourite TV shows, Movies, and Videogames past and present. The company’s most popular line is undoubtedly the stylised Pop vinyl figures, recent ranges have included Care Bears, Garbage Pail Kids, Ducktales, and Sonic the Hedgehog.
A similar idea to the SNES Mini, but with the added bonus of being able to player old cartridges and use classic controllers. The preloaded games do vary depending on which edition you purchase; early versions included the Streets of Rage and Ecco the Dolphin games which were later replaced by the Mortal Kombat and Phantasy Star games.
Stretch Armstrong was originally released in 1976 by Kenner, and the elasticated hero has existed in various spin-offs and redesigns ever since. In 2016 Kenner started reproducing the classic version of the stretchy action figure, despite the characters design in the new Netflix exclusive animated series Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters.
Funko Reaction Figures
One of Funko‘s other popular ranges are their Reaction figure series, ranges of action figures based on classic movies and TV series, packaged in a retro style similar to that of Kenner‘s Star Wars or Hasbro‘s G.I.Joe/Action Force toys. So far ranges have included Karate Kid, The Goonies, Dark Crystal and E.T.
It didn’t matter where you went as a child, no seaside resort or holiday camp was complete without a Slush Puppy machine, and now you can recreate your holiday dreams with your very own iced drinks maker.
So far there have been eight different editions of the Atari Flashback console, which unlike the Megadrive version our numbered to make it easier to know which version you’re getting, however as like the Megadrive version the pre-loaded games vary.
Princess Leia Doll
When Disney purchased Lucasfilm back in 2012 there was massive fan outcry towards Princess Leia becoming a Disney princess, to sit comfortably between Cinderella and Pocahontas, and many said it would never happen. Fast forward to 2018 and Leia is part of a Star Wars doll range. The Series includes two versions of Leia, one kitted out in her all white Hoth get-up with a scale R2-D2, and the other in her Endor camo outfit coupled with a Wicket Ewok. Other Dolls include Force Awakens Rey with BB-8 and Sabine Wren from the Rebels TV series.
The Labyrinth Board Game
In 2017 River Horse produced a role-playing board game based on Jim Henson’s 1986 fantasy adventure. The game features highly detailed playing pieces of the main characters, with a Goblins expansion pack on it’s way. The company are also set to release a game based on Henson’s other non-Muppet movie, The Dark Crystal.
No retro gaming stone is left unturned with the release of the C64 Mini, a miniature replica of the Commodore 64, packed with 64 of the classic home computer’s most highly rated games, such as California Games and Speedball.
In 2017 Playmobil and Funko teamed up to create collectables in the classic Playmobil style, including Marty & Doc Brown from Back to the Future and the Tom Baker & Matt Smith incarnations of Doctor Who. The Ghostbusters figures must have been particularly popular as now you can buy entire playsets including Ecto-1 and the Fire Station.