Unreleased Toys

gigantisaur

Recently on another post here at Doom Kick a small discussion broke out over the awesomeness of the above photo. The great and epic toys in that picture are obviously from the vintage Masters of the Universe line and feature the extremely hard to get MOTU Giants as well as one huge dinosaur that was never released. the discussion got me thinking about how some cool toys just never make it out for one reason or another. I’ve come across some other cool toys in the last day or so that I wish we would have gotten but it was just never meant to be. Want to see some of the stuff we missed out on? darkwing

I loved Darkwing Duck, in fact I still do. We managed to get a small line of toys from Playmates to go along with the show but as nice as it was there was just so much more that we could have gotten. The above photo (from ToplessRobot.com) shows some cancelled figures that never made it to retail. There’s some really great characters here including Liquidator and Quackerjack. The big draws here though have to be Gizmoduck and Negaduck. I know it would be fairly simply to make a Negaduck by repainting a Darkwing figure but that unreleased figure was more than just a simple repaint. It was a brand new sculpt with a bill that didn’t stick up in front of the face like Darkwing’s.

egonslab

The Real Ghostbusters from Kenner was pretty great line. We got tons of crazy monsters and ghosts and some really cool vehicles but one thing we didn’t get was Egon’s Lab. This picture ( from theraffon.net) shows the unreleased playset. I’ll be honest, I have no idea what it was supposed to be doing to Venkman there but it was a cool little machine that would have added to an already great toyline.

ironmountain

Visionaries was a classic 80’s toyline. These were sort of like GI Joes but they had holograms on their chests. Though they are often forgotten these days they did enjoy modest popularity or a time in their day and this massive unreleased playset called Iron Mountain (picture from afbforum.com) looks fantastic. It’s huge, has several weapons and what looks like a hologram projector at the top. I’m sure that the gimmick didn’t look as nice in real life as it appears in the picture but a boy can dream, right?

gigantisaur

All that brings us back to this, the MOTU Gigantisaur. There were a couple of really cool dinosaurs that did see release near the end of the Masters of the Universe’s life but this huge brontosaurus-like beast didn’t make the cut. It towered over the vintage figures and can even eat them! It looks to have had an articulated neck, legs and an opening mouth but that’s not even the best part. In true MOTU fashion this thing pops open to reveal cannons and there’s even room for He-Man and his fellow Masters to ride inside the Gigantisaur. This is one we truly missed out on.

 

 

12 thoughts on “Unreleased Toys

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    March 24, 2014 at 1:12 pm
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    HA! Thanks for showing these, I love stories on unreleased toys. Gigantisaur hurts cuz to me he was clearly an attempt to cash in on the same dino-fever that spawned g he dino riders. Recently, I think my worst “oh man!” Momenet was when hasbro showed the unreleased sigma six figs. The joe colton/gorilla adventure pack makes me weep, as did the scarlet.

    thanks for showing these. iron Mountain would have been cool as the fonz.

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      March 24, 2014 at 1:15 pm
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      its a dark and dangerous path to tread looking at unreleased toys

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      March 24, 2014 at 6:17 pm
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      No problem! Thanks for bringing this topic up. I love seeing old toys we almost got. It’s part punishment and part dream world.

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    March 24, 2014 at 1:12 pm
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    I can see why Gigantisaur was never made. Parents were probably a little fearful of buying action figures or vehicles that were bigger than their children.

    The fact Iron Mountain had to be plugged into an outlet for it to work just blows my mind. At least you wouldn’t have to worry about buying a dozen “C” batteries for it. I’d give anything to see that hologram in action though.

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      March 24, 2014 at 6:20 pm
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      I agree. I want to see that hologram and see how great or horrible it would have been!

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      March 26, 2014 at 12:45 pm
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      I bet if Gigantisaur was released it would have been the equivalent of the U.S.S. Flagg from G.I. Joe line — many kids would have wanted it, but few would have actually got it.

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    March 26, 2014 at 11:49 am
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    I enjoyed this article. Of all the unreleased 80’s toys I would love the second series of Bravestarr figures….and Mongo Baobab from the Star Wars Droids line.

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      March 31, 2014 at 7:28 pm
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      Oh yes! The second series of Bravestarr! I forgot about those.

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    March 28, 2014 at 7:54 pm
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    Man the Darkwing Duck line I never saw but man think if Disney got smart and got saya Disney Select/Legends Figure line going with Darkwing, Gargoyles, Kim Possible, Talespin, etc. as a part of it. Yeah I’m dreaming but its a nice one.

    That dino is crazy huge. I think it would wreck the Fright Zone and Snake Mountain easy.

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      March 29, 2014 at 8:40 am
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      Same with Gummy Bears and Chip N’ Dale Rescue Rangers.

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        March 31, 2014 at 7:29 pm
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        Oh that line could be so excellent. Ducktales, Darkwing, Rescue Rangers!

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