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the top ten cancelled toys of the 70s and 80s

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The Top Ten cancelled toys of the 70s/80s

As much as I enjoyed my childhood, it sometimes pains me to think of the stuff we didn't get, for whatever boring grown up decision. Sure, some of these licensed wouldn't have sold and could have forced the companies into risky financial positions but baby Brian wants his toys dammit!

Here are the top ten cancelled toy lines that I personally weep for at every occasion:

Disclaimer: There may be some figure lines not included, this probably intentional as like all of my lists, it's pretty biased.

LJN V action figures

10: V

LJN planned to make action figures based on the television series "V" but somehow things got stalled and never totally happened. All that was ever released in the line was the 12" Visitor doll.

Why it Hurts It may just be my teenage crush on Jane Badler and her red spandex talking but "V" is just so seriously under-serviced when it comes to merchandise, especially when you consider the impact it had.

Visit the LJN V toy catalog and feast your eyes on what could have been.

Galoob Last Star Fighter

9) Galoob Last Starfighter line

In the race to find the next Star Wars, Starfighter was probably the closest to the concept (well at least when you look at stuff like Krull or Dune), the movie did good but not great at the box office (which is still a mystery to me) so Galoob chose not to go forward with these beautiful figures.

Why it Hurts Not only are the figures nice but Galoob wasn't stingy with the character selection, this movie deserved these toys.

The Galoob Last Star Fighter Gallery shows the expansive line that Galoob was proposing.

Mego Logan's Run

8: Mego Logan's Run

Mego scooped up the Logan's Run license in 1976 and experimented with figures of both the movie and TV characters. The TV series got cancelled before Toyfair 78 so they never saw the light of day. I'm not sure what makes me more onery, the lack of a REM figure or one of Jenny Agutter. Ok, that just sounds silly now that I reread. it.

Why it Hurts I just really like Logan's Run and I know I'm not alone.

Visit the Megomuseum Logan's Run section.

The Car

7: The Car game by Kenner

In the spirit of the hot selling Jaws game, Kenner sought to emulate that with a game based on the 1978 horror film of the same name. The object seems to be avoiding getting run over by Satan's car.

Why it Hurts This is that one chance the "games based on James Brolin films" category had to be a real thing.

man from Atlantis

6: Kenner Man from Atlantis

Kanner promoted and sadly scuttled plans for a 3 3/4" sized series of figures and vehicles based on the fantastic TV movies that were green lit for series.

Then the TV series happened and it, well, it was like it wanted to be cancelled. I mean, have you seen the one with Kareem Abdul Jabbar and the invisible water lately? Yeah, what was up with that?


Why it HurtsThe wonderfully sculpted figures aside, they were going to make a model of the Submarine from the series.

Plaidstallions Man from Atlantis Toy Gallery.

kiss bendable by Mego

5: Kiss Bendables by mego

Mego planned some weird KISS toys such as a camping set (!), walkie talkies called Kommunicators but these bendable figures were actually something that would have been well recieved by kids, too bad.

Why it Hurts My folks weren't having KISS dolls but I probably could have bought the bendables with my own money and snuck them in. It would have bought me some third grade street cred....

Visit the Megomuseum for all your KISS needs.

mego black hole

4: Mego Black Hole Palomino

The Black Hole toy line suffered arrested development mid stream and forced mego to cancel a lot of what was to come. Meaning we never got this wonderful replica of the good guys ship, nor did we get the vac form play set of the Cygnus bridge. These kinds of things keep me up at night.

Why it Hurts Probably because it's the only Mego 3 inch space line that we didn't get vehicles or playsets for.

Visit the Megomuseum for all your Black Hole needs.

Monster Squad

3: Ideal Monster Squad

Excuse me while I weep , Ideal planned a series of Evel Knievel style figures of Saturday morning faves "The Monster Squad" (complete with their sweet, sweet van) and the Kids from C.A.P.E.R but it didn't get off the prototype stage. This one kills me the most because it's one of my favorite shows of childhood. Oh what could have been.....

Why it Hurts See Logan's Run.

Plaidstallions Monster Squad Toy Gallery

Kenner Alien

2: Kenner Alien

I will admit that the Alien franchise doesn't do much for me (yeah, I'm that guy!) but even I'll think it was a crying shame we never got to pick off the crew of the Nostromo in 3 3/4" scale.

Why it Hurts Cause it would have been epic, that's why. Chasing them in the after market would have been fun too.

Super 7 is going to make our dreams come true on this front


1) Thundarr the Barbarian

Get this, we were denied Thundarr toys TWICE. The first company was Mego, who planned a series of 3 3/4" figures that would have been so full of win. When Mego went belly up before a single Ookla the Mock shipped, Remco scooped up the license (along with Ka-Zar) for a series of He Man style figures and never delivered. What a double whammy of sad.....

Why it Hurts Thundarr ruled the airwaves, it's got Jack Kirby and Steve Gerber as parents, nuff said.

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