DO YOU remember back in the early 1980s, playing with all of the toys based on the sci-fi
fantasy film Krull produced by Knickerbocker Toys? What about the Masters Of The Universe
meets Rock ʻem Sock ʻem Robots line that was Hasbroʼs Tribes range in the early 1990s? Or all
of those ReSaurus-made action figures and role-play accessories based on the break out video
game Oddworld in 1997?
No? Well… thatʼs because they were never made. But would it shock
you to learn that each of these examples were well on their way to being produced?
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Stories like these are more prevalent than one might think. Each have a separate, unique set of
circumstances with a single common thread — the majority of them have gone untold. A new
book, TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT, aims to shine a light on some of the more interesting, higher
profile boys toys and action figure projects that made it all the way through to prototype stage,
but for whatever reasons never made it to retailers. Some of the stories are funny. Some are
painful. All are well worth documenting.
Written and complied by journalist Blake Wright, the 200-plus page, hard cover book will take an
in-depth look at close to 20 instances of toy lines that suffered these type of fates. Stories will be
supplemented with supporting photographs of the production process, existing prototypes,
control drawings used to create the sculpts, concept sketches and more. The stories (and
supplemental materials) have come straight from the men and women that lived them — from
inventors and sculptors to project managers and toy company executives.
To date, there has never been a book that has covered this topic.
TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT is an art/history book. It is not a guide designed to log each figure
and each accessory in a sterile format. It presents these ‘lost’ toys in dynamic, eye-catching
ways that showcase both the toys as art and their respective places in history.
The book is split into three sections: The Golden Age (1980s), Darker Times (1990s) and The
Gilded Age (2000s). Each section will have entries representing a healthy mix of both licensed
and inventor-based products… some of which have never been seen by the public.
The TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT Kickstarter campaign kicks off on February 7. Early bird price
for the book is $45. Once the early bird copies are gone, the book will be $50.
We for one at ToyWorldOrder have been excited for this book since first hearing about it! We have followed the progress of this amazing book and can’t wait to have it in our hands finally!
Be sure to look up TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT on Kickstarter starting February 7th, 2017!