About this project
WHAT IS TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT?
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 ‘em Sock ‘em Robots line that was Hasbro’s 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, that’s 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?
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. Most 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 over 20 instances of toy lines that suffered these type of fates. Stories are 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.
The book's foreword will be written by Jordan Hembrough (aka The Toy Hunter), owner of Hollywood Heroes and vintage toy guru for over a quarter century.
TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT will be 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.
To date, there has never been a book that has covered this topic. With your help, we can change that!
PLEASE NOTE: This is an art/history book. It is not a guide meant to chronicle each figure and each accessory in a sterile format. It presents these 'lost' toys in dynamic, visual ways that showcase both the toys as art and their respective places in history.
Here is just a small sample of what's in Toys That Time Forgot!
HOW ABOUT THE REWARDS?!
Scroll down the right side of the page to see all of the pledge reward tiers available. We've got some really cool offerings including original art, toys and extremely limited art prints.
We have a series of stretch goals can be achieved and unlocked, including bonus chapters with material covering the return of the abandoned 3.75" Kenner Alien line from the late 1970s as well as the end of vintage Star Wars from 1985.
Risks and challenges
The book is 95% complete. The final hurdle is printing. While I do not expect any delays with that process, issues can arise. I promise to keep my community of backers updated every step of the way should any problems occur.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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