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The second volume in a limited series of books all about unproduced toys.
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In early 2017, I brought my new book, TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT VOL 1, to Kickstarter. After the 30-day campaign the book was successfully funded, and in the early fall of 2017, the book was delivered to backers. Reaction to the book was extremely favorable... and humbling. It showcased both unproduced toys from popular properties, such as Star Wars, Sectaurs and Earthworm Jim and complete lines that were never produced like Hasbro’s Dark Crystal, Knickerbocker’s Krull and Mattel’s Fleas. My goal was to both showcase the art and passion that went into these projects as well as showing readers something they had never seen before. There was no other book in the world like TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT VOL 1… until now.

TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT VOL 2 sheds new light on a fresh range of boys toys projects that made it into development (some all the way to prototype stage), but for one reason or another did not make it to retail shelves, as well as those that did hit stores, but had plans for additional toys canceled. Did you know that Galoob showcased an action figure line based on the 1984 film The Last Starfighter at that year’s Toy Fair? How about the canceled plans for Year 2 and 3 of Hasbro’s Inhumanoids line? What about Magic The Gathering? Dinotopia? Harry Potter?

Written and compiled by me, the 200-plus page, hardcover book will take an in-depth look at over 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 — as well as from the uber-collectors that seek out and showcase these materials.

Like the first book, TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT VOL 2 is an art/history book. It is not a guide designed to log each figure and each accessory in a static format. It presents these 'lost' toys in dynamic, eye-catching ways that showcase both the toys as art and their respective places in history. VOLUME 2, like its predecessor, 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 again have never been seen by the public. 

Here are a few intro spreads from TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT VOL 2...

Galoob had the license, but...
Galoob had the license, but...
The evil that lies within... had two more years of toys planned!
The evil that lies within... had two more years of toys planned!
How close did we come to getting toys from this James Gurney classic?
How close did we come to getting toys from this James Gurney classic?

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 exclusive toys from our friends at Super7, limited prints and more! 

STRETCH GOALS!

We have a series of stretch goals that can be unlocked, including bonus chapters with material covering Playmates hyper-successful Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle line as well as the return of Star Wars! 

A NOTE REGARDING INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING:

It's expensive. In some cases, uncomfortably so. However, having severely under-estimated that cost during the VOL 1 Kickstarter, I had to make some changes and charge what it actually costs to send a four-pound, boxed package overseas [In the case of two books, an eight-pound box]. Due to onerous postage constraints, I've reluctantly made some backer rewards unavailable to overseas pledges. However, the book is available to anyone, anyplace! Postal rates have increased even more since my first Kickstarter, so, in some cases, shipping will cost more than the book itself. I hate that, but my hands are tied. I looked into an international fulfillment solution, but I could not find any service I felt was reliable enough to take on the job. I can only say that I believe the book is worth the investment. It is the only book (besides VOL 1) of its kind in the world. Thank you for understanding.

**Music in the above video provided by bensound.com**

Risks and challenges

The book is nearing completion. The final hurdle will be printing and transportation of the books to the fulfillment destination. 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.

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    EXCLUSIVE TOXIE ACTION FIGURE + book!

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    MAGIC the Gathering art print + book!

    You get a limited, signed print of the ReSaurus Toys control art drawing of Juzam Djinn -- a figure originally designed for the unproduced Diamond Select/ReSaurus co-branded Magic The Gathering toy line. These 11" x 14" prints will be numbered and signed by artist Ken Lilly. You also get a copy of Vol. 2!

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    RETAILER SPECIAL - VOL 2 x6 (six)

    Here is one for the retailers. If you run a shop that would like to stock a few copies of Volume 2, here is your chance to get six (6) copies at a wholesale price!

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    CRASH DINGODILE test shot + book!

    This is for the hardcore Crash Bandicoot fan! We have a test shot of the hard-to-find Dingodile figure from the under-produced second series of ReSaurus' Crash Bandicoot action figure line. The figure is a test shot done in yellow plastics. It does not have any accessories (weapon, backpack, etc...). It is just the test shot figure. See the photo in the story description. You also get a copy of Vol. 2!

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    LATE TO THE PARTY! - VOL 1 & VOL 2

    Here's a little something for those that missed Toys That Time Forgot Volume 1. We have a limited number of copies of Volume 1 that we are pairing with Volume 2. Get both books in one shot!

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    Signed DINOTOPIA and TTTF VOL 2 book!

    Like cool books? Like autographs? This is your level! You will received one (1) copy of Dinotopia: A Land Apart From Time signed by author James Gurney -- who will also sketch a little something, and one (1) copy of Toys That Time Forgot Volume 2 signed by author Blake Wright!

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    WARPO CTHULHU SUPER PACK + book!

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