TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT – A Book About Unproduced Toys LIVE on Kickstarter!
February 8, 2017

A first-of-its-kind art book highlighting a series of “lost” toy projects, mainly action figures, spanning three-plus decades.

Now live on Kickstarter!

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!

Intro to The Dark Crystal chapter

Intro to The Dark Crystal chapter

 

Inside the Bucky O'Hare chapter...
Inside the Bucky O’Hare chapter…

 

Intro to the Osmosis Jones chapter
Intro to the Osmosis Jones chapter

HOW ABOUT THE REWARDS?!

Rewards. Rewards everywhere.
Rewards. Rewards everywhere.

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.

STRETCH GOALS!

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!

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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