I was looking inside Fasa’s Klingons boxed set for their Star Trek RPG (find at Amazon.com*) this morning when the 1983 catalog caught my eye. Flipping through the pages, one game popped out and caught my eye: Deathworld. Okay, does anyone have info on this game beyond what is in the catalog? I wanna know more!
Found in the Parker Brothers 1983 Strawberry Shortcake Housewarming Surprise boardgame, this recipe booklet is just what you need for the holidays! Why free-style a PB&J sandwich when you can use the official Strawberry Shortcake recipe?
August 12, 1983. This ToysRUs ad block for the Star Wars Preto Magix art sets makes a fantastic companion to a different ad that we saw earlier this year. Are art and craft sets as common today as they were three decades ago? I sometimes wander through the appropriate aisle when visiting Target, but I can’t say I have seen anything as awesome as the Presto Magix line in forever.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s Prestomagix newspaper ad, that 1983 Toys ‘R’ Joy flyer included way more fun and excitement, including this block for Kenner’s Jabba the Hutt creature/playset and individual Star Wars action figures. This discovery came too late to make it into my current book project, but there’s no reason I can see that I won’t construct a similar project in the future.
I’ve posted about the Star Wars Pretomagix toy/art kits before (2015 post), so you should be at least kinda familiar with these very old craft sets. Well, if you’re not, you’re likely to start seeking them out after you get a peek at the price in this November 2, 1983, newspaper ad and realize just how cheap and fun these were back when they were new. And let me tell you, the Toys ‘R’ Joy flyer where I found this ad block (from Glens Falls, NY, Post Star newspaper) is definitely going to be revisited very soon. There’s more than just Prestomagix in the newspaper archives!
November 16, 1983. TSR’s roleplaying games surface in another newspaper ad, this time The Los Angeles Times with this small block featuring the Top Secret* RPG. I only ever played the first edition of the game, completely missing the later Top Secret/S.I. edition, so spotting this ad, while not as entertaining as a D&D ad, still brings back memories and leaves me asking: Why isn’t the first edition Top Secret* RPG in my collection?
November 6, 1983. The Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper brings us this bit of a surprise and makes me realize that I wanna know a lot more about the various art kits Tomy produced in the late seventies and early eighties. I’m very aware of the Fashion Plates (battlegrip.com search), but until I found this ad, I’d not even heard of the Pony Plates art toys.
October 19, 1983. This Baltimore Sun newspaper ad from Caldor brings us two toylines of the early eighties that are still remembered today. Tomy’s Zoids is the most noticeable part of the ad, but look closely and you’ll spot the pre-Transformers Diakron toys also listed for sale. I’ll take both, please.