Totally Tubular '80s Toys

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Krause Publications, Sep 15, 2010 - Antiques & Collectibles - 256 pages
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Filled with super rad toys and bodacious memories, Totally Tubular '80s Toys is a righteous ride back in time when Madonna ruled and Spinal Tap amplifiers went to 11. You'll find everything from He-Man to Cabbage Patch Kids, Trivial Pursuit to Rubik's Cube, Transformers to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Pac-Man to Mario Bros Donkey Kong-as well as lots of fun and smiles. You'll enjoy: A year-by-year look at the greatest toys of the '80s Awesome color photos featuring more than 500 fabulous toys and period shots of the people who made the decade gnarly Lists of the top 10 TV shoes, movies, and music for each year
 

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Contents

Introduction
7
The Year of Rubikmania PacMan Fever
12
A Mighty Warrior and Little Blue Creatures
36
A Pursuit of Trivial Matters and a Real American Hero Gets a ReLaunch
54
A Baby Boom and a Mohawked Icon
80
Transforming Robots Infiltrate Toy Aisles
110
Cats of Thunder and Female Rockers
142
Kids Start Ghost Busting and a Furry Alien Becomes Breakout Star
174
ChildLike Character Becomes PopCulture Icon
202
Turtle Power and the Future of Law Enforcement
216
The Dark Knight Rises Again Marvel Universe Begins Anew
232
Bibliography
250
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A child of the '80s, Mark Bellomo is an enthusiastic and passionate toy collector, and one of the leading toy authorities in the country. Bellomo has authored a number of books, including Transformers: Identification and Price Guide and two editions of The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe, 1982-1994, published by F+W Media.

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