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1992 - Mattel Toy Catalog: Boys Toys

Let's continue the catalog rampage with Mattel's 1992 'Boys Toys' catalog! They don't have a catchy slogan for it this year, but they do have the second season of Hook toys (Thud Butt!) and some fantastic American Gladiators figures and playsets! Be sure to also look for a number of snazzy Hot Wheels tracks, and some Bigfoot licensed products - I saw Bigfoot as a kid at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, and it was awesome.

Wikipedia additionally tells me that The Spectrum was built in 1966 at a cost of $7 million, and the name is best explained by former Spectrum president Lou Scheinfeld:

"The name 'Spectrum' was selected to evoke the broad range of events to be held there. The 'SP' for 'sports' and 'South Philadelphia,' 'E' for 'entertainment,' 'C' for 'circuses,' 'T' for 'theatricals,' 'R' for 'recreation,' and 'UM' as 'um, what a nice building!"

Posted by charlie on September 30th 2010, 06:54 PM
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October 1st, 10:07 AM
Good lord! There's a whole lot of unproduced "Hook" and "American Gladiators" stuff shown! I'm somewhat partial to both lines, but I'll be the first to admit the end result of the line really was not Mattel's best work at all. Still, I REALLY REALLY REALLY would have wanted the Never Tree play set and the Arena play set as a kid. I'm just relieved they did actually make the Thud Butt figure!
October 1st, 10:22 AM
I admit to not knowing much about either line previously (though was, of course, a fan of the Gladiators on TV), but my current foray into a catalog education is proving to be a great start!

The Arena and Never Tree playsets are truly spectacular (as is Thud Butt) - I hadn't done the research yet to learn that they were unproduced - what a shame! At least we have a picture now, and the tantalizing possibility of a prototype turning up sometime.

Heck I can't get over the name 'Doomboat' - something I picture Nathan Explosion owning - so I need to see what the status of that if I need to start a new collection!
October 1st, 10:32 AM
Hm, also I'm noticing that my hand-held pictures vs. scans aren't really providing the level of detail I'd hoped.

Here is one handy Preserve tip for you - when looking at an image, change the "_M" to "_L" in the URL for a larger version. ie:
October 1st, 11:04 AM
The vast, VAST majority of what's shown for Hook was not produced. Mattel dropped the ball big time. I LOVED Hook, and the merchandise that was out when the movie was in theaters was really limited. By 1992 (when this catalogue came out), kids had moved on, and the poor quality of the line in general meant that sales were not enough to warrant the release of A LOT of that later stuff.

Thud Butt, Smee, Food Fight Peter Pan, and a new version of Capt. Hook were made available, but only in Europe. As far as I know, Tinkerbell and the Rufio variant were never produced. The only vehicles that I believe were produced were the two Lost Boy vehicles (the Attack Raft and that tank thing with the big punching glove). I could be wrong, though.
October 1st, 11:26 AM
So dreams of my 'Doomboat' will remain just that, it seems!

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