General Mills’ Star Wars Micro Collection 4-up Presentation Piece From Kenner

Kenner Collector Star Wars Micro 4up Presentation Piece

The General Mills History Tumblr site posted an image that Star Wars Micro collectors will find interesting.  This is a presentation piece created by Kenner in 1981 to celebrate the success of the Star Wars toy line.  What’s interesting is the scale of the piece.  The Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader micros are actually four times the size of the production toys, and hand-made from a resin material.  These “4-ups” are extremely coveted by collectors, and that makes this one drool worthy award!  You can read more about these presentation pieces over on the Star Wars Collectors Archive.

The General Mills Tumblr site has posted a lot of great images of all things related to the company.  Everything from old cereal boxes, to advertisements, and of course Kenner toys!  Definitely something you’ll want to keep an eye on.

General Mills purchased Kenner in 1967, and was the parent company until Kenner was spun off in 1985 as Kenner Parker Toys.

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Report to Boulder Hill

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Hasbro has reportedly filed a new trademark for Kenner’s much beloved MASK line.  The trademark covers many things from interactive entertainment to toys.

It is possible this could just be brand protection and nothing will come from it, but I am hoping a new generation can discover the fun of MASK!

Illusion is the Ultimate Weapon!

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Kenner’s 1965 Toy Lineup Magazine Advertisement

Kenner 1965 Toy Line Magazine Advertisement

Magazine advertisement for some of the heavy hitters in Kenner’s 1965 product offering.  The ad features the following toy lines:

Girder & Panel
Bridge & Turnpike
Easy-Bake Oven
Guns That Shoot Around The Corner
Flintstone Building Boulders
Sparkle Paints
Nursery Birds
Give-A-Show Projector

Kenner Products Company, Cincinnati, Ohio

 

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Kenner 1972 Easy-Bake Oven Magazine Advertisement

Kenner Easy-Bake Oven Magazine Advertisement

Kenner advertisement from 1972 featuring the Easy-Bake Oven.  The ad made the assumption that a doll was every little girl’s favorite toy in 1972.  Instead of battling it out for that top spot, the ad encouraged moms to pair the Easy-Bake Oven with their daughter’s favorite doll that Christmas.

The ad also shows Kenner’s Gabbigale doll, a talking doll that repeats what you say.  Click here to learn more about Gabbigale.

Just a reminder, if you are a fan of the Easy-Bake Oven, and haven’t picked up Todd Coopee’s Light Bulb Baking: A History of the Easy-Bake® Oven, you’re missing out!

 

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Variant Star Wars Comic Cover Gives a Nod to Kenner

Vintage Kenner SW Comic Cover

 

New variant comic book cover looks good enough to go on your toy shelf!  Marvel comics revealed this cover as one of many that will be used for Star Wars #1 hitting shelves 1-14-2015.

Artist John Tyler Christopher pays homage to the vintage Kenner Star Wars line by depicting a carded Luke Skywalker figure on the cover.  Every detail from the cardback to the bubble looks incredible down to the vintage styled lightsaber.

The trailers for Terminator, Star Wars and Jurassic Park are getting the most views and everyone is talking about them, and now we add variant covers to Star Wars comic books.  All I have to say is…

What Year Is it

 

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Help Us Make Our Kenner Related Links Page Even Better!

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We’ve updated our links page!  Thanks to everyone that wrote in letting us know about new websites, or a broken link.  If your favorite Kenner website isn’t listed, please let us know!  We’d love to add it.

 

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Kenner Toys in Happy Honda Days Commercials

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Honda is featuring some of our favorite Kenner toys in their latest marketing campaign, Happy Honda Days.  The ads are appearing on TV,  radio, print, and social media.  See Honda’s full press release here.

The ads feature Stretch Armstrong and Strawberry Shortcake along with a couple of surprise friends!  Strawberry Shortcake is being a little sassy, and I like it!

Stretch Armstrong:

Strawberry Shortcake:

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Kenner’s Unproduced Star Wars Millennium Falcon Mini-Rig

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I never get tired of browsing The Star Wars Collector’s Archive!  Check out this unproduced concept vehicle for a Millennium Falcon Mini-Rig.  The Mini-Rigs were small scale Star Wars vehicles Kenner developed in order to offer a low cost alternative to the larger, more expensive vehicles.  If you’re like me, and you never get tired of seeing what might have been, head on over and take a look at some of the photos!

What is your favorite unproduced Kenner toy?

Image property of The Star Wars Collector’s Archive.

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How Well Do You Know Kenner’s Starting Lineup Toy Line?

Kenner Collector Starting Lineup

FoxSports.com has an article up listing 5 Awesome Facts About Starting Lineup Figures.  Seasoned SLU veterans are going to pass over this list pretty quickly, but it’s still a fun article if you are new to collecting the line.  Even if it is written by a Mets fan.  ;)

Photo property of Erik Malinowski.

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Have you heard? The Star Wars Collectors’ Archive Podcast!

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Making connections and working on deals is a key part of our hobby.  Creating new friendships and expanding your knowledge is just as important.  One of our favorite Star Wars collecting resources is The Star Wars Collectors Archive.  It is an amazing resource for all kinds of vintage Kenner information.

One of the coolest features of the site is The ‘Chive Vintage Pod.  It’s a podcast focused on all of the current happenings in the vintage Star Wars collecting community.  It is great to listen to on your way to work or while sorting through your new acquisitions!  So head on over there and give it a listen!

It’s Kenner, It’s Fun!!

 

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