About Us

KennerCollector.com is a place where fans of Kenner can come together to share their love for the toy company!

Contributors:

Dan Flarida

Dan Flarida
dan@kennercollector.com

Hi, my name is Dan Flarida and I collect plastic and cardboard.  My path to collecting Kenner related items began in the Summer of 1990 when I picked up a carded Return of the Jedi Darth Vader figure at a local flea market.  At the time it was just a nostalgic reminder of my childhood, and it was tucked away in a drawer without too much thought.

A few years later I found the carded Darth Vader figure still safely tucked away and I began searching out other Star Wars toys from my childhood.  This was the early days of the Internet so the majority of my searching took place at flea markets, antique shows, and magazine ads.  I stumbled across Steve Sansweet’s book Star Wars: From Concept to Screen to Collectible in 1994 and the deep-seated need to collect became a permanent part of my life.

It was also around this time that I found the Star Wars Collector’s Archive online and discovered there was a lot more out there than just the toys.  I was immediately drawn to the pre-production items, internal employee items, store displays, and other rarities that were in the hands of fellow collectors.  My focus shifted from just the Star Wars toys to prototypes, art, and other internal only items.

After collecting Star Wars items exclusively for a few years, I started realizing that a lot of the other toys I played with as a kid were also made by Kenner.  I began picking up other Kenner toy lines here and there like MASK, Silverhawks, and Super Powers.  This diversion into other Kenner lines quickly turned into my main collecting focus.

I currently collect anything and everything related to Kenner.  My goal is to have at least one production toy and one pre-production item from every toy line Kenner made.  Some of my favorite items are the prototypes, employee items, and other things that were never meant to be outside Kenner’s walls.

John Wooten

John Wooten
john@kennercollector.com

Hello! My name is John Wooten and I’m a collector of vintage Star Wars toys and Kenner memorabilia. I became interested in Kenner memorabilia through my interest in vintage Star Wars prototypes. I was fortunate enough to meet some Kenner employees along the way and their passion and creativity was inspiring. As I met these folks and listened to their stories, I became not only interested in just Star Wars prototypes, but all things Kenner, from softball hats to internal awards. I have a deep regard for the way Kenner toys were developed and the folks involved in all phases of the process. I always look forward to a chance to talk to someone who worked there, because I don’t think it’s always obvious to them how special their creations were to millions of children over several decades.

I currently collect Kenner employee memorabilia and internal items like awards, giveaways, paperwork…pretty much anything that has to do with the process of developing, manufacturing and selling a Kenner toy. I look forward to sharing some of the things I have and for any opportunity to find something to add to my collection.

Matt TrakkerJoe Ilagan
joe@kennercollector.com

Greetings!  My name is Joe Ilagan and I am a collector of vintage Star Wars, and MASK, among other vintage and current toy lines.  I am very new to vintage collecting and still learning new things everyday about Kenner.  My childhood as many of yours is filled with memories of playing with toys and the joy of being able to open up that new toy the second you get home.

My collecting started back when I was in high school and my parents were cleaning and came across a box of all my old toys.  They asked me if they could donate or give them away.  I rummaged in the boxes and pulled out the toys that meant the most to me, Star Wars, MASK, and a few other lines.  I threw them all in a box and forgot all about them until my parents were moving while I was in college and asked me that same question again.  Opening that box brought a wash of nostalgia over me and the rest is history!

I am currently collecting vintage ROTJ carded figures, and MASK toys.  I also recently discovered that Wonder World, Silverhawks, and Jurassic Park were all made by Kenner.  My collecting goals really revolve around tracking down all the toys I remember having when I was young.  I look forward to sharing my collection, my memories, and any help I can give you guys.

36 Responses to About Us

  1. Hi Dan & John,
    Just discovered your very nice website and wanted to let you know you’re doing something great here !
    Keep on with the good work,
    Cheers
    Olivier

  2. Andrea says:

    I like your site. I love the old toys i grew up with, and my most favorite is the Kenner littlest pet shop toys. I have about $400.00 worth of them. I am saving them for my children when i i have them that is. I love them, and they even look better then the new ones. Have you seen them they look nothing like animals or pets they look scary. Big old eyes like they have something wrong with them. I enjoyed this website a lot. :)

    • wooten says:

      Thanks Andrea! We are having a lot of fun bringing information about Kenner toys to everyone! I am glad you are enjoying the website.

  3. Ron says:

    So much great information and great artifacts. As a kid who great up in the 80′s and has just hit his 30′s this type of stuff is right up my alley. It’s not enought to just see old commercials and advertising. I want to know how things were developed so seeing prototypes is great and where things go when they “Die” or are put hold in the morgue.
    Thanks for all the great info and great memories ur bringing back.

  4. Joanne Radford says:

    I have a complete collection of the 8 action figures from 1986. Robin, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Red Tornado, Fire Storm, Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter. All are still in original packaging. I am interested in selling them but I haven’t been able to find any prices for a set like this. Can you point me in the right direction?

  5. susi says:

    I was making some enquiries about a tree house that i think your company made some where around the 1970′s. It is a small green tree with a pop up lid about 50 cm high and inside it had a little family including furniture, car, lift, swing, dog house and dog etc.

    Do you know if this is your company? Any way, over the years, ( I am now 31) many of the pieces have gone missing and I would dearly love to get some more, as now my children are ready to play with it, and I would love to be able to fiil the house again for them. Myself and so many other children have had so much enjoyment from it over the years. If you can’t help me I wonder if you could suggest some one else for me.

    Many thanks
    Susi

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    • flarida says:

      Hi Susi,

      Sounds like you are describing Kenner’s Tree Tots. The different playsets and accessories can be found pretty easily on ebay. Hopefully you will be able to replace some of those missing pieces. Good luck with the hunt!

      Dan Flarida
      KennerCollector.com

  6. Scott Walker says:

    Hi Fellas — great site. I’ve just come across a Winnie the Pooh Hunny Pumper. Just wondering how rare or valuable this thing is. Haven’t been able to find much about it. Probably wouldn’t be able to sell something with a name like that these days. Thanks and I enjoy the site. Scott

  7. Steve Miklos says:

    Hi great site! I recently purchased a Kenner power-sub. It came with 11 sets of tablets I have used one set and they worked exactly how I remembered!

    Is there a source for these?
    Does anyone have any information on how they were made?
    I have tried dried vinegar and baking soda with no luck.
    Thanks in advance!
    Steve

  8. Scott says:

    Recently found Bionic Woman wrist radio in moms garage. Works and is in very good condition. Am going to put on e bay and wonder what it’s worth or if someone in your group wants it. Did’nt see any on e bay. scott

  9. Daniel Cevallos says:

    I think is wonderful all this work you’ve doing with this page… I grew up almost fascinated with Kenner toys, I met the Star Wars original figures because of my older brother. I discovered then MASK and my two favorite lines: The Real Ghostbusters (which I collect) and Batman: The Animated Series. I always was fascinated by the toys, but also the design of the cards, packages and boxes. It was a great time to be a kid then. I hope to see more of old toys like I liked when I was a kid. Bless oyu all guys!

  10. Damian Lluy says:

    Hey guys how’s it going? I too love the Kenner line…everything from Star Wars to smaller lines like police academy lol! But I’m more into searching for prototypes and unreleased items…I have 2 of the 12″ MASK Jim Carrey figures that never made it into production, both have the same outfit but different styles(Long jacket and short jacket) do you guys have any info on those guys? I also had the talking one but just came to realize that there are 2 variations to him, one with a solid white tie and one with black dots….and my favorite piece is the talking Robocop, man I can’t believe that never made it into production…anyways, love the site and keep up the great work guys

  11. Tony Racliffe says:

    Hello, fist of all your web page is fantastic, it holds so much infomation on Kenner’s background and past.

    Please can you tell me if you know anybody who worked on the Centurion action figures back in 1986? I am a huge Centurions fan and am trying to collect as much infomation I can about the making of the Centurions. I have serched through the Centurions links that you have provided and managed to get quite a bit of infomation regarding the figures. Please please can you help.
    Thank You

    P.S. People like you keep the Kenner dream alive! Thanks again.

    • flarida says:

      Hi Tony,

      Thanks for the kind words! I don’t know of any specific designers that worked on the line, but hopefully we’ll be in contact with some soon!

      Thanks,

      Dan

  12. Sarah says:

    While I have no interested in anything Kenner that isn’t Care Bears related, I have a ton of Care Bear related information that may be of benefit to your site. Let me know if there is anything I can contribute!

    Love the site so far!

  13. james chipps says:

    i was at Kenner from 1977 thru 1982and had worked with Bernie at Mattel,where as Director of Manufacturing made products for the Division Managers of which Bernie was one of the Heads
    along with Josh Denham.
    I enjoyed reading the interview with Bernie who was a great guy to work with and maybe the greatest toy marketeer/creator ever.

  14. I am a photographer currently studying in the photojournalism program at the International Center of Photography (icp.org) and working on a documentary project about fans and collectors. I am looking for people who are devoted fans or passionate collectors. My own passion of collecting comic books draws me to the subject.

    If you have any interest in participating in this project or would like more information about my project, I would look forward to hearing from you . My work may be viewed at: http://www.coryschwartz.com

    Thank you,

    Cory Schwartz
    coryhschwartz@gmail.com

  15. Ty Martin says:

    Great site guys. I worked at Kenner/Hasbro in the product engineering and product development area from 1990-1997. The content on this site brought back many great memories…thanks!

  16. Tom says:

    Hi, absolute fantastic page and superb collection of Kenner information. Thanks and please keep running :-) Best wishes, greetings from Germany, Tom

  17. Pat says:

    What year did you make THE DOODLER?

  18. james gonzales says:

    Hello,I need some serious help.I am collecting super powers,I have LOTS of carded figrues moc & have coloring books,loose figures but I am despretly looking for a shelf talker sign the one that says power action toys.Might there be anyone out there that may help me aquire this?I am also looking for a complete fan club offer.Do you have anything that you might be able to send me?Anything would be greatly appreciated.Anything cool,promo,artwork,anything?I am a die hard fan of this toy line.Enough to be the one to ask.If you can help me please send to james gonzales 2315WESCOTT AVE. SAN ANTONIO TEXAS,78237 or 210-436-2294

  19. james gonzales says:

    looking for super powers stuff anything spinz2401@yahoo.com

  20. james gonzales says:

    Looking for anything super powers,fAN CLUB OFFER,SHELF TALKER SPINZ2401@YAHOO.COM

  21. I’m not a toy collector, but I love that Gooney Bird Mascot..It’s so strange. If you want to see a piece of Gooney Bird fan art, feel free to check out my blog at the website above. And yes, I do enjoy your site.

  22. Ace says:

    I stumbled across this site today. I am very interested in 4×4 toy monster trucks from the 80s/90s and recently purchased a boxed, mint version of Kenner’s The Claw. It is great to know there are others out there, who have the same nostalgic desire to seek the toys of yesterday. I am from the UK and wasn’t even aware of The Claw until I picked up a couple of examples from Galoob’s Power Machines range (article on my blog). My kids are allowed to play with the toys, which is probably considered sacrilege by some collectors, but it is all part of getting them outside to build obstacle courses and enjoy the garden or the great outdoors no matter the weather. Toys back then were just better. Merry Christmas :)

  23. Tamika says:

    I recently found this site and wanted to know if there is anyone that could tell me how much is my kenner product worth? I have a 1995 Easy-Bake Popcorn Maker that works. The box has some damage but still has all of its materials. I tried to price it by looking on ebay but there were none found so I’m assuming this is a very rare toy. If anyone can tell me how much it is worth or is interested in buying it, email me (rosemika78220@yahoo.com).

  24. Mike Smith says:

    I have Star Wars Stickers printed by Sidney Printing Works Cincinnati OH in 1977, about 100, any interest?

  25. Hi,

    This is a cool site. Just wanted to tell you my dad did a lot of the advertising artwork for many Kenner products. I was actually on the box of the Easy Show Projector. I also have several toy fair catalogs from 1965, and the early 70′s. The Daddy Saddle I saw on this site is on one of the pages of the catalogs. Kenner was a great toy company here in Cincinnati, named after the street it was located on.

    So, if you want me to look up anything in the catalog and maybe scan a page for you, let me know!
    Steve

  26. DEB thurston says:

    hi there, Looking for a miracle I think, maybe?
    We are looking for the TV cartoon series that took the classic stories & made them kid friendly with cartoons usually on holidays. I have looked here & there but no luck at all so far. If you know how to get our hands on them in any format we would appreciate it greatly. It is a wonderful way to teach without them knowing that they are being taught. Thanks

  27. Terri Cheslock says:

    Hello,

    I have a small doll in a plastic jar that is called Strawberry Jam. You can push her into the jar and probably put a cover on her, (but I’m not sure because I don ‘t have one) then you push here up from the bottom to reveal the doll. It says she was made in 1991 by Kenner. Do you have anymore information on her? Any help would be appreciated.

  28. Lisa says:

    Where are the Sea Wees dolls? I am sorry they are not represented on this site because they were my absolute favorite Kenner toys – worked in the bathtub, pool and were a great toy especially when the movie “Splash” was so popular! Can you add something about them here? I understand they were manufactured and sold from 1979-1984. It makes me incredibly sad that the Sea Wees that are available at retail today are terrible! Do you know if that brand get sold off separately before the Kenner acquisition? Any insight you have would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

  29. byron butler says:

    Hello kenner I really loved your toys I think you should make more toys like you did before so you can bring the classics back you can also do the old toy commercials you can redo your old toys to like Jurassic park toys you can make the roars like they are and repaint them and make Jurassic park 3 toys if you do I will by them and collect all kenner and make all the Dino and humans of Jurassic park so I can do a stop motion and make sure you make the toys of all the charcters

  30. Ed Ruddom says:

    Hey Guys, really dig this site! Will there be any hope of you guys doing anything on Kenner’s ALIENS and PREDATOR toyline which was released from 1992-1995? There’s some awesome little bits from that line including stuff which was never put into production. It was one of my favourite toylines growing up and it doesn’t seem to get too much love.

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