Author Archives: John Wooten

Cincinnati Toy Heritage Mural Features Kenner Toys!

After many hundreds of hours over many long, hot, summer weeks, the Toy Heritage mural by local artist Jonathan Queen is now finished.  Located at 23 West Court Street in downtown Cincinnati, an official dedication is set for this Saturday, … Continue reading

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Rebates and Munch Mates: The Kenner-Cheerios Poster Offer – The Star Wars Collectors Archive Blog

Our friend at the Star Wars Collectors Archive, Ron Salvatore, has written another great blog post today.  This installment details the General Mills Fun Group/Kenner/Star Wars connection along with a special shout out to one of our sentimental favorite Kenner concepts, the Munch Mates. … Continue reading

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Kenner Internal Video: Sentimental Journey

When Kenner closed their doors in Cincinnati in 2000, it was an end of an era.  Hasbro had obtained Kenner in 1991 and after 9 years, the time to close the Cincinnati office had come.  Many employees would move on … Continue reading

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Kenner Fall ’78 Star Wars supplement

Many collectors have seen various vendor catalogs, typically called ‘Toy Fair’ catalogs because they were sent out around Toy Fair to promote the new and existing lines to vendors.  These catalogs contain nice photos of the toys, descriptions, case packing … Continue reading

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1978 POPAI Outstanding Marketing Achievement Silver Award for Star Wars Action Figure Floor Display

The POPAI (Point of Purchase Advertising Institute) was established in 1936 and is an international trade association for marketing in retail industry. It serves as the premiere source of education, learning and future-oriented research in retail marketing.  For over 50 … Continue reading

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Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys Released Today (1/14/2014)

On January 14, Director Brian Stillman has released his long-awaited documentary, Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys.  I had the pleasure of participating in this undertaking and, if I made the final cut, I make a brief appearance … Continue reading

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Kenner Farewell Party Invitation

In 2000, Kenner’s Cincinnati office was set to close and for all intents and purposes, the Kenner we all knew for decades was disappearing into Hasbro, Inc.  Some employees were set to retire, some were to go to Rhode Island … Continue reading

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Kenner 1979 Press Kit

This press kit, likely handed out in the winter of 1979 at Toy Fair in New York, reviews the past as well as the immediate future of Kenner product lines. Kenner hit a home run with the Star Wars license … Continue reading

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Lego Meets the Vintage Star Wars Micro Collection

One of the best things to happen to the Star Wars toy world in recent years has been the addition of Lego as a licensee.  Add some creativity to a flair of vintage and you get some fantastic results.  Star … Continue reading

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KennerCollector 2012 Collector Club Edition

This summer and fall, Kenner Collector will be providing select Star Wars Collecting Clubs with a special item for their raffles and auctions.  What could it be??  

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