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Ira Gobler and the Star Wars Toys That Never Were

Greetings Gooney Fans! Have you ever heard the story of Ira Gobler and Gobler Toys? Imagine for a moment that there is a prequel to the story we already know of Kenner securing the rights to the franchise just one … Continue reading

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Cincinnati Toy Show and Kenner Mural Review

Greetings Gooney Fans! Grab your Bubbl-Matic and hop on the Daddy Saddle, because we are traveling to Cincinnati, Ohio – home of Kenner Toys! Last weekend collectors traveled far and wide to experience one of the hobby’s finest toy shows. … Continue reading

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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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The MASK ’87 Invitational Flag

This is an invitation for The MASK ’87 Invitational, Kenner’s release party for the 1987 MASK product line.  The party took place at Kenner’s year-round showroom in Manhattan’s Toy District.  MASK stands for Mobile Armored Strike Kommand and the toy … 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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Kenner Fast 111’s double-sided metal store display

Kenner store displays, or POP (Point of Purchase) displays as they are sometimes called,  are a really fun segment of toy collecting.  Kenner produced many different types of store displays over the years to help sell their product lines.  Some … 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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Happy 4th of July!

Kenner Spring 1976 Toy Fair catalog cover. “A bicentennial flag of Play-Doh® Modeling Compound created especially for Kenner Products.”  © GENERAL MILLS FUN GROUP, INC., 1975  

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