Air Raiders Fan Art — The Thundacloud

Next up in the continuing series of fan art and commissions for old Air Raiders sketches and concepts is a new rendering of the Thundacloud. The Thundacloud was one of the original vehicles that Steve Reiss (the toy line creator) came up with in his Air Raiders pitch to Hasbro managament. For those of who…… Continue reading Air Raiders Fan Art — The Thundacloud

Air Raiders Figure Art, Part 2

I put up an earlier thread going over the PrePro site and some Air Raiders stuff they had posted. The last piece is the one I’m most excited for. It’s a figure sculpture sheet for the almost forgotten 1988 line of toys. It was drawn by Ron Rudat and dates to November 17, 1986 which…… Continue reading Air Raiders Figure Art, Part 2

Wind Seeker Proof Sheet, Part 2

I recently joined a Facebook site called Prepro that helps former Hasbro employees sell items that were part of the pre-production process. There are a range of toys, sketches, prototypes and other things posted that include brands like Transformers, GI Joe, WWE, and a bunch of others. They recently posted several items that I was…… Continue reading Wind Seeker Proof Sheet, Part 2

Air Raiders Advertisement

Airlandia… where air is more precious than gold… The evil Tyrants of Wind control the planet Airlandia, where everything runs on air. Only the Air Raiders, a daring band of rebels, stand a chance of rescuing their planet from these cruel dictators. You’ve never seen vehicles like these before… State-of-the-Air fighter planes like the Hawkwind…… Continue reading Air Raiders Advertisement

Air Raiders Advertising, Part 2

Continuing the posting of old advertisements for the Air Raiders (see here), here’s a few from the The Des Moines Register, Chicago Tribune, and The Times out of Shreveport, Louisiana. The Times is first, dated November 18, 1987, and I’m amused that they lumped a Cobra Sea Ray from GI Joe in the space provided.…… Continue reading Air Raiders Advertising, Part 2

An Interview With Product Designer Fred Rieber

Fred Rieber was a designer for Hasbro starting back in the ’80s. He was one of the primary product designers that worked on Air Raiders along with Dan Price and he was kind enough to answer some questions on his work. Airlandia: What were your responsibilities? I did a lot of the air-activated concepts, missiles…… Continue reading An Interview With Product Designer Fred Rieber

Air Raiders Original Art and Map

Over the years I’ve spoken with many of the designers and artists who worked on the Air Raiders toys. The general consensus has been that most or all of the original art for the design, packaging and inserts were probably thrown out. Well, good news, I was contacted by a former employee who had saved…… Continue reading Air Raiders Original Art and Map

Tyrants of Wind Scout Patrol Prototype, Part 2

Greetings fellow Air Raiders fans, A while back I posted a picture of the Scout Patrol prototype(see here), a Tyrant of Wind playset that was part of the canceled 1988 line. The set was designed and built by Bill Cooke who was part of the R&D department. Well, I spoke with Mr. Cooke recently and…… Continue reading Tyrants of Wind Scout Patrol Prototype, Part 2