Hey folks, some exciting stuff to share. For those of you who don’t know, Air Raiders was released in 1987 and there was a planned followup of new toys that was scheduled for 1988. The toys were designed and built and a pre-Toyfair catalog was released in 1988. However, due to sales and other factors, the line was canceled and a different catalog actually hit Toyfair that year.
I had already made a post about these particular toys years ago (click here to see my breakdown) but recently I was able to get better scans of the catalog pages, thanks to a great fan of the toys, so I thought I would share them. In addition, some new information came to light which I’d like to talk about too.
First things first, here’s the new photos:
Next is a mystery that I’m hoping someone else has some insight on. It’s a graphic of the “1988 Pre Toy Fair Media Schedule.” I have to admit that I have no idea what this was for as it mentions Cable and Kid Netwo[rks]? And yet, Air Raiders had no cartoon to plug and I never saw any commercials for the new stuff so what was this for? Any thoughts?
And last is what I’m very excited for. It’s the pricing guide, something I never saw before. Normally that really wouldn’t be a big deal but we learn a few things.
- Check that out! The Gatling (click here to see it) WAS going to be part of the second year of toys! Lead designer, Fred Rieber thought it was destined for a third year but someone thought differently, I guess. Also, the Whirlwind Troop Carrier? Now we did see the Whirlwind mentioned before with the figure that would release with it but we had nothing to go off of. I actually assumed it was going to be the G.A.S.P. vehicle pictured in the catalog as the marketing guys changed the names sometimes. Well, I was wrong. My new theory is that the Whirlwind might be the Cyclone that the other lead designer, Dan Price, was working on. I don’t know if we’ll ever have a answer to that.
- I’m curious why there are no pictures of the Gatling and Whirlwind in the catalog. The Gatling prototype model was clearly finished, maybe the Whirlwind wasn’t?
- Notice the pricing difference between the 1987 toys and the 1988 toys? Nothing above $10, they were going smaller and cheaper with the new toys.
- Hey, who wants to buy a boxed Man-O-War for $25? 🙂
- No mention of the Air Refinery. I guess it wasn’t going to roll over from the first year? I wonder what happened with this, maybe it was considered too big and expensive as they obviously tried to save the line by going with smaller and cheaper vehicles and sets.