Origins of Air Raiders, Part 5

This is another post on the origins of our favorite toy series. It’s a breakdown of some of the original documents the Air Raiders creator, Steve Reiss, shared with me including the original back story and vehicle concepts. Here are previous installments:Origins of Air Raiders, Part 1Origins of Air Raiders, Part 2Origins of Air Raiders,…… Continue reading Origins of Air Raiders, Part 5

General Stag

Andrew Cosson (see his talented work here) did a great head shot of the General Stag figure I posted a while back (left). From his site: General Stag an unproduced character figure for the Hasbro line Air Raiders. Gen. Stag had no colors so I took the liberty of my own choice bases on the…… Continue reading General Stag

A New Air Refinery? (Part Two)

So I got the Nano Metalfigs Batcave Collectors Enviroment! in the mail recently. Folks might remember an earlier post about it being a great substitute for the Air Refinery. It came a while ago, but I just didn’t have the time to assemble it and give it a good look until now. Well, it’s here…… Continue reading A New Air Refinery? (Part Two)

A New Air Refinery?

Okay, just kidding. Some genius on instagram named hennenjl1828 did find a great substitute for the Tyrants of Wind home base… introducing the Nano Metalfigs Batcave Collectors Enviroment! Obviously this is not the same thing but it does have a nice mix of natural stone combined with the various levels of platforms, doors and cool…… Continue reading A New Air Refinery?

Air Raiders Survival Kit

In 1987, Hasbro had an offer for kids; get your $6.00 (and $1.50 in shipping) together along with your parent’s signatures and YOU can be the proud owner of the Air Raiders Survival Kit! The Survival Kit came with two special figures (Emperor Aerozar and Baron Jolt), a map of the planet Airlandia, a glider,…… Continue reading Air Raiders Survival Kit

An Interview With Former Hasbro Designer David McDonald

David McDonald went to the ArtCenter College of design to study car design. Eventually he ended up as a Senior Industrial Designer working in the Hasbro Boys Department back in the ’80s. His projects included the Inhumanoids, Dinosaucers, COPS, Crash Test Dummies and many others. He started working on Air Raiders after the first year…… Continue reading An Interview With Former Hasbro Designer David McDonald

Air Raiders Cartoon, Part 2

In my previous post, I showed a folder with various notes on a cartoon pitch for Air Raiders by Sunbow. The inside of the folder had some amazing art plastered across the whole spread. The style is not reminiscent of what they used on the box art and other areas, it’s more like a comic…… Continue reading Air Raiders Cartoon, Part 2

Command Outpost Prototype, Part 2

Big thanks to G1Hexatron at the Air Raiders fan page for providing some additional shots of Air Raider sketches that were up on ebay a while back. I covered some of the sketches that were there but the seller did not have photos of all of them. Here’s the rest of them, starting with another…… Continue reading Command Outpost Prototype, Part 2

Air Raiders #2 “Subterfuge”

Great book, it opens up with a raid on an Air Refinery as the Air Raiders are once again seeking to hijack some air cargo ships. The story introduces Eeleta, daughter of Archion, the ruler that Aerozar deposed. She is smart, capable warrior and she and Rokk have an ulterior plan in addition to the…… Continue reading Air Raiders #2 “Subterfuge”