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 T-shirt!
Hey folks! One of the things that’s always disappointed me is that there are no options to buy Air Raiders shirts or any other swag. Well, I’m hoping to change that! I’ve recently created some designs on a site that allows you to make t-shirts, mugs, bags and a few other options, even towels! The…… Continue reading Air Raiders T-shirt!
A curious thing happened to me the other day. I had bought several Man-O-War lots off ebay in the last month or so and I hadn’t taken as close a look as I thought. Two separate lots came in and both had two very different colored guns. See below: There’s obvious a noticeable difference between…… Continue reading Man-O-War parts
An Interview With Product Designer Dan Price, Part One
Dan Price was a designer for Hasbro starting back in the ’80s. He worked on several lines besides Air Raiders including Tonka and WWF wrestling figures. He went from a Product Designer all the way up to Vice President of Design during his time at Hasbro. I’m very grateful to him for sitting down to…… Continue reading An Interview With Product Designer Dan Price, Part One
Air Raiders Art
Some cool Air Raiders transparencies are up on ebay (here and here). They include one of the more well known illustrations for the toy line; used in marketing, packaging and catalogs. There’s also a rare piece that was never used as far as I can tell, although replicant01 had a proof of it. From the…… Continue reading Air Raiders Art
Don’t Fear the Reaper!
One of my favorite toys is the Man-O-War. How could you not love this massive tank that’s bristling with guns, cannons and all sorts of neat gimmicks like the floating orb sensor and the scout car that launches from below? It’s an amazing vehicle and certainly one-of-a-kind. It always interested me that there wasn’t a…… Continue reading Don’t Fear the Reaper!
Cracking the Code
I was reading a toy site several years ago where the author claimed that as a kid he figured out that the Air Raider stickers all had their own alphabet and used it to spell out various words like the name of the vehicle and other terms. I thought it was a neat idea but…… Continue reading Cracking the Code
The Holy Grail
Definition of Holy Grail 1 : an object or goal that is sought after for its great significance. There are several holy grails for the Air Raider toyline. The biggest one probably being the Air Refinery which I doubt anyone will ever find. As much as I would love to think that a couple…… Continue reading The Holy Grail
I’ve been super excited to create a library for the stickers for the Air Raiders toyline. This has proven to be much harder than I thought. Most pictures I find online are low resolution, half-covered and/or the stickers are curled and folded. So I’m updating my original idea. I’m still going to try and have…… Continue reading Stickers Archive
Breaking the Mold
I’ve been attempting to create some molds for missing vehicle pieces. My first attempt is here. I learned some valuable lessons from that first attempt although I’ve still had problems. Wheels are tough; there’s no forgiveness for a slight shift in the mold putty or if you press it down wrong. Overall, I’m still not…… Continue reading Breaking the Mold