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
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
Hello all, this week I’m just quickly posting some scans from the Licensing kit that was on ebay last year. I realized I had completely forgotten about it. I’m just starting with the cover, back and inside as I had to handle them delicately. One of the things I’m kinda excited by is the cover…… Continue reading Air Raiders Licensing Kit, Part 2
A seller on ebay recently put up licensing kits; essentially a folder filled with line art, color art, and instructions on how to use the Air Raiders logo, toys, packaging and more. I ended up winning the second auction so I hope to have a better breakdown of the items inside, but for now, here’s…… Continue reading Air Raiders Licensing Kit
Years ago, Bill Merklein, a sculptor who is well-known for all the work he did on GI Joe, sold off all (or most) of the toy-related stuff he had worked on over the years. There were a lot of sketches of various GI Joe characters but buried in the mix were a couple other gems.…… Continue reading Air Raiders figure sculpt
I finally got around to showing another early Air Raiders vehicle model that showed up on ebay a while back; the original Twin Lightning prototype! From the seller: This item was acquired directly from a former employee of the company. It has never been offered for sale before and is being offered here for the…… Continue reading Fast as Lightning!
Some more figure prototypes, similar to this one, are up on ebay. They are the Twin Lightning officer, Commander Airlocke and the Hawkwind officer, Commodore Kronax. Both are unfortunately damaged as both lost their right arm! Kronax seems to have lost part of his helmet horn too. The figures can be found here and here.…… Continue reading Air Raider Prototype Figures, Part 2
You might remember seeing my post about the Wind Reaper a few weeks ago, an evil version of the Man-O-War that popped up on ebay. Well, another vehicle posted up there around the same time. Named for it’s multi-launcher feature, the Gatling is another awesome prototype of the Air Raiders line that never saw the…… Continue reading [Multiple] Barrels of Fun!
Toy fans are everywhere. I myself am part of several Facebook groups and I see fans of He-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and GI Joe from all over the place. Not just the United States and Canada but Europe, Asia, Australia and the rest of the world. I’ve always wondered where the Air Raiders toys…… Continue reading French Air Raiders
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