Collecting Toys Magazine: February 1996 Issue

1996 Nostalgia. Who can resist it? We are ready again to revisit the days of our youth and remember the carefree days when the worst problem we faced was which toy to play with! In this post you will find another issue of Collecting Toys Magazine.

I was reunited with more of my old toys as I turned the pages of this issue of Collecting Toys:

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Slot Cars Rule!

Let’s have a look at some of the contents of this issue from 1996:

Toys New Stuff

What’s New?

From an Extreme G.I. Joe action figure to the superhero The Tick, 1996 was ready to kick some serious butt! And there were diecast model cars, too!

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Bond. James Bond.

“No, Mister Bond. I expect you to DIE!” Sorry, I just had to add one of my favorite Bond villain quotes from the Sean Connery days (bonus points if you know the Bond film this is from). Although I have to say that Pierce Brosnan is probably my second-favorite Bond! And he was trending in 1996.

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Action Figures

Don’t call them ‘dolls’ or Batman will beat you up! I had a few characters from this line, but I remember Spiderman the most. I also had The Lone Ranger and Tonto and Evel Knievel, complete with stunt bike! Man, I miss those toys.

And if you feel boys can play with dolls, not just action figures, check out this newer product called the Wonder Crew that I reviewed from the Chicago Toy Fair.

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Toy Soldiers

I had dozens of the traditional green toy soldiers but had never seen these Blue and the Gray versions. Must have been an American thing.

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Antique Toy Show

Toy shows and Antique fairs are amazing places to visit! I zeroed in on this one because of the monster in the bottom right corner. We have Super 8 footage of this guy rolling around our living room back when my sister and I were quite young. This battery-operated toy was the Great Garloo by Marx and measured in at a whopping 23″ tall! The 1960’s were all about the science fiction monsters.

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Zoo. In. Spaaaaaaaaaace!

Where else would you put a zoo that had metal animals? Think this sparking dog is weird? Just try to imagine the whale and the elephant!

So there we have a look back into the toys of our past. I hope you enjoyed some nostalgic moments!

Collecting Toys Magazine: February 1995 Issue

1995 Nostalgia. Who can resist it? We all love to revisit the days of our youth and remember the carefree days when the worst problem we faced was which toy to play with! Collecting Toys Magazine is a great source to find those old toys we loved so much but parted with as we grew older.

I was reunited with some of my old toys as I turned the pages of this issue of Collecting Toys:

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Japanese Robots

What I like about finding these vintage magazines is the wealth of relevant information they still contain. From manufacturing information to variants to seeing the collections of others, the only information not relevant is the values. But even outdated values can be interesting!

Let’s have a look at some of the contents of this issue from 1995:

Collecting Toys New Stuff

What’s New?

This spread is fun because it shows what was new in 1995, over 20 years ago. New then, vintage now!

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Three-Wheeled & Ready to Roll

My family is originally from England so vehicles like this have a soft spot in my heart. European cities traditionally have narrow streets so 3-wheeled vehicles like this model are very common. This model is of a truck produced in Japan, where they have the same problem. I wish I had one here in Canada! A real one and a model.

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Can we just agree that Japanese metal robot toys are about the coolest toys in creation?!? Although plentiful, these toys still command a high price from collectors!

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1930’s Chein Roller Coaster

This is a good example of how manufacturers worked in the past. They would have one style of toy and simply stamp different characters or scenes onto it to make a new toy. So this roller coaster (above) is identical to the one I have, except mine has a Disney theme. Check the version I have by clinking the link here.

Collecting Toys Soccer

Soccer or Football?

Either way, this game by Subbuteo scored big with kids of all ages. You played with your fingers and could choose from multiple teams, just like the standard table hockey games.

Collecting Toys Hot Wheels


No toy collecting magazine would be complete without a spread about Hotwheels, perhaps the most famous slot racing company around. If you were a boy in the 1980’s you had dozens of these little metal cars!

Collecting Toys Pee Puppy

Please Control Yourself!

It’s bad enough to have a real puppy wetting all over the house, I can’t imagine a parent buying a child a fake puppy to water the remaining dry areas of the family home! Each to his or her own, I guess. And I really didn’t need to see where the pee comes out!

So there we have a look back into the toys of our past. I hope you enjoyed some nostalgic moments!

Dick Tracy Official Movie Souvenir Magazine

Dick Tracy is one of the longest running detective series that got it’s start in newspapers, leapt to radio and then on to the small screen. Later it was made into a series of lower budgeted black and white movies.

In 1990, the Disney Company took a shot at the character (see what I did there?) and turned the yellow-coated gumshoe into a hit! I recently found this mint condition souvenir magazine for the movie:

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It contains 13 chapters (Tracy scoffs at bad luck!) featuring cast interviews, behind the scenes pictures, and much more. Let’s have a look inside:

When you think of it, fifty bucks for an authentic rogue’s mask isn’t too bad of a deal!

Dick Tracy Warren Beatty

Star Warren Beatty, who also directed

Dick Tracy Collectibles

This page spoke directly to my heart! I love collectibles and vintage ones are just too hard to resist.

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Dick Van Dyke

In one of his rare villainous roles, Van Dyke plays a corrupt official who doesn’t show his true colors until the end of the movie. Whoops, I guess I should have said ‘Spoiler Alert’ before typing that!

You can read a little aside about this role in Van Dyke’s memoir book entitled My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business. Click the link for my review!

Dick Tracy Rogues

Dick Tracy Sculpt

Dick Tracy Merchandise

There is a lot of stuff in this magazine for the movie fan who likes to go behind the magic and learn how it was done.

Dick Tracy Trading Cards

Dick Tracy Topps collectible cards are awesome and this set looks like it would be no exception!

I picked this item up at a local flea market for about $3.00 CAN but it’s value as a collectible is worth far more than that to me!


  • This movie was released in theaters with the Roger Rabbit short, Roller Coaster Rabbit.
  • According to a trailer, this film was originally going to be released by Walt Disney Pictures. This likely happened before it got its rating, because the final version was released by Touchstone Pictures.

Walt Disney Travel Company 2016 Brochure

There are many ways to get your Disney fix between trips to the theme parks. One way is to stop by your local travel agent’s place of business and pick up the most recent brochure on Disney travel. I did this recently at Sears Travel in the local mall.

Here is what I picked up:


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It all starts with the obligatory contents page where we are told that the magic is everywhere at Walt Disney World. Hard not to agree:


The next pages lay out the basic information about MyMagic+/Disney FastPass+/MemoryMaker/MagicBand and Online Planning ideas. But it really caught my interest when it finally gets into coverage of the parks:

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Next comes a section on what you could find beyond the theme parks, like the water parks, Cirque du Soleil, and Disney Springs.

But the map below was a real highlight of the brochure:


I love me a good map!

Next comes an argument for why you stay on-site. An easy argument to win, says I! This is followed by a two-page spread detailing the features of Value, Moderate, Deluxe, and Deluxe Villa Resorts:


The next pages contain information about the Magic Your Way Package followed by the fan-favorite Dining Plan pitch:


I love the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue!

Seasonal Events are covered next followed by an overview of the packages available from the Good Neighbor group of hotels and properties:


The brochure ends with a two-page spread of fine print detailing the Walt Disney Travel Company’s list of terms and conditions. I found this part a dry read.

There was also an insert correcting a point about the FastPass arrangement:


Sorry, no more FastPass+ for parades

Why? Because there are now many excellent parade viewing areas in front of Cinderella Castle! Just find a place in the bigger-than-ever Central Plaza.

We hope to get to Walt Disney World soon and this brochure has certainly whet our appetite!

Book Review: Commemorative Edition LIFE – Gene Wilder

From time to time I pick up a copy of the Commemorative Editions of LIFE magazine. I find them well written. I also appreciate the comprehensive overview of the subject in question, this time, Gene Wilder:


This is basically a quick look at a long life with many wonderful pictures. There are nine sections tracing Wilder’s career from early life to his final days.


I first remember Wilder in the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (pictured above). This performance will always be the one my mind goes to when I hear his name! But obviously Wonka wasn’t the only character Mr. Wilder immortalized:


Young Frankenstein

Leo Bloom (The Producers), The Waco Kid (Blazing Saddles), and Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Young Frankenstein, pictured above) are all characters Wilder created with director Mel Brooks. All of them will live on in comedic history! As will a comic pairing that spawned four films:


Wilder with Richard Pryor

Silver Streak and Stir Crazy will be the best remembered films from these two legendary comedians. Details of their relationship are shared in this magazine.

Four marriages. Two cancer episodes. A unforgettable career. A final illness. All of these, and (most) everything inbetween, are covered on 80 high-gloss pages.


Gene Wilder (1933-2016)

At a cost of just $16.99 CAN I thought this magazine was a good deal for such an emotional and inspiring look into the life of a man who brought so much fun and humor to so many!

As an extra read, check out my post entitled Top 5 Non-Disney Disney Movies to see why I think Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory could have been a Disney movie!

Concluding thought: Wilder never shared his battle with Alzheimer’s because “he simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world” if one of his fans, mainly children remembering his Wonka character, should hear of it.

Disneyland 1968 Pictorial Souvenir & Guide

Once again we travel back in time and visit a Disney park as it was, this time in 1968. Disneyland had only been open for 13 short years, but had already undergone some significant changes from opening day.

Let’s do away with the further ado and get right to the 1968 Pictorial Souvenir and Guide:

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This cover image was likely a publicity shot or a still from one of Walt Disney’s television appearances. Not long after Disneyland opened Walt stopped signing autographs in the park because he would get bogged down and be unable to move efficiently. So he would give out a business card and ask the autograph hound to write the studio to receive his signature.

So it is very unlikely that Walt would be sitting in a fire truck on Main Street signing autographs unless it was set up for promotion.

Each guide-book usually had a map near the front of the publication:

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Can you find all three monorails?

The guide-book then covers each land in turn. Here are some highlights from 1968:

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Adventureland once employed José the Barker Bird outside the Enchanted Tiki Room. His job was to entice guests into the attraction but he was fired after a while. Two theories as to why exist. One: Being audioanimatronic he required too much repair due to being out in the elements. Two: He was so good at capturing the attention of passers-by that great crowds would just stop and stare thus blocking the pathways to other attractions. Let’s hope no other Cast Members got fired for doing their job too well!

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Wonderful aerial view of the Rivers of America

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Love the retro Donald Duck hat!

I have a picture of me at Walt Disney World with the Winnie the Pooh character pictured above. Do you remember when Pooh had a hunny pot on his head in the parks?

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Ahh, the ‘Bucket Ride’

The Disneyland Skyway attraction ran from 1956 to 1994. I remember riding the Walt Disney World version in the early 1970’s but wish I could have experienced the Disneyland version!

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Disneyland’s Submarine Voyage opened in 1959 as part of Tomorrowland’s expansion and closed in 1998. It reopened in 2007 as the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. The grey subs were basically just painted yellow and changed from a more military look to a research theme.

I was able to ride the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction at Walt Disney World in the early 1970’s but never got to ride Disneyland’s subs until 2013. The Finding Nemo storyline is fun!

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Original People Mover. Nuff said.

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Disneyland After Dark

The guide-book concludes with a look at the park after the sun goes down. Many forms of entertainment were available, but please look to the top left corner of the picture above. Yes, that’s The Firehouse Five Plus Two Dixieland Jazz band made up of Disney animation employees! Ward Kimball lead the band in the 1950’s and on into the early 1970’s. I have many of their original albums. You can read a little more about them in my previous post entitled Top Five Forgotten Disney Things.

The band received an homage in the ending of the 2009 Disney film The Princess and the Frog, with the jazz-playing alligator Louis now belonging to a group called “The Firefly Five Plus Lou”.

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Cross Promotion

The last page of the guide-book is basically an advertisement for the Disneyland Hotel, which was the only on-site lodging available in 1968.

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Back Cover

These old guide-books are gems of nostalgia! I have many examples from both Disneyland and Walt Disney World including the Walt Disney World 1983 Pictorial Souvenir book I covered earlier this month.

I hope you enjoyed taking this pictorial trip down memory lane with me!

The Windsor Star Weekend Magazine

This large format 28-page magazine supplement was quite an impressive publication in its day! The two copies that I have were inserted into the weekend edition of The Windsor Star newspaper in the late 1970’s. It had both black and white and color pages.

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September 17th and November 5th, 1977

I found these at a yard sale just outside of Windsor, ON. I paid $2.00 a piece for them which is funny when you consider that they were given away free with a newspaper almost 40 years ago!

But I think you can guess why I bought them?

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10 1/2″ x 12″

Obviously Mickey and Minnie caught my eye and so buying that issue was a no-brainer. I also love vintage television programs so the other issue also became a must-have.

So let’s take a look at the content of the article entitled 50 Years of Mickey Mouse:

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This was a fun but brief article which you are welcome to read by enlarging the pictures above. I especially enjoyed page 11 as I have some of the merchandise pictured there!

Apart from the cover story in the second issue of this set, I found another Disney reference inside. Disney placed an advertisement on pages 14 and 15:

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Who wants some cookies?

The contest would award 40 vacation trips to Walt Disney World, 100 authentic Mickey Mouse watches, and 200 Fantasia soundtracks. All you had to do was state how many cookies you could see in the jar. Disney even made it easier by giving the possible answers in the form of multiple choice on the entry form.

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Enlarge and read those rules!

Unfortunately we are all 39 years too late to enter. Just our luck, eh! But it is still fun to see these old promotions and product tie-ins.

So just how many cookies were in the jar? Was it 9, 14, 21, 35, or 49? Who cares, just give me one! Hey, stale or not, I love me some cookies!

Collectors' Showcase Vintage Magazines

There’s nothing I love as much as old collectibles than old magazines about old collectibles! And recently I was able to pick up thirteen issues of Collectors’ Showcase, ‘America’s Premiere Pictorial Magazine for Collectors’. Long name, great content!

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Now why are these old and out of date magazines of value today? First, a collector can use them to source and identify hard to find or difficult to classify items. Often there will be articles about specific items giving date of manufacture and company names. Second, if the magazine records prices, a collector can track values over the years. Third, due to the advertising of new-at-the-time collectibles, original pricing can be determined for many items.

And of course, Fourth, a collector just loves to look at old toys!

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Hey, it’s Disney!

Being a Disney collector, I obviously like to look for old magazines that feature Disney items, like the one above. Here are a few items I found in these thirteen issues:

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How many Disney buttons can you find?

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Collectors’ Gallery featuring the Mickey Mouse Handcar

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Awesome to see such rare items!

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Everyone loves movie posters!

I mentioned earlier that magazines of this type, although mostly out of print today, are also valuable for the advertising spreads within. Have a look at a few of my favorites:

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Where: Disneyland Hotel, Embassy Room

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Must. Have. These.

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Walt Disney World Tencennial products

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19,700 hours to make? I don’t want to know how much this cost!

These magazines are packed with wonderful collectibles from everyone’s childhood, no matter what generation you are from. The articles are insightful. The images breathtaking!

And just how much did I have to pay to obtain these windows into the past? They originally sold for $4.00 to $5.00 between 1982 and 1986 but I paid only $1.00 for three so less than $5.00 for the whole batch.

FUN FACT: Do you remember Shields and Yarnell, the pantomime couple from the 1980’s who were on just about every variety show going?

Shields and Yarnell

Yes? Well, then did you know that they were sometimes billed as ‘Living Puppets’ and so, as collectors themselves, had a vast collection of marionettes and other puppets, including Pinocchio? It’s true according to the January/February 1982 issue of Collectors’ Showcase!

Disney Magazine Lot

While picking through a local flea market, I found some Disney Store merchandise catalogues. The asking price was 50 cents apiece and I was sorting through them to see which ones I wanted. But then, on the shelf directly below them, I spotted some hardcover Disney books. I switched to them. But then, on the shelf directly below them, I found the Mother Load:

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18 Disney Magazines!

Actually, 17 Disney Magazine issues, and one Disneyana Magazine. Let’s have a look at some of the best covers:

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Stepping out in style!

I especially like these magazines because they are a snapshot of the Disney company throughout the years. The earliest magazine in this set is from Fall of 1994 with the latest being from 2004.

The earlier magazines had a full-page pull-out image that was suitable for framing. Fortunately, all of the image pages were still in each magazine. Let’s have a look at some of the best of these:

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Neat to see the castle in the plan stage!

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I hope you enjoyed this brief look at some Disney memories courtesy of these old issues of the Disney Magazine!