Toy-Ventures Magazine Issue 8 now Shipping

Toy-Ventures Issue 8

Good news, Issue 8 of Toy-Ventures magazine is now shipping. Thanks, everyone, for their patience; the delay of a week was well worth it. 

All Subscribers and pre-orders are shipped. If anyone wants a tracking number, drop us a line with your last name, and we’ll try to get you caught up.

For those who didn’t pre-order it’s now available at:
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Our striking cover was created by Darran Hight AKA Doc Multiverse.

This issue has the most articles we’ve ever included, and we’re adding two of what we hope are many recurring columnists: 

Basement of Horror

Monster toy guru and popular YouTube host Ray Castile is launching his first column with us and man; October is the perfect month for this as we talk about “The Incredible Melting Man.”

The Warriors Toybox

We’re elated to have Chance Priest join us for a recurring look at the neat stuff in his toy box. If you don’t know Chance’s work, you’ve been missing out; he’s a trip! The first article is all about some obscure Remco Warrior Beast toys that will have you scouring eBay.

Hasbro Super Joe Part 2

Steve Stovall returns with his comprehensive on-going series of GI Joe’s least talked about years.

Ghoul Like Motion

Heath Smith guides us through the world of Telco Monster Motionettes; he’s done a fantastic job of creating the ultimate guide to these Halloween classics.

Mid-Way Warriors

Shogun Warriors expert Dave Keymont joins us this issue for a look at the bootleg carnival rip offs of our favourite Machinders, this is just the beginning of our journey with Dave.

The Birth of RoboSkull

Our pal Tony Roberts (Analog Toys), alongside Bob Brechin (former Palitoy designer) take us on an indepth tour of developing one of the coolest 80s toys ever made, the Action Force Robo Skull. You will love this.

Mego Goes Ape Part 4

Our ongoing series covering the Mego Planet of the Apes line talks about the best-selling playsets of 1974 with input from Mego’s Marty Abrams.

A Wanted Man

Who is Big Bad John, he’s one of the rarest action figures out there, and to collectors of Lincoln International, he’s our rocket-firing Boba Fett!

Single Ladies from Outer Space

The Galaxy Maidens are a bizarre entry in 80s toy history, mainly because they look like they came from a 1950s B-Movie.

Battlestar Inflatica

This article discusses the fantastic Battlestar Galactica toys we didn’t get from GLJ.

Kimba the White Lion Halloween Prototype masks

Toy-Ventures regular Corey LeChat shares obscure items from the Collegeville vaults!

All this, and if you act now, you’ll be guaranteed a set of Knock-Off Puffy stickers featuring Mr. Rock, Space Flyman, Dr. Zorma from the Astro Apes, the Incredible Bulk and Zing from the Star Raiders. All of the art was done by the incredible Chris Franklin. This HUGE pack of stickers is yours free with purchase while supplies last.

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