No Season 4 of “Toy Hunter”?

Jordan Hembrough from Toy HunterThe popular vintage toy based TV show “Toy Hunter”, hosted by Jordan Hembrough, is apparently now on indefinite “hiatus”, and is unlikely to return.

Will we ever see another vintage toy show like it?

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Lego: Silly modern faces, cool retro sets

Lego GhostbustersIs it just me, or are Lego mini figure faces ridiculous these days? Gone from Lego sets are the normal, happy faces I knew in the 80s. Now it’s all “expressions” – excitement, fear and even anger.

On the positive side, the Lego brand is still very popular. And in fact, Lego still releases many retro-themed sets that suggest a large percentage of their buyers are fans of the 1980s. So let’s look at what Lego is up to…

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Photos of Hobby Shops in the 1980s

Horizon advertisement, USA, 1989Remember the days of the local Hobby Shop?

Not only are there far fewer hobby shops around now, but it’s actually quite difficult to find photos of hobby shops from their heyday in the 1980s – or earlier. Nevertheless, here’s a selection that is sure to make you wish you could travel back in time.

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Kyosho Scorpion (1982)

Kyosho ScorpionThe original Kyosho Scorpion was both a beautiful kit-based off-road 2WD R/C buggy based on a real-life vehicle, and a milestone in R/C racing.

Today, it’s a highly collectible and historically significant vintage R/C kit.

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Tandy / Radio Shack Wild Horse (1989)

Tandy / Radio Shack Wild HorseThis huge, high-rise monster-rig manufactured by Nikko was about the biggest R/C toy I’d seen in the late 1980s. And it became something of an obsession for me one winter when, as a 12 year old, my local Tandy store had one left – heavily discounted in the months after Christmas.

Would I be able to convince my parents to buy it? Or would a spoiled kid I knew from school, snatch it away at the last minute?…

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16 Classic Vintage R/C Tyres

TamiyaSandScorcherTyre2One of the most appealing parts of any model R/C car, are the tyres. And vintage R/C cars have some pretty interesting and unusual ones.

Let’s look at a selection of classic 1980s R/C tyres, back when the hobby was still young and free and the cars were designed to look realistic, fun and exciting.

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Nikko Toyota HiLux 4WD (1982)

Nikko Toyota HiLux 4WDThe astonishing 1/10 scale Toyota HiLux 4WD by Nikko in 1982, was the pinnacle of Nikko’s range of R/C toys in the early 1980s. Large, realistic, and with a gearbox you could shift via the transmitter…this was a ready-to-run R/C model like nothing before it.

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