Forgotten toylines you remember from your childhood

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  1. Spin-Out

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    This is about toylines that are mostly forgotten nowadays, pieces of nostalgia your friends probably don't even know existed. For me, that was the Z-Bots. Z-Bots were a line of Micro Machines toys. They had everything you'd expect from an 80's/early 90's boy's toyline - good vs evil factions, bright colors, playsets... Sadly, the toyline is fairly obscure since it never got a cartoon for some baffling reason. I mean, they had every reason to make one - you had the heroic Z-Bots (Designed to Defend!) against the evil Voids (Made to Menace!) who were turned bad by a computer virus. There were even combining toys in the line, where three Z-Bots/Voids would combine into either a bigger robot or a vehicle of some sort, and there were also individual Z-Bots who had the ability to transform into futuristic "vehicles." There was also a Burger King promotion, where these guys came from.
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    Upper left is Skyviper (Void), upper middle is Turbine (Z-Bot), upper right is Jawbreaker (Void), bottom left is Buzzsaw (Z-Bot) and bottom right is Bugeye (Z-Bot).

    I have really fond memories of these guys that only just recently resurfaced. I got the five Burger King Z-Bots off of eBay a few days ago so I can have a sorta "complete" collection without hunting down others on eBay... For now, at least.

    So yeah. Anyone want to share forgotten toylines from their childhood?
     
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  2. glinthos

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    I still have a bunch of Z-bots sitting around somewhere. There were also half-size mini Z-bots that came with vehicles and playsets. I had a lot of Starcom stuff around 1988- all gone now except for one pistol I gave to my last surviving Battle Beast.

    This is as good a place as any to ask:
    I remember having a booklet for a line of transforming robot/vehicles circa 1985 that were neither Transformers nor Gobots. There was a Formula 1-type car named "Indy" and I think a van named "Truc". I've never been able to find anything on it.
     
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    Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors.
    Gads I loved that line. The show was fun, and the toys were awesome. I only had four of them, but the playability was through the roof.

    Godzilla Gang.
    Harder vinyl figures about 6-7 inches tall that included a bunch of non-standard beasties like what may be on Monster Island. I still have a few, but somehow lost Godzilla. I'm still bummed about that to this day.
     
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    Mummies Alive, man.
     
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    Battle Beasts!

     
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    I had completely forgotten about this. I had Dorgon (or whatever the name is).
     
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    Starcom

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    Robotix

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    Flying Fighters - a line of military aircraft with detachable, electronic joysticks. Came with 2.5" pilot figures. Loved this toyline. Nothing like it since, unfortunately. Didn't last long.

    There were 3 retooled Flying Fighters F-14 Tomcats sold at KB Toys in the early 90's. Navy(blue), Marines(green camo) and Air Force(white). The mold was retooled with lights in the front to resemble guns. I wasn't sure if these were bootlegs or made exclusively for KB Toys by Hasbro. Not sure if they were sold under the Flying Fighters brand but I don't think they were. Quality was about the same.
     
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    Shogun Cyber Warriors. They looked like Bandai's earlier Power Rangers style action figures with chrome plated peg-on armor made by Trendmasters in their heyday. It never got past the four characters and they never released the 'evil alien warlord' the line was supposed to have.
     
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    Were they? There was a sub-line called Mini-Zs which were certainly closer to Micro Machines in scale, so I'd imagine Galoob used the MM name for those. I still have the two largest vehicles they made for that line.

    Hard to say what my favourite obscure childhood toyline would be, but Computer Warriors is probably one of them. I also owned several figures from Kenner's Police Academy toyline.
     
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    IIRC, both regular and mini Z-bots had Micro Machines branding on the packaging.
     
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    If you say so.

    I actually did have one full-sized Z-bots you - a yellow spherical tank thing and it's pilot - but I have NO idea what the hell happened to it. It surprises me that the mini-z's all survived to this day. In fact, that's pretty much the fate of all my toys - apart from the few that broke, they either survived or just flat out freakin' disappeared.

    I had this big-ass jet thing from New Adventures of He-Man a swell that had like a targeting scope/periscope thing built into it, but since I had no figures from that line I just crammed the cockpit full of other toys...no idea what happened to it.
     
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    Anyone remember rubbery snake guys that had plastic removable armor? I have no idea what they were.
     
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    I was a fan of Shogun Warriors and Micronauts in the 1970, but I'm probably one of the older people on this board.



     
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    That military equipment line that transformed into little battle bases. I remember one being a water canteen.
     
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  19. Spin-Out

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    Man, so many of these toylines are before my time, it's pretty sweet to see you guys talk about 'em.
     
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    I wanted one of these so badly but I had a toy that was very similar so I couldn't really complain: