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Vaporman87
When I look at my collection of Trendmasters Godzilla figures, I am reminded of the fact that the company is no longer around. They were the only American company since Mattel (with the Shogun Warrior Godzilla figure from the late 70's) to manufacture a Godzilla toy.



Shortly after the release of the 1998 (horrible!) Godzilla movie, Trendmasters folded, it's assets purchased by Jakks Pacific.



Prior to that, they had produced a wealth of 1998 Godzilla merchandise, and even before that, two whole lines of classic Godzilla figures (King of the Monsters, Godzilla Wars). A third line of classic figures was to be created (Doom Island), but only found limited release overseas and online.

Unused Doom Island Commercial:



The Biollante figure in that commercial is the EXTREMELY RARE 10" figure. A holy grail of Godzilla Trendmasters figures.

Beyond Godzilla, they had licensed films like Lost in Space, Battlefield Earth, Independence Day, and Mars Attacks!, as well as TV shows like Gumby, Casper, Voltron, and the Powerpuff Girls.



But probably the most sought after of their products, to this day, is their line of Iron Giant figures. The Ultimate Iron Giant figure, new in box, can fetch up to $300 or more online.



Trendmasters was one of those cool companies that took risks on properties that weren't top tier. Nowadays there are all sorts of companies making toys using obscure, retro, or less popular licensed properties, but in the mid to late 90's, that was not the case at all. They were ahead of their time.

One little known fact about them... they also manufactured a line of Halloween decor:



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echidna64

The Independence Day Toys were awesome and prolly one of the most 90's era toys, coming equipped with a floppy disk
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pikachulover
The made Cardcaptors dolls, and the ever popular and highly collectable Star Castles.
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Vaporman87
Star Castles was apparently a pretty popular line of theirs. Also War Planets, which got its own cartoon series.
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Fuzz
Some of my favorite toys when I was a kid were made by Ideal. Specifically, Robo Force, Rocks & Bugs & Things, and Manglors.


Thankfully, a company called Toyfinity acquired the licenses for these lines and has brought back the mordles from the RBT, and has brought Robo Force back, albeit in a different way. They're now part of the glyos building system. Toyfinity is also planning on bringing Manglors back sometime next year, too.


Is Tonka still around? I know they were bought by Hasbro back in the early 90s. I loved GoBots and Rock Lords.
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Vaporman87
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Is Tonka still around? I know they were bought by Hasbro back in the early 90s. I loved GoBots and Rock Lords.
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I would love to see GoBots make a reappearance either as commemorative re-issues, or as a newly developed line with designs that resemble the originals.
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DebrisStorm
Vaporman87 wrote :

Fuzz wrote :


Is Tonka still around? I know they were bought by Hasbro back in the early 90s. I loved GoBots and Rock Lords.
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I would love to see GoBots make a reappearance either as commemorative re-issues, or as a newly developed line with designs that resemble the originals.
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Tonka was owned by Kenner and Kenner was bought by Hasbro some time in the 90s.

For the record, Tonka merely licensed the Go-Bots (Machine Robo) from Bandai. Bandai is currently making some new Machine Robo figures from the Japanese marketplace. They really look pretty awesome.
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Fuzz
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For the record, Tonka merely licensed the Go-Bots (Machine Robo) from Bandai. Bandai is currently making some new Machine Robo figures from the Japanese marketplace. They really look pretty awesome.
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Really? I'll have to check those out. Probably cost a fortune, I imagine.
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For the record, Tonka merely licensed the Go-Bots (Machine Robo) from Bandai. Bandai is currently making some new Machine Robo figures from the Japanese marketplace. They really look pretty awesome.
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Really? I'll have to check those out. Probably cost a fortune, I imagine.
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I've only seen the unpainted prototypes online. I think they're supposed to come out this fall.
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