More Fun From Kenner. 1997.

Cover of the 1997 More Fun From Kenner catalogue. US.

Under the ownership of Hasbro, Kenner’s twilight years as a toy company followed its long and distinguished tradition of producing heavyweight-name toys across the spectrum of TV, film and comics: Batman, Superman, Star Wars, Jurassic Park and others. TVTA is pleased to present a selection of scans from Kenner’s 1997 mini catalogue. Click images to go bigger.

Batman

Superman

The Lost World Jurassic Park

Steel

Star Wars

Transformers Beast Wars

Starting Line Up

Tonka

SSP Super Sonic Power

Magna Crew


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SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN / WOMAN

BionicManLogo

She’s breaking up! She’s breaking up!

“Steve Austin, astronaut. A man barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster!”

… so went the opening lines from the Six Million Dollar man TV series.

Produced by Kenner in the US in 1975, The ‘Colonel Steve Austin’ 13 inch action doll complete with bionic eye and removable bionic modules was based on the popular TV show character starring Lee Majors.

The doll became an instant toy hit around the world. Additional figures were introduced to the line including a popular Jaime Sommers doll – the Bionic Woman (for which a separate TV series was made). Other characters included Oscar Goldman, Maskatron, Fembot, and a Bionic Bigfoot figure. Clothing, accessories and playsets were also available.


French advertising. Meccano

Bionic Man / Woman. France. 1977.


Bionic Man / Woman. Maskatron. Oscar Goldman. Bionic Transport and Repair Station. France. 1977.


Bionic Man / Woman. Maskatron. Oscar Goldman. Bionic Transport and Repair Station. France. 1977.


Six Million Dollar Man. France. 1977.



US advertising. Kenner

US. Kull. 1976.

Bionic Man Mission Control Center. US. 1976.


US. The Twilight Zone. 1976.

Bionic Man vs Maskatron. US. 1976.


US. Richie Rich. 1977.

Bionic Woman Dome House. US. 1977.


Six Million Dollar Man action figure and Bionic Transport and Repair Station. 1976. US.


Comic Books

Bionic woman. Télé Junior advert. France. 1980.


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Post updated Aug 2019 with new images.

New ads: X-Men, SGT Rock, Kenner, Bburago, Ponte Car, Bill and Ted, PS2 and Victor

It’s a mixed bunch of ads today from the 1970s to the 1990s spanning the US, UK, Brazil and Italy.


US. Dark Hawk. 1991.

US. Dark Hawk. 1991.


US. Legion of Superheroes. 1983.

US. Legion of Superheroes. 1983.


TTP Turbo Tower of Power. 1974. US.


Italy. Topolino. 1979.

Italy. Topolino. 1979.


Brazil. Peninha. 1987.

Brazil. Peninha. 1987.


US. Dark Hawk. 1991.

US. Dark Hawk. 1991.


US. Crimson Dawn. 1997.

US. Crimson Dawn. 1997.


UK. Victor. 1975.

UK. Victor. 1975.


 

What the heck is that? SSP: Super Sonic Power from Kenner

Toy giant Kenner produced many great toys such as the Bionic Man, Star Wars and the Daddy Saddle! I recently came across these 70s ads for its gyro-powered Super Sonic Power (SSP) line featuring the Rockin’ Rick Stunt Cycle Show and the Herk Action Stunt Set.

“What the heck is that?”

US. The Unexpected. 1972.

US. The Unexpected. 1972.

It’s Rockin’ Rick! He’s a posable wild rider!

US. The Twilight Zone. 1976.

US. The Twilight Zone. 1976.

Kenner SSP Racers. Weird War Tales N°1. 1971.

SSP Racers. Weird War Tales N°1. 1971. Detail.

From 1997, the SSP Pro Series

SSP. More Fun From Kenner catalogue. 1997. US.

See also: Kenner’s TTP Turbo Tower of Power toyline

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M.A.S.K. Illusion Is The Ultimate Weapon

M.A.S.K. is a Japanese animated TV series featuring transforming vehicles, super-powered helmets and masks. M.A.S.K. stands for “Mobile Armored Strike Command” a special task force pitted against the criminal organisation V.E.N.O.M.
The original series focused on the characters and vehicles from the popular Kenner toyline. M.A.S.K. also had many derivative products such as video games and comics.


France. Pif gadget 896. 1986.

France. Pif gadget 896. 1986.


France. Pif gadget 896. 1986.

France. Pif gadget 896. 1986.


USA. Marvel. The New Mutants. 1985.

USA. Marvel. The New Mutants. 1985.


UK. 2000 AD. 1987.


Jabba the Hutt, Luke and Han in chains and may the Ffftthhh be with you!

Look carefully at the advert below featuring the Jabba the Hutt play-set… in the absence of a slave Leia figure (often cited by collectors as a figure they would like to have seen produced back in the day) Parker decided to employ a Han Solo (small head) figure to be chained up by Jabba.

Germany. Fix Und Foxi N° 37. 1984. Kenner didn't make a 'Slave Leia' figure so Parker decided it would be fun for Jabba to chain up Han Solo!

Germany. Fix Und Foxi N° 37. 1984. Kenner didn’t make a ‘Slave Leia’ figure so Parker decided it would be fun for Jabba to chain up Han Solo! Dance, Han, dance! He doesn’t look too impressed does he?

 

The following year, no longer content with grumpy old smuggler Han, Parker designed a new advert showing Jabba with a Luke Jedi figure now in chains! Palace denizens such as Bib Fortuna and a couple of Gammy guards look on as C-3PO makes a sporting attempt of showing Luke some dance moves. Luke, like Han before him, seems most unimpressed. Jabba… well he just keeps chugging on that old hookah.

Germany. Star Wars N° 2. 1985. This time it's Luke's turn to be chained up by Jabba!

Germany. Star Wars N° 2. 1985. This time it’s Luke’s turn to be chained up by Jabba! C-3PO tells master Luke to try the mash-potato!

I’m curious to know if Parker ever set up a scene with the Leia Boushh figure in chains. That would have made a bit more sense in the grand scheme. But I quite like seeing the ‘wrongness’ of Han and Luke in chains. Obviously Parker were very keen to show off the ‘slave’ features of the excellent Jabba the Hutt play-set… little realising it would cause a bit of a giggle in later years.

Something else I like about these Parker ads is the clever use of graphics. The ‘Swaaawaa’ sound effects in the title emulates an utterance Jabba might well make. The font design aims to represent -deliciously – the ugliness and gooeyness of Jabba.

star wars Swaaawa Jabba logo

These cool design touches can be seen again in other Parker ads like the ‘Ffftthhh’ sound for the X-Wing Fighter and the ‘Ssssccch’ sound for the Speeder Bike. Note also: the figure in the cockpit is not Luke X-Wing Pilot but a B-Wing pilot! Thanks to Bonsai_Tree_Ent for pointing that out!

Germany. Star Wars N° 2. 1985. Sound effects courtesy of Parker!

Germany. Star Wars N° 2. 1985. Sound effects courtesy of Parker!

 

Germany. Star Wars N° 1. 1985. Is the 'Ssssccch' sound being made by the Speeder Bike or cleverly hidden Ewoks about to spring a surprise?

Germany. Star Wars N° 1. 1985. Is the ‘Ssssccch’ sound being made by the Speeder Bike? Or cleverly-hidden Ewoks about to spring a surprise?

 

DUKE, The Super Action Dog by Kenner

Manufactured between 1974 and 1975, Kenner put an interesting spin on action figure toy lines by creating Duke the Super Action Dog. This canine had more accessories and play-sets than you could shake a stick at (or should that be throw a stick?). He wants YOU to be his master!

USA. Weird War Tales. 1974.

USA. Weird War Tales. 1974.