TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT: VOLUME 2 – Kickstarter Announcement

If you’ve been following the blog or podcast at all, you’ve undoubtedly heard us mention Blake Wright’s TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT book. It’s a book packed with deep history and photos of toys that never saw the light of day. In addition to the incredibly content, the first volume is incredibly well-designed and is a stellar coffee table book for any toy lover. That said, I was beyond excited when Blake mentioned he was working on Volume 2.

If you’re on the impatient side like I am, you’ll be pleased to know that you don’t have to wait after reading the press-release below! The Kickstarter is available now, with the book being delivered in the Fall. I can’t stress enough how amazing this book is going to be- there have been a few sneak peeks at the lines featured, and it is surely going to be just as good (if not better) than Volume 1. For those that know me well, you know that I wouldn’t make these kinds of claims if I didn’t mean it- this is not a paid advertisement, nor am I receiving any compensation. Blake is a good friend and a great steward of the hobby, and I’d love nothing more than you all showing him you support for the work he’s done on these books!


(HOUSTON, TX): In early 2017, author Blake Wright brought his new book, TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT,
to Kickstarter. After the 30-day campaign the book was successfully funded, and in the early fall of that
year the book was delivered to backers. Reaction to the book was extremely favorable. It showcased both
unproduced toys from popular properties, such as Star Wars, Sectaurs and Earthworm Jim and complete
lines that were never produced like Hasbroʼs Dark Crystal, Knickerbockerʼs Krull and Mattelʼs Fleas. The
authorʼs goal was to both showcase the art and passion that went into these projects as well as showing
readers something they had never seen before. There is no other book in the world like TOYS THAT
TIME FORGOT… until now.

TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT VOLUME 2 sheds new light on a fresh range of boys toys projects that
made it into development (some all the way to prototype stage), but for one reason or another did not
make it to retail shelves, as well as those that did hit stores, but had plans for additional toys canceled.
Did you know that Galoob showcased an action figure line based on the 1984 film The Last Starfighter at
that yearʼs Toy Fair? How about the canceled plans for Year 2 and 3 for Hasbroʼs Inhumanoids line? What
about Magic The Gathering… or Dinotopia?

Written and compiled by Wright, the 200-plus page, hardcover book will take an in-depth look at over 20
instances of toy lines that suffered these type of fates. Stories will be supplemented with supporting
photographs of the production process, existing prototypes, control drawings used to create the sculpts,
concept sketches and more. The stories (and supplemental materials) have come straight from the men
and women that lived them — from inventors and sculptors to project managers and toy company
executives — as well as from the uber-collectors that seek out and showcase these materials.

Like the first book, TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT VOLUME 2 is an art/history book. It is not a guide
designed to log each figure and each accessory in a static format. It presents these ‘lost’ toys in dynamic,
eye-catching ways that showcase both the toys as art and their respective places in history. VOLUME 2,
like its predecessor, is split into three sections: The Golden Age (1980s), Darker Times (1990s) and The
Gilded Age (2000s). Each section will have entries representing a healthy mix of both licensed and
inventor-based products… some of which again have never been seen by the public.

The TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT VOLUME 2 Kickstarter campaign is slated to kick off on February 6. As
with the first volume, limited early bird pricing for the book is $45. Once the early bird copies are gone, the
book will be $50. There is also special pricing available for retailers desiring multiple copies.

Blake Wright

Mark Vanis

Mark Vanis

Founder of The Toy Archives and lover of all things toys. Collector of many things, but primarily pre-production items from a variety of toy lines, Vintage Star Wars, and Batman stuff.

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