Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Japanese Toy Stores: 1984

When I think of toy shopping in 1984 I think of K-Mart, Transformers and G.I.Joe. I often wonder what it would have been like to shop in a toy store in Japan during that same era. Thanks to the magic of photography, I can get an idea.

At the same time I was saving money to buy a Huffer, or Firefly figure, these kids were going home with Bioman, Mospeada or Diaclone toys.


  1. Not sure what I'd be buying first in that pic, the dinobots, or the fireworks being sold next to them. All I know is, it would be both for a hell of a blast at the park/playground!
    (Blow em up so we can sell you more! Toy marketing in Japan.)

  2. There's a huge difference between the toys of yesteryear and today. I can remember that toy robots and cars were made of metal. In the present time almost toys are made of plastic. You hardly find the classic toys and when you do these are already collectibles and expensive.