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Totally Tubular ’80s Toys: Taking 80’s toys ‘to the max’

Totally Tubular '80s ToysLove toys? Love toys from the decade of the 80’s even more? Well, do we have a book for you! Whether you’re a collector, reconnecting with your childhood or simply a toy fanatic who wasn’t even born in the 1980s, you’ll love Totally Tubular 80’s Toys.

Totally Tubular 80’s Toys is filled with super rad toys and bodacious memories, Totally Tubular ’80s Toys  is a righteous ride back in time when Madonna ruled and Spinal Tap amplifiers went to 11. You’ll find everything from He-Man to Cabbage Patch Kids, Trivial Pursuit to Rubik’s Cube, Transformers to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Pac-Man to Mario Bros Donkey Kong-as well as lots of fun and smiles.

You’ll enjoy:

  • A Year-by-year look at the greatest toys of the ’80s
  • Awesome color photos featuring more than 500 fabulous toys and period shots of the people who made the decade gnarly
  • Lists of the top 10 TV shoes, movies, and music for each year

About the Author:

A child of the ’80s, Mark Bellomo is an enthusiastic and passionate toy collector, and one of the leading toy authorities in the country. Bellomo has authored a number of books, including Transformers: Identification and Price Guide and two editions of The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe, 1982-1994, published by F+W Media.

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Larry Hama relaunches his ’80s “G.I. Joe” series

The cover of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero No. 156, written by Larry Hama and drawn by Agustin Padilla.

Larry Hama, the man who turned the G.I. Joe toy line into a multimedia mega-force in the 1980s, is being called back for more operational duties.

Hama is teaming with IDW to publish G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero No. 155 ½ for Free Comic Book Day on May 1, and the issue will pick up where Hama’s original 155-issue Marvel Comics series left off. And there is even better news for longtime Joe fanatics: IDW is relaunching Hama’s series in July and making it an ongoing title starting with issue 156.

Other Work by Larry Hamas

At Marvel in the early 1980s Hama edited the Conan titles, and from 1986–1993, he edited the acclaimed comic book The ‘Nam, a gritty Marvel series about the Vietnam War.

Hama wrote the 16-issue Marvel series Nth Man: The Ultimate Ninja (Aug. 1989 – Sept. 1990), concerning the adventures of John Doe, an American ninja and Special Forces commando in an alternate reality in which World War III is sparked after the world’s nuclear weapons stockpiles are all destroyed. Hama also edited a relaunch of Marvel’s black-and-white comics magazine Savage Tales, overseeing its change from sword-and-sorcery to men’s adventure. Other comics Hama has written include Wolverine, Before the Fantastic Four: Ben Grimm and Logan, The Punisher War Zone, and the X-Men brand extension Generation X for Marvel; and Batman stories for DC Comics. He wrote filecards for Hasbro’s line of sci-fi/police action figures, C.O.P.S. ‘n’ Crooks and contributed to the relaunch of the G.I. Joe toy line and comic book in 2000.