Esteban over at Please Save Me Robots has gone and collected a bunch of the old toy ads that he’s photocopied off of various public library system’s microfiche catalogs from the 70’s and 80’s. He’s put up an awesome site called the Vintage Space Toaster Palace. It’s a pretty awesome way to get a look at branded toys from 20-30 years ago, so go take a look.
Also, while you’re at it, check out this recent entry on the full circle quest he inadvertenty went on which bridges the original R2-D2 action figure with the sensorscope upgade that was released later. It’s a nice commentary on the obsession we call collecting.