Enjoy some really retro catalog action with this complete scan of the 1940 Sears’ Wishbook. Chock full of color images, its an amazing look at WWII American consumerism. One look at their toy selection and you can tell that kids back then had very powerful imagination.
The highlight of these toys and merch is the rare gleaming C3PO action figure carrying case. I would praise it more, but I am under the watchful stare of my Darth Vader case, so I have already said too much. Forgive me my master.
1983 was the year of the video game crash and that year’s Sears Wishbook was chock full of the detritus of a bloated dying industry. You got the handhelds, Vectrex, Gemini, Colecovision, Intellivision, Odyssey 2, Atari 2600 and Atari 5200 in this issue. Along with some great games and accessories. My favorite is the Handsome Hassock storage system on Page 9. I would love one of those now.
Hooray for Digital Audio, but wow! Hard to believe that it was nearly $600 for a CD player back in 1983. Its astonishing that they ever caught on at that price. Of course, I am saying this as I look down at the dusty 1G iPod on my desk. Anyhoo, what I don’t understand is how anyone at anytime would eve say “laser sounds boring?” This was 1983! The laser was more amazing than anything in 1983. In fact they still amaze the heck out of me today.
I got my first compact disc well before I got a CD player. I found it on the ground in the 1980s and took it home. It was so shiny and hi-tech that I couldn’t put it down for the first week I had it. Eventually I put a nail on my bedroom wall near my desk and hung it there. Making sure that it was an area that would pick up the rare amount of light that entered my dark wood paneled room.
Not exactly sure what happened to that disc. By the time I finally got an actual CD player, I had either lost it or put it away. So I have no idea what was even on it. Probably some important government secrets that are now buried deep under some New Jersey landfill.
Its amazing how the Action Figure landscape changed since the Christmas of 1985 Sears Wishbook. The Robots, Transformers and GI-Joe have actually kept pretty steady since last year, but the Star Wars figures are gone.
Now Rambo has a full page spread and wrestling figures have made it to the big show. The most visible premieres in this catalog are the Thundercats, who get a full splash page, and the remarkably well represented MASK and Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos. I would rather they had cut out some of the MASK and Inhumonoids and blow out the Robotech section on page 7. Four measly figures? Shameful.