Mattel Toys Tribute Art Show - He-Man

This Mattel Toys Tribute Art Show Has The Power!

Since 1945 Mattel Toys has been bringing an amazing amount of happiness to children. For those of who grew up in the 80s however it was a very recognizable name. It is no surprise why Gallery 1988 decide to host a Mattel Toys Tribute Art Show!

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Now while in fact Barbie made her debut back in 1959, I think the doll had a heavy presence in the 80s too. If you take into account the many careers she was offered during that time. From fitness instructor to ice cream parlor owner as well as song writer and performer in fact. At least if we are to judge this TV commercial compilation that is!

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While I think it is safe to say that the Mattel Toys Tribute Art Show will feature more than a few pieces of art focusing on Barbie. It will in addition be featuring a lion’s share of artwork focusing on Masters of the Universe!

Mattel Toys Tribute Art Show - Cuyler Smith

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While I have more than a few fond as well as epic memories of my time with He-Man and the other Masters of the Universe toys. I likewise spent many Summers with my cousins playing Barbie. While they may have thought I was Sun Lovin’ Malibu Ken. I was in fact playing as Barney Hiller, the 7 million dollar rogue cyborg from The Six Million Dollar Man!


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As has been abundantly noted the Mattel Toys Tribute Art Show will feature both Barbie and He-Man. However some of these artists with the show will also shine a spotlight on toys like the Magic 8 Ball!

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Because of this I am hoping that we get some Cap’n Crunch insired artwork too.

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The Mattel Toys Tribute Art Show begins on June 23rd.


For further information of course you should visit the Gallery 1988 official site. A big thanks to Germain Lussier of io9 for the heads up on this new exhibit. As well as providing the illustrations you see above!

In addition to this offering from the talented artists of Gallery 1988. You might wish to check out Clark Orr’s “Pop Culture Postage” artwork!

Six Million Dollar Man Mission Control Center Playset

I had a cousin who had all the Six Million Dollar Man toys. He was a bit older and when we went over to his house, he just let me play with everything since he was not all that interested in his toys anymore. Great times.

This ad for Six Million Dollar Man Mission Control Center Playset is another great upload by Paxton Holley. It was found via the Retroist Image Pool.

Get the Six Million Dollar Man on DVD

Looks like the collective U.S. wait for the 6 million dollar man TV show is over. Time life has released all 100 episodes + bonus material for the low, low price of 239.00 (free shipping).

The Six Million Dollar Man: The Complete Collection is housed in a 40-DVD Collector’s Box that includes a bionic sound chip and a special 3D lenticular design of Steve Austin. But hurry, this exclusive collection is not available in stores!

Not only is it not available in stores, it isn’t available on netflix either and the ‘other’ versions that used to be available on ebay have now been replaced by licensed box sets. In honor of this historic occasion, how about a break-beat remix of the 6 million dollar man theme?