Taking Care of Vintage Toys

Old toys

A couple of weeks ago I spent a few days at my home in Trivandrum and while I was there I was rummaging through my old stuff which has been gathering dust for about a decade or more since I’ve not lived there after 2000.

Thundercat toys

One of my most prized possessions which I’ve managed to hang onto till now are my toys from the 80s and 90s. My parents were pretty liberal when it came to buying us toys and my brother and I had so many toys that it could have bought a decent piece of real estate in my dad’s village (in the exact words of my father and he likes to use this comparison more often than not).

Prince Adam

Now considering the age of these items and the amount of stress they’ve been through I’m actually surprised they made it this far. Check out the stamp on Lion-O’s foot; 19-fricking-85! That’s 30 years old!

LJN toys from 1985!

Most toys and action figure are made from or a combination of; PVC, ABS, Polystyrene, Vinyl, rubber and glass. They all age/deteriorate differently and unless you take really good care of them your toys will develop cracks, break off at joints or accumulate grime and dirt. Here are some links to help you take care of them and preserve them for as long as possible.

Cleaning and restoring [link]
Tips on caring for old toys [link]

I’ve also linked to some online resources for Thundercats and G.I Joe’s that will help you identify your old toys and categorize them. You can find more pictures on my Flickr album [here]

Thundercats.org [link]
Action Figure Archive LJN [link]
Yo Joe Figures [link]
Yo Joe Vehicles [link]

G.I Joe Lineup

GI Joe vehicles and weapons

Cobra Vehicles and weaposns

GI Joe team ready for action

Cobra team ready for action

Old Batman toys

2 Replies to “Taking Care of Vintage Toys”

  1. Those vintage toys are just great! Your Thundercats collection is my favorite, He-Man not so much. However, it’s good that you shared how you took care of your vintage toys. You must be very vigilant in maintaining them as they look almost as good as new! Thanks for sharing your tips, as well as your collection!

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