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Aliens (1992)
Aliens Hive Wars (1998)
Apollo 13 (1995)
Battle Brawlers (1986)
Beast Wars (1996)
Beetlejuice - The movie (1989)
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1991)
Bionic Woman, The (1976)
Bone Age (1988)
Butch and Sundance (1979)
Capitol Critters (1992)
Carzillas (1993)
Centurions Powerxtreme (1986)
Chuck Norris (1986)
Congo (1995)
DC Comics Super Heroes (1998)
DragonHeart (1995)
Gargoyles (1995)
Ghostbusters, The Real (1987)
Glamour Gals (1981)
Hardy Boys (1978)
History of [Collections] (1996)
Indiana Jones, The Adventures Of (1982)
JLA (Justice League of America) (1998)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Jurassic Park: The Lost World (1997)
Knight Rider (1983)
MASK (1985)
MASK, The (1995)
Mega Force (1989)
Mummies Alive! (1997)
Official Scout High Adventure (1974)
Police Academy (1989)
Predator (1994)
Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders (1985)
Rat Fink and the Rad Rods (1990)
Robin Hood (1991)
Robocop (1988)
Shadow Strikers (1990)
Shadow, The (1994)
Shaq Attaq (1993)
Silverhawks (1987)
Six Million Dollar Man, The (1975)
Sky Commanders (1987)
Starla & the Jewel Riders (1985)
Steel (1997)
Super Powers Colllection [DC] (1984)
Superman (from the Animated Show) (1996)
Superman Man of Steel (1995)
Swamp Thing (1990)
Techno-Zoids (1994)
Terminator 2 (1991)
Terminator 2 Future War (1993)
Terminator 2 T2-3D (1997)
Total Justice (1996)
Vor-Tech (1996)
VR Troopers (1994)
Waterworld (1995)
Toylines (chronological order)
1974 Official Scout High Adventure
1975 Six Million Dollar Man, The
1976 Bionic Woman, The
1978 Hardy Boys
1979 Butch and Sundance
1981 Glamour Gals
1982 Indiana Jones, The Adventures Of
1983 Knight Rider
1984 Super Powers Colllection [DC]
1985 MASK
1985 Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders
1985 Starla & the Jewel Riders
1986 Battle Brawlers
1986 Centurions Powerxtreme
1986 Chuck Norris
1987 Ghostbusters, The Real
1987 Silverhawks
1987 Sky Commanders
1988 Bone Age
1988 Robocop
1989 Beetlejuice - The movie
1989 Mega Force
1989 Police Academy
1990 Rat Fink and the Rad Rods
1990 Shadow Strikers
1990 Swamp Thing
1991 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
1991 Robin Hood
1991 Terminator 2
1992 Aliens
1992 Capitol Critters
1993 Carzillas
1993 Jurassic Park
1993 Shaq Attaq
1993 Terminator 2 Future War
1994 Predator
1994 Shadow, The
1994 Techno-Zoids
1994 VR Troopers
1995 Apollo 13
1995 Congo
1995 DragonHeart
1995 Gargoyles
1995 MASK, The
1995 Superman Man of Steel
1995 Waterworld
1996 Beast Wars
1996 History of [Collections]
1996 Superman (from the Animated Show)
1996 Total Justice
1996 Vor-Tech
1997 Jurassic Park: The Lost World
1997 Mummies Alive!
1997 Steel
1997 Terminator 2 T2-3D
1998 Aliens Hive Wars
1998 DC Comics Super Heroes
1998 JLA (Justice League of America)
Company history
About Kenner.    
1947: Kenner Products is formed in Cincinnati, Ohio, by the Steiner brothers, Albert, Philip and Joseph. The company is named after its original office location on Kenner Street.
1963: Kenner Products introduces Easy-Bake Oven.
1966: Kenner Products introduces Spirograph design toys.
1967: General Mills purchases Kenner Products
1977: Kenner Products negotiates license for Star Wars property, which goes on to become the companyes most powerful toy success.
1980: Kenner Products introduces Strawberry Shortcake mini-dolls.
1987: Tonka acquires Kenner Parker Toys Inc. Tonka establishes four operating divisions: Kenner Products, Parker Brothers and Tonka Products serving the U.S. and Tonka International.
1991: When Tonka (including Kenner Products and Parker Brothers) is purchased by Hasbro, Inc., Kenner becomes a division of the largest toy company in the world.
1993: Philip Steiner, one of Kenner es founders, passed away in November at the age of 82.
2000: Hasbro announces it will shut its Cincinnati operations, ending 53 years of Kenner history.
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Posted 7/26/2009
Kenner 1982 The Adventures of Indiana Jones (Kenner, 1981)
Many collectors are competing over a relatively small number of figures produced, and as such, Indiana Jones is a small but expensive toy line to collect.

The Adventures of Indiana Jones (Kenner, 1981)

Based on characters and scenes from Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Adventures of Indiana Jones were manufactured by Kenner. At that point, Kenner was most well-known for the success of its Star Wars action figures, and so they kept the same scale (the infamous 3-3/4 inches still used as a standard today), except they added articulation to the knees. They created a basic set of figures, a few playsets, and a 12-inch figure. While not much was made, the figures that did get made had a great visual quality and captured the feel of the movie quite well.

The basic figures included Indiana Jones, Marion Ravenwood, Toht, the Cairo Swordsman, Belloq, Sallah, the German Mechanic, and Indiana Jones dressed as a German Soldier. A ninth figure was supposed to be released on a card: Belloq in his Ceremonial Robe. This figure was offered as part of a mail-away promotion, but he was never available carded (proof cards, or prototypes of the card he was supposed to be on, do exist). Two other figures, Indiana Jones from the Map Room scene and Monkey Man, were offered in the Map Room and Streets of Cairo playsets, respectively.

While all the figures are highly prized, Indiana Jones and Marion Ravenwood are far and away the most desirable two figures. Indiana Jones is the quintessential Indy figure, and often times, he has condition problems. His small pistol and fragile string whip accessories are often missing, and his thumb is almost always broken. Mint loose figures are very expensive. Marion Ravenwood is simply hard-to-find because she was the supposedly unpopular female figure, since marketers didn’t think boys would want to play with a girl action figure.

The playsets are arguably the best part of the line. The Map Room and the Streets of Cairo have plenty of play value. As collectors items, they make for great display pieces with the figures. The Well of Souls is very intricately detailed and serves as a nice centerpiece for any loose Indiana Jones collection. The Desert Convoy Truck was the lone vehicle in the line, and a very hard to find Arabian Horse was also produced.

The 12-inch figure was a redressed and repainted version of the 12-inch Star Wars Han Solo doll, since actor Harrison Ford portrayed both characters. The 12-inch figure used to be the most coveted piece in the entire line, but in recent years, the value has subsided tremendously, since newer and better-looking 1:6 scale versions of Indiana Jones have been produced.

Posted 6/23/2008
Kenner 1970s-1980s Toy Recycling

Toy 'recycling' is a well-known practice in the toy industry. To keep production and tooling costs down, companies will occasionally borrow a figure, vehicle, or accessory from one of their previous lines to repurpose for a new line. Kenner Products, and later Hasbro, were certainly no strangers to this, and consequently repurposed many of the toys from properties such as Six Million Dollar Man, Steve Scout, Batman, and others to become part of their famed Star Wars lines. What's more, in the years since the original Star Wars toys were released, other toy properties like The Real West, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and the Batman movies have borrowed select pieces from our favorite galaxy to be re-imagined as a 'sonic neutralizer', a Sherwood Forest, and a 'Glamour Gals' stage, among others.
Collector Ron Salvatore recently discussed some of the toys recycled into or from the Star Wars lines as part of the Celebration IV and Celebration Europe collecting panels taking place last summer. Here is an overview of that panel...
There are two reasons why a toy company might want to recycle an old toy design. First, they don't have to incur any of the costs associated with tooling (creating the molds, etc), and second, there is a fast turn-around to get the product to market. Designing and creating a toy can take up to a year, and developing the steel tooling to produce the toy can be extremely expensive. Add to this the elevated risk of merchandising a movie in the first place -- success is hard to predict and the movie may not be in the public eye for long -- it becomes clear why many toy manufactures have taken this shortcut to market.
Believe it or not, there's a certain set of collectors who enjoy rooting out examples of recycled toys, especially those associated with a high profile line like Kenner's vintage Star Wars series. It's the thrill of discovery that drives them, as some of the rarest and oddest items were recycled. What's more, they can provide insight into the economics of the toy industry at the time (were they cutting corners, or stepping up to produce new product?) and even offer clues into the production process itself.
As many fans and especially collectors know, there was very little Star Wars product available when the film first hit in the summer of 1977 -- licensees such as Kenner Products came in relatively late to the game, meaning no new molded toy products would be ready for months -- actually, the next year. So, bowing to pressure from consumers, Kenner pulled out some of their old molds and began stamping them out with the Star Wars brand slapped on them.
Examples of products Kenner had previously released but were re-imagined Star Wars-style include the Dip Dots painting set, Playdoh, the Give-A-Show Projector, and others. The Star Wars hand-cranked movie viewer used the same mold as that of previous properties, but carried Star Wars footage in the interchangeable cassette.
Six Million Dollar Man's electric toothbrush was designed to allow users to see the 'bionic' inner workings in the handle, which vaguely resembled a lightsaber hilt. Voila! Instant lightsaber toothbrush after the interior cardboard graphics were replaced with Star Wars art. Kenner changed up the interior graphics for their Empire and Jedi versions, and finally re-sculpted the handle for an Ewoks version in 1984.
Kenner's Six Million Dollar Man 'CB Headset Radio Receiver' was magically transformed into a Star Wars AM Headset radio loosely resembling the ones worn by Luke and Han during the Star Wars gunport sequence from the movie. Kenner simply replaced the CB transceiver with an AM receiver, altered the color of the plastic, and slapped on some Star Wars stickers.
Posted 9/2/2007
Aug 2007 Fran Neumann, sculptor, former Kenner employee.

FAIRHOPE — Fran Neumann is a sculptor whose reputation as an artist is rapidly growing.

Fairhope sculptor Fran Neumann stands beside one of her works, a self-portrait in bronze. Photo by Judith Richards.
Her most visible work to date is the bronze statue of Marietta Johnson on the bluff overlooking the pier in Fairhope. Designed from a photograph taken in 1913, the founder of the Marietta Johnson Organic School is depicted with two of her students.

Most recently, Neumann was commissioned to sculpt the mythological figure Daphne, which will be installed at the new Daphne City Hall.

Neumann’s early background was in graphic arts. She attended the University of Cincinnati and went to work in Chicago studios right out of college.

“Usually the studios I worked in would have one major client, and you’d do small jobs in between,” Neumann recalls.

One major account was the Kenner Toy Co. for whom she did packaging graphics.

When asked if she was thinking about sculpture way back then she laughed and said, “Well, yes, because one of the things that Kenner had as a product was Play-Doh. The photography on the package had to be things made from Play-Doh, and I got heavily involved. Kenner Toy asked our studio to do an exhibit for their showroom in New York, for their toy fair, and that’s when I exhibited my work.”

Neumann continued, “That was about the time the Star Wars toys came out. The head of Kenner Toys was the man who came up with the concept of promoting a movie with toys, so we did a lot of that.”

While working in Chicago, Neumann discovered the nearby Evanston Art Center, which had a sculpture department. She worked full time, but every Tuesday evening she was off to sculpture class.

A number of years later she studied under Anna Koh Varilla, “the most particular teacher I ever had,” Neumann said. “Everything had to be checked.”

That careful attention to detail appealed to Neumann. “I learned a lot from her,” she said. “I was still going to her class when I retired.”

Neumann says that sculpting has always appealed to her because of the tactile aspects of the art.

“Something about working in clay is almost like therapy. You don’t think about anything else when you’re doing it. You’re concentrated on it. I’ve heard that from other people too. You don’t realize how fast the time goes by.”

Neumann looks pensive. “You get very few moments of pure joy when you’re working on something creative,” she said. “Finally, someone looks at the project and says, Oh, that’s wonderful!’”

But the most enjoyable part, she said, is the beginning. “You’re just full of anticipation.”

Neumann will be honored as one of only 42 Alabama sculptors participating in the Alabama Sculptural Invitational. The showing can be seen at the Eastern Shore Art Center in Fairhope, 401 Oak St. Neumann will be exhibiting two sculptures, one of which is a self-portrait.

The show opens for Friday ArtWalk, Aug. 3, 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call ESAC at 928-2228.

Posted 8/5/2007
Kenner Toys 1977 Star Wars toys expected to flop!
A LONG, long time ago, in a country, far, far away, George Lucas's space opera, Star Wars, debuted on May 25, 1977.
With the 30th anniversary upon us, it's hard to believe the impact the first and subsequent movies have had, especially since the original was beleaguered with so many problems and naysayers.
Storms, cast injuries and Lucas spending half the special effects budget on four shots, were just the tip of the Hoth iceberg. The crew was disrespectful, feeling they were shooting a silly children's film. Harrison Ford, who played Han Solo, famously said, 'You can type this shit, George, but you sure can't say it.'
The first edit of the film was such a disaster Lucas sacked those concerned and had the movie completely re-edited.
When the movie was finally released in 37 cinemas in the US, it broke 36 house records. Within three weeks of its release, 20th Century Fox's stock price had doubled.
The story of an ordinary young man on the cusp of manhood finding he has powers, a family and an entire universe to save, entered the socio-cultural imagination. Arguably, it's never left – just ask Harry Potter.
Characters such as R2D2, C3PO, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker (a poorly disguised recasting of Lucas – Luke S), Obi Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Jedi Knights in shining plastic and the emphysemic Darth Vader, as well as concepts such as the quasi-mystical Force, light sabres, doughnut hairdos and dysfunctional father-son relationships entered not just our consciousness but, through savvy merchandising, our homes, depleting many bank accounts in the process.
While we acknowledge the artistic legacy that Lucas's movies have left, we don't often discuss the impact that Star Wars, as a business, has had on film merchandising.
Commercially savvy despite his geekiness, Lucas understood the potential force of commodities. Kenner Toys, which had a contract to create products for the film, was convinced it would flop. When demand outstripped supply in 1977, they were forced to sell empty boxes with a toy voucher that could be redeemed in March the following year. It was the Christmas that, for Star Wars fans at least, Santa didn't come to town.
Posted 5/27/2007
Kenner - Captain Planet y los Planetarios - ECO-SUB
ECO-SUB Submarino de los Planetarios
Posted 2/27/2007


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Posted 2/11/2007
Kenner Captian Planet - ECO-SUB Submarino de los Planetarios
ECO-SUB Submarino de los Planetarios
ECO-SUB Submarino de los Planetarios  

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Posted 12/21/2006
Kenner 1991 CAPITAN PLANET y los Planetarios-Con cambio de color-Kenner 1991- V i B
CAPITAN PLANET y los Planetarios-Con cambio de color-Kenner 1991- V i B

CAPITAN PLANET y los Planetarios-Con cambio de color-<b>Kenner</b> 1991- V i B

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Posted 10/24/2006
Toymakers tap into Kenner Co.'s talent pool - Ithaca Journal

Toymakers tap into Kenner Co.'s talent pool
Ithaca Journal, NY -
... Kenner was also behind the success of Hasbro's high-profile “boys toys” lines of GI Joe, Transformers and Batman action figures. ...
Published 8/14/2006
Toymakers tap into Kenner Co.'s talent pool
CINCINNATI — Kenner Co. revolutionized the toy industry in 1977 with the introduction of the “Star Wars” line of action figures. It was a franchise that helped make licensed toys about 25 percent of the $21.3 billion toy market.
Posted 7/11/2006
The Kenner effect - Cincinnati Enquirer

The Kenner effect
Cincinnati Enquirer, OH -
In the late 1970s, Cincinnati was the mecca of the licensed-toys universe as the demand for Star Wars action figures boosted the profile and profits of the ...
Posted 7/7/2006
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