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Toylines (alphabetical order)
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (1983)
Back to the Future (1986)
Bionic Six (1986)
Boy George (1984)
Brooke Shields (1982)
Dune (1984)
E.T. (1982)
Emergency (1973)
Gremlins (1984)
Indiana Jones (1984)
Magnum P.I. (1983)
Michael Jackson (1984)
Nightmare on Elm Street (1988)
Oodles (1986)
Photon (1986)
Rambo (1985)
Rookies, The (1973)
S.W.A.T. (1976)
Thundercats (1985)
Tigersharks (1987)
V (1985)
Voltron (1986)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Wrestling Superstars (1985)
Toylines (chronological order)
1973 Emergency
1973 Rookies, The
1976 S.W.A.T.
1982 Brooke Shields
1982 E.T.
1983 Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
1983 Magnum P.I.
1984 Boy George
1984 Dune
1984 Gremlins
1984 Indiana Jones
1984 Michael Jackson
1985 Rambo
1985 Thundercats
1985 V
1985 Wrestling Superstars
1986 Back to the Future
1986 Bionic Six
1986 Oodles
1986 Photon
1986 Voltron
1987 Tigersharks
1988 Nightmare on Elm Street
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Company history
About LJN Toys Ltd    
When other companies passed on the license to make toys based on ''E.T. the Extraterrestrial'' in the early 1980s, LJN Toys Ltd., where Friedman was president (1970-1988), bought it for $25,000. LJN went on to sell $16 million worth of E.T. merchandise and Friedman drove around New York for almost a decade with a license plate that read ''Thanx ET.'' In 1986 Universal bought 80% of LJN Toys of New York. Soon after the purchase of LJN Toys, MCA's top management began to have second thoughts and LJN was eventually sold to Acclaim Entertainment. Friedman went on to co-found Jakks Pacific in 1995..
From the News Archive
LJN 1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (LJN, 1984)

Because of the poor sales of the first Indiana Jones toys, Kenner opted not to produce toys based on the second Indiana Jones movie, The Temple of Doom. Instead, the license went to LJN, a toy company that was relatively new to action figures in 1984. Their most famous lines are Advanced Dungeons and Dragons and Thundercats.

The figures were increased to a five-inch scale, most likely to compete with figures like Mattel’s Masters of the Universe and Kenner’s DC Super Powers, which were both very popular at the time. While five figures were planned, only three were produced: Indiana Jones, Mola Ram, and a Giant Thuggee. The two unproduced figures were Willie Scott and Short Round.

Temple of Doom was a bit of a controversial film in 1984. It was one of the first ever to receive a PG-13 rating, and it’s especially dark nature did not sit well with kids or parents. As such, these figures failed to sell in great quantities. They are extremely hard to find. Mola Ram and the Giant Thuggee are desirable, but Indiana Jones is definitely the one that collectors want to own from this line.

Not many collectors are aware that there’s a pretty stark variation on the Indiana Jones figure. The figure was produced with both a white shirt and a brown shirt. After examining multiple examples, it’s clear that this is not a discoloration but in fact an intentional paint variation. Perhaps the white shirt appeared to clean for Indiana Jones, a character known for getting down and dirty. The figure is so rare on its own that it’s hard to say which version is harder to come by. If you find one or decide to invest it one, choose the one that you think looks best for your collection.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Star Toys, 1989)

The final Indiana Jones action figures are hardly worth mentioning. Indeed, they were licensed, but they were very poorly made, and only three versions of Indiana Jones exist. So there was never a Henry Jones, Sr., or Grail Knight action figure ever made for the original movies. The figures are still rare and prized solely for the fact that they are indeed Indiana Jones action figures.

Posted 6/23/2008
LJN 1984 Voltron - Giant Commander Voltron

Giant Commander Voltron

Giant Commander Voltron
Name Voltron
Toy Line
Mfg. LJN
Released 1984
Materials Plastic, Polyethylene, Soft vinyl
Category Jumbo Machinder
Series Voltron III
Designer Katsushi Murakami
Orig. Price $

Giant Commander Voltron
Posted 5/27/2007
LJN 1987 Bionic Six - F.L.U.F.F.I. - diecast


Name F.L.U.F.F.I.
Toy Line Bionic Six
Mfg. LJN
Released 1987
Materials ABS, Diecast, PVC
Category Action Figure
Series Bionic Six
Designer Mike Vosburg (character)
Orig. Price $

Posted 12/26/2006
LJN 1984 Voltron - Computer Control Vehicle Force Voltron

Computer Control Vehicle Force Voltron

Voltron Vehicle Force Computer Control
Name Voltron
Toy Line Voltron
Mfg. LJN
Released 1984
Materials ABS, Plastic, PVC
Category Action Figure
Series Voltron I
Orig. Price $

Posted 11/25/2006
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