Re my previous post, Missing M.A.S.K.Snowmobile, I've gone back to the Kenner Collector website for another look as I was curious about something else that I'd seen - and found another couple of interesting things whilst there. I thought that I'd share them with you all.
From their website we read -
"Kenner’s Morgue wasn’t the only thing still located at 2950 Robertson Ave. in Cincinnati, Ohio during the final days of Kenner. In the same warehouse that stored all of the pre-production material I wrote about earlier, was a section that Kenner referred to as the Museum. This is where Kenner kept final production examples of many of their toy lines. These saved items went all the way back to the beginning days of Kenner, and in many cases included multiple examples of each. One ex-employee recalls that one to four cases of each toy were to be kept, but that may have varied based on if the toys came in variety cases like action figures.
The term museum makes it sound like they were being preserved for historical reasons, but the toys were being kept more for practical reasons than for historical or sentimental value. The toys in the Museum were constantly being used as part of the toy making process. Kenner employees working on new toys could check items out of the Museum to use on their projects. There are a lot of reasons they would need to do this, including seeing how certain action features worked on a toy so they could duplicate it, or if they needed to kit-bash the toys to turn them into other items for presentations and proposals."
The guys at Kenner Collector have a 98 page document split into 5 sections - and from part two of five we see the following excerpts -
From this inventory list above, we can see which M.A.S.K. toys were in the "museum", it's Bin Number and Location plus the number of each item in stock (wouldn't this be nice to have in your own private collection?). Perhaps this list can also answer the great debate amongst M.A.S.K. fans? "Thunder Hawk" or "Thunderhawk" - looks like it may be the first of the options!
On the left hand side, any that have a date shows when someone last accessed one of these toys - there seemed to be plenty of activity even long after M.A.S.K. was no more. Perhaps Hasbro intended to do something with these great toys?
The following pieces of information I overlooked on my first visit -
On the list above, there is mention of a M.A.S.K. packaging sample - the "TX" beside denotes the Employee who destroyed this (boo!). What I didn't notice first time round, is the date of 1994.
Nor did I notice the M.A.S.K. instructions 1992! This would suggest to me, re my comments above, that Hasbro had seriously considered re-releasing our favourite toys!
However, this isn't the reason why I went back to this site.
On my original viewing of this document I came across the information regards the M.A.S.K. Snowmobile and I had noticed the following that I've pieced together -
Mentions of -
- "Dragster" (Afterburner?);
- "Jet Cycle" (Vampire or Barracuda/Jackal?),
- "Lamborghini" (Stiletto?),
- "Stingray" (Wolf Beast?),
- "Volkswagon" (Dentonator?),
- "Water Tower" (Thunderball?),
- "Corvette" (Raven),
- "Helicopter" (Switchblade).
But then, are they? If the "morgue" is where prototypes were put, then why these vehicles? Why aren't they named if they are the prototypes of released toys - especially as there is no mention of all of the other vehicles.
And what is "Bob Cat"? Is this the name of another Missing Toy? Or simply a description of Vandal in it's Illusion form?
Thank you for reading and maybe I've asked more questions than I've answered. If you, or someone you know, has the answers to any of these questions, feel free to comment below or e-mail me.
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