I’m a big toy guy. I grew up an only child, so a lot of my time was spent playing with toys and making my own little universes inside my head. One of my favorite toy lines in the 1980’s was Kenner’s “M.A.S.K.” line. These were cars and trucks that would slightly transform into other types of vehicles or weapons. For example, a gull-wing door Chevy Camaro could turn into a flying jet-car. You can see more examples of what the toy-line looked like by visiting the M.A.S.K. Collector’s Guide.
I had most of the first two waves of the toys and cars, and as it was some of my favorite toys I did everything I could to preserve them and make sure they lasted. In fact, I still have two boxes of the cars and figures in my parents attic, and while visiting recently I went though everything to see how it has lasted since my childhood days. Most of the stuff is in decent shape; a few things have been lost, but a majority of everything has still survived multiple moves. I grabbed my bag full of figures and laid them all out on the studio floor one morning.
I also have an obsession with toys that wear hats and helmets. I don’t know where it comes from, but if it has a hat that can be removed, it’s a safe bet I’ve had it at one point or another 🙂
Anyway, here are my M.A.S.K. figures. I can still remember most of their names.