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    AVIVA/HASBRO: Dark Crystal - Unproduced Toys

    In 1982 Jim Henson Studios and Aviva (division of Hasbro) began work on a line of 3-3/4" toys based on the upcoming movie The Dark Crystal. The line got to the point of limited prototyping and was canceled for a variety of reasons. The main 2 were that the development of the line was severely late, and the movie flopped at the box office so the plug was pulled.

    The only public evidence of the existence of this work that I am aware of was a spread in the 1983 Aviva catalog:

    Justin
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    AVIVA/HASBRO: Dark Crystal - Unproduced Toys

    There were 6 carded figures with accessories, and 3 larger deluxe figures. The deluxe figures were meant to have window box packaging, but to my knowledge none was ever made.

    There is 1 known complete set of the carded figures, and a few duplicates floating around. There are 2 sets of the 3 deluxe figures that I know of.

    The carded figures consist of the prototypes shown in the Aviva catalog put on proof cards with hand-made bubbles stapled on the cards.

    Here are the carded figures:





    Justin
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    AVIVA/HASBRO: Dark Crystal - Unproduced Toys

    Each carded figure was intended to come with a section of the crystal, so that when the entire set was purchased one could assemble a complete dark crystal. The cardback art showed how this would work:

    Justin
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    AVIVA/HASBRO: Dark Crystal - Unproduced Toys

    Here are the 3 deluxe figures, Mystic, Garthim and Landstrider. One very interesting feature is that the Landstrider has a long tongue that can be pulled out of its mouth quite a ways.....


    Justin
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    AVIVA/HASBRO: Dark Crystal - Unproduced Toys

    Finally, I have recently been very lucky to obtain a set of 5 proof cards for the series. These are the only prototype items I am aware of other than the other figure duplicates I mentioned in the first post. I am very excited about this addition to my collection!

    That's it for now. Hope you enjoyed it!

    If anyone else has material related to this line I would *love* to see it and discuss it with you.
    Justin
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    Re: AVIVA/HASBRO: Dark Crystal - Unproduced Toys

    Amazing prototype run there. I dont have anything from this line but it's a shame that they came this far with it and it was never produced.
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    Re: AVIVA/HASBRO: Dark Crystal - Unproduced Toys

    WOW!

    Like I already said to you earlier I'm glad those proofs went to your collection. When the seller put the 2nd one up for sale, I though he might have more. But I was surprised you hadn't aksed him already.

    Did he have the "Slave pod peasant" proof at one point in time (seeing that's the one missing)? Or isn't it known if it exsists as a loose proof?

    Again, fantastic collection! If I ever had to give up my own focus I would have yours (though now there isn't much to collect offcourse.. )

    Love to see a new picture of the whole collection on display. Especialy how you displayed the proofs.

    -Alex

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    I was following those proof card auctions and hoped you had won them Justin. Your run for this line never ceases to amaze me, no matter how many time i see it.
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    Re: AVIVA/HASBRO: Dark Crystal - Unproduced Toys

    Thanks for the positive comments! The Slave Pod Peasant proof is missing, however I'm hopeful that it will surface.

    I know many of these photos aren't new, but I wanted to put together a cohesive post in this forum.
    Justin
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    Re: AVIVA/HASBRO: Dark Crystal - Unproduced Toys

    Awesome, never seen any decent info on this line and now I feel like I practically owned them as a kid. Thank you so much.

    Alex
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