Welcome to. . .

The Lair on Storm Isle


One of the rare stops on the Web dedicated to Galoob's Golden Girl™ and the Guardians of the Gemstones™ !


Thanks for stopping by my webpage! Enjoy your stay! I hope you're here to play "Name That Accessory!"
If you're a new visitor, please scroll down and take a look at the homepage before taking the full tour!



The Lair Site Menu
Intro
Exploring the Toyline
For the Collector
The Seller
Miscellaneous
HOME
("Name That Accessory!")
Showcase & Identification MIB Figures & Variants MOC & Loose Fashions Common Problems & Grading Condition Fix Up & Customizing Tips for eBay® Trading Golden Girl Literature & FAQ
(Contact Me!)
My Want List & Other Toy Collections

Golden Girl and the Guardians of the Gemstones™ is the property of Lewis Galoob Toys, Inc. & Leisure Concepts, Inc. © 1984.
Artwork excerpted from Golden Girl and the Guardians of the Gemstones by Billie Randall, illustrated by Aristides Ruiz © 1985.
This website is the result of my hard work and therefore its content and all original images are the property of Tchakani © 2004, 2005.


What's New?
April 29, 2004: LoSI's World-Wide-Web Debut!!

September 2005: Our "Dot-Com" Domain Name Debut!!!!

April 2006: Long-Awaited Updates! (& New Postage Rates, Ow!)

   Computer blues & the long wait for rare new items delayed the latest update.
Now check out the mint-in-box horses! Plus, I have a new email address! :.)





A Little Background Goes a Long Way. . . .


What Is This Site?

Well, it's just an effort to put a little more information out there on the web, for people who collect Galoob's Golden Girl™. This isn't a role-playing (RPG) site and it isn't a message list, it's just my personal webpage with information I've gained from collecting Golden Girl items on the vintage market over the internet.

Why Am I Making This Site?

Right now, you'll probably find only a handful of sites that mention this short-lived but fun toyline. Like many online collectors, I got my start from the exhaustive and exemplary website www.pinkplastic.net which covered a lot of popular 80's toylines like Hasbro's Jem and the Holograms™, Mattel's She-Ra™ Princess of Power™, Galoob's Golden Girl™, and knock-off toylines that came out around the same time. Without the easy-to-follow information on pinkplastic.net, I probably would never have gotten into Golden Girl. After a while of dabbling with the collector hobby myself, I felt it was time for something suited for those of us who trade online and are likely to find these toys in vintage condition.

What's on This Site?

Hopefully, a strong summary of everything I learned the hard way from collecting these toys in vintage condition, so that you don't make the same mistakes I did. :.P

I was hoping to create an educational site that's good for both general browsing and for the viewer seeking specific information. The site menu (located at the bottom of every major site page) lists all the major points of interest on this site. Think of the Lair as having a head and a body with four limbs. The homepage is the introduction and summary of the site. The three sections (Showcase & Identification; MIB Figures; and Fashions) will help familiarize the reader with the Golden Girl™ toyline. Sections 5 and 6 (Common Problems / Grading Condition and Fix-Up & Customizing) are geared towards the collector who will find these items in vintage condition. Section 7 (Tips for eBay Trading) is oriented towards people who intend to sell these items online. Sections 8 and 9 (Golden Girl Literature & FAQ and My Want List & Other Toy Collections) include info on licensed merchandise associated with the Golden Girl™ toyline, as well as examples of other toylines I'm fond of, and any miscellaneous information not covered elsewhere on this site.



About the Toyline. . .

For those who don't already know, Golden Girl and the Guardians of the Gemstones™ is a poseable action figure toyline by Lewis Galoob Toys, Inc. / Leisure Concepts, Inc., copyright 1984, similar to but pre-dating She-Ra™ Princess of Power™. This toyline was geared towards the young female action figure collector, depicting strong warrior heroines in a fantasy setting. There were 9 female figures, 2 male figures, 2 steeds (with chariots), a palace, and 27 fashion outfits in the toyline. The action figures (approx. 6 inches tall for the females, and 6½ inches tall for the males) had soft vinyl legs with bendable knee-joints, similar to those found in Barbie™ dolls. There was a lot of merchandising as well (collector cases, lunch boxes, Colorforms, coloring books, Telestory cassette and book sets, adventure books, origin storybook, stickerbook-calendar, Halloween costume, necklace and ring set, board game, cartoon show, tv tray, sleeping bag, luggage, etc.). All these "enhancements" served to outline the plot of Golden Girl and develop the toyline's unique characters and intriguing premise beyond the short backstories summarized on the action figures' boxes.

About My Collection. . .

I actually never knew about Golden Girl when it came out. If I had known about it at the time, I would definitely have collected it then, because I was a consummate tomboy and very much allergic to the marketing of feminine dolls to young girls. Not that I preferred masculine toys. The ironic part is that Golden Girl was intended to be the girls' answer to He-Man before Princess of Power (She-Ra) spun-off from the Masters of the Universe line. But I didn't care for He-Man because it was too butch, so I never walked down that aisle of the store as a kid. And when She-Ra came out, it was too femme, so I never walked down that aisle of the store. Consequently, I completely missed out on Golden Girl. (By the way, Princess of Power was produced by Mattel, and in case you haven't realized, Mattel's definition of femininity is very pink--summed up by the Barbie doll who says, "Math Is Hard!") I may have been discerning about toys in my precocious youth, however, as an adult, I can appreciate the symbolism and the feminism of the Golden Girl toyline far more now than I would have as a child.

I was on eBay for quite some time before I learned about Golden Girl. I started out buying a few Princess of Power items as a gift for a friend, when I noticed that some sellers also listed knock-off toylines in the She-Ra category. I was really impressed with Golden Girl and, as a surprise, I decided to bid on a case-lot of loose figures to include with the gift. Upon seeing the figures up-close, my curiosity grew, and soon I wanted some of my own. Moth Lady happened to be my favorite, followed by Vultura. The next thing I knew, I had to have all those hard-to-find loose accessory pieces, and the horse Shadow with Chariot, the Palace of Gems, and then I had to get each figure mint-in-box so that I could read their backstories. In my collecting, I gained a lot of hands-on knowledge that I would never have gotten just from browsing auction listings, such as the common problems you find with used toys, and variant figures and fashions released in the toyline. I felt there should be a place where information like this is available for the collector community, beginner or advanced.

By the way, a special "Thank You," to all the wonderful sellers I've encountered in the online community! Without the "gems" from your coffers, this website would not have been possible! :.)



The Lair Site Menu
Intro
Exploring the Toyline
For the Collector
The Seller
Miscellaneous
HOME
("Name That Accessory!")
Showcase & Identification MIB Figures & Variants MOC & Loose Fashions Common Problems & Grading Condition Fix Up & Customizing Tips for eBay® Trading Golden Girl Literature & FAQ
(Contact Me!)
My Want List & Other Toy Collections

Golden Girl and the Guardians of the Gemstones™ is the property of Lewis Galoob Toys, Inc. & Leisure Concepts, Inc. © 1984.
Artwork excerpted from Golden Girl and the Guardians of the Gemstones by Billie Randall, illustrated by Aristides Ruiz © 1985.
This website is the result of my hard work and therefore its content and all original images are the property of Tchakani © 2004, 2005.



Name That Accessory!

Due to the extreme difficulty of finding certain Golden Girl™ accessory pieces loose, I've decided to use the homepage of this website to highlight the complete set of accessories for the Golden Girl action figures, to help new collectors and sellers improve their skills and eventually become experts on this rare and fun-filled toyline!

Hover your mouse pointer over any accessory to identify the piece!
..The Guardians' AccessoriesThe Evil Forces' Accessories.Comb
(came with each figure)
.. .