Golden Girl and the Guardians of the Gemstone

1985 really was a Golden Girl kind of year. Along with the debut of Blanche, Rose, Sophia, and Dorothy on NBC Saturday nights at 9, we also got a fancy (though short-lived) new toy line from Galoob.

Apparently tired of girly-girl Barbie and her sit-around-in-a-bikini-by-the-pool ways, Galoob wanted to come up with a toy line that rivaled Transformers and Star Wars figures… something that gave girls a chance to lock their action figures in mortal combat.

Behold, Golden Girl and the Guardians of the Gemstone!

As the legend goes, Golden Girl and her posse (Saphire, Rubee, Onyx, and Jade) were on a mission to keep the all-powerful Gemstone from the evil Dragon Queen, who had been banished from peaceful Argonia to Storm Isle.

Of course ol’ D.Q. had her OWN posse (Moth Lady, Vultura, and Wild One) to help foil G.G. and her goody-good ways. Armed with vulture claws, a battle axe, and the always-popular trident, the baddies were arguably the coolest ‘girl toys’ in the 80s…

(And, yes, there were even some fellas who were there for the party, too. Golden Girl had the HeMan-ish Prince Kroma on her side, and D.Q. was happy to have the Conan-ish Orga on HER side.)

Apparently, though, many little girls in the 80s weren’t so keen on having ANY of these toys to play with, as Golden Girl and the Guardians of the Gemstone barely lasted a year before fading into obscurity.

Sure, there was the occasional G.G. book and board game to help get them some love, but in the end, the whole line was just too girly for boys and too boyish for girls.

Oh well. Can’t blame Galoob for trying. And, heck, they still had enough success with Pound Puppies, MicroMachines, and Sky Dancers to become the third biggest toy maker in the country when they were bought by Hasbro in 1999–– for the tidy, little sum of $220 million.

Win some, lose some.

We ♥ Golden Girl and the Guardians of the Gemstone.


~ by weheart80s on June 26, 2012.

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