Retro toys and apparel by the Minion-Factory

Phil Postma has been a character designer for over 20 years in TV animation working on projects such as Flash Gordon and The Mask: Animated Series. His body of work can only be described as super geeky cool and can be seen over on his blog at the Minion-Factory.

The sheer quantity of quality illustrations would fill many articles, so I have picked out my favourite packaging and action figure re-designs from classic lines such as He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Star Wars, Marvel’s Secret Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Six Million Dollar Man. If you feel like supporting an artist today go grab one of the many Minion-Factory t-shirt designs available at Redbubble.

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Minion Factory Masters of the Universe Faker Overoos
Minion Factory Doctor Doom Marvel Secret Wars Overoos
Minion Factory Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back Tauntaun
Minion Factory Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Krang's Android Body
Minion Factory The Six Million Dollar Man - The Bionic ManMinion Factory The Six Million Dollar Man - Oscar Goldman

Minion Factory The Six Million Dollar Man - MaskatronMinion Factory The Six Million Dollar Man - Bigfoot

Minion Factory The Bionic WomanMinion Factory Fembot

Closed since 2009, a toy store lost in time and crammed full of retro collectibles.

From Star Wars figures and Action Man to dolls, Playmobil and Lego, a treasure trove of old toys and games has been discovered in a shop which has been closed for years. The Frank Beech Toy Shop first opened more than 70 years ago and was well-known in Holywell in North Wales for its vast array of toys and popular window displays.

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The Frank Beech retro toy shop - Star Wars Return of the Jedi action figures

In 2009 the store closed its doors to the public, bringing to an end many decades of service since its opening by Frank Beech in the 1940s. Amazingly, the contents of the store, and store-room, remained untouched and an auction house has now recovered 120 pallets of 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and more recent toys and games.

These include boxes of Star Wars figures, Action Man, trains, Dinky cars, Timpo toys and Britains soldiers, dolls, tinplate and plastic, Airfix and many board games. Despite damp creeping into the shop and damaging some of the boxes, most of the items have survived in great condition.

All the items go on sale this April 2015 at Vectis Auctions in Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees. A spokesman from the auction house said: “The items are likely to appeal to collectors and dealers as the toys have stood in the closed-up shop for many years. Our specialists are working through the collection one pallet at a time, we could still find many hidden treasures.”
The Frank Beech retro toy shop - Action Man
The Frank Beech retro toy shop - Marx Toys Black Beauty, Lone Ranger Silver & Tribal WigwamThe Frank Beech retro toy shop - Airfix Weebles

The Frank Beech retro toy shop - Subbuteo
The Frank Beech retro toy shop - VR Troopers
The Frank Beech retro toy shop - Lego & Playmobil Playpeople
The Frank Beech retro toy shop - Dawn DollsThe Frank Beech retro toy shop - Diane Fashion Doll accessories

The Frank Beech retro toy shop - Star Wars Return of the Jedi action figures and Mini Rigs
The Frank Beech retro toy shop - Star Wars Return of the Jedi action figures
The Frank Beech retro toy shopThe Frank Beech retro toy shop - Six Million Dollar Man Bionic Man

The Frank Beech retro toy shop - store room
The Frank Beech retro toy shop

Story and images via Tom White at Wales Online.