A while back, I tweeted “Our kids have iPads, we had Colorforms,” and it led to some conversations about Colorforms and I was asked to show the sets I have in my collection. It took me a little longer than planned, but I finally managed to assemble all of my sets in a teetering tower for this photo.
Much like board games, I collect these for their box art. Sure, some of the contents are retro and wacky, but let’s be honest, those little plastic stickers are not the most fun thing in the world. I handed my son a Clifford the Big Red Dog Colorforms kit once, thinking that his fondness for Clifford would send him over the top. Imagine, a playset where he could move the characters around and make up his own stories! His interest in the toy lasted literally 12 seconds.
I remember enjoying the sets as a kid, but my main memory of them is licking the plastic bits to make them stick better. Yeah, I know–but the damn things kept falling off!
Anyway, here are a few pictures for your viewing enjoyment…
This Planet of the Apes set is probably my favorite. Surprise!
I made the “mistake” of getting the G.I. Joe and M.A.S.K. sets still sealed in their shrinkwrap–now I’ll never know what’s inside!
These Rub n’Play sets aren’t the plastic static cling toys you normally think of when you hear the word “Colorforms,” but they were in fact made by the company, so I included them here. I actually have the original printer artwork for the Hulk set, which I wrote about a while back.
I’m not sure if all the Colorforms sets came with inserts but this one from the Planet of the Apes set is silly but fun.
I really don’t like this Thundercats set for two reasons: 1. It’s big, way too big to fit on a shelf and not the standard size that most of the other kits use, and 2. It gives me a headache! This set is 3-D and I lost the glasses, so staring at requires a good dose of dramamine.
I love the tri-toned stickers from the Buck Rogers set. Each and every one of those images would make an awesome T-shirt. Get on that TeeFury!
Colorforms are a great item to collect because they cover just about every hot property in pop culture and you can buy them by the truckload on eBay at pretty low prices. I’m still looking for a Batman and King Kong set, but that’s only because I’m cheap. I know they’ll find their way into my collection one of these days.
Colorforms sets are a reminder of a much, much simpler time. I miss those days.