THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS FIRE HOUSE HQ
I got this toy for my 5th birthday and it was one of the coolest things I ever got.. ever! I briefly talked about this toy in an article I done a few months back for the 2012 Halloween countdown (click here to read) but only very briefly. The Ghostbusters Fire House is a top contender for greatest playset of all time.
The Fire house was 3 levels of fun as well has having a fire pole for the figures to slide down. There was also a Ghost Container which very cleverly allowed you to transfer captured ghosts via a sliding device. The ceiling had holes at the top which slime could be poured through and a garage space for the Ecto wagon.
THE MICRO MACHINES SUPER CITY TOOL BOX PLAYSET
This is the first time that the awesome Micro Machines have made an appearance on Lost Entertainment. There are many other playsets that were bigger and surpassed this one but as this was the oldest and most popular this one makes the list.
The playset came encased inside a big tool box which when opened, transformed into a mini city.
Once fully set up it became a small city with a suspension bridge, a marina and lots of garages and tunnels for your cars and other vehicles to be parked. I only had a few Micro Machines so I ended up using my city as a demolition zone for my Jurassic Park dinosaur toys.
WWF HASBRO WRESTLING RING
This playset was kind of a necessity if you had Hasbro WWF figures, unless of course you had a backyard fed which only has ringless backstage brawls. Many different toy rings had been made up to this point but none of them were as great as the Hasbro ring. Even to this day the Hasbro ring holds its own against the current rings that they make today. It was perfectly scaled and was durable as hell. The ring came complete with an American flag and a rubber WWF title belt.
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE SNAKE MOUNTAIN PLAYSET
Although Castle Greyskull was the must have playset when it came to He Man figures, Snake Mountain was a far more superior toy.
Snake Mountain was a pretty big deal compared to the other awesome playsets in the Masters of the Universe line of toys and playsets. It had ladders, a bridge, compartments, a torture rack and also a cool voice changer microphone device in there for good measure as well. When you compare it to the Castle Greyskull playset, which really looked cool from the front but a shell from the inside, Snake Mountain wipes the floor with it.
THE KARATE KID ATTACK ALLEY AND TRAINING CENTER
The title of this toy sounds a bit odd as it is just a big house for your Karate Kid figures to train and fight in. The "attack alley" part of the title makes it sound very rapey.
I will doing a big article in the near future about the Remco line of Karate Kid toys and action figures. The training center was an awesome playset which had 2 levels and came complete with a few ninjas as well. You can never be upset about getting ninjas for free I guess. The set came with lots of Karate related bits and pieces like breakable boards and plastic weapons.
THUNDERCATS MUMM-RA'S TOMB FORTRESS
Like Snake Mountain I always preferred Mumm-Ras Tomb playset over the Thundercats Lair. I think its because this playset was just so dark and gnarly compared to the other one.
A great added bonus of this playset was the free figure of Mumm-ra in his natural form. This toy had a sliding device inside of his casket which could transform him into his beasted up action figure.
The toy biz line of Batman figures released in 1989 to tie in with the movie were just fucking awesome and my favorite set of Batman toys ever made. Not only did this line have a cool set of figures and amazing vehicles, but the Bat cave was just pure awesome.
The cave had lots of different ropes and pulley devices that Batman could scale and climb. I used to have mine in a secret bush in the garden along with the vehicles parked inside. I left it outside once and a cat or some other kind of animal pissed on it.
THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES SEWER PLAYSET
This toy might not look much now but at the time it was a big deal, a huge fucking deal in fact I remember being so obsessed with this overpriced piece of plastic that I made friends with some smelly kid who I did not like very much, just so I could get to play with this playset or even just touch it.
The sewer had all kinds of underground pipes and a street level just above. The sewer also had a TV screen which you could place figures behind to make it look like they were on the TV. To be honest that part has always confused me but I still think its awesome.
STAR WARS DEATH STAR
Star Wars toys will always be renowned for being the most collectible and awesome series of toys ever made. Almost forty years on the Star Wars toys and franchise are still going very strong. The Death Star playset was something I had but it was something I got from a boot sale and wasn't in very good condition whatsoever.
The Death Star was made of durable cardboard but still cardboard is cardboard and it is not the easiest thing to preserve. This toy may be one of the most valuable playsets of all time if in the right condition. The toy consisted of four chambers and had working elevators. This maybe the holy grail when it comes to action figure playsets.
THE A-TEAM HQ
The A-Team line of toys are some of my most cherished and favorite toys to be released in the 1980's. The A-Team HQ is another super rare and valuable gem just like the Death Star. The playset had 2 levels and came complete with shit loads of accessories and also had a working elevator as well.
GI JOE U.S.S FLAGG AIRCRAFT CARRIER
This toy is up there as being the most epic and largest playset of all time. Not many kids (including myself) had this but I knew one and I actually got to play with this plastic monstrosity.
The U.S.S FLAGG was over 6 feet in length and was full of compartments and rooms. The bridge area was superb and very realistic and the amount of stuff you could bring on the ship was endless. This toy maybe the boldest, largest and most extravagant playset ever made in the history of our planet.
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