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Hamilton's Invaders appreciation thread!
« on: January 17, 2011, 12:52:10 PM »
Hamilton's Invaders were launched by Remco in 1964 and were on the scene but briefly before the line was terminated. But I think they were super cool!

Who had them in 1964? Who has any Hamilton Invader's items today? I have the helmet and both the silver and green variants of the grenade pistol M.I.B. - but that's it.





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Re: Hamilton's Invaders appreciation thread!
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2011, 02:39:54 AM »
Hamilton Invaders were really cool. I didn't have any back in the day, but I have one of the tanks that I got at a thrift store about twelve years ago. It was
in a big bin of loose toys that were ten cents each ! It's not complete, tho.

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Re: Hamilton's Invaders appreciation thread!
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2011, 04:06:14 AM »
Here is my Hamilton's Invaders stuff:




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Re: Hamilton's Invaders appreciation thread!
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2011, 09:34:30 AM »
I had the whole set in 64. Today I only have the Helmet and silver gun.
Tom Smith " Dr. Deadly"

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Re: Hamilton's Invaders appreciation thread!
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2011, 10:26:19 AM »
Raycastile:

Way cool!

Here's a good writeup on Hamilton's Invaders.

Hamilton's Invaders Wikipedia

The Hamilton's Invaders line was evidently a big hit with young boys but sales were disappointing because the mothers that were making the final purchase decisions found the whole concept of giant bugs repugnant. As a result Remco discontinued the line after a year.

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Re: Hamilton's Invaders appreciation thread!
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2011, 07:27:30 PM »
Me too! Truly cool stuff! But....... I think it didn't go over well because it didn't have great play value. I remember getting the smaller set (small vehicle, string pull bug/monster and acouple blue soldiers) for Christmas. Though visually wonderful my brother and I were quickly off to the Aurora race set and the train set. If making up an imaginary senario of war against the bugs was the expectation there wasn't much support for poor Hamilton. Give me a 100+ piece Marx boxed Ben-Hur or Iwo-Jima playset and I was into THAT for hours...........a big pull-string bug and blue soldiers......not so much. But again, Hamilton was visually spectacular.....Bud


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Re: Hamilton's Invaders appreciation thread!
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2011, 09:59:49 PM »
Nice sets Bigbud! I like the combination helmet/grenade pistol set! I also see you have the Sears exclusive mega set.

Right now my boxed Hamilton's Invaders helmet and two differently coloured grenade pistols reside in my more recent models  and sundry toys cabinet in the guest room, a.k.a. Ace the cat's bedroom. Here's a few pics of it from late last spring;









One of my most prized possessions in this cabinet is the almost unused Three Keys to Treasure bagatelle at the top. A M.I.B. Kenner Give-A-Show Projector resides on the second shelf from the top.

I'll be taking more up to date and better pics of all my collectibles over the next three weeks.

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Re: Hamilton's Invaders appreciation thread!
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2011, 11:49:06 PM »
Two Hamilton grenade sets! That's bounty! As Bob Crachet would say! Great Fink stuff too! As I posted in another thread I had Big Daddy available for all the signatures I would have wanted at a convention I was running .......got busy and didn't get one! Stupid move.........Bud

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Re: Hamilton's Invaders appreciation thread!
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2011, 11:51:43 PM »
Hep, why so the attachment to the Bagatelle? Must be something sentimental cause you have several items far more valuable than that.......Bud

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Re: Hamilton's Invaders appreciation thread!
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2011, 02:32:42 AM »
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 AWESOME TOYS! I'll try and post photos of some of my hamilton's invaders items.

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Re: Hamilton's Invaders appreciation thread!
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2011, 11:08:27 AM »
Quote from: bigbud
As I posted in another thread I had Big Daddy available for all the signatures I would have wanted at a convention I was running .......got busy and didn't get one!


Pity indeed. I love "Big Daddy" Roth items!

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Hep, why so the attachment to the Bagatelle? Must be something sentimental cause you have several items far more valuable than that.......Bud


It's sentimental indeed. Growing up in London, Ontario in the early sixties we got only the one local TV channel. My best buddy's father was a classic couch potato though so they had cable! One Saturday morning at my buddy's place I saw a TV commercial for the Three Keys to Treasure bagatelle. I was absolutely knocked out it was so cool! I wanted one so badly.

I remembered that commercial for the Three Keys to Treasure bagatelle that I had seen just the one time for over thirty years and jumped at the chance of getting a really good one when I saw one for sale on Ebay. The only "defect" associated with the one I have is the box is toned. I bought an extra game just so I could pilfer the selection of prizes to make sure I had as many different ones as possible.

I took this picture early last summer of The MAN holding it up for me:



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Re: Hamilton's Invaders appreciation thread!
« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2011, 11:21:12 AM »
AWESOME TOYS! I'll try and post photos of some of my hamilton's invaders items.

Love to see them!

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Re: Hamilton's Invaders appreciation thread!
« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2011, 09:28:07 PM »
Great stuff, Hep... Love those Rat Fink Rad Rods and Hydro Racers! Still have mine packed away in the attic somewhere. I couldn't resist and HAD to try out one of the Hydro Racers...it worked really well. Scared the crap out of my dog at the time!

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Re: Hamilton's Invaders appreciation thread!
« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2011, 11:28:49 PM »
Gasport.....I have a guess from Hepcat's picture that he may be a musician too. That's you on guitar, me on bass and Hep on______.  Hep, am I right? You a treble maker too?   Bud

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Re: Hamilton's Invaders appreciation thread!
« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2011, 11:56:42 PM »
And don't forget Packy Paul, too! Now all's we gotta figure out is logistically HOW we can pull off a rehearsal!  ;D