some Otakon attendees thought it was awesomely awful that a dealer was carrying some of the old North American-made Sailor Moon toys. I am here to tell you, my dear readers, why this is not so much awesomely awful as it is just awesome.
You see, the toy pictured on Dale's article-- as well as all the ones pictured in this article except the one in a yellow box –were actually made for the North American audience. Up until Sailor Moon, your only options for anime toys made in the US were pretty much giant robots (like Robotech) or maybe some really old Speed Racer toys. (And maybe Dragon Ball Z; I always think of it as coming out around the same time as my lovely Sailor Moon.)
Anything else you wanted, you had to import. And if you were, like me, an 11- or 12-year-old girl, you couldn't always afford to drive up to Japantown in San Francisco and shop in the import stores-- much less buy stuff on eBay (just to date this: PayPal didn't exist until I was 14).
So there! <3