Sky Patrol in 1991 International Catalog
The 1991 international catalog is a great source of the kind of diorama setups that the US pack-in catalogs had moved away from. There’s something compelling about these toys in a simulated environment. There’s an artistry that’s missing from straight studio shots against plain backgrounds. For me, the dio catalogs evoke memories of Toho kaiju films, with their painstakingly detailed worlds of action and destruction. Of course, there are no giant monsters to crush the sets here–not that I would have complained if Hasbro worked them into the Joes series. After all, Hasbro’s Inhumanoids were lurking in the mid-80s alongside the Joes.