Vintage NES Memorabilia

The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was released in the United States in 1985. Games series such as, Super Mario Bros., Legend of Zelda, Castlevania, and Megaman helped the system maintain popularity into the early 90s. One of the things that I loved about the NES was the various figures, comics, and other merchandise related to popular NES titles.

In 1989 a company called Applause made Nintendo Super Mario PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) figures.

Applause Super Mario PVC figures. The one on the left I've had for 25 years or so. The others I got off of eBay.

Applause Super Mario PVC figures. The one on the left I’ve had for 25 years or so. The others I got off of eBay.

Here's a cardback of all the figures released. Some of the figures are rare, and gather impressive prices on eBay.  (Image Source unknown)

Here’s a cardback of all the figures released. Some of the figures are rare, and gather impressive prices on eBay. (Image Source unknown)

McDonald’s also included these Super Mario 3 Figures in Happy Meals in 1990.


Mcdonalds Super Mario Bros 3 Happy Meal figures. I love the Raccoon Mario.

In addition to figures, Nintendo also joined with card companies to release other related memorabilia.

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Topps released these scratch-off trading cards. Each pack came with 3 cards and two stickers.

Here are examples of some of the Topps Nintendo trading cards I have.

And here are some examples of the stickers., has a great article about these trading cards and stickers.

Nintendo also teamed up with Imperial and released these puffy stickers. I had several of these, but lost most of them.

Nintendo puffy stickers. (Image source unknown)

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More puffy stickers. (Image source unknown)

There were also comics released by Valiant in 1990 and 1991. These are some of my favorites of my entire comic collection. I’ve had these (except issue #1 of Legend of Zelda) since they were first published.


Captain N: The Game Master #2 and #3 from Valiant Comics. Remember the cartoon?

Legend of Zelda from Valiant. I am missing issue #4


Legend Of Zelda #1 and #2.


Legend of Zelda #3 and #5.

My collection of vintage Nintendo memorabilia is limited, but I hope to obtain more. I especially want to complete the Applause figure collection, and collect as many Nintendo Valiant comics as I can.

All photos by me, unless noted




Dial-Tone (Version 1) (1986)

One of the most successful action figures lines of the 1980s was G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO. Emerging in 1982, G.I. Joe departed from Hasbro’s tradition of doll like military figures. Instead, G.I. Joe became a 3 ¾ inch scale figure line complete with detailed figures, weapons, vehicles and accessories. G.I. Joe was an international Special Forces team that fought against a terrorist organization known as Cobra.  G.I. Joe was a successful toy line in the 1980s, and decades later it still continues to be a popular figure line to collect.

One of the many reasons why G.I. JOE became such a successful toy line was because of the diversity of characters available.


Snake Eyes Card Art (Version 3) (1989)

The most memorable character from G.I.Joe is Snake Eyes. Snake Eyes is both a ninja and a commando. In Marvel’s G.I. Joe comics (Issue # 144), the original story was that his body and face were badly damaged when a helicopter exploded on a top secret mission. This is why he wears a full body commando suit. Snake Eyes also doesn’t talk in the comics and the television cartoon. His ninja master was murdered, and he had made a vow of silence until the killer was brought to justice.

You can see all 67 different variations of Snake Eyes HERE

Another popular character on the G.I. Joe team is Duke. He was first released as a G.I. Joe figure in 1983. He is trained in many languages and is a Special Forces leader. He commands his teams by winning their respect. Since 1983 there have been 50 versions of Duke created.


Duke (Version 2) (Tiger Force, 1988)

Arguably the most popular figure of the Cobra Organization is the Alley Viper. Many collectors have dozens of various Alley Vipers in their collection. As of today there are 14 different versions of the Alley Viper. You can see them all HERE.

I’m not so sure if the bright colors would help the Alley Viper in urban combat.


Alley Viper (Version 1) (1989)

Throughout most of 1980s, almost all of the G.I. Joe figures were in realistic military colors, styles, and weapons. In the ’90s, however, Hasbro started making their G.I. Joe’s in bright and neon colors.

Not sure if anybody in their right mind would go out into combat dressed like these guys.


Flint (Version 3) (Eco Warriors, 1993)


Long Arm (Version 1) (1993)

Regardless of the different kinds of G.I. Joe’s out there, if you want to start collecting them there are plenty of resources out there in print and online to help a collector out:

The Ultimate Guide to G.I.JOE 1982-1994 by Mark Bellemo This is also an excellent resource for the 3 3/4 G.I. Joe collector. It has pictures and details of everything G.I. Joe released by Hasbro from 1982 to 1994.

YoJoe is one of the best online resources for new and old G.I. Joe collectors. It contains a comprehensive list of the figures, vehicles, and playsets. Hisstank is an online forum community for G.I. Joe collectors.

All photos taken by me