Saturday, July 11, 2020

Toy-Ventures: Conquerors of the Stars!




Time for another voyage to the realm of Knock-Off toys, this week we meet the early 1980s 12-inch series called "Conquerors of the Stars" and well, these dudes look really familiar... Join the conversation in our Knock Off Action Figure Group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Megoknockoff/ Toy-Ventures Magazine is coming this July! http://plaidstallions.com/reboot/magazine/

Friday, July 10, 2020

Aurora Prehistoric Scenes: They're Eating Up the Competition


1973 Toy Industry Trade ad for the very iconic Aurora Prehistoric scenes kits.


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Thursday, July 09, 2020

5 Awesome things on eBay this week


Tarzan Paint 'N Wear set by Avalon- I dig Tarzan and I also love 70s craft kits but I do not look good in white.



Corgi Toys Spider-Man three pack- Oh goodness, this thing just makes me 8 years old again. My personal favourite being the jeep in the middle.






Action Team Super Peggy In Europe, the GI Joe Adventure Team added something we didn't get, the ladies and they were really nicely made figures too. I'd love to own one of these.




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Ultra7 Baseball Glove- It's Ultraman day! So this is the weirdest thing I could find. I don't have enough Ultraman stuff.



Strange Paradise Novel- "Strange Paradise" was a Canadian Soap Opera, a ripoff of "Dark Shadows" that was created by Steven Krantz (who was behind the 1966 Spider-Man series). As i recall, the show mainly revolved around voodoo, reruns aired on City TV in the late 70s, where I could not look away. I swear, nothing ever happened but my friend Johnny swore Jean Paul Desmond (the show's Barnabas) once conjured a demon.


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Wednesday, July 08, 2020

The Mandala Effect


Does anyone else long for the days of funky stuff like geometric thread design art? I'd totally put one of these in my living room.




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Monday, July 06, 2020

Big Jim PACK Attack



I love everything about this early Big Jim PACK page from the 1975 Wards catalog, note the rough logo, and the description that lists the P.A.C.K members as reformed bad guys. Both of those things would disappear when the toys hit shelves.




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Thursday, July 02, 2020

5 Awesome Things on eBay this week




Mork Bubble Gum in a plastic egg- I vividly remember when these hit my town and watching kids in the schoolyard playing with those eggs like they were space ships. 






Spider-Man Fun Poncho by Ben Cooper- We're in the middle of a heatwave here, I can't really put draping yourself in unbreathing PVC under the umbrella of "Fun" but to each their own....



1976 Kenner Toys Catalog- You may have figured out that I collect old toy catalogs, you're very perceptive if you have. This Kenner from 1976 is full of awesome, iconic Six Million Dollar Man items and is an excellent price to start you on your way. 



GI Joe Super Adventure Team Colorforms Set- I think this might be one of my favorite colorforms sets of all time, mainly because it celebrates the brief teaming of Bulletman, Joe and Atomic Man. 



Moonraker Book and Tape Set- What the heck is this? It was released in 1985, long after Moonraker and I'm curious it retells the movie or the book's story (which is totally different). Gah, I wanna know.....









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Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Toy-Ventures: Top Ten 70s Peg Warmers


Somebody has to be last picked. No matter how cool the toyline is, there is likely at least one that kids didn’t want and was forced to get that dreaded big red sticker one. This week’s Toy Ventures takes a look at some beloved properties (that we love, I swear!) and looks at the “last picked” figure from every assortment counting down to the #1 least popular action figure of the 1970s. Agree with me? Disagree with me? It’s all good, I want to hear your thoughts.



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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Steve Austin's Arch Enemy Dr. Kromedome!


Dr. Kromedome was a clever creation by department store chain Montgomery Wards and Mego to make up for the lack of villains for the Kenner Six Million Dollar Man line. He was totally unlicensed, cost the same as Steve and quite silly looking, like some sort of Cyborg Pimp and that's why I love him so much.

Here is a video I did about Dr. KromeDome for the MegoMuseum.








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Sunday, June 28, 2020

The Week-Enders


These suits are ready for "Non-Stop Weekends", not sure what that entails but please note, it's never gonna stop coming! 


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Friday, June 26, 2020

5 Awesome Things on eBay this week

Lost In Space Jupiter II 1966 1967 Maruzan Japan Marusan Battery Operated Saucer I really wanted Lost in Space toys as a kid, the trouble was I discovered the show in 1981. I am especially fond of this wind up Jupiter 2 toy I've never heard, the seller even included a You Tube Video of it in action, check it out below:




Superhero Stamps store poster- I remember getting all excited about Superhero stamps for a weekend as a kid, it was such a passing fancy but I can't resist this poster.




Planet of the Apes Archery set- Remember all the arrows in Planet of the Apes? Me neither, I still want this....






1970s Bullwinkle Show Poster- I've never heard of this live event that starred Rocky & Bullwinkle, Spider-Man, Tom & Jerry, King Kong and Dracula? I'd sure like to know what the story was, it sound weird and dream like. 






Jaxxon heads for action figures- Remember the big green space bunny from Marvel Comic's Star Wars? The one George Lucas hated? Well I loved him and now I can make an action figure of him using this awesome head. I totally won't do this but I love having the choice....









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