Friday, May 22, 2015
It's hard to believe that toy makers thought the next merchandising blitz would come from a David Lynch film but that's exactly what happened in 1984. Dune got the full treatment with colouring books, bed sheets and of course a selection of action figures produced by LJN. The movie wasn't particularly kid (or for that matter general public) friendly and as a result the spice warriors of Dune resided in the clearance aisle.
What's perplexing to me is most of this stuff got made, yet the gigantically more kid friendly "Last Starfighter" toy line never saw the light of day. Aggghhh!
Check out the 1984 LJN Dune Catalog here.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
I was pleased to track one of these down over the weekend as my dad sold them back in the 70s. I was always fascinated by the concept, especially the notion that the Hanna Barbera characters were chain smokers.
As an adult, I'm going to venture a guess that this isn't an officially licensed product.
Monday, May 18, 2015
It's a holiday here today and technically that means I'm supposed to be assembling patio furniture and cleaning my garage. However, I couldn't resist posting this knock out ad from the summer of 1979 that I poured over for many an hour.
Friday, May 15, 2015
Found this cool ad from comic book in France, offering 50 Jumbo Goldorak Shogun Warriors in a contest. This guy was a European exclusive (although I found more than one here in Canada, never smart enough to buy one) and it's sweet to see so many of them in this advert.
click on this for a better view
The contest seems simple enough, too bad it probably expired 37 years ago.
More Shogun Goodies
More Shogun Goodies
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Blame the Avengers for my Marvel comics kick this week, I remember getting one of these Hasbro pinball games for my eight birthday.
My neighbour got it for me because he knew I liked Captain America, it was cool and I loved the art but I didn't play with it much.
Mostly because my dad had put a working pinball machine in his basement bar. It's hard to compete with the real thing. It's mine now BTW...
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Right after Mego and just before Secret Wars, Activated Superheroes are a forgotten series of Marvel Superhero figures produced by Processed Plastic Corp (sexy name eh?) or PPC for short.
PPC trade ad which includes the Activated Superheroes
These are well sculpted "army men" type characters (that remind me of similar figures produced in South American by Gulliver) with a gimmicky device that allowed the figures to fight. It's kind of low rent but also, absolutely charming. I'm very smitten with this line.
Activated Superheroes did receive a little bit of comic advertising in 1983, I remember being very excited about the idea of new figures but never saw them.
Eight Heroes were produced and four villains, all are excellent choices.
The amazing Bronze Age Marvel art on the packaging is probably a big help in this addiction. In addition to figure sets, they also created "combat sets" which included generic stuff like trucks and army men.
This is the kind of ridiculous toy you'd see when your family went on vacation, displayed amidst the pails and inflatable items at a "Stedman's" type store.
Activated Superheroes seemed to have had very limited distribution and sales, they are difficult to find on the collector market (a lot of people don't know what they are when they find them) and boxed sets like these are very pricey affairs.
If you collect these and want to share your input or photos of your stuff, I'd love to hear from you. kid70s*at*gmail.com