Friday, August 29, 2014

Vintage Toy Store Photos Volume 16


In an effort to combat the end of summer blues, I've dig deep to the days of Pegboard and regional toy stores to bring the 16th edition of our vintage toy stores feature.



Installment 16 features old favorites such as the Bionic Woman and Six Million Dollar Man, Barbie, the Osmonds, Atari, Fisher Price, Mego Diana Ross and much more.

We explore such long forgotten chains such as Bambergers, Two Guys as well as local toy emporiums such as The Toy Shoppes and Youngtown.


Check out Vintage Toy Store Photos Volume 16 here.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Detachable Ruffles


For that rare time when ruffles aren't appropriate, if that's possible.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Space:1999 Eagle put-up Play-in


This is one of the coolest things I've shown in a while, a kid sized Eagle one.

Also, unlike a lot of the stuff I show here, this actually got made!


Thirsty for more Space:1999 Toys? check out these links for the 1976 and 1977 Mattel Toys Catalogs...

Space:1999 . Mattel Boys Toys.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Land of the Lost Moonbase Rocket



 

I'd make a joke but somebody, somewhere would send me an email rationalizing this toy by citing an episode that I've somehow missed where this makes complete, perfect sense. 

So fine, here is a moonbase rocket from Land of the Lost, a series that may have taken place on the moon and featured many rockets. If anyone needs me I'll be at scotch.....



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Monday, August 25, 2014

Sash Gordon


I'd say the sash is due for a comeback but I'm not certain it ever was a thing. Let's get on that people, this Tuesday, I want to see commuter trains loaded with confident, happy sash wearing folks. Don't disappoint me....

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Colouring Book Theatre: Dune Activity Book

DUNE: Puzzles, Games, Mazes and Activities

This is my third pass 
(you can read parts one and two hereat Dune coloring books or as I like to call them, "Comedy Gold"

The book promises you can "relive all excitement and adventure from the movie" but as we all know, crosswords and poorly thought out games rarely do that, even with good subject matter.

This is in no way a poke at the quality of the film but more of a comment on the weird belief it was somehow marketable to children.

Dune is a dark, often gory ride with a narrative that would confuse a lot of kids. Yet, licensing people sold it as the next Star Wars and here we are.

The other reason I keep returning to Arakis (see what I did there?) is the hope I find a colouring book page of Sting in his metal underwear, I WILL FIND YOU!

Grab your crayons and still suit and join me after the jump



Friday, August 22, 2014

The 1980 Marx UK Black Hole Toy Catalog


The 1979 Disney sci fi spectacular "The Black Hole" didn't quite become the next Star Wars but the film did make an impression on a lot of us until the Empire Strikes back made us forget all about it.

 The merchandising bonanza lead by Mego was particularly memorable. In the UK, the brand was handled by Louis Marx and they added some interesting items that sadly I don't think made it to market.




This one will always make me weep.

Check out the other never made toys I want in the 1980 Marx Black Hole Catalog.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Mantique cannot be Destroyed


Because bell sleeves are perfect for every occasion.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Super Size Bionic Woman


In 1977, the British Distributor of Kenner toys Denys Fisher, produced an 18" tall version of Jaime Sommers and marketed more like a fashion doll. Pity they didn't do a Steve as well.

These little foreign variants are what drew me into toy collecting in the first place, I loved discovering what's out there and what i missed as kid, so to speak. Even though my collection is "Bionic Woman Free" for the most part, I can really dig and appreciate cool grail pieces like this.
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