Monday, January 21, 2019

Toy-Ventures 5: The Lords of Light by PAC Toys

 This week's installment of Toy-Ventures is all about the story PAC toys and their sadly too short toyline called the Lords of Light. I get into my relationship with their creator and what might have been with this 80s toy line that ended all too quickly.  

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Colouring Book Theatre: Shogun Warriors starring Great Mazinga

wonderbug Colouring Book It's been a long time since I did a CBT here at PlaidStallions but yesterday I found a treasure trove of books at a local shop including this gem.

I love the Shogun Warriors colouring books because they're kind of nuts but in a real good way. 

They were the creation of Canadian cartoonist Owen McCarron (who also created the Marvel "Fun and Games" comic) and it's painfully obvious that he was probably given no back story to the characters and free reign to do whatever he wanted.

So he just had fun with it, it's so super absurd with no thought to scale or science that just kind of has a wonderful childlike charm to it. I imagine very few kids would complain.

 Check it out after the jump and when you're done, check out this other book from the series.

Friday, January 18, 2019

5 Awesome things on Ebay this week

Set of Kenner MegaBug Gladiators- I never heard of this line as a kid and honestly, I don't think I've ever held on but man, are they the coolest things ever. I mean war machines shaped like bugs? Come to Brian....

Italian Spider-Man Comic with TV Spider-Man on the cover- There is so little merchandise for TV Spider-Man (aka one of my obsessions) that little things like this bring me joy. 

Ultraman Halloween Costume- I love Ultraman but I don't have a lot of his merch, one of my breaking points would be toys that were marketed to North American kids when he was syndicated in the early 1970s. I proudly own one of these costumes but rarely do i wear it.

Farrah Fawcett Poster Art Set- If these things weren't gigantic, they would be all over my house. As it stands i own two sets. They just hit every nostalgia button for me.

1982 HERVE VILLECHAIZE SIGNED HAND PRINTS & FEET IN CONCRETE- I don't have the money for this (heck i currently don't think I could afford the shipping) but I love that he drew a little caricature of himself at the bottom.

Buy PowerLords or we'll shoot you

I was too old for the Power Lords when they came out but I remember kind of digging their design, they certainly weren't as child friendly as other action figure lines at the time and that appealed to my newly discovered cynicism.

I don't remember the characters in this ad from Toyfair 1984 and go figure, they seem like they're kind of expensive and probably saw a smaller release. Why are those toys always the prettiest?

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Toy-Ventures 4: Black Hole Cereal Premiums

This week's installment of Toy-Ventures is all about the wonderful relationship between the Movie "The Black Hole", Shreddies cereal and Mego toys. It's one of my favourite childhood memories. Visit us online at Twitter: @plaidstallions

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Friday, January 11, 2019

5 Awesome things on Ebay this week

Lucan the board game: Lucan was a short lived TV show about a boy raised by wolves being on the run, it was like "The Incredible Hulk" but instead of turning green, he had wolf powers of some kind. I had an older sister who watched ANY TV show with a horse or a dog, so yup I saw every Lucan growing up.  I had no idea that it had merchandise of any kind!

Shark Hunting Boat by Lincoln International- A lot of Rack Toy companies tried to cash in on JAWS with rubber Sharks. Lincoln International went above and beyond by making a replica of Quint's boat (but not actually calling it that of course!) 

Captain America and Spider-Man Speedboat by Gulliver-  OK so there is a bit of a boat theme going on, I love Guillver toys from Brazil, just such a neat window into another world. This boat suggest that Cap and Spider-Man hang out on the weekends and probably go to Long Island Sound.

Mexican Stretch Monster figure- I love bootlegs and this one is glorious and under $20.

Remco Star Trek CSF set in British box- The art on British packaging always seems superior for some reason, this is no exception.

Barbie's Friend Ship

After showing Big Jim's Sky Commander earlier in the week, it seems fitting to show the Barbie Equivalent.  During this particular segment, Ken had the fish, so Barbie had to land the plane.

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