Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Sadly, the fun evening was ruined when a heated debate over whether Jaws 2 cards were worth as much as Empire Strikes Back in "flipsies", caused Richard to call his mom to pick him up.*
(*based on a true story and for the record, Empire Strikes Back were totally worth at least two of your crappy Jaws 2 cards, Richard!)
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
I love Presto Magix and I recently appeared on the Super Mates podcast to extoll their virtue. One of the things I discussed was this Batman and Robin set, one of my favourites and the really weird variation. Above is the later released version and features some beautiful stock art of Batman and Robin.
And this is the early, weird version that looks like a sixth grader drew the caped crusaders. It's so weird, everything is beautifully drawn in this picture except for Batman and Robin?
Robin seems to have forgotten to bring his underpants...and crotch. I would love to know what happened here...
Monday, January 26, 2015
Saturday, January 24, 2015
I'm proud to finally announce that Odeon's latest action figure, Captain Canuck is now available to order.
For years, I had been struggling to find an iconic Canadian character to bring to market, many of the attempts dissolved when rights weren't clear. Which was kind of a bummer.
Thanks to my friend and partner in this Sam Noir, I was introduced to the good people at Big B Comics and Captain Canuck Inc, who are as responsible for this as I can claim to be.
Captain Canuck definitely resonated with me as an Ontario lad, I distinctly remember him drawing pictures of him saving the prime minister (with a thought balloon of "why am i saving this guy?", because at 8, I was a master of political satire.). If I had seen this hanging on the shelf of my local Woolco in 1976, it would have been mine.
The photo above is the entirely selfish reason I did this.
Many thanks to Paul "Dr. Mego" Clarke, Mark Huckabone (you saved the maple leaf buddy!), Andrew of Covalt studios, Paul from Laser Mego and Brian Leitner.
Thanks for reading.
You can get the Captain Canuck action figure at the PlaidStallions Shop right now.
And Hey, if you're in Canada and want one today, you're in luck, it's Captain Canuck day! The figure is launching in comic stores like Big B and Strange Adventures (pictured above) right now in cities from Coast to Coast, here is a list.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Discovered this in some documents featuring Ideal toys from 1976 that I'll feature on the site in the very near future, a photo of the different Ideal toys store displays, the belle of the ball being Mr Knievel.
The displays for Mousetrap and the Junkyard game are particularly inspired, I miss the days of paintings on toy boxes...
More Daredevil stunt goodness.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
I stumbled on this great toy fair ad for Crystar today and it reminded me of the first time I saw the line in a Liesure World as a kid (a store that rarely carried action figures BTW).
Remco and Marvel teamed up on this and it seemed like it would have been a big hit but this was the age of animation mixed with toys, so the saga was markedly short, Crystar doesn't appear in the 1984 Remco catalog.
I love showing this picture, from the 1983 Remco showroom, note the proof cards behind our hero. Wonder where these costumes are now?
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Please give a warm welcome to my latest obsession, 70s poster art sets. As a young lad I ruined many of these with my lack of both talent and patience.
I've been secretly admiring these on Ebay until one bout of sleeplessness resulted in a surprise parcel in the form of this set and it is a beauty!
Seriously I don't remember buying this...
Look at how beautiful the art is on this thing, you don't need to colour it all.
One thing I want to point out is, this is how they suggest you color these pages.
Aaaaand these are the tools they give you to accomplish this goal.