Thursday, May 31, 2007

Kenner Stretch X Ray Commercial


This commercial is predictably from the DVD I made last month and is possibly one of my favourites. I don't remember Stretch X Ray as a kid but as an adult collector, I must have had five of these. I couldn't pass him up! Stretch Monster on the other hand, is the one that always got away.....


One more day until the World's Greatest Mego Convention.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Days Before Beta Max


These bring me back, I can remember watching "Charlie Chan and the Chan Clan" on my neighbour's wall back in 1977. They had played with it so much that all three siblings were saying the dialogue in unison, kind of strange.

Two thoughts entered my mind, one was "Who is Charlie Chan?" and the other was "Wouldn't it be neat to be able to play cartoons any time you wanted?". On a recent car trip, my son got to watch the entire run of "Jason of Star Command", he doesn't know how good he has it.....
Three days until Megomeet!

Monday, May 28, 2007

G.I. Joe Field Training Center

GI Joe Field Training Center

While I never had this great set, I ogled it dozens of times in the amazing GI Joe Adventure Team Viewmaster set. So much to love in this thing; ropes, rifles and reptiles!

Friday, May 25, 2007

Godzilla and the Shogun Warriors


That title sounds like the coolest cartoon we never got but it's just the contents of the 1979 Mattel catalog, this time focusing on all the cool Shogun Warriors and Godzilla merchandise at the time. Launching fists, pre transformable mecha and Godzilla gets himself a gang.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

R.I.P Uncle Bobby

goodbye uncle bobby

I just heard the sad news that Bobby Ash aka Uncle Bobby passed away on May 20th. For nearly twenty years he was the host of the "Uncle Bobby Show" (later renamed Kids Corner) on CTV.

The above autographed picture is from my collection, I met Bobby at a mall in '74, probably my first celebrity encounter. Apparently the show didn't pay well and Bobby was also a school bus driver and did children's parties to make ends meet.

It was your typical kids variety show with magicians, hippies with guitars, a singing policeman (whose son I befriended in high school), puppets, a lady who played with clay and Bimbo the Birthday the Clown, a wooden clown who had a slight creep factor. You'll be missed Bobby!

Uncle Bobby Show Website

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Come on, get happy!

ketih partridge guitar

I'm a little young to have experienced the Partridge Family when they originally aired but they ruled Channel 29 with their many reruns and cartoon spinoffs. So I kind of think this merch from 1973 is neat, although I am upset about the absence of anything relating to Reuben Kincaide.


ketih partridge guitar

Believe it or not the head on this Susan Dey doll is to scale....

Friday, May 18, 2007

Oscar Goldman's Exploding Briefcase Commercial



Another one from my new DVD this time it's the awesome Six Million Dollar Man's boss, Oscar Goldman with his fancy sportcoat and exploding briefcase. I spent hours with that thing!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Bedspread Fantasy and Reality


Here we have a small snippet of my childhood, if asked which bedspread I wanted there is no doubt in my mind that the six year old me would have chosen Star Trek. I was forced to watch it every Saturday morning when my sister had a fleeting crush on William Shatner (she now shivers when you mention that) and I became hooked for life.

My mother would have bought the Sesame Street set, maybe due to her hatred of Science Fiction or maybe just to keep me a kid a little while longer. Either way, I have no umbrage about this but in a small way by denying the trek, you fostered my geek drive mom......

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Hey you two, simmer down


Here's the perfect solution if your teenage daughter starts dressing alike with her boyfriend too soon, simply use a Robert Reed style chaperone to keep an eye on their hi-jinx.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The Ultimate 70's Action Figure Tribute


ACTION FIGURES, CLASSIC 70'S by ~dusty-abell on deviantART

I got sent a link to this amazing piece by Dusty Abell last night and just had to showcase it today. This is pretty much how things looked in my six year old mind, I'm truly floored and need to get a copy of this somehow for my toyroom.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Big Jim knows what time it is!


I had no idea Mattel was so watch friendly, not only can you get Big Jim, Barbie and Hot Wheels watches as well. The Big Jim He-Man watch is probably my favourite though, I wonder if Mattel licensed a He Man watch ten years later?

Friday, May 11, 2007

A toy galaxy far, far away

Star Wars Toys

It's hard to believe that Star Wars is now thirty years ago, thanks to polyester pal the Intergalactic Pimp, we have cool scans of those Kenner Star Wars product catalogs that used to be inserted in the Playsets, so many happy memories, I used to carry one of these with me everywhere.


Sorry I screwed up the link this morning, it's working now.

Thanks to the recent upgrade at the Megomuseum, Plaidstallions now has a toy forum, come check it out.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Good Morning!


Try waking up to these! Actually the woman on the right looks pretty good even today, the one on the left looks like my aunt after a clown threw up on her.


70s toy explosion dvd

In toy related news, I've made a DVD of the 16mm commercials in my collection and to cover the costs I am selling extras for a brief time. It features Stretch Monster, Six Million Dollar Man, Mego Superheroes, Star Trek and a lot more, Check it out here.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Big Jim Means Big Adventure

Big Jim Sports Equipment

I don't collect it now but man the Big Jim Camper pictured on this page just rocked my world back in '74. I remember drooling over that boat and buggy set. Early Big Jim is just so representative of the early 70s, you can't get more peaceful than a guy who goes fishing. I still have my talking Big Jim backpack and it works, I should try and put some files of it up here.


Oddly enough, I saw a boxed Camper at an antique mall on the weekend, my four year old practically begged me for it. Big Jim has still got it I guess.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

I'm a Mac and I'm a Playskool


It's amazing how our perceptions of computers have changed in one generation, although this is still what I think of when I hear the word "computer" my kids would likely think it's a dishwasher. Another toy to add to my ever growing wantlist.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Let your light shine in a sexy jumpsuit

more gin?

That is the greatest catalogue copy ever, let your light shine? Having worn a jumpsuit once (It was Halloween) I think a better tagline would be "Proudly display your genitals in a binding jumpsuit" but that's probably why I don't write catalogue copy for a living.


Oh Shit, I do.....

Friday, May 04, 2007

Cylons that don't look good in a dress

mattel battlestar galactica play set

Although Battlestar Galactica is a hit show nowadays, the series that had the better toys was the original. So take a journey back to when Cylons were men in suits, and Starbuk was a dude to the cool toys that got made and the cooler ones that didn't.



Thursday, May 03, 2007

Revenge of the Man-Mates


They're back, louder than before and out for blood!


For those not in the know, the Man-Mates brand is the single greatest clothing line ever.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

When Sesame Street Goes Horribly Wrong


That Big Bird coat could have been used as the killer in a middle seventies slasher film, it's that unnerving





However, I won't hear a bad word about these cookie monster mitts, thems is cute!

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