Getting back to the ad, the question is asked regarding Zogg, "Will Electroman's Powers of Light and Sound Be enough?"
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
The 3 runners up who get a set of PS trading cards (that's 1 through 8 plus a slmie sticker) are:
If you didn't include your address please send it to me otherwise, I'll ship these out. Look for more contests in the very near future.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
What's on DVD:
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Jason sent in these awesome additions to the Superhero Mall Appearance Gallery. This was at the B Dalton's in the Maplewood Mall, in St. Paul, MN, November of 1977. This is pretty early for a Star Wars appearance.
I love the Sign in the background and look at the crowd!
Jason proudly displays his signed Star Wars calendar and mentions he bragged to his friends that he shook Vader's hand and how strong his grip was.
You may recognize Jason's company Bif Bang Pow! nowadays, they make some of the coolest collector toys out there, including one license I've been waiting 27 years for, Flash Gordon. If you're at San Diego Comic Con this weekend, you might want to check out this incredible Exclusive Flash Gordon Figure.
Anyway, got a mall appearance shot you'd like to share? Send it in and I'll send you a set of Plaidstallions trading cards.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Card #6 should come as no shock to anyone, seeing as how much space I have devoted to Evel Knievel on the site. It almost felt like obligation to make it, so I did it early rather than later. It is arguably the most famous 70's toy I've done thus far.
I have one more card to reveal but the thunderstorm outside has shut me down 3 times and I'm a little fed up right now.....
Friday, July 25, 2008
Going across the ocean today and back 31 years to look at the marvelous talking toys produced by Palitoy Bradgate. While we're all spoiled by voice chips now, a talking toy was a complicated thing back in the day, involving a tiny record. Palitoy made a variety of these items including the Daleks, Batmobile, heck even Kojak!
These things have special meaning to me as the red Palitoy Talking Dalek was the first vintage toy I ever bought via mail order, right from the classifieds in Starlog magazine back in 1984. I sold it in college lamentably.....
As an extra bonus, I dug up the original commercial!
And speaking of Palitoy, let's have a contest.
I'm giving away a pair of Space:1999 action figures mint on card which are reproductions of the original Palitoy Bradgate series. These are Alan Carter and Paul Morrow and they're in the mego style.
All you have to do is answer this skill testing question:
Who created Space:1999?
Email me your answer and I'll draw a winner next week. 3 runners up will recieve a set of PS cards.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I imagine if you were to make one now, it would be the size of a quarter.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
New on DVD this Week:
First and Foremost, I have to rave aboutSpaced, a late nineties UK series about a group twenty somethings. You'll recognize much of the cast from Shaun of the Dead and with good reason, this series inspired the movie.
If you've ever lived with roommates, had a crappy job and been somewhat comic and Star Wars obsessed than Spaced will sing to you, I promise.
Also out is Robert Smigel's parody series TV Funhouse which was a painfully funny satire of low rent kids shows and Sesame Street. Heed my words though, it ain't for kids.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Ok, I would so totally use a set of these on my bed today. This picture also features one of my favourite things, the use of toys in the child's bedroom set. For some reason, I really like that extra detail, I probably need to get out more. That's the Dinky Toys Enterprise by the way, one of the cooler 70's Star Trek Toys IMO.
Nothing says "1976" more than the Six Million Dollar Man and Evel Knievel, the matching curtains are just too cool. That's an Ideal Evel crash car on the nightstand BTW. I slept in a hammy down bed which you couldn't get kids sheets for, so I had to settle for pillow cases, if you had these, I envy you.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
I can't imagine there are too many of these left. Needless to say we stopped, I half expected to find 70's toys in there but no such luck, we did pick up a few classic rack toy items still around.
There is no better an afternoon than watching Cowboys and Indians fight mutant bugs. There were many losses on both sides, next month it's Army
men Vs Dinosaurs....
Saturday, July 19, 2008
I managed to squeak out a few new Plaidstallions Trading cards this month and while they are not in my hands yet (soon!) I thought I'd share the first one now.
The AHI Monsters were an easy choice for card #5, I've grown rather smitten with them since I started covering rack toys for the site (one of the drawbacks of cataloging things is you want to own them). This image from the 1973 Alden's catalog was graciously scanned for me by Benjamin Holcomb, author of the Mego book "World's Greatest Toys".
You might notice that the cards have changed templates, after some contemplation, I decided to abandon the original "Star Warsy" look and go with something more like the site itself. My good pal Steve Leach helped me out and created this awesome new look.
I've got more card reveals coming this month and then some (easy) contests to give them away so stay tuned...
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I was surprised when doing my Metal Men feature last week to discover that Zee Toys also made a line of M*A*S*H items. M*A*S*H was one of my favorite shows growing up but I never had much desire to play it, probably because it was much of a drama/comedy than it was really about war. Still, the approach Zee took was a good one, centering around the base itself and not the characters, a neat concept.
It's Tuesday and here's what cool on DVD today:
It's a tad dry on the DVD front this week in terms of films or TV from the 70's, the one bright light I found was the release of Filmation's Lone Ranger and Zorro Volume 2.
I'm pretty much a sucker for anything Filmation (although I need never see "Sport Billy" again thank you) and I still hold out hope for a legitimate Tarzan release someday.
An odd bit of trivia, in this series, the Lone Ranger was voiced by none other than the late William "Cannon" Conrad.
Speaking of military toys: A piece I did for Topless Robot with editor Rob Bricken entitled The 10 lamest additions to G.I. Joe is up for your reading pleasure.
Monday, July 14, 2008
The results are in from our first DVD contest, my kids picked the winners this morning, because I had to be fair, there are now four prize lots. First the answers:
1) Who was the better Riddler, Frank Gorshin or John Astin? There was no wrong answer in this although I was curious if anybody preferred Astin in the role. Hey, I cried when they stopped making new coke, so it's not impossible. For the record, nobody picked Astin, who is a wonderful actor, just not the Riddler.
2) What does Batman have toruble getting rid of in the film? Well it's a bomb but I also would have accepted a shark, seeing as it's technically true.
And now Ze Winners:
1st Prize: (Batman Blue Ray and set of PS cards) Phillip Lozano
2nd Prize: (the Same as 1st) Bill McFarland
3rd Prize: (a Copy of 70's Toy Explosion and some PS cards) Chris Flagg
4th Prize: (a copy of 70's Toy Explosion and PS cards) Dave Bellmont
Congrats to all the winners, I'll be in touch this evening to gather your address info. Hopefully I'll have more fun giveaways soon
Be sure to check out this fun little Batman Boxing Game based on the Movie as well.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
I'd say tune in next week but I don't have that issue, check out the Look in links below for that.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Props to Myspace pal "The Comatose Boy" for these amazing pictures from Grand Junction Colorado where the remanants of an old school rocket park can be found. THe top of the rocket is now closed to the public, but tell me that isn't cool.
An old school Saucer too, man finding this is gold!
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
To Celebrate the release of the classic 1966 Batman movie on Blu-Ray and thanks to the good folks at Fox Marketing, I have my first (but hopefully not last) contest! I now have two shiny new copies of this classic film to give to you!
Dynamic Disc Features New, Exclusive High Definition Extras, Plus A BD Industry First,
Nelson Riddle’s Cool Jazz Score Presented As An Isolated Music Track In Lossless Audio
CENTURY CITY, Calif. – Citizens of Gotham City shall fear not when the heroic Caped Crusader and his crime-fighting chum, Boy Wonder, stop dastardly villains from de-hydrating the planet in the original full-length bat-film, BATMAN: THE MOVIE SPECIAL EDITION, arriving on high definition Blu-Ray Disc for the first time July 1st from Fox Home Entertainment. Starring Adam West (Batman) and Burt Ward (Robin), this 1966 spin-off of the popular “Batman” television series features all four of the hero’s most diabolical and cunning adversaries: the clown prince of crime, The Joker (Cesar Romero); the count of criminal conundrums, The Riddler (Frank Gorshin); the pompous waddling master of fowl play, The Penguin (Burgess Meredith); and the fiendish feline, The Catwoman (Lee Meriwether). Directed by Leslie H. Martinson (PT 109, Rescue from Gilligan’s Island), who later won a Golden Gryphon for his efforts, the colorful and over-the-top film featured a groovy and swank score by Academy Award® winner* Nelson Riddle.
Brimming with brand new and exclusive high definition bat-features, the Blu-ray Disc includes “Batman: A Dynamic Legacy,” a tribute to the caped crusader and look at Gotham’s evil villains in “Gotham City’s Most Wanted”; a 360 degree navigational tour of the Batmobile; and an isolated score in 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio (Lossless), an industry first for Blu-Ray Disc that allows viewers to listen to the score only. The Special Edition also includes interviews and commentary by actors West, Ward, and screenwriter Lorenzo Semple, Jr., featurettes, trivia track, galleries and trailers.
DVD Special Features:
The Batman: The Movie Special Edition Blu-Ray Disc is presented in widescreen with English 5.1 DTS HD Lossless Audio, English and French Mono and includes English, French and Spanish subtitles. Bonus features include:
· Commentary by actors Adam West and Burt Ward
· Commentary by screenwriter Lorenzo Semple, Jr.
· Isolated Score Track 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio (Lossless)
· All-new high-definition featurettes:
o Batman: A Dynamic Legacy
o Caped Crusaders: A Heroes Tribute
o Gotham City’s Most Wanted
· 2001 35th Anniversary Piece Featuring Interviews with Adam West and Burt Ward
· The Batmobile Revealed with George Barris
· The Batmobile Interactive Tour – A 360 Degree Navigational Tour
· BATMAN on Location: Mapping the Movie
· Holy Pop-Up Trivia Track, Batman!
· Original Teaser and Theatrical Trailers
o From the Vaults of Adam West
o Interactive Pressbook
o Production Stills
o Behind the Scenes
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
It's Tuesday and here's what cool on DVD today:
You can get the first season of Cannon on DVD today, starring William Conrad as the crimebuster with a glanduar problem. God, I loved spotting the obvious stunt man in some of these shows.
This isn't from the 1970's but seeing as I'm a monster fan I thought I'd mention the rerelease of the classic Karloff Mummy DVD in the legacy collection. I still remember watching this as a kid and being totally captivated.
Last week saw the release of the 1966 Batman Movie on Blue Ray. This was an event when it turned up on the WKBW Sunday movie back in the 70's. I should be running a contest for a copy fairly soon...
Monday, July 07, 2008
Women just can't control themselves around singing duos, it's a fact. Fake turtlenecks really put these boys over the county line of score town...
I can't believe I haven't mentioned the amazing work of Wishbook Web yet. If you like department store catalogs, then you need to check this place out. These maniacs scan each and every page of these books in order to share with you. Just looking at this site makes me feel like a lazy, lazy man. Which is true but I'm in denial...
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Friday, July 04, 2008
Click here to visit the new Lincoln Monsters Page or click on a "Monster Sticker" below to see the individual character pages. I've included Star Trek Knockoff figure "Mr. Rock" just because he didn't fit anywhere else....
For more Monster Toys, Check out these fabulous links: