Friday, December 26, 2008
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Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
That Spock is pretty darn sweet too though.
Happy Holidays peoples! Where ever you are and what ever you do, I hope you're safe and happy.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
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Friday, December 19, 2008
Honestly I think I have a picture like this for each Christmas in the 70s, so yeah, I'm kind of passionate about Fisher Price.
1977 was a fantastic year, not only did they have the Sesame Street License, FP still carried a lot of the classic Little People and Adventure People sets from earlier on. So if you were a kid in the 70s I can't imagine that you didn't have at least one toy from this classic catalog.
Check out the 1977 Fisher Price Toy Catalog Here
Also of interest
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Thursday, March 24.1977:
CINCINNATI (AP) - First, Kenner sold millions of the Six Million Dollar Man Then, there was a scramble for the Bionic Woman. Now, the nation's second-leading toy manufacturer is,about to unleash its- newest bionic spinoff—the Oscar Goldman doll.
Goldman is the character on both television series who watches over the two superheroes and worries about whether their wires are shorting or their bionic parts need replacing "He's a strong secondary character in both shows," a
Kenner official said, "and is unusual in getting that prime time exposure twice a week with the success we've had with the Man and the Woman, it was logical for us to bring out an Oscar Goldman figure.''
"The Man"—Steve Austin and "The Woman", the manufacturer's pet name for Jaime Sommers—are proof of the power of television over' the toy industry.
Kenner officials have long acknowledged that shows such as the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman are highly marketable.
The Steve Austin doll sold more than two million copies in 1976, passing the record of its 1975 introductory year. The Jaime Sommers doll sold 1.5 million copies by the end of the past Christmas rush.
The company executive said the Oscar Goldman doll was a hit among Kenner's new 1977 lines at the Toy Fair held last month in New York among Kenner's other new toys is a followup to the successful Stretch Armstrong doll.
twisted and contorted and then returned to his original shape. Kenner has now introduced an adversary called Stretch Monster The doll, scaly and green, will be marketed as a beast to Stretch Armstrong's beauty.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Is it just me or does anyone else get the creep vibe from these pictures? I think it's combination of the dressing alike, the complete lack of personal space, that unflinching stare and the fact that the gentleman looks like every bad guy ever.
Maybe I just have a problem with moustaches.....
Monday, December 15, 2008
I mocked this stuff plenty when it came out (as a seven year old boy would upon seeing an icky girl's toy) but honestly I've always thought this set was really cool. Please don't call me a sissy, I really couldn't handle that right now....
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Card #14 goes out to my pal Scott Adams. Scott and I work on the Megomuseum and this is his other obsession, Child Guidance Sesame Street Finger Puppets. Scott asked me a couple of weeks before this how I felt about doing a card like this and me being a Sesame Street nut, it was an easy sell.
It was hard finding a cool image but I loved this one especially because it has all the "B List" characters and my beloved Roosevelt Franklin.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
After the cancellation of the Addams Family, "Thing" really fell on some hard times and was forced to sling cheap bourbon at suburban swingers parties....
Speaking of Booze: Ever seen a peculiar bottle at the liquor store and been a bit curious? Well, that's the point of a new blog called Liquor Pig, whose fearless globe trotting web master "drinks bad liquor so you don't have too" unless he can find some rube to do the drinking for him. It's like a bender without the remorse.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
The "Star Wars" collector can startwith authorized editions of paperback
books, comics, calendars and iron-on transfers and move up to puzzles, spaceship blueprints, records, games and action dolls.
More toys are expected to be on the market by spring, when Academy Awards time rolls around and the movie returns to many communities for repeat engagements. Spring is also the earliest many toy companies can churn out the new "Star Wars" toys. There's a shortage of some items, and several local toy department managers complained of a lack of variety in what's available. 'Star Wars' toys are a number one request, but they're not necessarily a number one seller because the merchandise isn't all there," said John Bouwmeester, manager of the Circus World toy store in Cherryland Mall.
"We get a lot of requests for 'Star Wars' merchandise, but there isn't that
much of it yet," Bouwmeester said. "I think the toy manufacturers didn't expect the movie to do this well and they're way behind in producing the toys to go with it."
One company is so far behind, in fact, that it's already selling toys it hasn't manufactured yet. Kenner is marketing what it calls an "early bird packet" that includes a certificate entitling the purchaser to four "Star Wars figurines. If you mail the certificate now, the company says, you'll get the figurines when they start rolling off the production line sometime between February and April.
The selection may be limited, but one Traverse City toy department is already sold out of "Star Wars" merchandise and doesn't expect to get any more before Christmas.
"We can't keep the toys on the shelf," said Kim Minore of the K mart toy department. "We're sold out, and now that it's this close to Christmas, it's unlikely that we'll be able to restock in time."
"The 'Star Wars' toys are bigger than the bionics right now," Meijer Thrifty Acres toy order writer Mary Reilly said, comparing them to spinoff merchandise generated by television's "Six Million Dollar Man" and "Bionic Woman" series. Also very popular, she said, are "micronauts" — little space figures with moveable and interchangeable parts so youngsters can create their own original creatures.
Kathy Powell of the Tempo toy department said puzzles were selling fast and she had only a few "Star Wars" games left. More items were ordered, she said, and should be on their way to the store. Similarly, Bouwmeester reported that the game "is starting to take off" and he's run out of the puzzles and wonders if be can get-more in stock by Christmas.
Area bookstores, meanwhile, reported "heavy sales" of paper memorabilia associated with the movie. First item out this summer was a paperback novelization of the movie.
Sales of that book are still doing very well, Janet Kroenenthal, manager of
Waldenbooks in Cherryland said, " but they have been dying off a little
recently. Sales were much hotter this summer when the movie first came out
and interest was highest."
Other "Star Wars" paper collectibles include calendars, sketchbooks, blueprints, picture portfolios, iron-on transfer books and a Marvel comics serialization of the movie. Recordings of the movie's sound track are also reported selling well.
"I think the interest has already peaked," said Lois Orth, bookbuyer and assistant manager of Thompson News downtown. "But I expect there'll be a big surge of interest in the movie for the Christmas season."
Who's getting all the "Star Wars" merchandise? "It seems to attract mostly younger boys, from age 10 to the early teens" Orth said. "Very few females seem interested," Kronenthal agreed. "That's natural. It's very much a male movie."