Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Sean from creepsylvania.com sent me an awesome surprise this month, a colouring book I've actually been looking forward to seeing for years.
The Monster Gallery Colouring Book is an early seventies masterpiece illustrated by Mark Savee (with text by Leah Waskey) and each page is a stunning tribute to a famous monster of either screen or legend.
A lot like the Bernie Wrightson Monster Colouring Book we reviewed a while back, this is a real cut above the standard fair. It's beautifully put together and honestly if you owned this, I doubt you'd put crayons to it.
Some of Savee's designs were swiped and used as packaging illustrations for Tomland/Combex (A UK division of Marx) "Famous Monsters of Legend" Toy Line. I borowed these images from Megolike.com where you can oodles of info on these fun Tomland figures.
If you have a colouring book you'd like to guest review, I'd like to hear from you!
SPEAKING OF MONSTERS
Today is the last day to enter in my "Save Frightenstein" contest, I could really use some help here and you could win a cool prize, so click here for details...
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Where is Jon you ask? Well, he informs me that he was too scared of the Dark Lord and ran away! I think we've all had those moments, thanks Jon!
Friday, November 27, 2009
While not the full catalog, this piece from 1978 shows a lot of familiar staples from the still very much in business Imperial, some of which I was surprised to find out I had as a kid.
Click Here to visit the 1978 Imperial Toys Catalog
Like Rack Toys? Visit this page for more:
Thursday, November 26, 2009
What happens you combine Barbie with animal DNA? You get Mattel's Gorgeous Creatures line, which if I had to guess was an attempt to catch some heat off the popularity of Ms. Piggy.
I'm sure this line has an ardent fan base somewhere but I kind of find these guys disturbing, I prefer Blythe thank you very much.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Card number 28 is dedicated to one of my personal favourite toy lines of my child hood, Mego's Pocket Superheroes. Released in the late 1970s, these 3 3/4" figures kept my love of Superheroes alive in a time when everything around was space orientated.
For more on this killer line, check out the Mego Museum Pocket Superheroes Gallery.
I'll be giving out these cards at tomorrow's Toronto Toy Show if you're in the area (click here for $2 off coupon to get in)
Friday, November 20, 2009
Mattel hoped that they ahd the next Star Wars with Ray Harryhausen's second trip into Greek Mythology in 1981's "Clash of the Titans" . While the film was a hit at the box office, it somehow didn't carry over to the toy shelves. Mattel released only one wave of figures and cancelled other merchandise based on the film.
The 1981 Catalog highlights what was released and gives us a little taste of what was in store had the toy line taken off:
Aaaaaw maaaan! We were gonna get a playset! Rip off!
Speaking of Toys: If you live in the Toronto area this weekend, come and check out The Toronto Toy and Doll Show (click here for a $2 off admission coupon) at the International Center this Sunday, November 22nd. I'll be setting up there with my friends from vintagevideogames.ca to sell toys and DVDs, I'll also be giving away Mego Museum and Plaid Stallions trading cards in my booth. Drop by and say hi!
More Mattel Action Figures:
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Everybody seems to forget about these little guys that predate "starting Line Ups" by a decade or so. These figures are close to Mego size and eventhough I'm not a big sports guy, I will cop to finding these pretty neat.
If anyone has an extra Green Bay Packer, I have a good friend who would probably love it.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Is it me or does it look like the Captain is getting kind of steamed here? I wouldn't mess with a former marine. On the left is Bernard Loomis, President of Kenner, most of the pictures I post of him seem to involve Lee Majors somehow...
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Yesterday Critical Mass releasing issued a statement over at Frightenstein.com saying that the show's broadcast rights are set to expire Dec 31 2009 and so far, no one has picked them up for 2010, meaning the show would go off the air completely.
Being a fan of this Canadian institution, I don't want to live in a Frightenstein-less 2010. Critical Mass is calling to fans to help by contacting any of the following stations and expressing how you want to see Frightenstein remain on the air:
Stations you can direct e-mails to are:
CHCH -TV (where it all started) firstname.lastname@example.org
Teletoon Retro email@example.com
CBC ( go to their contact page to fill out and send located at) www.cbc.ca/contact/
Corus (YTV and the new owners of Drive In Classics ) firstname.lastname@example.org
Two other folks will recieve prize packs filled with PlaidStallions goodies. So please, please, please help me keep a classic series on the air! Thanks for reading!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
David Smith sent in these rocking shots from his birthday party circa '77 or '78ish.
David is wearing a very cool Spider-Man T Shirt BTW.
Here you see Spider-Man signing autographs, (back when celebrities signed everything for free) note the back of Dave's awesome shirt.
Spidey crouchs down for a shot with David's 85 year old Grandmother, he mentioned that whoever was in the suit had a great sense of humour, which totally fits.
David's folks pose with the weird wall crawler. These pictures are really cool and special, what a fantastic birthday this must have been. Thanks David!
Friday, November 13, 2009
HG Toys was one of the bigger producers of licensed products in the 1970s and this great puzzle catalog from 1974 proves this. Almost every popular television show or character from that time is present, including Evel Knievel, Star Trek, the Marvel Superheroes, Planet of the Apes, Happy Days and much more.
Check out the 1974 HG Toys Puzzle Catalog
Also, if you haven't already check out the previously posted 1979 HG Toys Catalog for Godzilla, Alien, Superheroes, Barbapappas, Vegas, Love Boat and a lot more:
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Ever wonder what Superheroes would look best splashed on a "Shaggin' Wagon"? Well wonder no further cause Jesse sent me this funny piece from Maxim today that answers that nagging question once and for all.
Here is my personal favourite:
Mike Grell's Warlord, I could so totally see this parked at Wal-Mart somewhere....
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The socks in #2 look like those funky skies in those late 60s Rocket Robin Hood/Spider-man cartoons, totally freaky.