Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Mattel logically thought to spin the concept off to a more earth bound concept and created "The Sea Devils" underwater explorers featuring the same bendable body style as Matt had. Leading the expedition was now Commander Chuck Carter and his sidekick Rock Riley as they explored the ocean's depths.
Sea Devils is something I've wanted to feature on PS, mostly because I find it an awesome line of toys and two, it just fell flat on the market and are really hard to find in the secondary market. It's a shame as they are a great start to what would become a wonderful decade of toys.
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Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
This is a new one to me, these Comic Hero kites from Remco were made in 1971, which was an odd year to be making Superhero merchandise seeing it was pretty close to the late 60s explosion. There are some pretty interesting things to notice about this line, first is the absence of Aquaman ( although I'm not sure if he had a monthly by this point) and the other is there is not one but two Flash kites, even one where he's punching Mirror Master.
I mean that's some pretty obscure character choices there, even for 1971 when kids actually read comics. The other big tell this is from the early 1970s is the appearance of Wonder Woman in her weird-0 powerless Emma Peel days.
I wonder how many kids would have even realized this was supposed to be Wonder Woman?
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Anybody who grew in the 70s probably remembers the Janex line of products especially their talking alarm clocks which were a pretty big deal at the time. I for one coveted that Batman and Robin one but I hated waking up as a kid (still do) so I never asked for one.
The addition of this fun (although weather beaten) catalog also adds some much needed Raggedy Anne and Andy merchandise to the site, it seemed like those two were everywhere back in the day.
Visit the 1977 Janex Catalog Here
More Superhero Swag
Thursday, July 22, 2010
One of the cryingest shames of the 1970s were that a lot of cool TV shows never got much merchandise, take Land of the Lost for example. This was easily one of the most memorable kids shows of the decade and all we got were a few rack toys from Larami, some viewmasters, a Halloween costume (which I'll admit kicks ass) and a board game.
Nobody thought the Sleestaks were marketable? Heck nobody thought kids wouldn't buy a series of plastic dinosaurs with a "Land of the Lost" sticker slapped on them? I'd be hunting ebay every day for such a thing.
At least this bagatelle features some lovely graphics, kind of gives a glimpse of what a Land of the Lost comic might have looked like. Oh damn, that's another thing they should have made...
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
"Kamen Rider Colouring Book"
Back in 1991, I spent about every weekend hitting China Town or Agincourt to find new laser disks or VHS of this cool new show I had discovered.
Kamen Rider was that series, in Japan it's a kids show and the best way to describe it is it's one part Sid and Marty Krofft with equal parts Sonny Chiba.
Never a big anime guy but man do I love it when the Japanese do live action.
My friends didn't get it (let alone girlfriends) and I couldn't make out a word what the folks were saying but it didn't matter, I was hooked for like on this craziness.
That's why I was so jazzed when I saw this on Ray Miller's table at the last Megomeet show.
Hopping the pond to the UK for this Mall Appearance which happened in the early 1980s when Darth Vader himself dropped in on a "Toymaster" (great name) shop to promote the Empire Strikes Back Video cartridges that I spent the majority of 1981 playing.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Even though my toy buying was waning considerably by 1984 (sadly I was getting more into Doctor Who paperbacks than girls) I do admire some of the cool gimmicks used to spawn action figures at the time..
Take for example Galoob's Infaceables line, a series of Heroes and Villains whose faces changed into horrible beasts. The Infaceables didn't rock the toy world (probably due to the lack of animated series) but they're kind of a fun, typically mid eighties SciFi/Fantasy toy line. Also, dig the vehicle names, "Incredible Thrasher" is my new screenname on my Wii Active game...:
More Cool Concepts
Thursday, July 15, 2010
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
I'm not denying that comical tube socks can't start conversations, what I'm wondering is what really the quality of that conversation would be:
Man 1" Hey neat socks!"
Sock Man " h'yuck, yeah I got them in a catalog"
Man 1 "well, bye"
Saturday, July 10, 2010
This ad for licensing Captain America products from 1981 is interesting not only to comic fans but also trek people ( can't remember if "trekkie" or "trekker" is offensive so I'll steer away from that controversy, thank you) as I'm 90% certain that's none other than Commander William Riker actor Jonathan Frakes under that ill fitting large cowl.
It's well documented that Frakes paid his dues appearing as Cap during the late 70s/early 80s and most of the photos in the Superhero Mall Appearance Gallery seem to predate his tenure. This one however has a good chance of being him, I hope this useless knowledge brightens somebody's day.
Friday, July 09, 2010
Parker Brothers was already a household name for board games and in the 1970s, like a lot of other toy manufactureres, they were attempting to the name in the growing electronic game market.
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