Saturday, June 30, 2012

Steve's pals


Steve sent in this awesome shot of vintage toy love, showcasing his "toy collection" so to speak. That's a good group he's got there, Mego Hulk, Bigfoot, Steve Austin, Pulsar (awesome team up) and what I think is a Mego Shazam.

To be honest, I really wish I had a similiar photo of my toys but I never had the foresight.....

If you've got shots of vintage toy love, send em on down!

Friday, June 29, 2012

1982 Meccano Action Man Catalog




Meccanno Action Man 1982



Palitoy Action Man wasn't just marketed to children in the UK it also spread to countries such as France, where Miro-Meccano brought the fuzzy haired, eagle eyed soldiers to market.


In addition to 12" figures, Meccano also brought in the popular 3 3/4" Action Force line that was very popular at the time..

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Frak! I'm Late!


Nothing says "officially licensed merchandise" better than  sloppy sticker placement. Would a pocket watch with a picture of the vehicles that decimated your people be a big seller on the Galactica?

Or is that a Cylon pocket watch? That raises more questions than I have time for.

Friday, June 22, 2012

1975 Mattel Hot Wheels Catalog


Mattel launched the HotWheels brand in 1968 and the free wheeling 1:64 scale muscle cars became a household world by the early 1970s.

By 1975, the brand was doing what it does best, creating great looking cars and complicated racing playsets, a formula they still use today.



Thursday, June 21, 2012

Polyester Superheroes


Which man to choose, Bat or Bionic? I wish I had these decisions to make when it came to clothes.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Camping with Big Red


When I last posted about Spiegel Catalog exclusive "Big Red" I had never heard of him. However, I got a ton of email from you lot saying that you not only had Big Red but that you loved him!

So here is Red's offering from 1975!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Father's Day Dad-O-Rama



What with it being Father's Day weekend and all, I thought what better time to celebrate the "Old Man Fashions" of the past and at the same time cheat readers out of content while you tootle around with my book?

Enjoy your sweaters.

These guys are all probably younger than I am now.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Donny and Marie meet Donny and Marie.


This shot from 1977 pictures Donny and Marie inspecting their toy namesakes at a Mattel Expo where they were guests of honour.

Other notable displays at this show involved Mattel's new line of Shogun Warriors, Slime, Pulsar and Welcome Back Kotter toys. Sadly, the article only mentions those and this is the best picture I have from it.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hot comb fail


The daily traffic jam for use of the hot comb was an ongoing source of tension in the Wagner home.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Victim Mystery Solved


For years now, it's been bugging me if this 6 inch fashion doll that has been dubbed "The Victim" and said to be part of the Lincoln Monsters line of toys was a real thing or not. I had heard from people over the years who claimed to have her as a kid or saw her in an obscure catalog. However, nobody could honestly place where.

That is until I met my pal Corey at last weekend's Megomeet toy show and he handed me the 1975 Spiegel catalog, a gap in my already over the top catalog library. And this is the first thing I saw:

There she was, the "girl victim", her size and outfit have always suggested to me that she was some sort of unsold Dawn knockoff,  merely added to the offering but she was marketed as something the monsters had their way with.

I still can't believe that this was a thing, part of me doubted it merely because it seemed so wrong headed,  especially when you consider all the trouble Aurora got into with their girl victim model kit in 1971. It seems weird that both the Spiegel buyer and the company repping Lincoln in the United States hadn't noticed a national boycott.


Monday, June 11, 2012

Howdy Ma'am


The boots brothers stopped harrassing Nancy when Johnny Sideburns rolled into town...

Friday, June 08, 2012

New from Odeon Toys

brick Mantooth as Micronaughty

I can't believe it's taken me a year to get these samples created but these are the first two figures from the Project: Mantooth sub series I've been working on. Each figure will be limited to about ten units and have custom packaging.

All of this (and me!) will be at this weekend's MegoMeet toy show in Wheeling, West Virginia. So if you're in the area, please stop by this Saturday and say hi.

More information and photos after the jump.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Cool Cast



Pretty sure my sister had the girly version of this and some of the pieces are still safely tucked away at my grandmothers, who has kept my lego in such perfect condition that my kids now play with it.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

War is fun!

This Official Sgt Rock Stunt Cycle may be one of the last toys AHI released before they folded from Remco. The majority of the AHI Rock line was derived from Batman items they created a decade earlier.
Check out our upcoming book!

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Nerd Therapy Session: Starch of Maize


This one goes back  to 1977, a spendy new toy, the burning curiousity to know what's inside and the misery that's always certain to follow.


More after the jump.....



Friday, June 01, 2012

Kenner Stretch Armstrong Archive Debuts



Stretch Armstrong is one of the most recognizable and succesful toy concepts of the 1970s. Launched by Kenner toys in 1977, Stretch Armstrong would become a household name for generation X kids everywhere. The unique concept of making an action figure out of latex and corn syrup would create a buzz and see many a Christmas wishlist.



Subsequent figures such as Stretch Monster would prove equally succesful and move the brand into pop culture history. The line would eventually end after many successful years in 1981, where fatigue combined with increasing copycat imitators would see the line end.

The corn syrup laden hero was sold world wide and thanks to PS pal and benefactor Bill Frost, I'm finally able to showcase the many forms of Stretch and his friends on the site.



Click here to see the PlaidStallions Stretch Armstrong Index

Please do not ask me if I have these for sale, I sadly do not own a single stretch figure but do email me if you have stuff you'd like to contribute!

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