Monday, August 31, 2015

The Space Race


Wow, the third season of "Space:1999" would have been really, really different....

Friday, August 28, 2015

Pod Stallions 34: Disappointing Merchandise



This month's topic is some of the  disappointing toy lines that have stemmed from our more beloved properties over the years.

It's totally done out of love (as we both freely admit we bought and still own a lot of this stuff) but we talk about toys for Men in Black, the Phantom, Star Trek 4 and 5, Space:1999, Superman the movie, Doctor Who and much, much more.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Dixie & Lipton Star Wars Collector's Kit

I will admit that I spent my pocket money on Star Wars Dixie cups more than once (I lived behind a grocery store as a kid) but I never saw this cool promo, I'd have been all over it.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Friday, August 21, 2015

Star Wars Toothbrushes by Oral B


This is a great catalog from 1983 which smartly has the good people of Oral B cross promoting with the Empire.

I vividly remember my dentist having a huge display of these toothbrushes and him not giving me one because I was 12 (which I begrudgingly understood).

More spacey Dental Hygiene after the jump!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sales Leaders


They sold Pet Food  by day but at night, this sales team dealt in erotic adventure and it was always in stock!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Mego Batgirl




With the passing of Yvonne Craig, I thought I'd pay tribute with Mego. As a kid I truly wanted a Batgirl figure, my crush on Craig was the motivating factor but i had no idea of this at my young age. In the end, my fear of what my friends would think won out and I've always regretted that weakness. When I first began collecting, she was my #1 target and i don't care what my friends think about that.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

JJ Armes meet Kojak



Both these guys were based on real people, Kojak was an amalgam of several people who worked on a real life case but Armes was a real life detective with prosthetic hands. I'm not sure about the van being real however, just in my dreams sadly...

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Friday, August 14, 2015

1977 Ideal Evel Knievel Catalog



1977 looked like it would be another banner year for Ideal Toys with it's Evel Knievel toy line which set sales records the previous years.

Evel was even  playing himself in the movie "Viva Knievel" to be released that June but thanks to a very well publicized incident, it all came crumbling down that year.




More Daredevil stunt goodness.
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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Archie at Riverdale High


I would have gone nut for a Jughead as a kid, sadly I never crossed path with these great Marx Archie figures until I was a teenager. Having no Reggie in the line does seem to remove all conflict.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Bar Ware:1975


Cool bar ware hit it's peak in 1975, around the same time as "you keep the glass" drinks....

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Adventure from Beyond the Stars


There aren't many better ways to spend an afternoon in 1980 than acting out a "Buck Rogers on Tatooine" storyline.

Monday, August 10, 2015

The turf is ours by right, because it's our turn


Roving packs of "Dad Gangs" plagued suburbia until the Reagan administration created "The Thermostat Act" in 1981.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Flash Gordon Winners Announced


Well, we got a lot of love for our Bif Bang Pow! Flash Gordon action figure spotlight contest last week and while I can't give everyone a set, my pal (and podcast partner) Jason kicked in a second set so we could have two winners!

And they are:

Andy Raab (who said Flash himself is his fave)
Chris Franklin (More of a Vultan guy)

Congrats to both of you and thanks to everybody who played!  For everybody else, you can buy this set at Entertainment Earth right now.



PodStallions Episode 33: Monty Python




This month J& B discuss one of the most prolific comedy influences of our young lifetimes, Monty Python's FLying Circus and it's many incarnations.

We talk about our first encounters growing up, our favourite skits, the term "Pythonesque", delve into the movies (especially Holy Grail) and some of more interesting experiences with Python fans we've known and discuss some of our favourite things that came out of it's influence.



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Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Gi Joe: Action Pals for Adventure


My first action figure love was the GI Joe Adventure team, truly the gateway experience for a pretty happy childhood. No matter how many times I see the art on those wonderful painted boxes, I feel five years old. I seriously hope that never fades.




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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

The Empire Strikes the snooze button



Really digging the art on these.

I never personally had a Star Wars bed spread but I have a childhood  pillow case collection that is like a pop culture time capsule. 

Monday, August 03, 2015

No Mr Bond, I expect you to get down tonight



This is the only remaining photo of MGM's planned Disco era James Bond film "Mirror Ball" which was halted days into production, sadly the world would never know the pleasure of Adrian Zmed's 007.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Spotlight: Flash Gordon Action Figures by Bif Bang Pow!



It's been a good summer for me and new toys, as two lines based on retro properties came out and tickled my fancy (better than last summer's zero).

This week's is a slightly bigger deal to me as it's based one of my absolute favourite movies of all time, 1980's cinematic adaptation of Flash Gordon.

Indepth photo review, a contest and some scant blathering after the jump.



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