Monday, November 30, 2015

Friday, November 27, 2015

Beno's Toys Christmas book from 1979



Seeing as Christmas and shopping is all that on our minds right now, let's take a look at the specials offered 36 years ago with the Beno's Toy flyer.

I've never heard of this California based chain but I sure recognize the toys like Kenner Star Wars, Play-Doh and a metric ton of classic hand held electronic games!



Classic Toy Store Ads on PlaidStallions

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Muppet Vests



Every week I uncover more Sesame Street clothing I wish I could find in a XXL.

PS what the heck is a potholder vest?

Monday, November 23, 2015

Ditto Dots



Not to be confused with Dippin' Dots, trust me I made that mistake once.....

Friday, November 20, 2015

Pod Stallions 37 : Godilla



Episode 37 is our first "lost episode" as we had to re-record half of it after a computer glitch (sorry), so we know it's not October. This one has J & B discussing all things Godzilla and his Toho pals, something we're both fans of.
Subjects include our highlights (and lowlights) of his film series, the Hanna Barbera cartoon series, the Marvel comic and of course the many, many awesome toys that take money from (mostly Brian's) our wallets. Sidetrack conversations include Majin monster of Terror, Rack Toys, Johnny Yuma, Ultraman, Rodan,  Psychotronic magazine and the Big Bopper.....
We also want to keep the conversation going on the Pod Stallions Facebook page, please drop a line as to your favourite Godzilla movie and toys. We anxiously await your thoughts.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Remco Earth Quake Tower


Earth Quake Tower has been mentioned before but it's a toy so of it's era and amazing I wanted to bringing it up again. An Irwin Allen movie for the toybox, there is no way in hell this would fly today and $17? What a bargain!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Loving the Hut


I'm mildly smitten with this Pizza Hut merchandise like the oven but also the cardboard Hut. Although a more accurate representation of that  pizza hut play set today is to paint the roof and write "Chinese Buffet" on the top.

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Chained Bolero!


Yeah, like that crappy apartment door chain can contain all that testosterone bubbling within....

Friday, November 13, 2015

1981 Parkes Run Colouring Book Catalog



Hey remember those big colouring books you got on birthdays and Christmas? They were done by a company called Parkes Run and they made a lot of cool licensed stuff using licenses like Superman the movie, Popeye, Peanuts and the Marvel comics characters!

Adult Colouring books are the all rage right now but I'd settle for this one, which was given to me by my aunt Cathy in 1978!



Oh Man Wolf, where's your movie? 

 Anyway, check out the 1981 Parkes Run Catalog here!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Sport Coat Magic



These three are demi-gods in used car salesman mythology. Their exploits are shared to new generations at happy hours across this fine land.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Marvel Comics Multi Mags 2 for 99 cents!


As readers of this blog know, I have a fondness for comic multi packs especially the Whitman ones for things like Micronauts or the Shogun Warriors.

That's why this 1981 ad from coluring book publisher Parkes Run (more on them later this week) intrigues me. 



It seems that 1981, Marvel dumped Whitman in favour of Parkes Run and the format changed from 3 comics to 2, thanks inflation!



As a side note, my dad knew a distributor of these back in the early 1980s. I remember seeing a whole skid of these two packs in his warehouse. The man said to me "take as many comics as you want!" but my dad's face suggested that I should probably be happy with one.....

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Bring Back Mystery Science Theater 3000 Kick Starter


Oh happy day.

Series Creator and former star Joel Hodgson is campaigning on KickStarter to create a whole new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 right now.

As I've mentioned here more than once, I'm a giant fan of MST3K in all it's incarnations and it runs in the background constantly here. It kept me from madness while creating "Rack Toys" and it's inspired me to try harder when writing.

There is already 1,000 backers on this thing and it's not even a day old, so i'm not alone.

You can visit the campaign here and it's ever made you laugh please back it.

Keep Circulating the URL.


Lego Police!


The Police Headquarters was not only my first Lego set but the toy designated to stay at my Grandmother's house for when i visited. I had a million fun hours with that thing and even though my kids look at the blank faced figures like they're caveman tools, so did they.


Monday, November 09, 2015

Sleep Tight....Kid Dyn-o-Mite!



No offence to Scooby Doo or the Liberty Bell (!) for that matter, but they don't hold a candle to the supernova of win that is JJ Evans Pajamas....

Friday, November 06, 2015

1975 Polistil Action Team (GI Joe) Catalog


There is nothing i like more an European Catalog for GI Joe Adventure team toys and this one from Polistil Italy is a lot of fun.

Here they are the Action Team and all science fiction is toned down in favour of a slightly more paramilitary look.


As always, the products and faces are familiar but the packaging and marketing have a nice foreign flavour.


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Thursday, November 05, 2015

Shindana Toy Center



I love seeing stuff like this 1977 article and especially a  whole store display of Shindana merchandise like the JJ Walker plush, Wanda and of course, the amazing Slade Super Agent dolls.


Tuesday, November 03, 2015

MAC 1977

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I am in awe of this awesome ad for Matchbox MAC toys from 1977. These two inch tall heroes were sort of an "International Rescue" type organization and one of my fondest memories as a wee lad.




Monday, November 02, 2015

Coat Season!



I think this season I will be going with the Emerald green, it matches my cadillac nicely.

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