Friday, January 29, 2016

Grip Character Diecast Catalog


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Eidai Grip diecast vehicles were produced in Japan during the 1970s and featured many popular TV licences not unlike Dinky and Corgi did in the United Kingdom.

In fact, they shared many licenses like Gerry Anderson's UFO (a personal favourite), Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet. They also (understandably) covered Japanese favourites like Ultraman, Speed Racer and Battle of the Planets.

Above is a beautiful catalog I found, you can view it in larger scale by clicking on it. I've also broken it down after the jump including shots from my own collection of these. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Togetherness!



Because Love is...removing all doubt to the world that you came in the same car.....

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The forbidden zone was once a paradise!


Tell me, though. Does man, that marvel of the universe, that glorious paradox who sent me to the stars, still have it his way? Did he find Herb?

I'll stop now.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Hasbro 1973 World of Love Catalog



Hasbro described Love dolls as: "She's what's happening. She's today's American teenager and she's part of the World of Love".

This was an interesting to attempt to combine  Fashion dolls with what was left over of the hippie movement in the early 1970s as Hasbro hoped little girls would clamour to enact adventures for Love and her friends Peace, Flower, Music and Soul.







More Fun from the Doll Commune

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Astro Warrior Lazer Fazer



Lights! Sounds! Darts! - What else do you need?

So many Star Wars inspired laser guns, so little time....

Friday, January 15, 2016

Pod Stallions 40: The Micronauts




For our 40th episode we are joined by actor/comedian Chris Tallman (@MrChristallman on twitter) for a celebration of the Interchangeable World of the Micronauts, the classic toy line from Mego that is about to get a major motion picture and new comic book series this year.

The discussion begins with the toy line's Japanese origins, it's halcyon Mego days, the influential Marvel comic book, our childhood impressions, later incarnations and then we pick out favourite toys from the line.






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Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Amazing Micronauts Exhibit


Today's update is a fun look at the amazing displays my pal Ray "Acroray" Miller put up at the Kruger Street Toy Museum a few years back. 

I was lucky enough to see it first hand (luckily we also held Mego Meet there at the time) but for those of you who didn't, this is an incredible experience to see Ray's amazing, comprehensive collection.

Ray's display comprises of vintage toys, concept art, catalogs, Japanese Microman items, prototypes, related merchandise and the many post Mego iterations of the toys and characters. Check it out after the jump.

Warning: This could have you searching Ebay. Just sayin'

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Le Micronauts

Pin Pin Toys Micronauts Ad

This ad is from France where then distributor  "Pin Pin Toys" had good fortune with the Micronauts line, it truly was an international affair with the line enjoying good sales in Canada,  the UK, German, Greece and especially Italy.

This Friday our new podcast is all about the Interchangeable world of the Micronauts.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Mego Introduces the Micronauts

Mego Micronauts sales piece from 1978

Today we feature the original toy trade catalog given to buyers when Mego launched the Micronauts in February of 1977.

It's a wonderful and rarely seen piece, more after the jump.


Monday, January 11, 2016

Micronauts Week


In honour of this Friday's new podcast episode (which is about Micronauts in case you were wondering) I plan to theme this week around Mego's memorable toy line.

Above is a Christmas catalog spread from 1979, it's one of 3 pages that year. '79 was truly my big year with the line and one where all three of those glow in the dark aliens were under the tree and accidentally they taught me the truth behind Santa Claus. I'll save that story for the show.

Friday, January 08, 2016

1973 Hasbro GI Joe Adventure Team Catalog



One of my favourite memories from childhood is tiny me marveling at the GI Joe adventure team boxes in the Woolco toy aisle, that's why I always enjoy when I pick up a Hasbro catalog I don't have.

This time it's the Adventure Team from their true high point in 1973 with such iconic toys as the Mobile Support Vehicle, the Training Center and the classic Adventure Team Headquarters playset.


Thursday, January 07, 2016

Sly Tie



Those velvet belts give the appearance that these guys are masters at the dojo for funkiness.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

The Amazing Spider-Van



As much as I think that van is the coolest thing ever, I do kind of think that Spidey and Hulk are the Gene Simmons of the Comic world.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Fun With Stretch Toys


I was never allowed to continue my collection of Stretch Toys after I bit mine. IT WAS BIGGER THAN ME! I HAD TO KNOW!




Monday, January 04, 2016

Friday, January 01, 2016

Pod Stallions 39: The 2015 Retro Awards



Happy New Year! It's time for our annual salute to all the things that made us happy in 2015, especially those that harkened back to our childhoods and brother, did we have a lot to smile about.

The 2015 Retro Awards salutes the movies, books, magazines and toys we raved about this year and we also talk about special events and end by mourning some of the folks we lost.






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