Sunday, October 21, 2018

My Fantasy Island Collection




Inspired by the new movie "My Dinner with Hervé" (Dinklage is pretty amazing in it BTW) I thought it would be fun to showcase the nick nacks (pun intended) that I've collected from the TV series "Fantasy Island".

Growing up I rarely missed the show on Saturday nights, it's mix of fantasy, comedy and horror were pretty intoxicating to my younger self and I've been an unironic lifelong fan. There isn't a lot of merch and while not expensive, it's elusive.


So my guests, welcome to Fantasy Island and join me after the jump!


Friday, October 19, 2018

Five Awesome things on Ebay this week


Ming the Merciless Costume- It's no secret i adore this movie but if i bought this i would ruin my marriage by running around wearing the mask shouting "Gordon's Alive?". It would be even worse if i bought this one.



Return to the Planet of the Apes Animation Cel- This one actually pains me a bit because a) I love animation cells and b) I freaking loved this cartoon as a kid! It simply comes down to the fact that when i discovered this auction it was going for more than i presently have in the piggy bank. There are two of these on Ebay right now.  Someday...




Azrak Hamway Carded Dracula- These wonderful figures look like Mego Knockoffs, feel like Mego knockoffs but they're officially licensed product! Well, except for Dracula, he wasn't Bela and was sold kinda quasi-seperately for legal reasons. 



Monster Squad TV Puzzle- My obsession with this short-lived Saturday morning show continues through it's extremely limited merchandise, this puzzle featuring a post-Batman Julie Newmar is one of my favourites.


Glow in the Dark Space Sword- Now, I have one of these, actually I have two of these but it's sworn duty in life to point them out to others. I secretly want to create an army of space sword and shield owners so we can have some sort of epic battle in a field somewhere. 





Gabriel Roto-Cast Monster Machine



This is the greatest toy I never owned, I wish I could send it back to myself in 1979.




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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Sonic Fazer




I have vivid memories of that store display with that Han solo wearing Luke's clothes and Dracula's cape.






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Monday, October 15, 2018

Crossfit:1972


No wonder everybody was skinny !

Also, work out leotards are classy as hell, everybody looks like they are spaceship crew, I think pink means officer.






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Friday, October 12, 2018

Five Awesome Things on Ebay this week


AHI Official Super Friends Car- Not to be confused with all those unofficial Super Friends cars, everything about this thing is beautiful except that they didn't invite Wonder Woman?  I especially love that Aquaman's driving.



British Star Trek Annual- For those not in the know, Annuals are these hardback books filled with stories, comics and (terrible) games. They're a UK tradition but if you grew up in a commonwealth, you probably had them. I LOVE THEM and the Star Trek ones are especially my favorites because they reprint the sometimes batshit Gold Key comics. I will likely buy this over the weekend.




Kenner Star Wars Store Display- One fine day, in 1979 my dad was visiting a friend who owned a toy store. He was closing and let us out the back, on the top of his garbage pile was this display, the man told me "Take it!" and as I reached for it, my incredibly germophobic dad shook his head no.

Now that you've heard this tale of woe, please group together the necessary funds to buy this for me please.





British Steve Austin Costume- I'm pretty sure this it exactly the same as the US version, just in a different box BUT IT'S A NEAT BOX!




Ultra-Man Halloween Costume- In October, all the cool costumes show up, like this classic Ultra-Man set by Collegeville. October is going to be expensive...


Scratch and Sniff Costumes


AKA the most 1980s thing ever! These are weird and probably wrong but I'm grateful they didn't release a "Clown" or "Hobo" version.









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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Hasbro Ghost Gun


I got to spend one afternoon with the Ghost gun's brother "the Moving Monster Gun" when I was ten and i remember how smitten i was with this toy.

Bonus shot: Here's the Ghost gun at retail way back in 1974.






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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Traveler



Hope this traveler has his passport cause he's about to embark on an all expenses paid trip to Panty-Land.







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Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Shark! by Ben Cooper


When Jaws hit pop culture like a runaway train, licensors lined up to cash in. The only problem? Any toy company can make a shark toy and boy howdy did they.

This particular one by Ben Cooper just goes above and beyond by including a victim, a scared victim!






Man, I know that face, I make it at least once a week.  I wish I owned this toy but it was kindly submitted by a collector to include in Rack Toys





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Friday, October 05, 2018

Five Awesome things on Ebay this week



Star Wars Super 8MM:  I love Super 8 films and this is one of my grails as it was a birthday party staple for me and my friends from 1977-1980. This one is a good deal but the guy doesn't ship to Canada (boooo!) so my loss is your gain.





Spider-Man Lobby Cards- I love the 1970s TV Spider-Man more than any other incarnation and while I should jump all over these, I don't have any wall space to properly display them.


Man from Atlantis Puzzles- I had no idea these were a thing and they're dirt cheap! I will be purchasing some of these.


Metaluna Mutant Halloween Costume-  Wolverine, Schmolverine, this is the coolest screen mutant ever. 



Addar Jaws Model Kit- Addar models didn't last terribly long but while they were here they tried to grab as much pop culture as they could producing models for Planet of the Apes, Evel Knievel and everybody's favourite shark. This kit is high on my "millionare wishlist".








Pod Stallions 66: Vincent Price




As Halloween month is upon us, J & B discuss the official spokesperson of horror during our childhood, Vincent Price.

We jump around on Price's amazing career including his days at Universal studios until we talk about his features and his amazing career on television and music.

Topics covered include I am Legend, Hilarious House of Frightenstein, The Love Boat, Scooby Doo, cooking, The Simpsons, Alice Cooper, Amok Time Toys, Amicus, Batman, Irwin Allen, Brady Bunch and Brian's Dad.



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Thursday, October 04, 2018

It's a Sweater! It's a Jacket! It's the TOP



"Space Dads" was a failed Gerry Anderson/Sid and Marty Krofft co-production in 1977 that starred Stuart Whitman as the leader of a band middle-aged astronauts seeking a planet where they could have extra-marital affairs.


Considered unwatchable, all known episodes were rounded up and destroyed. Many say it was a wise move, others totally agree.




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Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Creepy Crawler Thingmaker 2



When this set came out, I begged for it but my folks, they were impossible to talk into this sort of item, they wore me out. 

Flash forward to me being 16 and finding a dusty, unsold one in the back of a Toronto variety store. Money left my wallet pretty fast and I raced home and did...absolutely nothing with it. 

I had no real desire at that age to sit and make rubber bugs, so I ended up selling it at a flea market. This experience has not deterred me in any way to repeat this behavior for the past 30 years...







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