Friday, November 30, 2018

ERTL Star Trek 3 Klingon Prototype Found!


I've talked about the ERTL Star Trek 3 figures before and I especially love this press photo of the handmade mockups. While the Kirk, Spock and Scottie are obviously repainted Mego The Motion Picture figures, I always wondered what the Klingon figure was. 

Well, today I got that answer, more after the jump:

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Dear Santa


Dear Santa, 

If you have any of these stereos hidden in the back somewhere, I'm your boy.

Also, if you're going to the back, I have a long list of outdated toys I'll take off your hands as well.



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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Lovely Holiday Gifts for All the Girls!


True story- One Christmas my mum purchased matching sweaters for me and my dad, she made us open them together. 

I was twelve and well, this wasn't a very welcome concept. 

My father thanked my mother and nodded at me, sending an incredible nonverbal message of "bury this in your drawer, never wear it, never speak of it" and that's what we did...

It was the best thing he ever got me.




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Friday, November 23, 2018

5 awesome things on Ebay this week




Mego Dukes of Hazzard Figures with original Mego Mailer- I'm not big on Dukes myself but these two guys came directly from Mego to a consumer, maybe they were replacements for defective merchandise. I love toy history knick knacks like this.


Incredible Hulk Action Box- I've gone all these years not knowing what an "Action Box" was. This is a gorgeous bit of Rack Toy wonder made by Fleetwood, worth it just for the graphics alone. There is a Spider-Man one too!



Martian Chronicles Movie Poster- I don't know why there is a poster for the 1980 TV miniseries adaptation of "The Martian Chronicles" but I REALLY want it. Unfortunately, I've maxed out every wall in the house.



Ideal Electro-Man in a mailer box- I have a fondness for mailer boxed items, sure they lack the colourful impact that the store packaging had but have this sort of rustic charm themselves.


Play Family Castle in the box- Oh man, this one even has the original inserts. I doubt I ever become a hardcore FP little people collector but I know that I've got one inside of me.

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Stereo Home Entertainment Bar


A bar that plays records? I finally found something I'd fight somebody for in a Black Friday line!



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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

UFO Commander 7



As a kid, my grandparents gifted me a Jeek Tunneln for Christmas, on that side of the family I was one of eight, so I always ended up with surprising gifts I initially would question and later treasure, none so much as this toy.



The vehicle had no backstory but me being inspired heavily by daily doses of "Star Blazers" had a crew and a full story arc that summer.



I was shocked to discover that Japanese toy maker Shinsei actually did an elaborate comic book for each vehicle, describing the back story and what everything did. I didn't see this as a kid but would have enjoyed it.

I think I have a new obsession.







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Monday, November 19, 2018

Hat Day 2018!


Hat day is an annual tradition here at PlaidStallions, please choose your new look wisely. There are no wrong choices but "Fine N Feathered" is the correct answer.




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Friday, November 16, 2018

5 Awesome things on Ebay this week


Monster Squad Frankenstein- Admittadly, i prefer the TV series "The Monster Squad" over the 1980s movie but everytime I do a search I do run into these custom Mego-esque figures done by the amazing Distinctive Dummies and they give me pause.



Cliffhangers TV Week Cover- Remember the TV series "Cliffhangers" featuring three stories that were supposed to channel old movie serials. It was one of my favourite TV shows growing up and other than some press photos this is like the only piece of merchandise ever.


Tarzan Card Game by Mattel- I'm not big on card games but that all changes when the packaging is done by JACK FREAKING KIRBY. Jack's rendition of Tarzan is a little weird which of course, makes it ten times more awesome.


Lili Ledy Tusken Raider- In Mexico, Lili Ledy made their own officially licensed 12" figures, they're whacky, a little off model and totally adorable. None so much as this, the Tusken Raider or "Sand Person" which of course, Kenner never made. I seriously want one of these badly but of course, they're ridiculously hard to find. Why I am always attracted to such pretty things?



Mazinger Super 8 Film-  I love Shogun Warriors, Foreign items and Super 8 movies so this Japanese Super 8 film hits a lot of buttons for me. It's super pricey but this is really window shopping anyway.


RC R2


I had the remote control R2D2 as a kid, it stopped walking pretty quickly but it was still good to use with the 12" dolls so I was content, also it still made it's beeping noise much to mother's chagrin. She once threatened to throw it out of the station wagon!






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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Exciting Toys from the Star Wars Series


This nice ad from Zayres (wish i had the whole flyer) is from Christmas 1983 and I'm guessing by that point, I had jumped off the wonderful train that was Star Wars. 

I still read the Marvel comic mind you but I honestly don't recognize or remember that mini-rig or the plush Ewoks at all. I hope it brings joy to those that do. 




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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The World's Rarest Jiggler FOUND



As any reader of this blog should know, I loves me some dime store rack toys and I also love drive-in cinema, that's why today's entry is so special to me.

You see, for years there has been a legend of a Jiggler used to promote the Blood Island series of movies. Blood Island movies are a wonderful late 1960s series of lurid colour monster movies filmed in the Philippines that I absolutely adore (Oh and these movies just got released on Blu-Ray by our friends at Severin films, go and get them). 




Well, monster toy collector and fellow Blood Island fan Ray Castile has finally tracked one down and shared. You should check out Ray's amazing youtube videos about Topstone Monster Masks, they're really great.



Just like the chlorophyll monsters of Dr. Lorca, I'm green with envy about this find but also filled with gratitude just to know it exists!

Thanks to Ray for sharing this epic find, I'm seriously giddy.

Also, it goes without saying, if you have one of there, I would like to buy it. 






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