Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Biddy Biddy They don't take Diner's Club Buck!

I tell you, whip this puppy out at your next get together and you will be the most talked-about person in the room. Trust me, I have experience in this matter. 

Also, I leave a running tape recorder in a briefcase when I exit a room.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Toilet Seats: 1975

I had the Owl one as a kid, being nostalgic for a toilet seat feels like rock bottom.
Things can only up from here!

Also, I had no idea it was #WorldToiletDay

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Friday, November 15, 2019

5 Awesome things on eBay this week

Seven different Presto Magix Empire Strikes Back Sets- Ohhhhhhh the nostalgia cuts deeps in these, I'm instantly in the sixth grade getting these taken away! You can't break my spirit Mrs. Luxmore!

Popy Jumbo Machinder Kamen Rider V-3: I won't lie when i close my eyes at night, I see this in-between Bettie Page and sandwiches of course... 

Addar Evel Knievel Model Kit- I'm pretty sure these are the kits that Evel sneaks into an orphanage in a cringe inducing scene in the movie "Viva Knievel". It's the one where the crippled orphan drops his crutches and walks to Evel, yeah, that scene...

1970s Superhero Magnets- This is what the fridge in my kitchen looks like, I love these like siblings. 

1976 Movie Theater catalog- Everything from popcorn makers to shag carpeting choices, it's the whole Magilla for theatre owners back in the polyester years. I seriously want this for PlaidStallions but can't afford it, so i offer it to the universe.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Toy-Ventures: Box of Mego Knockoffs 2

Everybody loves a sequel and I got a second mystery box of Mego Knock Offs from the UK. This one holds some real surprises for me. 

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Friday, November 08, 2019

5 Awesome Toys on eBay this week

Fleetwood Manimal Toy- Rack Toys provide an important function, providing merchandise for television shows that get cancelled mid season. Case in Point "Manimal" a series that only got 13 shows but somehow Fleetwood managed to create a bunch of figurines under the banner (these were not based on the show) You can see the full range here.

Wind Up IQ9 from Star Blazers- I think I would have wept as a child if I had found this wind up character from Star Blazers. Between this and Battle of the Planets, Star Blazers action figures were my biggest "I wish someone made those" requests as a kid.

If you're not familiar with the brilliant Star Blazers toys from Japan, check out my video about them.

: Japan renamed Stretch "Mr. X" and painted his hair dark brown, he was also a wrestler in this world as you could buy Sumo Robes for him as well.  If you think that's cool, check out what they did to Stretch Monster.

Johnny West Store Display- I never had any Johnny West figures as a kid but i do remember seeing a display like this and being somewhat impressed. I adore stuff like this and glad it survived.

Battle of the Planets Figures from France- I'm not sure what happened to Jason, although if you're a follower of the original Gatchaman this is what the team looks like after season one (SPOILERS!). You rarely see these guys complete like this.

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Toy-Ventures- Evil Cowboys by Zodiac Toys

This week we talk about one of my "white whales" in knock-off monster toy collecting, the elusive and vexing "Evil Cowboys" action figures made by Zodiac Toys in the late 1970s. I wish I knew more about these but here is everything i have on the subject.

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Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Friday, November 01, 2019

Five Awesome Things on eBay this week

1977 Space:1999 Calendar, not only is this totally bad ass but I can reuse it in 2022!

Matchbox Fighting Furies Ghost of Captain Kidd- Fighting Furies is this wonderfully underrated toy line from the mid 1970s that had Mason Reese as a spokesperson. It doesn't really get enough credit, especially considering the third character introduced into the series was a freaking ghost who glowed in the dark. It's one of the coolest action figures ever.

Black Hole Towel- I don't think I have to justify why this would be here. I wasn't even looking for Black Hole stuff and this came up, it was meant to be.

Italian Superman Watergun- I like mashups like this, it's a retooled phaser, normally sold for Batman that somebody slapped a Superman sticker on it. So while Batman using a pistol always seemed weird, it's even weirder to think of Superman having any use for one!

Japanese Suckerman- I didn't know this was a thing, it's totally awesome!

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Toy-Ventures: Halloween Costume Countdown

Toy-Ventures this week is a look at five classic Halloween costumes from my collection, some are weird, none are scary but they're all infused in some magical 1970s pop culture goodness. 

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Nosferatu statue 1981

The Esco Company was famous for its chalk were statues of famous celebrities and movie characters. The height of their popularity was in the 1970s, and for monster fans their most famous chalkware statues were a Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Bride of Frankenstein. They are some of the best likenesses ever produced on any Universal monster Merchandise.

In the early 1980s, they extended the monster line with statues of Nosferatu, Phantom of the opera, and the invisible man, as well as some other characters.

For my money, this Nosferatu statue is the prize of the lot. He's just perfect. It contains everything that is needed in the sculpt., and nothing that isn't.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Pod Stallions: John Carpenter

Seeing as it's Halloween, what better time to discuss one of the most influential directors of our youth, John Carpenter.

We discuss how we discovered his work, chronologically going through the body of work, discussing the good, the bad and the seriously underrated pieces in his filmography.

We sidetracked a little bit but anyone who listens to us knows how we do.

We hope you enjoy and have a happy Halloween!

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Universal Monster paint by numbers

These glow-in-the-dark paint by number portraits of the Wolfman and the Phantom of the Opera were made by craft House in 1975.

They also made a Frankenstein who is somewhat generic-looking, and then a Mummy who bears no resemblance to the Universal Mummy.

The Wolfman is by far the best of the lot. Although I like the way the Phantom resembles his Aurora model counterpart. I love the glow-in-the-dark paint.

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Friday, October 25, 2019

AHI Monster Jigglers :Toy-Ventures

Toy-Ventures this week is all about the PVC rubbery goodness of the Azrak-Hamway 'World Famous Super Monster PVC Wigglies" or we call them Jigglers.

We'll get into their history and why they smell so much like childhood

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Five Awesome Halloween Costumes on eBay this week

Seeing as it's Halloween, I thought I'd change things up and do an "all vintage Halloween Costume" edition. The really good ones seem to pop up this time of year and I've managed to find five I wish I could purchase right now. Let's dig in!

Shogun Warriors Mazinga Costume- I remember a kid in my class had this and I was super jealous. I don't even remember what i was wearing but it wasn't a Shogun Warrior.

Close Encounters Alien Costume- I think a lot of people thought Close Encounters would be the next Star Wars in terms of merchandise, it's a good movie but it just didn't have much appeal to me as a kid. 

Atari Asteroids Halloween Costume by Collegeville- This is a favourite here at PlaidStallions because it's just such an oddity. Are you the pilot of that little space ship, nope you're the Asteroid or an old sponge, whatever turns you on baby.

Outer Limits Alien by Ben Cooper- This is before time but I'm very fond of this classic TV show (even it's remake was good) but I can't seem to place what episode this guy is from, I guess it's possible he's an original creation.

1977 King Kong Costume by Ben Cooper- I'm not terribly fond of the movie but I seriously love the merchandise based off it. Case in point this beautiful box and set, so gorgeous!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Japanese Frankenstein Sketchbook

(this one from Matt tasks me a little as i seriously want it!)

This fabulous sketchbook from Japan was made in the 1970s. It features a Karloff Frankenstein from 1939's "Son of Frankenstein".

There's interesting artwork on the inside cover as well. Rather disappointingly, the sketch pages are completely blank, with no artwork in the margins. I can't read Japanese, so I don't know with the lettering on the inside of the book says.

The building that Frankenstein is looming over on the cover with the jet flying out of it looks familiar, but I can't for the life of me figure out what it's from.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Review: In Search of Darkness: A Journey into Iconic 80s Horror

While I am known to occasionally moan about 80s nostalgia veering into hyperbole if there is one thing I would agree on, it would be how important that decade was for horror.

Perhaps it was the political landscape, the rise of mall Cineplexes and video stores, the advances in practical effects but there was something spooky in the air. The sheer volume of output is impossible to dismiss, in fact, it should be discussed, at length.

That's what In Search of Darkness: A Journey into Iconic 80s Horror, the new documentary from former Famous Monsters editor (and Pod Stallions regular) David Weiner sets out to do.

Clocking in at 258 minutes, In Search of Darkness is about 2.5 times longer than many of the films it is celebrating and as it continues, you completely understand why it had to be.

Thematically, ISOD lays out all the subject matter almost as if someone is placing VHS movies on the floor ordered by year and gives a special insight into each one. 

Commentary and special insight from genre notables such as John Carpenter, Joe Dante, Cassandra Peterson, Lloyd Kaufman, and Joe Bob Briggs to name but a few really help to give the documentary an even keel, it never completely aggrandizes or debases its subjects, it just has fun.

The brisk pacing means it also never lingers too terribly long on any subject, that fairness moves you through multiple sub-genres including horror-comedies, a personal favourite of mine.

Along the way, memorable horror trappings such as soundtracks, practical effects and the 80s obsession with bare breasts are interjected into the film providing an important pallet cleanser.

One of the more interesting effects ISOD had on me was that it changed my mind. While I've always freely admitted it was a successful era, I personally thought it too predilected with gimmicky slasher pictures. I now consider that opinion entirely short-sighted.

In Search of Darkness properly showcases just how an inventive time it truly was with slashers bumping elbows with monsters, aliens, demons, zombies,  killer toys, ghosts and most importantly, completely risky ideas and concepts. 

Now if you'll excuse me, I'd like to put on some leg warmers, chill a bottle of New Coke and watch "Night of the Creeps".

 In Search of Darkness is available on Blu-Ray or DVD at the movie's official website. This limited run of the movie will only be available until Oct. 31 with expected delivery for November 2019. 


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