Monday, July 22, 2019

B,J and the Bear model by AMT

I really want to give AMT mad props for including the show's true star in the cabin. I also like to pretend that "BJ and the Bear" took place in the "Planet of the Apes" universe and Bear would eventually rise up over his oppressor.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Toy-Ventures: Torpedo Fist from Big Jim's Wolfpack!

Our focus this week is one of the top agents in the Professional Agents Crime Killers (or P.A.C.K) , the amazing Torpedo Fist.

We talk about the evolution of Mattel's Big Jim, the birth of the PACK, Jack Kirby, the launch of "Double Trouble", Torpedo Fist's origin story and even touch how the character ended up on the Masters of the Universe (sorta kinda?) .

It's a jam-packed Toy-Ventures and one I'm certain you'll enjoy!

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Friday, July 12, 2019

5 Awesome Things on Ebay this week

Custom Marvel Legends Manta and Moray figures- Oh my God, I love Filmation's Tarzan and the Super 7 and this guy did a brilliant job making them.

Tootsie Toys Flash Gordon Spaceship- This brings me back to the days when Flash Gordon toys peppered toy aisles. I am pretty sure that I first saw Flash Gordon was in some drugstore.

Battle of the Planets Pepsi Glass- These sadly never got made save for a handful of prototypes, this sucks becaus a) I love Battle of the Planets and b) I love Pepsi glasses, just not this much. It's so shiny though...

Vintage Star Trek the Motion Picture T Shirt- Shatner in all his "house of masters glory", my chest is not worthy!

Cornelius Water Pistol by AHI- Yeah, these are an obsession of mine. I have both of these but i really just think they are amazing.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Bags of Fun: Action Figures

As a kid, I figured out that combining these sets with other dimestore novelties could result in some B-Movie goodness, so I had Cowboys vs Giant bugs and Army Men vs Dinosaurs quite often. This is the only skill of merit that I taught my children.

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Monday, July 08, 2019

Toy-Ventures: Planet of the Apes Adventure Set by Amsco

Our focus this week is the incredible Planet of the Apes Adventure Playset by Amsco (A division of Milton Bradley) and these awesome 3D environments are entirely made of corrugated cardboard and hours of fun.

The folks at Amsco clearly had a lot of fun designing these because they are loaded with Easter eggs and nods to both the movies and the television series, it's one of the coolest Apes toys ever made!

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Friday, July 05, 2019

5 Awesome Things on eBay this week

Italian Superman Flying toy- I don't know if i've ever seen this 70s item by "New Toy" before but i really like it and it's wonderful packaging design. It even has an offer for an Ourways Studios articulated Superman on the back.

Doctor Zaius Helium Head- OH MY GOD I WANT THIS. I seriously contemplated a "Go Fund Me" to buy it. I probably won't go through with that but wow, i'm so smitten....

Battlestar Galactica Warriors Battle jacket store poster- There can't be too many of these kicking around. I had no idea they were even offered at retail. As a kid, even though I was lukewarm on BSG I soooooo wanted to wear this to school. It's probably good that i didn't get it, I doubt it would have gone over big...

Farrah Fawcett Knock off doll- Skateboarding Tanya is popular with Charlie's Angels characters because of that awesome swipe from the Hasbro Charlie's Angel's toy line. 

Spectreman Stamp Set- Japanese kids got cheap-o rack toys just like us, except their licenses were kind of more awesome. The seller has ALL KINDS of wonderful and tempting Spectreman items, so if you're into I suggest you visit here.

Thursday, July 04, 2019

T-Shirts: 1975

If you had to pick two, which would they be? Me,  I'd go for the Vantastic Dodge and Pinball Wizard of course because I sure can play a mean steel ball.

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Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Beach and Cruisewear for Men

Ladies and gents, I have found my summer look in C, I'm never taking that puppy off. Come September it will have a fine musk of sweat and German beer.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Toy-Ventures: Kung Fu Stuff!

Note: Warner Brothers doesn't like that i used the show intro in the video and has blocked it on mobile devices. Sorry.

Instead of looking at a single toy, I thought I'd share my collection of merchandise from the 1970s tv classic "Kung Fu". There wasn't a ton of merchandise for the show but there is plenty of neat stuff like lunchboxes, figurines, viewmasters, and even comics! 

Snatch this pebble from my hand and join me on this toy-venture!

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Five Awesome Things on eBay this week

British Boxed Stretch Monster- I have this weird obsession with Stretch Monster yet I've never bought one and I like British toy packages, this is a double whammy for me. I'm seriously considering it?

Automan Action Figure-  The show got a half season and disappeared so of course, it got a slew of merchandise in England? Where are my action figures from "A Man Called Sloane" England? ARE YOU LISTENING?

Star Maidens doll- I've spoken about Star Maidens before, it's this weird UK/German space show that shares a lot of lineage with Space:1999. It lasted a single season and got way more merchandise than it should, including these discount store dolls. I'm obsessed with these, the seller has two.

GI Joe Atomic Man in Catalog box- This is the one I don't have and it's so cool how Hasbro went the extra mile with their catalog boxes. Most companies just slapped a sticker on a plain brown xo but these three colour items are like art to me. Arrrghhh! I can't afford this! 

Fleetwood Toys Tarzan in the Valley of Dinosaurs- I can't begin to explain how much I love this rack toy. It's like the people of Fleetwood were fans of Burroughs. I want to send this set back to my six-year-old self.

Pod Stallions 71: Summer of 1989

We're back with an all-new episode and what better time to wax nostalgic about the summer of 1989 than the 30th anniversary (sigh) of the release of Tim Burton's "Batman".

We get into the Superhero event of the summer along with the "other" comic book movie that season, delve into Star Trek V, Do the Right Thing, The Abyss, Jason Takes Manhattan and of course, the hit of the decade, Young Einstein!

We take a side step into our minimum wage jobs, movie theatres, comic stores and how much i miss my metabolism.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Monday, June 24, 2019

Toy-Ventures: The Zython from Mattel's Space:1999 line

This week we talk about one of the rarest action figures I've ever come across, the highly elusive Zython from the Mattel Space:1999 action figure collection. I don't own this incredibly rare carded example but thankfully, I do know someone that has one and I examine it and give it's interesting back story. Please subscribe to our channel for a weekly toy venture: PlaidStallions Facebook Page Plaidstallions facebook group

Friday, June 21, 2019

5 Awesome things on eBay this week

Buck Rogers Lampshade Kit- I can't think of anything that would light up a room better than Pamela Hensley and Erin Gray in this wonderful 3-D piece from the UK. I love it's not the stock art but an original creation.

Incredible Hulk light switch cover- Speaking of lights, this 1970s light switch cover is everything I love about 70s stuff, totally funky and just slightly off model, everybody wins!

Battle of the Planets Keychains- I am really in love with these, they're pricey but honestly, I'd never seen them before a week ago. I'd settle for the Phoenix and yes, it would become my key ring.

Tomland Strawberry Shortcake RipOff-  Toymaker Tomland Toys was no stranger to ripping off concepts, I mean these are the people behind the Sonic Man and the Star Raiders but they seemed to have run out of clever the day they named this. Seriously, Redhead? That's lazy Tomland, even for you....

Mattel Slime Monster Game- As a kid completely verboten to have Slime of any kind (Shag Carpeting) I do find the whole concept weirdly alluring.  This is the first time I've ever run into the game and had a looksie, now i want it.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Kung Fu Super 8 Movies

As if I didn't have enough obsessions, I've recently discovered Kung Fu movies came on Super 8 reels, I own a projector and I love Kung Fu movies, so guess what happened?

Anyway, the beauty of collecting these is nobody cares, seriously the three films I showcase here? Under $20. A total win/win.

These fine films will be debuting on my deck this weekend!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Super Rare!

One of the nicest things that goes on at MegoMeet is that the dealer's humour me and allow me to document stuff I can't afford.

Case in point this Official Superman Super Streak by Azrak Hamway, one of the rarest rack toys I've ever come across.

My best guess is these didn't sell well due to the price point, the battery operated items from AHI always seem to have been produced in much lower numbers than stuff like the parachutists. 

If you're inclined to purchase this lovely man of steel, you can contact Vintage Toy Rescue but rest assured that $3 price tag is just there for atmosphere.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Toy-Ventures: My Mego Meet Haul

I've just returned from my favourite toy convention of all time, Mego Meet and please excuse the sleepy voice but I haven't had much sleep!

Thought it would be fun to go over the various items I picked up at this weekend's festivities, stuff from Planet of the apes, the Monster Squad, Stretch Armstrong, Godzilla, Kolchak the Night Stalker and hey I even bought a Mego figure from Buck Rogers.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Welcome to Mego Mountain

Heading off to the annual Mego Meet toy show in Columbus this weekend, where I will be giving updates on my twitter and facebook pages. 

Also, I would have watched the Walton's way more if monsters lived next door, just sayin'

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

GI Joe at Australian Toy Fair

Crude little photos like this one from the Kenbrite booth at the 1974 Australian Toy Fair are gold to me, a little glimpse into how our childhood friends were marketed. I have a few more shots that I'll share soon.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Toy-Ventures 26: Infra-Man

This week we look at the merchandise made for the incredible 1975 Shaw Brothers masterpiece "Infra-Man" and talk about how we deserve way more than what is out there.

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Friday, June 07, 2019

5 Awesome Things on eBay this week

Fantasy Island Posters- These are original store stock and the seller has a bunch. I don't know how many kids wanted these in their rooms besides me but this is awesome. Lets all buy these and be a Fantasy Island club, who is with me? (thanks to Rockford for the tip)

Whitman Doc Savage the Man of Bronze Puzzle- There is so little merch for this terribly underrate George Pal classic, this thing is five bucks, it's unreal.

Wrath of Khan miniatures- These were it if you wanted anything close to a figure of the best Star Trek movie. I remember being sorely tempted by the ads in Starlog and barely thought of them since.

Shadow Stamp Pad set by Madison- Oh the weird Shadow merchandise from the middle 1970s, it never fails to amaze me. I've never seen this rendition of this popular rack toy staple.

Glasslite Dracula from Brazil- I totally love this action figure from Brazil especially for the card art. No other monsters were made. I think the price is a little too high but it's such a nice example.

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Kung Fu Target Set

I found this piece that I honestly didn't know existed, so it was a pretty big deal for me. As a lover of the TV show "Kung Fu", the merchandise is minimal and this set from Multiple Toys is something special.

The weird thing is, it's actually not licensed. Released just after the show was canceled, it's like Multiple just went ahead and produced the set anyway. It's clearly based on the series, look at the Caine on that artwork. Don't mind his weird arm.

Here is a shot of the Caine figure, it totally looks like the third season look although i'm not sure why he's on a horse.


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