Friday, May 17, 2019

5 Awesome things on eBay this week.

Japanese Spider-Man doll by Popy- I have a deep affinity for the Japanese Spider-Man TV series and it's merchandise also gets much sunshine from me. This toy is loaded with so many wonderful gimmicks (most of them having nothing to do with Spider-Man himself) that it's a total win. Missiles coming out of hands? Why not?

Laverne and Shirely Tiger Claw Necklace by Harmony- Harmony made the weirdest stuff, they had odd licenses and I can't get enough of them. Every piece is just yeah,,,,,

Cheinco Planet of the Apes waste basket- It's the official waste basket of PlaidStallions as it's the one in my office. I've owned a couple in my life and honestly it always been a struggle between Apes or this one.

Japanese Godzilla Bendy- I am such a big fan of dorky looking Godzilla toys.

Mexican lobby Card for Phantom of the Paradise- Why do people remind me cool things exist? This thing is currently sitting at six dollars! Arrgggghhhhh

New Avengers Jigsaw Puzzle- This is actually being sold by my Podcast partner and friend, Mr  Lenzi. I find it kind of absurd as New Avengers was an action show and the puzzle is of John Steed...... leaving his building or possibly a restaurant? This must have flown off the shelves!


21 Kwai Chang Caine figures and one master Po - These are from the Multiple toys "Kung Fu" playset that came out in 1974, I don't why this guy has so many Caines but I need that Master Po, so does anyone know 21 Kung Fu fans who want a $2 Caine?

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Monday, May 13, 2019

Toy-Ventures 21: Alien Attack by Toyco

This week's episode is all about the Toyco Alien Attack playset from 1982, it's astronauts fighting the Colorforms Outer Space Men, what is not to love? Please like and subscribe to our channel to get a weekly toy-venture and other great stuff. Music: Beneath the Surface South London HiFi

Friday, May 10, 2019

5 Awesome things on eBay this week

Planet of the Apes Wagon toy by AHI- I cannot stress how much i love this AHI Apes toy, if i didn't have one I'd buy this. I'm not sure if it's the Astronaut figure in full space suit or Dr. Zaius driving but either way, I just want to hug this.

Japanese Die Cast Superman Figure- This is sort of like a Superman Micronaut, add to that Neal Adams art and I'm all weak in the knees.

Spider-Man magic transfer set by Colorforms- I had this as a kid, you made little standees and I still have the Green Goblin one. Memories....

Starlog salutes Star Trek T Shirt- It doesn't get more 1980s than this powder blue bad boy, you'll never know when it'll be Star Trek's 20th Anniversary again.

Battle of the Planets Schoolbag from Greece- I have been collecting Battle of the Planets stuff since the early 90s and this is something I've never seen before. 

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Superhero AM Radios

What was your AM Radio as a kid? Mine was "Little Sprout" from the "Green Giant" commercials, I assume my mother won it.

It was pretty cool but my older sibling had an FM radio in her room, so i mainly just kept my door open so I could hear Black Sabbath.  

New Six Million Dollar Man Shirt in our Redbubble store!

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Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Toy-Ventures 20- My Star Wars Collection

I thought I'd do something different and talk about my Star Wars collection, most people I know are surprised I have any SW stuff and well, I have a lot of rules about collecting this stuff that I almost always follow. Do you have collecting rules you follow? Let's hear them in the comments section.

Friday, May 03, 2019

Five Awesome Things on Ebay this Week

Mighty Mightor Costume from France- The French really dug Mightor, I'm more of a Birdman guy myself but I think this costume, which makes the wearer go shirtless is the total bomb!

Shadow Crime Fighter Super Copter- I can never get enough of these odd toys from the late 1970s, this one is rather affordable as well.

Count Dracula Board Game by Tomland Toys- This is a little later a toy than I normally feature but anything with the words "Tomland" and "Dracula" gets my attention as I'm obsessed with a series of Monster action figures they made in the early 1980s.

Janex American Man- This is just one weird toy concept, part GI Joe, Part Paper Doll. I can't imagine many kids were happy to have this guy over an action figure but 40 years later it's an amazing curio.

Captain America Super Baby by Amsco- As a kid, these toys bothered me because they weren't accurate depictions of the characters, Shazam was blonde! I think that says a lot about how uptight I was as a five year old! As an adult, I find this low buy it now tempting, it's hard to keep the collector beast in check.

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Spectreman Trading Card Display

My friend Corey shared this awesome vintage display of Spectreman cards from Japan. As if I couldn't love Japanese stuff more.

I am truly a sucker for anything with Dr. Gori on it.

New Six Million Dollar Man Shirt in our Redbubble store!

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Toy Ventures 19: Space Sword & Space Shield

Ok let me address the fact that for some reason I keep saying "Star Sword" despite what's on the label but please don't let that mar my celebration of two of my favourite childhood toys, Space Sword and Space Shield! These glow in the dark Star Wars inspired toys were the source of hours and hours of backyard play for me in the late 1970s and I actually like them better than officially licensed toys. So join me on another Toy-Venture in a galaxy far, far away. If you like this video please subscribe for more goodness ever week!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Movember Batman

Just When I thought the very talented Tim Baron (Any child of the 1970s/80s will want to check out his creations here) could surprise me no further, he pulls out the funniest Mall Appearance photo I've seen in years.

 Seriously, whose older brother is playing Batman here? 

Also,  I know it's a pen but I wouldn't bat an eye if it was a Virginia slim in his hand, it totally would fit. 

 This is the kind of thing I'm looking for in my next book "Mall of Justice". 

 How you can get involved: I'm looking for your photos and your recollections! 

Even if you've submitted them to the site before, I would likely need higher resolution and I'd want to talk to you. 

 What am i looking for: Appearances of costumed characters during the 1970s and 80s, be they from comic books (Batman, the Hulk) , cartoons (, toy lines (Masters of the Universe, GI Joe) or movies (Planet of the Apes, Star Wars) , a date and place and a description of how you felt meeting these iconic characters. Did you think they were real? Does it have to specifically be in a mall: HECK NO! Car shows, county fairs, grocery stores, heck I'd even accept birthday party shots. It's all fair game.

 Learn more here: 

 Or simply send me an email at Kid70s*at* (replace the at with an @, i just don't want tons of spam from publishing my email(

Friday, April 26, 2019

PlaidStallions Turns 13!

Today, 13 years ago, I had just put my (then tiny) daughter down for a nap and with the rest of the family out,  I was that dangerous combination of bored and lonely. 

So, I decided to start a blog that I had been planning for months. Not that I had a plan, it was basically me scanning my collection of old wishbooks and adding some humour. It was crude and I didn't know if anybody would care, also I told nobody.

It changed my life. 

Since that time, I've produced toys, found employment writing about the 70s, gone back to school to make this site better, thrown myself out of my comfort zone with podcasting and Youtube, written a book and made many close friends. 

I never intended to keep it going this long, five years was my original plan but I just never wanted to stop.

Through the years, I've lost family, jobs, friends and even my house for a brief time but one thing I looked forward to doing each day was this, it's been a rock to me, a true comfort.

I sincerely love and appreciate the feedback I get here, it brings me joy to read your comments, your captions (always better than mine) and your memories. Thank you for making this one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

I am very grateful.


PS-It's especially fitting I write this just before I drop off that same daughter at an all-night laser tag party. 


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