Friday, February 15, 2019

Five Awesome Things on Ebay this Week

Scare Cycles FrankenCycle by Ideal- After Evel Knievel did his little trick with a baseball bat, Ideal toys was left with a very popular toy concept without a theme. Scare Cycles placed the classic monsters on choppers, it made no sense but who cared?

Speaking of weird nonsense on Bikes- Who didn't want a freewheeling Alan Alda on a motorcycle as a kid? I would have preferred Jack Klugman but this isn't terrible.

Buck Rogers Playset by HG Toys- I don't know what I love more here, the toy or that gorgeous Earl Norem art on the box.

FireBirds are Go! - One of the more blatant knock offs produced by Zee Toys, they weren't even trying to disguise that these were ripping off Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds and I love them for that!

Sealed Remco Mini Monster Play Case- I always liked the notion of the Monsters being room mates, even as a kid. 

Mattel's Heroes in Action

Mattel's Heroes in Action is easily in the top 3 PlaidStallions "Hey I had this toy as a kid" emails we get. The line's military flavour is unique during a time when war toys weren't quite in vogue.

I remember them mainly from the gorgeous comic book ads but I never saw them as a kid, quite a beautifully designed series.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Zython from Mattel's Space:1999 line.

The Zython was offered in the 1977 Mattel Catalog as an alien character to go alongside with Mattel's Space:1999 action figure line. It never appeared in the series but was a rather welcome addition to the line which desperately needed more flair.

However, sales on Space:1999 merch weren't strong enough to warrant a wide release and the Zython seems to have only been offered via this contest for a German comic book above (Thanks Eddy for the scan). It's speculated that less than 300 of these were made, we'll probably never know for sure but a few have trickled out of Deutschland over the years.

But of course, this is Mattel we're talking about here, they'd never let a good toy mold go unused, so Zython would later appear in the amazing Mexican version of Big Jim (known as Kid Acero), which was produced under license by a company called CIPSA, who would dub him Nocton an alien enemy of Kid Acero.

So, while I'll probably never own a Zython (the last one went for just under a grand), I was able to buy a Nocton in the 1990s and still have him to this day. One day I hope to track down his scepter. 

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Toy-Ventures 8: The Martian Chronicles

This week's installment of Toy-Ventures is all about the action figures produced by Larami for the 1980 TV mini-series "The Martian Chronicles", just how does a mini-series get an action figure line the first place? We'll try to explain. 

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Friday, February 08, 2019

Five Awesome Things on Ebay this week

Spider-Man Walkman-  Boy, Spider-Man is like "Krusty the Clown" when it comes to putting his face on stuff. As an aside, these are bully magnets, two bright beacons on the side of your head saying "pick on me".

Kojak Letraset  Rub Down Transfers- Letraset was this UK company that made these beautiful sets of rub down transfers called "Super Action Heroes", they're DELUXE presto magic sets. They did Superheroes, Space:1999, Doctor Who and Kojak? I never understood Kojak merch, the show seemed kind of adult and serious. Kojak got more merchandise than shows aimed at kids.

Mattel Battlestar Galactica Space Alert Game- This was such a good purchase back in the day, I played this thing for years! It's a simple, fun and addictive game. I wish it were a phone app.

WKRP Disk Jockey Control Center- I'm more of a Bailey Quarters guy (Oh the debates in my first year dorm room) but I love everything about this wonderful toy. I'm sure it doesn't have the best sound but i want it anyway.

Battle of the Planets Action Figures from France- It's a crime we didn't get these figures when Battle of the Planets was on the air. I'd like to time travel back a set of these to my young self.

Thanks for reading, have great weekend.

A Whopper of a Deal

Does anyone else find it ironic that we were desperate the play the jobs we would soon have?

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Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Did anyone get a Gold Cylon Mailer?

My friend John sent me an email the other day asking me about this, one of his "holy grails". He claims he sent away for this as a kid but a got a Hot Wheels car and an apology. Since then he's been looking for one in the mailer box to fill that void (i can relate to that) but it's never come up.

When I started thinking about I realized I've seen them carded and of course loose but in all my years I've never come across one in the mailer box.

So question to you all is, did you or do you have a gold Cylon in the mailer box?

Incredible Bendy Hulk

As a fan of Bendy figures, I'd have to say the Vic's Incredible Hulk is a choice and logical item.  He'll fit it in great with my Mego Bend N Flex figures. Thanks to Steve for sending me this generous gift!

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Monday, February 04, 2019

Toy-Ventures 7: Robot Man with Four Faces

This week's installment of Toy-Ventures is all about the wonderful and weird Maskatron knock off from France called "Robot Man with Four Faces" one of the more blatant (and charming) rip-offs I've ever encountered as a collector. 

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