Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Steve Austin's Arch Enemy Dr. Kromedome!


Dr. Kromedome was a clever creation by department store chain Montgomery Wards and Mego to make up for the lack of villains for the Kenner Six Million Dollar Man line. He was totally unlicensed, cost the same as Steve and quite silly looking, like some sort of Cyborg Pimp and that's why I love him so much.

Here is a video I did about Dr. KromeDome for the MegoMuseum.








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Sunday, June 28, 2020

The Week-Enders


These suits are ready for "Non-Stop Weekends", not sure what that entails but please note, it's never gonna stop coming! 


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Friday, June 26, 2020

5 Awesome Things on eBay this week

Lost In Space Jupiter II 1966 1967 Maruzan Japan Marusan Battery Operated Saucer I really wanted Lost in Space toys as a kid, the trouble was I discovered the show in 1981. I am especially fond of this wind up Jupiter 2 toy I've never heard, the seller even included a You Tube Video of it in action, check it out below:




Superhero Stamps store poster- I remember getting all excited about Superhero stamps for a weekend as a kid, it was such a passing fancy but I can't resist this poster.




Planet of the Apes Archery set- Remember all the arrows in Planet of the Apes? Me neither, I still want this....






1970s Bullwinkle Show Poster- I've never heard of this live event that starred Rocky & Bullwinkle, Spider-Man, Tom & Jerry, King Kong and Dracula? I'd sure like to know what the story was, it sound weird and dream like. 






Jaxxon heads for action figures- Remember the big green space bunny from Marvel Comic's Star Wars? The one George Lucas hated? Well I loved him and now I can make an action figure of him using this awesome head. I totally won't do this but I love having the choice....









Thursday, June 25, 2020

Inflatable Furniture!



I know this fad totally failed but I absolutely want an inflatable living room, moving would be a snap and in the summers I can bring it to the lake!




Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Return of the Space Apes!


A couple of weeks ago, I was introduced to the Space Apes, a vintage series of action figures that seemed to be knocking off Mego's Planet of the Apes line but upon further reflection, these appear to be factory seconds poly bagged and sold off to make a quick buck, more after the jump:


Saturday, June 20, 2020

1978 Mattel Shogun Warriors Commercial (Series 2)



Another film reel from our archive that we've had digitized for your enjoyment, it's the 1978 Mattel Shogun Warriors Commercial featuring Gai-KIng, Great Mazinga and Daimos! I forgot I had this! Please enjoy, it's fist firing fun! Join our Facebook Group Pod Stallions: https://www.facebook.com/groups/podstallions Toy-Ventures Magazine is coming this summer, for more information, click here: http://plaidstallions.com/reboot/magazine/

Friday, June 19, 2020

5 Awesome Things on Ebay this week



Space:1999 Promotional booklet- That wonderfully funky off-model logo is really eye catching. I'm pretty sure this will go for more than I'm willing to pay.



A whole mess of poop-a-troopers: A discussion on the Pod Stallions FB group made me realize just how many of these guys I had as a kid. They're probably stuck on rooftops and trees in my old neighbourhood.



Doctor Who Wall paper- Vintage Doctor Who merch ain't easy to find, I'm kind of amazed that the Davison era even got stuff like this, it looks pretty darn slick actually.




Star Fleet Rack Toy- Star Fleet is really interesting Japanese Puppet show (where it was known as X-Bomber) that played in the UK, Brian May even covered the theme tune with Eddie Van Halen. I am fascinated by the show and its merchandise.



Mego Custom Star Trek Amok Time Set- This was created by the genius that is Laser Mego and is part of the 2020 MegoMuseum Bandwitdth Benefit auction. All proceeds go towards hosting not only the MegoMuseum but PlaidStallions as well. There are over a dozen custom creations including some original art and figures by yours truly. Please take a look and spread the word, all the fun ends tomorrow night.











Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Toy-Ventures Indie Go-Go Campaign is Live!


My upcoming magazine Toy-Ventures is almost here!


The Toy-Ventures Indie Go-Go Fundraiser is now live

it's a pretty basic campaign and I'll walk you through what i'm doing, there are three options:


 
  • Kick in a buck- We'll thank you with some spooky Super Monsters Wall Paper

  • Get a digital copy- Even though we're fans of print, we realize you may not be and well, you can still help make this happen by contributing.


  • Physical Copy of Issue #1 with two collectible Super Monsters Buttons featuring the photography of our cover artist Corey LeChat. We are doing a limited run of buttons and these will not be offered again should we sell out.
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    Stretch Goal:

    If we get to 1500 copies sold, I'll increase the page count by eight pages and add scans of the 1975 and 1974 AHI toy catalogs.

    Other Ways You Can Help

    Please share this campaign on your social media accounts, your toy groups, and with anyone you think might want to read Toy-Ventures Magazine. Getting the word out is the most important goal of this publication.

    It's really the most important thing right now, thank you for reading this and even being interested, I really appreciate it.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Toy-Ventures: Shogun Warriors Godzilla and Friends



Toy-Ventures this week is gigantic and green! We talk about one of the most iconic toys of the 1970s, Mattel Shogun Warriors Godzilla and his friends Rodan and Popy Jumbosaurus Godzilla. 

 It's fist firing fun! 

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Monday, June 15, 2020

Das Space Kit


As I kid, I begged for the DAS Pronto Space Kit and got it for Christmas in 1980. I wrongly assumed I could create extra characters for my Star Wars adventures. The figures were static, really couldn't stand all that well and did I mention I sucked at painting when I was 9?





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Friday, June 12, 2020

5 Awesome Things on eBay this week



The Incredible Hulk UK Annual- We just did a podcast today about UK annuals and this one was a topic of discussion. It's the only time in comic form that we have this rendition of the Hulk, the comics are all about Bill Bixby turning into Lou Ferrigno, I found that so charming.


Bendy Toys Buck Rogers and Twiki set- Speaking of charming, these foam rubber action figures were exclusive to the United Kingdom and are just so kooky. I own a set myself and really love Buck's weird non-accurate space suit.


Godzilla's Gang figure by Mattel- Godzilla's Gang was sold at the same time as the Shogun Warriors, it was a series of Japanese Monster vinyls where most of the character were from Ultra-Man shows, with the exception of Godzilla of course. Nobody talks about these! They're super awesome and I want them all!




SWAT Iron On Transfer- I'm not a big fan of the series but I love this really striking artwork. That would really pop on a shirt.



Battle of the Planets Mego Style Figure- The Popy TV Heroes brand were meant to emulate the Mego World's Greatest Superheroes figures (which Popy also sold in Japan). This one was my grail for decades, I mean this is the figure I would have killed for in 1979.


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Pod Stallions 80: British Annuals


It's just Jason and Brian this time around and our topic this week was inspired by some posts in our Facebook group.

British Annuals are hardback books that go back to the 1940s and over the decades they have made a staggering amount of different licenses and properties.

We start by talking about Doctor Who (a lot of people's introduction to the annual) but discuss Holmes and Yo-Yo, V, The Avengers, Adam Adamant,  Kenny Everett, The Beano, Thunderbirds, Look-In, Abba, Space:1999, UFO, Kung Fu, Star Trek, Tomorrow People, Gold Key Comics, Brian's childhood fears about England and finish off just talking about Buck Rogers for no good reason.

As a side bonus, we will be sharing our collection of UK annuals in our facebook group, join us!














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Thursday, June 11, 2020

The Incredible Hulk Official Utility Belt




I've long believed that the Remco Incredible Hulk Utility belt is the most ridiculous piece of Hulk merchandising produced, I mean the guy doesn't have gadgets and generally, his pants are held up by a rope or possibly a toaster cord.

It appears, however, that Remco sold a bunch of these because there are two versions, my Corey LeChat sent me these photos recently of the two, distinctly different Hulk Utility belts, more after the jump:


Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Ideal King Kong Board Game


I have a fondness for "Kong Mania 1977" but own little to none of it's merchandise. Being a board game nut, I think this is one I'd like to add to our repertoire. 




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Monday, June 08, 2020

Can Can




I think "beer can collecting" may top the list of "70s kid hobbies that won't make a comeback" I'd put my money on flocking bottles before this. 

now if you'll excuse I'm going to try and track down some "big Cat Malt Liquor", I pray they still make it.


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Thursday, June 04, 2020

5 Awesome Things on eBay this week


GLJ Bendy Godzilla- I stand by this, that is the greatest toy packaging I have ever seen. Look at how much work went into that.



Knock off of Mego Doctor Zaius- It's well known that I'm fond of knock offs, heck I even have a facebook group devoted to them and well, these Apes are the apple of my eye. This one is a bit pricey but it's also the first time I've seen Zaius before. It's weird that a terribly made copy of the original is the more expensive, it's a sickness I tells ya!



The Sunshine Family Coloring Book- I have been pretty open about how this toy line gave me the creeps as a kid but now I'd love to see the weirdness inside this book.






Evel Knievel's Golf Clubs- I'm not much of a golfer but these look exactly like i expected they would.




Walt Disney's the Black Hole Computer game- I had no idea that such a thing existed, sure it doesn't say "The Black Hole" but the box has VINCent and the ships on it. Sadly, it's an educational game by Radio Shack, so I'll live without it.


SHAMELESS PLUG





I'm selling an autographed set of custom action figures from the Canadian TV classic "Hilarious House of Frightenstein". This set is autographed by series co-creator and star Mitch Markowitz. I plan to use the proceeds to make more custom action figures. Thanks for looking!

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