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....









5 comments:

Olga Rose said...

OMG! That Lost in Space Saucer would have excited me greatly as a kid. And custom Jaxxon heads too!

Harry Dean Learner said...

That live show looks incredibly awesome. I would have driven my parents insane begging to go to that show as kid in the 70's.

Plaidstallions said...

I think most people who saw that show think they dreamt it.

noslenbes said...

Here is a little more info about the show: https://www.newspapers.com/clip/31702657/the-bullwinkle-show/

DBenson said...

Noslenbes's link says it all. If that was the best publicity photo ...

Idle speculation:

I'm guessing this was an attempt to revitalize the old cartoon festivals and Saturday matinees, done in by television. The model was less "Disney on Parade" than Ronald McDonald, still appearing in person at local franchises and parades.

It looks to be an experiment, done on the super-cheap (Was "Fun Time Productions" a protective alias?). By the 70s Bullwinkle was a vintage property -- famous, but long relegated to syndicated reruns -- and somebody at Marvel might have been excited about any marketing deal, however penny-ante. I can easily imagine Bullwinkle and Spider-Man being the only new costumes; for the rest you could get off-the-shelf mountie, vampire and gorilla.

Tom & Jerry and Deputy Dawg were probably actual "color cartoons" shown; the live show would be skits of two or three guys running in front of the screen between reels to do a no-frills skit (by the 70s, few cinemas would be equipped for a live show, except possibly former legit houses). Maybe they mimed to recordings; maybe they just winged it.

The experiment clearly failed. Yes, you'd later see complete stage shows and eventually arena events starring cartoon / comic characters. But live shows as part of the moviegoing experience were history, aside from the increasingly rare magic / horror shows.

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