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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