Friday, September 28, 2007

Gamma Radiation Sold Separately

Remco Energized Superheroes

Starting a look at the toys produced by Remco with the 1979 Energized Super Heroes selection, featurings not just Spider-Man but all your favourites getting the low tech electronic treatment.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Harsh Chair Reality

Another item that I'd love to own but my body style (The Lummox TM) prohibits such purchases, I'd destroy this thing in a week. I used to babysit for a couple that had one, it's part chair, part swing, all goodness.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Superman VS Godzilla

elastic superman

Red Kryptonite has turned Superman into a blob of corn syrup! How will he defeat Godzilla now?

I love the lower pic of Elastic Superman hugging Godzilla's leg, that's how my daughter fights me. I used to have a couple of these Supermen, one burst and I found a mouse trapped in the corn syrup. Needless to say, I don't collect these anymore.

Monday, September 24, 2007

MIA: The Short Sleeved Jacket

The short sleeved jacket was last seen at a fourth of July party in 1982, known whereabouts include thrift stores and old folks homes. If you have any sightings please contact the Plaid Stallions missing fashions squad immediately.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Rip Off of the Jedi

star team catalog from ideal

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Ideal Toys certainly was sweet talking George Lucas with their line S.T.A.R Team toys in 1978. Each action figure had a vaguely "galaxy, far, far away" look to them. Also included is Ideal's electronic action figures Electroman and Zogg, enjoy.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Star Wars Gloriole

vintage kenner star wars display

I'm working on a Star Wars section for the site (very slowly) and this picture kind of gave me goosebumps, i remember seeing this display in Eaton's when I was 7. I hadn't seen Star Wars or really heard of it but I was so drawn to these plastic men I bought one right out. I guess technically my mom bought it. I even remember how these things smelled when you opened them, chemical goodness.....

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Return of the Man Dress

man dress is back

This guy's face is hysterical, you can't look like a badass sir when you are dressed like you belong in a stage version of "T'was the night before Christmas". Where exactly is this couple anyway? The detention cell of a UFO?

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

A 33 year old mystery solved

In kindergarten (which was 1974), I played with a type of weird toy where the figures all connected, for hours at a time. I've been trying to figure out what they were ever since with no luck, so I just figured they were education toys produced by some anonymous company. Nope, they were produced by Mattel in 1969 and called TOG'L, kind of a weird precursor to the Micronauts. One childhood mystery solved, 1,200 to go......

Monday, September 17, 2007

More Superhero Appearances

spiderman mall appearance

The Plaidstallions mailbox was rocking this weekend with two new submissions for the Superhero Mall Appearance Gallery, the one above was sent in by James Powell, it's him and his sister meeting Spider-man in Orlando.

superhero appearance

Darryl sent in these great shots from the 1984 Macy's Thanksgiving parade, here Mighty Mouse struts his stuff.

superhero appearance

Red Kryptonite strikes yet again.

superhero appearance

Down in Front! This picture is pretty wicked, check out that bat cowl and how often do you see Hawkman?

Send me your vintage superhero encounter photos and I will bestow upon you fabulous prizes!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Charlie's Angels Catalog

Some girls toys for a change today, the 1978 Hasbro Charlies Angels catalog featuring the girls, their fashions and of course, you remember the treehouse they lived in right?

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Bar of my Dreams

Were I not a happily married man, I would fill my basement with the stuff pictured above, especially that sweet combination ashtray/magazine rack. I even used to have that wood panelling, I knew I should have kept it!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

What Ever Happened to the Man From Atlantis Toys?

Kenner Man From Atlantis Toy Proposal

It's not often I get to play toy detective (which is a shame because I have the hat and everything) so it was gratifying to make this discovery this week. Ever since I posted the Kenner Toy Proposals for the Man From Atlantis Line, I've wondered what the line would have actually looked like. Then I found a curious couple of pages in the far back of the 1978 Kenner Catalog that answered my question.

Kenner Man From Atlantis Toy Proposal

I am pleased to present Scuba Squad , Kenner's attempt to rebrand the toys they were making from the then cancelled series, which gives a glimpse of what might have been. Click the link to see the evidence yourself.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Men of Plush

Those that know me, know of my fondness for plush superheroes, especially stuff like the mego super softies. I've always found these late seventies characters from Knickerbocker to be terrific but I'm perplexed by the exclusion of Batman, Batman always gets picked for the team!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Time for a Workout!

Way to get a belt massage Lisa Loeb! So much to love in this image, the wood paneled, orange curtained home gym, the skirted workout uniforms, it's just such a party.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Super Joe 1978 Catalog

super joe

They fight by night with the power of light! I really fun one today the 1978 section of the Hasbro catalog devoting to SuperJoe, G.I. Joe's futuristic kick at the can. Joe took a four year holiday after this, come see why! Also come check out our newly redesigned website, now with 50% more smooth.

super joe

Thursday, September 06, 2007

The Human Adventure is Just Beginning

I have to admit I really liked Star Trek The Motion Picture as a kid, not really the movie itself but the merchandising. As a kid I had all the Mego figures and the styrene bridge playset. I never saw this southbend enterprise or phasers but those would have been once they hit clearance because almost everything related to TMP eventually did......

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Rug Hooking Rocked!

Thanks to Mr Hurst's 3rd grade art class, I got into making latch rugs as a kid. For about ten minutes, somewhere in a landfill is a half done Superman logo (inspired by the movie) that I just bored with once nice weather arrived. I did finish a snoopy skating on a field of green though (they were out of blue).

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Back to school means formal occasions

These fine outfits are perfect for Jr. Proms, confirmations, sweet sixteens, weddings, Bar Mitzvah's and of course humiliation....

The Epherema blog has posted an interview with yours truly, which I admit I was surprised to be asked, it can be seen here.


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