Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Coolest Halloween Stuff Ever?

mighty men and monster maker

The Mighty and Men and Monster Maker was simply one of the coolest Monster toys ever. I don't know how many women I've known who wanted this but received it's female companion, Fashion Plates. This happened to my wife, who simply mixed fashion plates people with her brother's monster plates, genius. I got to play with one of these while watching "Mad Monster Party" at my friend Charlie's place this weekend, a total geek overload!

crestwood monster books

Charlie also sent in more pics of the Crestwood series of Monter Books, I had totally forgotten about the Mad Scientist one. I think I memorized the Godzilla book in fifth grade.

crestwood monster books

These color versions are harder to find according to Charlie, I've never seen them.

monster figures

I picked up these cool Burger King Monster figures for my kids this past weekend at Kane County, there was a frankenstein but he's gone AWOL. My daughter won't put the "cree-ker" figure down, it's very sweet.

crestwood monster books

I don't know what it is about toyshows the last weekend in October but they put me in a monster toy buying mood, this weekend my entire haul was monster stuff. Including some spare crestwood books from Charlie, the previously mentioned Burger King figures and my grail for the past few months, the Remco Monsterizer.

This puppy is going to be on full display tonight along with my other figures. Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Halloween Toy Round Up

I actually started out my Halloween coverage worried i didn't have enough content, now thanks to some very generous folks, I have way too much. Above is another great French ad from Eric (Aka Baron Sat). These were the popular shows in France at the time, Fantastic Four and Goldorak (which many Franch Canadian kids will also remember).

Close up of the ad which also mentions suits for Captain Harlock, Spectre Man and Maya the Bee! Does anyone have pictures of these costumes?

Doctor Mad's Hairy Scary Monsters is a spooky play do knock off I've never heard of.

Charlie sent in this pic of the classic Weebles Ghost Van, only in the 1970's did a Ghost need a van....

More Halloween goodies tomorrow! Stay Sick!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Halloween in France!

halloween costumes from France

My pal Eric sent this amazing cool advertisement for costumes in France, this stuff is just killer. I guess Bionic Woman was called "Super Jamie" over there, I wonder if they'll call the new series that?

star wars halloween costumes from France

These Leia and C-3PO costumes are undeniably cool, the Leia looks exactly like the Kenner figure!

star wars halloween costumes from France

Mighty Mightor was kind of a bit player on Saturday morning TV stateside but in France this Hanna Barbera character was a full blown superstar! He even got his own Mego figure. Although I don't know if running around bare chested in October is a good idea....

Friday, October 26, 2007

Aurora Monster Models Catalog

It almost doesn't seem fair to talk about Monster Toys and not bring up one of the most popular and influential of them all, the Aurora Monster kits. So today's update is a look at the 1975 Aurora Glow in the Dark Classic Movie Monsters Catalog. As an added bonus we have shots from the collection of Charlie Balicki including boxed and built up versions of these classic items.

Have a spooooky weekend folks!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Attack of the Mini Monsters

remco mini monsters

Remco Mini Monsters are an obsession of mine, the marriage of 3 3/4" Star Wars like figures with the Universal Monsters is in my humble opinion, perfection. I just recently tracked down the play case but bought a sealed one that I can't play with. I'd never punch out the cardboard pieces anyway.

What haunts me about this line is the fact that I passed up on one of the rarer pieces this past August at Wizard World. I took a photo but never asked price, arg! I hope to rectify this problem at the toyshow this weekend.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Marx Monster Mania

I don't know much about this game but I have to say that's the most handsome frankenstein I've ever seen.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Dracula VS Cookie Monster

Castle Dracula will be a mess of cookie crumbs and blood tonight. Tough choice for 70's parents, huggable old cookie monster or a plush lord of the undead? Nowadays Drac would be a big seller at Hot Topic.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Super Halloween

super hero costumes

I've never really grasped the concept of a superman mask, his costume should most likely just include a wig with a spitcurl. Also it's cool to see new comer Darth Vader off in the background, he's not yet the pop culture icon he would eventually become.

Oh and don't forget your Remco Utility belt for the Incredible Hulk kids because his belt in the comics wasn't just a rope....

Friday, October 19, 2007

Don Post Mask Catalog

Every kid from the seventies or eighties will probably remember the cool rubber masks from the Don Post Company ads in Famous Monsters, Fantastic Films and Starlog. Today we present the various monsters, aliens and Imperial Sith of the 1982 Don Post Studios Catalog.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Play Do Monsters Need Haircuts

I love this monster version of the playdo fuzzy pumper barber shop even though it doesn't make a lot of sense. Dig the perm on the skeleton.

Charlie sent in these great pics of the Count Creepyhead playset, something I've never actually seen before.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Hot Costumes for 76

I think it's a pretty cool sign of the times that the apes aren't supposed to be Cornelius and Zira but Caesar and Lisa, now that's progress. What kid wanted to be Charlie Brown? I spent my life avoiding being him.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Delicious monsters that stay crunchy in milk

These cool BooBerry and Frankenberry puppets were in the 1977 Kenner catalog, which makes sense considering that Kenner was owned by General Mills. Booberry was my favourite cereal as a kid, they stopped making anything but Count Chocula here in the late seventies.

Monday, October 15, 2007


Here's one by Mego that never made it out, Frankenbumps was a twist on stretch armstrong except you could use a pump to vacum seal his bean filled body and you'd be able to twist him into different positions. If this at all sounds familiar it's because Cap toys revived the concept years later as Vac-Man.

No Frankenbumps protos have ever been found but a box exists. Mego also had produced a face changing 12" Dracula doll in the late seventies, no photos have come forward sadly...

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Where my monster love comes from

Growing up in my neck of the woods, we didn't have a horror host and getting a copy of Famous Monsters wasn't easy but we did have the Monsters Series of Books from Crestwood House. My local library had all of the ones pictured (and I swear a Creature one) and they fed my mad thirst for monster knowledge. From about 1980-82, one of these was constantly lent out by me, especially the Godzilla book. That's why I was so excited to find this at a toy show a few years ago:

The crestwood book on my favourite monster of all, Frankenstein. This book goes from the Edison version lingering on Universal to Hammer and ending with Michael Sarrazin (this was published in 1977). One of these days I'm going to have to track down the others.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Monster Toy Recap

click here to see the plaidstallions monster toy gallery

I did a page highlighting some of the cooler monster toys of last year's Halloween features and thought today was as good day to point it out. There's nothing quite like phoning it in is there?

Friday, October 12, 2007

Monsters on Wheels

What do you get when you mix Evel Knievel with the Universal Monsters? You get Ideal's Scare Cycles, daredevil biker monsters is the perfect way to kick off our Halloween festivities this year.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Loud children demand to be seen and heard

It's like a meeting of the "future used car salesmen of America".

The rest of October will be devoted to Halloween and Monster merchandising found throughout the 70's, as our annual Halloween bash begins!.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

McDonaldland of Confusion

remco mcdonalds figures

I remember as a kid being perplexed by why the Remco McDonalds action figures existed, mostly because even then, I knew Ronald and co. were corporate shills. I guess all action figures are in some respect but this was really blatant.

I also remember really being curious to see how they made an 8" Grimace (still my favourite character) and being kind of let down he was just a plush of sorts.

They actually make reproductions of these figures, check it out.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

A semi logical Hulk toy for once

In the midst of all the Hulk Helicopters and Explorer vehicles we get this, the Hulk Excersize mat. Seeing as the Hulk is muscular, it makes sense and it's far cheaper than a gamma bomb.

Monday, October 08, 2007

The advantages of Vinyl

While I love the convienence of MP3s, you can't display them in an attractive manner like this sweet record rack. Too bad it looks like you can only hold eight in there....

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Al's toy memories

I've been wanting to start a gallery of people's childhood toy pictures but never really got around to it, then artist Al Bigley gave me a big jumpstart with these great examples from his family album. Above Al is shown with an APC Superman canister puzzle, I had an Apes one like that as a kid.

Al opening a Lone Ranger and Silver from Gabriel, really great his folks documented things so well.

The opening of a Stretch Armstrong is only slightly cooler than Al's Batman shirt in this photo. Ironically, Al would grow up and illustrate toy packages that many 90's kids remember fondly including many Batman items!

Many thanks to Al for these great memories, if anyone else would like to share some drop us a line at our mailbox.

Friday, October 05, 2007

1978 Kenner Star Wars Launch

A big one today, the 1978 Kenner Star Wars Catalog with shots of the original lineup including prototypes and store displays. This stuff will forever make me drool.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Toilet Decisions

furry toilet

I don't think I'd be able to choose between this bathroom decor, I mean the furry job above means you wouldn't have to clean your toilet often (if you know what I mean fellas).

furry toilet

But the gold carpeting on this bad boy would mean I really wouldn't have to worry about my aim at all. You could just splash away, nobody would be the wiser.

To be honest, the site of carpet near a toilet would send me into "Silkwood shower" mode.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

As seen on TV

There is nothing more surreal than a morning news show reading stuff you wrote. Thanks to Anthony for the video.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Silly Dilly Sky Diving PoopaTroopers!


Thanks to a generous scan from Chris Montgomery, we have a new addition to the Plaid Stallions Rack Toys Gallery, these poopatroopers were a dimestore staple for years. I myself have called parachute men "poopatroopers" for years so it had an impact on me, thanks Chris!

Check out Chris's awesome Poopatroopers page

Monday, October 01, 2007

The many faces of Lenny

This little collage makes me giddy just because it's so perfectly odd. if I didn't know it was from 1973, I'd swear it's from some upcoming Will Ferrel movie.


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