Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Old School Decks

These look a lot like "V" brand skateboards that my dad sold during the late 70s, I still have my childhood one under my desk as I write this. Sadly, my skateboarding antics came to a very bloody conclusion in 1989...

Monday, August 30, 2010

Hey Ladies

"Don't try and turn away, you're already caught in the hypnotic power of my chest hair, come to Charlie"

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Star Trek Contest Results

Got lots of fun responses to my question last week of Do you think you could take Captain Kirk in a fight?
Here are a few of my favourites:

"No way. He would Cheat."

"I think the safe answer is no. If it's Kirk late in a season, once he doesn't remove his shirt because he's out of shape, I might stand a better chance, but, alas, no."

"Being a woman, probably not. However I will say that I don't know that I would have fought any romantic advances in the Captain's early days on the  original series. I might have played hard to get, but not impossible to catch! "

But the winner we drew for  copy of the new book "Star Trek 365" is Mikel Lopategui who wrote: "Hell no! I saw the way he took care of the Gorn."!

Thanks to everybody who participated, it was really fun, look for more contests in the near future.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Saturday Morning Adventures

One of the things that made going back to the school in the fall more tolerable growing up was the promise of a new fall schedule of cartoons on Saturday mornings on the Big 3 networks.

Around August of every year while your parents were checking the back to school flyers, comic books began to give you and early taste of the type of programming that you could look forward to in the fall. I used to covet this and of course, plan my weekend entertainment in advance.

These were exciting times that I'm sad my kids can't really experience. I decided to create a gallery devoted to those special ads that still give me tingles when I read them:

Thursday, August 26, 2010


I've never seen or heard of "plazman" before, it looks like somebody's way of competing with the wonderful Micronauts line of toys. I figured somebody had this as a kid and it's been driving them crazy ever since, so here it is who ever you are...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

More Metal Men

Just in case you're trying to get me something for Christmas this year, these would do...

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Colouring Book Theatre: Star Trek

Star Trek" by Saalfield (1975)
Bit of an milestone today, as we have not only the worst colouring book I have ever seen but the worst bit of Star Trek merchandise ever.

Yes, this publication with the nice shot of a slightly inebriated Mr Spock on the cover beats this item and even this item as the greatest example of Paramount's licensing departments complete lack of care.

The book has some rather palatable art by Robert Doremus but it's the story that is the true culprit. Either this is a) a sick joke or b) Saalfield hired my mom who decided to write a "nice" Star Trek story for a change (effectively removing the cool stuff like Phasers, Klingons and you know action)

If you want to experience the pain, check it out after the jump, there's a cool contest at the end, so at least you may be compensated:

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Aquaman and his queen visit the surface world

Another wonderful contribution from Matt S, this time it's the King of the Sea himself Aquaman and his super sexy and under utilized wife Mera performing appropriate water ski stunts for the crowd at Sea World. When you think about it, this really should have been his show....

And if you have anything to add, I'd be your friend for life.

Friday, August 20, 2010

LJN Toys for 1975

Founded in 1970 by Jack Friedman, LJN was one of the 1970s more successful toy companies, offering a mix of nicely made licensed products and some lower cost "house brand" items.

1975 saw the company in full swing with hot TV licenses such as "The Rookies" and "Emergency!" as well as Petite, their attempt to capture the fashion doll market and "Mr. Action", their version of G.I. Joe.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

What that's smell?

That's confidence mixed with clearasil baby, a whole lot of clearasil...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Captain Fancypants: The Early Years

More neckerchief action than should be allowed!

"Come on lads, let's check out the scene at the Singer sewing center!"

Monday, August 16, 2010


I must admit, as goofy as Marzon is, I think he's really swell. I've seen more walking inflatables like the Hulk and Dracula, if anybody has photos please send them on down...

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Colouring Book Theatre: Planet of the Apes Cut and Color Book

Planet of the Apes Cut and Color Book"
Any childrens publication that uses a nightmarish scene of slave apes gunning down their human tormentors from "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes" is ok in my book.

This isn't your typical colouring book inside either, it's more of a rainy day craft book filled with puzzles, games and stuff I find boring now but probably would have had my full attention in 1975.

This is another from Saalfield and while about half the pages are blank, it has some fun inside.Check it out after the jump:

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Caught in Spidey's Web

Part two of Russ's great shots in the now-closed Century Plaza mall in Birmingham, AL circa 1979. This is a really great image, love the colours in the background, very striking!
Thanks so much for Russ sharing these great images!

plaid Stallions mall appearance gallery

Friday, August 13, 2010

1982 Gabriel Legend of the Lone Ranger Catalog

legend of the lone ranger catalog
The big budget film "Legend of the Lone Ranger" saw a triumphant return to the license by toy company Gabriel (who had made some pretty epic Long Ranger toys in the 1970s). While the movie was a big disappointment, Gabriel once again brought their "A Game" and made some kicking toys and action figures for the 3 3/4" set. Lone Ranger toys) picked up the license to the Filmation Zorro television series and worked their usual magic with a series of awesome 3 3/4" action figures.
legend of the lone ranger catalog
legend of the lone ranger catalog
In addition to having the catalog, we've got some promotional material for the Western Town Playset offer that Gabriel was doing in 1982, it's neat-o!
legend of the lone ranger catalog
Click here to visit the 1982 Gabriel Legend of the Lone Ranger Catalog

And if you're still in a "Kemosabe" kind of mood, do check out our gallery devoted to the 1970s Lone Ranger Toy Line and these other western wonders:

Lone RangerJohnny West toys

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Patches McGuilicutty

and she's brought a friend, Jenny Hikeemup. Together, they bring absolutely nothing to table.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Refreshment Time

It's hard to believe in this day and age of apple slices at McDonalds that there was a time when you give a child a cotton candy machine or even more interesting a Pie Maker as a gift. Mind you, I shouldn't be trusted with a pie maker as an adult either....

Monday, August 09, 2010

One Step Closer to Mantoothedness

From the "I wasn't kidding" department:  I should have probably mentioned that two months ago the packaging for the Brick Mantooth dolls arrived from China.

Around February I gave some money to this guy I know, after two months of no communication, more money was requested. This all seemed to be leading down the path of tears but in June I got two large boxes of Odeon Toys logo'd goodness.

 The art is by my good buddy and Mego Museum co-conspirator Scott Adams and seeing these slick little solid boxes in person is both awe inspiring and intimidating.

I'm pretty inspired that I had the wearwithall to actually take a crazy idea and see it through but I'll be plenty intimidated when I have a garage full of a plastic replica of that very same crazy idea in the coming months.

Like any sensible boy in this situation would, I've already begun plans on a villain.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Hulk HUG!

Russ sent in this KILLER shot of him with the Hulk (can't decide who looks more please, the Hulk or Russ) in what he believes is the late 1970s in the now-closed Century Plaza mall in Birmingham, AL.

"Now closed mall" always makes me sad to hear.

Thanks Russ!

plaid Stallions mall appearance gallery

Friday, August 06, 2010

Retro Playgrounds Volume 5

Time to travel back in time and take a look and see what recreation drug use and what appears to be a complete lack of concern for child safety can produce with volume five of Retro Playground Equipment.

It's whacky, weird and I totally miss this stuff.

For more Playgrounds, check out these fabulous links:

Retro Playgrounds . Space Playgrounds.Space themes part twostory book playground equipment.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Bean Bag Creatures

There is something really appealing about these funky bean bag creatures that I like, although Myrtle Turtle looks like she's on a bad trip. Get her some orange slices, pronto.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

I get to be Paul Lynde

While it's cool that this catalog page from Ideal shows not only Paul Lynde but Norman Fell himself, the home game loses marks for not having celebrity names. Unless I'm mistaken and there was an actor named "Tim Type" who was known for being outrageous.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010


Shazam, Scooby Doo, Star Trek and the Six Million Dollar Man, that's pretty much all the S words I knew at six.


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