Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Barbie and Ken: The good times

They were quite literally magnetically attached in the early 1970s. Since their break up I believe Ken is living in a studio apartment with a Brenda from "Beverly Hills 90210" doll.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

Rip Cord, Ripped Pants

AHI Hulk Parachute
While I can't recall exactly or not, I'm sure at least once in his many seasons  on CBS the incredible Hulk went for a sky dive. I'm also 100% sure that the people of AHI didn't know or care when producing this parachuting Hulk figure and good on them.

AHI Rack Toys

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Everything you ever wanted to know about Seaworld and Superheroes

A couple of years ago I got a friendly email asking me if I'd ever spoken to any of the folks who actually participated in the Superheroes at Sea World show. I wrote the person back and said no but if they ever did I'd love to hear about it. Then I just forgot it, probably because I saw something shiny.

Well, thankfully Marc Tyler Nobleman didn't forget it as he's done an incredible amount of research into the subject and uncovered some incredible photographs and new information with his new blog series, here are some tidbits I didn't know:
  • Much like the Mego World's Greatest Superheroes, Tarzan was injected into the Justice League.
  • Perry White, Lois and Jimmy Olsen were also involved. Although I presume that Perry White stayed dry
  • The Green Arrow and not (as previously reported here) Aquaman was known for the death defying high dive.

I could go on and on but you might as well check it out for yourself, if you've ever had a question about the whole Seaworld Superhero experience, it's probably answered in this wonderful blog series.

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Shadow Merchandise Gallery

As a collector, one of the bigger mysteries I've enjoyed is the interesting amount of merchandise that appeared in the 1970s devoted to the character "The Shadow" whose heyday seemed to be at least 30 years prior to my birth.

More  Groovy Superhero Toys from the 70s

Marvel Superheroes Live! Our Way Studios

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Who to punch first?

I think I'll kick the crap out of Bam Bam for a while and then go to town on Fred and Pebbles for a while, that's healthy.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

We've got wounded!

MASH helicopter

Eventhough it's pictured in the 1977 AHI Catalog, I somewhat doubted this M*A*S*H emergency helicopter got made. Not because it isn't totally logical (makes a HELL of a lot more sense than this) but because toys based on M*A*S*H never seem to be all that in demand.

So, I nearly did a spit take when these came on Ebay and I acted like it was better than a MIB Venus Space Probe. Fortunately for me, I got this for a completely reasonable price. This kind of discovery gives me hope that more oddball rack toys made it out the door that I don't know about.

AHI Rack Toys

Monday, August 22, 2011

Pajama costumes?

Having children, I can totally see how absolutely anything that helps you get your kids ease towards bed time is a good thing . I've just never heard of any kid who had a night time costume before, particularly one that was the devill. If you had something like please enlighten me in the comments section.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Aquaman's Death Defying Stunt

Jonathan sent these awesome photos of his family's trip to sea world in, explaining that we've never mentioned Aquaman's dive from a tower into a ring of fire before. He's right, I hadn't heard of that stunt but it seems totally appropriate for the King of the Sea to handle it over that spotlight hogging caped crusader.

A great shot of the soggy Justice League, Jonathan submitted more photos, which I'll get to next week.

A big old high five to Jonathan for being my Superhero and showing us these great glimpses into Seaworld past.

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

Friday, August 19, 2011

1979 Parker Brothers ROM: SpaceKnight Press Kit


One of the biggest splashes in the toy industry is when game (and nerf) giant Parker Brothers decided to make an action figure.

Not just any action figure but an electronic space hero with bells and

whistles not seen before. Rom was truly a toy ahead of his time and while he didn't prove to be the smash that Parker Brothers hoped, thanks to a relationship with Marvel comics, he became a much beloved comic book character.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

That pointy eared kid sure plays a mean pinball

AHI Star Trek pinball game
While I never really enjoyed "bagatelle" games as a kid, I must admit to being slightly addicted as an adult. Mostly to the crazy graphics on these things, AHI utilized this format for a number of licenses including Star Trek and Space:1999. Trek was deemed so popular that it came in two flavours, Spock (seen above) and Kirk (seen below)

AHI Star Trek pinball game
The Kirk set is mint in original packaging, which really enhances things for me. If the font looks familiar, it's cause it's from the popular Gold Key Star Trek comic, another favourite of mine.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fuzzy covers

I can only imagine this is what Brick Mantooth's bed looks like, I've never seen it.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Neighbourhood spies

Secret agents? Space capsules? These kids live in a far more exciting neighbourhood than me. The highlight of my walkie talkie spying career was catching my buddy's sister in some guys van in '79, it's something I simply cannot unsee, I'm sure he felt 10,000 times worse.

Friday, August 12, 2011

1979 Kingsford Star Force Catalog

Following the blitz of Star Wars, a lot of previously unknown companies began cashing in on what the toy industry called the "Sci Fi craze" of the late 70s. These toys were often lower priced generic toys that likely offered better margin for the toy retailer.

Kingsford's line of Star Force toys is one of those lines that many of us likely had but had no idea what it was from, the line looked like an unlikely union of Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica, which was a pretty sharp look in 1979,

More Space Toys of the 1970s
DENYS FISHER CYBORGTomland Starroid Raiders

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Shadow Knows?

Shadow toy from the 1970s
I love a toy mystery but these rack toys based on pulp character The Shadow were driving me crazy, first, they looked almost exactly like

Secondly, why The Shadow? It wasn't like the character had a big presence in the mid seventies, even his DC title had been cancelled by this point. Fortunately, I met a kindly soul who answered some of these mysteries for me. look for a gallery of Shadow Merchandise later in the month.

AHI Batman toys but they weren't made by Azrak Hamway.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hot Comb Love

"For that Chevy Chase look every time"

I really shouldn't be making fun.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

In a Minute Cake Maker?

The Ideal "In a Minute' cake maker concept confuses me, mostly because there's no baking involved in the baking. So many questions.

 So why do you need an oven at all, why wasn't this set simply a bowl, a cake pan and an egg timer?
What the heck was the "cake" made of? Was it a high quality polymer created by the good people at DuPont?
Did it taste any good?

Please somebody fill me in on this...

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Mall Appearances of the Apes

Thought it would be fitting to do a piece on the various Planet of the Apes mall appearances we've collected over the years. The one above came in from the UK circa 1977 (Apes popularity lingered there)

Scott sent me this classic of him and Cornelius at a Long Island Toy Store, dig the Mego Treehouse Playsets behind.

Another great shot from a similiar appearance, these were put together by Mego and 20th Century Fox.

The action figure display behind Cornelius makes my head explode.

plaid Stallions mall appearance gallery
Buy a Brick doll

Friday, August 05, 2011

Governer Seized in Revolt of the Apes!

Like a lot of kids in the 1970s, I had a healthy dose of "Apemania" and there was no cure. One of my favourites in the film franchise is the dystopian future of "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes". That's why I was so excited to find this rare promotional newspaper promoting the film, can you think of a better headline than that. There is no better time to unveil and share with you than the opening weekend of the remake of the film. I hope it's good, just so I can see Gorillas on horseback again...

More Apes!
Well Made Planet of the Apes


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