Thursday, July 31, 2014

Mustard Sisterhood

This image will haunt me, they are owning those lunch lady colours and shoving them right back at you!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I Dream of Jeannie

I think the most interesting thing about Remco's I Dream of Jeannie line isn't that it was probably a good idea, it was that it was released years after both the original and animated series were long gone from the air waves.

Jeannie's sales were largely due to the power of syndication just like Mego Star Trek and Our Gang, the real merchandising blitz happened after the show was off the air waves. 

More Remco Joy:

Remco 1979 1980 remco.Remco 1979

AHI monsters AHI 1979 AHI 1979 AHI toys.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Nick Fury and his howlin' green plastic army men

This is a neat little Rack Toy oddity I found last month, it's a variant on the Fleetwood SGT Fury armored attack set that was issued in the US. I have no idea who "W" is but I assume this is a foreign release, similar card but different toys, that is the joy of the Rack Toy.

Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings is a limited edition 144 page book from the creator of Plaid Stallions. Order from us and get three free promotional post cards.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Junior Tony Maneros of America

Sadly, the number of young men imitating John Travolta has been in sharp decline since 1979...

Sunday, July 27, 2014

SDCC: Toynami Shogun Warriors

While I don't dabble in new toys much, I'd say that it would be irresponsible of me not to discuss this one. As I mentioned earlier in the week on the PS facebook page, Toynami has set up at this week's San Diego Comic Con (perhaps you've heard of it) with revamped versions of the Shogun Warriors particularly a more film accurate Godzilla.

Thanks to my good pal Scott Adams of MegoMuseum fame, we can take a more indepth look at this wonderful display.

Apparently vintage Godzilla is just there for comparison, they are not remaking him.

Not just Godzilla but Machinder Robots as well.

I'm going to need a bigger sand box!

More Shogun Warriors

Friday, July 25, 2014

1986 Marchon Action Heroes Catalog

The Action Heroes by Marchon was a charming line of Superhero Knockoffs that were meant to fit in with popular 80s toy lines such as Super Powers or Secret Wars.

While a bit out of my age range, I remember them well and even bought a few to customize into other Super characters.

Other Super Hero Links
Our Way Studios . 1979 Remco Catalog.1976 remco catalogComing this week to Plaidstallions.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Micro Jamas

Finding weird bits of Micronauts merchandise in a catalog is to me, like finding buried treasure. Also note Pajamas featuring some guy called "The Hulk".

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Flash Gordon and Bif Bang Pow! Team Up Again!

From the "Hell and Yes" department, my friends at Bif Bang Pow have announced that they are righting a toy wrong. Like a lot of people my age, I was permanently scarred by the fact that I could never find 3 3/4" Flash Gordon figures to play along side my Star Wars and Black Hole men. 

I have it on good authority that these figures will be awesome and while very much embracing the retro vibe, they will also resemble the cast.


LOS ANGELES, CA (July 23, 2014) - After a four year hiatus, Bif Bang Pow! proudly announces a return to Mongo with a new license from King Features Syndicate to release a series of brand-new products and collectibles from the 1980 sci-fi cult-classic film Flash Gordon.

"Bif Bang Pow! is well positioned in the character toys and collectibles market and we are delighted to have a new agreement with them," said Jarred Goro, North American Licensing Manager for King Features. "Flash Gordon and the other classic characters in his world are cultural icons. Bif Bang Pow! crafts quality merchandise with incredible attention to detail. The fans are going to love this new and expanded collection!"
Bif Bang Pow! is thrilled to return to Mongo, working on new Flash Gordon action figures and collectibles to add to its ever-expanding lineup of iconic branded products. Bif Bang Pow! will debut the first-ever line of 3 3/4-inch movie action figures to include Flash Gordon, the dreaded Ming the Merciless, Princess Aura, Prince Barin, Dr. Zarkov, and other popular characters from the film. In addition to new "retro" scale action figures (and possibly even vehicles this go 'round!),Bif Bang Pow! will add prop replicas, journals, tin lunch boxes, drink ware, license plate frames, and more to the Flash Gordon line of collectibles. Merchandise is scheduled to hit the marketplace throughout the term of the license.

"We're excited to be working with King Features Syndicate once again," said Jason Lenzi, co-founder of Bif Bang Pow! "Fans have missed our Flash Gordon products, and have always wished we had taken things further than we were originally able to. Now, with a renewed interest in that colorful cast of characters, thanks to projects like Ted and a brand-new Flash Gordon movie in the works, we believe now is the perfect time to introduce new collectibles to veteran and novice fans alike. It would seem that the rest of the world has finally caught up with us Flash Gordon true believers, and to paraphrase the words of the immortal Queen, 'the continuation is OURS for the making'!"

Scheduled for initial release in early 2015, the entire Flash Gordon movie line will be exclusively distributed through EE Distribution (, a division of Entertainment Earth, Inc., and sold direct to consumers at and other fine specialty retailers.

EE Distribution
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Shigcon Fever

I was so smitten with the larger Shogun Warriors as a kid, that I completely ignored stuff like the Shigcon tank and jet pictured here. I honestly just learned their names tonight.

These vehicles (like the majority of the Shogun Warriors line) were originally toys from a Japanese TV series, these two were from a series called "
Daitetsujin 17" which saw VHS release here in the 1980s as "Brain 17".

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hey! Hey! Hey!

I never ran into these Chemtoy Fat Albert figures as a kid but if I had, they would have so been mine.  I'm not sure why there isn't a Dumb Donald figure staring back at while I type this, what's wrong with me?

Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings is a limited edition 144 page book from the creator of Plaid Stallions. Order from us and get three free promotional post cards.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Colouring Book Theater: Valley of the Dinosaurs

Valley of the Dinosaurs

I haven't done a CBT at all this year, so I'm glad I found this book whilst visiting the groovy retro store Planet of the Stuff two weeks back.

I remember this show well as a kid, mostly because to me it seemed like an animated knock off version of my beloved Land of the Lost.

However I was surprised that the two shows came out at the same time, Lost was the clear winner as Valley never had another season.

Let's take a look at this after the jump...

Friday, July 18, 2014

1979 Fisher Price Adventure People Catalog

It's often forgetten that Fisher Price Adventure People lead the 3 3/4" charge of the 1970s. Their wonderful world was free of violence but just completely captivating.

This catalog shows the line still going strong after Lucas with new innovation and a little dash of science fiction thrown in for good measure.:

More Adventure People at PlaidStallions


Thursday, July 17, 2014


These were possible the oddest things I spied at last month's Mego Meet show. A set of home made Space:1999 plush figures, nerdy high school art project or a really well meaning Grandmother? We'll never know.

Eyes up here Martin Landau!

More  Space:1999

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Battery Operate Batmobile

This is one of the earliest pieces of Bat merchandise that AHI ever made. One of the more interesting things about the company is you get to watch them go from creating original, crazy artwork for each toy to the less dynamic "style guide" approach of the early 1980s.

Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings is a limited edition 144 page book from the creator of Plaid Stallions. Order from us and get three free promotional post cards.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Mr Flower

All it would take is one brave soul to bring floral embroidery back to the mainstream, i ask you are you strong enough to accept the challenge?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Podstallions 19: Japanese toys

Episode 19 sees Jason and Brian explain their deep affection for toys from the land of the rising sun.

Even though we both grew up in North America, our childhoods were made happier by the imports that did manage to hop across the Pacific leaving us with a thirst for more.

Japanese Toys tries to cover all the bases (but we're going need to do a part 2 sometime) including topics such as Shogun Warriors, Kamen Rider, Microman, Ultraman, Star Blazers, Mecha Kong, Japanese Spider-Man, Eidai Grip, Gerry Anderson, Jason's Tokyo mishaps and Brian's current addiction to Japanese auctions.

Episode 19 will have you finding a proxy bidding service.

PS don't buy us things.

Show Links:

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ice Bird

Like a lot of kids, I wanted the ability to make my own shaved ice. I wasn't sure where people got blocks of ice, replacement flavors  or who cleaned up this mess but as a parent, you begin to realize why you didn't get it...


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