Tuesday, September 30, 2014

More Sky Diving Parachutists


Ever since I mocked up a set of parachuting AHI Super Monsters last year, I've been kind of smitten and inspired to make more. I had a major spurt of creativity this summer and here is the result.

Above is a Brick Mantooth Parachutist, this was inevitable and I'll likely do a bunch of different variations for him. I wish they made plaid spray paint.


We got AHI Parachutist figures for Space:1999, so why not Gerry Anderson's other 70s opus, UFO? I've got Ed Straker half done right now.


Finally I made this for my pal and podcast partner Jason Lenzi for his birthday (delivering a full two months late) it's the first of many TV detectives I plan to make. Seriously, I'm going to make a Quincy.

More soon!

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Check and Mate

Check as in "Check your panties at the door"

PS you can never go wrong when clothing is described as "Jaunty"

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Colouring Book Theatre: Star Trek color and activity book

The Amazing Spider-Man: "Star Trek Color and Activity book" by Merrigold Press

If anybody has been reading the blog, you'll know I pretty much adore Star Trek coloring books, mostly because a) They're terrible and b) often hilarious (see this for more)

When I bought this book it seemed familiar but I swore I'd never done it, that isn't totally true. This reprinted book is the other half of the story of "Rescue at Rylo" which I have reviewed here and commented that it made no sense.

That's because Merrigold Press broke the story into two pieces when they recycled it for the launch of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Not a single kid probably cared, nor should, but I needed the closure.

Grab your crayons and still suit and join me after the jump

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Superhero Sales Force

Another cool sales piece from LCA (licensing Corporation of America) extolling the virtues of DC comics superheroes. LCA was the engine that drove the superhero merchandise explosion of the 1970s, so it's safe to say I'm a big fan. Click on any of the images to see them larger. (Thanks to Corey for the scans)

I can't resist blowing up that mall appearance shot and the Superman boutique picture (which was previously seen here)

A blow reveals that Batman and Robin aren't played by just anybody but by Batman and Robin. Nice gig considering it's nearly a decade since the series was cancelled.

This is the Superman boutique at Macy's, we've previously featured it in the booklet below:

More LCA and DC comics goodness here.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Plenty of leg room

The added income of smuggling people into the country makes these babies pay for themselves in no time!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Evel Knievel for daredevil thrills and action!

It's no surprise that Ideal claimed at one point that it sold more than $125 million of Knievel merchandise, I think even the amish kids wanted one of these.

True fact: I have never in my life, played with one of these....

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Flash Gordon Galaxy Aliens

These "Galaxy Aliens" are from the planet "RecyclusToyMoldus IV".

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Bowtie Camoflague

From the brief period when it was hip to dress like Mark Russell.

The fad lasted exactly 14 minutes and no one was harmed.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Colouring Book Theatre: The Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man: "Spider-Man Unmasked" by Marvel Books

Recently a reader commented that I have never met a colouring book I didn't hate.

He was kidding but it did strike me that even though everything I do is done out of love, it does seem like i love to crap on them.

I'll counter that I'm drawn to the train wrecks for their comic potential but in the interest of fairness, I present a book that I have nothing but nice things to say about.

Published in 1983 by Marvel itself, this book retells the story of "Amazing Spider-Man #39" in coloring book format and well, they do a good job.

Grab your crayons and still suit and join me after the jump

Friday, September 19, 2014

PodStallions 21: Bionic Man-ia

It was bound to happen, episode 21 talks of the Six Million Dollar Man television series which slow motion ran across our television screens (and our collective hearts) during the Polyester decade.

In this we discuss the series itself, the spin offs and the crazy/wonderful merchandise that made Christmas more memorable. We go through the fan club kit, discuss favourtie episodes and villains. Jason also gets to relay his experience working with the license some 30 years later and even 

Of course, that being said we get off track into discussions about Mego, Star Wars, West World, Penny Dreadful,  the career of John Saxon, Star Trek the Motion Picture , David Carradine and other things completely unrelated to our subject.

Episode 21 will have you looking your Bionic Eye.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Nightshirts: 1982

My heart belongs to a woman whose heart once belonged to Bo. Sometimes I'm a bit suspicious... 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Toy War is Hell

I'm not 100% sure as to why I like the Remco Sgt Rock line so much, never had any as a kid, never really wanted them, not sure I've read a SGT Rock comic that didn't feature Batman in it. My money is on the gorgeous Joe Kubert art that AHI/REMCO used throughout the line.

Yup, that's the ticket.

(PS note the play case did double duty as the Monster play case as well)

Other AHI/Remco Catalogs
1976 remco catalog1980 remco1981 remco catalog1976 Azrak Hamway Catalog

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Man of Graphite


Another one down in my quest for these awesome superhero pencil sharpeners of my youth, this Superman is particularly great although it does beg the question:


Why is his midriff bare?

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Spotlight: Funko Universal Monster Reaction Figures

Any reader of this blog can ascertain two things a) I like monsters and b) I'm fond of 3 3/4" action figures. So it shouldn't come as a big shock that when Funko made it's announcement they were going to conquer the world with Kenner style figures, I was pretty excited.

I'll admit the majority of the properties didn't entice me (I've never even seen the Goonies) but I pre ordered the Universal Monsters before I saw what they look like, I just know me. 

It did make me wonder though if they could really top my beloved Remco Monsters, the results after the jump:

Friday, September 12, 2014

Presenting RON: Spacepimp

Presenting the latest (and long overdue) release by Odeon Toys, RON:Spacepimp one of our mascots, RON  is a limited edition 8 inch action figure in the 70s Mego style. He comes complete with genuine vintage threads (real thrift store clothing was murdered to create each figure) and bustling with Kirby dots! 

Every one of the twelve action figures comes on this clamshell card, so he can be displayed MOC or..

being smooth. Warning, we are not responsible for action figure impregnation, we're also not sure if that's a thing.

Special thanks to Steve M for the fabric, Chad Gordy for the head work and the amazing Theressa for the sew magic!

Limited to twelve units, RON:Spacepimp will be available at the Mego Museum mall. Once they're gone, they're gone!

Coming in October:

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Star Wars Micro Collection Love

The Star Wars Micro Collection came out in 1982 and just as I had sort of kind of given up on the galaxy far, far away. I was 11 and being wooed by Star Trek reruns and the return of GI Joe (which was more of a passing fancy) but deep down I was sorely tempted.

Had the figures been sold seperately on cards instead of sets, I'd have been powerless to resist them.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Again with the Space Sentinels


Less than a month ago i posted the Hercule magnetic figure I found from this series, a kindly reader pointed this out to me. The Space Sentinels explorer, even has a sign to avoid confusions. I could not love this more.

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Monday, September 08, 2014

Web Spinning Toy Love

What's not to love about this 1977 licensing ad for Marvel Comics, it's like Spider-Man is dropping a treasure trove of Mego items on you along with classics like Crazy Foam and Colorforms.

That's a monsterous improvement over  the usual rain and bird poop that normally falls on me from above...

Friday, September 05, 2014

Popy World Hero Figure Archive

The World Hero series was released in Japan in 1980, toy maker Popy had been distributing the 3 3/4" Kenner Star Wars figure in cool display boxes as opposed to the cards the rest of the world received.

With the success of this figure format, Popy sought to expand the 3 3/4" offering to more licenses, particularly the TV heroes of Japan.

What resulted is one of those wonderful bits of foreign toy magic, as a litany of popular Japanese heroes were released as if they were made and sold by Kenner. 

I have fallen completely in love with this line and wish I'd discovered them ten years ago.

Visit the Popy World Heroes Archive here.

This one is a work in progress and as always, I'd welcome help and information.

More Action Figure Archives at PlaidStallions

Lincoln Monsters Lincoln Monsters 
Lone Ranger toys AHI Monsters 
MAtchbox Fighting Furies MAtchbox Fighting Furies


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