Thursday, April 30, 2015

Contrasting Patch Pockets: The Future is Now!

Someday our Children's children will look down at us and our silly non contrasting pockets as if we were cave people.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Spider-Man Ricochet Racers

Ricochet racers were a cool concept on their own, it's a neat looking laser gun looking rifle that shot cars!

Sprinkle in Spider-Man and Captain America and few kids could resist them.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Space Sword!

Nine years after first posting a want ad on here, I am finally reunited with my beloved Space Sword. This is all thanks to Mark from the soon to be open Dr Tongues I Had that shop in Portland Oregon

Mark saw my plea and sold me his childhood space sword. The quest is over and I couldn't be happier.

I honestly got days worth of play out of this thing and it's glow in the dark feature was hugely important to me.

Every time I walk into my office, this is the first thing that greets me. There are rarer and definitely more expensive toys in this work but honestly, this is in my top five.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Star Trek: Battle on the planet Klingon puzzle by HG Toys

This was a yard sale find I gave my son many moons ago, it was enjoyed and all that remains appears to be this box lid.

At one time, the off model green Mr Spock would have annoyed me, now I like it better than most merchandise produced today.

Friday, April 24, 2015

PlaidStallions Turns Nine Contest!


It took me by complete surprise this week that it has been nine years to this day that I decided to start this blog. 

Many thanks to my then infant daughter for taking a long nap on April 26, 2006  (she doesn't take so many these days) and giving me the time to begin this journey.

I really have to thank all of you for making this experience a dream, for commenting here and on the facebook page, for writing in, listening to the podcast and for making my book a success.

I am eternally grateful for the friends I've made and experiences I've had through this site.

To show that gratitude I'm having another contest:

Create a Rack Toy Contest!

I've done contests here before but this one was cooked up by my pal and podcast partner Jason Lenzi and it's brilliant.

Concept: Pick the most inane 1970s TV, comic or movie property you can think of and marry it with the most inappropriate rack toy you can think of.

Here's an example I drafted up but you don't have to do anything fancy, just send me the idea:

Email your best idea (no design work needed) to kid70s *at* (replace the *at* with an @) I'll pick the winners in Mid May and I'll even try to mock up the three best in photoshop like I have done above.


3rd Place: A copy of my book Rack Toys: Cheap Crazed Playthings

2nd Place: A Brick Mantooth action figure on a limited edition "Woolco" card

1st Prize: An Official Brick Mantooth Sky Diving Parachutist Figure Mint on Card.

Thanks again to everybody for reading, listening, supporting and joining in on the fun, it's made my life better.

I look forward to your entries!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Jet Discs for the Tracer Gun

I kind of got giddy finding this ammo pack for the Star Trek tracer gun.

I didn't even notice that there is no mention of Trek on the package.

These guns showed up at Canadian retail until the mid 80s, I wish i had kept one....

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, April 20, 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015

1979 Craftmaster Poster Art Catalog

Poster and marker sets were one of my favourite ways to spend an afternoon as a kid (cause that's about how long the markers would last). I also recently have become invested in tracking down all the ones I had as a kid.

Craftmaster had all the best licenses in the late 70s which included Star Wars and arch rival Battlestar Galactica, Super hunk John Travolta, Fantasy Island and Love Boat.

I'd also like to add if you have the Fantasy Island set for sale, CONTACT ME!!!!!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Krofft Supershow Iron On Transfer Book

This past Sunday the first thing I saw when I entered GTA Comic Con was my pal Dana wearing a Magic Mongo T Shirt, which is a sentence I never thought I'd ever type in my life. 

Turns out Dana had found this amazing book of Krofft T Shirt transfers that I never knew existed but now, cannot live without. Thankfully, he shared his careful scans with us (give him a follow on twitter folks!)

Nice scans after the jump:

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Star Wars Vans by FunDimensions

Is there anything more 1970s than the mixing of Star Wars with vans? It was my dream as a kid to grow up and get my own groovy van. 

PLEASE tell me somebody has made real life versions of these....

Monday, April 13, 2015

Come over to the Open Side

Laugh all you want but as a sweaty oaf, this could be the solution I've been searching for.....

Friday, April 10, 2015

Shogun Warriors in France

I end this week with this little bit of wonder from France, where the line was simply called "Shogun" and featured Goldorak. I ask you, what is not to love?

This ad refers to Raider (not Raideen), Mazinger, Poseidon and Dragun as his "Strongest Friends", love it. Oh and the invincible defenders of the Earth are sold seperately.

Have a great weekend everybody!

More Shogun Warriors

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Sears Floor Model Computer

I finally tracked down a toy I've been after for ages. Made by Sears and sold in the fashion doll pages this toy hits on something I love, OLD TIMEY COMPUTERS. 

I'd have to say that this was not meant as an accessory for Barbie but more for the Bionic Woman and Wonder Woman figures of the day.

You may notice a lever on the side, even though this thing takes no batteries, it does produce an effect that has to be seen to be believed, so i made a (1990s cable access show quality) video.

Did I mention it works just dandy with mego figures? 

And just to prove how cool a toy this is, my daughter has asked to play with it twice this week. I'm not made of stone.

There are more in this series, one even features a wood panelled office, hopefully i can find them.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015


I guess it's nice that it's removable but honestly, I can't think of an occasion where a cape is too formal. 

It's kind of like monocles, right fellas?  

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Space:1999 Flying Model Rocket Products

I found this promotional photo here in the stacks, I ALWAYS wanted to get into these flying model rockets but even when i was 8, I knew I wasn't "that kid".

I'd have either blown my fingers off or kicked this into the creek when it didn't work...

Monday, April 06, 2015

Three Color Puff Sleeves!

Finally! The trash is now filled with my inferior dual coloured puff sleeved shirts.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Pod Stallions 29: Planet of the Apes 1

It's been a long time coming, the first foray into what is the quintessential science fiction block buster of the early 1970s, the Planet of the Apes Phenom.

Episode 1 deals with the first movie (we're going to take our time with this) and brushes lightly on the actors, the makeup, the script, our man crushes on Roddy McDowell and  why the film had almost no merchandise when first released.

We also take our normal diversions like discovering Jason was on Deep Space 9 (!), Malcom McDowell knows his movie trivia, why Brian hates bowling for dollars, Mego toys, Rex Harrison, MST 3K and a Man called Sloane. 

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Plenty more content on the PodStallions Facebook page!


Thursday, April 02, 2015

Easter Best

Gentleman, this jumpsuit will make you more delicious than the candy this holiday weekend.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Kenner Star Wars

It's weird to think that there was a time where this page held 25% of all Star Wars merchandise in the world. This page is from a Shoprite catalog, this is where a lot of my toys came from as a kid.

Check out the capeless (and very expensive)new character.


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