Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Kentucky Fried Chicken Playset

I think this Kentucky Fried Chicken play set is one of the more charming toy concepts I've seen in a while. 

I'd also like to say I want that little Col. Sanders more than air currently.

I guess this was even TV advertised, I certainly don't remember the commercials.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Banish Bedtime Blahs!

 I'm no longer afraid to admit that it would have been a tough decision for me as a kid between Star Wars and Ziggy.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Battle of the Planets Phoenix by Ceji Arbois

Ever see something vintage for the first time and just "Oh I have to have this". That happened to me last month and the Ebay Gods smiled on me that I got it within my budget (that never happens).

This is a vintage Battle of the Planets Phoenix that was produced in France in 1980 and I WOULD HAVE KILLED FOR AS A KID!

More after the jump!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Fighting Furies will make a big splash

I'll never understand why I don't own any of these wonderful Matchbox Fighting Furies figures. I should fix that, post haste!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Rich Luxury of ORLON!

Catalog ad for sweaters or production still from abandoned Irwin Allen TV Pilot? You Decide!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Shoot-Outs in Space

Light beam guns was the pinnacle of all technology, all down hill from there....

Monday, May 23, 2016

Patio Pleasures!

It's a bank holiday here but instead of enjoying my swell new patio set, I'm stuck with moving chores. Booo.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Super Heroes by Croner

I found this catalog from Croner, an Australian toy distributor that carried alot of US items by companies like MPC and Azrak-Hamway International.

Nothing that I haven't seen before but it's nice to end a week looking at stuff like this.

That Captain America kite is particularly dreamy.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Muppet Candle Making Kit

Candle making kits are both wonderful and strange, you are essentially setting fire to characters you find beloved.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Honky Paradise

You know how people keep saying they're kept down by "The Man"? Yeah, this is him.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Big Jim 1984 Catalog from Italy

He may have faded from our toy shelves in the 1970s but in Europe, Big Jim was still kind of a big deal.

How big a deal? In this 1984 Mattel Italy catalog, Big Jim has as many pages as Masters of the Universe.

By this time, the Big Jim line is firmly set in the future with flashy villains, sci-fi heroes, giant play sets and transforming vehicles. It is one of the most underrated and attractive action figure lines of our life times.

Check out the 1984 Big Jim Italy Catalog here.

More Big Jim than you can handle!

big jim pack comic mexican cipsa big jim

mego in spain 1977 Mattel Toyfair Showroom from 1975Mattel Big Jim figures 1975

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Woolen Gods

A man who combines the dry look with cardigans, 

wields true power.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Wormee, Squirmles and Frizzlies?

Finding this ad for "Wormee" by Imperial Toys made me realize that this toy concept has been around non stop for 40 years, under multiple names. 

My dad sold these as "Squirmles" back in the day, to the best of my knowledge this was the brand everybody ripped off: 

You can see a display box of Squirmles in the top right corner of the photo above.

I still see (and occasionally been conned into buying) Squirmles at those touristy gift shop/traps/vaccum cleaner for a wallets places I stumble into every vacation.

Remco AHI launched their own brand called Frizzlies in the early 1980s.

BTW, I'm really good at these things, you'd swear it was alive!

Monday, May 09, 2016

Friday, May 06, 2016

Marvel Superheroes Go Bowling

After a long week of travel, I'm pretty psyched to take my family to see the latest Marvel movie. 

I absolutely love this piece by GLJ toys and the fact that never in my wildest dreams did I think that some day I'd have seen all of these characters on those bowling pins multiple times on a movie screen.

Also, I want to be on the Hulk's bowling team....

Nice weekend everybody!

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Robot Man with 4 Faces

I've mentioned this Maskatron rip off before in our countdown of Bionic Knock Offs but I've always wanted to circle back to it because it's such a wonderful attempt to capture as many genres as possible with one cheap toy, so let's have a more detailed look shall we?

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Dramatic Double Knit Shirt

The "Gene Roddenberry collection for men" was one of Montgomery Ward's hottest properties in 1971.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Uggly Wugglies

Oh I'm positive I had a bunch of these and certainly don't remember the name or the delicious box art.

Monday, May 02, 2016

The Magnificent Walking Suit!

Released in 1973, "The Magnificent Walking Suit" was the least successful Marvel comics title in the company's history. 

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Spider-Man meets Kamen Rider V3

I'm packing up PlaidStallions HQ for an eventual move and this fluttered across my desk, it's a Japanese post card for the Toei Spider-Man series and for some reason, they included Kamen Rider V3. I prize it dearly.

I've had this card since highschool, it was gifted to me by fellow toy collector and friend John McGonagle (sadly no longer with us). He just threw it in a box as a surprise and it blew my mind, I called John to ask what it was and he said "It's the Japanese TV series of Spider-Man, I think the other guy is called The Fly"

That simple nicety set me off in a milllion directions, I wanted to know more about these characters, were there toys? How could I watch these shows? What else is out there? It was like he gave me a corner of a treasure map.

It's a hunger that's never satisfied but that's also because it's been a world of fun. So thank you John, for showing me how to not only be a good collector but also for being a friend to a teenage kid with a billion questions. 

This post card means a lot to me and will be on my desk in my next home, wherever that may be...


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