Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Put togethers

Put Togethers: The official outfit of your mom's new friend that sleeps over.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Star Command Radios

Ah 1979, when if it wasn't Star Wars, it totally looked like Star Wars......

Friday, November 24, 2017

Big Star Wars Savings at Venture!

If you're out Black Friday shopping today can you swing by Venture and get me a couple dozen action figures? I'll double your money, promise!

Planet of the Apes Sliderama

If you guys buy me this for Christmas, I'll have you all over for a screening. I'll even make popcorn. True Story!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Simply Elegant

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends, may you enjoy your feast surrounded by loved ones on a table set from Moonbase Alpha.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Buck Rogers Flying Model Rockets

I have never known the pleasure of flying model rockets but these Sci-Fi related kits really tempted me as a kid...

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Hobbit games!

I was happily surprised to see that these games all made it to the market in 1979. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

What's the Word on the street?

The popularity of "Starsky and Hutch" had young woman across the nation donning the "Huggy Bear collection for her", each piece personally sewn by Antonio Fargas!

Friday, November 17, 2017

El Squadron Lobo Big Jim Gallery Updated

It's been ten years since I updated my little tribute page to the Kid Acero line of toys and it was long overdue.

 Known to us as Big Jim, Mexican toy maker Cipsa infused the line with a heavy dose of creativity. The result is a Big Jim's wolfpack with a rich science fiction flavour.

Also, because these toys are also incredibly rare, i had to get some help. My pal Jesus was happy enough to share his amazing collection with the world. Just look at that Jack Kirby packaging.

 So check out the all new Kid Acero Gallery at PlaidStallions!

big jim pack comic 

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

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Stretch Monster Kid Returns!

A wonderful thing happened today in the Facebook Vintage Toys group I manage with some friends. We got a visit from Mike, who is Mike you ask? He's the kid on the Stretch Monster box! Mike's gurning on that package is easily one of the most iconic 70s toy images out there. In fact, he was the subject of the very first PlaidStallions trading card nearly a decade ago.

Here's Mike 40 years later posing with his now very collectible packaging. How did he get the gig, Mike explained:

"My dad's design studio did all of the Kenner Toys packaging in the 70s and 80s. I was on a few toy boxes, but this is the most famous. I got paid $60 for the shoot, which was a ton of money for a 70s first-grader. But more importantly, I had access to KENNER. Dad would take me to the factory. I owned dozens of Stretch Monsters, Stretch Armstrongs, Stretch Octopi, and some other prototypes that never made it to market (I can only imagine what they would be worth if I still had them!)."

He had to mention the prototype word but wait, it gets even more interesting:

"And of course, Star Wars came out the next year. My little brother and I had EVERYTHING. Dad would bring home bags of spare guns. Kenner gave us the "mistakes" as well—figures incorrectly painted—that again, would be worth a lot today if we hadn't blown them up with firecrackers.
I can remember being at the design studio as a child when they were working on the Star Wars toys, but before the movie had actually come out. An illustrator named John Ham showed me a prototype figure he was painting for a package. They simply called him "Gold Man." It was, of course, C3PO."

But other than the iconic box, did Mike keep anything from those days? Just one thing:

He still has the original shirt but as one would imagine, it no longer fits.

Thanks Mike for making our day with this awesome story of what sounds like a fun childhood!

Electronic Bowling

We thought Electronic bowling could never get better but  eventually it would become sentient and wipe us all out.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

Japanese versions of US toys

I thought it may be fun to look at a few (but not all) examples of how some American favourites looked like over in Japan, the land of amazing toys and cartoons.

We'll start with the Mickey Mouse Snowcone machine, a take on the Snoopy Sno-Cone machine. This one confuses me because SNOOPY IS REALLY POPULAR IN JAPAN! Not sure why they switched to Mickey here.

Much more after the jump!

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Jivin' Baggies

I was all set to order these but you have to provide your own Jivin' and my "jive well" is super dry.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Big Jim Motorcross Honda

Picked up this oddity at last month's Kane County toy show. It's the regular Big Jim Honda bike that was released for a couple of years but for some reason it's got the Pack logo emblazoned on it.

This isn't a sticker either, it's printed on the box. The best I can figure this is a transitional piece released before the P.A.C.K vehicles had been devised.

I have limits on what I buy and I don't actively collect the All Stars line but this sort of  crept in. Also, when I picked it up the dealer automatically kicked 25% off his posted price without me saying a word. That kind of tactic works really, really well on me.

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

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Magic, Tricks and Make-Believe Fun!

I owned the "Magic Money Machine" as a child and was severely disappointed it did not in fact, make actual money. Have i ever mentioned that I was kind of stupid as a kid?

Monday, November 06, 2017

The World's Coolest Room

I must recreate this space, if it's the last thing I do. I'll probably pass on the dog statue though.....

Friday, November 03, 2017

Palitoy Commander Power; Fearless Defender of the Galaxy

Fortune smiled on me last month in the form of managing to pick up a Commander Power action figure. 

Known to us kids as Super Joe, the British toy firm Palitoy made some fun changes to the line such as marketing the characters (Palitoy only selected 3 Super Joe characters) in large boxes and more notably changing the name of our star player.

More after the jump:

Wednesday, November 01, 2017


Something tells me that red shag might need to be steam cleaned tomorrow. 

Actually, they should probably do that once a month regardless, I once found a gummy bear in mine and I never ate them.


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