Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Pod Stallions 67: Mad Monster Party?

Happy Halloween everybody, as usual, we've put together a new episode for our favourite holiday.

Today's topic is the 1967 classic special "Mad Monster Party?" by the incredible Rankin Bass studios, while not as universally celebrated as their Christmas Fare has a nice established cult following and Jason & Brian are definitely members of that cult.

Other topics include the career of Boris Karloff, Harvey Kurtzman, Cracked Magazine, Bill Ward, Mad Magazine, Jessica Rabbit, the new TV movie "My dinner with Herve", Tigon films and the schedule of Bobby "Boris" Pickett.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Official Planet of the Apes Stunt Cycle

If there is anything more wonderfully absurd than a Dr. Zaius, machine gun strapped to his jacket popping a wheelie, I want to know what that is and have it.

Even the packaging is part of the play, I wish more toy companies did this.

My only regret when I see this toy is the thought that AHI could have done the exact same thing with the Universal Monsters that same year. What could have been....

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Small Wonder Indeed

This morning I discovered that there is a chance that a handful of children went out for Halloween as V.I.C.I from Small Wonder, which is also known as TV's most laughless sitcom.

Picture the Scenario:
Adult: "Oh, who are you supposed to be?"
Child: "The Homunculus from TV's lowest point, trick or treat!"

We should track these people down and make sure they're ok. 

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Five Awesome things on Ebay this week

Another week of virtual window shopping has unearthed some vintage joy for, this being Halloween there is a particular monstrous slant to this week's offerings.

 I'll turn back into mortal man next week I promise. 

Palitoy Mighty Men and Monster Maker- Sure, we've all seen one of these before but somehow the British packaging makes it seem cooler. I have a lot of hang-ups about this kind of stuff.

Planet of the Apes Spin and Colour set by Pressman Toys- Even though i've previously gently mocked these kits before, that doesn't mean I don't want to do crafts with Dr. Zaius. 

Tomland Mini Monsters- Egads I love these rare l'ill buggers, they're essentially PVC figures of the Lincoln International Monsters but slightly more cartoony. The seller also has Dracula and the Wolfman and I highly recommend them.

Pressman King of the Gorilla's Movie Make-Up Set- This is no doubt inspired by Kong but being the Planet of the Apes fan that I am, I would have loved to own this as a kid. My childhood lack of patience would have been a boon here however..

The Incredible Melting Man novel- This blows my mind it exists, I totally get the halloween costume but an adaptation of that movie's screenplay is shocking. For anybody that's seen the film, ain't too much to the story. Either Phil Smith is very creative or this book has really big print. At $8, I'm tempted to buy it and find out.

Our latest Pod Cast is all about Vincent Price, it's perfect Halloween listening.

1986 Collegeville Halloween Costume Catalog

Collegeville was one of the leading Halloween costume manufacturers of the late twentieth century. 

 This extensive 1968 catalog really demonstrates the powerhouse licenses they were rocking in the 60s, including Labyrinth, The Transformers and the Go-Bots, WWF Wrasslers, Wuzzles, Rainbow Bright and the Peanuts, it's a good group and some solid 1980s nostalgia.

1986 Collegeville Halloween Costume Catalog

ben cooper catalog

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Gambler's Sleeve

Oh, will sleeve garters make a comeback already? Some of us want to return a more dignified time!

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Fire Birds

NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE GERRY ANDERSON PROGRAM "THUNDER BIRDS" IN ANY WAY, this is totally different, cause we put "Fire" in there instead of Thunder. Okay? Glad we're clear.

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Sunday, October 21, 2018

My Fantasy Island Collection

Inspired by the new movie "My Dinner with Hervé" (Dinklage is pretty amazing in it BTW) I thought it would be fun to showcase the nick nacks (pun intended) that I've collected from the TV series "Fantasy Island".

Growing up I rarely missed the show on Saturday nights, it's mix of fantasy, comedy and horror were pretty intoxicating to my younger self and I've been an unironic lifelong fan. There isn't a lot of merch and while not expensive, it's elusive.

So my guests, welcome to Fantasy Island and join me after the jump!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Five Awesome things on Ebay this week

Ming the Merciless Costume- It's no secret i adore this movie but if i bought this i would ruin my marriage by running around wearing the mask shouting "Gordon's Alive?". It would be even worse if i bought this one.

Return to the Planet of the Apes Animation Cel- This one actually pains me a bit because a) I love animation cells and b) I freaking loved this cartoon as a kid! It simply comes down to the fact that when i discovered this auction it was going for more than i presently have in the piggy bank. There are two of these on Ebay right now.  Someday...

Azrak Hamway Carded Dracula- These wonderful figures look like Mego Knockoffs, feel like Mego knockoffs but they're officially licensed product! Well, except for Dracula, he wasn't Bela and was sold kinda quasi-seperately for legal reasons. 

Monster Squad TV Puzzle- My obsession with this short-lived Saturday morning show continues through it's extremely limited merchandise, this puzzle featuring a post-Batman Julie Newmar is one of my favourites.

Glow in the Dark Space Sword- Now, I have one of these, actually I have two of these but it's sworn duty in life to point them out to others. I secretly want to create an army of space sword and shield owners so we can have some sort of epic battle in a field somewhere. 

Gabriel Roto-Cast Monster Machine

This is the greatest toy I never owned, I wish I could send it back to myself in 1979.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Sonic Fazer

I have vivid memories of that store display with that Han solo wearing Luke's clothes and Dracula's cape.

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