Friday, June 28, 2019

Five Awesome Things on eBay this week



British Boxed Stretch Monster- I have this weird obsession with Stretch Monster yet I've never bought one and I like British toy packages, this is a double whammy for me. I'm seriously considering it?



Automan Action Figure-  The show got a half season and disappeared so of course, it got a slew of merchandise in England? Where are my action figures from "A Man Called Sloane" England? ARE YOU LISTENING?




Star Maidens doll- I've spoken about Star Maidens before, it's this weird UK/German space show that shares a lot of lineage with Space:1999. It lasted a single season and got way more merchandise than it should, including these discount store dolls. I'm obsessed with these, the seller has two.



GI Joe Atomic Man in Catalog box- This is the one I don't have and it's so cool how Hasbro went the extra mile with their catalog boxes. Most companies just slapped a sticker on a plain brown xo but these three colour items are like art to me. Arrrghhh! I can't afford this! 






Fleetwood Toys Tarzan in the Valley of Dinosaurs- I can't begin to explain how much I love this rack toy. It's like the people of Fleetwood were fans of Burroughs. I want to send this set back to my six-year-old self.

Pod Stallions 71: Summer of 1989




We're back with an all-new episode and what better time to wax nostalgic about the summer of 1989 than the 30th anniversary (sigh) of the release of Tim Burton's "Batman".

We get into the Superhero event of the summer along with the "other" comic book movie that season, delve into Star Trek V, Do the Right Thing, The Abyss, Jason Takes Manhattan and of course, the hit of the decade, Young Einstein!

We take a side step into our minimum wage jobs, movie theatres, comic stores and how much i miss my metabolism.


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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Monday, June 24, 2019

Toy-Ventures: The Zython from Mattel's Space:1999 line


This week we talk about one of the rarest action figures I've ever come across, the highly elusive Zython from the Mattel Space:1999 action figure collection. I don't own this incredibly rare carded example but thankfully, I do know someone that has one and I examine it and give it's interesting back story. Please subscribe to our channel for a weekly toy venture: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwYta3nz_7FAzPvP8FPSgpg PlaidStallions Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Plaidstallionsdotcom/ Plaidstallions facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/2226244254053126/

Friday, June 21, 2019

5 Awesome things on eBay this week


Buck Rogers Lampshade Kit- I can't think of anything that would light up a room better than Pamela Hensley and Erin Gray in this wonderful 3-D piece from the UK. I love it's not the stock art but an original creation.




Incredible Hulk light switch cover- Speaking of lights, this 1970s light switch cover is everything I love about 70s stuff, totally funky and just slightly off model, everybody wins!




Battle of the Planets Keychains- I am really in love with these, they're pricey but honestly, I'd never seen them before a week ago. I'd settle for the Phoenix and yes, it would become my key ring.



Tomland Strawberry Shortcake RipOff-  Toymaker Tomland Toys was no stranger to ripping off concepts, I mean these are the people behind the Sonic Man and the Star Raiders but they seemed to have run out of clever the day they named this. Seriously, Redhead? That's lazy Tomland, even for you....



Mattel Slime Monster Game- As a kid completely verboten to have Slime of any kind (Shag Carpeting) I do find the whole concept weirdly alluring.  This is the first time I've ever run into the game and had a looksie, now i want it.




Thursday, June 20, 2019

Kung Fu Super 8 Movies


As if I didn't have enough obsessions, I've recently discovered Kung Fu movies came on Super 8 reels, I own a projector and I love Kung Fu movies, so guess what happened?

Anyway, the beauty of collecting these is nobody cares, seriously the three films I showcase here? Under $20. A total win/win.

These fine films will be debuting on my deck this weekend!



Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Super Rare!



One of the nicest things that goes on at MegoMeet is that the dealer's humour me and allow me to document stuff I can't afford.

Case in point this Official Superman Super Streak by Azrak Hamway, one of the rarest rack toys I've ever come across.

My best guess is these didn't sell well due to the price point, the battery operated items from AHI always seem to have been produced in much lower numbers than stuff like the parachutists. 

If you're inclined to purchase this lovely man of steel, you can contact Vintage Toy Rescue but rest assured that $3 price tag is just there for atmosphere.



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Monday, June 17, 2019

Toy-Ventures: My Mego Meet Haul



I've just returned from my favourite toy convention of all time, Mego Meet and please excuse the sleepy voice but I haven't had much sleep!

Thought it would be fun to go over the various items I picked up at this weekend's festivities, stuff from Planet of the apes, the Monster Squad, Stretch Armstrong, Godzilla, Kolchak the Night Stalker and hey I even bought a Mego figure from Buck Rogers.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Welcome to Mego Mountain


Heading off to the annual Mego Meet toy show in Columbus this weekend, where I will be giving updates on my twitter and facebook pages. 

Also, I would have watched the Walton's way more if monsters lived next door, just sayin'


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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

GI Joe at Australian Toy Fair


Crude little photos like this one from the Kenbrite booth at the 1974 Australian Toy Fair are gold to me, a little glimpse into how our childhood friends were marketed. I have a few more shots that I'll share soon.




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Monday, June 10, 2019

Toy-Ventures 26: Infra-Man


This week we look at the merchandise made for the incredible 1975 Shaw Brothers masterpiece "Infra-Man" and talk about how we deserve way more than what is out there.

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Friday, June 07, 2019

5 Awesome Things on eBay this week


Fantasy Island Posters- These are original store stock and the seller has a bunch. I don't know how many kids wanted these in their rooms besides me but this is awesome. Lets all buy these and be a Fantasy Island club, who is with me? (thanks to Rockford for the tip)


Whitman Doc Savage the Man of Bronze Puzzle- There is so little merch for this terribly underrate George Pal classic, this thing is five bucks, it's unreal.



Wrath of Khan miniatures- These were it if you wanted anything close to a figure of the best Star Trek movie. I remember being sorely tempted by the ads in Starlog and barely thought of them since.



Shadow Stamp Pad set by Madison- Oh the weird Shadow merchandise from the middle 1970s, it never fails to amaze me. I've never seen this rendition of this popular rack toy staple.




Glasslite Dracula from Brazil- I totally love this action figure from Brazil especially for the card art. No other monsters were made. I think the price is a little too high but it's such a nice example.






Thursday, June 06, 2019

Kung Fu Target Set




I found this piece that I honestly didn't know existed, so it was a pretty big deal for me. As a lover of the TV show "Kung Fu", the merchandise is minimal and this set from Multiple Toys is something special.




The weird thing is, it's actually not licensed. Released just after the show was canceled, it's like Multiple just went ahead and produced the set anyway. It's clearly based on the series, look at the Caine on that artwork. Don't mind his weird arm.


Here is a shot of the Caine figure, it totally looks like the third season look although i'm not sure why he's on a horse.




Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Space Wars 1977


Christmas 1977 is such a unique period of time, every kid in the country had space toy fever thanks to a certain movie. However, no physical toys existed  (the cardboard promissory note was clever but come on) meaning it was a golden age for the Ideal Star Team (hastily slapped together to captilize on the movement) and pre-existing space toys like Mego's Micronauts, Mattel's Shogun Warriors and Zee Toy's Metal Man.  


It all hit the fan in 1978.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Star Wars Overalls


Just in case you forgot what decade Star Wars came out, it was the 1970s. I wish I could I say I owned these but this is courtesy of my pal David Lockwood. 

I'm pretty sure the comments section of this post will be "I'd wear those right now"

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Sunday, June 02, 2019

Toy-Ventures: Kamen Rider Mystery Figure


Bit of a departure this week as I'm talking about a figure I literally don't know anything about. This mysterious figure is from Portugal, appears to have been made in the late 1970s and is clearly based on the Kamen Rider tv series from Japan.

The big question is why? Why make a very nice unlicensed action figure of a character nobody in Europe has seen? Who released this? I really don't know if we'll ever find out.

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