Thursday, August 29, 2019

5 Awesome Things on eBay this week

AHI Sky Diving Parachuting Penguin- It should come as no shock that i love rack toys and especially ones with parachutes. The Penguin is actually a lot tougher to find than Batman and I really like the way the figure looks.

Planet of the Apes Puzzle- Not much vintage merch features Charlton Heston but come on, that's totally him!

Star Trek The Motion Picture Stickers from Australia- I love stuff that features the aliens and this set has a bunch of weird ones that are barely a glimmer in the film itself.

Knock Off Jaws key chains- I miss seeing stuff like this in shops, these little sharks even saw "JAWS" on them.

He-Man Annual from the UK- I love British hardcover annuals and avidly collect them, this one caught my eye, I'm not a big MOTU guy but this one mainly just features pictures of the toys themselves and it's that early era before the cartoon, it's really funky.

And finally, from my pal David Lockwood, this:

Whistling Dracula Teeth- David pointed out that the Dracula on the card looks like Liberace and well, I can't unsee it now. 

Pac Toys Lords of Light Super Cut of Toy Commericials

Thanks to the amazing AcroRay (link to his channel below) we have this wonderful supercut of marketing from Toy Fair 1984. PAC toys attempted to create the Lords of Light toy line from Mego Micronauts Molds and glow sticks, an ambitious and fun toy concept that sadly didn't make it to market.

This rare piece shows two surviving tv spots and offers rare glimpses of the toy line that cut short too quickly.

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Toy-Ventures: Filmation Super 7 Merchandise

Time to talk about my 40-year obsession with the Filmation series "Tarzan and the Super 7" and my long hunt for merchandise which are mainly cheap rack toys but I love it none the less. 

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Friday, August 23, 2019

5 awesome things on eBay this week

Star Blazers Gun- I know that Nomura made a show accurate pistol (that I lost out on last year, grrrr) but this one is totally new to me, it reminds of those AHI water guns.

Batman Flash Mite by Janex- There is a certain pleasure i get from seeing stuff like this weirdly drawn Superman on this card. This wouldn't get past Warner Brothers licensing department today but back then? Approved!

Planet of the Apes Club Bat- Perfect for rounding up those filthy humans, I don't regret growing up when i did but sometimes when I look at it from this higher ground it doesn't make oodles of sense. I think that's the appeal.

V Motorcycle by Galgo- We didn't get a lot of V emrch here but south of the border got some fun stuff like this. I have/had a crush on Jane Badler since middle school so this is kind of calling to me.

Captain America Power Shield by FunStuff- Funstuff made these fun Shield toys with different Marvel and DC characters on them. I'm drawn to this one because, well HE IS THE ONLY HERO WHO USES A SHIELD!!!!!!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Two Piece Super Sweater Set

This outfit is worn exclusively in movies by the snotty guy who is engaged to the heroes ex-girlfriend that he desperately wants back.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Toy-Ventures : Summer Pick-ups!

Rather than a focused subject, this week we just look at what a summer of flea markets, toy shows, and networking can get you as I talk about the stuff I picked up over the summer. 

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Friday, August 16, 2019

5 Awesome Things on eBay this week

Dr. Zaius hand Puppet- The only way this could be made more adorable is if it had a voice box featuring Maurice Evans on helium.

Incredible Hulk Sno-Stuff- Hulk merchandise is usually absurd and therefor my favourite, it is also compounded by the fact that he was pretty much "Garfield" in the late 1970s and got his face slapped on freaking everything.

Starblazers Kite- I totally would have bought this as a kid, I would have bought Star Blazers anything when I was nine. 

Marvel Comics Sparkle Paints- I'm fascinated by early Marvel Comics merch (not enough to buy them mind you) and this Kenner set is a fond memory of the days when Submariner (pronounced Sub-mah-reener) was an A-Lister.

Imperial 6ft Inflatable Godzilla- I never ran into one of these in high school, I'd like to think I would have purchased it immediately and on principle. I don't like that I'm taller than Godzilla however...

Bonus Item that's not on eBay.

I had to own this sweater now advertised on Amazon, three guesses why...

Pod-Stallions Mini-Sode: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

We're back with another mini and we're spending this time talking about the latest Quentin Tarantino film "One Upon a Time in Hollywood"

We try to stay on topic but mention Reservoir Dogs, Neil ****ing Diamon, the Silver Surfer, Jackie Brown, the Green Hornet and well, Matt Helm.

This one is a true mini but we're back in the studio this week with another long rambling experience for you all, promise!

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Toy-Ventures: Space:1999 Rack Toys

This week's toy-ventures takes a look at the merchandising from Gerry Anderson's classic series Space:1999, particularly the lower cost "Rack Toys" made by Azrak-Hamway International.

If moonbase Alpha had a drugstore, these are the toys it would sell!

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Friday, August 09, 2019

5 Awesome things on Ebay this week

Six Million Dollar Man Bank by Animals Plus- I bought my first one of these banks (A Cornelius from Planet of the Apes) a couple of months ago and now I'm seriously window shopping more. They aren't terribly expensive (this one is $26) and they encapsulate some very cool 70s properties, this may be my new obsession.

Flash Gordon Stickers- There is so little Flash Gordon merch from the movie but these are pretty great, these are stickers you put into an album. Oh boy, this was my jam as a kid, I wish they weren't the UK only.

Vintage Monster Figures- I'm honestly not sure the backstory on these guys, they just hit all those wonderful buttons for me, unlicensed, colourful and cheaply made.

Fantastic Journey Trading Cards- Cancelled after 13 episodes in 1977, Fantastic Journey never got a lick of merchandise that I've ever seen. However, in Costa Rica, they did get into a series of TV trading cards that also includes Holmes and Yo-Yo. Yup you heard me.

Atomic Man Command Para-Drop: If you recall my Atomic Man video from a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned the very rare Atomic Man sets. This is one of them and well, it's PRICEY! I just wanted to share that killer artwork.

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Tonka Winnebago

I never had this as a kid but because of "Shazam!", I totally wanted it. Also, I required a Mego Shazam figure to pull this off right. 

My current retirement dream is to own a real one and you'd better believe I'm putting that lightning bolt on the front.

Monday, August 05, 2019

Toy-Ventures: AHI Super Monsters Bend 'Ems!

Toy-Ventures this week is all about the World Famous Super Monsters Bend 'Ems line by Azrak-Hamway International. 

Frankenstein, the Wolfman, Dracula, King Kong, the Mummy, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon rounds out this wonderfully designed series of low-cost figures from 1975!

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Friday, August 02, 2019

5 Awesome Things on Ebay this Week

Max Headroom Puppet- UK toymaker Bendy Toys is a point of fascination for me because a) They made weird, UK Only toys and b) most of their stuff is deteriorating pretty badly now. I never knew they made a Max Headroom puppet before today and I kind of want it.

GERRY ANDERSON STARCRUISER INTERCEPTOR AIRFIX MODEL KIT I knew of the Gerry Anderson Starcruiser 1 model but I never knew there was a follow up from 1980. These kits all looked like they were from an episode of Space:1999 I haven't seen but of course, that's not possible. Although there are one or two I wish I hadn't seen.

Fisher Price TV Action News Team- I had sort of mixed feelings as a kid about this set (I used it to play "Mary Tyler Moore" because the one guy is clearly Lou Grant and my imagination did the heavy lifting) but so many people have come to it's defense over the years I thought I'd point out this complete set.

Pet Ghost Store Display by FunStuf- I've never heard of Pet Ghost before but it's obviously FunStuf's attempt to cash in on the "Pet Rock" thing and I love that. 

Planet of the Apes Banner from the TV Series- Original Apes props are so tantalizing and this one is pretty cool (if not pricey but what the heck this is fantasy window shopping) as it was used the TV series that i totally adore. Someday.....

Thursday, August 01, 2019

The Mixables

Where they work, there is always cake in the breakroom. By "Cake" I mean cookie jars filled with Cocaine.

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