Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Toy-Ventures: The Incredible Doctor Steel




We return with an exhaustive look at one of the most iconic action figures of the 1970s, the enforcer with a ghastly gleaming hand, the incredible Dr. Steel. We explore the character's origins, many foreign iterations, knock offs and all the different variations. Special thanks to Pascal Pinteau for his amazing help with this one, To order his magical book "Big Jim: Un Monde D'Adventures" click here: https://amzn.to/37qi0dW Hosted and edited by Brian Heiler (@plaidstallions) PlaidStallions Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Plaidstallio... Plaidstallions facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/22262... Twitter: @plaidstallions

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Pod Stallions 73: Guilty Pleasures?



Our last podcast of the year began with the premise of Guilt Pleasures but evolved live into a discussion of whether or not the concepts should exist anymore at all.

This episode covers a ton of ground and includes a variety of topics including Jim Wynorski, Life Force (again), Hallmark channel movies, comfort food, there is a whole point where we just fanboy about the Watchman and we crescendo into Jason's new friendship with Rian Johnson. It's one of the most fun experiences we've had in taping this show and honestly, that's saying a lot.

Also, I'm super sorry about the sound quality, i've already made some purchases to fix that in the new year.



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Monday, December 23, 2019

Toy-Ventures: Planet of the Apes Display!


This week we take a look into my place and the new Planet of the Apes display case I put together. 

Most of the stuff I haven't discussed prior to this including some cool AHI rack toys, Mego figures from Mexico and Japan, Super 8 movies and model kits.

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Five Awesome Things on Ebay this week



Santa Claus conquers the Martians LP- This is, unironically, my favourite Christmas movie and I actually do own one of these with the Dell Comic. You need to own this.




Little House on the Prarie Boardgame from Greece- I've seen plenty of boardgames from Greece but this one was unexpected and like, really hard to recognize. For the record, I did not enjoy this show but thanks to older sister, I have watched my fair share. In fact, in 13 years of doing a blog about 70s stuff, this is the first time I think I have mentioned this series. 



Space Command Communicators- Collecting walkie talkies is a really cool hobby i don't have. If I did, this set would totally be mine.


Vincent Price Shrunken Head Apple Sculpture Set- Vincent Price was so part of my childhood, he was on Frightenstein every Saturday morning, so it should be no surprise that I really wanted this as a kid. I never got it and weirdly enough, I still don't have it.



Amsco Space:1999 Adventure Set- Oh I wish Santa would bring me this, I'd like it as a companion to my Planet of the Apes set. 


Thursday, December 19, 2019

The Star Trek Metal Detection Probe

I've written about this item before, a working metal detector with the Star Trek logo slapped on it but now, thanks to collector Dan Simpson, we're able to get a nice close up look at it. Join me won't you?


Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Toy-Ventures: Popy TV Heroes


Toy-Ventures this week is all about the Mego Inspired line by Popy of Japan where they took the concept of the "World's Greatest Superheros" but used their own homegrown TV Superheroes at the time. It resulted in 8" Mego like figures of Ultraman, Kamen Rider, Gatchaman (Battle of the Planets to us) and Battle Fever J.  Hosted and edited by Brian Heiler (@plaidstallions)
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Friday, December 13, 2019

Five Awesome Things on eBay this week


Batman Crazy Foam-  There is just something so fascinating about Crazy Foam, it came out during that wonderful Superhero resurgence of the mid-1970s, I vividly remember an end cap of these and Mego Superheroes at my local Eaton's toy department and I'm magically whisked back to the time that I wanted Spider-Man to barf on me. 



Dr. Zaius Bank Mold- Oh wow, this thing is so freaking cool, the original mold for the 70s plastic banks. I want this, badly but it's Christmas and I simply can't swing it. My loss is your gain.



Italian Stretch Armstrong-  In Italy, he's "Mister Muscolo" who was also my tenth-grade gym teacher, he was kind of a dick. Anyway, Stretch appeards to have red trunks in Italy, talk about variations.




Tales of the Gold Monkey Story Book- I loved this series as a kid, mainly because of my mad crush on Caitlin O'Heaney and of course, Roddy McDowell. This series doesn't get mentioned a lot because of you-know-who but we need more shows like this.




Italian Mego Fonzie- Fonzie was popular around the globe it seems and it makes sense that the most popular character was supposed to be Italian, he might be popular in Italy. Sadly, Richie, Potsy and Ralph Malph were not required. 







Thursday, December 12, 2019

Official Star Trek pinball game by AHI

























































I am a total sucker for mid 70s Star Trek merch, the fonts, the bright colours, the flames shooting out of the Enterprise combined with a complete and total disregard for any sort of cohesiveness, nirvana. 

 


I will require a Space:1999 Pinball game.



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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The best picture you will see today



My friend Ken shared with me this wonderful photo from around 1980 I suspect. I wish more of our parents took photos like this. Ken grew up not far from me and we can't ascertain if this is a WH Smith store of the Dominion Playworld in the Scarborough Town Center.

Either way, it's just glorious and I love the Mego Micronaut cameo.

If you have photos like this and want to share, PLEASE send them on down.






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Friday, December 06, 2019

Five Awesome Things on Ebay this week


Ooze it- I don't remember Ooze-it as a kid because I'd have been all over that. Instead, i did what every other kid did and bit into my Stretch Armstrong and made my own Ooze-it.



Frazetta ABC Battlestar Galactica Poster- I think the thing I love about this print (It's not the original but it is vintage) is how wonderfully off-model everybody is. It's like the folks at Universal saw that awesome Hildebrant Star Wars poster and barked into a phone "Get me a fantasy artist just like that guy!"




Good Times Trading Card box- So much nostalgia packed into these things, once for when I was a kid and later as a collector in the 1980s (these did not sell great and were still readily available at some stores). 


As a kid I owned a bunch of these, mostly ones where James is threatening to beat the crap out of his kids. John Amos was TV's scariest dad and held that title until "The Wonder Years" debuted in 1988.




Galactica 1980 Motorcycle from Argentina- Oh sure, they got bikes but i'll go an eternity without a Doctor Zee action figure. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go paint a beard on an Adama action figure...

I cried when "Cy" died....


Pressman Toys Space Creatures Zordius Mask Kit- I am fascinated by these Dick Smith creations that are clearly inspired by Star Wars (I even digitized the original commercial reel here) but there is no way in hell I could have done this as a kid. I'd be sobbing quicker than I was when Cy died. 


Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Adventure People Rock!


The Fisher-Price Adventure people were a Christmas staple in my house, so much so that they always trigger happy memories when I see them. I still have my originals so I don't actually have a large collection of them.




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Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Toy-Ventures: Sears Space Command Playset



Time for another Toy-Venture, this week we look at the Sears Space Command Playset, a generic action figure environment that's also a recording studio for fashion dolls. Did I mention the working AM radio and microphone? 

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Monday, December 02, 2019

Moon Shadows!



In 2049, Mankind will be conquered by a group of genetically modified cyborg super pimps led by Dr. Xxxtasy and his constant companion Milky Way.




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