Friday, July 10, 2020

Aurora Prehistoric Scenes: They're Eating Up the Competition


1973 Toy Industry Trade ad for the very iconic Aurora Prehistoric scenes kits.


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Thursday, July 09, 2020

5 Awesome things on eBay this week


Tarzan Paint 'N Wear set by Avalon- I dig Tarzan and I also love 70s craft kits but I do not look good in white.



Corgi Toys Spider-Man three pack- Oh goodness, this thing just makes me 8 years old again. My personal favourite being the jeep in the middle.






Action Team Super Peggy In Europe, the GI Joe Adventure Team added something we didn't get, the ladies and they were really nicely made figures too. I'd love to own one of these.




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Ultra7 Baseball Glove- It's Ultraman day! So this is the weirdest thing I could find. I don't have enough Ultraman stuff.



Strange Paradise Novel- "Strange Paradise" was a Canadian Soap Opera, a ripoff of "Dark Shadows" that was created by Steven Krantz (who was behind the 1966 Spider-Man series). As i recall, the show mainly revolved around voodoo, reruns aired on City TV in the late 70s, where I could not look away. I swear, nothing ever happened but my friend Johnny swore Jean Paul Desmond (the show's Barnabas) once conjured a demon.


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Wednesday, July 08, 2020

The Mandala Effect


Does anyone else long for the days of funky stuff like geometric thread design art? I'd totally put one of these in my living room.




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Monday, July 06, 2020

Big Jim PACK Attack



I love everything about this early Big Jim PACK page from the 1975 Wards catalog, note the rough logo, and the description that lists the P.A.C.K members as reformed bad guys. Both of those things would disappear when the toys hit shelves.




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Thursday, July 02, 2020

5 Awesome Things on eBay this week




Mork Bubble Gum in a plastic egg- I vividly remember when these hit my town and watching kids in the schoolyard playing with those eggs like they were space ships. 






Spider-Man Fun Poncho by Ben Cooper- We're in the middle of a heatwave here, I can't really put draping yourself in unbreathing PVC under the umbrella of "Fun" but to each their own....



1976 Kenner Toys Catalog- You may have figured out that I collect old toy catalogs, you're very perceptive if you have. This Kenner from 1976 is full of awesome, iconic Six Million Dollar Man items and is an excellent price to start you on your way. 



GI Joe Super Adventure Team Colorforms Set- I think this might be one of my favorite colorforms sets of all time, mainly because it celebrates the brief teaming of Bulletman, Joe and Atomic Man. 



Moonraker Book and Tape Set- What the heck is this? It was released in 1985, long after Moonraker and I'm curious it retells the movie or the book's story (which is totally different). Gah, I wanna know.....









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Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Toy-Ventures: Top Ten 70s Peg Warmers


Somebody has to be last picked. No matter how cool the toyline is, there is likely at least one that kids didn’t want and was forced to get that dreaded big red sticker one. This week’s Toy Ventures takes a look at some beloved properties (that we love, I swear!) and looks at the “last picked” figure from every assortment counting down to the #1 least popular action figure of the 1970s. Agree with me? Disagree with me? It’s all good, I want to hear your thoughts.



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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Steve Austin's Arch Enemy Dr. Kromedome!


Dr. Kromedome was a clever creation by department store chain Montgomery Wards and Mego to make up for the lack of villains for the Kenner Six Million Dollar Man line. He was totally unlicensed, cost the same as Steve and quite silly looking, like some sort of Cyborg Pimp and that's why I love him so much.

Here is a video I did about Dr. KromeDome for the MegoMuseum.








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Sunday, June 28, 2020

The Week-Enders


These suits are ready for "Non-Stop Weekends", not sure what that entails but please note, it's never gonna stop coming! 


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Friday, June 26, 2020

5 Awesome Things on eBay this week

Lost In Space Jupiter II 1966 1967 Maruzan Japan Marusan Battery Operated Saucer I really wanted Lost in Space toys as a kid, the trouble was I discovered the show in 1981. I am especially fond of this wind up Jupiter 2 toy I've never heard, the seller even included a You Tube Video of it in action, check it out below:




Superhero Stamps store poster- I remember getting all excited about Superhero stamps for a weekend as a kid, it was such a passing fancy but I can't resist this poster.




Planet of the Apes Archery set- Remember all the arrows in Planet of the Apes? Me neither, I still want this....






1970s Bullwinkle Show Poster- I've never heard of this live event that starred Rocky & Bullwinkle, Spider-Man, Tom & Jerry, King Kong and Dracula? I'd sure like to know what the story was, it sound weird and dream like. 






Jaxxon heads for action figures- Remember the big green space bunny from Marvel Comic's Star Wars? The one George Lucas hated? Well I loved him and now I can make an action figure of him using this awesome head. I totally won't do this but I love having the choice....









Thursday, June 25, 2020

Inflatable Furniture!



I know this fad totally failed but I absolutely want an inflatable living room, moving would be a snap and in the summers I can bring it to the lake!




Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Return of the Space Apes!


A couple of weeks ago, I was introduced to the Space Apes, a vintage series of action figures that seemed to be knocking off Mego's Planet of the Apes line but upon further reflection, these appear to be factory seconds poly bagged and sold off to make a quick buck, more after the jump:


Saturday, June 20, 2020

1978 Mattel Shogun Warriors Commercial (Series 2)



Another film reel from our archive that we've had digitized for your enjoyment, it's the 1978 Mattel Shogun Warriors Commercial featuring Gai-KIng, Great Mazinga and Daimos! I forgot I had this! Please enjoy, it's fist firing fun! Join our Facebook Group Pod Stallions: https://www.facebook.com/groups/podstallions Toy-Ventures Magazine is coming this summer, for more information, click here: http://plaidstallions.com/reboot/magazine/

Friday, June 19, 2020

5 Awesome Things on Ebay this week



Space:1999 Promotional booklet- That wonderfully funky off-model logo is really eye catching. I'm pretty sure this will go for more than I'm willing to pay.



A whole mess of poop-a-troopers: A discussion on the Pod Stallions FB group made me realize just how many of these guys I had as a kid. They're probably stuck on rooftops and trees in my old neighbourhood.



Doctor Who Wall paper- Vintage Doctor Who merch ain't easy to find, I'm kind of amazed that the Davison era even got stuff like this, it looks pretty darn slick actually.




Star Fleet Rack Toy- Star Fleet is really interesting Japanese Puppet show (where it was known as X-Bomber) that played in the UK, Brian May even covered the theme tune with Eddie Van Halen. I am fascinated by the show and its merchandise.



Mego Custom Star Trek Amok Time Set- This was created by the genius that is Laser Mego and is part of the 2020 MegoMuseum Bandwitdth Benefit auction. All proceeds go towards hosting not only the MegoMuseum but PlaidStallions as well. There are over a dozen custom creations including some original art and figures by yours truly. Please take a look and spread the word, all the fun ends tomorrow night.











Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Toy-Ventures Indie Go-Go Campaign is Live!


My upcoming magazine Toy-Ventures is almost here!


The Toy-Ventures Indie Go-Go Fundraiser is now live

it's a pretty basic campaign and I'll walk you through what i'm doing, there are three options:


 
  • Kick in a buck- We'll thank you with some spooky Super Monsters Wall Paper

  • Get a digital copy- Even though we're fans of print, we realize you may not be and well, you can still help make this happen by contributing.


  • Physical Copy of Issue #1 with two collectible Super Monsters Buttons featuring the photography of our cover artist Corey LeChat. We are doing a limited run of buttons and these will not be offered again should we sell out.
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    Stretch Goal:

    If we get to 1500 copies sold, I'll increase the page count by eight pages and add scans of the 1975 and 1974 AHI toy catalogs.

    Other Ways You Can Help

    Please share this campaign on your social media accounts, your toy groups, and with anyone you think might want to read Toy-Ventures Magazine. Getting the word out is the most important goal of this publication.

    It's really the most important thing right now, thank you for reading this and even being interested, I really appreciate it.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Toy-Ventures: Shogun Warriors Godzilla and Friends



Toy-Ventures this week is gigantic and green! We talk about one of the most iconic toys of the 1970s, Mattel Shogun Warriors Godzilla and his friends Rodan and Popy Jumbosaurus Godzilla. 

 It's fist firing fun! 

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Monday, June 15, 2020

Das Space Kit


As I kid, I begged for the DAS Pronto Space Kit and got it for Christmas in 1980. I wrongly assumed I could create extra characters for my Star Wars adventures. The figures were static, really couldn't stand all that well and did I mention I sucked at painting when I was 9?





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