Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Boxer

The only place these polyester/rayon palookas will take a dive is in the bedroom IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN *JABS ELBOW INTO SIDE REPEATEDLY*

PlaidStallions Toy-Ventures is becoming a magazine!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

70s Toy Packaging Art love Fest

Toy packaging art has always fascinated me and it actually inspired me to pick up some paintbrushes, so it's actually made my life better, here are five random personal favourites but I'd love to see yours be it at the MegoMuseum Forums, our facebook page or on Twitter. Show me your favourites, please!

The Mego Mad Monsters series by legend Gray Morrow.

I can't tell you how much i love the Big Jim Gold Commander Artwork.

I could go on for days about Mego's fantastic packaging (and have) but for this exercise I'll just point out this epic Ross Andru Spider-Man box.

Even when the artwork is a bit simple, there is a tremendous joy in it. The Lincoln International Monsters have a cartoonish look but they are amongst my favourites of all time.

Show me your favourite 70s toy packaging, let's flood the internet with this joyous art.

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Toy-Ventures: Top 10 Fisher Price Adventure People Sets

The Fisher-Price Adventure people were truly the game changers when it came to action figures in the 1970s. Their infectiously fun combination of vehicle and figure was an instant hit with kids when they hit shelves in 1975. Parents liked their nonviolent play structure and the fact that they appeared to be indestructible.

What's more important was the Adventure people didn't go unnoticed by other toy manufacturers and by the end of the Polyester decade we were literally awash in 3 3/4" goodness.

Here are the top ten Fisher Price Adventure People Sets.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Sky Diving Parachutist

Lots going on behind the scenes at PlaidStallions right now, the new Toy-Ventures magazine is really taking shape and issue #1 will be a focus on the cool toys of Azrak-Hamway, like these Superhero parachutists. I sure wish that Shazam! one had gotten made, but I can't say for certain it didn't. I love stuff like this...

Toy-Ventures Issue #1 is coming this Summer, stay tuned for a launch announcement soon.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Rapco Craft Kits

Rock Tumbler or painting awesome monsters? Candle making or Creature from the Black Lagoon? I'd like to think that was only a decision that Grandma would consider making. 

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Space Moms

"Space Moms" was a 1977 Aaron Spelling TV pilot about two moms from the year 2011 sent back to observe modern-day families as all knowledge had been  lost in the Cola Wars of 2003. ABC passed.

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Pod Stallions 79: Dalek Grab Bag

For this week's episode, we're joined by our special guest actor/writer/comedian Matt Weinhold (@mattweinhold) who is also 1/4 of the awesome Monster Party Podcast.

We titled this episode "Dalek Grab Bag" because we set out to talk about the Peter Cushing Dalek movies of the mid-1960s (and that is the running theme) but we're all over the map talking about obscure UK SF shows we like,  Doug McClure, one-man plays, tripods, Dalek merchandise, triffids, 16mm prints, Tom Baker and dream casting a new Doctor Who movie.

 We still think it's a fun, solid two hours but just wanted to be honest about the title. Also, some NSFW language.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Electronic Games 1980

As a collector of board games, I wanted to ask folks if Electronic Detective is any good, also is Maniac as fun as it looks? Please let me know in the comments.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Gigantic Toy Sale! $2.99

This ad is from 1979 and a lot of the toys on deep discount because they're being cleared out, I vividly remember something like this when I was ten. It was really hard looking at the Big Jim, Six Million Dollar Man, and Pulsar stuff I wanted as a kid for pennies. It haunts me to this day because I just bought some Empire Strikes Back Stuff.

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Saturday, May 09, 2020

Toy-Ventures: Zorak from Big Jim's PACK

This week we go back to 1976 and take another look at a figure from one of my favourite toy-lines, Zorak, not only was he Big Jim's first bad guy, he was a bit of a trendsetting toy concept and one that would become the norm for action figure brands for years to come.

We explore who invented the "Double Trouble" face changing concept and not only about Zoltar but the new deluxe Big Jim Commander that gets really angry.

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Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

The Horrors of Dressing Alike

My children never knew the horrors of seeing their middle-aged neighbors wearing matching (skin tight) powder blue turtlenecks, it's something that haunts me and I post these grim reminders today so history may never repeat itself.

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Saturday, May 02, 2020

Pod Stallions 78: Raiders of the Lost Ark

In honour of CBS bringing back the Sunday Night Movie this week, we decided to cover Raiders of the Lost Ark and we have a special guest, Ned Hastings from Adult Swim!

We cover our childhood discovery of the film and our respective takeaways, the various rip-offs, the toylines from Kenner, LJN, and Star Toys. Our appreciation (or lack therefore of) for the sequels and basically all kinds of the usual straying from the topic like seeing films with tons of nudity with your parents, old timey movie theatres and programs, old James Bond,  Mad Mission 4, your dad seeing a movie before you and the guy who played "Toht". 

It's a fun car ride, join us won't you?

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