Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Big Jim Vs Zorak


As much as I love this Big Jim, you knew the line was in some serious trouble when numerous wish books scaled their offering down to two characters. 

I remember being kinda heartbroken in 1977 when I entered the Sears toy department and asked the clerk where the Big Jim stuff was, he turned to me and said "Oh, they don't make those anymore" in a "Vincent Price" kinda way. 

My brilliant grandmother found a Jim on the clearance table and the day was saved.

However, that clerk was a dick, I was six and he was totally trying to make me cry.

big jim pack comic

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Mexican Star Wars


I love this (Knock off, judging by the misspelling of the film's title) piece from Mexico, so much so that I put it in my book Rack Toys. Funny thing is, I have no idea what it's for, I assume it's for an action figure but I have no clue. L'il help SW fans?


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From Space:1999 to Rupert Bear


Browsing through some old magazines and found this killer licensing artwork for Space:1999, too good not to share!

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Friday, January 19, 2018

1971 Hasbro GI Joe Adventure Team Catalog



 My earliest memories of action figures are Hasbro's GI Joe Adventure team, I would spend hours staring at those wishbook pages, drooling at those fuzzy faced guys having adventures. 

The sights of these toys are so hard-wired in my brain, they're pure happiness.


That's why I'm excited to be showcasing the 1971 Hasbro GI Joe Adventure team catalog, full of helicopters, snakes, sharks, mummies and spies!


  Please enjoy the 1971 Hasbro GI Joe Adventure Team Catalog.




ahi 1980 batman


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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Banana Splits Mania



I'm a little young for the original run of the Banana Splits but their reruns are a really happy early memory. So I totally dig these pages from the 1969 Hasbro catalog,  I never knew how much merch they got.

I especially would have loved these!



I'm a sucker for bendy figures and these are wonderful.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018

The Force Beam


I remember watching an informercial in the 80s that interviewed the creator of the "Force Beam". He claimed he invented it while walking around a department store and it was just a golf tube stuck on a flashlight.

I'm sure George Lucas had steam coming out his ears when he saw kids playing with these.
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Dr Steel International



My pal Jesus posted this yesterday and it's too good not to share, behold the many different faces of Dr. Steel one of my favourite action figures of the 1970s.

Mainly known as Dr. Steel, the notable exceptions are when he's called "Dr. Acero" (Steel) in Spain and "Doctor Drago" in Mexico but that's only because Big Jim himself is called "Kid Acero" there. 

That's probably a lot to take in, sorry.




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