One would be foolish to go up against the Dinky armada in the late 1970s.....
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Monday, September 18, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017
This week got a l'il emotional as I bid goodbye to my grandparent's home. Even though they both had passed a while back, my whole family was a bit attached to their place and it took some time to finally decide to let it go.
For me, the hardest part about it was that it was a perfect time capsule complete with wood paneling, funky carpets and even rotary phones (which now reside in my home). It was like stepping into my childhood every time i went there:
I played with my Mike Power: Atomic Man in this corner, wrote my first post college resume on that desk and more recently filmed the Brick Mantooth toy commerical here.
The house was built in the mid 1960s and honestly I think they stopped decorating around 1972. They kept everything perfect so it was museum quality and it was also filled with weird "high tech" items like electric space heaters and intercoms in every room!
Seriously, what kid wouldn't play with this for hours? It was like living in the Venture compound!
This house will forever remind me of catalogs (my grandmother kept them for years, so yeah I got it from her), the Lawrence Welk show (which I hated then but now cannot get enough of) and Dean Martin records. I'm sorry to see it pass but I'm also taking all of those things with me, so it's never truly left has it?
Speaking of "taking it with me" I did manage to inherit something, somehow my siblings, parents and even nephew didn't fight me from getting what was truly mine.
Yes, this magnificent belt massage device works and it's all mine! Those fools just let me have it.
Thanks for reading, have a terrific weekend!
Thursday, September 14, 2017
It's fitting that i found this ad as i recently discovered the destroyed remains of my corgi Spider-Copter in my kid's room recently. It made no comic book sense and even at 7 years of age I knew it was aerodynamically impossible but I thought it was the greatest vehicle ever.
More Corgi goodness:
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
I was amused to find these ads for Black Hole branded kites from Hi-Flier tucked in a trade magazine from 1979. The toy industry really thought the robots from Disney's space epic were going to be the next big thing.
And for me and my friends, they totally were! I had every Black Hole item I could find, the Mego action figures, Gold Key Comics, it was even my lunch box in 1979 (which would end being my last lunch box) and it was a wonderful distraction until Star Wars returned.
Not sure I'd have bit on the kites but dang, that Maximillion one is all kinds of awesome....
Monday, September 11, 2017
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Last week I got a wonderful "Mystery box" from my friend Robyn. The majority of which were amazing mementos of our last couple of decades working together on the "Mego Museum" website but at the bottom was this. An original sketch when we were planning (ok she was planning, I'm useless) to do a Brick Mantooth animated short. To me, this is priceless. I can't begin to describe the joy it will bring me as i pass by it every morning to work on this site.
Friday, September 08, 2017
This toy trade ad from Spring 1982 showed a rather ambitious merchandise campaign for the Dark Crystal including Hasbro (actually their subsidiary Aviva) tapped for an action figure line.
Like many Science Fiction and fantasy properties of the early 1980s, like Krull, V and the Last Star Fighter the action figures got left on the run way.
How buyers waffled on such a property yet bought Dune action figures with both hands i'll never clearly understand.