Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Blockbuster Toy Riot

A riot indeed, a lot of my personal toy favourites in this one, including Sky Dive to Danger, Atomic Man, mego Fonzie and I still have one of those "Ranger " walkie Talkies on my desk as I type this.
Sometimes I think I'm kind of immune, then I find something like this and I get chills.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Dressing Alike Can Be Cool

How you ask? If you're Brick Mantooth and you and your lady of the week are wearing kick ass Dragon shirts, that's how!

DVD ALERT: House of the Wolfman, the cool new movie that is a tribute to all things Universal Monsters (It even stars Lon Chaney's grandson) is finally available on DVD. I've been waiting over a year to see this, so I'm glad to see this day come. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Monday, September 27, 2010

Almost Bionic

I'd never heard of the Funstuf Electrogenic arm until I started this blog but when it appeared on Ebay I had to have it. It's a crazy little item obviously meant to cash in on the popularity of the Six Million Dollar Man fad without paying a nickel for the rights.

What's great about it is, it really doesn't do anything. You roll it up your sleeve and it makes you look like Steve Austin, that's it, that's all. It comes with an "Electrogenic coil" (which looks like really nice string) and "Laser Beam Locator" (there it is!) but takes no batteries, so you have to provide your own "dun-nuh-nuh-nuh" sound effects.

Toymaker Funstuf made a lot of weird but addicting items like this, more on them very soon.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Halloween Countdown 2010 Contest

It's almost that time again, when me and many, many other bloggers participate in the annual event known as "Countdown to Halloween".

Click the link to learn more about how you can get involved.

While I have 31 days planned filled with Monsters, costumes and other fightful things I could really use your help, so I'm starting another contest.

Send me pics of your monster stuff!  If you have pics of a Monster or Halloween themed collection I want to see them. I'll feature them on the weekends.

Don't have a monster collection? Send me a vintage Halloween pic! Did you meet Frankenstein at Universal Studios? Awesome, that totally works too.

Send them on down to me here and you're in.

Le Grand Prize:

The Grand Prize is a Spectre Toys Barnabas Collins doll by Spectre Toys. Yours will come with a package and you'll have to get your own cool base.

Two Runners up will get a copy of 1978 ReImagined the fantasy Mego catalog published by the Mego Museum plus Plaidstallions trading cards.

The drawing will take place on Halloween, enter as often as you like!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

A Wonderful Appearance

This MD area ad shows a rare 1977 appearance by Wonder Woman at the Valley Mall. While it makes sense given her TV popularity, she rarely did appearances, most likely because it was easier to shove a thin guy into a Spiedy costume than it was to find somebody to wear the tiara and tights.

Note the copy in the ad says "bring a camera or just enjoy the view", classy. I envision an army of dad's elbowing each other...

plaid Stallions mall appearance gallery

Friday, September 24, 2010

Six Million Dollar Man Fan Club Kit

So let me paint the picture, it's 1976 and my mother comes rushing into my room with this card and tells me if I fill it out, I'll get an autographed picture of Steve Austin and all kinds of other neat stuff for free! I agree it's pretty great and quickly store the card in my desk to be filled out at a later date because I WAS SO BUSY AT SIX YEARS OF AGE.

Flash forward a few months and a school chum shows me the AWESOME Six Million Dollar Man stuff he got. You'd think this would have been a valuable lesson that would have haunted me for a lifetime but no, my bill paying skills still just barely keep the wolves away. It took me 34 years to finally make this kit mine and I'll share more of it with you after the jump:

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hulk Splash!

To steal a line from Richard "Lowtax" Kyanka, in 1979 if it was available, it had the Incredible Hulk on it.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sip Along Kids

I had these as a kid, although I don't remember using the weird "drink along with you" feature. My biggest memory of these was brining the Pebbles with me to kindergarton, the same day every other kid brought a G.I. Joe, somehow that didn't haunt me until high school...

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Astro Blast Power Center Commercial

Uploaded this commercial from the 70s Toy Explosion DVD to our facebook page. So if it doesn't come up head on over here.

I totally remember this commercial, especially the awkward "almost four stories" line from the window washer, it's how I learned what a story was.

Next Sunday, I'll be launching another contest so stay tuned.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Spidey teams up with Brian and Phil?

Brian (great name!) sent in this fun image of him and his brother Phillip around 1982 at the Willowbrook Mall in Houston,TX. What a killer shot!

plaid Stallions mall appearance gallery

Friday, September 17, 2010

Mattel Starr and her high school friends

Mattel's Starr seemed to be a teenaged version of the Barbie concept, the look and feel of the line seemed to really embody that late 70s/early 80s style.

Starr had a short tenure at Mattel but was very popular, in 1982 they expanded her line to include new friends, more fashions and a familiar automobile.

Check out the 1981 Mattel Starr Catalog here.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

More Black Light Goodness

Whenever I see blacklight posters I think of friends who had older brothers that  lived in the basement. They all had moustaches, were named "Chris" and looked 38 despite being in highschool.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Man Beach

In order to gain entrance you must challenge their leader to nude Greco-Roman wrestling.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Trading Cards Part 2

Card #34- Raydeen

Shogun Warriors were pretty epic toys and I hope to celebrate each one individually, unlike other things I've featured this weekend, I do have a Raydeen. He's beat to hell but I love him anyway.

Mattel Shogun Warriors Catalog

Card #35- Ideal Jaws Game
Honestly I had like ten minutes to decide card #35 so I thought a nice pallet cleanser from action figures would be the Jaws game, something I owned as a kid and used more as something my Mego Superheroes fought more than I ever did as a game..

That's it for now, I'll probably do more new cards before the year end but I'm all caught up.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

More Trading Cards Part 1

It's been a while since I've talked about this but I printed some designs in the summer and have been happily sending them out with DVD orders and ebay auctions, figured this weekend would be a good time to showcase them.
Card #32- Stretch Armstrong

This was long overdue, seeing as he's an iconic toy born in the 1970s. It's one of the few vintage toys I had as a kid but will likely never rebuy as a collector. Those things can be timebombs and I learned my lesson years ago, so did an unfortunate mouse.

1978 Stretch Armstrong Catalog

Card #33- The Ghost of Captain Kidd
Ah, this is one of the coolest action figures of the 1970s IMO, this image was too good not to make into a trading card. I don't collect these either but wow do I think they're neat.

Matchbox Fighting Furies Gallery

Cards 34 and 35 tomorrow!

Friday, September 10, 2010

HG Toys for 1980

HG Toys was a company known for applying licenses to their staple of role playing items, puzzles and playsets. In 1980, they rocked the 25th century with Buck Rogers, explored the seedy streets of Vega$ and smashed a few cities with Godzilla. Shoot they even made Fantasy Island merchandise, what's not to love?

Other HG Toys Links
1974 summer toys catalog . 1974 HG Toys Puzzle Catalog.1979 HG Toys Catalog

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Browbeat VonSlappedinface

I consider kids like this unsung heroes, for their presence made me invisible to bullying of any kind, the only thing that could break his spell would be to show up to school in my sister's clothes.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

One Strange Marvel Team Up


My good pal at Heroes West Coast suprised me last week with some pictures of a truly rare item that I could not afford to own. This display of Marvel Comics "Action Figures" (most of us would call these Jigglers) is both wonderful and well, odd. The assortment on the front kind of proves that, these characters have little to do with one another and it's a merchandising first for two of them.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Superheroic School Supplies

One of my sideline obsessions (because I need more) are these mid seventies to early eighties superhero school supplies by Alco. I proudly had the Batman from this set on my desk as a kid and I remember our local stationary store (remember those?) had a display of these in the window.

This Shazam is the sole carded entry into the series, I remember seeing it as a kid wondering why he was holding a lighting bolt like that.

This Wonder Woman is a later run by Alco,  Wonder Woman is usually the first one you find of most vintage toy lines.

Stumbled on these at a local toy show of all places. As you can see my collection isn't huge, it probably wasn't wise to turn on others to this, see you on ebay!

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Colouring Book Theatre: The Dukes of Hazzard

Dukes of Hazzard" by Modern Publications
I'm going to preface today's CBT with the confession that I have little to no nostalgia for Dukes of Hazzard. I don't hate it or think people who like it are dumb, I just don't really dig it.

My fondest memory of the show is it became the subject of my first "dick move" as a child. When it first aired, my friend Neil and I began discussing it with another kid on the block who could be best described as "uptight". We went on about how cool it was, how he was missing out blah blah blah.

About a month later he came running up to us saying he'd seen the Dukes and  loved it. I simply said "That shows for babies" and went on about KISS records or something. If you're reading this Michael, I apologize, trust me when I say I got paid back in spades for that one.

Anyway, you might have noticed the price on this sucker, $7.95 is pretty steap for a colouring book now, let alone 1980 but I want to preface this thing is thicker than my local phone book.  Let's take a look at the surprising insides after the jump.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Friendly Neighbourhood Spider Swag

The Spider merchandising empire circa 1979, the thought of this keeps Gene Simmons up at night in a jealous rage.

plaid Stallions mall appearance gallery

Friday, September 03, 2010

1976 Horsman Police Woman Catalog

It may seem commonplace now but the mid seventies TV series "Police Woman" was groundbreaking televison.

Angie Dickinson played "Pepper" Anderson, a no nonsense lady cop and she became the first female lead of an action series (thankfully not the last, bit of a "Xena: Warrior Princess" fan ).

Horsman dolls sought to captilize on this powerful new role model with an action figure (not a doll) and a series of cool outfits. Interestingly enough this line was also marketed by Model Toys in the UK as "HAVOC"  and centered around a group of female spies, I'm not sure which line came first.

 Click on the images below for a better look:

More Action Figures:

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