Friday, November 29, 2013

Pod Stallions 11: Flash-Ahhhh!

Well, the subject of this episode can't really be a surprise to anyone who has listened in the past. 

Episode 11 is dedicated to Flash Gordon, not just the (wonderful) file from 1980 but the character itself and our first introductions to him, either from serial or the amazing Filmation animated series.

We delve into the merchandise (and lack therefore of), the fact that we initially bonded over this film, the soundtrack, Get Carter and the singing career of Peter Wyngarde.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Space World Ray Gun

1979 is a candy land if you like vague Star Wars knock offs, the card art on this one features the love child of Harrison Ford and Martin Landau. I honestly prefer stuff like this to licensed Star Wars merchandise and that's saying a lot.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Night Owl

For the man in your life who wants to look like a cruise director on Buck Rogers.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Land of the Lost Cosmic Signal

There is so little Land of the Lost merchandise out there (specifically Sleestak related stuff) that I covet all the rack toys that were produced. The majority of them were from the Larami stable and repeated ad nauseum for any ol' license but that's ok because the card art kind of makes up for that right? right?

Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings is a limited edition 144 page book from the creator of Plaid Stallions. Order from us and get three free promotional post cards. It would make an ideal Christmas present as well.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Introducing Satin Monster

Presenting the latest release by Odeon Toys, Satin Monster, one of our mascots,  is a limited edition 8 inch action figure in the 70s Mego style. He comes complete with genuine vintage threads (real thrift store clothing was murdered to create each figure) and packed with more manliness than is allowed in the state of Tennessee. 

Every one of the ten action figures comes on this clamshell card, so he can be displayed MOC or..

To be life of all your man-doll parties. Warning, all your other action figures will be jealous or possibly pregnant.

Special thanks to Steve M for the fabric, David Lee for the head work and the amazing Theressa for the sew magic!

Limited to ten units, Satin Monster will be available on the Ebay and at the Mego Museum mall. Once they're gone, they're gone!

Coming in January:

Friday, November 22, 2013

Mattel Spin Welder Commercial

This is another commercial I recently had converted (and now giving away with my DVD sets). I don't have much to say about Spin Welder other than it's a cool concept and my parents would never have let me have it. The font in it's logo was used more famously by Mego for the Micronauts line.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

the people's champion

Muhammed Ali was one of my earliest heroes as a kid, I religiously watched his cartoon series and I was first in line to watch him punch Superman.

I must have never run into his action figure because I never owned one, with my dad being a boxing fan, this would have been an easy work too...

Added Bonus, The Canadian commercial for these toys in French:

Kings among men

Let me know who is king of the  bungalow with a bold ensemble that roars with confidence. These men never have to take out the trash....

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Underdog Gun

Underdog may have been my first exposure to Superheroes as a wee one, he definitely sparked a life long love of the genre.

I'm not sure I would have felt that way had I seen Underdog shooting up a bowling alley.

Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings is a limited edition 144 page book from the creator of Plaid Stallions. Order from us and get three free promotional post cards.

Monday, November 18, 2013

The Incredible Hulk Kit

I found this item at a Toy show yesterday, what attracted me to it wasn't that it was Hulk related (more of Captain America guy) but that it was weird and I'd never seen one before. It's also a television related piece which don't pop up that often.
The back shows the second poster, I can totally see the makeup coming off Lou Ferrigno.

The membership card is the height of absurdity, the Hulk has excellent penmanship (I was expecting crayon) and I'm not sure what privileges you get from the Hulk. Isn't he basically a homeless man? 

The real kicker is this awesome little bendy, which Vic's novelty made in a larger format. I've had friends ask me where this smaller version came from and now I know! I just can't remember which friend now....

Saturday, November 16, 2013


Ben broke my month long drought of Superhero Mall Appearance Pictures with this terrific picture of him with Spider-man at Cavalier Square Shopping Center in Hopewell, VA. He notes this is probably 1978-1979. Note the cameo by Jerry Lewis.

As you can see, Ben chose his attire wisely by wearing a shirt that I wished I'd owned as a kid.

plaid Stallions mall appearance gallery
Buy a Brick doll

Friday, November 15, 2013

Matchbox Fighting Furies Commercial

This commercial reel has sat on my desk for over two years, it's been driving me mad to honest. It did not disappoint, even though I honestly don't recollect the Fighting Furies, seeing 70s sensation Mason Reese pimp this toy line is truly a highlight of my year, behold the original commercial for "The Kung Fu Adventure" from 1974:

The Fighting Furies is one of the most ignored toy lines of the 1970s, check out all their cool goodies at the Fighting Furies Archive

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Aaay, Fonzie!

This little picture is another thing that I love about toy catalogs. You see, in 1976 Mego rushed the Fonz doll to the market place but his friends and his trademark motorcycle would have to wait until 1977.

JC Penney offered the Fonz with this fill in motorcyle, it probably wasn't even made by Mego and looks nothing like Fonzies bike. I kind of want one.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Moonbase Medic

I'm not sure what I like most about this piece, the fact that it's clearly just a regular Doctor kit repackaged, that it never shows the Doctor character from Space:1999 or the wonderfully awesome, over the top image of Martian Landau on the card.

Gotta go with Landau....

Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings is a limited edition 144 page book from the creator of Plaid Stallions. Order from us and get three free promotional post cards.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Colouring Book Theatre: The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back

I found this book rummaging around in Comic Alley Toys a while back, I never had any of the colouring books past the Star Wars one I reviewed here so it was all new to me.

The thing I most remember about Star Wars colouring books was the proof of purchase logo on the bottom. I plotted at one point to turn it in for my Boba Fett offer but I worried that the Kenner police would see my grand deception and cut me off of figures for life.

Years later, my podcast partner Jason told me he did this all the time as a kid and the Kenner police were none the wiser...

Let's take a look at this after the jump...

Friday, November 08, 2013

Super Toe Football Commercial

Here is another recently converted reel from my commercial collection. Schaper Super Toe football starring Mongo himself, Alex Karras. (Link to commercial on Youtube)

We featured the Super Toe line a while back on the site, the catalog link is below:

These commercials will soon be available at our store (which is right here) along with our many other products. Everytime you purchase from us, a kitten is born.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Paint your own Hobbit

As much as I had little to do with the Lord of the Rings movie at the time, I must admit to being fascinated with what little merchandise there was now.

More Tolkien

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Hat Decisions

I like the Quill because it reminds me of those Robin Hood hats you get at Disney world.

But "the Baron" turns an everyday Joe like me into Superfly.

At the end of the day, it's the Turban for me. I hope it comes in lavender.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Space Master 2002: A Rack Toy Quest

Above is the Space Master 2002, my dad sold these around 1977-1978. I remembered everything about these fun toys, how they looked, that card art with the skimpy dressed lady, everything.

Except the name.

For years, I've tried everything but searching for "Spaceship" on ebay is well, a long day. I had kind of resolved to just keep my eyes open at toy shows and antique malls and hope for the best. What happened next I was totally unprepared for.

My son asked me to help him find some gaming cards, so we went from shop to shop, each time having no luck. I'm one for a quest, so i suggested a used bookstore on the other side of town. It was a long shot, it looks like the last time they got in new comics, Superman was dead, but what was the harm?

As we wandered around, there it was, sitting next to paperbacks and unsold Gen 13 merchandise. My brain processed it and i  snatched it up and held it close, like i had some sort of competition. I paid immediately, I didn't care what the price was (it was dirt cheap, I'm the one guy who'd have paid far more).

That's one of the things I love about collecting, this inexpensive toy is relatively meaningless to most but it meant the world for me to find and that little bit of kismet made my month. So much so, that I didn't complain when I had to drive an hour into the city to get my son those darn gaming cards.

Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings is a limited edition 144 page book from the creator of Plaid Stallions. Order from us and get three free promotional post cards.

Monday, November 04, 2013

Suspension of Belief

I know what you're thinking, what about the children? Surely they deserve to look every bit as smooth as this man?

Young men everywhere rejoice, It's what every red headed step child needs.

I cannot wait to see the look of joy on my son's face this Christmas morn, when we open our matching sets.

Friday, November 01, 2013

Quick Curl Barbie, Mod Hair Ken commercial

Good news, I stumbled on some more toy commercial reels and after years of sitting on my desk, I had them converted. First up is a little something for the ladies in the form of this early commercial. Here is a link if you can't see the embed code.

I love how putting side burns on Ken makes him noble but a moustache means bad guy. You'll be hearing from my brothers at the anti-facial hair defamation league Mattel! The AFHD doesn't think kindly of unfair stereotypes!

More good news is that I'll soon be adding all these new commercials to my existing toy commercial DVDs, so they'll just be a bonus so to speak. I'll debut another in the coming weeks, trust me it's a good one.


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