Tuesday, June 27, 2017
The JUSTICE LEAGUE™ Pin Mate™ Wooden Figure Set of 3 - Convention Exclusive is one very exciting way to expand the DC universe in your collection! From Bif Bang Pow!, these three retro-styled wooden figures band together in anticipation of the 2017 film JUSTICE LEAGUE™! This set brings the DC Trinity home to your Pin Mate collection with SUPERMAN™ (#12), BATMAN™ (#13), and WONDER WOMAN™ (#14). When these three crime fighters team up, evil doesn't have a chance! Each nostalgia-inducing wooden Pin Mate figure stands 2-inches tall and is made in a classic style familiar to anyone who had a childhood prior to 1990. The figures are individually packaged and unite in one brightly colored, highly detailed collectible box.
While some Justice League movie items are available for pre-order now, only SDCC attendees will be among the first to get their hands on the popular movie merchandise at the Entertainment Earth booth (#2343) with the Justice League Pin Mate Set, with only 520 pieces available. Each set features a holographic sticker printed with the production number. So, come down to the Entertainment Earth booth (#2343), and pick up yours before they're all gone!
Monday, June 26, 2017
Friday, June 23, 2017
Happy Friday, here is another one from the recently digitized archive, the original commercial for Mattel's Suckerman. Suckerman definitely fit in with the gimmick figures like Stretch Armstrong and Krusher, they could have formed a League to stop Stretch Monster and Gre-Gory.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Finally, I've solved the mystery of "Where did my parents get their patio furniture in 1975?" The answer is Sears, which considering we only had two department stores in town, really wasn't that much of a "whodunit".
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Behold the strangest bit of Marvel comic merchandise I have ever witnessed, it certainly beats Hulk Spider-Man toilet paper and that's saying something.
Behold "Jiggles and the Thing", while that sounds like a Marvel team up between Tanya Roberts and Ben Grimm, it's actually some sort of weird gelatin product.
I'm not sure I'd eat anything that comes from a company known for Yo-yos, especially "5 inch high yellow things" (FYI this blog post writes itself).
What's really perplexing was the little voice in my head that said "PLEASE BUY THIS", it took a couple of post Mego Meet beers for it to go away. The next day, I was speaking to a friend about the show and he blurted out "Did you see that awesome weird Thing toy?" Clearly he had the same demons as me....
Monday, June 19, 2017
I'm back from Mego Meet and I bring many virtual presents in the form of the sights I encountered there. Let's start with this, a Popy Evel Knievel stunt set or as they dubbed it "The Evel Knievel Challenge Machine".
I had to do some Guerilla photography on this one because it had just been sold! Fortunately the purchaser was a good egg and let me mess with it before he took it home. More after the (Snake Canyon) jump!
Friday, June 16, 2017
Another goody from the archive! The Pressman Space Creatures Mask Kits are a wonderfully Star Wars inspired idea that I adore. These kits were designed by Award winning Special Effects wizard Dick Smith, who did several kits for Pressman and I know at least one Oscar winner who was inspired by these as a kid.
The Pressman execs showing off the masks back in the day.
Be sure to check out my facebook page for updates on this weekend's Mego Meet festivities.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
This weekend marks the annual Mego Meet convention in Skokie, IL.
I'll be heading there to help out at the door, see old friends and spend money on things I probably don't need. If you're in the area, it's a terrific show and we'd love to have you.
If not, I'll be posting live pics and videos on the PlaidStallions facebook page and twitter all weekend.
More information on the event is below:
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
This piece literally fell out of a drawer this morning, I find it wonderful that some kid kept this clipping for 30 years until it landed on my desk.
For More Kenner Indiana Jones stuff, check out this page.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Monday, June 12, 2017
My mom bought me a Sesame Street rain slicker this year (1978), I remember being a little embarrassed wearing it as many of my peers were wearing KISS shirts at this point.
I honestly would have loved the Six Million Dollar Man or Star Trek ones pictured here.
Friday, June 09, 2017
I am thrilled to unveil this new transfer from my collection. This is the Mattel Shogun Warriors collection diecast commercial that I doubt I've seen since I was nine.
I have a few more like this coming up this summer. Hope you enjoy!
Thursday, June 08, 2017
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Monday, June 05, 2017
Sunday, June 04, 2017
This wonderful shot was sent into me by Twitter user @naturalbornheel who met Spidey at the Wonderland Mall (I've actually been there!) in San Antonio, TX during the Summer of '79.
This is the perfect type of photo I'm seeking for my next book project Mall of Justice, a love letter to the sensational personal appearances of our comic book, TV, movie and toy icons during the 1970s and 80s.
Whether it's Adam West at a car show, He-Man at a Toys R Us opening or an ersatz Chewbacca at a stereo store, Mall of Justice melds vintage photos with childhood recollection of these epic meetings.
While I will design andeventually publish the book (via PlaidStallions Press), it's a project we can all get involved with!
How you can get involved:
I'm looking for your photos and your recollections! Even if you've submitted them to the site before, I would likely need higher resolution and I'd want to
talk to you.
What am i looking for:
Appearances of costumed characters during the 1970s and 80s, be they from comicbooks (Batman, the Hulk) , cartoons (, toy lines (Masters of the Universe, GI Joe) or movies (Planet of the Apes,Star Wars) , a date and place and a description of how you felt meeting theseiconic characters. Did you think they were real?
Does it have to
specifically be in a mall?:
HECK NO! Car shows, county fairs, grocery stores, heck I'd even accept birthday party shots. It's all fair game.
Download the PDF Concept booklet for Mall of Justice Here.
Download a PDF Here.
Check out a Little Flip Book Here.
Thanks everyone for reading and I hope you'll share your experiences with me!
Friday, June 02, 2017
The Top Ten Coolest 1970s Wonder Woman Merchandise
The 1970s were a good time for female heroes, between Jaime Sommers, The Angels, Police Woman and Diana Prince, sisters were kicking butt like never before.
Wonder Woman was not only on prime time but a Saturday morning fixture with "The Super Friends", this combined with her comic title made her very popular with licensors in the 1970s.
More PlaidStallions top tens:
Thursday, June 01, 2017
Even though the packaging reads "General Urko" that's clearly Dr. Zaius toting that rifle in a very un-Dr. Zaius like way. Have I mentioned that I want this more than oxygen right now?
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
This is where i tapped out as a kid, 48 action figures was too much to "Collect 'em all" and I remember taking a hard line with Cloud Car pilot (I already had a Bespin guard).
I may have been the exception but I really got into Black Hole and Star Trek TMP figures at this point.
The micro collection is still one of those things I secretly covet, it's awesome.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Monday, May 29, 2017
Friday, May 26, 2017
For our 53rd show, we are joined once again by former Famous Monsters editor and current host of "It Came From Blog" Mr David Weiner (@TikiAmbassador) for a rousing two hour discussion on Walt Disney's 1979 Science Fiction opus "The Black Hole".
The conversation talks about the film itself, the it's origins and somewhat discordant tone, the interesting cast, what the ending might mean, the multitude of merchandise, it's trailer, the comic book sequels and of course, the attempted remake.
We also touch on subjects like Star Wars, Shreddies cereal (blech), Salvage One, Starlog magazine and Buck Rogers. It's jam packed with late seventies science fiction goodness.
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Thursday, May 25, 2017
As someone who was cast out of his one and only D&D game for being too "Disruptive" (my local DM was kind of a tyrant) , I missed out on the whole TSR scene in the day. It was very similar to being the only kid who hadn't seen "Star Wars".
I mainly stuck to playing "Gauntlet" for my fantasy fix.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Friday, May 19, 2017
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
When it comes to Planet of the Apes merchandise, I honestly find myself drawn to stuff like this than anything else. Something about it just feels so....right.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Friday, May 12, 2017
Thursday, May 11, 2017
If I had a screen that readout my rage levels, it would include Driving, Paying Taxes, Home Depot on a Saturday, Waiting in long check out lines and then of course, Hulk Raging.