Hey All, I'm about to embark on my annual Christmas hiatus from all things polyester and plastic for a few days.
I'm not going to lie, 2014 was rough and at times, it made me want to throw it all away . What really kept me grounded was all the positivity and kindness i received from you folks daily. Thank you for that, it means the world.
Plaid Stallions will return at the end of the month, this year Jason and I will be tackling the retro awards together (which was skipped last year due for unhappy reasons). I'll also be posting some Christmas toy memories on our facebook page all day today.
From my family to yours, I wish you all the very best. May your holidays be filled with joy. See you in 2015, I have a lot of fun things planned.
Spider-Man's Christmas: Giant Story Colouring Book by Marvel Books I found this book at a flea market the other and seeing how it's Christmas, I spent the money and nabbed this gigantic book from 1984. It's done in '84 by the Marvel Bullpen so it's nicely done rip of the Parkes Run books from the 70s. Grab your crayons and still suit and join me after the jump
My friend Corey sent this picture of his pal Darryl and Hordak at the Wyoming Valley Mall in Wilkes-Barre PA circa 1986. He goes on to mention "I can safely say it wasn't the reason we went to the mall, it was just kinda there. I did take some more shots of Skeletor's castle which I'll dig out and send over." As a teen I also had a (mildly unwanted) run in with He-Man, so I can totally relate.
I found this little oddity in a local flea market, produced in 1978 by a Canadian company called "Friendly Photos" it features a rare appearance by Green Lantern. Even if he is blonde with large red gautlets, it's nice to see ol' Hal. The biggest mystery about this piece is why I haven't slapped a third grade photo of myself in there....
It's been nearly two years since we discussed all things Star Wars and what better time than when we all got teased with the further adventures of Luke Skywalker and crew.
Episode 25 takes us back to that fateful summer when the most highly anticipated film of our lives (at the time, it's been replaced by "Glitter" now) landed. It's a tumultuous time when we first discovered the word "Spoiler" (thank you Marvel comics!) and the heart break of us watching the bad guys win. Of course along the way we discuss kenner action figures, competitive collecting, modern fandom, battle beyond the stars, Jason's fondness for the Ewoks and give absolutely no opinion on the current trailer.
I found this cool little ad for AHI in a toy publication, it's kind of fun to see something like this with original artwork and not a single DC comics style guide image to be found. More AHI links at PlaidStallions.
There is nothing like the concerned face of Farrah Fawcett Majors to help you with your morning beauty routine. I want to add that when working on the book, I couldn't find one of these flipping things, now I'm tripping over them....
Danny (check out his awesome art here) sent in this fun shot of him posing with a pretty ersatz Vader and C3P0 from Six Flags great adventure in 1981. Danny mentioned he likes to point out to family that Vader is wearing Adama's cape but they don't understand, however we totally do...
Sure things in Holland are a little different than here, their liquorice is salty and let's just say their definition of "dutch oven" differs from mine. However, Christmases were pretty darn similiar to ours thanks to toy companies like Clipper who distributed some of the best selling toys and games the world has to offer.
The Incredible Hulk: Giant Story Colouring Book by Parkes Run I recently discovered photos of this book, taken in 2011 at my pal Jeff's store Kool Stuff Toys. Parkes Run made these giant books in the late 70s and I remember getting at least one for Christmas. In order to use this for CBT I propped it up against a chair and photographed it, so today's feature is a little wonky but still a fun look at this nicely drawn but sparsely written book. Grab your crayons and still suit and join me after the jump