Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Play Set Madness


Combining all these play sets into one would make for the greatest afternoon ever.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Pod Stallions 54: Movies of 1982



For our 54th show, we start with a brief (well for us) discussion about our thoughts on the newest actor to take the mantle of Doctor Who


Then we dig deep into the movies released the summer of 1982. Some call it the greatest summer for movies and hey, a lot of these movies went from flops to being revered, so it's worth discussing.

Topics include spirited debate on Blade Runner, Poltergeist, Beast Master, The Wrath of Khan, Tron, Dark Crystal, The Thing, Conan the Barbarian, Swamp Thing among others.

As always we get sidetracked into talking about merchandise, carnivals, Harrison Ford, Marvel comics, Brian's love for the work of Jim Wynorski and how freaking expensive it was to buy VHS movies back in the day.....

Join us won't you and as always we want to you to tell us your opinion on our facebook page.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

T Shirts: 1977



Looking at this selection of adult t-shirts,  I'm amazed by a few things 1) How much merchandise based on "The Shadow" was made in the mid 1970s 2) The whole CB thing and 3) Sears clearly owes Robert Crumb some money.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Kenner Empire


It was around this time as a kid that I realized that I could never, ever "Collect Them All" when it came to Star Wars. Not that I had everything made leading up to this point but there was probably some child like naivete that I could catch up somehow.


Fortunately for me, I was close friends with a kid who GOT EVERYTHING and while he wasn't always a joy to be around, my goodness his basement was a wonderland!


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Ladies Man


Ladies, heed my warning, do not underestimate his Aqua-Velva drenched charm. This kid is an experienced first base veteran! 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Martin Landau: A Toy Tribute


I was kinda crushed to hear of the passing of Martin Landau yesterday besides being a fan of his work, there is also a true connection to him and this site.

It was my admiration for merchandise based on Space:1999 that got me into toy collecting in the first place, so without Martin Landau toys, no PlaidStallions. I figured the best thing to do would be to showcase my favourite items that feature his likeness, so please join me after the jump!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Balloon Inflating Dr. Zaius



As we conclude Apes week, let's go out with a bang and present an item I don't own but seriously wish i did. Presenting the Doctor Zaius that improved many a birthday party, more about this after the jump!


Friday, July 14, 2017

Amsco Planet of the Apes Adventure Set


Amsco famously made these killer adventure sets for properties like Space:1999,  The Walton's and most famously Marvel Superheroes.

I was gifted this Planet of the Apes set a couple of years ago but never put it together, so in honour of Apes week, I sat on my office floor and did just that.

You know what? It's awesome and loaded with tons of easter eggs from the movies and tv series. I love it! Check it out after the jump.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Unarmed Parachuting Apes!


Very happy to have finally tracked down this tough as nails variant in one of my favourite toy themes of all time, Parachutin' Rack Toys.

For some reason, Azrak Hamway made a running change to the their Planet of the Apes parachute figures. They came armed and unarmed, which is befuddling considering they probably only made these for a year or so.

I'm guessing by the fact that the armed Apes are so much easier to track down than the "pacifist" versions (seriously this took me ten years to find one) that they came later but honestly, I don't know much as to why they'd make a completely new figure for a dime store toy.


Another "Unsolved AHI Mystery", stay tuned.....





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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Cornelius and Zira visit Syracuse



Were you there? have any photos? I'd love to include them in our latest book project Mall of Justice.



Mall of Justice is 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 and eventually 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.

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Thanks everyone for reading and I hope you'll share your experiences with me!

Friday, July 07, 2017

Mattel Battlestar Galactica Action Figure Commercial

Happy Friday!


Here is another commercial transfer, this it the original Mattel Battlestar Galactica Action Figure commercial from 1979, a new transfer of the original reel. 

It's kind of ironic that this features mainly the 'peg warming" characters like Imperious leader, Ovion and Daggit. Also, why does Starbuck talk like a robot?

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Thursday, July 06, 2017

TV Magic

This is one of the few times where I gave myself a "Hey! I had this!" moment.

Inspired by a magic based kid's game show that ran every morning, I got my parents to buy me the "Magic Money" set.

There is a vague recollection of disappointment that the set didn't produce dollar bills, have I mentioned that I was a really daft kid?

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Zayre Wars


I think this ad nicely captures the moment in time where my personal lust for all things Star Wars reached a pinnacle. As a kid I had all but two (never got a 12 inch Vader or R2) of the items pictured here. All of them got ruined not by neglect but by constant play.

Monday, July 03, 2017

The Undercover Story of Big Jim's P.A.C.K



One of the most charming things about the Big Jim's P.A.C.K toyline is it's use of comics to market to children. They also employed legends to do them. The initial designs were by Jack Kirby and the later giveaway comic book was drawn by John Buscema.

All of the later packaging had comic stories on the back, I've showcased the Torpedo Fist one here but thought it would be fun to look at the origin of the P.A.C.K on the back of double trouble Big Jim's box.

Let's begin after jump!

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Colouring Book Theatre: Gerrry Anderson UFO

wonderbug Colouring BookUFO by Purnell (1971)
One of the nicest things I received at Mego Meet was this colouring book, which frankly, I didn't know existed until it was placed in my hands.

The one caveat my pal Corey had was that he hoped it would be featured on CBT. Wish granted!  (One little bit of trivia, the striking woman on the cover is Dr. Strange's real life mother)

While filled with colourful costumes, purple wigs and cool tech, Gerry Anderson's UFO is also a show that featured dark story lines and adult themes. It doesn't exactly scream "Children's colouring book" which of course, makes it all the more delicious to me. (See Dune)

Grab your crayons and join me after the jump.



Saturday, July 01, 2017

A Salute to Canadian Toy Packaging



It's not a closely guarded secret that I'm Canadian. So on the day of my country's 150th birthday, it seems duly patriotic that i share my favourite toys in Canadian packaging. 

Due to having two official languages, we had different toy packages than the US and brother,  it's tough to find.  Hunting these is my obsession because there is no better whallop of nostalgia for me, enjoy!


Friday, June 30, 2017


Happy Friday, here is another one from the recently digitized archive, this is the revised for the Mattel Battlestar Galactica toy line that clearly states the missiles no longer fire. We all know why....


More frakking cool toys:

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Rascal Robots

Rascal Robots by Tomy were such a "right place/right time" creation. Awesome wind up robots that fit in with your Star Wars "guys"? Who wouldn't want that?

Personally I liked to pretend mine was IQ9 from "Star Blazers".

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Corduroy N Friends!


Somewhere, there is a former catalog copy writer who still laughs about getting "On a marvelous mushroom trip" past his bosses....

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Justice League Exclusive Pin Mates set from Bif Bang Pow!



 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!

Kenner Jedi


So instead of  Leia, this ad features slave General Madine, the most boring Kenner figure ever IMO (and the last figure I ever purchased, talk about going out with a whimper.) Even Jabba seems to be yawning.



Friday, June 23, 2017

Mattel Suckerman Commercial



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.

Enjoy.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Patio Mystery


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

It's Jigglin' Time?



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

Japanese Evel Knievel



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

Pressman Space Creatures Commercial



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

Aw Yeah Mego Meet 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

Kenner Indiana Jones on Sale

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.



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