Sunday, December 31, 2006

Star Wars Week Prologue

From a 1978 Globe and Mail article, a reporter scowls at Star Wars toys in an article with the biline "Give him Snakes and Ladders any day"
I've been kind of avoiding doing a Star Wars week for a couple of reasons:
a) I kind of thought Star Wars didn't need the attention
b) I really burned out on Star Wars merchandise in 1998, sold everything I owned but some childhood pieces and never got the urge again.

But as much as I like to claim that my only childhood toys were Mego, the truth is I was a ravenous Star Wars geek from '77 until '82. Taking breaks to get into Buck Rogers and Black Hole. Part of it was peer pressure with other kids in my class but the other part was just that those movies really hit all my buttons as a kid.

While I'll likely never get back into Star Wars, I do get all drooly when I see vintage carded figures. Pretty powerful stuff seeing as every action of George Lucas since 1997 has pissed me off.......

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 29, 2006

Part Jacket, Part Bib

I could never own something like this, gravy stains show up on white too easily....

All next week on the blog, we'll take a look at the obscure 1977 Science Fiction film "Star Wars" and it's merchandising.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

It's Seven Thirty Duh-nuh-nuh-nuh!

I never noticed them as a kid but there were tons of cool character watches in the 70's, while Mickey is a standard and I'm sure Holly Hobby is popular with many, that Six Million Dollar Man watch is the Sh!t.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Super Sentei Snow Suit

When I see stuff like this, I expect to see Kikaider and a bunch of henchmen leap out of the background and start fighting.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas Wishlist 1979

I posted this on the Megomuseum last year but I really like sharing it, my grandmother gave me my old wishlist from 1979, clipped from the Sears Canada catalog of the same year.Funny how I went from making wishlists to wantlists with much of the same stuff in it.

Some disclaimers- I didn't get everything on this list, I know I got the Micronauts Aquatron, Green Goblin and Falcon. No wonder I got the Green Goblin, I included this detailed illustration:

I don't know why i wanted a cat calendar at 8 years of age or as somebody pointed out a new cat calendar but it must have made my father worry.....

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Sweaters : A child's worst enemy

Opening a sweater when you're eight is an odd experience, you couldn't care less about it but you know you have to be polite and thank your aunt for it. I still hate sweaters to this day but I now like it when I get socks for Christmas.

Well meaning grandmothers everywhere probably thought the entire family would love matching itchy sweaters, I mean the family in the catalog looks so happy!

I hope one of these is under my tree this year, that would be fantastic!

Ask Santa for these:

Energized Spiderman and his helicopter sure had a big marketing budget, that commercial ran during Battle of the Planets for months on end. It's weird, Spider-man didn't have a helicopter, nor did he need it but I really wanted one!

Wonder Woman, the Bionic Woman and Donnie & Marie represent every show my sister watched back then. Jamie gets kind of the shaft when it comes to play sets though, a classroom?

Friday, December 22, 2006

Kringle Krap Again!

"Yeah Billy beat the crap Santa, now let's eat his guts!" Not to poop on someone's holiday traditions here but I'm bewildered as to why you'd want to beat the crap out of an effigy of jolly ol' saint nick. Frosty on the other hand I totally get, he can be a real pompous ass....

If you're going to give a religious message this holiday season, a blow molded light up plastic messiah is probably not the best way to go.

I've always wanted to put a life size Liberace on front lawn for the month of December, leaving my neighbors wondering what it's about and never directly answering their question.

Toys of Wish Lists Past......

Zoodles, the animal appliances! My neighbor's kid sister had these and I played with them when I was way too old to be doing so. Now, it's out there and I don't care who knows.....

Fonz Pinball looks like one of those gifts that Dad would buy for the family but secretly he just wanted a pinball machine. I still have the one my dad drug home.

More Tomorrow!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Kringle Krap Part One

This vintage giftwrap represents the dilemma of doing a piece on Christmas items. Christmas has always had one foot in tacky to begin with so even though this giftwrap comes from the era of butterfly collars and jumpsuits, i could swear that I unwrapped it last year.

Another thing that never goes out of style or changes, Fruitcake! That's because they actually stopped making it in 1976, people have just been giving each other the same one over and over again. Carve your initials in the next one you give to someone, you'll get it back. (I know it's a hacky joke)

Fruitcake is just slightly better than the sausage platter IMO, which I received from my grandparents when I was in college. It was like getting a card that said "Dear Brian, we know nothing about you, enjoy"

Toys of Wishlists Past

Tobor is robot spelled backwards
"Tobor is Robot spelled backwards" was the tagline in the commercials. The minute they started running this commercial, Tobor was forever ingrained into my psyche. I'm sure he made it on to my wishlist but my parents seemed to avoid stuff like this focusing on Star Wars and Micronauts. It's hard to be bitter.

Who the hell didn't want a Hoppity? I still want one! I'd like the Husky Gentleman version please, I'm big boned. I used to be an office manager, I swore if I'd provided these to my employees, production would triple. They all laughed at me!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Starting Tomorrow: Kringle Krap!

Just in time for the holidays, Plaidstallions will present a tribute to all those itchy sweaters, fruit cakes and light up plastic messiahs of days gone by. As an added bonus, we'll do a toy of the day, made up mostly of stuff I never got for Christmas!

Found a Magic Horn, A new car was born


Holy Mother Jumpin' Crud, they made a Wonderbug Peddle car! I am beyond infatuated with this piece, too bad they didn't make a schlep car to go with it.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Return of the Son of ManMates!

More splendid numbers from the Man-Mates selection, nothing beats a little festive green polyester for the yule tide season! Just watch your eye on the collars.....

Monday, December 18, 2006

Rescue Me

Fisher Price Rescue Copter

More Killer Fisher Price Adventure People Stuff, I never had these and I honestly remember pretending to like a weeny kid who did just so i could play with them.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Got any coke?

anybody got any coke?

One can only assume that Disco became uncool after appearing in this catalog

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Lego Kingdoms

Lego Castle

Pretty primitive compared to the Harry Potter Horwart's castle my nephew has but easily as charming, early lego castles are kind of expensive nowadays. Another "Christmas wishlist" toy that I never got, not that I noticed at the time.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Cher meets Farrah

Mego gunned hard for the girls aisle and put a real dent in Barbie's sales with their celebrity based fashion dolls. Cher was a huge hit and Farrah was also a best seller (Hasbro was no doubt ticked because of competition with their Charlies Angels line).

While Mego had a lot of success with these two, other celebrity licenses such as Captain & Tenneil and Suzzane Somers, were flops.

Mego also made a Sonny and some rather weird outfits for him, more on that in the future......

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The Magic Shirt

the best shirt ever made
How can this guy miss? I think that shirt locks anyone within reach into deep hynoptic state, look away I tell you! Lest you fall under this guys spell of polyester!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Fisher Price Adventure People Safari!

I loved this set so much as a kid that it makes me a little emotional. Such durable toys that 75% of this stuff is still intact including my beloved Gorilla. What bargain at under $12.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Love is......

Wearing matching puke pattern shirts. I think I see some corn in there......

Thursday, December 07, 2006


space 1999 goodies

The Space:1999 merchandising explosion was a one year affair but some really cool toys made it out during that period. The pinnacle (for me, besides the Mego figures) is the Mattel Eagle Playset with figures, this was two years before Star Wars, nobody had ever done a space ship with 3 3/4" figures before.

I've owned this piece several times in my life, it's HUGE and doesn't really fit in with my collection, I always end up selling it and losing money. I saw one last month at a toyshow and came close to a "re buy" until i had a premonition of what my wife would say. Common sense sometimes doesn't apply in toy collecting.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

I'm freaking out man!

so pretty

This page reminds me of how much I've always wanted a color organ, not because it would go great next to my hookah or anything, like many small animals, pretty colors fascinate me.

These things will forever remind me of older brothers.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

1974 Saturday Morning Schedule

1974 saturday morning schedule

This brings back memories as to how much channel flipping I did back in the day and why I never saw certain shows.

We'd start the day with "Speed Buggy", then segway into "Scooby Doo", flipping over to "Hong Kong Phooey" for 9 then my sister would overpower me and watch "Run, Joe, Run" at 9:30 because it had a dog in it. I hated "Run, Joe, Run" with a passion but she was bigger than me.

That would run into "Land of the Lost" and then we'd hop to "Shazam". If we'd already seen "The Superfriends" we'd watch Harlem Globetrotters and Hudson Brothers. I used to actually like "These are the days" but I havem't seen it in years, we rarely got to see "Fat Albert" because by that time ,our parents would boot us out of the house.

I tried explaining Saturday Morning to my four year old, he didn't seem to grasp the concept that only having one day of cartoons (and Sunday reruns) was somehow better than his current "on Demand" channel of Cartoons and DVDs. Dammit, they were special!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Space Lego Envy

space lego

I never had any Space Lego as a kid, it was the one that got away but I'd hang out with the nerdiest kid on the block for hours just to look at his collection. What wasn't to love? the ships with the little cars inside, the happy little spacemen, agh what bliss.

Nowadays, my wife collects this stuff, it's great to live vicariously through her....

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Super Happy Flea Market Score

micronauts comics

I ventured to the stinky flea market today with both kids (our coats are now outside) and scored this awesome Micronauts three pack of Whitman comics. I used to love these poly bags of reprints but this one is especially cool thanks to the screen printing and the BI-Way price tag on it. Bi-Way was a Canadian chain of "Bargain" stores that had some pretty killer toys in the 70's, they died around 1999.

I'm going to try and find the Star Wars and Charlton versions of these poly bags, I needed another obsession.....

Friday, December 01, 2006

My "O" Face

I really love the woman on the right, through out the entire Simpsons 76 catalog, she's making weird faces like this, she's a catalog model with a super model complex.


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