This has to be one of my favourite obsessions, finding pictures of toy stores and aisles past. So I'm really pleased to be coming out with Vintage Toy Stores Part Five with a collection of images that feature classic toys of the seventies including Mego Superheroes, Adventure Team G.I. Joes, Aurora Monster Models, View Masters, Tonka Trucks and of course, Star Wars action figures.
Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
More reminders of my now long gone sleeping bag collection, that supergals one was possibly my favourite of all time, it doesn't hurt that much of it looks like a giant Mego actionf figure package but how often do you see Wondergirl on merchandising?
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
While the cover is a 60's image by Carmine Infantino (which also graced the Mego Batman box) the insides reflect the Batman of the mid seventies, Robin looks to be about 18.
Whitman did a nice job marrying the modern art style while making the content just a little reminiscent of the Adam West series.
I must say as a kid, I really dug this book, probably why I still have it as an adult. Most of the colouring is by yours truly but I'll explain that later.
The Joker, who is drawn to look like an eery combination of Phyllis Diller and that "Madame" puppet, embarks on a series of seemingly meaningless crimes that make people cry, like stealing this kid's report card and swiping some schlub's petition.
In the end, the Dynamic Duo get the best of the Joker by duping him into accepting a cheque as ransom for Robin. The dynamic duo get all dressed up to pick him up for his trip back to the asylum. Life is swell in Gotham city.
Got a colouring book you'd like to guest review? Drop me a line!
Seriously, I'm running out of stuff here, I'm down to my daughter's "My Little Pony" book.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
A very cool "back in the day" piece of Star Trek coolness courtesy of Jerry, whose patient mom converted a red sweatshirt into a perfect trek uniform. Word of advice young Jerry, don't volunteer for any landing parties. If I wasn't already envious of that sweet Remco Ultility belt, Jerry rubs in it a little with his parting words "That utility belt was
awesome, I tell ya...".
Thanks for the great submission Jerry, if anyone else has some toy love they'd like to share, drop me a line.
Friday, February 22, 2008
A double header today as we have two new features added to the site, first off, the 1976 Wham-o Frisbee catalog which, if you're like me, will make you long for summer.
All the Retro Toyfair Coverage has been saved to the site on one tidy page, in case you missed any of it or were just obsessed with Sea Monkies.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
After the demise of the Super Adventure Team, Hasbro regrouped and turned G.I. Joe into Super Joe, an 8" Mego sized Space Warrior. Super Joe lost the space war in 1978, interestingly at a time when the public's interest in science fiction was at a new high.
Toy Fair 1977 : Mattel put a lot of time into developing a Welcome Back Kotter line of action figures in 1977 but they had bigger success with the Shogun Warriors also making a debut in 1977. The Space:1999 Zython figure mentioned here never saw release in North America but is occasionally available through German Ebay.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Toy Fair 1976: Eagle Eye Joe, Mike Power Atomic Man, Bullet man all teamed up to fight the evil Intruder aliens. This was G.I. Joe's final year of production, Hasbro reps were optomistic about the sales improving but sadly, it didn't work out.
Related Links: 1976 Hasbro G.I. Joe Catalog
Toy Fair 1976: These cool Amsco Playsets must have made many a kid happy, in addition to Moon base Alpha and the Marvel universe, Amsco made sets for Planet of the Apes and the Waltons House(!)
Many of us thrilled to comic book and tv/movie adventures in those pre VCR days via Peter Pan record and comic sets. Dig the amazing store display in this article, what a nice thing to find now. For more on Power Records check out this groovy blog
Everything got "super" in 1976, with the popularity of licensing increasing, toys became about the capes or the future with the popularity of Star Trek or then newcomer Space:1999.
A great example of the licensing surge are these Amsco Superbabies, wook at L'il Cap'n Merca with his widdle shield, awwwww!
Monday, February 18, 2008
Toy Fair 1975: One of the most influential toy lines of the 70's emerges in 1975 with the birth of the adventure people
Related Links 1983 Fisher Price Adventure People Catalog
Toyfair 1975 was held from February 16 to the 18th of that year, a pretty signifigant year as many iconic toys from the 70's (some spilling over into the 80's) were born, including the big guy below:
Upon seeing Steve Austin, many of us said "Mike Power Who?" and begged our parents for the amazing Kenner Bionic Man. Below is the toy fair promo reel courtesy of you tube:
Kenner Bionic Man Promo Reel
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Toy Fair 1974 saw the introduction of the Mego Superfoe figures and my obsession with the Riddler was born. For more Mego action figure goodness check out the Mego Museum (whose members have already seen this, it was too good not recycle).
ToyFair 1974: There is no limit to the amazing amount of Sesame Street products made in the 1970s, these puppets were some of the more memorable items.
Toyfair 1974: Ideal's Evel Knievel was one of the hottest action figures going as this less than subtle ad from Ideal suggests, if you grew up in suburbia chances are you knew at least one kid with this thing.
More Fun: 1975 Evel Knievel Catalog
Toyfair 1974: Deviled ham pitchman Mason Reese does a little moonlighting to support the new line of pirate action figures. The Matchbox Fighting Furies were one of the nicest made action figure lines of the 1970's.
We begin our coverage showcasing some of the news and advertising Toy Fair 1974, which was held from February 17 to the 20th of that year.
First up, the latest addition to the Colorforms Team.
Check back for updates from 1974 all day long