Saturday, January 31, 2009

Captain America visits Illinois

I loves me some Steve Rogers. Got his autograph once and he signed it on his shield...

Do you have a vintage Mall Appearance shot? Send it on down!
Check out the Mall Appearance Gallery for more vintage spandex goodness...

Friday, January 30, 2009

1978 plus Remco Equals Spiderman!

In 1978, Remco, a division of Azrak Hamway International, figured out a way to get in on the Superhero action figure business long held onto by their rivals at Mego.

Energized Spiderman was more statue than action figure (most likely due to licensing restrictions) but he was a giant hit in 1978 and the line was greatly expanded in the following year..

The rest of the line up was strongly superhero based, even Micky Mouse looks like he can some ass, the sole girl's offering this year is also a person with on the images for pages with descriptions:

Previous Remco Catalogs featured on PS:

Remco 1979 1980 remco.Remco 1979

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Forgotten 70s Superheroes Part 2

1976 saw the arrival of "The Peacock" a man whose super powers were derived from his own high self esteem, sadly his book fell victim to the DC implosion in the late 70s. The character resurfaced in the mid eighties as "The Cosby Sweater" but only managed a few appearances as a back up feature in Aquaman before being killed during the Crisis. Rumour has it that Grant Morrison is looking to revive the character...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Let 'em see your sign!

Having missed the 70s single scene (girls were still icky) , I missed the whole "your sign is a great pick up line" thing that Herb Tarlak and Larry Dallas seemed to have mastered so well.
These glasses, while a sufficient ice breaker also make a boastful claim that their sign does "it" better, whatever, everyone knows that Libra is the best at "it". We're talking about computers right?

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

And best of all I don't pay property tax...

BJ and the Bear toys
I did a little mini freak out when I discovered these Fleetwood "BJ and the Bear" toys in their 1980 catalog, I rarely missed the adventures of B.J. McKay and his monkey life partner. I was also fanatically loyal to Sherrif Lobo during his short run.

The last time I saw this series was on business in Germany, you truly haven't lived until you see this series in German at 4 am...

Monday, January 26, 2009

The Ultimate Buddy Cop Team

The generation gap, comedy/drama cop series "Jumpsuit & Hoody" ran for two seasons on the ABC network, it was eventually replaced in 1981 by a new law enforcement show entitled "Leg Warmers and Parachute Pants on patrol"

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Marvel Superheroes at Six Flags: The Movie

Carman was generous enough this week to send me a DVD of home movies from the late 70s, in there was this incredible clip of the Marvel Superheroes at Six Flags.

I can begin to put into words how cool I think this is. What's also cool is that these are the same costumes from the "Marvel Superheroes: Live and In Person Book".

Carman, my thanks to you for this incredibly kind act.

Friday, January 23, 2009

The 1983 Simpson's Toy Catalog

My toy buying ended in the early 80s (until I discovered flea markets) but I still used to keep an eye what was coming out. That's why I loved finding this news paper circular from Simpsons, a now long gone Canadian department store chain.

All the big names of the time are here Smurfs, He Man, G.I. Joe, Barbie in very well laid out pages that would still have kids drooling to this day. It's a great time warp back to the land of leg warmers and break dancing.

Check out the 1983 Simpsons Toy Catalog Here

Other Toy Flyers and Circulars:



Thursday, January 22, 2009

Forgotten 70s Superheroes Part One

"Doctor Lightning" had a blissfully short run in 1977, it seems kids weren't into the adventures of a disco dancing man who could shoot lightning bolts from his pants.

You can usually find his comics at antique malls, in those booths where people put their comics in freezer bags and ask for astronomical prices.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

More Tarzan Goodness

Some new additions to the page dedicated to the Tarzan Toys Gallery this week, thia Jungle Communicator is by Fleetwood, who have their own gallery in the Rack Toys section (Zing!, a double update!)

This little guy is from a company called Gulliver from Brazil. Gulliver made some really cool 2" figures based on both the DC and Marvel Superheroes that I wish I owned.

More Lord of the Jungle:

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Failed Fashion Trends

The 1977 notion that young men would enjoy wearing unsold Maternity tops from the previous year unfortunately fell flat. Personally, I could use some along a few of those pants with the spandex fronts....

Monday, January 19, 2009

Bulletman Appreciation Day

It's been a while since we honoured Hasbro's Bulletman, that great attempt to make G.I. Joe a little more superheroic that sadly failed. The big B is often maligned unfairly by Joe collectors, particularly the military ones but for many of us 70s kids, he was an incredibly fun toy.

This is Bullet Man as he appeared in Mexico, produced by the Lili Ledy Company.

Below are some vintage newspaper ads from when Bulletman was new.

For more Adventure Team Goodness Check out the link below:

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

Hardy Boys by Kenner

kenner hardy boys dolls The 1977 ABC TV series made the then fifty year old characters of Joe and Frank Hardy into super styling studs of the late seventies. These teen heart throbs didn't go unnoticed by the good people at Kenner (seeing as they had more than their fair share of success with another ABC series) and in 1978, these two action figures appeared.

kenner hardy boys dolls

Shaun Cassidy comes with a guitar, woooo!

kenner hardy boys dolls

Parker Stevenson gets a radio backpack, which is neat but not as cool as a guitar.

More Kenner Goodness:

kenner butch sundance toys

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Rack Toys are Hell....

I'm working on another update for the Gallery of Rack Toys when I saw something I'd never seen before. Fleetwood Toys had the Marvel License so they coyly repackaged some army men with the Sgt. Fury brand. Sarge doesn't get enough merchandise so I'm especially smitten with this discovery.

The other cool thing about these toys is that they're so darn logical! Rack Toys is a universe filled with nonsense items like Hulk Helicopters and Planet of the Apes Parachute figures, so this is a really big deal to me...

Please Visit our Gallery of Rack Toys, if you have something we don't, drop us a line!


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