Saturday, February 28, 2015

We love you Mr Spock

Yesterday's loss of Leonard Nimoy felt strangely personal to me, perhaps because as someone smarter than me said "It feels like we lost a friend".

Nimoy's portrayal of Mr Spock has always been a topic of conversation here at PlaidStallions, especially all the wonderful Star Trek merchandise that we 70s kids got.

Toy makers such as Remco, Mego, AHI and others recognized Nimoy as the most recognizable factor of the show and his visage appeared on thousands of items during the course of our childhood, here are some of my favourites.

Beam down after the jump:

Friday, February 27, 2015

Larami Toys 1981 Catalog

In 1981, Larami was celebrating it's 20th year of bringing low cost licensed "Rack Toys" to children around the world.

This year was no exception with licenses like the DC and Marvel comics Superheroes, Barbie, Fat Albert, Flash Gordon, Dick Tracy, Mighty Mouse and the ever present Popeye, Larami had something for any kid to beg their parents for while they shopped.

And more Larami here:

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Force PJs

I absolutely love early Star Wars merch like this and that Star Trek set seems to use Gold Key art, I'd wear that now...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bat Squirt!

I found this little guy at a flea market recently, I'd never actually seen one in real life and was surprised at how small it is.

These were made by Durham, who also produced a Superman. I can't figure out why Marvel is credited, as they didn't make a Spider-Man. More on Durham soon.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Colouring Book Theatre: Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings (1979), Whitman (Editor's note Today's submission provided and authored by Kurt, who has graciously us provided a glimpse into this neat book- Take it away Kurt!)

            I have very nostalgic feelings for Ralph Bakshi’s The Lord of the Rings.  It reminds me of the Age of the Video Store – that popcorn-scented archive of categorized racks of colorful, terrifying, sometimes lurid shelves of potential thrills and wonder.  In the Kid’s Corner, amongst the predominantly white clamshell cases featuring Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice and compilations of mainstream cartoons, were what I considered the “more mature” animated movies: titles like Rankin-Bass’ The Hobbit and The Last Unicorn or Don Bluth’s The Secret of N.I.M.H. These were cartoons that were thematically darker and stylistically unique, and to my young mind, Ralph Bakshi’s The Lord of the Rings was serious stuff.  Despite its shortcomings, I still consider it an ambitious and inspiring piece of art that honestly attempted to adapt a fantasy masterpiece that had previously been abandoned as unfilmable. 

            Another passion of mine was collecting coloring books, often buying a particular book for a single image.  I had a huge collection that, sadly, was destroyed by renters.  Over the years, I have gradually replaced some of my favorites and found new books that I never knew existed.  I recently ran across this Lord of the Rings coloring book by Whitman and was excited to see Bakshi’s vision in bold black and white line drawings.

            Unfortunately, what I ended up with was a lot of boring scenes and compositions with poorly drawn, often off-model pictures of the Fellowship walking. 

Let’s start with the cover (LOTR Cover): Frodo “has the Power!” while Gandalf photobombs.

Grab your crayons and still suit and join me after the jump

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Comic Ad: Battlestar Galactica Free Gold Cylon Promo

I was pretty bummed when I saw this as a kid, mostly because the packaging from my Battlestar Figures had been tossed a good three months before....

Friday, February 20, 2015

Star Blazers action figure gallery

star blazers
Star Blazers was a huge phenomenon in my neighbourhood when it hit the airwaves in 1979, my friends and I would gather every day at the one house whose ariel got the channel just to see if the Argo did indeed save earth.

That's why these action figures produced by Nomura in Japan blew my mind when I first saw them. Like Battle of the Planets, Star Blazers is an action figure line I really wanted as a kid!

Star blazers

So I present to you not only my dream line of action figures but possible one of the greatest playsets I've ever seen and brother, that's saying a lot.

Lincoln MonstersTomland Famous Monsters of Legend
Larami Martian Chronicles dollsMAtchbox Fighting Furies

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Scooby Doo Song and Dance

I've featured this before but it's so awesome it deserves another pass, the Scooby Doo song and dance record player is one of the cooler record players I've ever seen.

Fred don't dance.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

TV Tray heaven

I have a soft spot for TV trays, mainly because they whisk me back to my grandparent's apartment and was the only thing they used not covered in plastic.  

Seriously, they even had plastic on top of the carpeting.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Land of the Lost Moon Spinners

Another photo submission from Manuel, these cool Land of the Lost Moon Spinners/

Even though the toys have no relation to the show, I'd have been a sucker for these due to the cards heavy "Sleestak factor".

Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings is a limited edition 144 page book from the creator of Plaid Stallions. Order from us and get three free promotional post cards.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Starsky Love

A sampling from the Paul Michael Glaser "his 'n hers" collection available only at select Montgomery Ward's locations...

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Krofft Week Wrap up

I got a lot of nice mail over Krofft week and many folks wanted to join in! Seeing as most of you have better collections than me, it made sense to showcase them here today.

Manuel has a great selection of Krofft borad games, I've never seen the Bugaloo's one above.

A lot of folks noticed my lack of Pufnstuf merch this week, mea culpa?

I am going to assume this is all the same game with different shows plastered on them.

Sharry sent in this awesome Bigfoot and Wildboy puzzle I want to own.

Speaking of Sharry, she's also got some cool encounters with former Krofft celebrities, here she is with Sigmund's Johnny Whitaker.

And here she is with Far Out Space Nut's Chuck McCann!

Thanks everybody for digging Krofft week, it shall return.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Gordon's Alive! @ BifBangPow!

For me the most anticipated thing at Toy Fair 2015 was how the 3 3/4" Flash Gordon line was going to turn out. I was elated to see BifBangPow had released this teaser image of the line a day early.

They've really taken that retro feel and ran with it IMO, making some gorgeous figures that really look like the actors yet still feel at home next to my Star Wars and Buck Rogers. 

This is going to be a pricey year.

Pod Stallions 27: The Krofft Supershow (part 1)

We wouldn't be much of a 70s retro website without a discussion of Sid and Marty Krofft would we? I think we'd have to turn in our "Gen X" badges.

Episode 27 takes from the days of HR Puf N Stuf but sadly gets cut short at "Pink Lady and Jeff" due to Jason became trapped in a pocket universe thanks to a pylon accident (translation his wi fi crapped out).

So the silver lining is, there will be another Krofft themed episode, for now join as we talk about Sleestaks, the Brady's, Caroline Ellis, Electra Woman and Dynagirl, Kaptain Kool and the Kongs, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, Will Ferrel, Jay Robinson and much more.

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Fun Links:
Krofft Lost Island Episode featuring many Krofft characters.
The Best of Pink Lady and Jeff
The 2001 Markie Post Electra Woman pilot

Plenty more content on the PodStallions Facebook page!


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Krofft Week: Wonderbug!

Aw yeah, Wonderbug is definitely in my top five Krofft shows, basically a live action speed buggy with a little Shazam! sprinkled in for good measure, what's not to love. Above is the Wonderbug toy cars made by Duncan (the yo-yo people).

Here's a whole display of them. I really need to track down one of these.

This is the Wonderbug pedal car, I wouldn't know where to put this but I pray i never see one at a flea market...

I am not surprised to see there is a Wonderbug puzzle by HG Toys, I am now convinced they made puzzles of my first communion.

I did not know however that there was a Wonderbug board game, the art work on the box is pretty great.


Lastly we did a Colouring book theatre a few years ago for Wonderbug, my friend Sharry graciously provided the scans. You can check it out here.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Krofft Week: Land of the Lost

Probably my most favourite of all Krofft shows would be Land of the Lost, I never missed it and it often scared the hell out of me.

It was also one of the most heavily merchandised Krofft shows ever made, above is the Safari Shooter one of the many rack toys made.

Speaking of Rack Toys, it's a personal goal to get this bad boy one day.

This Sleestak Jiggler produced by Ben Cooper is among my favourite toy possessions. I have no idea why there haven't been more Sleestak toys.

Speaking of Sleestaks, the Ben Cooper Halloween costume is another item I do hope to track down some day.

No greater evidence of the show's popularity than the fact that viewmaster released two sets of reels for the show, one of the first season and a second for the "Uncle Jack" year.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Krofft Week: Dr Shrinker

Continuing my love for all thing Krofft, I have always been super fond of Dr. Shrinker. I probably like "Far Out Space Nuts" a l'il bit more but it doesn't seem to have much merchandise so Shrinker it is...

Harmony had the license to make rack toys from all the Krofft Super Show and seemed to have fun with this show.

I was maybe a little too excited to get this magnifying glass a couple of years ago.

Another puzzle that I had no idea existed that i now need to own. Curse you HG Toys!

I nabbed these Dr Shrinker/Wonderbug (another favourite of mine) Viewmasters at a flea market this summer for ten bucks, total victory!

There is a Dr Shrinker Halloween costume but I can't seem to find right but will post to the Facebook page when I find it.

Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings is a limited edition 144 page book from the creator of Plaid Stallions and it's full of stuff just like this. Order from us and get three free promotional post cards.


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