Monday, December 11, 2017

Circus World Toy Sale!


All i want for Christmas is a MIB Stretch Monster......and some Mego Superheroes.....and a Blip....covered in Shogun Warriors.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Caption Contest Winner



 OK, let me start by saying, you made this really hard, you're good at this.

  Second, I wanted to originally go with "Rectum? Damn near killed him!" before i turned this into a contest. No less than five of you entered that into the contest. We should form a club and have meetings. 

 Third, I'm going to make this a regular thing because i love it. 

 The winner was chosen by me and my 12 year old daughter, who seemed to get the context of this, I'm a little worried. 

 John Perry wrote "guys, next time I throw a key party...bring your wives!"

Congrats John, you've won a fuzzy Brick Mantooth doll. Use it wisely.

New contest next week!

Friday, December 08, 2017

Pod Stallions 58: The Star Wars Holiday Special








We're back with a look at a much maligned (and let's face it, it's not great) chunk of our childhood, the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special.

Look, we're not going to take such low hanging fruit, the truth is, it's not any worse than most of what was called "entertainment" in 1978. In fact, it's kind of status quo, so forgive it, love and like us, talk about what we do enjoy. We both seriously want action figures of those cartoon characters and if you're listening, so do you.

As always, the conversation strays to the Ice Pirates, action figures, style guides, Brian's parents taking him to inappropriate movies and a spirited debate about the amazing effects of nostalgia.

Also, Brian wants to apologize for what he said about the Goonies, please don't kill him. He has kids. 


So happy life day and  give us spirited debate on our facebook wall.










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    Thursday, December 07, 2017

    Caption this


    Contest time! I couldn't think of the right caption for this, so i'm opening the floor to you, The winner will receive a pack of goodies and will be announced tomorrow, fire away!



    Tuesday, December 05, 2017

    Mustard Force


    "Mustard Force" an ABC series about a crew of crime solving chefs failed to find an audience and was cancelled mid episode.

    Monday, December 04, 2017

    Record Go Round


    I'm thrilled vinyl has returned to the malls but I keep mine in a boring old box. I wish there were classy alternatives like this  so my record collection would fly all over the room every time I want to put something on the hi-fi.





    Friday, December 01, 2017

    D and D DAS


    I had a love hate thing with DAS modelling clay as a kid, I think now I realize my lack of talent/patience was more to blame than the DAS.....

    Wednesday, November 29, 2017

    Put togethers


    Put Togethers: The official outfit of your mom's new friend that sleeps over.

    Tuesday, November 28, 2017

    Friday, November 24, 2017

    Big Star Wars Savings at Venture!


    If you're out Black Friday shopping today can you swing by Venture and get me a couple dozen action figures? I'll double your money, promise!


    Planet of the Apes Sliderama


    If you guys buy me this for Christmas, I'll have you all over for a screening. I'll even make popcorn. True Story!

    Thursday, November 23, 2017

    Simply Elegant


    Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends, may you enjoy your feast surrounded by loved ones on a table set from Moonbase Alpha.

    Wednesday, November 22, 2017

    Buck Rogers Flying Model Rockets


    I have never known the pleasure of flying model rockets but these Sci-Fi related kits really tempted me as a kid...


    Tuesday, November 21, 2017

    Monday, November 20, 2017

    What's the Word on the street?


    The popularity of "Starsky and Hutch" had young woman across the nation donning the "Huggy Bear collection for her", each piece personally sewn by Antonio Fargas!

    Friday, November 17, 2017

    El Squadron Lobo Big Jim Gallery Updated


    It's been ten years since I updated my little tribute page to the Kid Acero line of toys and it was long overdue.

     Known to us as Big Jim, Mexican toy maker Cipsa infused the line with a heavy dose of creativity. The result is a Big Jim's wolfpack with a rich science fiction flavour.




    Also, because these toys are also incredibly rare, i had to get some help. My pal Jesus was happy enough to share his amazing collection with the world. Just look at that Jack Kirby packaging.

     So check out the all new Kid Acero Gallery at PlaidStallions!



    AND THEN IF YOU'RE STILL IN THE MOOD FOR MORE JIM
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    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    Tuesday, November 14, 2017

    The Stretch Monster Kid Returns!





    A wonderful thing happened today in the Facebook Vintage Toys group I manage with some friends. We got a visit from Mike, who is Mike you ask? He's the kid on the Stretch Monster box! Mike's gurning on that package is easily one of the most iconic 70s toy images out there. In fact, he was the subject of the very first PlaidStallions trading card nearly a decade ago.




    Here's Mike 40 years later posing with his now very collectible packaging. How did he get the gig, Mike explained:


    "My dad's design studio did all of the Kenner Toys packaging in the 70s and 80s. I was on a few toy boxes, but this is the most famous. I got paid $60 for the shoot, which was a ton of money for a 70s first-grader. But more importantly, I had access to KENNER. Dad would take me to the factory. I owned dozens of Stretch Monsters, Stretch Armstrongs, Stretch Octopi, and some other prototypes that never made it to market (I can only imagine what they would be worth if I still had them!)."

    He had to mention the prototype word but wait, it gets even more interesting:

    "And of course, Star Wars came out the next year. My little brother and I had EVERYTHING. Dad would bring home bags of spare guns. Kenner gave us the "mistakes" as well—figures incorrectly painted—that again, would be worth a lot today if we hadn't blown them up with firecrackers.
    I can remember being at the design studio as a child when they were working on the Star Wars toys, but before the movie had actually come out. An illustrator named John Ham showed me a prototype figure he was painting for a package. They simply called him "Gold Man." It was, of course, C3PO."

    But other than the iconic box, did Mike keep anything from those days? Just one thing:



    He still has the original shirt but as one would imagine, it no longer fits.

    Thanks Mike for making our day with this awesome story of what sounds like a fun childhood!



    Electronic Bowling

    We thought Electronic bowling could never get better but  eventually it would become sentient and wipe us all out.




    Friday, November 10, 2017

    Japanese versions of US toys


    I thought it may be fun to look at a few (but not all) examples of how some American favourites looked like over in Japan, the land of amazing toys and cartoons.

    We'll start with the Mickey Mouse Snowcone machine, a take on the Snoopy Sno-Cone machine. This one confuses me because SNOOPY IS REALLY POPULAR IN JAPAN! Not sure why they switched to Mickey here.

    Much more after the jump!

    Thursday, November 09, 2017

    Jivin' Baggies


    I was all set to order these but you have to provide your own Jivin' and my "jive well" is super dry.

    Wednesday, November 08, 2017

    Big Jim Motorcross Honda


    Picked up this oddity at last month's Kane County toy show. It's the regular Big Jim Honda bike that was released for a couple of years but for some reason it's got the Pack logo emblazoned on it.


    This isn't a sticker either, it's printed on the box. The best I can figure this is a transitional piece released before the P.A.C.K vehicles had been devised.




    I have limits on what I buy and I don't actively collect the All Stars line but this sort of  crept in. Also, when I picked it up the dealer automatically kicked 25% off his posted price without me saying a word. That kind of tactic works really, really well on me.




    More Big Jim than you can handle!
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