Friday, April 21, 2017

Pod Stallions 52: Tom Baker




Episode 52 is a unique turn on our usual tribute shows as the subject we're speaking about is still alive and well.

We salute veteran actor Tom Baker in this month's show and celebrate not only his tenure as Doctor Who, where he cemented the character into pop culture but also his amazing turns in other films and television productions.

Some of the subjects we touch upon are Sinbad movies, Amicus horror, the mutations, action figures, Cluedo, Remington Steel, Dungeons and Dragons and George Segall as Robin Hood?







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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Palomino Dreaming


If I could wish one not produced toy into existence, it would likely be the Mego Palomino play set pictured here. I had a strong affection for the Black Hole as a kid and it continues to this day.

More on the Mego Black Hole line here.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Super-Fly Fashion: Styled the way you live!



As the saying goes, dress for the job you want, not the one you have.

Confession: I actually owned "A" at one point in my life and wore it to a party. I did not look Super Fly, more like a rejected "Doctor Who" from the 80s.

Friday, April 14, 2017

The shop window of Mego Dreams.....



I debated whether to put this here or on the Mego Museum but considering it's a vintage photo of a toy store in Hong Kong (and let's face it, this site has an obsession with such things).

This display of Mego Superhero items and Micronauts is my happy place, I drove my mother crazy looking for the 9.5" Robin on the far left. It looked just like Dick Grayson in the comics, it had to be mine.

Speaking of Mego, the annual convention known as Mego Meet is this June 16-17 in Skokie, Illinois. It's our last year in the Chicago area before we move to a new state, so last call mid west! Strong chance the guy at the front desk will be me, don't let that deter you.




Thursday, April 13, 2017

Strong, Stretchy Dupont Nylon



Hard, early lessons like this made our fast food uniforms ten years later less difficult.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Star Wars in Japan



I recently found a 1978 copy of Starlog magazine from Japan, I find it adorable how little Star Wars merchandise there is but this is very, very early in the game.

Of particular note is the infamous "Archive Minatures" which I've never actually seen before. These little figures (called "dolls" in the ad) were cranked out super quick but Lucas very quickly unleashed "Darth CeaseandDesist".




Yup, for a very short time if you like Star Wars and figures this was the only game in town. They're kind of charming to be honest...

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Horror



 The thought of stepping into that moist carpeting scares me more than the "Doctor Who" music did when I was five....

Friday, April 07, 2017

Dolls: Big Figures from Fantasy!




I recently came across this wonderful article about action figures circa 1977, it mentions Micronauts, Pulsar, Metal Man, Electroman, Stretch Monster, Shogun Warriors and their impact on the toy market place. It features interviews with not only toy buyers but toy makers from Hasbro, Mego, Zee Toys and Mattel.

Seeing as these are things that haunt my dreams 40 years later, I thought it might be of interest to all of you, read on after the jump!



Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Monday, April 03, 2017

The Soft Touch



Kenny's habit of gently whispering into Jim's ear placed considerable strain on their friendship.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Palitoy Talking R2 D2



I love it when I get a new catalog and discover something I'd never heard of. Take this Talking R2 D2 by Palitoy of the UK (Same folks who made this) . I automatically assumed it never got made but was happy to find this on Ebay.

It's kind of rare to find mint boxed but I did notice this kind soul put up a youtube video of how he sounds. What a neat toy!


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Mr. Action Fighting Men!



LJN's Mr Action was a lower cost GI Joe knock off that judging by all the parts and pieces I find, sold pretty darn well in the early 1970s.

This seems to be an attempt for LJN to knock off Mattel's Heroes in Action trading on Mr Action's name.

I honestly don't know if these ever got made.

Monday, March 27, 2017

No wire hangers, ever!



The "Joan Crawford collection for you and her" was a big hit in the pageant community in the early 1970s. Each set came on wooden hangers of course....

Friday, March 24, 2017

1985 Remco Toys Catalog


Remco Toys was in tenth year of being under the ownership of Azrak Hamway toys  and 1985 finds them having a wonderful year of creating some memorable lines that aped the popular themes of the decade.

This fantastic catalog covers such great lines like Conan the Barbarian, The Mighty Crusaders, Zybots, Ninjas, Warlord and the Pirates of the Galaxseas just to name a few.

It's a fun trip into lower cost and rack toys items, won't you please enjoy the 1985 Remco Toys Catalog?

More Remco:
1979 remco catalog.1980 remco catalog

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hasbro on Parade



Sadly, Jerry Lewis was never part of the GI Joe Adventure Team, his presence was to promote a series of board games. What a missed opportunity to have sets like "Search for the Golden Ladieeeeeeee!"

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Super 8 Apes



 I was really happy to run into this Planet of the Apes Super 8 short recently, I have a small but growing collection of these titles but Apes is a biggie for me.

Super 8 films will always remind me of my local library and birthday parties, I always perked up when you saw a projector at your friend's house.

The store had more than one but cash is limited, so I chose Beneath because it gave me nightmares as a kid!



I hope to track down the rest soon, maybe even some of them fancy color ones. A boy can dream!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

1979 Palitoy Commander Power Catalog (Super Joe)


In 1976, Hasbro Toys had abandoned the G.I. Joe action figure , the following year Joe returned 4 inches shorter and now in the future as "Super Joe" which lasted two brief years.

Hasbro's UK distributor Palitoy (Who was still busy selling 12" Joes as Action Man) decided to release Super Joe into the United Kingdom. Like a lot of their product lines, Palitoy did a massive rebranding of the concept. Joe became Commander Power and he was only joined by two other characters at the time, Gor King of the Terrons and the Shield. Judging by how hard it is to find the toys from this line, it's fair to summize that it wasn't terribly successful. However, it is quite nice to look at:

Check out the Palitoy Commander Power Catalog here.

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1977 Super Joe Hasbro Catalog


1978 Super Joe Hasbro Catalog

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Show 'N" Tell



Gabriel's Show N Tell came out when I was ten years old, so I'm not surprised I didn't notice it back then, I was all about action figures at that point.

A really novel approach to the "Book and Record" format I loved, I can't imagine it had a long life at retail with affordable VCRs looming closer and closer....

Monday, March 13, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

Palitoy Talking Dalek Speaks


I was rather excited to reunite with a working Palitoy talking Dalek this past month.

This toy was my first "Big boy collector mail order purchase" at the yonge age of 13, I innocently sent $25 (US!) to a classifed ad in the back of Starlog.



The next three months of waiting were nerve wracking as I largely assumed it would never come but three months later, it did arrive and was glorious.

While I did sell that one for food money in college, it sparked a life long love of collecting and getting packages.

Below is a video I've thrown together to hear him speak and as a bonus, I threw in the original commercial.


Welcome home old friend.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Mego invades the UK



This picture, from the 1977 Palitoy Bradgate Catalog is so much like my childhood (and adult dreams) it's scary. I love a world where the Star Trek crew can mingle with the Fantastic Four and take on Doctor Zaius.

You can see the whole thing at the Mego Museum.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Le Dentiste



Found the French version of the Play-Doh Dr Drill N' Fill (blandly named "Le Dentiste") in a catalog and I'm still amazed this was a thing. How many kids didn't just instantly get dark with this?

Monday, March 06, 2017

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