Friday, June 23, 2017

Mattel Suckerman Commercial



Happy Friday, here is another one from the recently digitized archive, the original commercial for Mattel's Suckerman. Suckerman definitely fit in with the gimmick figures like Stretch Armstrong and Krusher, they could have formed a League to stop Stretch Monster and Gre-Gory.

Enjoy.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Patio Mystery


Finally, I've solved the mystery of "Where did my parents get their patio furniture in 1975?" The answer is Sears, which considering we only had two department stores in town, really wasn't that much of a "whodunit".

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

It's Jigglin' Time?



Behold the strangest bit of Marvel comic merchandise I have ever witnessed, it certainly beats Hulk Spider-Man toilet paper and that's saying something.

Behold "Jiggles and the Thing", while that sounds like a Marvel team up between Tanya Roberts and Ben Grimm, it's actually some sort of weird gelatin product.

I'm not sure I'd eat anything that comes from a company known for Yo-yos, especially "5 inch high yellow things" (FYI this blog post writes itself). 



What's really perplexing was the little voice in my head that said "PLEASE BUY THIS", it took a couple of post Mego Meet beers for it to go away. The next day, I was speaking to a friend about the show and he blurted out "Did you see that awesome weird Thing toy?" Clearly he had the same demons as me....

Monday, June 19, 2017

Japanese Evel Knievel



I'm back from Mego Meet and I bring many virtual presents in the form of the sights I encountered there. Let's start with this, a Popy Evel Knievel stunt set or as they dubbed it "The Evel Knievel Challenge Machine".

I had to do some Guerilla photography on this one because it had just been sold! Fortunately the purchaser was a good egg and let me mess with it before he took it home. More after the (Snake Canyon) jump!


Friday, June 16, 2017

Pressman Space Creatures Commercial



Another goody from the archive! The Pressman Space Creatures Mask Kits are a wonderfully Star Wars inspired idea that I adore. These kits were designed by Award winning Special Effects wizard Dick Smith, who did several kits for Pressman and I know at least one Oscar winner who was inspired by these as a kid.


The Pressman execs showing off the masks back in the day.

Be sure to check out my facebook page for updates on this weekend's Mego Meet festivities.



Thursday, June 15, 2017

Aw Yeah Mego Meet 2017!


This weekend marks the annual Mego Meet convention in Skokie, IL.

I'll be heading there to help out at the door, see old friends and spend money on things I probably don't need. If you're in the area, it's a terrific show and we'd love to have you.

If not, I'll be posting live pics and videos on the PlaidStallions facebook page and twitter all weekend. 

More information on the event is below:


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Kenner Indiana Jones on Sale

This piece literally fell out of a drawer this morning, I find it wonderful that some kid kept this clipping for 30 years until it landed on my desk.

For More Kenner Indiana Jones stuff, check out this page.



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Star Wars Play Masks by Palitoy



The idea of Halloween style masks being marketed all year long is a wise one to me. I would have been all over this UK display.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Super Slickers


My mom bought me a Sesame Street rain slicker this year (1978), I remember being a little embarrassed wearing it as many of my peers were wearing KISS shirts at this point.

I honestly would have loved the Six Million Dollar Man or Star Trek ones pictured here.

Friday, June 09, 2017

The Mattel Shogun Warriors Collection Commercial



I am thrilled to unveil this new transfer from my collection. This is the Mattel Shogun Warriors collection diecast commercial that I doubt I've seen since I was nine.

I have a few more like this coming up this summer. Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Game Night


This would be a hard choice for but I'd go with Captain Nemo, submarines and sharks top haunted houses but just barely....

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Planet of the Apes Silly Soap!


When you wanna be "Dr Zaius" clean!


I used to own this until the soap starting leaking into the card.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Caught in Spidey's Web!



This wonderful shot was sent into me by Twitter user @naturalbornheel who met Spidey at the Wonderland Mall (I've actually been there!) in San Antonio, TX during the Summer of '79.

This is the perfect type of photo I'm seeking for my next book project Mall of Justice, a love letter to the sensational personal appearances of our comic book, TV, movie and toy icons during the 1970s and 80s.

Whether it's Adam West at a car show, He-Man at a Toys R Us opening or an ersatz Chewbacca at a stereo store, Mall of Justice melds vintage photos with childhood recollection of these epic meetings.

While I will design andeventually publish the book (via PlaidStallions Press), it's a project we can all get involved with!









How you can get involved:
I'm looking for your photos and your recollections! Even if you've submitted them to the site before, I would likely need higher resolution and I'd want to
talk to you.



What am i looking for:

Appearances of costumed characters during the 1970s and 80s, be they from comicbooks (Batman, the Hulk) , cartoons (, toy lines (Masters of the Universe, GI Joe)  or movies (Planet of the Apes,Star Wars) , a date and place and a description of how you felt meeting theseiconic characters. Did you think they were real?



Does it have to
specifically be in a mall?:

HECK NO! Car shows, county fairs, grocery stores, heck I'd even accept birthday party shots. It's all fair game.



Download the PDF Concept booklet for Mall of Justice Here.

Download a PDF Here.


Check out a Little Flip Book Here.





Thanks everyone for reading and I hope you'll share your experiences with me!

Friday, June 02, 2017

The Top Ten Coolest 1970s Wonder Woman Merchandise


The Top Ten Coolest 1970s Wonder Woman Merchandise


The 1970s were a good time for female heroes, between Jaime Sommers, The Angels, Police Woman and Diana Prince, sisters were kicking butt like never before.

Wonder Woman was not only on prime time but a Saturday morning fixture with "The Super Friends", this combined with her comic title made her very popular with licensors in the 1970s.


More PlaidStallions top tens:





top ten marvel toys
top ten marvel toys
top ten monster toys of the 1970s

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Paracaidista del planeta de los simios


Even though the packaging reads "General Urko" that's clearly Dr. Zaius toting that rifle in a very un-Dr. Zaius like way. Have I mentioned that I want this more than oxygen right now?



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The first 48


This is where i tapped out as a kid, 48 action figures was too much to "Collect 'em all" and I remember taking a hard line with Cloud Car pilot (I already had a Bespin guard).

I may have been the exception but I really got into Black Hole and Star Trek TMP figures at this point.

The micro collection is still one of those things I secretly covet, it's awesome.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Aviva Star Trek the Motion Picture Merchandise


I absolutely love Star Trek: The Motion Picture merchandise, especially because I could still buy the majority of it at stores when I was in college.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Smart Slack Suit

The Slack Suit is the number one "go to" outfit of dictators and Bond villains. Now I'm gonna hush because he's going to reveal his evil plan.....

Friday, May 26, 2017

Pod Stallions 53: The Black Hole



For our 53rd show, we are joined once again by former Famous Monsters editor and current host of "It Came From Blog" Mr David Weiner (@TikiAmbassador) for a rousing two hour discussion on Walt Disney's 1979 Science Fiction opus "The Black Hole".


The conversation talks about the film itself, the it's origins and somewhat discordant tone, the interesting cast, what the ending might mean, the multitude of  merchandise, it's trailer,  the comic book sequels and of course, the attempted remake.

We also touch on subjects like Star Wars, Shreddies cereal (blech), Salvage One, Starlog magazine and Buck Rogers. It's jam packed with late seventies science fiction goodness.







Plenty more content on the PodStallions Facebook page!






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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Dungeon! Adventure Game



As someone who was cast out of his one and only D&D game for being too "Disruptive" (my local DM was kind of a tyrant) , I missed out on the whole TSR scene in the day. It was very similar to being the only kid who hadn't seen "Star Wars".

I mainly stuck to playing "Gauntlet" for my fantasy fix.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Striking Bolero

I predict in the next five minutes, a group of children will witness a disappointing magic show.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Star Wars 3-D Poster Art


As cool as the Star Wars set is, I am disappointed that the Travolta set doesn't also come with a mask.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Digger the dog


I think I knew more kids who had this guy than who didn't.
 I'm in the "didn't" pile.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Official Planet of the Apes Gyro Motorized Stunt Cycle



When it comes to Planet of the Apes merchandise, I honestly find myself drawn to stuff like this than anything else. Something about it just feels so....right.


Friday, May 12, 2017

Snoopy Sno-Cones


I could never talk my folks into such wonderful things such as this. Did you ever try for a snack maker/toy, if so which one?

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Electronic Hulk


If  I had a screen that readout my rage levels, it would include  Driving, Paying Taxes, Home Depot on a Saturday,  Waiting in long check out lines and then of course, Hulk Raging.



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Terrific Slacks!



Your choice, non breathable pleather or the unwelcome, never ending warmth of Corduroy, you have five seconds to decide.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Sesame Street Gloriola!



I vividly remember a shop window loaded with these toys and being fascinated with that garbage card, is Oscar the engine? I need to know!!!!!!

Monday, May 08, 2017

3 Way Cape Sensation!


"button on the flowing cape and a feeling of romance and mystery charges your personality with a new excitement."

Let's all have a minute of silence for the brave souls who believed this.

Friday, May 05, 2017

Canadian Superhero Pepsi Cups


For the last two decades I've been quietly collecting these promotional cups given away by Pepsi in the 1970s in Canada. Similar to the US cup promotions but a much smaller character choice, different design and made in Canada. (update I've just been told they were made available at the restaurants in Zeller's department stores)

My mantra on these was to never buy them online but find them in the wild at the many toy shows, antique malls and flea markets I regularly haunt. I think I've put together a complete set and thought it would be fun to showcase them. More after the jump.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Charles VanLandingham the 4th


"My dear, you look positively frozen, come by the fire and get warm immediately! Can I interest you in a snifter of warm Dr. Pepper?"

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