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?"

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Steve Scout: Rescue at Eagle Creek


Being a toy collector, I am very drawn to "Catalog Exclusive" items even if i don't actually collect the line.

This Ward's exclusive set for Kenner's Steve Scout is new to me, anybody have one in the box? I'd be curious to see it.





Friday, April 28, 2017

Pod Stallions Minisode 3: Records!



We're back this week with another mini-sode and we're talking about one of our favourite subjects, haunting record shops and collecting, of course.

Mini-Sode was inspired by last weekend's Record Store Day festivities where we talk about experiences, vinyl, collecting philosophies, soundtracks, Doctor Who. Fawlty Towers, Power Records, The Ramones, Wild in the Streets,  GI Joe, Rusty Warren, mix tapes and overdue library items.

As always, we urge you to support your local record store and for gosh's sake, buy some physical media.


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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Cardboard and Vinyl charm



Can't say I'm a huge fan of either S.W.A.T or Emergency! but those vinyl & cardboard playsets are awesome and I totally want them.

That old timey computer....sigh....



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

PlaidStallions turns 11


This week marks the 11th anniversary of the launch of PlaidStallions. Truth be told, it was two days ago but life has been so bumpy lately, I totally forgot about it. That would have been a big mistake and here is why.

In eleven years of doing this, it has never felt like work and while it doesn't pay, it does pay back in all the wonderful (and often hilarious) feedback I receive from you folks. I look forward to doing this.

I cannot begin to properly explain how you all have impacted my life in a positive way and for that I'm very grateful today and this the reason that 11 years later I'm still scanning my smelly old catalogs.

Lining up some fun things for the remainder of the week including a new minisode podcast but I just wanted to start by giving praise where it's due. Thank you.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Superheroes and Apes in Japan


I was elated to find this ad full of Ourway Studios Superhero and Planet of the Apes merch in a Japanese issue of StarLog.

Especially mind warping is those Superhero stamp albums, which I totally had and collected as a kid. I wonder if they still accept orders......



Monday, April 24, 2017

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.

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