I thought it would be fun today to talk about a Star Trek action figure line that nobody really ever does, from 1984 let's explore the ERTL toys Star Trek 3 line and I've even got prototype shots! More about this fun (and very affordable) line after the jump!
Friday, September 22, 2017
Thursday, September 21, 2017
While I personally don't remember the Rebel Command Center (which surprises me) I do recall the weird loyalty you had to have to Sears in order to "collect" Star Wars figures as a kid.
Sears wasn't close to our house, so I'd have to tag along with my mum to get groceries or other mundane tasks in order to get my hands on the all important Ugnaught (which was exclusive and came on a weird card in Canada).
They also closed for inventory at 6pm every Thursday, that shouldn't be a fact a ten year old knows but dammit, it was a hard lesson!
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Monday, September 18, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017
This week got a l'il emotional as I bid goodbye to my grandparent's home. Even though they both had passed a while back, my whole family was a bit attached to their place and it took some time to finally decide to let it go.
For me, the hardest part about it was that it was a perfect time capsule complete with wood paneling, funky carpets and even rotary phones (which now reside in my home). It was like stepping into my childhood every time i went there:
I played with my Mike Power: Atomic Man in this corner, wrote my first post college resume on that desk and more recently filmed the Brick Mantooth toy commerical here.
The house was built in the mid 1960s and honestly I think they stopped decorating around 1972. They kept everything perfect so it was museum quality and it was also filled with weird "high tech" items like electric space heaters and intercoms in every room!
Seriously, what kid wouldn't play with this for hours? It was like living in the Venture compound!
This house will forever remind me of catalogs (my grandmother kept them for years, so yeah I got it from her), the Lawrence Welk show (which I hated then but now cannot get enough of) and Dean Martin records. I'm sorry to see it pass but I'm also taking all of those things with me, so it's never truly left has it?
Speaking of "taking it with me" I did manage to inherit something, somehow my siblings, parents and even nephew didn't fight me from getting what was truly mine.
Yes, this magnificent belt massage device works and it's all mine! Those fools just let me have it.
Thanks for reading, have a terrific weekend!
Thursday, September 14, 2017
It's fitting that i found this ad as i recently discovered the destroyed remains of my corgi Spider-Copter in my kid's room recently. It made no comic book sense and even at 7 years of age I knew it was aerodynamically impossible but I thought it was the greatest vehicle ever.
More Corgi goodness:
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
I was amused to find these ads for Black Hole branded kites from Hi-Flier tucked in a trade magazine from 1979. The toy industry really thought the robots from Disney's space epic were going to be the next big thing.
And for me and my friends, they totally were! I had every Black Hole item I could find, the Mego action figures, Gold Key Comics, it was even my lunch box in 1979 (which would end being my last lunch box) and it was a wonderful distraction until Star Wars returned.
Not sure I'd have bit on the kites but dang, that Maximillion one is all kinds of awesome....
Monday, September 11, 2017
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Last week I got a wonderful "Mystery box" from my friend Robyn. The majority of which were amazing mementos of our last couple of decades working together on the "Mego Museum" website but at the bottom was this. An original sketch when we were planning (ok she was planning, I'm useless) to do a Brick Mantooth animated short. To me, this is priceless. I can't begin to describe the joy it will bring me as i pass by it every morning to work on this site.
Friday, September 08, 2017
This toy trade ad from Spring 1982 showed a rather ambitious merchandise campaign for the Dark Crystal including Hasbro (actually their subsidiary Aviva) tapped for an action figure line.
Like many Science Fiction and fantasy properties of the early 1980s, like Krull, V and the Last Star Fighter the action figures got left on the run way.
How buyers waffled on such a property yet bought Dune action figures with both hands i'll never clearly understand.
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
I admit, I didn't know I needed a 25 foot mylar Mr Spock Dragon Kite but now, I can't live without it. I really need to be "That guy" in my neighbourhood, the "oh you know, the guy with the kite" guy.
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
Friday, September 01, 2017
Ever been kept up late at night wondering what were the hottest selling TV Advertised toys of July 39 years ago? Well sleep well my friends!
What a surprise, Star Wars.
I had much bigger plans for Friday but I'm currently battling a nasty virus, enjoy!
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Moving things around yesterday I looked at the back of GI Joe package for the first time in years and was kind of blown away at how striking it is.
It really shows how powerful this artwork was, no wonder I'm a junkie for it some 40 years later.
Monday, August 28, 2017
Friday, August 25, 2017
Jerry Lewis's passing this week saw much reflection on his film and television career but I didn't see any mention of his time as a games spokesperson for Hasbro.
Celebrity spokes people for games was an interesting phenomena in the 1970s and Lewis joined other notables such as Don Adams, Lucille Ball and Dick Van Dyke shilling for toy makers.
Out of that group, you really have to say the best candidate for such a project is probably Lewis. Hasbro's ad campaign capitalized on his strengths and had several of his characters squaring off against the humorless (and overly Germanic) villain, The Baron.
The games are largely forgotten but this wonderful bit of pop culture shouldn't be.
Here is the original 90 second Toyfair reel for the Hasbro Spellbound game, showing that the Toy business always works well with a little show business.
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
My pal Chris found this toy hunting recently, I don't know it's origins but I know it's probably from 1978.
it kind of reminds me about how "Galactic" the Super Friends got during this period in time, it seemed like every week they were in space fighting a guy with a "laser sword".
Anybody know where this is from?
Monday, August 21, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017
No, this isn't a still from the upcoming Justice League movie (it's too bright for one thing) this my friends is from a clever late 70s promotion for a company that seems to brilliantly pioneer what we call "Cosplay" today. Take a better look after the jump. You'll be glad you did.
Major props to Robb for pointing this wonderful item in my direction.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Monday, August 14, 2017
Saturday, August 12, 2017
I recently picked up this two pack of Matchbox M.A.C figures, while i was fan of the series as a kid I have no memory of these. Its gate fold packaging with 3-D overtones is truly one of the nicest, most well thought out cards i've ever seen. I paid $25 for this, sometimes the best stuff is hiding in plain sight.
Friday, August 11, 2017
Episode 55 is all about the Lord of the Jungle, Tarzan of the Apes
J&B (the hosts, not the crappy scotch) discuss their initial exposure to the Lord of the Jungle in his many television, film, print and comic adaptions over their life times culminating with last summer's adaptation.
Some of the subjects we touch upon are Mego action figures, DC and Marvel, Filmation, Mike Henry, Doctor Who, Chimp Genitals, Dakin, Casper Van Diem, Ron Ely, Batman, Sheena, John Carter of Mars, Flash Gordon, At the Earth's Core, toys, Big Jim and oodles more.
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Friday, August 04, 2017
I have no idea who Crowd Pleasers is but I can only imagine they were not officially licensed by Lucasfilm and probably made a fortune doing this.
Love Darth's Kenner blaster, just like he never used.
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!
Thursday, August 03, 2017
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Tuesday, August 01, 2017
Monday, July 31, 2017
Friday, July 28, 2017
Another newspaper line illustrated gem, this one from Osco.
I never had the Star Destroyer Playset but recently discovered some collectors I know have this weird hate on for it. Was it a disappointing toy?
Thursday, July 27, 2017
A recent happy pick up for me is this Doctor Zauis squirt gun by AHI, I'll probably never get a creature from the black lagoon but this is pretty swell.
I hope at least one of these displays survived.
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