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The '70s seen through Department Store Wish Book Catalogs. Classic toys, bad fashion and Spider-Man appearing at your local mall.Plaidstallionshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04922569505772725122noreply@blogger.comBlogger3405125
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Patio Mystery

22 June, 2017 - 08:05

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".

The League of Extraordinary L'il Gentlemens

21 June, 2017 - 08:12


Their style tells everyone at the party, "I not only want Ice Cream with my cake, I demand it.".

It's Jigglin' Time?

20 June, 2017 - 08:25


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....

Japanese Evel Knievel

19 June, 2017 - 10:18


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!



I couldn't take the whole set out as it was carefully wrapped but this is totally different Evel figure than the ideal set, Popy made him about an inch shorter for some reason. I assume the bike is also scaled down.



The odd thing is, the box is GINORMAS, it feels way bigger than the US set. I don't totally get that but also, it's a really cool design.



I personally don't collect EK toys but this was weirdly tempting. Glad somebody purchased it to be honest, this was directly next to me.



More goodies all week!

More Daredevil stunt goodness.
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Pressman Space Creatures Commercial

15 June, 2017 - 23:00


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.



Aw Yeah Mego Meet 2017!

15 June, 2017 - 10:12

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:
https://www.facebook.com/MegoMeet/


Kenner Indiana Jones on Sale

14 June, 2017 - 10:43
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.



Star Wars Play Masks by Palitoy

13 June, 2017 - 08:19


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.

Super Slickers

12 June, 2017 - 08:42

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.

The Mattel Shogun Warriors Collection Commercial

8 June, 2017 - 23:00


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!

Comfortable One Piece Suits

8 June, 2017 - 06:59

Wait, to be worn OVER Underwear? I've been doing it wrong for years!

Game Night

6 June, 2017 - 23:00

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

Planet of the Apes Silly Soap!

5 June, 2017 - 23:00

When you wanna be "Dr Zaius" clean!


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

Summer Pimps: 2017

4 June, 2017 - 23:00

It's time to bust out the yacht rock and wine coolers ....

Caught in Spidey's Web!

4 June, 2017 - 09:19


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!

The Top Ten Coolest 1970s Wonder Woman Merchandise

1 June, 2017 - 23:00

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.

Here are ten of our favorite pieces of Wonder Woman merchandise.

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Paracaidista del planeta de los simios

1 June, 2017 - 08:43

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?



The first 48

31 May, 2017 - 07:34

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.

Aviva Star Trek the Motion Picture Merchandise

29 May, 2017 - 23:00

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.

Smart Slack Suit

29 May, 2017 - 08:19
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.....
 
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