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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.Plaidstallions
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Show 'N" Tell

14 March, 2017 - 07:56

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....

Holding out for a Hero

13 March, 2017 - 09:19

I finally found the proper footwear that won't clash with my new cape.

Palitoy Talking Dalek Speaks

10 March, 2017 - 00:00

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.

The Final, Fantastic Fashion Touch: The Vest!

9 March, 2017 - 11:30

Oh, it's like the ugly duckling finding his flock of swans at the end!

Mego invades the UK

8 March, 2017 - 08:21

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.

Le Dentiste

7 March, 2017 - 00:00

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?

Double Breasted Splendor

6 March, 2017 - 00:00

I hope someday to know the bliss, providing my grades are good enough.

Starbird in Germany

3 March, 2017 - 00:00

You know they call Starbird in Germany? Supervogel!

This is the most educational segment I've ever provided.

Entex Space Invader

2 March, 2017 - 09:31

If i had even minimum wage for every hour i played this in 1981, I'd likely have a paid for home right now.

PS Holy cow this was expensive.

Fill your Wardrobe with Summer Dresses

1 March, 2017 - 07:43

The Stepford collection : Now available at Gimbels.

Action Stimulating Sets!

28 February, 2017 - 00:00

I honestly don't know why I don't collect sets like these, as a kid these would happily eat afternoons.....

Dig Flares!

27 February, 2017 - 00:00

Everyday a college student falls prey to a Neckerchief cult.

General Spidrax at Toys R Us

26 February, 2017 - 11:36

It doesn't get more 80s than this does it? The badguy from the Sectaurs meeting a kid with a Ghostbusters Tee shirt!

Reminder: This is the kind of thing I'm looking for in my next book "Mall of Justice".

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 comic books (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 these iconic 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.

Learn more here:

Pod Stallions 51: Sci-Fi Sitcoms

24 February, 2017 - 00:00

Episode 51 has Jason and Brian discussing the world of (mostly short lived) Sci-Fi sitcoms, we touch on everything from the shows that predate us like "My Living Doll" to the best our childhood had to offer like "Quark", "Holmes and Yo-Yo" and the 70s phenomenon  that was "Mork and Mindy".

We speak about such highs such as "Red Dwarf" and "Futurama" but also have fun with the lows like  "Homeboys in Outer Space".

It's a tight 65 minutes of deep sitcom nerdery, buckle your space belts, gather all your shabdibs, we're using the Source.

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    Plenty more content on the PodStallions Facebook page!


    Land of the Lost Sound 'N Action Scenes

    23 February, 2017 - 00:00

    Here are the Land of the Lost action figures you never got.

    Buried in the pages of the 1976 LJN catalog, these "Sound N Action" figures are very similiar to the Mattel Heroes in Action (of which LJN was knocking off that year) in that the figures are attached to a base.

    As cool and mindblowing as this is, I'm a bit upset that these never got made.

    Oh what might have been, might have been.

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    Return to Bachelour Island

    22 February, 2017 - 07:59
                           It's another lonely morning on bachelour island....

    Space:1999 Comlock Communicators

    21 February, 2017 - 00:00

    LJN really knocked these out of the park, they looked a lot like the show props and they actually worked.

    I bought a set at a Star Trek show in the 1980s and I remember the woman I purchased them made a comment to me that people would never wear computers on their belts. 

    Spotlight: Pinmates U.S.S Enterprise by Bif Bang Pow!

    20 February, 2017 - 12:17

    Time for a rare un-boxing and photo review of a modern toy. While I mainly try to avoid modern stuff, some of it embraces my inner child wishlist that it demands to be purchased.

    Such is the case with Pin Mates which mix the vintage Fisher Price little people with the hottest licenses today into something that just makes me deliriously happy. 

    I had a very happy childhood playing with my Sesame Street set and an even happier second one letting my kid's play with it (I may have gotten heavily involved with that play time as well)

    Today, I'll be looking at the first Pin Mates play set and they've started with a bang, the U.S.S Enterprise from classic Star Trek, beam down after the jump!

    For full disclosure, my friend and Podcast co-chair Jason Lenzi is one of the principles behind Bif Bang Pow! the company that produced this. So I am a little biased, however I do counter that we're friends because we both dig stuff like this. Anyway, let the pictures do the talking and not me.

    This set is an Entertainment Earth Exclusive and if you buy it through this link, i got a nice kick back, which I use to buy more PinMates. EE is having a "Buy one get the other at 40% off today too)

    The box said something about light assembly but i didn't have to do anything. 

    The set contains three exclusive Pin Mates, Spock with Tricorder, Captain Kik with his green tunic and Nurse Chapel. The rest of the crew is already available as well.

    The set itself is wood (just like the real Star Trek Bridge set!) and comes in two pieces, the view screen area is detachable to add play value.

    The view screen area can also be used as a play set.

    The beauty of this set is just like Mego action figures, you can create this whole universe of characters from Marvel, DC comics, Star Trek, Twilight Zone, 1966 Batman, Dexter and KISS or even better, vintage Fisher Price Little People. I couldn't find my Oscar the Grouch but Bert and Sherlock Hemlock will have to do.

    Everybody is so happy. I just wish my kids were five years younger.

    Thanks for reading!

    The Coleco Way!

    17 February, 2017 - 08:30

    This is one from my collection that I adore, a toy fair sales reel for Coleco never meant to be seen by the public.  This reel promotes stuff like electronic football, table top hockey and ping pong and features the greatest spokesman and sideburns we will see in this life time. Enjoy!

    European Elegance

    16 February, 2017 - 00:00

    You know, there really aren't a lot of husband and wife team Coke dealers, so refreshing to see.
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