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The Look, and Feel of Leather and Velvet!

15 hours 39 min ago


I've dreamed of the day that fake velvet would unite with imitation leather! I must run and tell everyone I know!

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Exciting Toys from the Star Wars Series

14 November, 2018 - 12:13

This nice ad from Zayres (wish i had the whole flyer) is from Christmas 1983 and I'm guessing by that point, I had jumped off the wonderful train that was Star Wars. 

I still read the Marvel comic mind you but I honestly don't recognize or remember that mini-rig or the plush Ewoks at all. I hope it brings joy to those that do. 


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The World's Rarest Jiggler FOUND

13 November, 2018 - 00:00


As any reader of this blog should know, I loves me some dime store rack toys and I also love drive-in cinema, that's why today's entry is so special to me.

You see, for years there has been a legend of a Jiggler used to promote the Blood Island series of movies. Blood Island movies are a wonderful late 1960s series of lurid colour monster movies filmed in the Philippines that I absolutely adore (Oh and these movies just got released on Blu-Ray by our friends at Severin films, go and get them). 




Well, monster toy collector and fellow Blood Island fan Ray Castile has finally tracked one down and shared. You should check out Ray's amazing youtube videos about Topstone Monster Masks, they're really great.



Just like the chlorophyll monsters of Dr. Lorca, I'm green with envy about this find but also filled with gratitude just to know it exists!

Thanks to Ray for sharing this epic find, I'm seriously giddy.

Also, it goes without saying, if you have one of there, I would like to buy it. 







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Luxury in Lace

12 November, 2018 - 09:10


It's like wearing the lingerie department on your arms!

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Five Awesome Things on Ebay this Week

9 November, 2018 - 13:07
Another weekly recap of all the things I sincerely can't afford to purchase at the minute. Oh well, where would i put it?

Remco Star Trek Instant TV- I have this fascination with the Remco Star Trek toys, they're just previously existing toys with "STAR TREK" written on them but for some reason, I WANT THEM ALL. I've never seen this one before and it's not helping me tame the collector monster that lurks inside me.

Related Link: Star Trek Remco Galleries on PlaidStallions.



Torak! Falcon 80 is GI Joe from Brazil and they just got crazy with the science fiction and it included a villain character that GI Joe totally deserved. These are crazy expensive and hard to find but now they're being reissued and you can get a MIB one for a tenth of the price. I can't wait for more characters.

Related Link: GI Joes from Brazil article



Denys Fisher Cyberman- I love Mego, I love Doctor Who and i think the Cybermen are boss. This figure was all i thought about in 1998 and i grossly overpaid for one that year. Now you can buy one for much less than I paid in 1998. 

Aquaman's Supersea Aquarium- Before I had kids, i had this groovy office filled with Aquaman toys. This piece was my holy grail but i could never pull the trigger on it because logical as it is, it's an aquarium with a picture of Aquaman in it. Why is it so neat?


Bionic Woman Shower playset from Mexico. I hope all that water doesn't short out her bionics! Kenner did give the Bionic Woman doll some action related accessories but this is definitely not one of them.



Electric Wheels by Eldon

9 November, 2018 - 09:22


TV show idea, a Thunderbirds type series but with children in all the roles and we dub over their voices with adults. Don't steal this! I'm going to write the pilot this weekend. 

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Pleated Sleeves

8 November, 2018 - 01:00

Great, now I'm going to look like a moron with these 24 inch sleeves.



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Mr. Action

7 November, 2018 - 00:00


I had so many Mr. Action outfits for my GI Joes and I had no idea. I  assume that I got most of those sets before I could read.





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Swing Along

6 November, 2018 - 00:00

I was on a bunch of these  as a kid, they all moved when you were swinging like they may just fall over, it gave the whole thing an added sense of danger.

Also, those slides became deadly come July.



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Five Awesome Things on Ebay this week

2 November, 2018 - 18:46

Dragomovil- In Mexico, Dr. Steel is Big Jim's enemy and he's called "Doctor Drago" and it's all more awesome there for some reason, it just is. I had one of these, sealed with the plastic and everything. I sold it when my first kid was born, I'm sure I had a good reason. I don't regret selling it but wow, it's still neat.



Fisher Price Adventure People- I guess because all of mine survived my childhood and two sets of grandkids (they're seriously that tough) I've never actually collected the line. I do admire it when I see it in the wild though. It just dawned on me that these were the first female action figures I ever played with, it was no big deal, zero stigma about playing with a "doll" from others, just another character. Thanks Fisher Price for broadening my horizons like that...



Mattel Space:1999 Flying Eagle- This combination of Mattel Vertibird with Space:1999 has been haunting me for months. it's really rare and all kinds of awesome but I'll never pull the trigger and i know it.



Spider-Man meets the Fly race car set- I know Spider-Man has nothing to do with car racing and I'm totally not sure if he should be worried about an enemy called "the Fly" but I want this.



Phantom of the Paradise Ring- I don't wear jewelry as a rule but dammit, I should. Seriously i am thinking about telling my mum i want this for Christmas.



Remco Monsters Mummy Head Mold

1 November, 2018 - 23:00


I had a tremendous bit of good fortune on Ebay a while back (As some might know I spend a lot of time there!) when a friend pointed out this head mold. It took a while but eventually, a friend of mine deduced that it was for the Remco Mummy figure!



Being a huge fan of the toy line, it was just so awesome to find something so historical and be able to document it like this.



Awww, look at them like peas in a pod...


Also, check these out.





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Pod Stallions 67: Mad Monster Party?

30 October, 2018 - 23:00



Happy Halloween everybody, as usual, we've put together a new episode for our favourite holiday.

Today's topic is the 1967 classic special "Mad Monster Party?" by the incredible Rankin Bass studios, while not as universally celebrated as their Christmas Fare has a nice established cult following and Jason & Brian are definitely members of that cult.

Other topics include the career of Boris Karloff, Harvey Kurtzman, Cracked Magazine, Bill Ward, Mad Magazine, Jessica Rabbit, the new TV movie "My dinner with Herve", Tigon films and the schedule of Bobby "Boris" Pickett.



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    Official Planet of the Apes Stunt Cycle

    29 October, 2018 - 23:00

    If there is anything more wonderfully absurd than a Dr. Zaius, machine gun strapped to his jacket popping a wheelie, I want to know what that is and have it.


    Even the packaging is part of the play, I wish more toy companies did this.


    My only regret when I see this toy is the thought that AHI could have done the exact same thing with the Universal Monsters that same year. What could have been....




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    Small Wonder Indeed

    29 October, 2018 - 07:04

    This morning I discovered that there is a chance that a handful of children went out for Halloween as V.I.C.I from Small Wonder, which is also known as TV's most laughless sitcom.

    Picture the Scenario:
    Adult: "Oh, who are you supposed to be?"
    Child: "The Homunculus from TV's lowest point, trick or treat!"

    We should track these people down and make sure they're ok. 


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    Five Awesome things on Ebay this week

    26 October, 2018 - 13:28
    Another week of virtual window shopping has unearthed some vintage joy for, this being Halloween there is a particular monstrous slant to this week's offerings.

     I'll turn back into mortal man next week I promise. 


    Palitoy Mighty Men and Monster Maker- Sure, we've all seen one of these before but somehow the British packaging makes it seem cooler. I have a lot of hang-ups about this kind of stuff.


    Planet of the Apes Spin and Colour set by Pressman Toys- Even though i've previously gently mocked these kits before, that doesn't mean I don't want to do crafts with Dr. Zaius. 


    Tomland Mini Monsters- Egads I love these rare l'ill buggers, they're essentially PVC figures of the Lincoln International Monsters but slightly more cartoony. The seller also has Dracula and the Wolfman and I highly recommend them.




    Pressman King of the Gorilla's Movie Make-Up Set- This is no doubt inspired by Kong but being the Planet of the Apes fan that I am, I would have loved to own this as a kid. My childhood lack of patience would have been a boon here however..





    The Incredible Melting Man novel- This blows my mind it exists, I totally get the halloween costume but an adaptation of that movie's screenplay is shocking. For anybody that's seen the film, ain't too much to the story. Either Phil Smith is very creative or this book has really big print. At $8, I'm tempted to buy it and find out.




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    1986 Collegeville Halloween Costume Catalog

    25 October, 2018 - 23:00

    Collegeville was one of the leading Halloween costume manufacturers of the late twentieth century. 

     This extensive 1968 catalog really demonstrates the powerhouse licenses they were rocking in the 60s, including Labyrinth, The Transformers and the Go-Bots, WWF Wrasslers, Wuzzles, Rainbow Bright and the Peanuts, it's a good group and some solid 1980s nostalgia.

    1986 Collegeville Halloween Costume Catalog



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    Gambler's Sleeve

    23 October, 2018 - 23:00

    Oh, will sleeve garters make a comeback already? Some of us want to return a more dignified time!

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    The Fire Birds

    22 October, 2018 - 23:00


    NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE GERRY ANDERSON PROGRAM "THUNDER BIRDS" IN ANY WAY, this is totally different, cause we put "Fire" in there instead of Thunder. Okay? Glad we're clear.

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    Bonded Knit Slack Suit!

    21 October, 2018 - 23:00

    The number one uniform of choice for security guards who work on moon bases.




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    My Fantasy Island Collection

    21 October, 2018 - 09:26



    Inspired by the new movie "My Dinner with Hervé" (Dinklage is pretty amazing in it BTW) I thought it would be fun to showcase the nick nacks (pun intended) that I've collected from the TV series "Fantasy Island".

    Growing up I rarely missed the show on Saturday nights, it's mix of fantasy, comedy and horror were pretty intoxicating to my younger self and I've been an unironic lifelong fan. There isn't a lot of merch and while not expensive, it's elusive.

    So my guests, welcome to Fantasy Island and join me after the jump!






    Craft Master poster Art set, I was searching for this for quite a while until a kind person who found it at a yard sale reached out to me. I was able to name my price and while I don't think the person got why i wanted it, they were extremely kind about it.



    It's freaking gorgeous BTW.



    The Ben Cooper Tattoo costume erroneously gets listed in click bait "Worst Halloween Costume" type lists but come on, he was a huge pop culture icon when we were growing up. This doesn't come anywhere near the weirdness of "Father Murphy" and never will. I picked this up last year and trasure it.



    Fantasy Island Paperbacks, there are two of these and I own both. I think I spent six dollars on both.  I have never attempted to read them, I'm sure they're stimulating.



    HG Toys Puzzle- This may have been the piece that kicked off the collection. It's also the first time I ever got recognized for this blog. I bought this at a sleepy toy show in upstate New York and when I bought it the dealer said "Are you the PlaidStallions guy?" which of course, surprised me.




    Of course, I've dabbled in creating custom action figures, this is Mr Roarke and the Devil played by Roddy McDowell. The devil episodes are my absolute favourite, being a fan of all things McDowell of course.  I have a Tattoo in the works as well.


    Speaking of Action figures, I found these magnificent hand-painted beauties on Ebay, they're for 12" dolls and are perfect. I just haven't gotten around to giving them bodies yet.



    Finally, this vintage Iron On was given to me by a gent named Clark Bucher. It's actually licensed and I had no idea it existed. I'm terrified to actually wear it as I'm fond of gravy but I am in awe of both the gesture and the item.

    Other than the board game (why don't i own that?), I think that's it for Fantasy Island Merch I don't have. Unless you have something I don't, if that's the case, please show me!



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