Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017

What's the Word on the street?

The popularity of "Starsky and Hutch" had young woman across the nation donning the "Huggy Bear collection for her", each piece personally sewn by Antonio Fargas!

Friday, November 17, 2017

El Squadron Lobo Big Jim Gallery Updated

It's been ten years since I updated my little tribute page to the Kid Acero line of toys and it was long overdue.

 Known to us as Big Jim, Mexican toy maker Cipsa infused the line with a heavy dose of creativity. The result is a Big Jim's wolfpack with a rich science fiction flavour.

Also, because these toys are also incredibly rare, i had to get some help. My pal Jesus was happy enough to share his amazing collection with the world. Just look at that Jack Kirby packaging.

 So check out the all new Kid Acero Gallery at PlaidStallions!

big jim pack comic 

mego in spain 1977 Mattel Toyfair Showroom from 1975Mattel Big Jim figures 1975

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Stretch Monster Kid Returns!

A wonderful thing happened today in the Facebook Vintage Toys group I manage with some friends. We got a visit from Mike, who is Mike you ask? He's the kid on the Stretch Monster box! Mike's gurning on that package is easily one of the most iconic 70s toy images out there. In fact, he was the subject of the very first PlaidStallions trading card nearly a decade ago.

Here's Mike 40 years later posing with his now very collectible packaging. How did he get the gig, Mike explained:

"My dad's design studio did all of the Kenner Toys packaging in the 70s and 80s. I was on a few toy boxes, but this is the most famous. I got paid $60 for the shoot, which was a ton of money for a 70s first-grader. But more importantly, I had access to KENNER. Dad would take me to the factory. I owned dozens of Stretch Monsters, Stretch Armstrongs, Stretch Octopi, and some other prototypes that never made it to market (I can only imagine what they would be worth if I still had them!)."

He had to mention the prototype word but wait, it gets even more interesting:

"And of course, Star Wars came out the next year. My little brother and I had EVERYTHING. Dad would bring home bags of spare guns. Kenner gave us the "mistakes" as well—figures incorrectly painted—that again, would be worth a lot today if we hadn't blown them up with firecrackers.
I can remember being at the design studio as a child when they were working on the Star Wars toys, but before the movie had actually come out. An illustrator named John Ham showed me a prototype figure he was painting for a package. They simply called him "Gold Man." It was, of course, C3PO."

But other than the iconic box, did Mike keep anything from those days? Just one thing:

He still has the original shirt but as one would imagine, it no longer fits.

Thanks Mike for making our day with this awesome story of what sounds like a fun childhood!

Electronic Bowling

We thought Electronic bowling could never get better but  eventually it would become sentient and wipe us all out.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Japanese versions of US toys

I thought it may be fun to look at a few (but not all) examples of how some American favourites looked like over in Japan, the land of amazing toys and cartoons.

We'll start with the Mickey Mouse Snowcone machine, a take on the Snoopy Sno-Cone machine. This one confuses me because SNOOPY IS REALLY POPULAR IN JAPAN! Not sure why they switched to Mickey here.

Much more after the jump!

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Jivin' Baggies

I was all set to order these but you have to provide your own Jivin' and my "jive well" is super dry.


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