It pays to advertise, for those that listen to the pod cast, you may recall me whining about my precious Space Sword and Shield. Happy relics from my childhood that were whisked off the "Goodwillland" along with my Stretch Armstrong, Bulletman and most of Big Jim's P.A.C.K one tragic evening.
Well, it appears that I had a good samaritan in a fellow named who put me onto another Canadian named Erik who had one for sale, for ten bucks. Erik was not only honest, but just a really decent guy, check out the results after the jump.
My buddy Julian sent this in, total love at first sight for me (the toy, not Julian although I'm sure he's swell too). Jaws was of course, a massive pop culture phenomenon the likes of which we rarely see.
The greatest thing to toy makers is, you can't copyright a shark! So even though there were plenty of officially licensed Jaws toys, there was oodles of fun knock offs, like Big Mouth here.
Pretty sure that's a dime store rendition of Hooper, Brody and Quint on that beach. Love them!
Fleetwood marketed toys based on Vega$ which I always viewed as a "late night grown up program" as a kid. I'm especially amused at the tiny roulette table. It kind of bugs me that Fleetwood thought Vega$ was rack toy gold but Quincy got no love...
In this super chunk installment, Jason and Brain extol their love for cheap, disposable pharmacy toys of bygone days.
"Rack Toys" gets into what they are, Brain's personal history and why he wrote a book about them. We talk about the major players, the hot licenses and our own personal stories of Rack Toy Love. We also try to explain why they are so appealing to us, even as adults and we create a "wish list" of Rack Toys we wish would have happened.
We also get POWERFULLY off track at times and discuss everything from Willy Wonka Vs Wizard of Oz, Mego toys and of course, Schneider from "One Day at a time" who I'm surprised has only come up once thus far...
I haven't had many additions to our Tarzan Toy Gallery in a long while but this figure is a pretty big deal to me. It's made in Spain and I missed a carded one last year (and I didn't manage to save the auction photos) but the card art seemed to suggest that it's based on the Filmation series. If I recall correctly, this figure is missing the little Nikyma that it came with. If anybody has a carded one that they would like to share, I'd be in your debt.
I absolutely LOVE stuff like this, even as a kid I couldn't have spent my $1.29 quicker. A lot of what I bought for the book, I sold off but this one I kept. There is another version with the Phantom that I need to track down.
This smiling "autographed" picture of Leonard Nimoy is believed to be from a series of store appearances promoting not toys but what I have deemed the most incredible piece of Star Trek merchandise ever.
What follows after the jump is madness, be warned.
Speaking of Alien: The good people at Super 7 are righting a wrong and bringing us the unproduced Kenner Alien 3 3/4" line. To top it off, they're doing it in the coolest, most retro way possible, click the banner for more information (this is not a compensated endorsement in any way, I just care that much) More Kenner Alien:
I'm not much of a jogger (it ain't a pretty sight) but should I ever get the urge, a mustard yellow track suit will be my choice of uniform. Not only does it give me an Omega Man vibe but it also will hide the vomit stains that are sadly, pretty much a given...