Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
The Witches Castle was a Sears exclusive (and now a pricey collectible) and was originally meant for the Super Knights toys.
My local toy store put these in the same basket as the Superheroes, as a six year old boy they just couldn't compete with Aquaman.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Friday, November 25, 2016
Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds was easily his most toyetic series and that was not lost on the Japanese.
Even though the show was 14 years old in 1980, it didn't stop Popy from creating some incredible diecast toys.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Monday, November 21, 2016
Thursday, November 17, 2016
It makes sense, Superheroes are great role models what child didn't want to have a "Kirby Esque" physique when they grew up?
Marketing fitness equipment with Superheroes faces slapped on it is not only a good idea, it's good for ya!
My dad bought me all of that body builder stuff in the boring, non superhero versions as a kid. Not that Batman would have incentivised me to use them more.
Oh these skates never fail to bring a smile to my face.....
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Monday, November 14, 2016
Friday, November 11, 2016
I thought I'd devote today to my favourite diecast vehicle of my youth. A piece of Spider-Man merchandise that makes absolutely no sense but to my nine year old brain just felt oh so right, the super awesome Spiderbuggy with Green Goblin! More after the jump!
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Tuesday, November 08, 2016
It wasn't easy to find decent Godzilla Rack Toys here in North America when I was a lad. I recently discovered this fun piece by Yamakatsu in Japan that many of us would have adored as kids, it's Destroy all Monsters on a card!
My best guess is these rubber dudes came out in the mid 1980s, anybody want to confirm?
Monday, November 07, 2016
Friday, November 04, 2016
I joined ebay in 1997, since then like clock work, i have searched "Black Hole" and "Shreddies" in hope of finding this item. Recently on one boring Tuesday morning, there it was with a Buy It Now price that was so agreeable, it still makes me smile.
Sure it's an empty cereal box but to me, it's just something slightly more.
I've written about this promotion before , it's one of those incredibly happy moments in childhood that you just smile about whenever you think about it.
Shreddies was never my favourite cereal, yet for a month in 1979, I endured three boxes of it (with a lot of help from sugar) to get these....
Actually, it was one box top per figure, an additional $2.50 per figure (plus sales tax) and my mom had to write a cheque! Hell, this wasn't even that great a deal!
But i did it and waited the eternity for that bubble envelope (with a cool drawing of Maximillian on it) to arrive. I'd love to reunite with that envelope as well, I hope one still exists. Those figures were just....kind of earned and I still have my Vincent nearly 40 years later.
One of the saving graces of this promo that really kept me going were the kick ass Space Pal Pencil caddies that came in every box. I'm positive I ate Shreddies well into 1980 to finish my set.
These guys lined my fourth grade desk and actually i still have one at work right now.
I'm thrilled to share this happy memory, it's one of the reasons I collect.
Thanks for reading, have a terrific weekend.
Thursday, November 03, 2016
I had my Star Trek Medallion stolen during fifth grade swim class (back up ladies, I'm taken) and I know who did it.
He ended up working at my gym in the mid 1990s, the sight of him every day would fill me with this weird anger combined with the feeling that it was super dumb to wear a Star Trek medallion to swim class in the first place.....