Friday, November 24, 2017

Planet of the Apes Sliderama


If you guys buy me this for Christmas, I'll have you all over for a screening. I'll even make popcorn. True Story!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Simply Elegant


Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends, may you enjoy your feast surrounded by loved ones on a table set from Moonbase Alpha.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Buck Rogers Flying Model Rockets


I have never known the pleasure of flying model rockets but these Sci-Fi related kits really tempted me as a kid...


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!



AND THEN IF YOU'RE STILL IN THE MOOD FOR MORE JIM
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.




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