I managed to track down a major Halloween costume grail this past weekend and while it's certainly not the most expensive or most desired suit on my want list, it sure is a personal favourite. More on this after the jump!
Monday, October 23, 2017
Friday, October 20, 2017
It's Halloween season and that means a shiny new costume catalog from one of my favourite companies in the entire world, Collegeville!
This year we go waaaaay back to 1968 and check out what was hot for kid's costumes that year. Leading the charge is Doctor Doolittle but in his wake are such familiar characters such as Tarzan, The Phantom, Doctor Solar, Major Matt Mason, Flipper and a nobody named Mr Spock.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
This year my collection of Super 8 Monster movies has increased 300 fold (mainly cause i started with like one last year). While I planned to only buy these in the wild, some good deals on our vintage toys facebook group combined with Rodan coming from a generous friend makes me a happy boy.
I'm picky what monster movies I get on Super 8 but honestly Toho, Hammer and Harryhausen are everything right about the genre to me.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
I haven't really added anything to my collection of Azrak-Hamway monster stuff in a long time. Mostly because the stuff I want is either a) extremely hard to find or b)insanely expensive or a combination of the two.
That's why I was excited to snag this open carded Kong squirt gun at the last Mego Meet for a decent price.
The AHI water guns are notoriously hard to find loose, so getting any on the card is a nice get. I don't know if I'll ever find a creature so it was nice to have at least one.
However, this display still gives me goosebumps and probably always will....
Monday, October 16, 2017
I love this assortment from 1969, the majority of these characters would end up on costumes for decades. Promotion for these was done on TV spots but not in the usual manner but through participation with the myriad of local kid's shows that peppered the landscape at the time.
Here are a couple of photos:
We need to bring back cartoon show hosts...
Sunday, October 15, 2017
I had the pleasure of visiting the toy show that started it all for me today. The CTS show was the first I ever attended (probably when it was in it's 15th year and I in my 16th) and i'm happy to say it's going strong.
The joy of this show is that it's an old school vintage toy show, no Funko pops, no Hot toys, this is all about tin, die cast, Barbie, Mego and Joe. These dealers are toy lovers first and I'm happy to see the same faces I've been seeing for decades.
I even ran into the woman who I made my first show purchase from in 1987 (a carded Bulletman for $15 BTW), she didn't remember me but oh well, it was still a blast to be there and scrounge.
More Photos on our facebook page.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Fate landed me in Boston this week and i managed a brief tour of the amazing store Comicazi. Where Dave, Bob and Mike run an absolute Museum of vintage toy goodness. Seriously, I can't think of anything on this scale that I've been too in ages and well, pictures don't do it any justice, you should just go.
While I use the term "Museum", everything is for sale and brother, if you think about it, they got it and often quite reasonably. They even have a Brick Mantooth doll for sale, which brought me considerable joy.
I'll be uploading an album of photos to the PlaidStallions Facebook page this morning, so check them out here.
Also! Comicazi has a Halloween exhibit of monster toys going on this weekend, you should go. It wasn't ready when i showed up so i'm a little jelly if you do go, know that in your heart.
Friday, October 13, 2017
Episode 56 is all about the films by England's Hammer studios and we honestly try to mention all of them including the one's we haven't seen!
Our exhaustive retrospective talks about all the sexy vampires, frankenstein monsters, mummies, zombies that the studio that dripped blood could produce!
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Thursday, October 12, 2017
Yesterday i saw the most fantastic collection of Halloween decorations and luckily, it's owner Cory was totally down to let me share it with you all.
What follows is presented with out commentary cause all i would is say "need it, got, need it, need it". Click after the jump for the coolest selection of blow molded decorations and goody buckets you ever done saw.