These look a lot like "V" brand skateboards that my dad sold during the late 70s, I still have my childhood one under my desk as I write this. Sadly, my skateboarding antics came to a very bloody conclusion in 1989...
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Thanks to everybody who participated, it was really fun, look for more contests in the near future.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I've never seen or heard of "plazman" before, it looks like somebody's way of competing with the wonderful Micronauts line of toys. I figured somebody had this as a kid and it's been driving them crazy ever since, so here it is who ever you are...
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Bit of an milestone today, as we have not only the worst colouring book I have ever seen but the worst bit of Star Trek merchandise ever.
Yes, this publication with the nice shot of a slightly inebriated Mr Spock on the cover beats this item and even this item as the greatest example of Paramount's licensing departments complete lack of care.
The book has some rather palatable art by Robert Doremus but it's the story that is the true culprit. Either this is a) a sick joke or b) Saalfield hired my mom who decided to write a "nice" Star Trek story for a change (effectively removing the cool stuff like Phasers, Klingons and you know action)
If you want to experience the pain, check it out after the jump, there's a cool contest at the end, so at least you may be compensated:
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Another wonderful contribution from Matt S, this time it's the King of the Sea himself Aquaman and his super sexy and under utilized wife Mera performing appropriate water ski stunts for the crowd at Sea World. When you think about it, this really should have been his show....
Friday, August 20, 2010
Founded in 1970 by Jack Friedman, LJN was one of the 1970s more successful toy companies, offering a mix of nicely made licensed products and some lower cost "house brand" items.
Click Here for the 1975 LJN Catalog
More from LJN
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Any childrens publication that uses a nightmarish scene of slave apes gunning down their human tormentors from "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes" is ok in my book.
This isn't your typical colouring book inside either, it's more of a rainy day craft book filled with puzzles, games and stuff I find boring now but probably would have had my full attention in 1975.
This is another from Saalfield and while about half the pages are blank, it has some fun inside.Check it out after the jump:
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Thanks so much for Russ sharing these great images!
Friday, August 13, 2010
In addition to having the catalog, we've got some promotional material for the Western Town Playset offer that Gabriel was doing in 1982, it's neat-o!
Click here to visit the 1982 Gabriel Legend of the Lone Ranger Catalog
And if you're still in a "Kemosabe" kind of mood, do check out our gallery devoted to the 1970s Lone Ranger Toy Line and these other western wonders:
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
It's hard to believe in this day and age of apple slices at McDonalds that there was a time when you give a child a cotton candy machine or even more interesting a Pie Maker as a gift. Mind you, I shouldn't be trusted with a pie maker as an adult either....
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, August 09, 2010
Saturday, August 07, 2010
"Now closed mall" always makes me sad to hear.
Friday, August 06, 2010
Time to travel back in time and take a look and see what recreation drug use and what appears to be a complete lack of concern for child safety can produce with volume five of Retro Playground Equipment.
It's whacky, weird and I totally miss this stuff.
For more Playgrounds, check out these fabulous links: