Empire Toys was primarily known for two things, licensed big wheel type vehicles for kids and licensed vehicles for other companies action figures.
1978 was no exception with Empire licensing characters such as The Flinstones, Batman, Spider-Man and Mickey Mouse Check out the 1978 Empire Toys catalog .
Pod Stallions Episode 13: Star Trek Kids
Our first new show of Pod Stallions this year has us gabbing about Star Trek.
Episode 13 has us sharing our experiences about growing up Star Trek, the comics, the toys, the fact that I thought the show took place in the 1960s (i know) and Jason's brushes with the Shat, it's time well spent!
Pod Stallions Episode 12: Wish Book Kids
In this the twelfth installment episode of Pod Stallions J and B talk about 70s Christmas!
Episode 12 relives the days of the wishbook (which is the entire reason for this site) and the many things that haunted our dreams. It's a Steve Austin heavy show and we have a lot of laughs.
Pod Stallions Episode 11: Flash-AhhhhH!
In this the eleventh installment episode of Pod Stallions J and B discuss their mutual affection for the character of Flash Gordon.
While we were both fans of the 1980 film, other interpretations (such as the Filmation cartoon) get discussed as does the merchandise, which should come as no surprise to anybody. Like PodStallions on Facebook where we post materials relating to each show and you know, interact and stuff..
The Incredible Dr Steel
I recently converted some vintage commercial reels and this one I've been looking for 35 years, the original commercial for Dr Steel. More like it are now added to our DVD sets check them out at the PlaidStallions store.
Pod Stallions Episode 10: Monster Toys
In this the tenth (spooooky) installment episode of Pod Stallions J and B discuss their love of Monster Toys.
We cover topics such Aurora model kits, Lincoln Monster figures, Power records and oddly, Lee Marvin. Like PodStallions on Facebook where we post materials relating to each show and you know, interact and stuff..
Mason Reese likes pirate dolls
I recently converted some vintage commercial reels, many I've never seen before like this one where everyone's favourite redhead pimps the Fighting Furies. More like it are now added to our DVD sets check them out at the PlaidStallions store.
Pod Stallions Episode 9: Monster Kids
In this the ninth installment episode of Pod Stallions J and B discuss their love of October primarily Halloween and monsters.
From Hilarious House of Frightenstein to Hammer horrors, the guys discuss their earliest monster experiences and what they went for Halloween. Somehow this devolves into discussing Telly Savalas singing and Power records. Like PodStallions on Facebook where we post materials relating to each show and you know, interact and stuff..
Beware the Hooded Fang
Franco was a novelty distribution company known for adult gags, practical jokes and magic tricks (you can see their 1975 magic trick catalog on this very site). Their line of masks for 1980, though not licensed with seem familiar with anyone who thumbed through the pages of horror magazines during the time or perhaps made their own short films
1980 Franco Mask catalog
Spider-Man goes to Japan (meets Robots)
Oh Japan, how i love thee. The Popy Toy Corporation is terribly well known to North Americans but their influence definitely had an impact on us. In 1978, they had a tremendouse amount of cool licenses such as Gatchaman (Known to us as Battle of the Planets), Starzinger (which we called Spaceketeers) and your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man, who suddenly had a cool car and giant robot.
1979 Fleetwood Toys Catalog
Pod Stallions Episode 8: Anderson is FAB
In this the eighth installment episode of Pod Stallions J and B explore the amazing worlds of Gerry Anderson, from the puppety goodness of Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet to the live action antics of SHADO and the gang lost on Moonbase Alpha.
The whole thing devolves into a discussion about our personal favorite Anderson merchandise, this should come as a shock to no one. Like PodStallions on Facebook where we post materials relating to each show and you know, interact and stuff..
Diener made Back to School easier
Seeing as it's back to school time, no catalog makes more sense than Diener, who specialized in rubber figurines, erasers and pencil toppers. Essentially the inexpensive toys disguised as School supplies you could sneak into school. Looking at this thing brought a flood of memories to me, as it's an inventory of stuff I forgot I had.
1975 Diener toys catalog
Selling My Brick.
I have a small amount of boxed Brick Mantooth: The Plaid Stallion dolls ready to go, this is an 8" action figure that comes complete with an outfit and boots in a groovy vintage feel solid box. Seriously, this whole thing wasn't a joke, well it kind of is but it's one that's gone too far.
Order yourself a Brick Doll, you totally deserve it!.
1976 Brick Mantooth Commerical Found
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