Ben Cooper was the leading manufacturer of Halloween costumes and Novelties in the United States during the 1970s.This extensive 1976 catalog really demonstrates the power house licenses they had from the Universal Monsters and Mickey Mouse, the Superheroes of both Marvel and DC to TV sensations like the Six Million Dollar Man and the Sleestaks, Ben Cooper had almost a stranglehold on what kids liked .
Ben Cooper 1976 Catalog..
1975 Azrak Hamway (AHI) Toy Catalog
In 1975, Azrak Hamway International (AHI) was a toy company on the move producing mainly, low cost rack toys bearing such hot licenses at the time such as Batman, Spider-Man, the Universal Monsters and Star Trek.
It's no surprise that the 1975 catalog is a real treasure trove for any 70s kids, there is so much to see in this fun book that it'd be hard not say "I had that' at least once.
Click here to see all the items they planned to release.
Kusan 1974 Halloween Costume Catalog
Kusan may not be as well known as Ben Cooper or Collegeville for Halloween and they certainly didn't get the "A" licenses but they sure knew how to create some innovative and highly creative costumes.
Not only is their assortment fun but their catalog is just a wonderfully well designed affair, every page just pops!
Time travel back with me here..
Popy World Heroes were made in 1980 in conjunction with the popularity of Kenner Star Wars Figures, they are 3 3/4" versions of Japan's most popular TV heroes like Ultraman and Kamen Rider. This toy line has been quietly collected and doesn't get enough attention this side of Pacific. I've created this archive to help collectors, any assitance would be appreciated.
Check out the Popy World Hero Archive Here..
Vintage Toy Store Photos Volume 16
Vintage Toy Store Photos Volume 16 starts off with an end cap of Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman dolls and then we explore some innovative Barbie displays at a NJ Bambergers store finishing by checking out some regional toy stores now lost to time it's star studded installment with appearances by the Osmonds and Diana Ross!
Time travel back with me here..
Marx 1980 Black Hole Catalog
In 1980, Marx UK issued a catalog featuring all the toys they planned to release from the Walt Disney Sci Fi opus "The Black Hole", sadly half of these days (mostly made by Mego) never saw the light of day. This rare glimpse shows unproduced toys never seen before.
Click here to see all the items they planned to release.
Pod Stallions Episode 20: Watching the Detectives
Episode 20 is inexplicably a Quinn Martin Production and has us exploring the phenom of 70s detective shows and also has us kind of trying to figure what qualifies as a detective show.
Regardless, as children we sure did watch a lot of people getting murdered. We discuss the Columbos, Rockfords, MacMillans and Wives, Banaceks and Cannons of our childhood, not to mention, the merchandising magic of Kojak and Starsky and Hutch. listen here or Subscribe to Pod Stallions on itunes! and also Like it on Facebook.
Kenner Bionic Spring '77 Extra
In 1977, at the height of Bionic Mania, Kenner issued this Spring catalog to showcase all the Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman toys would be under the tree for Christmas 1977, we'd all forget about Steve and Jaime the next Christmas but in 1977 they ruled..
Click here to see the bionic toy love!.
This is from an old Ideal Toys brochure and it shows the Jaws game from factory to retail store. It's a very welcome time warp back to the decade we celebrate.
Click here but swim with a buddy!.
Pod Stallions Episode 17: Battle of the Planets
Episode 17is a landmark episode as it features our first guest in the form of comics legend Alex Ross, we all discuss our fandom for Gatchaman AKA Battle of the Planets AKA G Force AKA Eagle Riders. Comics, first impressions and of course the toys are lovingly discussed. Transmute and Listen here. .
Vintage Toy Store Photos Volume 15 gets all Bionic!
Vintage Toy Store Photos Volume 15 gets all Bionic up in here with some smashing shots of Kenner Six Million Dollar man and Bionic Woman displays, joining them will be Godzilla, The Sunshine Family, Barbie and the Lone Ranger. All in the late 1970s/early 1980s glory.
Click here to see the goodness!.
Pod Stallions Episode 16: Buck or StarBuck?
Episode 16 goes deeper into both Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers and sees our hosts divided on which is their favourite, Jason uses cubits as currency whereas Brian wears a lot of white spandex (it's not pretty).
Janex Toys were primarily known for creating talking items bearing the likeness of Reggedy Anne and Andy, Batman and Robin or Bugs Bunny.
1978 saw their lines expand and their batman desk set is truly the stuff of legend Check out the 1978 Janex Toys catalog .
Pod Stallions Episode 14: Filmation (part one)
Our latest episode of Pod Stallions ia all about one of the finest animation houses in the 1970s, Filmation.
Episode 14 gets us through the early years of Filmation and we chat about Archie, the Groovie Goolies, Shazam! Star Trek, Dick Tracy and more!
The good people at Carnival tried to get kids interested in music at an early age with a line of toy musical instruments using hot music acts like KISS, the Village People and the Bee Gees. Mickey Mouse and Jazz legend the Incredible Hulk were also in tow Check out the 1979 Carnvial Toys catalog .
Fun on wheels
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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