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If you have photos and memories from a costumed character appearance in the 1970s or 1980s, I'd like to hear about it for my latest book project "Mall of Justice". The photos need not be in a mall and need not be Superheroes, I'm looking for cartoon characters, toy characters, TV and Movie creatures and I'm especially after home made looking appearances. Please visitThe Mall of Justice Page for more information.

He may have faded from our toy shelves in the 1970s but in Europe, Big Jim was kind of a big deal. How big a deal? In this 1984 Mattel Italy catalog, Big Jim has as many pages as Masters of the Universe. By this time, the Big Jim line is firmly set in the future with flashy villains, heroes, giant play sets and transforming vehicles. It is one of the most underrated and attractive action figure lines of our life times. 1984 Big Jim Catalog from Italy

It's PlaidStallions ten year anniversary! Yay! So Jason and Brian cooked up a special, jam packed pod cast called "Things we miss from the 1970s" and it's a hoot! You can catch the entire Pod Stallions Library on YouTube.

In 1979, GLJ toys (one of my favourite obscure toy companies from the era) did what a lot of toy makers did and grabbed a piece of Battlestar Galactica in the hopes it was the next Star Wars. I'm sad to report that most of it didn't get made, check it out here.

Presenting the first Pod Stallions Mini-Sode, an extra half hour show each month on a variety of topics that are perhaps not long enough for our standard format. For our inaugural mini-show we decided to pick a simple question "What were the last two movies you watched?" and it goes all the map from Italian futuristic gladiators to talking bears to super human Simon Pegg to punks in Toronto. You can catch the entire Pod Stallions Library on YouTube.

I am a complete junkie for toy store newspaper flyers, they are just such a wonderfully illustrated time capsule of our childhoods. This wonderful piece from JC Penny in 1980 is a pretty terrific example of why I love these, so many old friends are here. From bikes to big wheels, Barbie to Ms Piggy, Fisher Price Little People to Star Wars, it's a fantastic cross section of Childhood:1980. 1980 JC Penney Toy land Catalog

"Super Space Theatre" was a TV package of 14 movies that were culled together from episodes of "Space:1999", "UFO", "Thunderbirds", "Stingray", "Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons" and the non Anderson property "The Champions" . It had a huge impact on me as a kid and I've never quite been the same, check out the amazing Super Space Theatre Sales Kit

It's episode 42, we're both entirely too nerdy not to do an episode devoted to Douglas Adam's seminal "Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series. Jason and Brian talk up the books, radio dramas, the BBC TV series and of course, the big budget movie from 2005. Along the way we veer off into Doctor Who, Time Bandits and ...Threads. So, grab your towel and join us! You can catch the entire Pod Stallions Library on YouTube.

Hasbro described Love dolls as: "She's what's happening. She's today's American teenager and she's part of the World of Love". This was an interesting to attempt to combine the Fashion dolls with the left over hippie movement in the late 1970s as Hasbro hoped little girls would clamour to enact adventures for Love and her friends Peace, Flower, Music and Soul. 1973 Hasbro World of Love Catalog

Gabriel's Hal Needham stuntman toys is one of the most interesting action figure concepts of the 1970s, it should have been a bigger hit. 1977 Gabriel Stuntman Catalog here

Popy World Heroes Archive Launches
Popy World Heroes 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..

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