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5 Awesome Things on eBay this week- Plaid Stallions

5 Awesome Things on eBay this Week EBAY LINK Batman Halloween Costume Sewing Patterns– Where was this when i was five? I had to go as the Collegeville “The Bat” that stink doesn’t wash off! Unclean!   EBAY LINK Planet of the Apes Inflatable pool by AHI– I am totally aware that I can’t afford […]

1987 Remco Toys Catalog- Karate Kid- AWA Wrestling-

1987 Remco Toys Catalog- By the mid-1980s, Remco had abandoned the name AHI (Azrak-Hamway International) and the business of selling Rack Toys. Their output during this period consisted of licensed items such as the Karate Kid or AWA Wrestling or homegrown toy lines meant to ape the popularity of bigger brands. During the 80s, Remco […]

Toy-Ventures: Top Ten Mego Knock-Offs

This week we look at the fun and interesting toy lines put out to catch some sales heat from the popular Mego Superheroes line of toys from Kooky Aliens to Biblical Heroes to some just plain blatant copyright infringement, it’s a fun ride. Get Toy-Ventures Magazine here: PlaidStallions Toy-Ventures Issue One (September 2020) Tell us […]

Toy-Ventures: Unboxing Knock Off Special! (15th Anniversary Episode!)

    It’s the 15th anniversary of PlaidStallions.com, and we decided to do a special Toy-Ventures with our first special guest Jason Lenzi, we take a look at some weird figures like Lady Dragon and Superhero Punch-Up. Then it turns into a PodCast about Knock-Offs and we can talk about the site’s 15th Anniversary. Get […]

Toy-Ventures: 1980 Azrak-Hamway AHI Catalog

Toy-Ventures this week takes a look at the 1980 dealer catalog for Azrak-Hamway International (AHI for short), this is one of the last years for AHI as they were absorbed into REMCO (and later on Jakk’s Pacific) but this is a wonderful year full of rack toys based on the Marvel and DC Superheroes, Star […]

Toy-Ventures Magazine on Global News

    Toy-Ventures Magazine recently was featured on Global News in Canada (where Toy-Ventures is based) and the story went national. You can check it out here. We’re very grateful to Frazer Snowden and the Global News team for this vital exposure as a small start-up it was deeply appreciated.       PlaidStallions Toy-Ventures […]

1975 Child World Flyer -Mego-Fisher Price-Evel Knievel-Star Trek

As far as 70s toystores go, none are as far remembered and beloved as Childworld, a chain which had at one point 180 stores across the united states. This 1975 flier preserves what they had to offer during that time including the greats like Mego Star Trek and Planet of the Apes. This is the […]

Toy-Ventures: AHI World Famous Super Monsters

 Monster month continues with a long-overdue look at the Super Monster action figures by Azrak-Hamway International or AHI for short. This line only ran for three seasons but the amount of variations it produced is staggering. We also talk about the “unofficial years” that ran after.   Issue 1 of Toy-Ventures magazine is available […]

Toy Ventures Issue 1 review by Geeking Poetic

  PlaidStallions Toy-Ventures Magazine #1 is now available and it’s been called “not only an entertaining read, but it’s also an impeccable work of reference” by PopCult. Join the Mego Knock Offs Facebook Group!

1975 Azrak-Hamway International Catalog

1975 Azrak Hamway International Catalog AHI   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 [...]

Azrak Hamway International Catalog from 1978

As one of the premiere rack toy manufacturers of the 1970s, Azrak Hamway International (most commonly referred to as AHI by collectors) were still going strong with low cost toys based on the hottest licenses from comic books, TV, and film. Thanks to a stranglehold from Kenner, AHI offered no Star Wars product in 1978, […]

Toy-Ventures: Space:1999 Rack Toys

This week’s toy-ventures takes a look at the merchandising from Gerry Anderson’s classic series Space:1999, particularly the lower cost “Rack Toys” made by Azrak-Hamway International. If moonbase Alpha had a drugstore, these are the toys it would sell! Hosted and edited by Brian Heiler (@plaidstallions) PlaidStallions Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Plaidstallionsdotcom/ Plaidstallions facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/2226244254053126/ Twitter: @plaidstallions […]

Toy-Ventures: AHI Super Monsters Bend ‘Ems!

Toy-Ventures this week is all about the World Famous Super Monsters Bend ‘Ems line by Azrak-Hamway International.  Frankenstein, the Wolfman, Dracula, King Kong, the Mummy, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon rounds out this wonderfully designed series of low-cost figures from 1975! Hosted and edited by Brian Heiler (@plaidstallions) Check out our AHI galleries […]

Super Rare!

One of the nicest things that goes on at MegoMeet is that the dealer’s humour me and allow me to document stuff I can’t afford. Case in point this Official Superman Super Streak by Azrak Hamway, one of the rarest rack toys I’ve ever come across. My best guess is these didn’t sell well due […]

Toy-Ventures 23: Star Trek Utility Belt by Remco

This week we talk about Remco and it’s long-running relationship with the Star Trek brand. The weird toys of the 1960s and the much more detailed items produced by the second incarnation of Remco. Please hit like and subscribe for the new Toy-Venture each week. Like us on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/Plaidstallionsdotcom Subscribe to our YouTube channel […]

Parachuting Martin Landau

I’d like to pretend that the fact that I have these toys on season one cards is enough for me but honestly, I want these season 2 versions pretty badly. Oh Martin Landau, you have cast a spell on me… New Six Million Dollar Man Shirt in our Redbubble store! Don’t forget to join our […]

Toy-Ventures 1: The Shadow Crime Fighter Detection Belt

New video series from PlaidStallions.com, each episode will showcase a unique and interesting toy from our archive. This week it’s the 1977 Shadow Crime Fighter Detection Belt from Madison Industries. A curious bit of merchandise for a character that kids weren’t probably all that aware of at the time. Still glad it exists though. Look […]

RC R2

I had the remote control R2D2 as a kid, it stopped walking pretty quickly but it was still good to use with the 12″ dolls so I was content, also it still made it’s beeping noise much to mother’s chagrin. She once threatened to throw it out of the station wagon! We have a PodCast! […]

Official Planet of the Apes Stunt Cycle

If there is anything more wonderfully absurd than a Dr. Zaius, machine gun strapped to his jacket popping a wheelie, I want to know what that is and have it. Even the packaging is part of the play, I wish more toy companies did this. My only regret when I see this toy is the […]

Official Planet of the Apes Prison Wagon

Like clockwork, just as my birthday rolls around, an excuse to do something terribly irresponsible with my money comes with it. This year it was this, one of my “top five” rack toy and Planet of the apes wants.  The reason you ask? Well, let me lay it out for you, first off, it’s a […]

Planet of the Apes Galloping Action Doctor Zaius

I did something irresponsible the other day (and I was sober!) and bought this remote control Dr. Zaius from AHI. I’d always wanted one and hoped to make a video of him riding. I got one foot and he stopped moving! Anyway, I couldn’t stop staring at how wonderful a toy it was so I […]

Superheroes: European Style

My pal Eddie sent me this wonderful page from France yesterday and it’s all the reasons I collect catalogs, a wonderful smattering of what Superhero toys were available in 1977. A little Mego, some AHI rack toys and a whole bunch of cool as hell stuff we never saw like the Goldarak Action figures! I love […]

The 1978 AHI Toy Catalog

The undisputed king of the “Rack Toy” in the 1970s was Azrak-Hamway International or “AHI” for short. They were riding high with past hits like Batman, Spider-Man, Star Trek, Space 1999 but 1978 saw them add James Bond 007, Farrah Fawcette, Donnie and Marie, the Walt Disney characters and their answer to Star Wars, Star […]

AHI James Bond Toys

Even though they were advertised for a couple of years in their catalogs, the Azrak Hamway James Bond series of Rack toys remains pretty hard to find on the secondary market. It seems they were produced in very low numbers.  Recently a carded disc gun came on the secondary market prompting my podcast partner Jason […]

Official King Kong Water Gun by AHI

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 […]

Squirtin’ Apes

A recent happy pick up for me is this Doctor Zauis squirt gun by AHI, I’ll probably never get a creature from the black lagoon but this is pretty swell. I hope at least one of these displays survived. Azrak Hamway Index on PlaidStallions/AzrakHamway.com Monster Gallery Batman Gallery Star Trek Gallery Planet of the Apes […]

Martin Landau: A Toy Tribute

I was kinda crushed to hear of the passing of Martin Landau yesterday besides being a fan of his work, there is also a true connection to him and this site. It was my admiration for merchandise based on Space:1999 that got me into toy collecting in the first place, so without Martin Landau toys, […]

Paracaidista del planeta de los simios

Even though the packaging reads “General Urko” that’s clearly Dr. Zaius toting that rifle in a very un-Dr. Zaius like way. Have I mentioned that I want this more than oxygen right now?

Official Planet of the Apes Gyro Motorized Stunt Cycle

When it comes to Planet of the Apes merchandise, I honestly find myself drawn to stuff like this than anything else. Something about it just feels so….right. PlaidStallions Planet of the Apes Rack Toy Gallery

1985 Remco Toys Catalog

Remco Toys was in tenth year of being under the ownership of Azrak Hamway toys  and 1985 finds them having a wonderful year of creating some memorable lines that aped the popular themes of the decade. This fantastic catalog covers such great lines like Conan the Barbarian, The Mighty Crusaders, Zybots, Ninjas, Warlord and the […]

AHI Dracula on the card

I had a nice contribution by a fellow named Bob last night of this Azrak Hamway Dracula on the card. I actually didn’t have this version in the AHI Monsters gallery so it was a welcome addition. Dracula was sold in the AHI Official World Famous Super Monsters wave but in a way that distinguished him […]

Mighty Crusaders Rack Toys

I’m excited to have finally tracked down the 1985 Remco/AHI catalog which finally showcases the fine Rack Toys that were offered for the Archie Comics Superhero characters under “The Mighty Crusaders” brand. My major obsession with these is that they’re all re-purposed from mid 1970s AHI Rack Toy merchandise for Batman and Spider-Man. I also […]

Star Trek turns 50

Star Trek turns 50 today as it marks the day the initial episode (although most Trek fans know it’s not technically the first) “The Man Trap” first graced out screens. Being a kid of 1970s, I fell under it’s siren song when the show was just under ten and we have blogged about it a […]

Arm’s Master

I love Rack Toys, I love Space:1999 and of course, Knock Offs. So when all three get together and have a baby, it’s a good time for me. Meet Arm’s Master, a weirdly named series of toys that stole the molds from both AHI Space:1999 and Star Trek toys (seriously, check out this phaser!). Seeing […]

Official Batman Battery Operated Zoom Cycle

I lucked out recently and found this awesome piece of AHI Batman goodness locally for a decent price. So, I thought it would be wonderful time to showcase it a little here. More after the jump! First off, I love that box art, we live in an age of regulated style guides where the brand […]

Wormee, Squirmles and Frizzlies?

Finding this ad for “Wormee” by Imperial Toys made me realize that this toy concept has been around non stop for 40 years, under multiple names.  My dad sold these as “Squirmles” back in the day, to the best of my knowledge this was the brand everybody ripped off:  You can see a display box […]

Mighty Crusaders Stunt Cycle

It’s been a while since I’ve found a Rack Toy that excites me (that sounds weird) but this week I totally have. These toys come from Remco/AHI and are as I can figure, the last line of these kind of licensed affairs that AHI was so known for in the 70s and 80s.  Mighty Crusaders […]

Action Apeman from Australia

The AHI Action Apemen are one of my favourite knock off lines of all time because they’re just so flagrant. This carded example is easily one of the rarest because it’s the Australian version and it features a more articulated body and well, look at that card art, shiny! Get our book on Rack Toys […]

Vintage Toy Store Photos Volume 17

Yes! A new installment of  one of my favorites, vintage toy store photos. A journey back to the days of oddly named department stores and independent mall toy stores and chains that are fondly remembered but sadly mostly gone. Vintage Toy Store Photos Volume 17 covers the US and Canada this time and features appearances […]

1980 Azrak Hamway (AHI) Toy Catalog

As one of the premiere rack toy manufacturers of the 1970s, Azrak Hamway International (most commonly referred to as AHI by collectors) ended the decade with a bang featuring new products featuring their hottest licenses. Most notably in this book are the Marvel and DC superheroes, Star Trek, KISS and the Universal Monsters. It is […]

Super Hero Jr. Speedboats

Whenever I see these things, I picture the Superheroes all wearing Captain’s hats, that makes me happy. Get our book on Rack Toys and other goodies at our online store

Star Trek Week: Pinball

I’ve featured the AHI Bagatelle’s before but this appears to be the more “deluxe” version. I ran into one of these on the weekend and it took every fiber of my being to resist it. More Star Trek Rack Toys

We love you Mr Spock

Yesterday’s loss of Leonard Nimoy felt strangely personal to me, perhaps because as someone smarter than me said “It feels like we lost a friend”. Nimoy’s portrayal of Mr Spock has always been a topic of conversation here at PlaidStallions, especially all the wonderful Star Trek merchandise that we 70s kids got. Toy makers such […]

RC Batmobile by AHI

I found this cool little ad for AHI in a toy publication, it’s kind of fun to see something like this with original artwork and not a single DC comics style guide image to be found. More AHI links at PlaidStallions.

1984 Remco Toys Catalog

By 1984, all of the toy lines Remco had called staples in the 1970s like utility belts and helicopters were long gone as the company dove  head first into the crowded marketplace of 1980s Action Figures Batman and Superman had been replaced by less known DC characters like Warlord and Sgt Rock, the company experimented […]

Kal-if-fee!

Forgive the deeply nerdy title, after years of getting outbid, I finally landed an AHI Mr Spock Bop bag for a decent price. I was shocked to see how small the box really was! Curiousity over this piece made me whip it out of the box and inflating my Vulcan sparring partner. Spock does indeed […]

Pencilstein!

I was elated this year to add another one of these oddball 70s pencil toppers to my collection. These things are totally copying the AHI Super Monsters but I’m not sure they’re licensed which makes them more appealing.  This year I found Frankenstein, which leaves only the Mummy and the awesome green Dracula to find. If […]

The 1975 Azrak Hamway 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 […]

Bendy Mummy meets the Bendy Wolfman

I’ve never blogged about these two, the jewels of my bendy collection, the Mummy (with card artwork swiped from the Aurora model) and the Wolfman! Not sure who this shirtless gentleman is but he’s no Lon Chaney Jr. Unless that money tree i planted blooms, this is the closest I’ll ever come to this lagoon […]

Squirtin’ Super Monsters

Over the years, I’ve waxed a good de about my desire to own these wonderful (and incredibly rare) creations by Azrak Hamway. Seeing them in their carded form (they were introduced in 1975, it seems) only exacerbates the issue. I’d love to own a carded Creature or Frankenstein one day but I am not sure […]

Official World Famous Super Monsters Bend ‘Ems King Kong

I think it’s safe to say my favourite line of bendy figures are the AHI Bend ‘Ems for the Super Monsters line. So I was pretty excited to pick up this missing character from my collection, the one and only King Kong. AHI put a lot of fun into these and I especially love the […]

More Sky Diving Parachutists

  Ever since I mocked up a set of parachuting AHI Super Monsters last year, I’ve been kind of smitten and inspired to make more. I had a major spurt of creativity this summer and here is the result. Above is a Brick Mantooth Parachutist, this was inevitable and I’ll likely do a bunch of different […]

Toy War is Hell

I’m not 100% sure as to why I like the Remco Sgt Rock line so much, never had any as a kid, never really wanted them, not sure I’ve read a SGT Rock comic that didn’t feature Batman in it. My money is on the gorgeous Joe Kubert art that AHI/REMCO used throughout the line. […]

Battery Operate Batmobile

This is one of the earliest pieces of Bat merchandise that AHI ever made. One of the more interesting things about the company is you get to watch them go from creating original, crazy artwork for each toy to the less dynamic “style guide” approach of the early 1980s. Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings is […]

HULK SAVE!

I’d be tempted to call this late 70s piece by AHI silly but I’m positive that this scene happened at least once on the old Bill Bixby show…. Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings is a limited edition 144 page book from the creator of Plaid Stallions. Order from us and get three free promotional post […]

Super Goodies from Down Under

This fun spread of toys comes from a company called Croner who distributed toys in Australia, they carried Azrak Hamway toys in Australia and APC puzzles. It’s hard not to smile when you see stuff like this, especially considering they have Batman and Spider-Man’s launchers reversed. Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings is a limited edition 144 page […]

Mexican Parachuting Robin

I actually don’t have  a carded AHI Parachuting Robin but I was fortunate to find the Mexican version produced by Uni-Plast. Due to import laws in the 1970s, a lot of fun American toys were produced under licence in Mexico resulting fun variations like this.  To be honest, I kind of like this more. Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed […]

1975 Remco Toys Catalog

Cool catalog feature today, perhaps the earliest example from the second life of Remco Toys, a company that went under in 1972 but was reborn by Azrak Hamway International for what would be a long and fruitful life creating some very memorable toys. This document shows the company in it’s infancy, show casing such licenses […]

Swimming Senses Tingling!

Spidey used to be cool before he sold out man. Rarely discussed here but Rack Toy manufacturer AHI had a second life as a manufacturer of pool related novelties, one of these days I’ll pull up one of the catalogs. Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings is a limited edition 144 page book from the creator […]

Spotlight: Dr Shocker’s Vault of Horror

Today’s spotlight is the fun DVD Dr Shocker’s Vault of Horror, released this past fall, it is something I’ve been meaning to talk about for some time. If you like monsters and monster toys, you need to check this out after the jump. One of the nicer people I’ve gotten to know in this journey […]

Space:1999 Stun Guns R Fun

  I think the Space:1999 stun gun is one of the most iconic Sci-Fi weapons ever created. As a kid, I used a Staple gun until I nabbed the AHI water gun pictured above, it’s the most screen accurate toy produced in the 1970s IMO. AHI had a year of Star Trek sales under their […]

The Superhero Shop

This ad piece for Licensing Corporation of America, really brings me joy. This photo meant to highlight how good an idea licensing the DC comics heroes is full of 70s eye candy from Mego, Remco and AHI. It’s also the least believable toy store set ever, that’s clearly the LCA showroom with some dude from […]

AHI Creature!

Up until last summer, I was pretty much done with collecting AHI figures, completely talking myself out of the one figure that I (and my site) needed, a carded AHI Creature. This mostly because they’re always so pricey, I mean “both kids need braces” pricey. So I just kept the idea that if the opportunity […]

PodStallions Episode 10: Glows in the Dark (Monster Toys)

Our second October episode, Jason and Brain try to cram in as many monster toys as they can into an hour and a half.  Aurora model kits, Marvel comics, action figures by Tomland, Remco and Lincoln International get discussed as does Cracked magazine, Power Records, the number of times we rented “LifeForce” on VHS (I’ve […]

Franken Squirt

I’ve always wanted one of these AHI squirt guns, but they’re so rare and desirable that I could never come close. The other thing that held me back was paying a beefy sum for a squirt gun. I don’t know why that should bother me but it did. Fortune smiled on me and I managed […]

Parachuting Super Monsters!

What better way to kick off a month of Halloween related updates  than to showcase this amazing AHI toy rarity I discovered. It’s rack toy monster madness and it’s all after the jump! OK I apologize for anybody fooled by that (terrible) photoshop job, this is not a real vintage toy discovery of any kind. […]

Official Space:1999 Moon Car

This toy by AHI is pretty topical considering last week’s Gerry Anderson centric pod cast.  I don’t own it but I am lucky enough to know the owner, so I had the opportunity to photograph it at this year’s MegoMeet. Turns out this piece is crazy rare, even rarer then the Superfriends buggy I drool […]

Planet de los Simios

This Mexican version of the classic AHI parachuting Doctor Zaius is my new favourite thing. 

HULK DRIVE!!!!!!

I know his “van” is actually more of a pick up truck but I’m not going to tell him.

Space:1999 The Alien

This is a piece I wanted to add to Rack Toys but it got a little wordy and too insider, so I saved it for here. Most Space:1999 fans are at least slightly aware of the fundimensions “The Alien” model kit, which  has no connection to the show. It is in fact, a revamped Goerge […]

Gerry Anderson Toy Tribute

The passing of legendary TV producer Gerry Anderson yesterday, put me into a real funk. Anderson created two of my favourite science fiction series of all time in UFO and Space:1999, not to mention a pile of super cool kid’s programming in the 1960s.  The man was a visionary, Whenever Anderson’s name appeared, awesome merchandise […]

Wolfman Flasher Faces

Behold the last Monster Rack Toy ever produced by AHI! Flasher Faces popped up five years after the  Monster merchandise bonanza of the mid seventies and while AHI was doing wonderful things with the license under their Remco brand, these flasher faces are the sole bit of cheap, dime store goodness produced during this period. […]

Prototype Creature from the Black Lagoon

I recently got a decent scan of this to ad to the Azrak Hamway Monster archive, it’s the mocked up Creature from the black lagoon figure on his looks to be hand drawn card. It’s hard to say what he’s constructed of, it almost looks like a converted Aurora Creature kit, either way I hope […]

Introduction to Horror

Really happy to be unveiling this today as it’s something I’ve been sitting on  for a few weeks. What you’re looking at is the intro to the Monster chapter of my  Rack Toys book. This was painted by the mad genius Matt “MonsterMatt” Patterson. I met Matt at one of my favourite summer time haunts, […]

AHI Mysteries #3: Super Klobbers

Here’s another one I hope is real, Super Klobbers. Basically, they’re just Centsable Socker Boppers with Super Hero dressing. The kick of these is they seemed to have used classic stock art (including swipes from the Mego Superman box) and added boxing gloves to them. Look at that lovely Neal Adams Batman ready to go […]

To the (Junior) Bat Boat!

Honestly I could write an entire book at Batman Rack Toys at this point, that bat logo is a license to print money. It’s amazing how much of it is inspired by the 1966 television series, this wonderful little item from AHI was created and released some 11 years after the TV series was cancelled. Check […]

Cool Collections: Kip of the Apes

Been really under pressure to put the final touch on Rack Toys this month so i was coming up short with a Friday feature.  Enter Kip and his amazing, newly displayed Ape collection to the rescue! I’ve seen plenty of Planet of the Apes and King Kong collections in my time but Kip seems to […]

Blake’s 7 Cosmic Strike Force

This one blew my mind, UK Toy distributor Jotastar (who sold a lot of AHI stuff in the UK) plastered the Blake’s Seven logo on some unrelated friction space ships in the early 1980s. They have no relation to the program but I must admit I want them. For those not in the know, Blake’s […]

AHI Mysteries #2 : Parachuting Fantastic Four

Another l’il mystery I found in doing research for “Rack Toys” this one is from the 1979 catalog, a time when AHI seemed to renewing their interest in superhero items. These Fantastic Four parachute figures appeared in the 1979 catalog along with new characters like the Incredible Hulk and Captain America. It’s pretty logical that AHI would pick […]

AHI Mysteries #1 : Remote Control Enterprise

In doing research for “Rack Toys” (which is almost there, I swear) I’ve had the pleasure of pouring through many old AHI catalogs and I’ve noticed several items I believe to have never been made but with AHI you never know. Case in point this remote control battery operated Star Trek “U.S.S. Enterprise” that is featured […]

Parachuting Supermen

click to enlarge My pal Steve from CollectingSuperman.com sent in this cool retrospective of Azrak Hamway Parachuting Superman figures.

Martin Landau Bot

At one point, this item was my white whale. I never have actually owned one. It’s a pretty rare higher dollar item from AHI, much of their Space:1999 offering could be had with an allowance.

War is fun!

This Official Sgt Rock Stunt Cycle may be one of the last toys AHI released before they folded from Remco. The majority of the AHI Rock line was derived from Batman items they created a decade earlier. Check out our upcoming book!

The Top Ten Coolest 70s Marvel Comics Toys

The 1970s was an absolute windfall of Marvel comics merchandise, the house of ideas sold out and we were better off for it. By 1976, the Marvel comics license was shared with dozens of toy manufacturers all vying for our parents hard earned money.  Here are top ten of the best Marvel comics toys from […]

Rack Toys: the book (the web page)

I’ve progressed far enough now that I’m ready to launch a seperate web page for my upcoming book tentatively titled “Rack Toys : Cheap, Crazed Playthings”. On the new page you will find: A detailed explaination of what the book is about A basic outline of it’s content Teases as to it’s look and design […]

AHI Superfriends Buggy

After almost three decades of toy collecting, not many vintage toy sightings make me want to wet my pants. This past few weeks I’ve had the pleasure of almost losing control several times, first with the Tomland Monsters and then followed up by this, the AHI Superfriends car in glorious detail. My friend Mark from Heroes […]

Eagle One Gun

Here we have the rather odd AHI Eagle one water pistol, it looks kind of  ill advised but you have to remember that AHI probably sold a boatload of these so they just applied the Star Trek  template to Space:1999 when it came to all merch. What I really enjoy about 1999 merchandising is the amount […]

Strange visitor from the planet frisbee

It’s amazing to think that the folks at LCA (who handled all of the DC comics characters at the time) approved weird artwork like this. The man of steel on this AHI “zing-wing” has an enormous noggin and apparently tiny baby doll like hands, kind of nightmarish if you stare long enough at it.

Sparkling Super Monsters

This past summer I encountered something I didn’t know existed and yet I could not live without, it’s a bit of rack toy joy. Much more after the jump: It’s an unused display box of AHI wind up little walkers and while it’s obvious these (a) aren’t manufactured by AHI and (b) are not licensed, the […]

Revenge of the Azrak Monsters

It’s not October if we don’t discuss the AHI Monster dolls and we’ve got a couple of additions to the galleries starting with this killer variant of Frankenstein (courtesy of my pal the Kidd). I’ve never seen eyes like this one. Count Dracula alone was marketed in the UK in a window box, the rest […]

Cool Collections: John’s Monsters

I LOVE it when folks share their collections with me, especially when it’s stuff near and dear to my heart like Monster toys. John was kind enough to give us a peak into his lair today and it’s a drool worthy assortment of old and new, more after the jump. If you dare! A lot […]

Rip Cord, Ripped Pants

While I can’t recall exactly or not, I’m sure at least once in his many seasons  on CBS the incredible Hulk went for a sky dive. I’m also 100% sure that the people of AHI didn’t know or care when producing this parachuting Hulk figure and good on them.

The Shadow Merchandise Gallery

As a collector, one of the bigger mysteries I’ve enjoyed is the interesting amount of merchandise that appeared in the 1970s devoted to the character “The Shadow” whose heyday seemed to be at least 30 years prior to my birth. Click here to visit the Shadow 1970s merchandise gallery More  Groovy Superhero Toys from the […]

We’ve got wounded!

Eventhough it’s pictured in the 1977 AHI Catalog, I somewhat doubted this M*A*S*H emergency helicopter got made. Not because it isn’t totally logical (makes a HELL of a lot more sense than this) but because toys based on M*A*S*H never seem to be all that in demand. So, I nearly did a spit take when these […]

That pointy eared kid sure plays a mean pinball

While I never really enjoyed “bagatelle” games as a kid, I must admit to being slightly addicted as an adult. Mostly to the crazy graphics on these things, AHI utilized this format for a number of licenses including Star Trek and Space:1999. Trek was deemed so popular that it came in two flavours, Spock (seen […]

The Shadow Knows?

I love a toy mystery but these rack toys based on pulp character The Shadow were driving me crazy, first, they looked almost exactly like Secondly, why The Shadow? It wasn’t like the character had a big presence in the mid seventies, even his DC title had been cancelled by this point. Fortunately, I met a kindly soul who […]

Apes Week: Action Apemen

What better way to kick off Apes week than talking about one of the more interesting toy legal battles of 1974? The AHI Action Apemen (that’s the trading card I made for them above) are interesting tale of a knock off that went too far. More after the jump: You see, according to interviews with […]

To the Web Copter?

Here we have one of the last uses of the AHI Helicopter molds (which had been used for Planet of the Apes, Batman, SWAT even the Hulk!) in the mid 1980s AHI/Remco snapped up the rights to the Archie Red Circle comics heroes such as “The Web” here, the result were some pretty middling, kinda chubby, […]

Creepy! Gruesome! Awesome.

PS reader Robb sent in these awesome pictures from his collection to add to the AHI World Famous Supermonsters section of the site. These are the slightly smaller versions of the monster jigglers on their original cards which Robb has owned since childhood, absolutely stunning. Not many kids saved their toys, let alone rack toys […]

WW2 parachuting team up

Behold the very last parachuting AHI figure ever made (at least I think it is, although I’m still convinced there are Mighty Crusaders ones out there) Sgt. Rock, based on the DC comic series. AHI rolled out a lot of old favourites like the Batplane and the motorcycle toy for Sgt. Rock. Their other company […]