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Toy-Ventures 11- Box of Mego Knock Offs

This week’s installment of Toy Ventures is a bit of a departure as I just got a big box of weird Mego Knock off items and I decided to share it with you while i “unbox”.  We talk about various Mego and Captain Action related knock offs i’ve found over the years and well, some […]

Toy-Ventures 7: Robot Man with Four Faces

This week’s installment of Toy-Ventures is all about the wonderful and weird Maskatron knock off from France called “Robot Man with Four Faces” one of the more blatant (and charming) rip-offs I’ve ever encountered as a collector.  Visit us online at www.plaidstallions.com  Twitter: @plaidstallions  Subscribe to our Youtube Channel:  New Six Million Dollar Man Shirt […]

Toy-Ventures 3- The Sonic Man and Sonic Woman by Tomland

 This week’s episode examines the Tomland toys Sonic Man and Sonic, who look suspiciously like a certain Bionic Couple we all know and love. We also delve into Tomland’s history of ripping off some of the 1970s most popular tv and movie properties.   You can see more Tomland toy merchandise at this site: www.tomlandmonsters.com  Visit […]

The Fire Birds

NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE GERRY ANDERSON PROGRAM “THUNDER BIRDS” IN ANY WAY, this is totally different, cause we put “Fire” in there instead of Thunder. Okay? Glad we’re clear. We have a PodCast! It’s fun, please listen. Check out our Instagram for more stuff like this blog. Get the expanded digital edition of Rack […]

Sonic Fazer

I have vivid memories of that store display with that Han solo wearing Luke’s clothes and Dracula’s cape. We have a PodCast! It’s fun, please listen. Check out our Instagram for more stuff like this blog. Get the expanded digital edition of Rack Toys here.

The First Star Trek Action Figure

Something that didn’t get mentioned in the recent “The Toys That Made us” was the first Star Trek action figure wasn’t of Kirk or Spock it was of Janice Rand? This Japanese toy line is something I’ve seen in small black and white catalogs since I was a teenager but at the recent MegoMeet celebration […]

The Adventures of Steve!

I have a real soft spot for generic knock-off action figures and I find this page from France kind of mind-blowing as I’ve never seen many of these “Steve the Adventurer” toys. The Mego like Steve was known as “Demo Man” in other parts of the world and his head is a really blatant copy of Big […]

Mr. Action and Karate Joe!

I’m officially changing my name to “Karate Joe” this morning to reap all the rewards I assume are associated with it…. More Explosive goodness. Like our Facebook Page Check out our Instagram Get the expanded digital edition of Rack Toys here.

Astro Apes Inflatables

I’ve blogged about the bootleg Planet of the Apes knock off action figure line “The Astro Apes” before but I never thought I’d run into more merchandising for such a fly by night line. Then I run into these insane dime store rarities, let us have a looksie this box inside after the jump. The […]

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 […]