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1980 Aladin Lunch Box Catalog

The name Aladin and lunch pails are synonymous. For generations, many of us received these wonderful licensed metal containers to bring to school, back when kids could bring peanut butter sandwichs to school that is.. This 1980 Catalog features a great mix of popular characters, many like Barbie and Superman are still being put on […]

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 […]

Toy-Ventures 18: Parachuting Planet of the Apes

This week, we talk about one of my favorite subjects, cheap rack toys but even better, they’re  planet of the apes rack toys.   We get into the history of licensed parachute toys, which are some of the most fun but also bizarre toys we could buy for under a buck. So we talk about RipCord, Star […]

Five Awesome Things on Ebay this week

Gi Joe Walkie Talkies- I‘m a sucker for Adventure Team stuff and this is in a Canadian box. If it weren’t Christmas, I’d be having adventures with these. Vintage Star Trek Towel set- This sends a really amazing message to house guests plus it’s a pretty good price, buy it now dammit! Fantasy box for […]

Five Awesome things on Ebay this week

Another week of virtual window shopping has unearthed some vintage joy for, this being Halloween there is a particular monstrous slant to this week’s offerings.  I’ll turn back into mortal man next week I promise.  Palitoy Mighty Men and Monster Maker– Sure, we’ve all seen one of these before but somehow the British packaging makes […]

1986 Collegeville Halloween Costume Catalog

Collegeville was one of the leading Halloween costume manufacturers of the late twentieth century.   This extensive 1968 catalog really demonstrates the powerhouse licenses they were rocking in the 60s, including Labyrinth, The Transformers and the Go-Bots, WWF Wrasslers, Wuzzles, Rainbow Bright and the Peanuts, it’s a good group and some solid 1980s nostalgia. 1986 Collegeville […]

Gabriel Roto-Cast Monster Machine

This is the greatest toy I never owned, I wish I could send it back to myself in 1979. 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.

Vintage Halloween Pics Round up

At the beginning of October I put out the call for your vintage Halloween costume photos and brother, did you respond with your wood paneled goodness like this photo from Jason above. To be honest, putting them all together became a daunting task, however, that’s a good problem to have. An incredible vintage costume explosion […]