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5 Awesome Things on eBay this Black Friday

  Popy Gorenger Challenge Machine (eBay Link)  Popy scooped up the rights to Evel Knievel in the 1970s and decided to give him some friends. Popy released Evel, Kamen Rider and this dude Gorenger and well, they’re pretty darn amazing toys. This very set was featured in Issue 3 of Toy-Ventures magazine. Space:1999 Promotional Booklet […]

Toy-Ventures Issue 2 Announcement and Pre-Orders

PlaidStallions Toy-Ventures Issue 2 is now available for pre-order. http://www.megomuseum.com/odeon/store/products/ Issue two covers a number of genres and has some exciting new voices from the hobby. H.R. Puppet Stuff! By Kroffty This colourful piece tracks the careers of the legendary Sid and Marty Krofft through puppet merchandise, it will make you smile. The Lost Outer […]

Toy-Ventures Issue 2 to cover Mattel Godzilla’s Gang

  We’re pleased to announce that Issue 2 of Toy-Ventures magazine will an article about the overlooked “Godzilla’s Gang” line by Mattel written by Ray “AcroRay” Miller.Seriously looking forward to this one! For more Updates on Issue 2, follow our shiny new Toy-Ventures Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/toyventuresmag You Can Purchase Toy-Ventures issue one at our online […]

Japanese versions of US toys

I thought it may be fun to look at a few (but not all) examples of how some American favourites looked like over in Japan, the land of amazing toys and cartoons. We’ll start with the Mickey Mouse Snowcone machine, a take on the Snoopy Sno-Cone machine. This one confuses me because SNOOPY IS REALLY […]

Japanese Evel Knievel

I’m back from Mego Meet and I bring many virtual presents in the form of the sights I encountered there. Let’s start with this, a Popy Evel Knievel stunt set or as they dubbed it “The Evel Knievel Challenge Machine”. I had to do some Guerilla photography on this one because it had just been […]

Battle of the Planets Helmet

I seriously was trying to swear off Battle of the Planets merchandise after finding this and more importantly this in the previous few months. However, a well meaning friend of mine forwarded me an auction and it was a) Super Cool and b) TWENTY MINUTES FROM MY FREAKING HOUSE. I’m not made of stone, more […]

Space:1999 Space Eagle by Popy Japan

It’s no secret that I love Space:1999 toys although I don’t own many these days. An opportunity came up to own an item I have never even held before, I couldn’t pass it up. This wonderful diecast Space Eagle was made by Japanese toymaker Popy and as we’ll explore they’ve wonderfully left some cultural fingerprints. […]

Thunderbirds are Going Japanese

Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds was easily his most toyetic series and that was not lost on the Japanese. Even though the show was 14 years old in 1980, it didn’t stop Popy from creating some incredible diecast toys.

Popy World Heroes Catalog 1980

I recently acquired the 1980 Popy Catalog and it’s a “Treasury Edition” sized book that hates scanners, it’s also delightful. While I don’t have the time to scan the whole thing, I thought it important to showcase one of my favourite toy lines the Popy World Heroes. I honestly wonder if that middle carrying case […]