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5 Awesome Things on eBay this week

Aw yeah, it’s Friday and it’s time for 5 awesome things on eBay this week. Come window shop with me… EBAY LINK Bionic Woman Sliding Puzzle- For some reason, I’m really good at these, like it’s my mutant superpower or something. I’m still trying to figure out if there is some sort of career I […]

Toy-Ventures 10: Slade Super Agent from Shindana Toys

This week’s installment of Toy Ventures is all about one of the coolest action figures of the 1970s, Slade: Super Agent by Shindana.  We talk about Slade but also a little bit about the company that was Shindana toys and how they changed the landscape for the better.   Visit us online at www.plaidstallions.com   Twitter: @plaidstallions  […]

Tickle Me Jimmie Walker

 So powerful was Jimmy Walker’s presence on “Good Times” that he was the recipient of two different plush novelties in 1976. Above the deluxe talking edition, which is the least terrifying looking plush on the page. A scowling plush of James Evans Sr (played by John Amos) that said things like “I’m gonna get my […]

Shindana Toy Center

I love seeing stuff like this 1977 article and especially a  whole store display of Shindana merchandise like the JJ Walker plush, Wanda and of course, the amazing Slade Super Agent dolls.

1978 Shindana Toys Catalog

Formed in 1968 (with some no obligation assistance from Mattel), Shindana Toys was a Los Angeles based company that wanted to create unique toys for black children. This catalog, from the company’s tenth anniversary sees them branching out into a toy company that now provides a diverse selection of ethnic characters. Speaking of characters, Shindana […]

The Origin of Slade

It should be obvious by now that I have a mild obsession with the Shindana Slade doll, which most would instantly recognize as being a non licensed doll version of Richard Roundtree in Shaft, it’s pretty obvious but as I explored a little further I noticed some other factors that inspired the so called “Super Agent’s […]

Flipside

One of my earliest “Vintage Toy Finds” as a kid was digging through the back part of “Pinnochio’s Toys” around 1980, the 1970s were alive and well there, Mego Planet of the Apes play sets, Big Jim dolls,  Aurora models and this oddity. At nine, I had no concept of who Flip Wilson was, his […]

Trading Card #31: Slade

Card #31 is one of my bigger regrets in toy collecting, I used to actually own a Shindana Slade doll and loved it but in the massive purge I did in preparation for my first child, he was cut from the team. It was one of those panicked things first time fathers do I guess.During […]

Shindana Toys for 1976

Shindana (a Swahili word roughly meaning “to compete”) toys was formed in 1968 after “Operation Bootstrap” was created. Their goal was to improve black self image by producing ethnically correct toys. According to their literature, they did this to promote understanding and love. I’ve always wanted to do a feature about Shindana on Plaidstallions as […]