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Kenner The Car Game

Kenner The Car Game The folks at Kenner did some incredibly smart moves like the Six Million Dollar Man and Star Wars, we can’t forget they also thought up things Milky the Milking Cow and actually tried to market a game based on the 1977 Horror film “The Car“. For those not in the know, this was […]

1973 Ideal Evel Knievel Catalog

  In 1973, New York-based Ideal Toys created toys based on Butte Montana’s daredevil son, Robert “Evel” Knievel and history was made! Many thanks to Rob Chatlin for the terrific scans. Thanks to Knievel being a household name and the toy’s clever concept, it became a hot seller and one of the most memorable toy […]

Tonka Winnebago

  I never had this as a kid but because of “Shazam!”, I totally wanted it. Also, I required a Mego Shazam figure to pull this off right.    My current retirement dream is to own a real one and you’d better believe I’m putting that lightning bolt on the front. Get the expanded digital […]

Toy-Ventures: ERTL Star Trek 3

We’re back after a short break and going to take a look at a 1980s property for a change.  This week is all about the rarely talked about ERTL Star Trek 3 line, one of the most obscure toy lines of the 1980s. We delve into the back story of Star Trek movie toys, how […]

Kung Fu Target Set

I found this piece that I honestly didn’t know existed, so it was a pretty big deal for me. As a lover of the TV show “Kung Fu”, the merchandise is minimal and this set from Multiple Toys is something special. The weird thing is, it’s actually not licensed. Released just after the show was […]

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 […]

Archie at Riverdale High

Archie comics and cartoons ruled when I was a kid and I would have loved to have these groovy figures by Marx toys. However, I just don’t remember them so Jughead never got to team up with Batman and Big Jim. Oh, the adventures they would have had! New Six Million Dollar Man Shirt in […]

1975 Mighty Marvel Mail Order Catalog

This wonderful package was likely handed to every attendee of the 1975 Marvel Comics Convention it includes a program which we’ll get into but it also includes the Might Marvel Mail Order Catalog. This wonderful catalog features Marvel merchandise from Fleetwood, Mego. Durham, Aurora and more. The historical significance is that Marvel would eventually abandon […]

Mattel’s Heroes in Action

Mattel’s Heroes in Action is easily in the top 3 PlaidStallions “Hey I had this toy as a kid” emails we get. The line’s military flavour is unique during a time when war toys weren’t quite in vogue. I remember them mainly from the gorgeous comic book ads but I never saw them as a kid, […]

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 […]