5 Awesome Things on eBay this week

5 Awesome Things on eBay this week

Baywatch Rack Toy - 5 Awesome Things on eBay this week

Baywatch Rack Toy (eBay Link) -‘

I post this not as a Baywatch fan (never seen one) but as a Rack Toy enthusiast. I know Baywatch played during the day a lot, but I think it was more popular with teen boys than kids. What warms my heart is that it’s essentially a ray gun, just like the one the Hoff used!


Smokey Beat sheets- 5 Awesome Things on eBay this week


Smokey Bear Bed Sheets (eBay Link)

There has been a lot of mention of Smokey Bear recently, especially where I live. I still can’t get over that it was never “Smokey the Bear.” why do so many misremembered things involve bears?


Durham's Ranger- 5 Awesome Things on eBay this week

Durham’s Ranger Action Figure (eBay Link)

We published a piece about these in Toy-Ventures magazine a while back. They’re a series of crude action figures sold at discount stores, and the range is quite extensive. Also, the toys are just weird and cheap but with wonderful card art. This seller has a bunch of these figures for a super reasonable price. So if you want to scratch a vintage toy itch, here it is.

Pez Display for Marvel Comics

1978 Marvel Comics Pez Display (eBay Link)

I know we did Pez last week but this showed up and whisked me to the deli in the Oshawa center. Damn, I liked it there. Anyway, I don’t think I’ve seen one of these since, and I just adore its design.


Star Trek 2 Fasa figures - 5 Awesome Things on eBay this week


Star Trek 2: Wrath of Khan FASA miniatures (eBay Link)

I remember seeing these in the official Star Trek 2 Magazine Starlog did. Initially, my 11 year old brain assumed that they were action figures. I wanted to order all of them but I’m glad I didn’t. Still whenever I see these, I think of that moment in time.


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About The Author

AKA Brian Heiler author of "Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings" and co-editor of "Toy-Ventures Magazine". Co-Host of the "Pod Stallions" podcast. Host of the Brick Mantooth Youtube channel, painter, designer, writer, mental health advocate, toy collector, Mego, and Mego Knock-Off enthusiast. I have large feet, ADHD and I live in Canada. Talk toys, not others.

1 Comment

  • John Hildman on June 13, 2023

    Hi Brian.
    The reason “Smokey the Bear” name came about was that in 1952 a song was produced about him where the word “The” was inserted to keep the timing of the song. In 1955 a kids book was written about him where he calls himself “Smokey the Bear”. Since then, that version of his name stuck….and the rest as we say, is History!

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