5 Awesome Things on eBay this week- Jan 21 2022

5 Awesome Things on eBay this week- Jan 21 2022

5 Awesome Things on eBay this week- Jan 21 2022

Knickerbocker Lord of the Rings- 5 Awesome Things on eBay

Complete set of Knickerbocker Lord of the Rings figures (eBay Link)– Even though I can’t say I’m a big fan of Tolkien or fantasy stuff in general (magic bugs me), I’m not immune to such shiny things as this gorgeous action figure set by Knickerbocker. I mean, they are just beautifully done and of course, hella rare as a complete set I might add. When I first dealt toys in the 1980s, I had a case of these (no RingWraith, he was impossible to get even then) and I sold them for about 15 bucks apiece. Did I keep a set? Of course not! I can get more I said to myself. Yikes.

Astro-Apes Inflatables- 5 Awesome Things on eBay this week

Astro-Apes Inflatables (eBay link)– Astro Apes if you’re unfamiliar are a series of Planet of the Apes Knock-Off figures that I collector and adore. For some reason, there was a spin-off product with this IP in the form of these charming and wonderful inflatables. I used to have a set but I also have a puppy who wanted my attention. I forgive her.

Aroma Disk- 5 Awesome Things on eBay this week

Aroma Disk Player (eBay link)– Remember these? They seemed to last an afternoon on the retail marketplace. Forget air fresheners or scented candles, what you need is a huge clunky machine/fire hazard that makes smells. You just need to keep buying them (I’m assuming expensive) stink discs. What happens when we stop making them? You have a useless machine! I really want to believe at least one person thought this was a cd player, please?

Arco Space War- 5 Awesome Things on eBay

Arco Space War (eBay Link)  I featured the Arco Space War figures in Knock-Offs and they’re some of my favourite bootleg Star Wars figures. It’s just so lazy, I can picture the executive walking around the boardroom cigar in hand “Call it I dunno, something like Spacewar but better” and everyone just went home.


5 Awesome Things on eBay

Placo Astro Helmet– Speaking of Star Wars Knock-Offs, Placo toys jumped on this bandwagon with a bunch of generic but totally infringing toys like this Astro Helmet. I have this catalogue somewhere, I’ll have to put it up on the site.


We have a new book out called “Knock-Offs: Totally Unauthorized Action Figures” it’s a 132-page tribute to bootleg toys.

Knock-Offs book

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Toy-Ventures Issue 5


Pod Stallions is one of the most fun groups on Facebook. Toys, Comics, Movies, TV, it’s all up for grabs and remember, you keep the glass!

Mego Knock Off Headquarters– The leading group discussing 70s Dime store knock-offs of Mego action figures, we talk vintage toys and not others. We know the difference between Astro Apes and Action Apeman! It’s a really fun group where we talk about Lincoln International, AHI, Tomland, Bogi, Demo Man, Mortoy, and other generic greats.

Remco Energized Spider-Man

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.


  • Seven Tiesfan on February 15, 2022

    I’m familiar with the Astro-Apes action figures, but those Astro-Apes Inflatables remind me of those hot water bottles we would use whenever we got sick.

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