Cardboard and Vinyl charm

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.


  • Armpit Studios on April 28, 2017

    I'm a huge Emergency! fan, but even as a kid I think I would've complained about that being a 2-story setup with a pole, because they didn't have that.

    S.W.A.T. was fun, but they didn't have a computer. Or are those land mines in a wall cabinet?

  • Seventiesfan on May 1, 2017

    I know exactly what you mean by Cardboard and Vinyl charm. I barely have enough room to walk around because of my Mego Batcave, Bat Lab, Hall of Justice, Our Gang Clubhouse, Star Trek Enterprise, Big Jim Sports Camper, and Sky Commander.

  • Mickey Yarber on May 1, 2017

    I think I used to have some of these things that my brother had handed down to me. They were for the Little People toys. One was a hospital and the other a firehouse.

  • Donald Benson on May 1, 2017

    Old enough to remember when it was mostly lithographed metal. HQs, western streets, service stations (seemed to be lots of those), dollhouses, barns, and so on.

    I would get annoyed about things being printed onto the walls — windows, furniture, counters with people behind them, etc. Having the little plastic people knock on a picture of a door or stand in front of a picture of a chair just didn't cut it for me. Never mind that they couldn't sit down anyway. It was the principle of the thing.

    I remember getting my niece a Fisher-Price Sesame Street. While much simpler in design than the lithographed wonders, the doors and windows were functional, and the furniture was real. That impressed me no end.

  • Hugh Walter on May 3, 2017

    On your side of the pond there was a brilliant (…ley kitsch) fold-out townscape, issued by Matchbox I think, which we didn't get in the old country, it had a Burger King and a Pizza hut if I recall correctly, is that in any of your old catalogues perchance?


  • The Human Fly on June 2, 2017

    Whaaat ? Not a fan of EMERGENCY !.. ? As a child , I always looked at the wall clock and quizzically noticed the Emergencies occurred at 10 , 30 then 50 minutes past the hour . Always three per episode and just enough to keep the action going . Besides , Randy Mantooth may be the ONLY active actor from the Plaid Stallion's era who is still active .. mmm ?

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