Store Catalogs

1978 toy catalog with oddball action figure assortment

This past week I picked up a wishbook from a regional chain of stores called “Monroe,” mainly because of its cover and the most 1970s people ever (see below).   I mean, the only thing missing from this is macrame and a fresh pot of Chicory brewing. However, the more curious thing is the selection […]

Dragon Force by Lanard

  Another fun discovery in the ’86 Sears Canada catalogue is a page dedicated to Dragon Force. A generic line of Martial Arts heroes by Lanard Toys. Despite my lifelong obsession with Martial Arts, I have no memory of this line. Probably because at the time, I was trying to buy actual ninja weapons (I […]

1981 Toys R Us catalog – Mego- Remco-

1981 Toys R Us catalog Toys R Us is not what it used to be. This flyer from December 1981 is a time capsule of the chain in its heyday. It is also a great look at what we could have expected under the tree, Barbies, Glamour gals, Atari games, Remco Monsters and Mego Superheroes. […]

Fisher-Price and Lego- 1980 Consumer’s Distributing Catalog

Fisher-Price and Lego- 1980 Consumer’s Distributing Catalog   If there is any testament to the power of Fisher-Price toys, it’s the fact that many of the items featured here had serious longevity. I had the three bottom items from the Fisher-Price play family series, namely the Farm, the parking garage and the ferry boat before […]

Mego Superheroes- 1980 Consumer’s Distributing Catalog

  Consumer’s Distributing Week continues with a look at one of the pages that would be my first destination upon getting a new catalog, the Mego Superheroes. This, however, was not the best year for the brand. The eight-inch World’s Greatest Superheroes are nowhere to be found, replaced by the Pocket Superheroes. More interestingly is […]

Kenner Empire Strikes Back – 1980 Consumer’s Distributing Catalog

Hello and welcome to Consumer’s Distributing week on PlaidStallions. I recently picked up a grail catalogue in the form of the 1980/81 Consumer’s Distributing catalogue. For those not in the know, Consumer’s was a popular Canadian chain of catalogue showroom shops that ran from the 1950s until about 1995. At their peak, they had over […]

1978 Father’s Day Catalog –

What better way to celebrate the day of the dad than with this 1978 Father’s Day Catalog from Eatons? Escape with me to a time when dads had bushy mustaches and a strong scent of pipe tobacco and Old Spice. This catalog has everything a 70’s dad could want, it’s got all the ties, underwear, […]

1978 K-Mart Toy Flyer – Mego Superheroes

The newspaper flyer is still a great way to keep abreast of the hot holiday toys during any given year, too bad few folks decided to keep them after reading. This 1978 K Mart Circular (from the Chicago area) is a wonderful little window into that years potential toy purchases, many familiar faces can be […]