PlaidStallions Book Reviews and a Contest

PlaidStallions Book Reviews and a Contest


A couple of fantastic publications have crossed my path recently that really brought me some joy, considering the year we’re having, I figured I should share.

The Wonderful World of Wax Wrappers
By Jason Young

I love books about collectibles and I’m especially drawn to ones that are stuff I remember fondly but don’t collect and well, that’s me and gum cards. Jason’s love letter to the lost art of the wax wrapper is a book I really wish I had thought of.


There are so many genres covered here, TV (Growing Pains? Really?), Movies, comic books, toy lines, music personalities (KISS cards will forever remind me of 3rd grade), something is going to spark a memory, a feeling,

Design-wise, he’s done the right thing and let the wonderful bits of pop culture history do all the talking in this well laid out and fun little tome.

I pick this book up often and when I put it down, I’m in a better mood, it’s just a nice little time warp.


Jason is self-publishing this and you can order it here:

Flash: 100 Greatest Moments: Highlights from the History of the Scarlet Speedster

by Robert Greenberger

I don’t read many comic books these days but I’m a real sucker for books about the genre and this one is definitely up my alley. It’s part of a series (I really need to check out the Justice League version) and honestly, this is the kind of book family would buy me for Christmas and I’d just pour over for hours and hours.


This exhaustive publication picks the highpoints (or flashpoints) of the Flash’s career from the golden age to the modern age and I’ve really enjoyed their choices, especially some of the silver age madness I was unaware of. 

As you can imagine, it’s also beautifully laid out with lots of splash pages featuring some industry legends. This is definitely a fun publication.

You can order it here:



I’m going to give away 1 copy of the Flash book. To enter all you have to do is comment below (We need to approve all comments so don’t worry if it doesn’t show up) and share this story on any social media platform. I’ll draw the winner this Tuesday and will run the book right to you.


PlaidStallions Toy-Ventures Magazine #1 is now available and it’s been called “not only an entertaining read, but it’s also an impeccable work of reference” by PopCult.


Limited Edition Gift Sets Available Now!
Rather than crowdfund the next issue of the magazine, I thought I’d whip up these gift sets full of merch we’ve created in the past. Just that thing for the retro fan in your life. Thanks for indulging me, more content soon!


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.


  • Pat Dorsey on December 6, 2020

    That Flash book look like a lot of fun! I was beginning to wonder how the publishers of these comic book “encyclopedias” were going to continue on after all the exhaustive character/team books finished with all the A -listers and eve the higher-end B- listers (the B+ -listers?)… Now if they’d just go back to the old treasury-sized story reprints, *that* would be something!

    • Roger Cassell on December 6, 2020

      I hope some of the Flash VS. Superman races are mentioned in the book. Those are some of my favorite comics.

  • Dustin Leoncini on December 6, 2020

    Fantastic stuff! I’ve been looking for that wrapper book for a while. May be an early Christmas gift to myself


  • Frank on December 6, 2020

    Man, that Flash book reminds me of poring over the Encyclopedia of Batman and Superman that my local library had. Every page had some new bit of minutia to obsess over!

  • Walt Keegan on December 6, 2020

    Those trading card wrappers just bring me back to being a kid, especially the Creature Feature ones. Does anyone remember, this would be mid-80’s I think, that Woolworths, McCrory’s, stores like that, would sell big bags of wax packs during Halloween? Was all weird stuff that didn’t sell, but I would buy bags of them, not for trick or treaters but for me and I would spend hours opening them.

  • Jameson Lee on December 6, 2020

    The Wonders World of Wax looks fantastic and I just can’t turn down a Flash book. Good stuff.

  • Darryl Heine on December 6, 2020

    I hope I win that Flash book! That was a nice review of it even for Superhero fans!

    • Mantooth on December 10, 2020

      Darryl YOU WON!

      • Darryl Heine on December 10, 2020

        Thanks! I’ll watch for my prize.

  • Justin on December 7, 2020

    I am a lifelong Flash fan, and greedily devour any info I can. From the Two Morrows publications, and all the great comics of my youth. I’m excited for an opportunity to read this tome, and this time of year is the best time to curl up and lose myself in a love letter/history lesson.

  • Mike Debyah on December 7, 2020

    That wax wrapper book looks really cool. Looks like a fun trip down memory lane.

  • Paxton Holley on December 7, 2020

    That wax paper book is beautiful! Love it.

    And I am certainly intrigued by that Flash book. Flash is my favorite character and I”ve been following him since the end of the Barry Allen years. Would love to check that book out.

  • Sean Anderson on December 8, 2020

    I’m going to have to get me a copy of that Waz Wrappers book. It looks amazing!

  • Phillip Lozano on December 9, 2020

    I am all about Silver Age Flash, always have been. The more intelligent gorilla cities, the better

  • Mickey Yarber on December 11, 2020

    Oh wow! That wax pack book is stupendous!!! Since I do a video series on YouTube opening old packs of cards, this is a must-have for me. I’m ordering a copy!

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