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Rascal Robots

Rascal Robots by Tomy were such a “right place/right time” creation. Awesome wind up robots that fit in with your Star Wars “guys”? Who wouldn’t want that? Personally I liked to pretend mine was IQ9 from “Star Blazers”.

The Top Ten Coolest 1970s Wonder Woman Merchandise

The Top Ten Coolest 1970s Wonder Woman Merchandise The 1970s were a good time for female heroes, between Jaime Sommers, The Angels, Police Woman and Diana Prince, sisters were kicking butt like never before. Wonder Woman was not only on prime time but a Saturday morning fixture with “The Super Friends”, this combined with her […]

Palitoy Talking R2 D2

I love it when I get a new catalog and discover something I’d never heard of. Take this Talking R2 D2 by Palitoy of the UK (Same folks who made this) . I automatically assumed it never got made but was happy to find this on Ebay. It’s kind of rare to find mint boxed […]

1979 Palitoy Commander Power Catalog (Super Joe)

In 1976, Hasbro Toys had abandoned the G.I. Joe action figure , the following year Joe returned 4 inches shorter and now in the future as “Super Joe” which lasted two brief years. Hasbro’s UK distributor Palitoy (Who was still busy selling 12″ Joes as Action Man) decided to release Super Joe into the United […]

A double Shot of 70s Barbie

I always seem to fixate on boy’s toys over the Christmas season and that’s kind of a shame because I always glossed the Barbie section in envy over all the cool stuff she had. Here’s a double shot from the Simpson’s Sears 1979 Catalog, click on it to embiggen it.

Battle of the Planets by Jecsan

Ever since I found this guy sitting at the cash register of Suspect Video on Queen and talked the manager out of it (good thing too because the store sadly burned down not long after) I’ve been wondering what the heck he was. I by and large just assumed a knock off figure sold in […]

Star Wars at Osco

Man, this image is simple but packs a powerful memory punch to Christmas time 1979, that second wave of SW figures was pretty exciting.  I may get it put on a T Shirt. 

Battlestar Galactica: The Big One for 79/80?

This is an article from a UK toy industry magazine, I love stuff like this, nobody wanted to get caught with their pants down like they all did with Star Wars. As a result,  Battlestar Galactica was taken very seriously by retailers, at least for a little while.