Toy-Ventures walks the plank this week with a look at the Pirate and Cowboy figures from the Matchbox Fighting Furies. One of the more underrated toylines of the 1970s, these Mego scaled figures had a longer life than most US kids know. We also talk about Mego, Big Jim, Karl May, Marvin Glass and […]
EBAY LINK Black Hole Signal Flashers from Shreddies Cereal- These are a Canadian cereal premium from Shreddies or as I called it as a kid, wall paper paste. Shreddies did a Mego action figure promo that year and folks, I ate a ton of it, thank God for sugar. EBAY LINK REMCO POWERIZED MICKEY MOUSE […]
Toy-Ventures takes a look at what we feel is the coolest action figure vehicle of the 1970s, Big Jim’s double-trouble ‘Vette with’s awesome laser canons. Tell us what you think is the 70s most iconic vehicle here or at the Pod Stallions Facebook group. GET Issue 3 of Toy-Ventures here! FACEBOOK GROUPS FROM PLAIDSTALLIONS Pod […]
Our focus this week is one of the top agents in the Professional Agents Crime Killers (or P.A.C.K) , the amazing Torpedo Fist. We talk about the evolution of Mattel’s Big Jim, the birth of the PACK, Jack Kirby, the launch of “Double Trouble”, Torpedo Fist’s origin story and even touch how the character ended […]
Toy-Ventures this week talks about the incredible Hombre Bionico from the Mexican series “Kid Acero” which is based on Mattel’s Big Jim. We get into why I think this is the greatest incarnation of Big Jim and showcase some of the cool figures that were done fromn1976 to 1980. Trust me, these are the figures […]
As a kid of the early 1970s, Big Jim rocked my world. I’m also happy I have video evidence of me receiving a Big Jim for Christmas in 1974. As you can see, I’m pretty happy with the guy. As a lover of collector books, i’ve always felt Big Jim was kind of ….underserved. (more […]
The Zython was offered in the 1977 Mattel Catalog as an alien character to go alongside with Mattel’s Space:1999 action figure line. It never appeared in the series but was a rather welcome addition to the line which desperately needed more flair. However, sales on Space:1999 merch weren’t strong enough to warrant a wide release and […]
The smell of that vinyl is forever ingrained into my brain as happiness. Also, I did grow up thinking I’d have my own personal “Kung Fu Studio” New Six Million Dollar Man Shirt in our Redbubble store! Don’t forget to join our new facebook group. Get the expanded digital edition of Rack Toys here.
(Many thanks to my friend Eddie for this awesome image above) The Martial Arts explosion of the early 1970s was not lost on action figures, growing up in this time, it gave me a lifelong obsession with the culture. It also turned out to be a real positive influence in my life, so I’ve decided […]
When Star Wars figures came out, all my favourites from previous Christmases got sent to the Black and White pages often discounted. I didn’t mind at the time but now it kind of makes me a little sad, save for the awesome team up of Steve Austin and Spider-Man, that just rules.