In 1978, Ideal Toys hobbled together a series of toys using old molds and previously used brands to captilize on the popularity of Star Wars (and its lack of product on the shelves. Yes, lawsuits did happen. In an effort to create a back story kids might enjoy Ideal contacted Marvel comics (Yes, the people […]
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, which means Ideal Toys was very fond of George Lucas when they hobbled together these spacey toys and rushed them off to market. Lucas in turn sued Ideal but lost because everything including the S.T.A.R (which stands for Space Travel And Reconnaissance Team) Team name had […]
The name Aladin and lunch pails are synonymous. For generations, many of us received these wonderful licensed metal containers to bring to school, back when kids could bring peanut butter sandwichs to school that is.. This 1980 Catalog features a great mix of popular characters, many like Barbie and Superman are still being put on […]
Dr. Zaius hand Puppet- The only way this could be made more adorable is if it had a voice box featuring Maurice Evans on helium. Incredible Hulk Sno-Stuff- Hulk merchandise is usually absurd and therefor my favourite, it is also compounded by the fact that he was pretty much “Garfield” in the late 1970s and […]
Time to crack open another vintage colouring book and see the madness inside! Fantastic Four Meet “The Witch”-1977 Whitman Publishing Fantastic Four was one of my favourite comic books as a kid, the treasury editions quickly imprinted on my young brain and I was a fan for life. My last take on a Fantastic Four colouring book […]
I went to one of these as a kid (at my local Woolco) and my mum exposed all the film. This lead me with an obsession to finding another kid who has photos of this event and to the creation of my next book “Mall of Justice”. If you have photos of an event like […]
The undisputed king of the “Rack Toy” in the 1970s was Azrak-Hamway International or “AHI” for short. They were riding high with past hits like Batman, Spider-Man, Star Trek, Space 1999 but 1978 saw them add James Bond 007, Farrah Fawcette, Donnie and Marie, the Walt Disney characters and their answer to Star Wars, Star […]
Behold the strangest bit of Marvel comic merchandise I have ever witnessed, it certainly beats Hulk Spider-Man toilet paper and that’s saying something. Behold “Jiggles and the Thing”, while that sounds like a Marvel team up between Tanya Roberts and Ben Grimm, it’s actually some sort of weird gelatin product. I’m not sure I’d eat […]
It’s Superhero cold outside today, choose your brand.
As ridiculous as the Hulk Jeep is, I think the Spider-Man copter is always the weirdest vehicle in the room.