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1976 Mattel Sunshine Family Catalog

I’ve been quite open about the fact that the Mattel Sunshine Family dolls kind of freaked me out as a kid, it’s the blank eyes, sedate expression and well, even their name sounds like a Grindhouse horror movie. The Sunshine Family was devised in the mid-seventies by Mattel and seems to be grown-up hippies now […]

Toy-Ventures: Space Knock-Off Madness

Toy-Ventures is back with an unboxing from another galaxy! That’s right it’s Space Knock-Off Madness with a series of sad-looking guys and gals that came from Tatooine, the Federation and the Planet of the Apes. Also, a guy named JungleJim, he’s not very spacey.   Get Toy-Ventures Issue 6 here: www.plaidstallions.com/reboot/shop   We have a […]

GI Joe Action Team Catalog from Germany

In Germany, they called Hasbro’s GI Joe “Action Team,” a perfect name as Action Team blends the popular US themes of the Adventure Team with the military stylings still prevalent in the United Kingdon under the Action Man banner. This early 70s catalogue showcases many popular GI Joe sets from both continents, along with some […]

1979 Toys R Us Catalog Gallery

From our video this week, here is the 1979 Toys R Us Catalog in it’s full-colour glory. This wonderful time warp of a publication really encapsulates the late 1970s toy and pop culture crazes. Starting of course with Mork Mania, the popularity of “Mork and Mindy” spawned some really fun merchandise from Mattel and others. […]

Zingy Slacks

Zingy Slacks, new from the “little bachelor” collection, for your budding pick-up artist. PS I still get chills when I hear the word “Slacks” AKA the official pants of weddings and first communions.    We have a new book out called “Knock-Offs: Totally Unauthorized Action Figures” it’s a 132-page tribute to bootleg toys. You can […]

1984 Galoob Blackstar Catalog

Blackstar was a Filmation animated program that made its debut in September of 1981; the series blended science fiction with fantasy (borrowing a little from JRR Tolkien) and saw its end the December of that same year. Blackstar saw a second life, thanks to Filmation’s next project, “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe,” based […]

Toy-Ventures: Kung Fu Mystery Knock-Off Box

Toy-Ventures this week is entering the 36 chambers of Knock-Offs as we use our five fingers of death to reveal some incredible martial arts-themed bootleg toys. Meet the Karate Masters, the mysterious Spy Girl and the unbelievable Black Belt Brawlers in this week’s episode. We have a new book out called “Knock-Offs: Totally Unauthorized Action […]