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Toy-Ventures: Top Ten Mego Knock-Offs

This week we look at the fun and interesting toy lines put out to catch some sales heat from the popular Mego Superheroes line of toys from Kooky Aliens to Biblical Heroes to some just plain blatant copyright infringement, it’s a fun ride. Get Toy-Ventures Magazine here: PlaidStallions Toy-Ventures Issue One (September 2020) Tell us […]

The Last Star Fighter Prototypes Found

This past week I got one of those emails that I just absolutely live for and that is from the owner of the hand painted set of prototype figures for the Last Star Fighter. Pictured about is the original catalog page we showed here.  Originally proposed by Galoob, these figures never saw light of day, […]

Pod Stallions 63: Convention Stories

The last PodStallions we did was so much fun, we rushed back to do another, look at us being proactive! This week’s show is all about conventions and toy shows. We explore our humble first conventions (which were mind blowing to us then) and eventually get all the way to modern tales of San Diego […]

Pod Stallions 62: Action Figure Collecting

We’re back with an all-new show, this one is a little different, more of a “Free-form jazz” sort of thing as we just go back and forth talking about action figure collecting, the madness we both share. Discussion includes our favorite lines and styles of plastic people, our various collecting rituals and of course, our […]

1981 Lone Ranger Catalog by Gabriel Toys

http://plaidstallions.com/gabriel/81.html The Lone Ranger was riding high in 1981 thanks to a popular Saturday morning Cartoon series (by my favourite company Filmation) and the promise of a big budget film (that didn’t work out so good). So, Gabriel Toys blasted the toy shelves with two distinct toy lines, a relaunch of their popular 1970s 9″ […]

Pod Stallions Episode 59: 2017 Retro Awards

Another year, another pile of amazing pop culture. As every retro awards, we talk about the things that most hit us in the feels in our nostalgic journey that is Pod Stallions. We talk about our favourite movies, books, DVD releases and toys of this past year. Topics include Planet of the Apes, Wonder Woman, the […]

Electronic Bowling

We thought Electronic bowling could never get better but  eventually it would become sentient and wipe us all out. Mall of Justice wants your photos and stories click here!

Japanese versions of US toys

I thought it may be fun to look at a few (but not all) examples of how some American favourites looked like over in Japan, the land of amazing toys and cartoons. We’ll start with the Mickey Mouse Snowcone machine, a take on the Snoopy Sno-Cone machine. This one confuses me because SNOOPY IS REALLY […]

The Man of Steel becomes the man of gold

I couldn’t get over the sincerity of this licensing advertisement for Superman from 1983. which states that Superman 3 will “Make box office history for the third time in a row” and “we’re expecting the strongest sales ever“. I remember seeing Superman 3 with my best friend, we were both 12 and I remember being […]