Friday, February 27, 2015

Larami Toys 1981 Catalog

In 1981, Larami was celebrating it's 20th year of bringing low cost licensed "Rack Toys" to children around the world.

This year was no exception with licenses like the DC and Marvel comics Superheroes, Barbie, Fat Albert, Flash Gordon, Dick Tracy, Mighty Mouse and the ever present Popeye, Larami had something for any kid to beg their parents for while they shopped.

And more Larami here:

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Force PJs

I absolutely love early Star Wars merch like this and that Star Trek set seems to use Gold Key art, I'd wear that now...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bat Squirt!

I found this little guy at a flea market recently, I'd never actually seen one in real life and was surprised at how small it is.

These were made by Durham, who also produced a Superman. I can't figure out why Marvel is credited, as they didn't make a Spider-Man. More on Durham soon.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Colouring Book Theatre: Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings (1979), Whitman (Editor's note Today's submission provided and authored by Kurt, who has graciously us provided a glimpse into this neat book- Take it away Kurt!)

            I have very nostalgic feelings for Ralph Bakshi’s The Lord of the Rings.  It reminds me of the Age of the Video Store – that popcorn-scented archive of categorized racks of colorful, terrifying, sometimes lurid shelves of potential thrills and wonder.  In the Kid’s Corner, amongst the predominantly white clamshell cases featuring Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice and compilations of mainstream cartoons, were what I considered the “more mature” animated movies: titles like Rankin-Bass’ The Hobbit and The Last Unicorn or Don Bluth’s The Secret of N.I.M.H. These were cartoons that were thematically darker and stylistically unique, and to my young mind, Ralph Bakshi’s The Lord of the Rings was serious stuff.  Despite its shortcomings, I still consider it an ambitious and inspiring piece of art that honestly attempted to adapt a fantasy masterpiece that had previously been abandoned as unfilmable. 

            Another passion of mine was collecting coloring books, often buying a particular book for a single image.  I had a huge collection that, sadly, was destroyed by renters.  Over the years, I have gradually replaced some of my favorites and found new books that I never knew existed.  I recently ran across this Lord of the Rings coloring book by Whitman and was excited to see Bakshi’s vision in bold black and white line drawings.

            Unfortunately, what I ended up with was a lot of boring scenes and compositions with poorly drawn, often off-model pictures of the Fellowship walking. 

Let’s start with the cover (LOTR Cover): Frodo “has the Power!” while Gandalf photobombs.

Grab your crayons and still suit and join me after the jump

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Comic Ad: Battlestar Galactica Free Gold Cylon Promo

I was pretty bummed when I saw this as a kid, mostly because the packaging from my Battlestar Figures had been tossed a good three months before....

Friday, February 20, 2015

Star Blazers action figure gallery

star blazers
Star Blazers was a huge phenomenon in my neighbourhood when it hit the airwaves in 1979, my friends and I would gather every day at the one house whose ariel got the channel just to see if the Argo did indeed save earth.

That's why these action figures produced by Nomura in Japan blew my mind when I first saw them. Like Battle of the Planets, Star Blazers is an action figure line I really wanted as a kid!

Star blazers

So I present to you not only my dream line of action figures but possible one of the greatest playsets I've ever seen and brother, that's saying a lot.

Lincoln MonstersTomland Famous Monsters of Legend
Larami Martian Chronicles dollsMAtchbox Fighting Furies

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Scooby Doo Song and Dance

I've featured this before but it's so awesome it deserves another pass, the Scooby Doo song and dance record player is one of the cooler record players I've ever seen.

Fred don't dance.


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