Toy-Ventures: Lincoln International Big Bad John

Toy-Ventures this week talks about Big Bad John, the rarest Lincoln International figure out there and a relatively new discovery. A generic bad guy figure for your Mego Starsky and Hutch figures. One of the best things online toy communities can do is work together and discover new things. The story of Big Bad John is one of those times that you’re proud to be part of seomthing.

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Toy-Ventures Issue 6 is now available

Our newest book “Knock-Offs: Totally, Unauthorized Action Figures,” is now available. It’s 130 pages of bootleg goodness.
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Pod Stallions is based on our podcast and is one of the most fun groups on Facebook. Toys, Comics, Movies, TV, it’s all up for grabs and remember, you keep the glass! If you like our show, then you have found your tribe.


Mego Knock Off Headquarters– The leading group discussing 70s Dime store knock-offs and bootleg action figures, we talk vintage toys and not others. We know the difference between Astro Apes and Action Apeman.  It’s a fun group where we talk about Lincoln International, AHI, Tomland, Bogi, Demo Man, Mortoys, and other generic greats.

 

 

Knock-Offs Artist Spotlight #1: BKC Toys

Knock-Offs Artist Spotlight #1:
Aleksander for BKC Toys.
Knock-Offs Artist Spotlight #1 megolike
Chapter 6 in my book is called “Bootleg Toy Art” and it features profiles of a few of the people in this wonderful art toy movement.
I approached Aleksander from BKC to be my first subject because I am just in awe of his work. I’m fortunate that he was excited to be involved.
Aleksander chose to mimic the style of Lincoln International and not merely copy the original figures but craft inventive and stunning new creations based on their aesthetic.
Knock-Offs Artist Spotlight #1
Everything is hand made and honestly, these look like they were sold in dime stores back in the 1970s. I love the card backs, the clever use of header bags (which I really hadn’t seen used before) and of course, the concepts.
Knock-Offs Artist Spotlight #1 megolike
Knock-Offs Artist Spotlight #1 Megolike

Knock-Offs Artist Spotlight #1

Please check out his work:
For the next few weeks I’ll be doing more spotlights on bootleg toy artists featured in my new book “Knock-Offs: Totally Unauthorized Action Figures” shipping this month from PlaidStallions press.

Oh and I posted an Update on Issue 6 of Toy-Ventures in our newsletter, you can read it here.


We’ve got a new book coming! Knock-Offs Totally Unauthorized Action Figures is our follow-up to Rack Toys, click here for more info.

 

Our book Rack Toys, Cheap, Crazed Playthings is now available again! Order through our Affiliate Link

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Toy-Ventures Magazine is our newest creation, an old-school print magazine about vintage toys! Professionally laid out and written, each issue is brimming with obscure and rare toys from companies such as Mego, Kenner, Remco, AHI, and much more. Monsters, Superheroes, Adventurers, Knock Offs, Apes, and so much more, it’s in Toy-Ventures.

Toy-Ventures Issue 5 is available now:
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Toy-Ventures Issue 5

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Mego Knock Off Headquarters– The leading group discussing 70s Dime store knock-offs of Mego action figures, we talk vintage toys and not others. We know the difference between Astro Apes and Action Apeman! It’s a really fun group where we talk about Lincoln International, AHI, Tomland, Bogi, Demo Man, Mortoy, and other generic greats.

 

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Action Figure Archive Updates- Buck Rogers- Bugmen – Krazy Kreeps

Plaid Stallions Action Figure Archive

PlaidStallions Action Figure Archive

Been spending a lot of time updating the Plaid Stallions Action Figure Archive and have a few fun updates thanks to some awesome people helping me out.

Let’s dig in shall we?

Our newest page to the Action Figure Archive is the Krazy Kreeps. Krazy Kreeps are a unique find, they are essentially a knock-off of a knock-off! The figures mainly use the bodies and heads from the AHI World Famous Super Monsters brand, which was already a Mego Knock Off. There is a morbid little detail with the Krazy Kreeps that would not fly today.

 

krazy kreeps

Croner Buck Rogers Gallery now has Twiki thanks to Clam’s ToyBox. These weird Australian figures have stymied me for years and now I have to wonder if there is a fourth figure. It’s just great to see all of them in one place. 

Croner Buck Rogers, Tiger man and Twiki

Speaking of Croner, my friend Will (@toltoyskid) turned me on to the Footy Heroes, figures of Australian Rugby players. I don’t normally have much to do with sports figures but I need to know what else they made. Also, I have no idea who these guys are.

Croner Footy Heroes

New update to the Bugmen of Insecta page, thanks to Clam’s Toybox. These vehicles are super rare, I wasn’t sure they ever got made.  A truly obscure 80s toy line that deserves more attention.

Bug Men of Insecta

Issue 4 of Toy-Ventures magazine is now shipping, it’s full of cool toys from the 60s, 70s and 80s, get it while it’s hot!

Toy-Ventures Magazine Issue 4

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Mego Knock Off Headquarters– The leading group discussing 70s dimestore goodness, we talk vintage toys, not others!

Visit the PlaidStallions Action Figure Archive, we catalog unique toylines from the 70s & 80s including rare Japanese toys and knock-offs, updates done daily.

Plaid Stallions Action Figure Archive

PlaidStallions Action Figure Archive

Hasbro Super Joe added to Plaid Stallions Action Figure Archive

Hasbro Super Joe

Hasbro Super Joe

Added some new pics and information to our Hasbro Super Joe page at the Action Figure Archive.

I have a real fondness for this short-lived but unique toy line by Hasbro, most people at the time didn’t even realize it was supposed to be G.I. Joe, this is mainly because he’s eight inches tall. 

G.I. Joe was getting killed by smaller competitors like Big Jim and the Mego World’s Greatest Superheroes, so they shrunk him down to Mego size and sent him to space. What resulted was a fun toy line that just sold well for the first year thanks to Star Wars but laid an egg in the second, thanks to Star Wars toys finally landing on shelves.

So come celebrate the Adventures of Super Joe, The Shield, Darkon and Gor, King of the Terrons in the Hasbro Super Joe gallery.

Also, if you have something I don’t and want to share it, drop me a line, I love adding to these pages!

 

Plaid Stallions Action Figure Archive

PlaidStallions Action Figure Archive

Much more at the Plaid Stallions Action Figure Archive.

 

 

Issue 4 of Toy-Ventures magazine is now shipping, get it while it’s hot!

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Toy-Ventures: Maskatron (Kenner Six Million Dollar Man)

Toy-Ventures this week looks at what we believe to be the greatest villain action figure of the 1970s and perhaps the best action figure of the decade as well.

Kenner’s Maskatron, the robotic face changing robot from Kenner’s Six Million Dollar Man toy line is a wonderful bit of toy magic when some licenses a property but takes artistic license (anticipate a callback joke) and sets out to also make a toy with tremendous play value.

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Toy-Ventures Magazine is coming this month:

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Toy-Ventures: AHI Action Apeman

 

Clearly inspired by the Mego Planet of the Apes action figures, the AHI Action Apeman are some of the boldest knock offs ever produced, I’ll explain why I think that in this video.

 

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PlaidStallions Toy-Ventures Magazine Issue #1 A Salute to AHI

PlaidStallions announced on their YouTube channel that they are launching an old fashioned toy magazine and the first issue will be a tribute to the rack toys created by Azrak Hamway International or AHI.

Among the highlights of this publication will be a reference guide to the insane variations of the World Famous Super Monsters toys.

Other toy lines cover will include Planet of the Apes, Superheroes, Star Trek, KISS and Space:1999 and hope to provide checklists of every toy produced.

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Toy-Ventures: More Knock Off Superheroes

Time to delve into the magical world of Knock Off or bootleg action figures again with these classics from the 1970s, the weirdest justice league ever consisting of Aquaman, Superman and um…….Bat-Phantom-Solider-Man?








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Toy-Ventures: Who are the Krazy Kreeps?

 

This week I share possibly my favourite knock-off find of the last few years, meet the Krazy Kreeps, two eight Mego-esque monster figures that look so familiar. I’ll explain where we’ve seen them before, lots of fun surprises and mysteries.

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CustoMego: Mego Meet Customs

This week we’re not going to talk about making a custom but rather look at some fond memories and celebrate some creators. Fans make the coolest stuff and let me introduce you to some of my favourites like the Supermobile, Jet Jaguar and Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, you’re gonna love it!
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Toy-Ventures 8: The Martian Chronicles

 

This week’s installment of Toy-Ventures is all about the action figures produced by Larami for the 1980 TV mini-series “The Martian Chronicles”, just how does a mini-series get an action figure line the first place? We’ll try to explain.

You can check out our gallery of Martian Chronicles Toys Here:
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Mego Meet 2018- June 1-2 Columbus Ohio

Mego Meet 2018 is June 1st & 2nd – Columbus, Ohio

This is the Mego Collector gathering of the year!

Mego Meet 2018 will be held June 1st – 2nd in Columbus, Ohio at the Courtyard by Marriott Columbus West. This will be our fourteenth year, and I am pleased to announce that we FINALLY have found a facility that works for us and can hold all of us in one large room. The hotel is at 2350 Westbelt Dr, Columbus, OH 43228, USA

Registration is open now – Meet admission is still only $25 and still includes family; tables remain an additional $40.

http://www.megomuseum.com/megomeetmain/megomeetmain.shtml

Megolike: Medicom RAH figures

riderman

Still working on resurrecting Megolike.com (although the facebook page is still up and running) in the meantime, here’s another line of modern figures that rocked out world. Slightly taller (at ten inches but then Mego made a few of those too) the Medicom RAH figures were gorgeous and flipping pricey back in the day. Now? I’m picking them up for $20 a piece. Above is Riderman from the Kamen Rider television series. More after the jump!

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Megolike: The Adventurer

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The Adventurer was a blow molded (ie cheap) doll and outfit set that shared a lot of parts with Mego’s Action Jackson (many of the outfits are identical and bear the Mego trademark)  and then some of the outfits got really whacky, making us wonder what was meant by “adventure”.  More after the jump:

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Mego KO HQ: Heroes of the Desert Storm



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gw4

Another from the Mego Like Archive: Heroes of Desert Storm were yet another rebranding of the Mego Lion Rock World War 2 figures that were sold in the late 70s.

They really got a ton of mileage out of these molds….

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If you have the other characters in the line please share them with us!

 

 

gw2


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