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: 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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Toy-Ventures: Space Apes : Planet of the Apes Knockoffs?

 

After a long break, I have another wonderful mystery box of Knock-Offs from the United Kingdom, this week we’re going to meet The Space Apes, a series of action figures that seem to resemble the Mego Planet of the Apes figures but with some noticeable differences. 


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Toy-Ventures: Zorak from Big Jim’s PACK


This week we go back to 1976 and take another look at a figure from one of my favourite toy-lines, Zorak, not only was he Big Jim’s first bad guy, he was a bit of a trendsetting toy concept and one that would become the norm for action figure brands for years to come.

We explore who invented the “Double Trouble” face changing concept and not only about Zoltar but the new deluxe Big Jim Commander that gets really angry.

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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: Popy World Heroes

This week’s episode is all about the greatest toys you never had as a kid, unless you grew up in Japan that is. The Popy World Heroes are an amalgamation of the Kenner Star Wars figures with the greatest TV Superheroes Japan had to offer.

I’m talking Power Rangers! I’m talking Ultra-Man and his many, many brothers and my personal favourite Kamen Rider and his arch enemies. Popy World Heroes are the kind of crazy the world needs.

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Star Warriors or Mego Black Hole? You Decide

Time to open another box of knock-off figures and these dudes are my new favorites. This line hedges all bets by crossing Star Wars with the Black Hole and Star Trek into a delicious stew of unlicensed hilarity!


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The Zython from Mattel’s Space:1999 line (Plaid Stallions Toy Ventures)

This week we talk about one of the rarest action figures I’ve ever come across, the highly elusive Zython from the Mattel Space:1999 action figure collection.

I don’t own this incredibly rare carded example but thankfully, I do know someone that has one and I examine it and give it’s interesting back story.

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Mego Meet Haul (PlaidStallions Toy-Ventures)

 

I’ve just returned from my favourite toy convention of all time, Mego Meet and please excuse the sleepy voice but I haven’t had much sleep! Thought it would be fun to go over the various items i picked up at this weekend’s festivities, stuff from Planet of the apes, the Monster Squad, Stretch Armstrong, Godzilla, Kolchak the Night Stalker and hey I even bought a Mego figure from Buck Rogers.

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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.

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