To celebrate the second printing of my book “Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings” (Coming September 10th) I’m going to do a count down of my absolute favourite dime store toys. From screen accurate Space:1999 stun guns to a pistol-packing Spider-Man, it’s a fun group of toys you probably forgot you had!
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.
Mego Knock Off Headquarters– The leading group discussing 70s Dime store knock-offs of Mego action figures, we talk vintage toys, not others. It’s a fun group where we talk about Lincoln International, AHI, Tomland, and all those companies that never thought to put their name on things because….lawyers.
intage Mego this week looks at the Hall of Justice Playset for the Mego World’s Greatest Superheroes Toy Line. This deluxe Mego playset came out in 1976 when the Superheroes were the hottest action figure lines going.
The Hall of Justice was not in the comics at the time, just the Super Friends animated show. We look at the Legion of Superheroes prototype, the Green Lantern appearance, discuss its translocator feature, and talk about that other Hall of Justice Playset Mego made that year.
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Issue two covers a number of genres and has some exciting new voices from the hobby.
H.R. Puppet Stuff! By Kroffty This colourful piece tracks the careers of the legendary Sid and Marty Krofft through puppet merchandise, it will make you smile.
The Lost Outer Space Men Contributor Steve Fink returns with another tale of tracking down an impossible grail or in this case, six, the legendary second series of Colorforms Outer Space Men.
Godzilla’s Gang Ray Miller does a deep dive into the 1978 Mattel “Godzilla’s Gang” toyline, highlighting their origins. This is a lot of fun.
The Guide to Denys Fisher Doctor Who One of my passions, the Mego produced Doctor Who toy line is explored in great detail with prototype shots, variations and never before seen reveals.
A figure called Sloane Chris G blew us away when he discovered the abandoned Kenner Toy Line to the obscure 1970s TV series “A Man Called Sloane”. Did I mention that I love that show?
Oscillating Vibrations A love letter to the Saturday morning series “Monster Squad” with a complete merchandise guide featuring never before seen items.
BONUS FOR PREORDER CUSTOMERS Everyone who pre-orders Toy-Ventures Issue 2 will receive 3 Monster Squad trading cards featuring the unproduced Ideal Toys action figures of Bruce W. Wolf, Frank and Drac.
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ISSUE 3 SNEAK PEEK
We’re already hard at it on issues 3 and 4 of Toy-Ventures and this is one of the features we’re working on, a guide to the Lincoln International Monster series of figures.
We’ll also be covering Mego, Palitoy and Popy toys bringing in several new guest columnists from across the globe and a fantastic cover created by a talented and well-known artist. More on this in 2021.
The future, she is bright my friends.
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Mego Knock Off Headquarters focuses on vintage toys that were “Inspired” by Mego corporation, this group was the birthplace of Toy-Ventures magazine and is just straight up vintage toy talk without any pointless melodrama.
Pod Stallions– This is spun out of the PodCast I do with Jason Lenzi and well it’s just a fun group of like-minded collectors and fans of Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Exploitation movies. It’s a really chill vibe, no politics allowed and topics go from Yacht Rock to memorable candy bars of our youth.
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.
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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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: