Archive for May, 2010

Sticky Vinyl Panties

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Yes, that title was meant to grab your attention in a naughty way, and believe me, we’re ashamed to have done it. Regardless, this ClingyForms playset does indeed feature plastic panties, sorority girls, disapproving authority figures and other college party fare that stick to the included background scene. As the story goes, ClingyForms didn’t get the license for Animal House, so they settled for this (IMHO) underrated late 70’s sexploitation gem. Just so you know, this set does not include stickers of Danny Bonaduce’s character. Sorry, Danny.

Perhaps Too Realistic..

Friday, May 28th, 2010

It’s been a while since we’ve visited the Toy Rack, so let’s check out our latest addition. Either someone left the invisible switch in the “on” position, or the manufacturer is pulling a fast one. This collectible figure (package, anyway) is from the short-lived series based, in name only, on the classic story. “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” alum David McCallum starred as a scientist who accidentally turns himself permanently invisible, much like the sales figures on this toy. Donated by a private collector in Evansville, IN.

What’s next, “You Only Live Twine”?

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

I would normally call this a “rare step into reality”, but they aren’t so rare, and that’s because real world weirdness knows no bounds. This very real office supply would qualify for the “oddest licensed product award”, except for the fact that it isn’t licensed! They just slapped Sean Connery’s mug on the box anyway. One more surprise: Every other box of “multi-color” rubber bands I’ve seen consisted of bands of various colors, but EACH of these bands is multi-colored! How fancy is that? FYI – They don’t do anything cool like explode when you combine the red and green, nor do they consist of indestructible fibers capable of garotte-ing someone. Disappointing, I know.

I Like It, I Really Like it!

Monday, May 24th, 2010

This nifty metal lunchbox was sure to inspire your school’s lunchroom employees to unite, especially when they’re reminded of Sally Field’s Oscar-winning performance. I bet Faye Dunaway totally regretted passing on the role when saw this piece sitting on the shelves in the summer of ‘79. Found at the Aldonza Flea Market in Holbrook, AZ. (PS- Does anyone have the Thermos that goes with this?)

In the Event of a Water Landing

Friday, May 21st, 2010

I’m sure the passengers and crew of Flight 1549 were just happy to be alive and never imagined being immortalized in wood and plastic. But, the fine folks at Fisher-Prize were obviously right on top of it from the moment it happened. Now kids can recreate the dramatic landing on a plastic printed Hudson River over and over again. Heck, it even comes with a Lil’ Captain Sully! This playset is available exclusively at Anthony’s Educational Toys’ North America locations.

Bang Bang Baby

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Once again we step briefly into reality, which means the weirdness level has exceeded 9 on the Crispin Glover scale. How can one justify pinning a functioning cap pistol to a baby’s diaper? Just market it using beloved Hanna Barbera characters! I know, it doesn’t make any sense. It’s probably made of lead, too.

A Wonderful WonderFest!

Monday, May 17th, 2010

WonderFest is a convention like no other (at least that I know of). It’s a Sci-Fi, Horror and Fantasy Model Builders’ convention that takes place in Louisville, Kentucky. It features special guests from movies and television, artists, sculptors and industry professionals, a huge model contest, and the coolest vendor hall ever.

One of this year’s attendees was scream queen Linnea Quigley, so we (hesitantly) opened our mint condition Slimeball Bowl-A-Rama party favors so we could get her picture with one:

She was very sweet, and very impressed we had such a prize collectible!

You may not know Ray Meyers, but it’s very possible that you’re familiar with his work, as he was an original sculptor of Aurora monster models!

He’s pictured here with his original sculpting tools and images of the models he created. He’s pretty spry for being 90 years old!

Here are just a few of the hundreds of amazing models entered in the contest.

Think model building is just for kids? Think again.

Anyone who pays homage to Divine and John Waters gets kudos from us!

Let’s see, Imperial TIE craft, moisture vaporator.. Is that Wall-E?? A subtle bit of humor from an award-winning modeler.

Check out this nifty tank from TRON. Something about actual models of computer models is just cool.

It was an awesome time, and we hope many of the friends we made will stay in touch through our little site here.

Monster or Model? Both!

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Oh, how we loved those Universal Monsters model kits when we were young! This particular monster may not be “universal” but she’s a monster nonetheless. In fact, Aileen Wuornos, played to Oscar-winning perfection by Charlize Theron, might very well make some of those classic monsters look a little tame by comparison. This styrene nightmare comes to us courtesy of Norm’s Drug Store in Nortonville, KY.

Frank Frazetta 1928-2010

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

One of the greatest fantasy illustrators ever passed away this week, and we have a little tribute to him with this paint-by-numbers set. Of course we all know that most of us will never achieve his greatness, but at least we can dream, imagine and aspire to be a creator a fantastic worlds, and relish in the worlds he created. RIP Frank Frazetta.

The Action-Packed World of Family Practice

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Commander Action donned many a different guise in the late 60’s and early 70’s, from comic book heroes to movie stars, but can he handle the exciting and perilous life of a general practitioner? Robert Young embodied the overly dramatic family doctor Marcus Welby for seven years but never got an actual action figure, just this costume set for CA. ¬†Still, it’s enough to reenact those diagnosis deliveries accompanied with dramatic zooms. This excellent condition collectible is on loan from the Medical & Health Museum in Diamondhead, MS.