Posts Tagged ‘celebrities’

(Van) Patten Pending..

Friday, June 25th, 2010

I’m almost certain this figure resulted from a failed licensing venture with “Eight is Enough” combined with leftover Robin Hood figures. Regardless, this may be the only Dick Van Patten action figure in existence. Too bad this Mel Brooks-penned TV series didn’t last, or we might have had a (very pre-Alias) Ron Rifkin figure as well! This excellent condition prototype in on loan from a private collector in Middletown, DE.

No, It’s a Movie.. About Radio.. Ahh, Forget it.

Monday, June 21st, 2010

I would hope the makers of this radio eventually figured out why it didn’t sell as well as they’d wished. I mean, it’s an FM radio based on the 1978 film “FM”, and all they did was put the movie logo on it. So, it didn’t really stand out from any other FM radio. If they wanted it to fly off the shelves, they should have slapped a picture of Martin Mull as the dreamy Eric Swan on it! This little caveman iPod was discovered at Uetter’s Consignments in Parkers Prairie, MN.

Metropolis 2010, Pt. 2 – Toy Weirdness

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

We continue with our spotty, biased coverage of the 2010 Superman Celebration! Since the SuperMuseum houses one of the largest collections of Superman memorabilia, naturally it also contains enough examples of toy weirdness to start another website. Here are a few examples:

Many manufacturers have produced toys of characters on wheeled vehicles that have no need whatsoever of wheeled vehicles, but this one is definitely the Cadillac of it’s genre. That’s one fancy bike, Supes!

According to this vintage Ben Cooper costume, Superman as a toddler was only able to break through rope. Later, he obviously graduated to chains, and posed for new publicity photos.

The SuperMuseum even has knock-off toys in its collection. This particularly pathetic attempt to replicate the Man of Steel not only features some horrid package art, it also includes a handgun as an accessory. Brilliant. Perhaps it’s for throwing at Supes after you run out of ammo to make him duck. I loved it when George Reeves would do that.

Don’t turn this cereal box over, or you’ll see Superman’s Dangle-Dandies. That’s all I have to say about that.

And there you have it! Actually, if you keep an eye on our Facebook page you’ll see a few more pics in the near future. And, we actually acquired a new piece for our collection, which we’ll be featuring soon. Back to normal tomorrow!

Last Train to Wrongsville, Pt 2

Friday, June 11th, 2010

It’s not often that we see a rare prototype of something never produced. And to find something related to this never released 1972 Jerry Lewis project at all is amazing. If you haven’t heard of this film, I’m not surprised, take a look at this site for almost all the info that exists on it. I can’t imagine that anyone would want to prance around as Helmut Doork for Halloween, but this costume would have given those rare few who did the chance to do so. FYI, harmonica not included.

Shrinking plastic, growing numbers!

Monday, June 7th, 2010

We’d like to take a minute to express our thanks to Plaid Stallions for featuring our site! We’ve seen a big surge in visitors, and we hope they all become regulars!

Now, on to today’s nifty find…

Before Lawrence Tureaud (Mr. T to you and me) became a viable licensing property unto himself, he was a movie star. In this movie he played a Washington D.C. cab driver (no way, right?) named Samson, and this classic Shrink-Dinks set lets you shrink his larger-than-life image to one-third its original size. Blasphemy, I say! Anyway, this R-Rated outing didn’t fare well as a kid’s toy, so they ended up licensing one of T’s later ventures with success. Discovered at Berin’s Hardware in Forest View, IL.

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?)

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.