Posts Tagged ‘television’

RIP Stephen J. Cannell

Monday, October 4th, 2010

We took a week off, but we’re back in time for the Halloween season. With the passing of legendary writer and producer of 70’s and 80’s TV Stephen J. Cannell, we felt this costume was fitting tribute based on his award winning series starring James Garner. If it only came with an answering machine, it would be perfect. I think they used the mask for some of Garner’s other films and shows, keep an eye out for new posts about that. This was found at the Burkitts’ rummage sale in Millwood, SC.

You’ve Got a Date with a Dalek!

Friday, August 20th, 2010

A lot of kids wanted to be a traveling companion of that famous Time Lord, but this board game tie-in combining educational and sci-fi themes aimed at young girls just didn’t fly back in 70’s. One of the oddities of its gameplay was that you could only “travel” to the past, and not the future. But then again, what other game allowed you to get a date with that ladies’ man of a founding father Benjamin Franklin? Finding one complete is tough, but even the “secret door” alone brings in the bucks at your typical toy show. This Gallifreyan delight comes to us from a private collector in Barrhead, Scotland.

Falling Bridges

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Parachute toys have a history of not making much sense, but this one came so close! If they had only realized that Lloyd Bridges’ character was a diver of the scuba (not sky) variety. At least they didn’t weigh him down with those pesky air tanks. They did, however, forget his hairy chest! I guess that’s hard to reproduce in plastic. This off-chute was discovered at Check’s Drug in Mayo, FL.

Ghostfacers!

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Patrick Doody, co-producer and co-director of the WB Series “Ghostfacers”, posted this on our Facebook page:

“You inspired me to design something for my show’s Emmy campaign – sadly, we didn’t get nominated, however – it was a big hit with our fans. I wish it was real!”

[Click Here to see Patrick's Creation]

We’re elated to have inspired this campaign, and we encourage everyone to watch the series, it’s a lot of fun! Thanks, Patrick!

Very Metal

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Way before South Park, the Brits brought irreverent comedy to America (via MTV) in the story of four flat mates with nothing in common called The Young Ones. If this item had gone past the prototype stage, I know someone who would have killed Santa Claus to get it. We loved the show back in the 80’s, but because of the lack of merchandise our only means of expression were our home-made Vyvyan denim jackets and t-shirts that read “Vegetable Rights and Peace”. This item was received as a wedding gift by a couple in Decatur, IL.

Wanderful, Wanderful!

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Pop! Shhhhhhh! The beginning of nearly every episode of this polka-packed series began with the simulated sound of a champaign bottle opening, and a TV-screen full of bubbles. They obviously felt kids would want to re-create this effect in their own homes, hence this product. Perhaps some young musicians-to-be were inspired by it, who knows? I can just imagine kids pretending to be the Lennon Sisters at this moment! Shouldn’t they have included a band conductor’s wand as well as the bubble wand? This sentimental, soapy collectible comes courtesy of a private collector in Winnemucca, NV.  A one, and a two, and a..

(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.

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.

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.

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.