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Vintage toy review: Bionic Eyes

Mr. Spock: The Logical Choice

Star Trek Select Spock Action Figure and Diorama


Available at Entertainment Earth now for $22.99 (USD)

Comic Book Ad: Gre-Gory the Vampire Bat

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Who had this Big, Bad boy when they were kids? Not I, but I love this old advertisement 🙂

One Sword, One christmas, Many Memories

SST Lazer Sword.  Manufactured by Super Sonic Toys of L.A. Calif.  This was the competitor of the Star Wars Lightsaber

SST Lazer Sword. Manufactured by Super Sonic Toys of L.A. Calif. This was the competitor of the Star Wars Lightsaber

   So picture this… it’s christmas 1977. I am 7 years, 7 months old. My future wife, Misty, is 5 months old. Star Wars is still the number one subject on my mind. It was a dark time in the world of Star Wars. There were many items to read, look at and listen to, but toys were nowhere to be found. The closest thing to toys were models and paper crafting books.

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This is a Thing! Star Wars Transforming X-Wing Fighter by Takara

Click the photo for more at The Vintage Toy Advertiser!

Click the photo for more at The Vintage Toy Advertiser!

100 Pieces Toy Soldiers, Tiny Blasts from the Past.

fighting-ships   I loved these ads when I was a child. Although I never actually received any of these sets, I did love the idea of so many pieces in each set. My Father told me that he once saved up and ordered some of the same set when he was a boy and they were all just thin pieces of stamped plastic that came in a small box. He said I would have just been disappointed… he was right. Coming from an age of three dimensional plastic army men, tanks and jeeps, I would have been very disappointed. The set from my era seem to have a bit more “meat” to them but still a bit to thin for what I envisioned. Check this post over on Doug’s Soldiers for more on this style of toy.

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The Vintage Toy Advertiser

Toy Soldiers (or Army Men) typically measured around 5 cm (2 inches) in height and were moulded in green, brown or grey solid plastic. The figures came in various combat and strategy poses with vehicles and accessories (often of a smaller scaller to the soldiers) sometimes bundled into sets. As well as military soldiers some other figures available were cowboys and Indians, knights and space figures.

US. Ghostly Haunts. 1974. US. Ghostly Haunts. 1974. Lucky Products ad.

US. Weird War Tales. 1978. This variant of the Lucky Products ad appeared four years later and shows a price increase as well as change of address. US. Weird War Tales. 1978. This variant of the Lucky Products ad appeared four years later and shows a price increase as well as change of address.

The footlocker versions as seen above were probably only available via mail order. At the cheap end of  the spectrum these soldiers were often sold in stores in clear bags with an illustrated cardboard header. Companies such as Louis Marx, MPC and Airfix offered a more expensive range that covered…

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My Vintage Kenner Millenium Falcon on Ebay!

My Vintage Kenner Millenium Falcon on Ebay!

   My vintage, Kenner (1979) Millenium Falcon is on the block and has one day, six hours left. The bidding is low because I only started her out at $14.99 to create some buzz. The shipping is set at $18.13 because that is exactly what it would cost us to ship it, according to Stamps.com.

  • The majority of the decals are there.
  • The landing struts are all stable.
  • The Jedi Remote Ball is included.
  • The original instruction sheet is included.
  • The Cockpit “hinge” is still in one piece and shows no cracking.
  • Original Box.

   I have been dragging my feet on selling the piece but our upcoming move demands that I do so. So here she is, in all of her glory. She will be missed. We’ll always have the Kessel Run, sweetheart.

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