Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Of course, at the bottom, we have some Marvel Megos (oh, what the heck, go to the Mego Museum to get up to speed on Megos)... and then above that, Marvel wristwatch radios, pretty cool, but not as cool as real Marvel watches could've been (imagine a Spider-Man watch where the face is looking straight down on a NYC cityscape, and a second hand which looks like Spidey swinging on a web from the center building)!
Then there's the web shooter... well, one of 'em, anyway. This was basically a sticker gun that you wrap around your wrist! There was also a squirt gun version that was a full glove (I may have even posted an ad for this version)... of course, these days, there's one that shoots silly string, but they haven't managed to make them look decent, have they?
OK, finally, at the top of the ad, it's Marvel World! Now, this is an item that I had when it first came out, and it was pretty cool... it looked just like you see here... it was printed on heavy card stock, and you assembled the buildings yourself, and populated the city with small cardboard standees of heroes and villains! The backside of the buidings was open, so you could play with it...
I don't know that there was a DC World version, but I think there were some other playsets like this for other things, too (a Planet of the Apes set would seem a natural, eh?).
Anyway... from Dinky Toys, here's the USS Enterprise and a couple of Eagle Transporters from Space:1999!
These came out during the height of my interest in Star Trek, and I really, really wanted one of those Enterprise vehicles (not as much as I wanted a Corgi Batmobile or Yellow Submarine in later years, but I digress).
Not familiar with Dinky Toys? Here's a few sites to check out... This site is in English and German, and seems to be pretty cool... and this site seems to be pretty good, too, although the creator of the site seems to have created it to promote their Dinky auctions on eBay!
So, here's a Marvel house ad for some of their books, most notably Bring on the Bad Guys, reprinting significant stories featuring Marvel villains... and speaking of Marvel villains, there's a website called Bring on the Bad Guys hosted by Geocities which is a pretty darn good guide to Marvel villains... so check it out, why don't you?
Monday, August 22, 2005
Anyway... as I've mentioned before, this was a fairly hot toy line for a while... in fact, it was so popular that competitor Hasbro even came up with their own cyborg character to join the GI Joe Adventure Team, named Mike Power, the Atomic Man!
But of course, you're wondering if I came across any good Six Million Dollar Man toy pages... and yep, I did! The best one is probably Bug Eyed Monster's page, which is loaded with photos!
As for my own personal memories of this figure? Well, as a kid, I didn't have one of these... I had Megos and GI Joes, but no Steve Austin (no Evel Knievel, either)... my brother Jeff, however, had both of those.
I remember he got his from a Kmart, and when he took the toy out of the box, he tried to make him lift the engine block that came with the original action figure by pressing the button on the back. However, it didn't work, so my parents returned it and got another one. While they were gone, I happened to find the instructions (Jeff used to always have a problem even trying to look at the instructions for anything), which said in order to make it work, you had to turn Steve Austin's head to the right! Needless to say, the second one worked much better when those instructions were followed.
Now, much later... flash forward to about 10-12 years. I was making extra money by buying and selling comics and collectible toys, and I came across a few good deals... I had two or three Steve Austin figures, only one of which had the jogging suit... and not long after that, I made a deal that netted me a few of his mission outfits, mint in the package. So, I was selling stuff at a toy show not long after that, and none of these were selling... so I got the brilliant idea of taking a naked Steve Austin and putting him in the astronaut suit (selling them for the same price I was selling them for separately). It sold an hour later.
Other figures in this line included Maskatron (a bad guy who could disguise himself), Bigfoot, Oscar Goldman, the Bionic Woman, and a Fembot!
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Anyway... from what I recall, these vitamins were shaped like Spidey's head, with the webbing design and eyes... But I never tried them myself, naturally!
And strangely enough, there's no real info about it on the web, either... but you can check out this link for a page that at least mentions it!
Anyway, here's Big Jim again, and this time he's got the P.A.C.K. with him! This was the second or third iteration for Mattel's action hero... depends on whether or not you consider the original intro of Dr. Steel (as a villain) the second one.
And yes, I know this looks a lot like Jack Kirby art, but when I asked Mark Evanier about it a whole back, he told me Jack did some art for Mattel, some of which was used on packaging, but this wasn't it.
You can read more about Big Jim here... and to check out the comic book one-shot (well, freebie in the package), go here.