Thursday, January 31, 2008

Found on eBay: Extra-Large Edition!

To make up for no post last night, here's an extra-large helping of Found on eBay!

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First up, one of those wonderful Power Records Book & Record Sets of the 1970s! Power Records was a division of Peter Pan Records, and they weren't the first to do records based on comic books... Golden Records had that honor in the 1960s (I think there had to be some connection between those companies, though).

I've never had one of these Space: 1999 Book & Record Sets, so I can't say for sure... but I could swear the cover art on this looks like it came from one of the Charlton comics! It wouldn't be too surprising, as Power Records did do some sets that were slightly-modified reprints of Marvel Comics (I remember the relettering was ridiculously obvious)... not just the super-heroes, but also some monster comics, too!

Power Records also did some albums that didn't have books with them to follow along with.

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From Gerry Anderson we go to Sid & Marty Krofft! This Witchiepoo doll from H.R. Pufnstuf is, or so I've read, the most popular Pufnstuf collectible out there! I'm sure this one earned a pretty penny!

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It's another jarring shift here... in the 1980s, when Archie Comics revived the Mighty Crusaders (under the Red Circle imprint), Remco decided to license the characters for action figures! These figures were a response not only to the Kenner Super Powers and Mattel Secret Wars action figure lines, but also to Mattel's own Masters of the Universe line! Limited posability? Absolutely... Weird proportions? Certainly (not quite as extreme as their Warlord line)... and more than a bit cartoony!

Oh, the one you see above? The Brain Emperor was the Crusaders' arch-foe in the revival. If I were ever to get Archie to let me revive the Crusaders, I'd want to come up with a new name for the Emperor!

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The "Mighty Punch" action mentioned there? There was a knob on the figures' backs that, when you twisted it, caused the arms to rock back and forth, as if they were punching. (this would be the response to the Super Powers action features) The shields had a built-in whistle (as a response to the Secret Wars' lenticular shields).

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Here's an interesting Remco item... the Movieland Drive-In Theater has been disparaged by other blogs, but I think it's pretty neat! It had an acutal working projector, but I don't know if this thing owed more to the Give-A-Show Projectors (i.e., slides) or to the Easy-Show Movie Projector (running a loop of film).

These seem to show up on eBay very often!

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Remco was also the manufacturer of this Pufnstuf hand puppet!

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The next manufacturer I'm looking at here (if only for one item) is Revell, who snapped up all the old Aurora licenses! I thought this Frankenstein "Monsters of the Movies" kit was based on one of the Aurora kits... but it doesn't seem to be poseable (like Aurora's Monsters of the Movies Frankenstein kit), nor is he standing on a grave with his arms thrust out (like the original Aurora kit).

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I just posted this image the other day, as part of the "Heroes World" catalog entry, but in case you missed it then, here it is again! These are all AHI toys that get big bucks these days!

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This is a very cool Mego-related item... this poster shows the box or card art for all of the Mego World's Greatest Super-Heroes action figures! I'd love to have this framed and on the wall of my home office!

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Shazam! This could well be the oldest item I've ever included in one of these posts! Fawcett did a great job in the Golden Age of marketing the Marvel Family, and this was part of a line of paper products that also included puzzles that you could color yourself (I had one of those for a few years). I don't know if these were basically paper airplanes that you folded and flew, or if they were more like the much later Ideal Sky Heroes (that were sort of delta-wing gliders).

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Here's a lobby card from what's recognized as being the greatest movie serial of all time, "The Adventures of Captain Marvel"! If you haven't seen this one, I feel sorry for you, because it is the standard by which to judge all other serials! I used to have this on two VHS tapes, but sadly sold them back when I was out of work. I should really get them again, but this time on DVD!

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I wish I could have afforded to bid on this lot of Shazam stuff! That videotape on the lower left hand corner is probably episodes of the Filmation animated series, and if you look in the opposite corner, you'll see the View-Master set! Most of the rest seems to be Mead school supplies... but I can't remember what the item in the upper left corner is! All I can read on the photo is the words "Snap-On."

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These items were also in the same lot as the previous photo... there's Super Friends items (at least that pencil sharpener at the upper left), stickers, Super-Hero Stamps, children's story book, even a Peter Pan (nee Power) record... all very neat stuff!

Here's some individal items from those lots...

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Playing Cards...

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...and the record!

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And for the last Shazam!/Captain Marvel item, here's another poster from the serial!

It's amusing to me that for this Extra-Large Edition of Found on eBay, I'm including a few items from "The Incredible Shrinking Man"... to wit:

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This poster/lobby card...

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And this title card, with the neat comic-book style panels!

If you're not familiar with it, basically, it's about this married couple who are out in the ocean on their boat, and while the wife goes below decks, the husband's out on the deck, exposed, when this strange mist hits the boat, which starts him shrinking! Science can't stop it, and as he gets smaller, his wife can't handle what's happening... finally, he ends up in the basement of his own house, fighting it out with his own cat and a tarantula (no, I don't know why he had a tarantula in the basement of his house).

Some very clever effects work in this movie... I think I've written about this before, but there's one scene where the Shrinking Man's in the basement, and there's a leaky faucet or pipe sending drops down to the floor. In order to create real drops, the effects department filled condoms with water, and dropped them! The effect is uncanny.

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As I'm sure you've realized, "Found on eBay" is all about products of the 1960s and 1970s... especially the 1970s, which is when all kinds of cool licensed toys were produced! Well, an icon of the 1970s was The Six Million Dollar Man, based on the novel "Cyborg" by Martin Caidin. Air Force Colonel Steve Austin is on a test flight when his plane is involved in a disastrous crash, as seen in the opening credits...

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We'd hear Oscar Goldman, Steve's boss, say as the work was done... "Colonel Steve Austin, astronaut. A man barely alive. We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better, faster, stronger."

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Oscar Goldman recruited Steve (kind of against his will, to be honest) to be a special agent for the OSI, the Office of Scientific Investigation. Steve used his bionic eye, right arm, and legs to battle the forces that threatened our nation... although he tended to do most of his bionic stuff in slow motion, something I never quite understood!

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As the show progressed, Steve encountered very weird menaces... the Bionic Bigfoot above was actually a robot created by aliens! Bigfoot appeared on several episodes.

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Of course, the most important person in Steve's life (next to his boss, Oscar Goldman, and Dr. Rudy Wells, inventor of the bionics technology) was pretty tennis professional Jaime Somers.

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Jaime and Steve had been lovers long before Steve's astronaut, and later, the two reconnected, and their love bloomed again. The two planned marriage, but when they were out skydiving, tragedy struck again, and Jaime's chute didn't open. Steve talked Oscar into saving her life with bionics!

Jaime's bionics, like Steve, replaced both legs and her right arm... but instead of a bionic eye, she had a bionic ear!

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At the end of the two-part episode that introduced Jaime, it was discovered that Jaime's body was rejecting her bionic parts, and she "died."

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However, she didn't really die... it was deemed necessary for Steve to think she was dead, perhaps so that not only could Steve focus on his missions, but also so Jaime could go to work for the OSI, too... based out of Ojai, CA, under cover as a teacher for her own TV spin-off, "The Bionic Woman." When ABC cancelled the show, NBC picked it up for a few more years (this was pretty close to the same time ABC cancelled Wonder Woman, which was picked up by CBS).

As you probably noticed, Kenner Toys did most of the licensed products based on both shows!

Lots more Bionic goodies next time around!

Jon

2 comments:

  1. That's my kind of Shazam lot right there.

    But I need to get those PufnStuf items! I was obsessed with that show, and thanks to dvd, it's aaaaaall coming back!

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  2. It's easy to forget, these days, just how much Shazam! merchandise was out there during the Filmation series, eh?

    Unfortunately, Damian, I don't have any of the Krofft stuff on DVD (yet!)... too many other Saturday AM shows are on a higher priority for me! But thanks to reading "Pufnstuf and other Stuff," I definitely got re-turned on to the coolness that was Krofft!

    Jon

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