Showing posts with label Toy Spotlight. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Toy Spotlight. Show all posts

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Toy Spotlight: Big Jim, Part 2!

Continuing the Big Jim stuff, here's the Karate outfit, which it seems to me just about every kid who got a Big Jim also received -- or maybe just the board came with all the Big Jim figures?

Monday, December 17, 2012

Toy Spotlight: Big Jim, Part 1!

Been a while since I posted any of these... Big Jim was Mattel's 1970s attempt to invade the action figure market then dominated by Mego and Hasbro. Oh, they'd tried before in the 1960s with Major Matt Mason, but as the space craze died down, so did that line, unfortunately.

Big Jim originally started out to be sports-themed, but then assumed a more adventure format, eventually going into the whole P.A.C.K. thing where he became the leader of a group of crime fighters! Long after the line ended in the USA, it kept going strong overseas! I'm going to attempt to keep this to the US releases.

Big Jim with talking backpack

Friday, December 07, 2012

Toy Spotlight: More Bendies!

Here's a parade of bendies I hadn't gotten to in previous installments!

First, this rather blocky-looking Superman with a limited color palette!

Green Hornet bendy!

1966 Captain America bendy! I've always wondered if they made other Marvel characters!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Toy Spotlight: Mego Bend N Flex Planet of the Apes!

bendy_potacornelius67 Yes, like with the super-heroes, Mego also did bend-n-flex figures of their Planet of the Apes line, although this wasn't nearly as extensive! Above is Cornelius! bendyastronautpota.JPG They had the generic "Astronaut" because Charlton Heston didn't want his likeness used at all. bendygalenpota.JPG bendypota_megobendysoldier bendypota_soldierbendy_mego bendypota_zaiusbendy bendypota_zaiusbendy A nice line of figures nonetheless, and if I could ever find them at an affordable price, I'd probably add the to my collection!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Toy Spotlight: Mego Bend n Flex Superheroes!

Mego expanded their line of World's Greatest Super-Heroes (as well as other lines, but we'll get to those another time) with their Bend N Flex line!

bendy_aquaman.jpg bendy_batgirl_loose.JPG bendy_batman.jpg bendy_batrobinjoker.JPG bendy_captainamerica.jpg bendy_catwoman.JPG bendy_megoset1.JPG bendy_megoset2.JPG bendy_megoset3.JPG bendy_megoset4.JPG bendy_pengionmegobendy_penguincard2 bendy_robin.jpg bendy_shazam.jpg bendy_spiderman bendy_supergirl_loose.JPG bendy_superman.jpg bendy_tarzan.jpg bendy_wonderwoman_loose.jpg As you might've noticed, the Super Gals figures are the hardest to find these days in the card. It's kind of funny, but with all the retro-Mego-style toys that've been made the past few years, nobody's looking at reissuing the Bend-N-Flex stuff!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Toy Spotlight: Jay Ward Bendys!

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The Toy Spotlight this time around starts shining on Bendys - those rubber toys with wires inside that allow you to pose them - and these are some extremely cool ones that were manufactured by Wham-O! I mean, just check these out! The likenesses are about as perfect as you can ask for (at least for the era they were made in), the only real issue is the scale -- Rocky should be much shorter than Bullwinkle, for example. But they're still very, very cool, and I would love to have both of these sets!

One cool thing about them that may not be immediately apparent is that the packaging for these is intended to resemble a television set! We're so accustomed to modern TVs with no knobs it's easy to forget what TVs looked like. You can also kind of see from the side of the packages that they came with backdrops for playing with your bendys in!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Toy Spotlight: Battle of the Planets Toys!

OK, before I get to posting these photos, I honestly have no idea if either of the toys in these photos actually represent anything that was in the show itself... besides, the version I'm familiar with is G-Force, as it aired on Cartoon Network back when they aired older shows!
First up, it's the Skyplane!

I'm pretty sure that this intercom set was manufactured under all sorts of licenses!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Toy Spotlight: Lincoln Toys Batplane!

I've only seen one of these ever on eBay, so it's gotta be pretty rare, eh? Sure, it's probably just the same mold as some other plane Lincoln put out with some other stickers added to make it a Batplane, but I still think it's pretty cool!

Monday, October 08, 2012

Toy Spotlight: Italian Batmobile!

Typically, when I would come across a Batmobile toy from outside of the USA, it tends to get a little... well... weird, especially if it's from Italy. Fortunately, this "Bichi" Batmobile from Italy is an exception to that, and I think that it looks pretty darn cool, flames on the rear fins aside!

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Toy Spotlight: Batman's Villains Disguise Kit!

Prepare yourself for what is probably the best Penguin toy ever produced:
OK, so maybe the mask is slightly creepy (and not in a good way), but the sheer concept of this is brilliant! After all, there were dress-up sets for Batman, but none for the villains! I can only imagine there was a Joker one, as well, because I've never seen one!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Toy Spotlight: Batman Escape Gun!

Well, here's one of the few carded Batman toys that actually had something remotely to do with Batman; even if it took about 25 years to really fit best! Of course, in the late 1960s when this toy came out, Batman exclusively used his Batarang to get a rope up to where he needed to climb to, but still, this toy came out -- and in two, colors, too! One has to wonder if memories of this toy sparked the late 1980s grappling gun seen in the Tim Burton Batman movie, and even moreso in the Bruce Timm Batman animated series?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Toy Spotlight: Batman Executive Set!

It's okay, go ahead and admit it... you've just looked at your stapler and pencil sharpener and thought, "Damn, I wish I had that Batman Executive Set instead of this high-tech stuff!" Or at least words to that effect!

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Toy Spotlight: Batman Ceramics!

Here's an interesting line of stuff featuring the Caped Crusader and his foes!
Now, this first one may actually be an older one than the rest of these... this is a Batman bookend set, or at least one of them.

The rest of these are nightlights, and I'm guessing they were made in the 1970s, like the Penguin above!

Here's the Joker!

The Riddler!

Caped Crusaders!

I'm 99% certain there was a Catwoman one, too... and was 98% certain I had a photo of it, but I can't find it in my files at all right now!