Archive for April, 2008

Plaid Stallions

Plaid Stallions turns Two!
It’s hard to believe that it has only been two years since Plaid Stallions – the web’s greatest repository of 70’s toy legends and fashion implosions – first graced the world’s monitors.
To celebrate the milestone Stallion-in-Chief Brian has remodeled his conversation pit in flame-resistant Dupont shag-pile, giving the whole site a lovely new look.
Go have a giggle at the garish, a laugh at the lapels and a spew over the superbad today.


04 2008

Toltoys 12″ Empire Stikes Back Darth Vader

The Toltoys ESB Vader Large Size Action Figure

Thanks to the great detective work of Bill McBride over at the Darth Vader Toy Museum we now have conclusive proof that persistent rumors of ESB boxed characters (other than Boba Fett and IG-88) being released at retail in Australia were true!

Ever since I started collecting I’ve been aware of stories about people who claim to have purchased ESB boxed examples of Vader, Stormtrooper and R2-D2 at retail in the early 80’s, combinations that should not exist since the line was cancelled after the release of the Fett and IG-88 mentioned above. Bill’s discovery proves that specific and different boxes were produced for at least Vader in Australia, ruling out suggestions that the examples discovered here were simply unreleased Kenner salesman samples or made up box-flats or similar.
Toltoys went to the trouble of producing three Toltoys branded figures for the Star Wars line, so couldn’t they have at least test-marketed some of the more popular characters in ESB livery? Stranger things have happened down here that’s for sure.
Check out Bill’s site above for all the details on how to spot the real thing, plus more than you ever thought you needed to know about the big man in the black hat.
The hunt is now on for the rest of the crew!


04 2008