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24th March '16 0 1043

Grab Hold and Pull: Remembering Kenner’s Stretch Armstrong (1976 – 1980)

Stretch Armstrong is a strange but beloved toy from the mid-1970s.

20th March '16 0 914

From Outer Space to Your Toy Store: Rom the Space Knight (Parker Bros, 1979)

In 1979, ads from toy company Parker Brothers blared “The age of ROM has come,” as they introduced an “advanced electronic toy.”

16th March '16 1 835

Remembering Signet’s Best of Trek Compilation Books (1979 – 1990)

This week, as part of my continuing celebration of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, I want to remember another tradition in print from the series history: Signet’s “Best of Trek” compilations.

14th March '16 2 3322

It Can Happen Here: Four Times Authors and Artists Warned Us about Fascism in America

To define it simply, fascism is a brand of authoritarianism in which a dictator and his government control all aspects of the citizenry, widely squelching disagreement and opposing points-of-view.

9th March '16 1 1264

They’re Ideal: Three Amazing Toys of the 1960s Designed by Marvin Glass

In The Chicago Tribune on November 5, 1961, the late Marvin Glass (1914-1974) was termed the “reigning king of toy designers.”

6th March '16 1 1335

Remembering Remco’s Earthquake Tower and Rescue Playset (1976)

Now here is a disco-decade toy that Irwin Allen -- the cinematic master of disaster -- would have likely approved of.

4th March '16 0 1426

Use Your Imagination to Create Nightmares: Hugo, Kenner’s Man of a Thousand Faces

2nd March '16 3 6117

Fast Food in Space: Remembering McDonalds’ Star Trek Meals (1979)

In December of 1979, Star Trek: The Motion Picture premiered in movie theaters. The 40 million dollar+ film was heavily merchandised through toy companies such as Mego but also -- surprisingly -- via McDonalds.

26th February '16 2 1317

Enact the Story: Gerry Anderson’s Starcruiser 1 (1979)

One of the greatest spaceship model kits of all-time -- or at least my childhood from the 1970s -- comes from the stable of the late, great Gerry Anderson (1929-2012), creator of UFO (1970), Space: 1999 (1975-1979) and other dynamic cult-television.

21st February '16 1 751

Cardboard Politics: Remembering Amy Carter at the White House Play Set

It’s weird to think about a presidential offspring -- especially one so young-- being the centerpiece of a large, red, white and blue playset such as this. That never happened to Chelsea Clinton or the Bush twins.