Saturday, May 22, 2021

Danger, Will Robinson, It's 1977

Lost In Space robot from 1977

"Danger, Will Robinson!"

Lost in Space toy robot 1977

Battery-operated Lost in Space robot from 1977, Made in Hong Kong 

I am the original owner of this toy. Sadly, he no longer works, but I remember when he did. I never tried to glue the sticker back down for fear of doing damage. In my mind, he walked slowly, stopped, lit up, and made a noise. His arms are rather floppy and don't always stay up. The packaging is long gone. 
Lost in Space toy robot 1977

Lost in Space toy robot 1977

Lost in Space toy robot 1977

Lost in Space toy robot 1977

Lost in Space toy robot 1977

Lost in Space toy robot 1977
(C) 1977 Twentieth Century
Fox Film Corp.
All Rights Reserved
(C) 1977 Azrak-Hamway Intl.
Inc. New York.
Made in Hong Kong
AHI No. 6813

Lost in Space toy robot 1977
I wish he still worked. There's no corrosion or anything. I guess Dr. Smith pulled his power pack one too many.


Steven Kaleidoscope by Pixie Toys

 Steven Kaleidoscope

Millions of Designs, Pixie Toys, # 125

Steven Manufacturing Company, Hermann Missouri

Steven Kaleidoscope by Pixie ToysSteven Kaleidoscope by Pixie Toys

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The graphics are better than the product. Rather misleading! But maybe the plastic was more vibrant when this was new?

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Mr. Stickler
the new stick-up-picks craze

Mr. Stickler vintage game

Mr. Stickler vintage game
Four games in one: Pick and Stick, the Hard Way, the Hard Way in Reverse, and Solitaire, which has the best rules of all. 

For all four games, any mistake is a BOO BOO (all caps!) but with Solitaire, if you have ten or more BOO BOO sticks, you're an Old Stick in the Mud! 
With nine, you're a Porcupine. 
With eight, you still don't rate! 
The insults become less severe until you have zero in your BOO BOO pile and earn the title A MASTER STICKLER.
Simple fun with colored plastic sticks being stuck through a plastic base. KerPlunk wouldn't come along until 1967 by the way.
Mr. Stickler vintage game

As Mr. Stickler is No. 529, there must have been an extensive line of cheap plastic toys from this 1950s manufacturer, Empire Plastic Corp in Pelham Manor, NY

Some I've seen for sale:
A small game called Hop! which was a red board with white pegs; 
another square plastic board that was white with red pegs called "Dr. I.Q." Jump! 
As Empire Plastic Corp. Bronx 56, NY they made a small 5-car set called Empire Stock Car Races No. 51

Empire Doll Stand No. 79

They released a spring-loaded toy gun that was red on the box but black inside, called Guided Missiles and Launcher with new built in safety caps, which came with five red, white, and blue projectiles. Stock Number 189.
Check it out on Grand Old Toys
That toy was sold on a card as well with just one projectile (?) and called Rocketeer Jetbombs and Launcher with unbreakable Ever-Thene bombs

No. 480 was a white peg board called Peg Pix: "Draw" with Colored Rubber Bands. That one was released in a 7" square box and then also in a longer box. 

Mr. Stickler vintage game

Side note: Empire Plastics of Tarboro, NC made Halloween and Christmas blow molds of the 1960s and 70s. I suspect these were two different companies. "Empire" just seems to be a popular company name.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

I've been waiting for you since 1961.

 Yakkity Yob wants to remind you to take good care of your robots.

Yakity Yob robot by Eldon

Yakkity Yob by Eldon

The Eldon Toy Company of Los Angeles made this guy 60 years ago. Yakkity Yob has seen some tough times for toy robots. Still he wants to embrace you.

Yakity Yob robot by Eldon

Take good care of your toys.

Don't let what happened to this Yakkity Yob happen to your beloved robots. If you are good to your toys, they will be GLAD. See:

Yakity Yob robot by Eldon

You can see Yakkity Yob in his prime and learn more about this toy robot at ALPHADROME