PlaidStallions Toy-Ventures Magazine NOW AVAILABLE

PlaidStallions Toy-Ventures magazine is an old school print magazine about vintage toys from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s covering topics and items that don’t get the respect they deserve.

Issue #1 will be a salute to the celebrated toy company Azrak-Hamway International or AHI and topics will include:

Set Phasers for Fun

How AHI turned Star Trek’s phasers and the USS Enterprise itself into major profits.

The Guide to World Famous Super Monsters-

The most comprehensive gallery of AHI’s Universal Monsters action figure compiling every known figure and packaging variant plus we even delve into company history and solve a few mysteries.

Now, SkyDive Like Apes!

The weird world of AHI’s Planet of the Apes toys.

I wanted the Best!-

Steve recalls his long journey to own the fabled AHI KISS microphone.

Rack Toys:1999

A deep dive into the world of Space:1999 merchandise including some toys owned by Martin Landau himself.

Crime Fighting Drop Zone-
We talk about the long-running series of Super Heroes on Parachautes including card variations and prototypes.

Adorable Horror-

The Official World Famous Super Monsters Bend ‘Ems!

Subsequent issues will cover toys from Mego, Hasbro, Remco, Ideal, Lincoln International, Fisher-Price, Kenner, Cipsa, Lili Ledy, Palitoy, Tomland, Matchbox, and more with guest articles written by some of the top collectors in the field.


Toy-Ventures the Magazine is coming soon

PlaidStallions announced on their YouTube channel that they are launching an old fashioned toy magazine and the first issue will be a tribute to the rack toys created by Azrak Hamway International or AHI.

Among the highlights of this publication will be a reference guide to the insane variations of the World Famous Super Monsters toys.

Other toy lines cover will include Planet of the Apes, Superheroes, Star Trek, KISS and Space:1999 and hope to provide checklists of every toy produced.

More information about this consider following PlaidStallions on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.

Rack Toys Digital Edition coming Dec 2017








I’m very pleased to announce that Rack Toys the Print edition is totally sold out. It’s gone and not returning to print any time soon.

However, I feel like there is still a story to tell and I’m happy to say that the new E-book version of Rack Toys will debut just before Christmas 2017. It will be expanded with approximately 20 new pages of exclusive content and goodies.

This has been a wonderful, rewarding journey that I totally encourage you to go on should you feel you have a book in you. Seriously, go for it, it will change your life for the better.

Follow my progress on the Rack Toys Facebook page or follow me on twitter for daily updates.






A great deal for the holidays!


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Rack Toys is now available at the Mego Museum Mall and offered as part as the Big Bundle, an unprecedented value (and terrific Christmas gift) for the toy collector.


What you get in this lot:

One Copy of “Rack Toys, Cheap, Crazed Playthings” $19.95 value
One ODEON TOYS Brick Mantooth Action Figure MIB $16.00 Value
One Copy of Megozine Issue One $9.95 value
One Copy of Mego Museum 1978 REImagined $8.95 value
One copy of 70s toy explosion DVD volumes one two and three $12.00 value
A stack of Mego Museum Trading Cards
Three Rack Toys promotional Post Cards

To buy all of this individually, you’d pay $66.00. In this exclusive offer to the Mego Museum Shops, you pay only $42.99 plus shipping.

Rack Toys Featured on Toy Break

Rack Toys gets reviewed on cool internet toy culture series “Toy Break“.we are truly honoured.

As mentioned in this episode “Rack Toys; Cheap, Crazed Playthings” is now being distributed by DKE Toys in California.  DKE is the largest independent wholesale distributor of designer toys, limited edition art objects, collectibles, and gifts in the world. So if you are a retailer interested in carrying the book, it’s never been easier, just call 818-765-3500.

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Rack Toys gets MAD



Very happy to announce that Rack Toys: Cheap Crazed Playthings is featured in this month`s MAD magazine. Time and Newsweek are nice but this is the highest honour somebody like me can hope for.

More coverage is to follow, keep speading the word.

The Reviews are in!

The cover to Rack Toys : Cheap, Crazed Playthings

The cover to Rack Toys : Cheap, Crazed Playthings

 “I loved this book, much more than I thought I would. If you grew up in the 70s and 80s you need to get thisCollectionDX


ThRack Toys book  doesn’t fail to entertain and amaze. The world’s ugliest Batman toy? Check! Star Trek putty, complete with “As Seen on TV” bug? Check. Cylon sunglasses? You better believe that’s a big check! Page after page after page . . . and each time I think I’ve absorbed it all some other bit of strangeness makes me stop and chuckle.“-

” I can’t remember having this much fun flipping through a book on collectibles” Pop Culture Central

“If you ever had a Spider-Man parachuting figure or a tiny plastic Batmobile, this is a book you will enjoy. It manages to be both a gateway to discovery (MANIMAL toys?) and a window back on happy memories” Christopher Elam’s OWARI


“It is refreshing to have a fellow collector put their heart into something they love and turn a great product as Rack Toys.”-Rick

“..the material, no matter how incongruous, isn’t ridiculed in a mean-spirited, cynical fashion. Instead utter absurdity is celebrated, the weirder the better, and the more interesting.” –C Franklin

“If you grew up in the 70’s to mid 80’s this book is a true treasure.” -Mike P

 “Rack Toys leaps into high gear with a foreward by cult toymaker Jason Lenzi and doesn’t stop until you have seen every supermarket toy that you pestered your mother for a $1.“-Snick

“The toys of yesteryear that I had long ago discarded, so beautifully displayed in the pages of “Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings”, bring back the vivid and cherished memories I had long ago forgotten.” -Chris H

The TV section is particularly hilarious, as the author uncovered a number of wild and crazy toys featuring inexplicable licensing choices,” -Steve L

 Get “Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings” today.

Rack Toys is © 2012 Plaidstallions Press, a division of RQ Corporation. All images and text may not be reproduced without express written permission.

Now Available!



Our inaugural publication, Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings is now IN STOCK and now available to order.

This 144 page, full color tome is $19.95 and features hundreds of sometimes weird and rare Rack Toys from the 1970s to the 1990s. Introduction is by Jason (Geek Shall Inherit Podcast/ BifBangPow! Toys) Lenzi.

As a bonus, if you order it from us at the Plaid Stallions store you’ll get three exclusive Rack Toys post cards featuring images and artwork from the book.

Look for more fun titles coming from Plaid Stallions Press in 2013.


Rack Toys is © 2012 Plaidstallions Press, a division of RQ Corporation. All images and text may not be reproduced without express written permission.

Coming December 2012

The cover to Rack Toys : Cheap, Crazed Playthings

Colorful packaging hanging from your pharmacists or grocer’s shelves, designed to entice you while you sat in your parents shopping cart.

 Often terribly made, these strange playthings were low priced enough to wear down even the most frugal adult and were most likely forgotten or broken by the time you left the parking lot.

Rack Toys is a love letter to re purposed  illogically licensed toys that were not meant to be remembered.

Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings is the new book from PlaidStallions Press and it celebrates decades of funs that broke really easy.

Shipping December 2012, Rack Toys is a 144 page, full colour softbound book by Brian Heiler. Rack Toys features literally hundreds of colour photos of toys from every decade and genre from the perfectly logical to the thoughtlessly odd, it is a love letter to an industry  our parents called “junk”.

Rack Toys will include an introduction essay by Jason Lenzi (Bif Bang Pow! Toys, Geek Shall Inherit Podcast), seven chapters covering topics such as Superheroes, Saturday Morning Cartoons, Monsters, Science Fiction, TV and Movie characters, Generic Joy and Knock Offs.

Rack Toys will be available through the PlaidStallions online shop where you can order other things like a Brick Mantooth doll or an issue of Megozine, the magazine for Mego Collectors:


Rack Toys is © 2012 Plaidstallions Press, a division of RQ Corporation. All images and text may not be reproduced without express written permission.