New Book! Knock-Offs: Totally Unauthorized Action Figures by PlaidStallions Press

Knock-Off Book

Knock-Offs Book

Hey folks, if you didn’t catch my Livestream this Saturday,  I’m doing my follow-up to Rack Toys with a book I’ve titled Knock-Offs: Totally Unauthorized Action Figures.  This is a piece I’ve been working on since 2012 but stuff got in the way and I had to put it on hold. I’m glad I did because it just made the whole thing better. 

Knock-Offs is a celebration of the dimestore bootleg figure, the copyright-infringing silliness  meant to fool our grandpeople. The subjects range from toys of the 1960’s to the 2000s and include every popular genre you can think of.

Knock-Offs Book

Knock-Offs Book

Knock-Offs Book- Nightmare Feddy

Knock-Offs Book- Nightmare Feddy

Chapters will include Superheroes, Science Fiction, Horror, TV/Movies and you’d better believe 80s toys. So many discount Darth Vaders and Skid Row Skeletors…

Knock-Offs Book- Robocops

Knock-Offs Book- Robocops

Knock-Offs will also celebrate the amazing bootleg toy art scene and I have to say, the work these folks create is pretty darn infectious.

Bootleg toy artist Knock-Offs Book

Bootleg toy artist Knock-Offs Book

Bootleg toy artist Knock-Offs Book

Bootleg toy artist Knock-Offs Book

The book is expected to launch in December, to keep updated, join our mailing list here:



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Toy-Ventures Magazine is our newest creation, an old-school print magazine about vintage toys! Professionally laid out and written, each issue is brimming with obscure and rare toys from companies such as Mego, Kenner, Remco, AHI, and much more. Monsters, Superheroes, Adventurers, Knock Offs, Apes, and so much more, it’s in Toy-Ventures.

Toy-Ventures Issue 5 is available now:
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Toy-Ventures Issue 5


Pod Stallions is one of the most fun groups on Facebook. Toys, Comics, Movies, TV, it’s all up for grabs and remember, you keep the glass!

Mego Knock Off Headquarters– The leading group discussing 70s Dime store knock-offs of Mego action figures, we talk vintage toys and not others. We know the difference between Astro Apes and Action Apeman! It’s a really fun group where we talk about Lincoln International, AHI, Tomland, Bogi, Demo Man, Mortoy, and other generic greats.



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.

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.