Derry Daring from Ideal

As the popularity of Evel Knievel grew in the 70s, Ideal created a female counterpart  for the girl market called Derry Daring.

Derry Daring from Ideal 1976
Derry Daring from Ideal 1976
Derry Daring from 1974
Derry Daring from 1974

I searched to see if she was based on a real person but it doesn’t look like it. Do our female readers out there have any memories they would like to share on Derry Daring?

Johnny West Ad from 1973

This ad has great color pictures of the Johnny West toy line.  I was pleasantly surprised to see the other Calvary soldier listed on this ad, Captain Maddox, because I could not remember his name. You may also recognize some of the other figures like Jane West, Johnny West, Geronimo, Sheriff Garret (I don’t remember this figure at all), and Sam Cobra.

Johnny West Ad 1973
Johnny West Ad 1973

I found the heading of this ad very interesting. It is almost laughable that people were concerned about how much time kids were spending in front of the TV during the 70s. I wonder what they would say about the kids of today and the time they spend in front of the TV.

Starsky and Hutch Playset

Ever since the Starsky and Hutch TV post,  several people have been trying to find this on my site. So I thought I had better get in gear and post it.

The Starsky and Hutch play set from 1977.

Starsky and Hutch Play Set 1977
Starsky and Hutch Play Set 1977

Did you have one when you were a kid? What were your memories?

What Remains of My Johnny West Collection

I took some photos of what I have left in my Johnny West collection. Here is the first one. Don’t even ask me why I thought Johnny West needed a blue beard. I have no idea what was going thru my head. Most of these poor guys have been thru the ringer.

Johnny West Figures 1
Johnny West Figures 1

This is the second photo of my figures. The GI Joe on the right is an old, old, GI Joe figure that didn’t have moveable legs. I am not sure who the dark blue body belongs to. The wrong head is on the body. The head belongs to Sam Cobra.

Johnny West Figures 2
Johnny West Figures 2

Still have all the horses but several have broken tails.

Johnny West Horses
Johnny West Horses

And lastly I have a ton of the accessories.

Johnny West Accessories
Johnny West Accessories

Major Matt Mason Assortment from 1970

I didn’t have any of these accessories (excluding the Major Matt Mason figure of course) but some of these look pretty cool. I like the XRG-1 Reentry Glider. It says that it would fly for 100 feet! That would have been a lot of fun.

I am not sold on the Programmable Space Vehicle though. Anybody have that as a kid? We had shag carpets all thru the house and I doubt it would have worked very well. (Lol)

Scorpio the Lighted Alien also looks pretty cool. (All this stuff is making me want to rebuild my Major Matt Mason collection.)

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Major Matt Mason Assortment from 1970
Major Matt Mason Assortment from 1970

Huge Assortment of Johnny West Figures from 1970

Wow! This page had a goldmine of Johny West figures from the 1970s J. C. Penny Wishbook.

Johnny West Collection from the 70s
Johnny West Collection from the 70s

My brother and I had several of the these figures. We had Johnny West, Thunderbolt, Jamie West, General Custer, and The Fighting Geronimo. I think we had Josie West too. I need to get pictures up of what I have left in my old wood toy box at my parent’s house but most of them are not in real good shape. Have tons of the accessories but my figures are a little worse for wear.

Johnny West and Thunderbolt from Christmas 1971
Johnny West and Thunderbolt from Christmas 1971

(Me getting my first Johnny West figure and Thunderbolt! Nice cowlick!)

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Planet of the Apes Action Figures

You might recall that in 1974 they made Planet of the Apes into a TV series as well as an animated Cartoon in 1975. I think the renewed interest brought about by these two shows inspired this line of action figures. I absolutely loved all of the movies and even the TV series, but my parents were not to keen on the whole thing so these toys never made it in my personal arsenal.

Planet of the Apes Action Figures
Planet of the Apes Action Figures

All the commercials I found had messed up audio but still worth watching.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fr2sCLLrHU0

Evel Knievel Daredevil Toys

Evel Knievel and his toys were huge in the 70s where I grew up. I can still remember watching the TV specials of the stunts he did, like jumping the Grand Canyon. I think the High Flying Stunt Cycle and the Scramble Van were probably the most popular toys, the other items like the Canyon Car, Stunt and Crash Car, and Stunt Stadium I don’t remember as well.

Evel Knievel Daredevil Toys
Evel Knievel Daredevil Toys

Believe or not, I went to a garage sale about four years ago and paid $1 for the Scramble Van, Evel Knievel action figure, and the Stunt Cycle. The stunt cycle was missing the unit that you use to make it go but for a buck I still think that was one heck of a deal!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an8eejlhadk