Scifi

Trick or Treat in TV Land

Trick or Treat in TV Land

The licensed TV costume phenomena really took off in the mid-sixties with two companies monopolizing the licensed costume market.  Collegeville and Ben Cooper were both manufacturers of those polyester jumpsuits with the plastic face masks.  You remember them, don’t you?  The suits were made out of a stiff, scratchy material that had a slit up […]

Collectibles from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

Collectibles from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

Dive.  Prepare to dive. We are about to take a voyage to the bottom of sea.  In 1961, Irwin Allen produced a big screen spectacular about  the crew of the futuristic nuclear sub Seaview. The film had Allen’s usual all star cast, Walter Pigeon, Peter Lorre, Frank Avalon and Barbara Eden, just to name a […]

Space 1999 Collectibles

Space 1999 Collectibles

In the early seventies in England, Sir Lewis Grade, president of Associated Television , handed Gerry Anderson seven million dollars and the chance to create a brand new television series.  At the time Anderson was king of Supermarionation.  Stingray, FireBall XL5, and Captain Scarlet were three of his biggest hits acted solely by puppets.  But […]

Cool Swag: Fact or Faked

Cool Swag: Fact or Faked

Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files from Syfy – March 2011 This box had a rubber stamp inside with the instructions “Tell Your Co-Workers Where to File It.” The choices are Fact, Faked, WTF, Call FBI, Run Away or Watch Syfy. I only wish I had a bunch of papers I could stamp! Very cool swag.

The Aurora SciFi Models

The Aurora SciFi Models

In 1952, Abe Shikes was peddling hangers.  Plastic hangers, real nice for only 15 cents at your local dime store.  What a deal, except for the fact that when you hung your coat on the hanger it fell off due to a bad design.  As the story goes, a box vendor happened to see one […]