Charlie’s Angels

Okay, these toys are probably intended for girls, but I had a huge crush on Kate Jackson and probably would have enjoyed a Charlie’s Angels <> Six Million Dollar Man nonetheless. 

Smokey and the Bandit Playset

ERTL was, hands down, king of  licensed die-cast cars. Take this Smokey and the Bandit set, complete with Trans-Am and elephant. But the bit that really sells it is the play surface the set comes with. The perfect gift for Burt Reynolds fans!

Cap’n Crunch Board Game

The 70s probably had the best selection of sugary breakfast cereals in history. Cookie Crisp. Trix. Count Chocula. Lucky Charms. And, of course, Cap’n Crunch. I definitely ate my fair share of the kooky captain’s beige little balls, but I can’t imagine what made somebody think “Hey, Captain Crunch would be awesome as a board game!” Nonetheless, kinda glad they did…

Paint by Monster

I don’t know a lot about this Paint by Monster set, but it would have been perfect to go along with my Mighty Men and Monster Maker and Thing Maker toys…

CHiPs Wheels Willy


I’ve seen (and owned) a number of Mego’s licensed figures, but despite enjoying the TV show, never owned and CHiPs toys. I’d seen them, of course, but a couple cop figures just didn’t excite me. Now, if I’d seen Wheels Willy here (who I’m assuming was in the show) I might have changed my mind. I can’t tell if that’s an eye patch or cyborg implant he has, but he’s a pretty bad ass looking villain. 

Battlestar Galactica Cylon Shades


One of my favorite things about shows from the 70s and early 80s is how the licensing teams left no stone unturned when it came to merchandising. I can totally see myself wearing these Battlestar Galactica Cylon sunglasses while listening to Devo. 

Classic toys and ephemera from the 70s