Rudy Panucci On Pop Culture

Toy Ventures Magazine Of The Third Kind

It seems like only yesterday that I was telling you about a new magazine devoted to vintage toys, and now Plaid Stallions has released the third issue of Toy Ventures. I’ve had mine for a few days but just did get the chance to crack it open, and it is an absolute treat.

The cover feature is about Action Man’s early 1980s space nemesis, Captain Zargon. This was a UK toy that I didn’t find out about until I was an adult, and it’s cool to get more details on this alien menace that’s fun for kids of all ages.

We are also treated to articles on Japanese Evel Knievel toys, Space: 1999 figures from Palitoy,  MEGO’s overseas partner, a comprehensive guide to the artwork used on MEGO superhero packaging, plus a heavily-illustrated guide to Lincoln International’s 1970s Monster figures. Rounding out the issue is an interview with John “Toyzilla” Marshall, a longtime writer who covered toys and pop culture and who was no small influence on yours truly.

Brian Heiler has done another amazing job on this issue, and you can order Toy Ventures #3, and find bundles of it with previous issues HERE, or you can snag it from eBay, if you are so inclined. While supplies last, a free iron-on transfer of Captain Zargon will be included at no extra charge! Hurry, becuase supplies are running low.

It is so great to have a new magazine devoted to vintage toys. I can’t wait until the next issue.


  1. Paul McConnell

    Where can I get this???? All 3.

    • Rudy Panucci

      Follow the links in the article. You can find a bundle of all three issues there!

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