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Sunday, November 15, 2015
At Flashbak: The Great Superhero Playsets of the 1970s
companies like Mego, Ideal, and Amsco in the game, the disco decade was a great
era to be a kid, and especially one who for fans of superheroes.
particular this was the golden era of large superhero playsets, impressive toys
that -- while often made of laminated cardboard -- nonetheless provided hours
(if not months…) of fun and entertainment.
a look at some of the great playsets of the era.
Superman and Spider-Man Play Cases (Ideal; 1973)
Superman and Amazing Spider-Man sets from Ideal are made of sturdy vinyl and
each reveals three back drops for cardboard figures on stands.
The Superman set
features the Daily Planet, the Fortress of Solitude, and the Villain’s Hideout.
The heroic figures include Superman, Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Perry
White, Supergirl Krypto, and the villains featured are Mr. Myxlplix, Lex Luthor
The Amazing Spider-Man
play case set similarly features back-drops of the Daily Bugle, Peter’s city
apartment, and a villain HQ. Figures include Spidey, J. Jonah Jameson, Green
Goblin, and Doc Ock.
The Bat Cave (Mego; 1974)
A classic toy that every child of my generation
must have owned at one point or another. Here’s how the box described this
amazing headquarters for the Caped Crusader: "an all-encompassing
play case built to accommodate all the bat vehicles. There is a secret
entrance way for the Batmobile, a landing platform for the Batcopter, and a
garage area for the Batcycle. Included in the case are the Batpole and
Batcomputer. Everything necessary to stimulate your child's imagination
towards bold new adventures."