Sunday, November 15, 2015

At Flashbak: The Great Superhero Playsets of the 1970s

This week at Flashbak, I remembered some of the great superhero playsets from the disco decade.

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"With 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. 

In 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.

Here’s a look at some of the great playsets of the era.

Superman and Spider-Man Play Cases (Ideal; 1973)

These sensational 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 and Brainiac.

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."

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