Calling all toy fans in the Pittsburgh area! This Saturday October 13th in Munhall Yello80s will be selling lots of 80s goodness along with many other vendors of vintage toy awesomeness at the Too Groovy Toy Show! Check out the times below and make sure to visit the Facebook page! See you there!
Dear Santa, Would you please bring me a Popple for Christmas this year? I’d like either Pancake or Prize but I’m sending you a picture of me and Pretty Cool because it’s pretty cool. Specifically, I don’t want a Costume Popple, Rockstar Popple, Sports Popple, Puffling, Pocket Popple (scary faces!), Pillow Popple (not Pillow People, Pillow Popples), Fruit Popple, Animal Popple or Cheerleader Popple. No, it’s the original gang for me. Unless you’ve got a Baby somewhere in your bag- then I’ll take Cribsy.
Dear Santa, Truth be told, I’ve been a pretty responsible citizen this year. I haven’t been arrested, fired or even sued. So I think that qualifies me to ask for a Lazer Tag set complete with extra helmet and lazer and you can trust me to only aim for the target. And btw, I’ve been practising my shot on Duck Hunt to get ready. Love, Rose
Yello80s attended the 2nd annual 2015 Too Groovy Toy Show on 2nd May at Messiah Lutheran Church in Munhall, PA. Doors opened at 10am and the show went on til 4pm. Though the main 80s attractions seemed to revolve around TMNT and Care Bears, there was enough variety to entertain visitors of all ages with Lego sets and pieces from C. Todd Brick, plenty of diecast and model sets vintage and new from South Hills Modelers Assocation, vintage and new Star Wars a’plenty from Too Groovy Pop Culture Toys , Jason Shorr and JMA Toys and Collectibles, GI Joes of all years from D & E Collectibles, Japanese robots and collectibles from Materialist Zen, original art and character jewelry by local artist Nicole Tibbit, original soft toys by Lucky Squid Studios, video games and consoles from Warp Zone and the Atari Guy, and local writers and members of Indie Authors of Mon Valley, J.P. Bidula and Spike Bowan. Many thanks to organizers Bobby Novotny of Too Groovy Pop Culture Toys, Patrick Senatro, and Steve Appleby of Materialist Zen. Additional thanks to kitchen help and organisers Janet, Betsy and Ben Novotny.video game knowledge on board.
I took a trip to the Too Groovy Pop Culture Toys toy show on Saturday to see what was what with my buddy Bobby Novotny and was really pleased with how things turned out. The tables were chock full of vintage and new; Ben and Janet Novotny were working the kitchen and keeping watch over Too Groovy’s table (and beating Penn Hills Game Exchange in a friendly Nintendo DS competition) and the hosts Patrick, Bobby and Steve worked the crowd. There were Klingons, there were Minifigs, there were hot dogs! And I admit, there was a box of My Little Ponies that almost came home with me… shhh! So the highlights- at $2 admission and kids under 9 free there was no excuse not to come out. It was even cold and rainy out so no better way to spend the day than with toys. The atmosphere was friendly, there was a decidedly 80s tv theme vibe about the music (woohoo! I put my head up long enough to catch snatches of Doogie Howser, the Smurfs and the Greatest American Hero) and all the dealers were ready to talk toys. I had a very good chinwag with Penn Hills Game Exchange (very knowledgeable people) on Nintendo’s Famicom and a very interesting base for Gamecube which allows one to play Gameboy on a television. Really neat stuff, ok I’m a video nerd lol. Atari Guy was also nearby who I am told is *the* authority on Atari. I particularly liked his pacman themed table decor. At the very end of the middle tables Paul had some interesting Japanese movie figures with plenty of accessories and original boxes. Jason’s collection of die cast was impressive, Warp Zone brought about every classic GI Joe playset there could possibly be, and D and E Collectibles’ Star Wars spread would have made Darth Vader jealous. Nicole Tibbitt was in full regalia with a very original anime and toy-themed collection of jewelry, stickers and badges, Melissa and Jason’s wall o’80s and 90s got a fan squeal out of me and Kevin brought not only boxes of DVDs but some really interesting and HUGE Batman vehicles. The My Little Ponies were courtesy Harlyn, C. Todd Brick had enough Lego sets to build a whole new building for next year’s toy show and lastly, Laser Tag. Laser Tag! STEVE!!!!!Penn Hills Game Exchange: Retron 5 Nintendo clone Atari Guy: Possibly every 2600 cartridge, ever Too Groovy Toys: Benji Detective and Charlie’s Angels Board Games Kevin: Mammoth Batmobile!C. Todd Brick: Lord of the Rings Lego sets J.P. Bidula: novel Unlucky Seven Spike Bowan: novel War in the BackyardWarp Zone: GI Joe Cobra Terror Drome Nicole Tibbitt: Plastic Army men earringsFruitimals who nay be joining the show next year. There’s talk of a follow up show possibly in 6 months so make sure you’re going to be around in the spring to come out, talk toys and bring a couple of favourites home for your collection.
Adorable Kiddy Cop Car with battery-powered light and sound made out of tin and plastic. Image property Modern Toys from Japan 1940s-1980s, William C Gallagher. A Schiffer Book for Collectors.
The Christmas I got the My Little Pony Paradise Estate was the same Christmas I got a much later version of this Science Fair Electronic Kit. I had got my parents up at 1 in the morning that year and my mother usually let me open 1 thing before sending me back to bed so that year I had chosen badly and opened something lame and had to wait til morning to find the rest of my loot. Of course bu then my dad was in no humour to put together anything, He handed me the tools and took a nap and after I was done putting the Estate together I somehow was sick of pink and much more appreciative of my parents’ know-how and turned to put together the radio kit. Well I got it together but it didn’t pull in any signals. Oh well, the fun was taking it apart and trying again. In my opinion these are the best sorts of toys for kids over 8 hands down! Photo property Too Groovy Toys.
These adorable little pandas seemed to come in quite a few varieties from wind-ups to tin toys to pandas on bicycles. I think I like the bike-riding panda tots the best. Modern Toys from Japan 1940s-1980s, William C Gallagher. 1. Tricycler Panda Bear 2. Panda Bear Bus w/sound 3. Walking Family Panda Bears