Super Mates Episode 23: Colorforms and Presto Magix with Brian Heiler

Brian Heiler, mastermind behind and author of Rack Toys; Cheap, Crazed Playthings returns to talk about some of our favorite creative toys from childhood! But first he dishes the dirt on the exciting new Captain Canuck Mego-style figure he is helping to produce!

Then we dive into discussion about Presto Magix, those great rub-on transfers featuring our favorite characters! All you needed was a pen or a coin and you could create some awesome action scenes.

Our talk leads into a gabfest about Colorforms, the toys that stick like magic! Famous for “stick-on” sets including sets based on many of our favorite Super Heroes, cartoon and TV shows. But they also made some truly innovative toys, many created by the father of the legendary Colorforms Outer Space Men, Mel Birnkrat.

Along the way we ramble into general toy talk, and basically leave no stone unturned! You’ll get Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Super Friends, Spider-Man, Hulk, Captain America, Avengers, Star Wars, Star Trek, Space: 1999, Flash Gordon, Captain Action, KISS, Barbie, Strawberry Shortcake, G.I. Joe, Transformers and more!

Download via iTunes.

Visit Brian’s Plaid Stallions.

You can order your Captain Canuck action figure from Brian’s Odeon Toys

The documentary on Canadian comics is called Lost Heroes

Mel Birnkrant’s fantastic career retrospective site, including Colorforms is here

Stop by the Mego Museum for lively toy and geek discussion!

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Chris (aka Earth 2 Chris) co-hosts the Power Records Podcast with the esteemed Rob Kelly over at the Fire and Water Podcast feed!

Next time, we celebrate our first anniversary by taking a look at comic’s greatest wedding issues!

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