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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Ideal Justice League Playset Catalog - 1966

F.O.A.M. member Craig Wichman sent me a link to a Hake's auction of this super-cool catalog flyer from Ideal Toys, promoting their Justice League, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman playsets.

The JLA set came with a lot of pieces, including Aquaman--who can see just to Batman's lower right, seemingly about to knife one of the villains attacking the JLA's Secret Sanctuary. I imagine finding this set nowadays complete is nigh-impossible. If you click the ad, you can see the full piece showing the other sets, where Ideal paired up the Big Three with Robin, Aquaman, and The Flash.

The Superman/Aquaman set remains one of the few pieces of Aqua-Arcana I do not yet possess; maybe someday when I'm a billionaire industrialist. So, never is what I'm saying.

Thanks for the link Craig!


Anonymous said...

Wow, is that Johnny Thunder's thunderbolt?

James Chatterton

Kyall said...

I came close to owning the Wonder Woman / Flash playset a few years ago but lost. They dont come up for sale very often unfortunately...

Wings1295 said...

Awesome! Definitely a Holy Grail!

David J. Cutler said...

as for the villains, I recognize the Joker and the Key of all people, but who are the black stuited guy with a tail, the carrot-headed guy, and the two headed dragon?

Joseph Brian Scott said...

It blows my mind that in 1966, when even Superman and Batman dolls weren't all that common, there were toys that used the figures of such obscure characters as The Key, Brainstorm, and the magic Thunderbolt (yet no other JSA characters?)... if I hadn't been just a fetus for most of that year I'm sure I would have pleaded for/demanded to have one of these.

wich2 said...

'Welcome, Rob!

(And a tip o' the hat to the stalwart folk at the Captain Action Yahoo group, who first pointed me in the direction of these scans.)


Earth 2 Chris said...

Thunderbolt is actually considered a villain here, no doubt due to his appearance in that JLA/JSA team-up with the evil Earth 1 Johnny Thunder.

The JLA playset is the holy grail of DC collectibles, is it not? I know a company was selling repros of it for several thousand dollars a few years back. I've heard from various sources that the actual playset was produced in very limited quantities. The version with less figures and no sanctuary is much more common.


Wil Radcliffe said...

David: The carrot-headed guy is Brainstorm, the guy with the tail is Mouseman (a Wonder Woman villain), and the two-headed dragon is... uhm... Steve.