Friday, June 30, 2006

Batman And Robin IN ACTION

Check out this Mego commercial from the early 70s, it's a hoot! I love the "play area", it's like a movie set. Also note how tiny the Batmobile is when the charaters are riding in it. If I drove my Mego Batmobile off the cliff like they do in this spot I would've had a Mego mess - those things were really cheaply made.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

C-3PO gets preachy

Wow, I remember this like it was yesterday, especially 3PO looking into the camera at the end saying, "And please, don't smoke".

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Our 15 seconds of fame

Picture it, 1982. My father’s psychology intern somehow found the time to obtain videogame trademark licenses and develop this series of swell attire. He asked my family to pose in the flyer, which was to be distributed in handheld electronic videogames such as this keen Pacman game.

That’s me in the Frogger shirt and Donkey Kong hat. My dad’s sporting a Pacman tie that I’d kill for today. My mom’s wearing the Bezerk shirt, a game I always loved but could never really play very well. That’s my brother in the sweet Pacman shirt and hat. My sister’s sporting the lame “Hey hey hey, I love to play” shirt, and the designer of all these wonderful items is sporting a very cool Donkey Kong shirt with bumper stickers. I can’ tell you how much I wish I still had these items.

Now, I want to make one thing very, very clear to anyone reading this, this hideous woman is not related to my family in any way, shape, or form. I’ve often referred to her as being the “low self-esteem” girlfriend of the attire designer. At the time I’m sure she was the best he could do (I mean, look at him) and he was probably really proud to showcase her in his ad (“Hey baby, I’ve got a surprise for you. You’re going to be famous, baby”).

Man, Atari Pacman was so lame.

Monday, June 26, 2006


Friends don't let friends drive drunk

Wow, look at this chestnut from the 1970s! At the very least you get a good look at some of the cantina denizens.

Long Snoot Good!

I made a Target run yesterday and got to scope out a couple of the new Saga figs. Since I’m about to write big fat apartment-oriented checks I didn’t pick any up, but I nearly grabbed both of these guys. Hem Dazon just cuz he’s Cantina, but to my surprise the Garindan figure was tempting too. Great design on the face, and a good old cloth cape. Unfortunately I did not see Hammerhead, R5-D4 or “Muftak in Boots.” I’m gambling that the ones I did see will be around.

Kraftwerk + Legos = AWESOME!

Kraftwerk + Legos = AWESOME

This is just so cool! I accidentally stumbled across this while surfing Youtube with Johnnysweatpants. The animation perfectly suits the throbbing techno. Cool.

Rocket Red Rules!

So there I was strolling through the aisles of Target on a leisurely Saturday morning (what, you don't?) and I happened to stumble upon the newest wave of Justice League Unlimited action figures. Given that this set was not slated for release until August, imagine my delight when I first spied Rocket Red - what a cool looking robot! The best part is that he has a shoulder weapon that you attach to him making him truly a force to be reckoned with.

They had the entire set except Vigilante, another figure I MUST have. I mean, look at him, he's a superhero cowboy, how friggin' cool is that?

Friday, June 23, 2006

Good news, everyone

My appreciation for Futurma only occured since recently discovering it on Adult Swim. By getting out from under the glare of Simpsons comparisons, I've really gotten into the sarcasm of this toon. This is good news indeed.

From tvweek, "Three years after Fox canceled the show, Matt Groening's "Futurama" will resume production for a 13-episode run on Comedy Central. The new episodes will be added to the network's library of 72 "Futurama" episodes previously licensed from 20th Century Fox Television. Voice talent Billy West, Katey Sagal and John DiMaggio will return for the new episodes, which will debut in 2008.

"There is a deep and passionate fan base for this intelligent and very funny show that matches perfectly with our audience and it is great that we can offer them not just the existing library, but something they've never seen as well," said David Bernath, senior VP, programming, Comedy Central.

"Futurama" marks the third Fox project revived by basic cable in recent years. New episodes of "Greg the Bunny" are being ordered by IFC, and Fox resurrected "Family Guy" after the series found success on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim."

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

New Hammerhead rocks!

The next wave of Star Wars figures is on the shelves and I picked up the new Hammerhead (I refuse to call him "Momaw Nadon", that's not his name!)for my creature cantina. This one's a must-have. Although the quality of Star Wars figures has been increasingly inferior over the past few years, once in a while Hasbro knocks one out of the park.

Monday, June 19, 2006

The Rest of the Story

I finally finished my tale of Lego adventure. I stuck it on I Love Monsters instead of this blog so my relatives and fellow Legoland finalists don't have to wade through me bitching about action figures or horror movies. So come on down!

Friday, June 16, 2006

Highest form of flattery

Check it out! This yellow bastard is the Mobile Lab, one of my MOCs from last year. Today I was browsing Brickshelf and I came across this -- some guy remade the whole thing in his computer, and made instructions to boot! Except for a few surface changes, he pretty much nailed it. What a compliment.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

JLU Solomon Grundy

The good news is that they made this awesome JLU Solomon Grundy figure. The bad news is that it's a damn exclusive at the San Diego Comiccon. Who lives in California? Sigh. I'll never be able to get one.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Saga Collection wave 7

As usual, a couple of these guys look like they might be sort of cool. I don't remember freaky wide-mouthed guy at all.

Here's a Gungun you might not want to punch in the face (looks like a quiet one).

Normally I'd be all "grooooaaaan, another Vader?" but this one has a skull! See?

If it wasn't already obvious that the Dud Bolt head was a prototype, the rubber band holding it on really nails it.

See the rest here.

It's Kir Kanos! At last! Wait, who?

"A special Star Wars exclusive from Hasbro and Entertainment Earth, the super-fun Exclusive Star Wars Kir Kanos & Mystery Figure 2-Pack is coming soon! Don't miss our specially priced bundles, and don't forget-- you can read all about Kir Kanos in a special article in our Summer 2006 Catalog, which you'll receive with any order you place (while supplies last!)"

I'd make a big W with my hands for "whatever," but it seems like too much effort. I think they just stuck an Emperor Royal Guard hat on an old G.I.Joe figure, one of those late-stage cyberninja guys. And that "mystery figure" is either Han Solo or the bounty hunter whose secret power was that his silhouette looks just like Han Solo's. Or maybe Luke in some jacket?

Am I too cynical? Could this be the Cantina creature I've been pining for?

Nah, it's Luke or somebody.

Groovy Republic Gunship from Clone Wars cartoon

I'm just going to be a bit of a crank here and mention that I'm not super-fond of the Gunship design. I like their 'Nam copter presence, but I'm not so into their boxy butts and the angled-down wings. In my own forays designing spaceships with legos and other stuff, I've thought that sometimes angled-down wings are what you do when you can't think of anything else. I get that vibe from these wings.

I'm skating on this soap box because JPX has been gnashing his teeth over the state of the blog while we're stuck with only me able to upload pictures, and now only from home. So I get to say stuff, is what I say. And despite all the stuff I just said, I think this Clone Wars gunship kicks ASS, because transporting the paint job from a WWII Spitfire is mad cool.