Category: sightings

Sightings — 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles LEGO Sets At Retail

On a recent trip to my local LEGO Store I was surprised to find the latest wave of sets based on Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series sitting on the shelves.

This new wave consists of five sets which feature minifig versions from of the Turtle’s rogue gallery like Karai and Spider Bytez as well as more mission specific repaints of the Turtles themselves.

Having gone all out on last year’s wave of Turtle themed sets, I may be sitting this one out.  However the two sets that I currently have my eye on are 79121 Turtle Sub Undersea Chase as well as 79122 Shredder’s Lair Rescue.

Sightings — 2014 LEGO DC Comics & Marvel Superheroes Sets at Retail

A quick trip to the mall yesterday included a stop at the LEGO Store, which seemed to be fully stocked with most of the new 2014 sets slated for January/February release.  Of note were the DC & Marvel Superheroes sets which are only improving over time.

The only set I wound up picking up yesterday was 76010 Batman: The Penguin Face Off due to the fact I’ve made a determination to collect every weird, mission specific Batman minifig repaint LEGO has or intends to put out.

On the Marvel side of things I have to say that we live in a world where we now have minifigs of both Iron Fist and Power Man/Luke Cage with the release of 76016 Spider-Helicopter Rescue.  If only Warner Bros. would allow Marvel to come play in The LEGO Movie Sequel I would be a very, very happy nerd.

 

This ‘Muppets’ Themed Hot Wheels Car Sure Seems … Phallic

While on a Target run to gather up stocking stuffers for the minions, I came across this rather unsightly The Muppets themed Hot Wheels. What does that look like to you? I’ll give you some time …

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It’s clearly a dong right?  Or maybe an homage to the Ambigiously Gay Duo’s Duo Car, which was in fact a penis on wheels.  Mattel is a big company that employs a lot of creative people, did no one during the design phase of The Muppets Hot Wheels line say something to the effect of “This Beaker hot rod sure looks like a ginger’s turgid penis”.

 

Sightings – TMNT Classics Rocksteady at Toys R Us

While doing a little early Christmas shopping over the weekend I came across a single Rocksteady from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classic Collection hanging out at my local Toys R Us.  The figure scanned in at $19.99, which is on par with the other figures in the Classic Collection.

TMNTRocksteadyIn my household once November hits we have a strict “no me gifts” policy, so while it pained me to leave Rocksteady on that peg, I do have hope that I will be able to track him down again.

The Classics Collection saw very sporadic distribution here in the Greater Philadelphia Area up until recently, and Rocksteady and his cohort Bebop are shipping in new waves with all four of the already released turtles.

Sightings — TMNT “Classic Collection” Party Wagon

On a recent Toys R Us run I came across the re-releases of the vintage Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party Wagon and “Classic Collection” action figures.

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Priced at $59.99, the Turtle Party Wagon is an instant hit of nostalgia.  I was really surprised to even spot these considering that for the last year my area has seen inconsistent distribution on this line.

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The re-re-released “Classic Collection” figures look great in person with excellent card backs and those infamous breakaway plastic weapons.  Those nubs certainly never ever came off clean.

Sightings — Old Navy Sees Your Meme, Raises It With Tyrion Lannister

Imagine my surprise when I ran across this “Keep Calm And Tyrion” t-shirt at Old Navy the other night. At no point would I think the purveyor of Flag Tees and $1 Flip Flops would be selling merchandise based on HBO’s ratings bonanza Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones ... Now at Old Navy

Game of Thrones … Now at Old Navy

Instead of shopping at Old Navy, you’d be much better off ordering some Game of Thrones merchandise through my affiliate links for Entertainment Earth and Amazon

For The Record, BattleToads Absolutely Sucked

 

As I further explore the greatest advertisements the 1990s had to offer, I came across this ad for the BattleToads video game from the pages of GI JOE: A Real American Hero #114.

Let’s be frank here, the BattleToads were pretty shitty. There’s a reason why the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are enjoying a popular culture renaissance today and the BattleToads are a punchline for so many GameStop crank calls.

BattleToads Suck

Sightings — X-Men Series II Trading Card Advertisement

After my last 1990’s advertisement discovery, I got the urge to rifle through some of my more choice back issues to find some more radical examples of terrible marketing from the neon decade. In Iron Man #290, the “30th Anniversary Issue” I came across this full page ad for Skybox’s X-Men Series II Trading Cards.

1993 Skybox X-Men Series II Trading Card Ad

 

You so what they did there? They totally just shit on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! As someone who collected the entirety of the Marvel Series II cards and even got the GI JOE boxed set for Easter one year, I vividly recall how much these ridiculously phrased advertisements compelled me to nag my parents until I gobbled up every damn foil pack at the 7-11. Come to think of it all those holo-foil cards have probably fully decomposed in the Tullytown landfill.

Sightings — 1993 Kool-Aid Wacky Warehouse Advertisement

While perusing Fantastic Four #375, which is by far one of the most “nineties” issues that Marvel Comics ever put out.  Of course it has the requisite foil cover featuring a Mr. Fantastic wielding a ridiculously large rifle and Susan Richards suddenly is wearing a uniform with a “4” shaped boob cut out.  The 1990s were so EXTREME!

I didn’t make it past the front cover when I came across this truly awesome advertisement for Kool-Aid’s Wacky Warehouse promotion.  It really took me back to a time where everything was neon and Trolls, Koosh Balls, and Super NES were the in fact, the shit.

Kool Aid Wacky Warehouse

 

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