Tag: The 80s

It’s Official. LEGO is Drunk On The Eighties, With A Ghostbusters Set Coming in 2014

Yesterday LEGO announced that the next CUUSOO set would be based on the Ghostbusters.  Let that resonate for a minute …. I’ll be back in a minute.

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever envision a minifigure-scaled DeLorean Time Machine from Back To The Future.  After making that dream a reality those Danish bastards are taking a strong lead on winning the Internet in 2014 with this latest announcement.  The final design of the set will be based on a submission by Brent Waller titled Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary which was actually one of two Ghostbuster themed submissions during this review period.

GB640x360Final pricing, details, and a release date have yet to be announced.  However based on my extensive knowledge of all things LEGO I’m figuring a price point of $49.99, being that the vehicle will be twice the size as the DeLorean Time Machine and all four Ghostbusters will be included as well.

RoboCop, Dino-Riders, & Spider-Man … The Marvel Action Universe

Spider-Man. Robocop. Dino-Riders.  The Marvel Action Universe lineup could very well be one of the greatest blocks of animated programming in history. Running in syndication from 1988-1990, the Marvel Action Universe featured some new series like RoboCop and Dino-Riders as well as rebroadcasts like Defenders of The EarthThe Incredible HulkDungeons & Dragons, and The New Fantastic Four.

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Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends

marvelactionuniverseLooking back I cannot help but laugh at the complete insanity of taking Paul Verhoeven’s RocoCop and sanitizing it so the point it was a suitable cartoon for children.  But hey, Kenner had to sell some toys right?

And Dino-Riders was one of the many dinosaur themed cartoons from the late 1980s.  How can we forget Dino Saucers and Denver The Last Dinosaur?  I’m sure most people did but you cannot deny the sheer awesomeness of the Dino-Riders toyline from Tyco (which still command a very high price on the secondary market).

Look at this ad I scanned from an old comic book.  How can you not be excited for this show? Spider-Man is hanging out with a Brontosaurus with rocket launchers and freaking cyborg police officer! My five year old brain was exploding with sheer, unadulterated joy.

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.

Such Heroic Nonsense – The Trauma of Transformers: The Movie

I’m traveling to Colorado this week, and as part of my in flight entertainment package I loaded up Transformers: The Movie on my iPad. In my thirty years on this earth I cannot even begin to accurately assess how many time I’ve watched this movie.

After all this time, I cannot shake how fear inducing the Decepticon attack on the Autobot shuttle was. All of the Autobots I knew and loved were ruthlessly slaughtered: Brawn, Iron Hide, Ratchet … and Prowl.

Prowl still haunts me, gunned down with fire spewing out of the Cybertonian equivalent of his eyes and mouth.

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Seriously, this is the stuff of nightmares.

Space Camp Was Full Of Lies, Damned Lies

I don’t think there is a movie from my childhood that was more misleading than Space Camp.  According to this movie, if you went to Space Camp down in Cape Canaveral you got to hang out with awesome robot sidekicks, super hot Kelly Preston, and Tom FUCKING Skerritt.

And then there was a chance that your group may be selected to sit in the actual space shuttle orbiter for a live fire engine test … and then you get launched into space by the aforementioned robot sidekick.

I watched the hell out of Space Camp partly due to the fact I was completely obsessed with NASA … and Kelly Preston.

Channel Your Inner LEGO Maniac With These Vintage Catalog Scans

I’ve been on a bit of a LEGO kick lately and it got me in a nostalgic mood.  One of my favorite things about collecting LEGO during my “Golden Age” in the late 80s-early 90s were the scenes created in the catalogs.

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[All Images Courtesy of BrickFactory.info]

I can’t tell you how many hours I spent trying to recreate these scenes.  Somewhere in the DDOY Archives there should be photographs of a young Jon diligently reconstructing these scenes.  If there is anything that I wish LEGO would return to are pieces like these in the current marketing materials.

 

So Here’s The New Turtle Van!

Despite the fact that a significant chunk of my formative childhood was spent consuming everything Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, I have been following the currently filming reboot with zero interest.  Who would have figured that two of my childhood favorite franchises: Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would be linked together by Megan Fox?

Of all places to uncover the goings on the set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a discussion thread on the TMNT LEGO boards at Eurobricks had a link to the new (and improved) Turtle Van which was spotted on set recently:

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Images via [JoBlo]

Initial thoughts? Is this new Turtle Van going to be another lightning rod for fans much like the casting has?  I’m sure it will be, but I will reserve any judgment until I see some actual footage from the reboot.

Collection Spotlight — Vintage RoboCop Night Fighter Card Art

I don’t think there is a toy collector around that does not have a soft spot for vintage Kenner card art.  About a month ago I picked up a carded (but very worn) RoboCop Nightfighter from the RoboCop and the Ultra Police line and have been unable to bring myself to open it.

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This card back is torn, battered, and has been exposed to the elements; but it showcases the entire RoboCop and the Ultra Police line.  I think I may have opened Pandora’s Box because I have an urge to start snapping up some figures and a few vehicles from this line the Robo-Tank must be mine ….

 

Acid Free Gallery Booth @ Wizard World Philadelphia

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Acid Free Gallery Booth #555

One of my first stops at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con was at the Acid Free Gallery (Booth #555) to check out their exclusive prints as well as some of their catalog pieces.

The undoubted star of the show was their Soundwave print by Laurent Deriux, which they were fully expecting to sell through during the course of the show.  However my personal favorite was Tom Whalen’s Voltron,  I’ve long been a fan of Whalen’s style and own several prints as well as some sketches.  And this is an excellent piece to grab that is indicative of his style and love of 1980s pop culture.

If you weren’t at Wizard World Philadelphia, you will have a chance to purchase all of their exclusive prints today, June 4th at 12:30pm when they go up on Acid Free Gallery’s website.

 

Toy Hunting At Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con

I enjoy the obscure vintage toy line as much as the next guy; but I saw lots of Megos, vintage Masters of the Universe, and GI Joe going for prices WAY above market value.  This valuation is driven by two factors: 1) paying off the insane booth rental fees at the Con and 2) Travel Channel’s hit shot Toy Hunter.

During my wanderings I documented some of my favorite finds that I most definitely could not afford or risk bringing home and having to explain said purchase to my wife.

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Vintage GI Joe Sky Raven — Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con 2013

A sealed GI Joe Sky Raven, which was going for $400 at the Con. A repaint of the very popular Cobra Night Raven, but the savvy eBayer can pick one of these up for around $250.00

Kenner's Sherwood Forrest Playset

Kenner’s Sherwood Forrest Playset

I thoroughly respect anyone who has had this Sherwood Forrest playset sitting in their garage since the release of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.  I’m sure someone walked away with this for $75 at the end of the show on Sunday.  

Remants of the much maligned Street Fighter ... err GI Joe Street Fighter line from Hasbro

Remants of the much maligned Street Fighter … err GI Joe Street Fighter line from Hasbro

 This dealer wanted $40 a piece for these figures which is a complete non-starter.  He also had a slew of vehicles from the Street Fighter line as well.  I remember getting some of these for a steal at KB Toys.

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This Silverhawks electric toothbrush holder/electronic figurine was quite simply the greatest thing I saw all weekend.  I never even knew this thing existed, and those are the finds I enjoy the most.  

MIB Playmates' Starship Enterprise-D

MIB Playmates’ Starship Enterprise-D

Despite the lurid instructions to PRESS HERE, this dealer was not having it.  When asked if I could test the electronics (because I wanted to make an offer) he removed it from the table.  Ass clown.

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Another dealer had a bin full of broken GI Joe vehicles from anywhere from $12-$15 a piece.  Very dirty, but some really great vintage items in that Rubbermaid tote of despair.  

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And what did I walk away with you ask? Two very cool figures … a carded Nightfighter Robocop from the Kenner Robocop and the Ultra Police line and a Star Trek Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Chief Medical Officer Raphael.  Look for reviews on both coming up shortly.

 

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