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Giving thanks for my new The Shadow action figures

Posted in movies, pop culture, toys with tags , , , on November 27, 2013 by Paxton

Brian over at is a good friend of this site and the Nerd Lunch podcast. He is also a garage sale/flea market/Craigslist guru. He finds awesome pop culture items and toys tucked away in some nooks and crannies where only the brave care to tread.

Brian posted several articles recently (here, here and here) showing a nice haul of toys he had procured and is looking to “trim the fat”.  I love looking at these articles and seeing some of the treasures he has unearthed.  For instance, I wasn’t even AWARE they made figures for The Last Action Hero and Demolition Man.  WHAT?!  That’s coconuts.  Check them out:

The Last Action Hero figs

Bananas. Anyway, a little further down, I noticed something that caught my eye. Brian had found some of Kenner’s The Shadow figures from the 1994 movie. I love that movie and I really loved those figures. I still own my Lightning Draw Shadow figure from that line that I bought back in ’94 when they were on clearance in KayBee Toys.

Lightning Draw Shadow figure

Kenner’s entire The Shadow figure line was amazing.  Eight regular figures, a deluxe electronic figure and FOUR vehicles.  The line was gorgeous, it really was.  It’s too bad the movie didn’t hit like they wanted because I would have loved to have seen both a Shadow Sanctum and a Hotel Monolith playset.  Oh yeah, AND A SEQUEL.  But that’s a rant for another time.

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Nerd Lunch Episode 91: GI Joe: A Real American Hero action figures

Posted in 80s, cartoons, pop culture, toys, TV shows with tags , , , , , , on June 25, 2013 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

Our long, slow crawl to episode 100 continues. While Jeeg is off searching for the third constituent element in his Weather Dominator this week, we are joined by our good friend Shawn Robare and first time guest Howie Decker of the Under Scoop Fire Blog and Podcast.  And in this very special episode, CT, the guests and I are discussing the GI Joe A Real American Hero toys.

USS Flagg

We talk about the ones we had, we talk about the ones we wanted. We talk about some of our favorites and least favorites. We also talk about our current relationship with the property.  It’s a fun, nostalgia filled discussion, join us won’t you?

Download this episode from iTunes or listen to it on Feedburner.

Nerd Lunch Episode 68: Failed movie toy lines

Posted in movies, nostalgia, podcast, pop culture, toys with tags , , , , , on January 16, 2013 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

This week we are joined by Kirk Howle from Schlock Treatment who follows his podcast colleague Doug from last week. Unfortunately, Jeeg was not able to join us so we called in 4th chair regular Shawn Robare to fill in. The topic this week is failed movie toy lines.

The Shadow figure

We talk about a few movie toy lines that work and why we think they work.  We then parlay that into some movie toy lines that failed and why we think they failed.  Movie toys we discuss involve Star Wars, The Lone Ranger, The Shadow, Dick Tracy and several more you probably didn’t even realize existed.

Get your fix for both movie and toy nostalgia with this week’s episode and download this episode from iTunes or listen to it on Feedburner.

Or listen to it online here.

Go Bots: Battle of the Rock Lords turns 25 years old

Posted in cartoons, movies, toys, TV shows with tags , , , on March 21, 2011 by Paxton

GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords
(Via rastheater)

The first and only GoBots movie, GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords, turns 25 years old today. It opened on March 21, 1986.

The movie featured voice talent such as Roddy McDowell (Nuggit), Telly Savalas (Magmar) and Margot Kidder (Solitaire). The movie also featured popular voice over talent like Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Michael Bell and Arthur Burghardt.  The rest of the voice cast was populated by the actors who voiced the regular TV show, Challenge of the GoBots.

Challenge of the GoBots

The GoBots movie reached theaters two months before Transformers: The Movie (Aug 8).  However Transformers had been in production for the previous two years.

The GoBots, like Transformers, were first released in Japan. They were imported by Tonka into America after the popularity of Transformers skyrocketed.

Vintage Gobot MOC

Billy the Kid Week 2010: Billy the Kid in pop culture

Posted in Billy the Kid, comic books, magazine, pop culture, toys with tags , , , on August 5, 2010 by Paxton

Billy the Kid Week

Billy the Kid Week 2010 starts officially on Monday.  However, I thought I’d do a “soft opening” of the Kid Week today.

After seeing the Young Guns movies, especially the first one in 1988, I went on the hunt for a movie novelization and/or a souvenir magazine for either movie.  Back then, there was no Internet to search, I had to “pound the pavement” at all of my local malls and bookstores to find these items.  And I was never able to find anything.  Surprisingly, I now know, neither Young Guns movie had a novelization nor a movie souvenir book released.  And it crushed me.  I really wanted that novelization.

While I never found a souvenir mag or a novelization, there were plenty of Billy the Kid items I did find.  Some of them right away, some of them years later.  Here are some items I found throughout the years featuring Billy the Kid.

Billy the Kid Adv Mag 21 Billy the Kid Adv Magazine 24 Billy the Kid Adv Mag 10

Billy the Kid Adventure Magazine – This magazine began in 1950 and was published by Toby Press. It lasted 29 issues and finally ended in 1955.  The magazine featured old and new Wild West stories including tales told from the point of view of a killer bear as well as Katie O’Donnell, the first female prospector. The magazine also contained artwork by the great Frank Frazetta, Al Williamson and Mad Magazine’s Harvey Kurtzman.

Charlton Billy the Kid 80 Charlton Billy the Kid 23 Charlton Billy the Kid 124
Charlton’s Billy the Kid – Published sporadically throughout the ’60s and ’70s, this comic book featured artwork by the great Cracked magazine artist John Severin. The book told fictional tales featuring a fictional version of Billy the Kid. The comic was twice put on a year long hiatus in the ’70s and finally canceled in 1983.

Kenner's The Real West figs Kenner Real West playsets(via Plaid Stallions)
Kenner’s The Real West – Kenner originally planned to release these figures as a tie-in to the 1979 film, Butch and Sundance: The Early Days. The film was a prequel to the Redford/Newman classic from 1969 and it starred William Katt as Butch and Tom Berenger as Sundance.  Needless to say, the movie bombed and Kenner opened the line up to all mythical figures of the Old West and tried to re-brand it The Real West.  In the image on the left above, you can see the figures in the line which include Billy the Kid in the lower left corner.  Click the image to see it bigger over on Plaid Stallions.  The top five figures were all from the movie and released with the Butch and Sundance branding.  The bottom three figures (including Billy) were planned to be released as the second series with the new Real West branding, and were produced, but never actually released.  In the image on the right, you can see the Western Cafe playset.  Look familiar?  It was a redressed Star Wars Creature Cantina playset.

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