Friday, March 24, 2017

CD Artwork: Sounds of the Weird-Ohs

I recently made a CD of the old "Sounds of the Weird-Ohs" album and made some artwork for a jewel case for it. Thought I would share. These images can be downloaded at full size from my deviantArt page. These should come out the right size if printed double sided at 300 dpi. If you want to download the album all the songs are in mp3 format on weird-ohs.net.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Obituary: William W. "Bill" Campbell

I'm a bit late with this news but back at the beginning of the month it was learned that William W. "Bill" Campbell passed away at the age of 97. Campbell was a freelance cartoonist and illustrator. He is best remembered for his invention of the iconic Weird-Ohs model kits for Hawk Models. He started out as a box art illustrator for Hawk Plastic Models. After coming to the conclusion that the model car market was saturated, he made up some prototypes of monsters in hot rods which eventually became the Weird-Oh Car-icky-tures line of plastic models which also featured his artwork on the boxes.

Video: McDonaldland Playset

Here is a short video of the McDonaldland Train going around the track!

Monday, March 6, 2017

More from McDonaldland...

A couple of things are missing from the McDonaldland Playset Apple Pie Tree; there are no apples or pies! Take a look at the example from the specification manual. It is filled with apples and pies! Well, it seems a trip to Hobby Lobby is needed to begin fixing that omission. Only one pack of apples was purchased, so there are only three so far on the tree. There needs to be more...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Trip to McDonaldland

After posting about McDonaldland a few days ago, and seeing this playset, I just had to have one. Well here it is, a complete Remco McDonaldland playset with all seven of the McDonaldland characters! The play surface and backdrop are in relatively good condition, the Locomotive works like a top, and the Apple Pie Tree is complete with all its branches, leaves, and swing. The restaurant is intact and the roof sign isn't broken.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Magician Daryl Easton accidentally hanged himself

Renowned magician Daryl Easton accidentally hanged himself in a dressing room at Hollywood’s Magic Castle on Friday night — right before he was due to take the stage at the famed magicians’ clubhouse.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

R.I.P. Don Driver

I was saddened to learn today that Don Driver passed away at the age of 72 on February 19, 2017. Most people won't know who Don is. Don was a magician, escape artist, sideshow performer, and pitchman. But to me he was a teacher.

Premiere Date Announced for Mystery Science Theater 3000 Revival on Netflix!

It has officially been announced that Mystery Science Theater 3000 returns to screens in April 14 exclusively on Netflix.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Batman Stop Motion Intro- 1966 Theme

Video credit: Kyle Roberts
Check it out, Kyle Roberts has recreated the Opening Theme to Batman in stop motion with action figures!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Batman Just Can't Get Rid of a Bomb

In one of the signature moments in the 1966 Batman movie, Batman frantically dashes around the pier trying to get rid of a comically oversized bomb. With the fuse burning dangerously low and after dodging nuns, a mom pushing a baby carriage, and the Salvation Army band, Batman finally reaches the end of the pier only to find a family of cute baby ducklings in the way. Batman turns and states with exasperation, "Some days, you just can’t get rid of a bomb!"

Monday, February 13, 2017

To the Batcycle!

This is the Hot Wheels Elite 1966 Batcycle. I picked this little item up on Ebay recently for a bargan, as such it was a loose item with a couple of issues -- such as the rear reflector broken off and a missing footpeg with shifter lever. The foot peg was easily replaced with a toothpick. Otherwise, it is complete and displays nicely. This is not a plastic toy, therefore it contains all the fine details expected of a collectible diecast motorcycle.

Batman Classic TV Series Batmobile

For me, the George Barris designed Batmobile from the 1966 TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward is the Batmobile. In August 1965, the Batman TV show producers approached car customizer Dean Jeffries to build a Batmobile for their new show. Jeffries was going to use a 1959 Cadillac, but ultimately he turned down the project because he felt he wouldn’t have enough time to complete the car.