Monday, October 16, 2017

Instant Life (Film)

Instant Life tells the story of Yolanda Signorelli von Braunhut, the heiress to the Amazing Live Sea-Monkeys fortune, who is engaged in a David and Goliath legal battle with the toy corporation Big Time Toys to regain control over her husband’s iconic aquatic novelty. Now dispossessed of her sole source of income, Signorelli von Braunhut lives alone without electricity or running water on the Sea-Monkeys estate along the Potomac River where she struggles to restore the novelty’s reputation by regaining ownership of the Sea Monkeys and re-introducing the secret Sea-Monkeys formula to the world.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Some of Lance Russell's greatest moments

Lance Russell along with Dave Brown were the announcers on Championship Wrestling in Memphis, TN. With a career spanning more than fifty years, Russell was arguably one of the most recognizable voices in professional wrestling.

He first began announcing matches at WHBQ channel 13 before heading up the long-running Saturday morning wrestling program on WMC channel 5 with Dave in 1977.
Russell even caught himself up in the action from time to time, including one match no one will ever forget: The time comedian Andy Kaufman stepped in the ring.

Another classic moment? The Tupelo concession stand brawl. Institutionalized jars of ketchup and mustard were thrown across the arena.

In honor of Lance Russell, I have compiled some of my favorite Lance Russell moments:

RIP Lance Russell

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis wrestling legend Lance Russell died Tuesday morning at the age of 91.

Russell was a wrestling announcer in Memphis for decades, calling matches alongside Dave Brown at WMC Action News 5.

Heaven needed another commentator for all those dream matches up there...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

7 toy stores you will never shop at again

Photo credit: wishbookweb / Flickr

Was there a better feeling than when mom took you into the toy store at the mall? No matter the season, it was suddenly Christmas. After all, you earned it after watching her try on dresses at Casual Corner for an hour.

These days, toy stores at the mall are about as rare as record stores at the mall. Major chains have gone extinct as beloved mascots like Peter Panda and Kaycee Kangaroo have joined the dinosaurs.

Let's take a look at some of the defunct toy retailers of yesteryear. Where was your favorite place to shop for action figures, dolls and board games? | By MeTV Staff |September 6, 2016

Friday, July 21, 2017

Goodbye Victoria, Deborah Watling RIP

Deborah Watling, who played Doctor Who's assistant Victoria Waterford in the 1960s, starring alongside second Doctor Patrick Troughton, has died at the age of 69.

Monday, July 17, 2017

My Thoughts on Thirteenth Doctor Casting

So, the new Doctor has been cast. The role will go to Jodie Whittaker, a female. The internet, of course, has lost its mind. The fans have divided into two camps -- those who love it and those who hate it. They also hate each other... violently. If someone in one camp suspects you of being in the other camp expect to eviscerated immediately! The only losers are the people caught in the crossfire of this internet war, those who aren't on the bandwagon or ready to quit watching, those who innocently want to wait and see if the show actually improves because of this.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Mattel Battlestar Galactica Action Figure Commerci...

Happy Friday! Here is another commercial transfer, this it the original Mattel Battlestar Galactica Action Figure commercial from 1979,...
Reblogged from: Plaid Stallions

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Crazy Cult Films: Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders

Crazy Cult Films: Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders: I, along with many other people, am still processing the news that the great Adam West has died.   He had a large influence on me an...

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Coming soon: AFT Batcave Set

Stay Tuned Batfans, Action Figure Theatre Downloads will be releasing a 1966 Batcave Papercraft diorama playset next month... I can't wait!

Update: This will be for 3 3/4 inch figures only, not 6 inch 1:12 scale.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Rebuilding Blogroll

For some odd reason all the blog links in my Blogroll disappeared. I am in the process of rebuilding the Blogroll. This is very frustrating.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

New Doctor Who teaser shows off a brilliant Tardis trick

He doesn’t have a tank or a warship, he has a box that you can call for help.

New series premieres on April 15th!

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

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.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Batman Classic TV Series Action Figures

Mattel finally got the license to create action figures of the 1960s, live-action adventures of the Caped Crusader with its Batman Classic TV Series collection in 2013. Batgirl and a Batcave accessories set followed in 2015. These 6-inch-tall action figures tap into the days when kids, and many an adult, were glued to their televisions watching the landmark ABC television show “Batman,” starring a collection of veteran actors. I saw it in afternoon reruns when I was a kid in the 70's.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Batcave Set

Here is my version of the Classic Batman TV Series Batcave! Yes, the trophies weren't on the TV show, but whats a Batcave without them? You can glimpse them in Batman: The Return of the Caped Crusaders cartoon movie that was released recently though. The T-Rex is from an adventure on Dinosaur Island, the giant penny is from Batman's encounter with the Penny Plunderer. And of course the giant Joker playing card is from one of The Joker's many appearances.

Friday, February 3, 2017

McDonaldland Playground

The McDonaldland playground equipment was an extension of the company's highly effective national children's television advertising campaign in which the world of McDonaldland had been created.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Rise And Fall Of McDonaldland

Video credit: Daniel Brenneman
A brief look at the history of McDonaldland and the man himself, Ronald McDonald. The lawsuit. The magic. The hamburgers.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

McDonaldland Virtual Tour

Lets travel back to early '70's for look at the magical land that is home to that hap-hap-happiest of hamburger clowns, Ronald McDonald. McDonaldland, with Triple Thick Milkshake Volcanoes, Hamburger Patches, French Fry Fields, Apple Pie Trees, & a Fillet O' Fish Lake, was home not only to Ronald Mcdonald, but also to such diverse personalities as Mayor McCheese, Officer Big Mac, The Grimace, Captain Crook, Hamburgler, and The Mad Professor. There they all have exciting adventures which mainly consist of enticing kids to get their parents to take them out to eat at McDonalds.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A Brief History of McDonaldland and the Toys (and Lawsuit) It Spawned

Photo credit: Mark Bellomo

A Brief History of McDonaldland and the Toys (and Lawsuit) It Spawned
In 1970-71, at the behest of the McDonald’s Corporation, the advertising agency Needham, Harper & Steers created a fantastic imaginary world they dubbed McDonaldland, and a cast of characters to populate it: Officer Big Mac, Grimace (a revision of a character who was once a four-armed villain), the Hamburglar, Mayor McCheese, the [Mad] Professor, Captain Crook and, of course, Ronald McDonald. | By Mark Bellomo |October 4, 2016

Ok I want this playset!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Nia Jax

I have to admit that I dig Nia Jax... a lot! Right now she is hands down my favorite of all the current women wrestlers on the WWE roster. Currently she is being presented as a monster heel, but that just makes me cheer her on more and hope that one day she becomes the Womens Champion. Last night at the Royal Rumble she defeated Sasha Banks. While Sasha is great wrestler, her "legit boss" gimmick is getting a bit tiring.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Just Add Water | A Really Great Big Story

So... Sea Monkeys

So... Sea Monkeys
July 5, 2016 - Brown Sterling Business Law
The point is, this is just another example – albeit a most entertaining one – of the botched sale of a company. An operating, profitable company, the death of the owner, a ‘quick’ sale by the heir, then years of litigation. All of it was avoidable with proper planning.

Twinkie Me, Bitch! : Breaking Bad Hostess Ad

AMC recently had a marathon of the critically acclaimed TV show Breaking Bad starring Bryan Cranston as Walter White and Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman. I binge watched the whole thing as I never watched it when it first aired. While looking for more information about this series on I found this delightful gem!

Artist Brendan Tobin has created “Twinkie Me, Bitch!,” a Breaking Bad spoof of the classic comic book ads that Hostess ran for Twinkies in the 1970s and 1980s.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Latest Sea-Monkeys® News

It looks like The Sea-Monkeys® Official Website is back up and running, however the Paypal link is gone for now. There is a gofundme page for sending donations for Ms. Yolanda as well.

Now, I don't have anything to do with Transcience, but I would like to let people know a bit about what is going on (as far as I can tell)...