Monday, March 19, 2018

Super Powers Jokermobile Custom Kitbash

This is a kitbashed custom Jokermobile for the Super Powers Collection. Its really easy to make and the parts for it aren't very hard to find. Keep reading for the recipe...

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Super Powers Batcave

Batcave mock-up box art by Javier Garcia
Despite any speculation on what it may have looked like, we really don't know what an official Kenner Super Powers Batcave playset would have looked like. While conceptual drawings have been seen, it is unknown if they are actual official plans. However, given the time frame, a Super Powers Batcave playset would have only had influences from the comics and perhaps the 1966 Batman live action television show. The designs from the Batman movie with Michael Keaton would have had absolutely no influence due to the fact it wouldn't be made until 1989, three years after the last released wave of the Super Powers Collection. With this all in mind, a Super Powers Batcave diorama scene was assembled.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Super Powers Papercraft TroubAlert

Also known as the Trouble Alert, the TroubAlert is an advanced globally networked emergency monitoring system relaying information from the Justice League Satellite to the Hall of Justice alerting the Super friends to all sorts of dangers and natural disasters.

The TroubAlert is also connected to the Secret Department of Investigation (SDI). The SDI is an agency withing the United States government which alerts the SuperFriends when they are needed in case of danger and other emergencies. Colonel Wilcox routinely contacts the SuperFriends on behalf of the SDI using the TroubAlert.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Super Powers Bio-Cards

Hasbro started it all by printing file cards on the backs of G.I. Joe action figure blister cards. Kids were expected to cut them out and save them along with the figures. The figure collector cases even featured compartments to keep the file cards in.

This allowed kids to have a better idea about who was who in the collection, who the good guys were , who were the bad guys, and what their powers were. Kenner definitely paid attention to this when they designed the packaging for the Super Powers collection.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Super Powers: Papercraft Phone Booth

Clark Kent ducks into a nearby telephone booth for a quick change into Superman!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Kenner Super Powers Collection

In 1984, facing the real possibility that Return of the Jedi would be the last ever Star Wars movie and with Mattel's Masters of the Universe and Hasbro's G.I. Joe figure lines breathing down their necks, Kenner was looking at a future without a franchise.

Deciding to go for the DC Comics brand of Super-Heroes, Kenner won the license away from Mego to begin production of the Super Powers Collection, one of the, if not the, best lines of 4.5 inch Super-hero action figures ever made! Along with the figures, there were also vehicles and playsets, such as the Batmobile and the Hall of Justice, produced. Unfortunately, the line would last for only 3 waves and was cancelled in 1986.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Action Figure Scene Recreation: New Earth

The Doctor and Rose arrive on New Earth, in the year five billion and twenty-three
Here is a little oldie from a few years ago that I reworked last summer. I've been meaning to post this for a while and here it is, New Earth.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Deadpool 2 Trailer: Meet Cable!

Meet Cable in this awesome new trailer for Deadpool 2... Oh yeah, there's jokes and action figures too...

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Zack says Get a *&#@ Job, You Lazy Bums!

Back in the late 70s and early 80s, when Saturday morning was devoted to cartoons, every half hour or so animated PSAs (Public Service Announcements) would air interspersed among the commercials, usually promoting such positive activities as healthy eating habits and personal hygiene. Using catchy tunes and humorous animations, these PSAs are fondly remembered by those of us who watched them back in the day. Zack of All Trades, part of ABC television's "Bod Squad" collection of PSAs, concerned a hip R&B singer teaching lazy teenagers valuable lessons about getting jobs, making career choices, and benefiting society in general instead of being worthless good-for-nothing bums!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

RIP: Beetle Bailey Cartoonist Mort Walker

Bill Morrison, president of the National Cartoonists Society, has confirmed that "Beetle Bailey" comic strip writer and artist, Mort Walker died Jan. 27 at his home in Stamford, Conn from pneumonia. He was 94.

In 1949, Mr. Walker married the former Jean Suffill, with whom he had seven children. The marriage ended in divorce. In 1985, he married Catherine Carty. Besides his wife, survivors include his children and three stepchildren. A complete list of survivors was not immediately available.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Blu-rays, DVDs for 'Season 11' Announced


But when fans broke crowdfunding records to bring back Mystery Science Theater 3000, it was an event worthy of the finest disco cannons! Hapless Jonah Heston (Jonah Ray) is trapped on the dark side of the moon and forced to watch cheesy movies by the evil, profit-obsessed mad scientist Kinga Forrester (Felicia Day) and her snarky henchman Max (Patton Oswalt). So Jonah does what any gadget-savvy kidnappee would do: make fun of the films with the help of his wisecracking robot pals, Tom Servo (Baron Vaughn), Crow (Hampton Yount) and Gypsy (Rebecca Hanson).

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

'Stranger Things' 3 Details: Will gets a Break

Image credit: Netflix
Stranger Things executive producer Shawn Levy tells Glamour Magazine that The show is scheduled to return for a third season sometime in late 2018 or early 2019. He goes on to tease that Noah Schnapp's character Will Byers, who has been put through the wringer for two seasons, will get a see a bit of a break this time around.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Scene Recreation: An Adventure in Space and Time

A scene recreation from An Adventure in Space and Time.
As William Hartnell prepares to shoot his final scene, he has a vision of the future: a young man
smiling reassuringly from across the TARDIS console.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Last Webmaster: The story of the little website that could

Hello visitors. I’m the Sea-Monkey® Uncle and I want to thank Bill for the opportunity to write in this cool blog.

Sea-Monkeys® Web-Site circa 2006
Click the image above or go here to take a peek at the official
Sea-Monkey© website back in 2006 from the Internet Archive.
I was the last webmaster of the ‘Educational Insights’ days. For me it was the golden era for the official Sea-Monkey® website, because I was revamping the whole site with new dynamic content and graphics under the direction of George Atamian. Mr. Atamian was the president of Exploratoy, the current licensee of Sea-Monkeys® at that time. Together as true lovers of Sea-Monkeys®, we were trying to create an interactive site with the highest standard worthy to the brand name. I was hired precisely because of my passion and extensive work done with my personal Sea-Monkey® fan site*.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Comics-Ads: Johnson Smith Co. Presents Kung-Fu for the Pathetically Hopeless

Ah, Johnson Smith Co., ripping off little kids since 1914, and yet they're still in business to this very day. Its really no wonder, because they knew exactly how to market crap to their target audience. I know I got ripped off by them a number of times, but I would still come back for more.

Latest Sea-Monkeys News, Web-Site Scam Drama, and New Blog Contributors

Latest Sea-Monkeys® News

Recently the whole Sea-Monkeys® legal drama was seemingly resolved. Amazing Live Sea-Monkeys® was licensed to Dragon-i Toys and re-branded The Original Sea-Monkeys® and Bandai was chosen as the distributor for the United Kingdom meanwhile a new commercial for Original Sea-Monkeys popped up on YouTube.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

1985 Saturday Morning Preview - Back to Next Saturday

Back in the 80s the networks would have Saturday morning preview specials to showcase the upcoming saturday morning cartoons for the upcoming season. A great way back then to get kids talking and circling times in the TV Guide.

This is a full 1985 Saturday Morning Preview titled "Back to Next Saturday". It features Keshia Knight Pulliam (Rudy from The Cosby Show), Lisa Welchel (Blair from The Facts of Life), Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster), the kids from Punky Brewster, the kids from Kidd Video, & Spider-Man.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Monster Scenes: Vampirella Rides The Giant Insect

It was originally intended that Vampirella would be able to ride the Giant Insect and a set of riding legs were proposed to be sculpted for the Vampi model. The extra legs were ultimately rejected for cost reasons therefore the insect was sculpted so the the existing legs included in the Vampirella kit could be utilized!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Plaid Stallions : Rambling and Reflections on '70s pop culture: Aurora Monster Scenes Store Display!

Enjoyable article featuring a vintage 1970s Monster Scenes store display! Thought I'd share:
Photo credit: Plaid Stallions
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Monster Scenes: Giant Insect - New Build

This is a brand new build of the Giant Insect. Once again orange suncatcher paint was used for the eyes and wings. To bring out the details I used a lot of dry brushing. I'm satisfied enough for now to quit working on it. I like this one best so far.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Monster Scenes: Giant Insect

Today I have been working with the Giant Insect... The wings and eyes were painted using orange stained glass paint.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Bandai named UK distributor of Dragon-i's Original Sea Monkeys

ToyNews reports that Dragon-i Toys has acquired the license for Sea-Monkeys® and that Bandai UK has been named the UK and ROI distributor of range which is being marketed as The Original Sea-Monkeys®. Read the full article here.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Toys That Made Us | Netflix Original Series

The Toys That Made Us is a wonderful series that just debuted on Netflix just in time for the Holidays. The series follows each toy line from its conception all they way through its downfall. Star Wars, Barbie, He-Man, and G.I. Joe are just a few of the toy lies covered. It isn't shy either, as the sometimes seamy side of the toy business creeps out from time to time!

The first four episodes of a promised eight episode series are now available on Netflix. Check out the official trailer below:

Monday, January 1, 2018

Weird-Ohs: Huey's Hut Rod the Way Outhouse Bomb

Its Huey's Hut Rod, the Way Outhouse Bomb! Huey is a green hillbilly monster with crazy bulging eyes, his long tongue hangs out of his jagged toothed mouth. He has cobbled together his "hut rod" from an an old outhouse, scrap lumber, and other assorted junk! A toilet plunger is attached to the side and he uses a corn cob for his gear shift knob. The engine has a huge turbo charger on top with a pink rubber band for a belt. The exhaust is made from galvanized steel plumbing pipes. That isn't moonshine in that jug he is using for a fuel tank, that's Pluto Water, a powerful old time laxative. He rattles past a sign which reads, "Podunk Holler Drag Strip."

Weird-Ohs: Digger the Way Out Dragster

Lets take a look at Digger the Way Out Dragster. Digger is a hideous green monster with bloodshot eyes and a wide shark-toothed grin driving a blue dragster. The exhaust pipe is coming out of his gloss yellow helmet and parachute pack is strapped on his back. The knob of his comically long gear shift is an 8-ball. Apparently the dragster is fueled by a concoction called "Jiggle Juice." The engine has blown parts all over the pavement as he speeds past a sign which says "Dragsville Rubber Burners."