Monday, December 12, 2016

An Amazing Way to Auto-Share to Social Media

Social Media is a necessary evil. If you want to publicize your latest blog post, then you need to let your readers know whenever there is a new post, so a Facebook page and a Twitter account for the blog are absolutely required. This doesn't mean you have waste your time after posting a new update sharing the post by hand to the media you are using to promote it.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Battle Over the Sea-Monkey Fortune

Something very wrong is happening in world of Sea-Monkeys® right now. Big Time Toys (aka: Sam Harwell) is trying to wrest the trademark for Sea-Monkeys® away from the Transcience Corp (aka: Yolanda von Braunhut, widow of Sea Monkeys inventor Harold von Braunhut)! Read the article below from the New York Times for more information...
Photo credit: Justine Kurland for The New York Times

Monday, December 5, 2016

Making a better blog...

As you can see if you look at the time stamps on my recent posts I stayed up all night Saturday night working on this blog. I wasn't just putting up posts either, I was coding! And as we all know the best coding happens in the middle of the night.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

What I learned about Blogging and Image Storage

Some of the posts made to this blog back when it was hosted at were recently found and a valuable lesson was learned.
Consistently store posted images on an external image storage site! was and is the blog's external image host site.The only problem? It was never consistently used! In other words, sometimes images were posted using the blog's local image storage and other times was used.

Action Figure Theatre Slideshow

Huey's Hut Rod - The Way Outhouse Bomb

Huey lived in Tennessee atop a mountain tall, he always wanted a hot rod, but his ready cash was small. So, using parts he found out back Huey got it done, he didn't win any races, but he did have lots of fun. With natural gas and moonshine he made that out-house run!

Digger the Way Out Dragster

The massive slicks of the candy blue dragster bit deeply into the asphalt as tire smoke streamed back behind the rail. The driver shoved the long 8-ball shifter forward as the front wheels leaped from the pavement with a surge of power. Engine parts and oil blew out from the block, but the bulging, bloodshot eyes of the driver revealed no concern as long orange exhaust flames

Doctor Deadly's Dungeon Laboratory

I have made a diorama of Doctor Deadly's Dungeon Laboratory for all the Monster Scenes models.

Scene Recreation: Crowded Tardis

A scene recreation from Black Orchid featuring the Fifth Doctor, Adric, Nyssa, and Tegan.

Adric, Nyssa, and Tegan figures were custom made by artist Matthew Hackley.

Friday, December 2, 2016

A Happy Find & Construction Continues...

I am still working on getting set up here at the new host site. I wish I had moved long ago, but I was just to busy to get it all set up. Blogger is so much easier to use than Wordpress, at least it seems that way to me.

I was able to find an archived back-up of the blog and was able to recover a few old posts from 2013! What a happy find. These were posts from the days when the toy blog was devoted to Sea-Monkeys.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Weird-Ohs Models

In the early 1960s, the Hawk model company released the first few Weird-Ohs model kits. The company wisely monopolized on the current fad of cars and monsters. These kits were re-issued in the 70's and 80's and I had Digger and Davey. I always wanted Huey. These kits are forever lost to time. I found out that the kits had been reissued again not too long ago. I bought Digger and Huey and here they are!

Coal Hill Secondary School

Recently my friend Phil over at AFT Downloads posted a new papercraft diorama of Coal Hill Secondary School from the Doctor Who story Remembrance of the Daleks that can be printed a assembled. Here are some shots of mine:

Coal Hill Secondary School Shoreditch

The Weird World of Aurora

In 1971, a model company called Aurora was struggling. They had made a good name for themselves with awesome kits based on classic monsters, dinosaurs, and the like, but sales were waning, so they decided to up the ante with what was arguably the most offensive and shocking toy sets ever marketed to kids.

The snap together kits featured Frankenstein, Dr. Deadly, and Vampirella, which wasn't that outrageous, but they came with an array of torture devices and a figure cleverly marketed as "The Victim" that caused an uproar.

The centerpiece of the campaign was an ad which ran in DC comic books and Warren comic magazines of the era.

Taking the form of a comic strip, the ad details Dr. Deadly sending Frankenstein and Vampirella (sporting a camel toe, no less!) out for “a girl victim for the experiment.” Frankenstein chuckles?!