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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Status Update (Good News/Bad News)

Good News! I got a job starting Monday! YAY!

Bad news... I won't have the computer free time I had at the old job so my post will get sporadic... :(
I never had the money problems during this downturn I thought I might so I didn't have to get drastic and sell off any of my toys! I had just bought some new stuff right before my old job played out I do plan to get some pics made of some of it and try to get a post or two in the next few weeks if I can. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

MAD Magazine to Cease Publication

Alfred E. Neuman
MAD Magazine will cease publication later this year, according to reports. Blogger Jedidiah Leland reportedly discovered the news after a MAD editor confessed to the magazine's doom in a Facebook group, and shortly thereafter, cartoonist Ruben Bolling seemed to confirm the report on Twitter. Of course, Bolling is not a MAD cartoonist (although he did have work published in it in 2005), so he may have been simply responding to the growing volume of responses to the Leland report.

Per the report, "I just heard from a friend of mine who is in a Facebook group with MAD writer Stan Stinberg that, after the next two issues, MAD will no longer be publishing original material. Instead, it’ll publish reprinted material until it’s subscription responsibilities are fulfilled and then the magazine will cease publication."

Sunday, June 23, 2019

A little set back in life...

I haven't been posting lately since the three part GeoCities article because life decided to issue me another challenge. :/ On Friday May 31st my contract at work wasn't renewed. This means I am on a job search for the first time in nearly 20 years!

All isn't bad... I am nearly debt free! My house and all my vehicles are paid for. I have few bills other than utilities. My wife is still working and I am drawing unemployment. I am going to have sell parts of my collection though. Probably most of the good stuff will go on the "Big Auction Site" I already am selling my comic collection... Its been under the bed since we moved in this house back 1997!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Remembering Geocities Pt 3: Archival to Revival

On January 28, 1999, GeoCities was acquired by Yahoo!, at which time it was allegedly the third-most visited website on the World Wide Web. In April 2009, the company announced that it would shut down the United States GeoCities service on October 26, 2009. There were at least 38 million pages on GeoCities before it was shut down, most user-written.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Remembering GeoCities Pt2: The Internet Suburbanized

In the 1990s computing was very exciting. The World Wide Web had just been created and with the release of the first graphical web browsers Mosaic and Netscape, "surfing the web" was a new national past time.

At first web sites and web pages were only for the privileged few... academics and later big business. But in 1994, entrepreneurs David Bohnett and John Rezner founded a Web hosting service called Beverly Hills Internet, which would later be known as GeoCities. The service allowed anybody to create their own Web page for free!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Remembering GeoCities Pt 1: The 1990s and Web 1.0

Grab your keyboards and strap on your velcro sneakers, kiddies, its time to surf the Internet Super-Highway on the World Wide Web! Lets return to a time before social networking. Long before there was such a thing as Facebook or Twitter... or even Google, there was this little place called GeoCities. In order to understand how it became so popular, we must understand Web 1.0 in the 1990s...

The Internet was once actually a frontier, a brave new world ready to be explored. Every single day something fresh and new was waiting to be discovered. Everything could change depending on which browser was chosen! Speeds were confined to dial-up modems so it was imperative that pages load in a reasonable amount of time or a significant portion of the intended audience would be lost. It was the beginnings of what would become known as the World Wide Web!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Today is Nation Sea-Monkey Day

National Sea-Monkey Day is observed each year on May 16. Most of us have memories of waiting for our mail order shipment of these magical creatures. The delivery usually contained the small “aquarium-like” hatching kit for them to live and grow in.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Godzilla: King of the Monsters - Final Trailer


This is Godzilla's world. We just live in it.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Dr. Frankenstein's Lab Playsets

Today we are taking a look at McFarlane Toys' Dr. Frankenstein's Lab Playsets from Series 1 & 2. These sets were released in the late 1990's and each featured a diorama and 2 character figures.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Building A Better Blog: Design Changes and Upgrades

I have been so busy messing with the blog itself for the last couple of weeks that I really haven't had to time to do any posts on the newest toys. I will try to make up for that in next few weeks, however Spring has sprung so my weekends are pretty busy with other things.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Monster Scenes Comic Covers

I've been a bit busy over the weekend, so for today's post I'm going to post some EC-like comic covers I made using the Monster Scenes models.

   

Monday, April 15, 2019

Cadillacs and Dinosaurs

In the 26th century, mankind faces an epic struggle for survival. The forces of nature have spun wildly out of control. Mighty cities have crumbled, and the dinosaurs have returned to reclaim the Earth. In this savage land, one man stands alone. Jack Tenrec defending humanity in a world gone mad. A world where only the strong survive. A world of...Cadillacs and Dinosaurs!

Monday, April 8, 2019

WWE Figures Collection


I made this video back when I was collecting Mattel WWE Wrestling action figures. At the time I was also trying to get as many Jakks Pacific playsets and as much graple gear as I could get my hands on as well!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Kenner Gotham City Bank Playset

If there is a bank in Gotham City, chances are that at some point its going to be robbed!
The Joker and Bob the goon are robbing the Gotham City Bank! Can Batman and Robin stop the bank robbers from stealing the money bags and gold, or will evil prevail? You decide!

Monday, March 25, 2019

VIDEO: Doctor Who – The Macra Terror – Trailer

Video credit: Blogtor Who

The four 25 minute missing episodes of the Doctor Who serial The Macra Terror, which were originally part of Doctor Who’s (now mostly lost) fourth season, have been animated for the first time and will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, special edition Steelbook and digital download.

Kenner Real Ghostbusters Fire House Headquarters Playset

If you were a fan of the Real Ghostbusters cartoon show in the late 1980s, and were collecting the action figures produced by Kenner, then this playset was a must-have item!

This thing is massive! Three floors tall, the Fire House Headquarters has a "Ghost Pursuit" firepole, "goop grates" with 5 oz. can of Ecto-Plazm play gel, a "ghost containment" unit for storing ghosts, and opening and closing fire house doors! Yes, even the doors were considered an accessory back then! Action figures sold separately...

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Happy Birthday Mister Rogers!

Video credit: John Donvan
Fred Rogers, the much-loved host of the public television show 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood,' which ran on PBS from 1968 to 2001, was born on March 20, 1928 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Mister Rogers died in 2003 of complications from stomach cancer. He would have been 91.

Stranger Things 3 | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Video credit: Netflix
"One summer can change everything." That's true for any group of kids who are growing up and finding out life will never be the same as they enter their teenage years. But as the first trailer for Stranger Things 3 shows, those changes are a little different—and a whole lot scarier -- in Hawkins, Indiana, where terror lurks around every mall corner.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Super Powers Alfred Pennyworth Custom Figure

One the biggest issues with the Super Powers Collection, or practically any other action figure collection for that matter, is the lack of figures for the supporting cast, secondary characters, or even background characters. Citizens need saving, firemen and police officers need assistance, and Lois Lane desperately needs to land that precious scoop for the Daily Planet!

The economics of why these figures aren't made are crystal clear, but the need for them still exists... Of course figures from other collections can be appropriated, but many times the only choice is to make a custom figure!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Review: Kenner Super Powers Hall of Justice Playset

Its the Super Powers Collection Hall of Justice playset! Although early concept artwork originally envisioned the Hall of Justice as merely a figure storage case, by the time it reached production it had been expanded into a full fledged playset. However, some storage case elements did carry over. The "teleportation" and "revitalization" chambers give the playset added value, allowing it to become a storage case for up to 10 Super Powers figures.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Johnny Thompson, Las Vegas magic legend, dies at 84

Johnny Thompson, the legendary showman known as “The Great Tomsoni” and an inspiration to generations of magicians, has died at age 84 at Spring Valley Hospital in Las Vegas.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Wrestling star King Kong Bundy dies at 61


King Kong Bundy, one of the most prominent WWE wrestling stars of the 1980s and 90s, has died at the age of 61, the WWE confirmed Tuesday.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Super Powers Batcave Command Center

Earlier, a Super Powers Batcave diorama was created on an Ultarama display system. Today, a Kenner Batcave Command Center playset has been modified into a Super Powers Batcave!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Penguin's Palace

With the help of Batman & Robin, Penguin's Palace is being raided by the GCPD!
The dirty bird is going to jail this time!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Building a Better Blog: Getting back to Basics

While this blog serves as a sort of personal blog for me, it is first and foremost a toy blog, showcasing my adventures with my collections of action figures, playsets, and models! After some amazing finds in the past few months, I have decided the time is ripe to share some new toy adventures.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Busy Metropolis Street Scene

Clark Kent ducks into a handy phone booth to make a quick change into Superman on a
busy Metropolis street.

Monday, February 11, 2019

1970s Trinity

Back in the 70s Batman joins Wonder Woman and Superman at the Hall of Justice.
A while back I'd gotten both the NECA Batman Classic TV Series Adam West and the NECA Superman The Movie Christopher Reeve Action Figures, but I never wanted to display them without a Lynda Carter Wonder Woman figure to go with them. Well recently Mattel released the DC Comics Multiverse Signature Colection Lynda Carter Wonder Woman Figure! It actually scales great with them. Here they are on a Hall of Justice Ultarama Display.

Please leave any comments below.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Hulk Hogan pays tribute to "Mean" Gene Okerlund: Raw, Jan. 7, 2019


The Hulkster returns to celebrate the life and career of his longtime friend, "Mean" Gene Okerlund.