March 1, 1692 - In Salem Village in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Sarah Goode, Sarah Osborne, and Tituba, an Indian slave from Barbados, are charged with the illegal practice of witchcraft. Later that day, Tituba, possibly under coercion, confessed to the crime, encouraging the authorities to seek out more Salem witches.
New to the Toy Box – 12 Inch Hasbro Darth Vader – What a fun TOY, not collectible but a TOY.
S-Type body giveaway contest – Last Day of February! March 8th is fast approaching…. Keep those entries coming gang!
And that’s about that… a couple of other things are cooking backstage but I’ll let those simmer till next week. For now I’m gonna chill out, relax for the evening and then get ready for a night of Mid States Wrestling tomorrow and an ice Monster on Sunday. Have a great weekend gang!
Now, Go Play!
The 12 inch Darth Vader from Hasbro is one bad, straight armed dude! Being that I’m a retro kind of guy this figure really POP’s for me. No frills just a Darth Vader toy to be played with. The simplicity in the design (7 points of articulation) in my opinion lead to three strong points for me:
1. Durability – less parts = less potential for breakage,
2. Price Point – a much more reasonable MSRP than most other toy fare on the racks these days and the most important one is point
3. Imagination – Sure it can be frustrating that the Dark Lord of the Sith can’t bend at the knees or elbows but that doesn’t take away from the overall fun and play-ability of the toy. You have to use your imagination.
With the price point I am admittedly more forgiving on some of the details in design. Some things such as the molded plastic tunic looks clunky as part of the legs and the cloth cape could stand to be wider and cover the shoulders. Neither however are a deal breaker for me.
The packaging is also impressive to me. Not so much in its graphics but in the boxes design. It’s one large sheet of cardboard that is folded. Simple and efficient. This can lead to damaging the package as far as collectors may note but at it’s core this is a toy to be played with. If you want a high end collectible this is not the toy for you. But if you want a toy that is meant to be just that then here you go.
In the end I call this one a win. Mind you I’m not a big fan of the other selections from this line (Anakin, Obi Wan and a Clone Trooper) but that’s just me. If they released more of the original characters in this format I would pick them up though. Also to note, for me this is a very nice alternative to the Jumbo Vintage figures by Gentle Giant. I do like those and would like to pick up a Lando Calrissian as a novelty item to add to my collection but the price point is a killer for me in regards to collecting them all.
One final point that I like about this particular figure and line is that he and his other Star Wars Universe pals can play in scale with heroes from the Marvel Universe. The Titan Series featuring Thor, Captain America, Wolverine, Spider Man, Iron Man and a big honkin’ Hulk all feature the same limitations in design but who cares? They are in scale toys from various licenses and they match, just like my beloved Mego’s of old and the new Re-Mego’s from Bif Bang Pow and Figures Toy Company.
Maybe it’s OCD but I’ve always liked things to match. Even as a kid the style difference between Kenner’s Star Wars and Hasbro’s G.I. Joe Real American Hero figures may have been 3 & ¾ but were night and day in their make up. As far as the debate over the play-ability and which is better of those all I can say to that is… what style is the hottest pre sale item around? That’s right the Retro Kenner, baby!
Now Jules and Vader can team up for the most bad ass Blaxploitation flick in the history of awesome! Say “You don’t know the power of the dark side” again, mo$&*@%$^! I dare you, I double dog dare you mo$&*@%$^!”
Now, Go Play! (and May the Force be with You!)
February 28, 1940 - Mario Andretti is born in Montona, Italy. In a career that spanned five decades, Andretti was known for his versatility as a driver, taking the checkered flag behind the wheel of sports cars, sprint cars and stock cars on a variety of race courses. His long list of achievements includes a Formula One World Championship, four Champ Car National Championships (1965, 1966, 1969, 1984), three 12 Hours of Sebring victories (1967, 1970, 1972) and wins at the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500 and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Celebrate with an even better racer named Mario
What a day. A good day for sure but a long one. While my to do list found it self with far more “to’s” left over, it’s all good. The biggest and most important thing I did accomplish today was helping Jay Piscopo continue to spread the word on the long awaited Sea Ghost action figure with my wife’s pals who are HUGE sea life (Shark) advocates. I hope everyone catches on to this fantastic figure but equally as important are the stories that Jay has from this fantastic undersea world. Seriously, go check it out…. I’ll be back tomorrow. I need a nap.
Now, Go Dream!
Getting children involved in oceanic preservation is crucial to the long term success and legacy that you are working towards. One way to get them interested and involved is to help them fall in love with the sea. One way to do that is through fun and fantastic tales and adventures. For that I have a suggestion that: Captn’ Eli and his amazing friends.
Hearkening back to the days of Saturday morning cartoons and super heroic fun, young Eli saves the seas with his pal Commander X. While the Commander is a formidable hero on his own his efforts are more than amplified thanks to his pal, the Sea Ghost.
I can not stress who incredibly clever and fun these comics are. Adventure, excitement, mystery is all there plus the 2D and 3D artwork created by artist and writer Jay Piscopo is beautiful. And a long with the comics and cards Jay has also put together a series of action figures based on Commander X that helps kids get into the action and create their own adventures. And now Sea Ghost is joining the ranks of playtime and collector fun.
Sea Ghost is currently up for Pre-Order now at the discount price of $16 which is an incredible value considering the quality that comes from it’s maker Paul “Dr. Mego” Clarke of EMCE toys. Not too big, not too small, these toys can stand up to play and collectability. Considering how much you all love the sea feel free to get an extra one for you too.
The way we play is a reflection of how we live. Introduce your kids to this fascinating undersea world today and help deepen their sense of importance in saving the seas and all of its inhabitants while enjoying some fascinating fun and adventures with Capt’n Eli, Commander X and the Sea Ghost!
Now, Go Play!
February 27, 1827, a group of masked and costumed students dance through the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, marking the beginning of the city’s famous Mardi Gras celebrations. Of course beads and boobs are fun, it ain’t a party till you sprinkle in some voodoo!
And for the fashionable VooDoo Child
Pop culture notes
The 8 inch Dukes of Hazzard Toys are shipping from Figures Toy Company…. This one made me a little giddy. I’m not terribly impressed with the Luke and Boss sculpts versus the original Mego but the Bo looks so much better and for the first time ever we get Roscoe P. Coltrain!
New to the Toy Box
Ordered and downloaded Scott Schiaffo’s “Music for film: ‘The Shoestring Serenade’” – Really digging a lot of the tracks. “Pinching Alfred” is perfect for a project I’ve had in mind for a long time. If you are a film or video maker you would do well in giving the album’s sample a listen. While it’s normally easier to work with custom created music for a project, building a library of stock music is never a bad idea especially when it’s GOOD production music. PLUS you might be surprised what the music inspires in you. Full review coming soon to the Toy Box and Amazon.
S-Type body giveaway contest -
Phase 3 – Television Show – After looking at the camera, light and sound test it is quite obvious; your old buddy Jimbo needs to break some habits and get away from being a Jumbo.
And that’s a wrap for today. Got to get going. My father in law is buying dinner and so the new and improved Jimbo on a diet can wake up fresh in the morning. Thanks for checking in!
Jim – 02/26/14
Kahn would have been hard pressed to be an ass to these cute little buggers. I had seen these a couple weeks ago and couldn’t help but giggle. Now that they’re on sale for 35% off MSRP I’m finding it difficult to resist the urge to bring ‘em home and just squeeze their cute little Q-Pop Vinyl cheeks.
Perhaps this could be the stylized way for Paramount to relaunch the Star Trek Franchise to a younger generation a la Teen Titans Go! Hmmmmmmm…… Somebody get Art Baltazar and Franco on the horn!
Now, Boldly Go Play!
Just saw that the 8 inch Dukes of Hazzard Mego style figures are shipping from Figures Toy Company! No better time than now to get them dang Dukes, Bo and Luke, and of course Boss Hogg BUT the even cooler aspect of this series is for the first time ever get an 8 inch Roscoe P. Coltrain! Good on you FTC for coming in under the expected release date of April! YEE HAW!