Arkansas is great for Chuckles


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Being a kid in the 70’s and 80’s was indeed a fun time thanks to all the awesome pop culture tie-in’s we enjoyed. From Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes to G.I.Joe’s miniaturization to become Real American Heroes, play time was simply fantastic. Sure the tie in television cartoons of the day helped push the national unity of our pre pubescent pop culture, there was a disconnect for a kid in Arkansas. Well that is until Hasbro gave us Chuckles.

Chuckles1Debuting in 1987 I was just barely able to get to know this undercover specialist before being whisked away into junior high land were the focus shifted from fun to flirting and the simple joys of playtime were traded for face time with the girls that just a year prior were invisible, I guess. Back to Chuckles…

chucklesIn the comics Chuckles was a bit of a bad ass. Leading missions, faking his own death. Overall HOO-RAH kind of guy. He got a little screwed in the cartoon movie, being turned into nothing more than a big and strong mute but whatchagonna do? More important than any of those things was Chuckles place of birth: Little Rock, Arkansas! Wait, what? A member of the Joe team heralded from my home city and state? Sweet!

tumblr_njq78trxPj1u5v50co1_500This really was a big deal for a kid from the Natural State. You gotta figure, this is before Bill Clinton became President and Hillary only scared children inside the 501 area code. True story. I’ll have to share that tale from 1981 one of these days. I’ll just say this, first grade was never quite the same as the future Presidential candidate red us all a book. I don’t remember the title but I do remember the glasses and the headband. Spooky, I tell ya.

images (2)images (1)Prior to this celebrity making the grade on the national stage the only other such famous Little Rocker I was privy to was TV’s Buck Rogers – Gil Gerard. Now this was and is a cool fact but Buck was 1. already off the air and 2. not from Arkansas. Gil was but not Buck. There are lines. Still love him though even if his toys produced by Mego were small and extremely bland or have now turned into zombies. Chuckles though didn’t have this problem.(Not to slight the awesome job done by ZICA Toys a few years back) 

downloadJust enough detail and paint scheme to bring out his face detail but more importantly was the Hawaiian shirt that everyone in Arkansas wore. Okay maybe not but I do recall a wave of those shirts making the style circuit around that time. And if nothing else we Arkansans are fashion conscious. We were way ahead of the Seattle grunge look withal the plaid shirts.

As the years passed so did my thoughts about Chuckles. That is until I started thinking about features for the Toy Box. Thinking about Gil Gerard as a famous Arkansan forever captured in plastic I started researching and found a rich history of entertainers from the “Land of Opportunity” that I had no clue about that I really should have learned in school instead of being terrified by Hillary Clinton reading me a children’s book. {Shiver}.

The short list is incredibly impressive:

imagesCreature from the Black Lagoon star Julie Adams, which led to this fantastic opportunity to chat with here. 

 

61HNkYSCOML._SL1001_The original Man in Black Johnny Cash (of course but not until recent years was there a toy),

 

 

$_3541EHH08VR1LActress and View Askew-niverse Alumnus – Joey Lauren Adams

 

 

0d95e83e0c95475313caf8efb9e29648WKRP in Cincinnati’s Sales Manage Herb Tarlek – Mr. Frank Bonner. Sure there’s no action figures of Herb and the crew and that’s a shame. Bif Bang Pow should totally do a line of 3&3/4 inch figures that could come with pop out playsets like the new Big Bang Theory figures do. Just saying.

You can see the complete list of Famous Arkansans via the state’s official tourism page: http://www.arkansas.com/kids/famous-arkansans/arts-entertainment.aspx

GI_Joe_Cobra_1_Howard_ChaykinWow, look what we just did, gang! We learned something neat and fun all the while chatting up toys and pop culture. All thanks to Chuckles. You, good sir are a Real American (and Arkansas) Hero.

What about your home city and state? What famous folks have been cast in plastic from where you reside that you didn’t know? Share with me and grow our pop culture, playtime knowledge!

Now Go, Play.

Jim 07/07/15

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I NEED YOUR HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No really, this’ll be fun too!


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Greetings gang! In KEEPING WITH MY NEW THEME OF “Adventures from Jim’s Toy Box” I had an idea and I need YOUR help with. As is pretty obvious to see around these parts, I’ve got a thing for Entertainment Earth. Why? Because they were the first company to give me a crack at fulfilling a true dream; being a professional toy reviewer.

 

When I started Jim’s toy Box all those years ago it was a two fold mission. The first being to learn how to blog and the second is the aforementioned goal. I feel confident in saying that I’ve done both but now I want to take it to the next level by bringing you dear reader more into the fold. “How you gonna do that, Jim?” Glad you asked!

 

For the first couple of years of being an affiliate with Entertainment Earth I received a small percentage of referral sales. That was extremely cool but frankly I’m not in this for the money so much as I am in the mission of encouraging people of all ages to PLAY. So keeping in that spirit I’ve switched over to receiving store credit for my efforts and now I’ve built up some bank and I want you to help me spend it.

 

What I’ve done is pulled five items that have tickled my fancy and peaked my curiosity and perhaps yours as well. While I am an action figure guy, obviously of the 8 inch, retro clothed style variety I really want to branch out. So dig these options and help me decide. I’m going to run this for a week (starting today, Monday July 6th through this coming Sunday the 12th) and announce the choice next Monday and place the order. The review will follow as soon as I get the little jewel in my hands.

 

So check out my selections and lets have some fun!

 

Selection 1: Curly from Figures Toy Company….

 

Curly

 

Okay, okay, I know. I’m always doing these style figures BUT, I haven’t seen one of these up close and personal. Plus who doesn’t love Curly?

 

Selection 2: X-Metal Earth model

XWING

 

 

These I’ve seen in the wild and they incredibly difficult BUT I want to take a crack at one. I can see doing a build video with this one.

 

 

Selection 3: Superman Apron

Superman Apron

 

This one has the potential for a lot of fun. I’m thinking if you guys and gals choose this one I’ll do a cooking / recipe video. I’ve got a couple dishes I would like ot share. What? Of course I can cook! Look at me. As a buddy of mine who was a professional chef used to say; “Never trust a skinny cook.” You can totally trust me.

 

Selection 4: Disney Frozen The Essential Guide Hardcover Book

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Like most fathers of little girls, I am quite well versed in all things FROZEN. Or at least I think I am. This one could be fun with my daughter helping out in giving this book a really good once over.

 

Selection 5: Hamlet Plush Finger Puppet Magnet Set

Hamlet

 

This is so weird it may actually turn into something cool. If you select this one I’ll put together a puppet show featuring a scene from the play that this set is inspired by. What? Nothing wrong with getting a little culture around this joint.

 

Okay, there are our contestants. Make your selections via Facebook by commenting on this thread OR email me your choice at jimsmegos@yahoo.com . I think this is going to be fun.

 

Your pal, Jim 07/06/15

 

Now, Go Play!

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Never can get too many KISS’s!  Ever!


I am super stoked for you folks who are making it out to San Diego Comic Con this year. Not for the obvious reasons but also for the SUPER opportunity that you all will get to meet and great with the Hottest band in the world: KISS!  Check out the full release by clicking the pic below and then shop around Entertainment Earth via the links below for some fantastic KISS Exclusive merchandise. Also if you are going to be able to go I want to ask you a HUGE favor. Tell the guys I said “Hi!” and show them the Toy Box site on your smartphone. Get me a picture of this happening and I’ll hook you up with something cool, no idea what just yet but I know it will come with a ton of gratitude! – Now Go Rock N Roll all Night and Party Everyday, and of course PLAY!

Jim – 06/26/15

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KISS Series 4 Monster Album 8-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Classic Tin Tote Gift Set - Convention ExclusiveKISS Alive II Stage & Action Figures - Convention ExclusiveKISS Love Gun 1,000-Piece PuzzleKISS Series 5 Dressed to Kill 8-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Love Gun 3 3/4-Inch Action Figures Series 1 SetKISS Album Cover Coaster Set in Guitar Case - Con. Excl.

Jim’s Toy Box Presents: Jim’s interview with the Lucky Southern Star Julie Adams and her reflections from the Black Lagoon.


Greetings gang!

Been forever since I’ve posted in the Toy Box and for that I apologize. I really missed this place more than you can imagine. While this particular feature is not toy related per se it is a wonderful and fantastic opportunity I had that I’ve wanted to share with you all for a very long time. Two years actually. (Don’t worry there’s some new toy stuff coming very soon.)

julieIn February 2013 I got the wonderful opportunity to chat with Ms. Julie Adams about her autobiography / memoir “The Lucky Southern Star: Reflections from the Black Lagoon”. The book itself is fantastic but even more incredible for me was the opportunity to chat one on one with Ms. Adams. Such a wonderful and charming lady that is so bright and inspiring. I feel so terrible that I am just now getting it out to you all. But you know what, I am extremely glad that I have now. I know I needed to hear this again and I hope you take away as much as I did then and now from the conversation we shared those 28 months ago.

I have every intention of doing more with this interview but time can get away from a body and I didn’t want this to linger in the archives any longer. But more importantly I want you all to get the opportunity to enjoy it and also pick up your own copy of the wonderful book that she and her son penned. So much more than a guy in a rubber suit can be found in its pages.

So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen I present to you, Ms. Julie Adams….

Be sure to visit Ms. Adams official facebook page and of course GET THE BOOK!

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialJulieAdams?fref=ts

http://www.amazon.com/Lucky-Southern-Star-Reflections-Lagoon/dp/B0068P9B3I/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1433264983&sr=8-3&keywords=julie+adams

Now, Go Play! (and read!)

Jim 06/02/15

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Why Superman matters so much to me…


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My earliest memory is Superman. The Super friends cartoon gave me a reason to wake up early every morning (I had no concept of what day it actually was so Saturday morning I knew by name but not by calendar position and I didn’t want to take any chances of missing it.). The Superman action figure from Mego, the single most important toy in my toy box (then and now, life is a bit off without one hanging around. Hence why the late 80’s / early 90’s featured some of my more stupid decisions. What? Sounds good to me ;) ) And of course The Adventures of Superman television show That show was the one thing that my Dad and I really shared. George Reeves was HIS Superman and in turn he became mine. God bless Christopher Reeve but I never was totally sold. Sure I believed he could really fly but he was all nutso over a girl. How lame.

Now all these decades later (yes, I’m getting old) I have the unique and awesome opportunity to revisit the magic of my childhood every single day.

My 5 year old daughter loves the Super friends cartoon set that we own on DVD. Matter of fact we watched a handful of episodes before bed last night. We also played with her collection of original Mego and new Re- Mego toys from Figures Toy Company. And how cool is that? As a collector I’ve been able to pick up numerous Mego Superman Mego action figures BUT not until now have I been able to afford my very own, brand spanking new Mego style Superman. First one to free him from the package. First one to hold and pose him,\. The first one to stare into the painted black eyes that sparked my imagination then and now. And then it gets better…  I get to tell everyone about this fantastic new toy during The Adventures of Superman show on our local MeTV affiliate; TKO 8.

That also happens to be my day job where I get to tell stories and create information and entertainment for a living. Yeah that’s a win. Even though my Dad would have preferred me to be a plumber instead of broadcaster, I do believe with this new found perk of the career choice he’s smiling at me as he’s hanging out with his Superman, George Reeves. Yeah, that’s a win.

Now I share with you my first ever commercial that airs during the Adventures of Superman show. Thanks for reading, watching and (hopefully) playing. And for the first time ever, you can buy a Figures Toy Company Superman directly from me. This is another really big deal for me too, but that’s another story. Order through the Paypal button below the video.

Your pal,

Jim 02/13/15

 Bring Kal El Home! 
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ORDER YOUR OWN Figures Toy Company directly from your old buddy Jimbo by clicking the Pic

2015: You wanted the best….


KISS and Bif Bang Pow are bringing back the hottest band in the world!

Ace, Peter, Paul and Gene are back together again and with your help they can all play nice too! Check out these prototype pics of some really awesome classic KISS merchandise that will have the KISS Army mobilized and totally worth a Deuce! (Yeah, the Rock and Roll all Night puns are well done and over with ;) )

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KISS Light-Up JournalKISS Tin Tote Gift SetKISS Rock and Roll All Nite License Plate FrameKISS Tin ToteKISS 16 oz. Travel MugKISS Acrylic Cup with StrawKISS 16 oz. Glasses Set of 2KISS Shot Glasses Set of 6

And we’ve only just begun…

Now, Go Play! – Jim  1/08/2015

BLACK FRIDAY in the TOY BOX!


 

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For this Cyber Monday cycle I decided to get in on some of the hype by way of Entertainment Earth. While they have a lot, and I mean a LOT of great deals for the next few days I wanted to start hand picking some that I think visitors to the Toy Box would enjoy and are under $10. So here you go…
Lost Hurley Reyes and John Locke 8-Inch Action FiguresLost Miles and Claire 8-Inch Action FiguresLost Jack and Sayid 8-Inch Action FiguresStar Trek / Twilight Zone Capt. & Passenger - Con ExclusiveSNL Drunk Uncle Journal & Bottle Opener Sound Con. ExclusiveBatman Logo Dangle Hook Earrings with Black GemsBatman Computer Sitter Bobble HeadStar Wars Darth Vader Computer Sitter Bobble Head
All this browsing got me in the shopping mood so I figured I’d make a list of other items that I know I’d love for Santa to bring me. Hey, if you don’t tell him, he doesn’t know. His magic isn’t mind reading, ya know? ;) What’s really mind blowing to me as a Mego fan is the shear number of Mego style action figures that are available now with even more on the way. Everything old is new again… and would be great under the tree! Well, under my tree at least.
KISS!
KISS Alive! 12-Inch Series 6 Action Figure SetKISS Series 5 Dressed to Kill 8-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Series 4 Monster Album 8-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Retro 8-Inch Action Figures Series 1 SetKISS 1st Album Series 2 8-Inch Action Figures Set
DC Re-Mego’s
DC Retro Super Powers 8-Inch Series 1 Action Figure SetBatman DC Super Powers 8-Inch Series 2 Action Figure SetWonder Woman DC Retro Series 1 Action Figure SetTeen Titans DC Retro Series 1 Action Figure SetSuperman DC Retro 8-Inch Series 1 Action Figure SetBatman Classic 1966 TV Series 1 8-Inch Action Figure SetBatman Classic 1966 TV Series 2 8-Inch Action Figure Set

And those dang Duke boys
Dukes of Hazzard 8-Inch Series 1 Action Figure Set

Can’t forget the massive assortment coming fromthe folks at Bif Bang Pow!
Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone Gremlin and Jason Foster Action FiguresThe Twilight Zone Talky Tina & Willie Figures SDCC ExclusiveThe Twilight Zone Cyclops and Alicia Action FiguresTwilight Zone Bob Wilson / Don Carter Figure ExclusiveThe Twilight Zone Alien and Nurse Action Figures

The Big Bang Theory
Big Bang Theory Sheldon Green Lantern T-Shirt 8-Inch FigureThe Big Bang Theory Leonard 8-Inch Action FigureThe Big Bang Theory Bernadette 8-Inch Action FigureThe Big Bang Theory Amy Farrah Fowler 8-inch Action FigureThe Big Bang Theory Raj 8-Inch Action FigureThe Big Bang Theory Howard Red Shirt 8-Inch Action FigureBig Bang Theory Sheldon Green Lantern/Hawkman 8-Inch FigureBig Bang Theory Sheldon Green Lantern/Superman 8-Inch FigureThe Big Bang Theory Howard Purple Shirt 8-Inch Action Figure
The Big Bang Theory Goes Trek
The Big Bang Theory / Star Trek Sheldon 8-Inch Action FigureThe Big Bang Theory / Star Trek Penny 8-Inch Action FigureThe Big Bang Theory / Star Trek Amy 8-inch Action FigureThe Big Bang Theory / Star Trek Raj 8-Inch Action FigureThe Big Bang Theory / Star Trek Bernadette 8-Inch FigureThe Big Bang Theory / Star Trek Howard 8-Inch Action FigureThe Big Bang Theory / Star Trek Leonard 8-Inch Action Figure
The Big Bang Theory Goes Renaissance Fair
The Big Bang Theory Sheldon Monk 8-Inch Figure - Con. Excl.The Big Bang Theory Leonard Knight 8-Inch Figure -Con. Excl.The Big Bang Theory Raj Gentleman 8-Inch Figure - Con. Excl.The Big Bang Theory Howard Jester 8-Inch Figure - Con. Excl.
For good measure, here’s some Re-Mego goodness from NECA…
Misfits The Fiend 8-Inch Red Clothed Retro Figure, Not MintRocky 8-Inch Clothed Retro Action FigureFriday the 13th Part 5 Roy as Jason 8-Inch Action FigureMisfits The Fiend 8-Inch Clothed Retro Action Figure SetEvil Dead 2 Deadite Ash 8-Inch Retro Action FigureTexas Chainsaw Massacre Leatherface 8-Inch Action FigureNightmare on Elm Street Part 2 Freddy Clothed Action FigureJeff Dunham Achmed 18-Inch Talking Animatronic Doll
Now, Go Play! – Jim 11/28/2014

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