The only thing better for me than doing a review is doing a review where there is a good deal to offer up to you all. This is one of those times. Inspired by my recent review of Dante from Diamond Select that I purchased from Entertainment Earth, I got the View Askew bug again and started surfing around. Low and behold I found a scratch for my itch in this Diamond Select / EMCE Toys, Retro style action figure of the ole ball buster himself; Cock Knocker from Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back and for only $12.99 with Free Shipping!
I have been wanting to pick these up for a while now but never got around to it. But with this figure I’m pretty sure that Bluntman and Chronic will be taking up residence soon enough. This is really a great figure all around but there are a few shortcomings that I point out in this unboxing video
As you can see, Diamond Select almost had the perfect retro, Mego style action figure in this one. But still, there’s so much m,ore good going on with only the smallest smidge of bad being the stand. And I still think the big cock knocker fist should pop off to recreate the scene IMO. And considering it is a unique piece of the body I couldn’t see this being a far step BUT I do concede for it to be a pop off piece it would require the extra casting which is of course would be a hefty expense to add.
Overall I gotta say, I love the sculpt and costume. The paint application is also very good. And I do truly appreciate the credits given to the artists behind the figure. Plus we get the closest thing to a Luke Skywaker Mego in this one. And of course you can’t beat the price and as of right now they are still available for only $12.99 with free shipping via Hastings listing on Amazon.
And as I bid you ado, mere mortals, take advantage of this great deal and I’ll keep looking for more to share with you and would appreciate it if you would do the same in kind.
Before there was MP3 or YouTube playlists or Pandora to collect all of your favorite tunes together there was K-TEL records. The original “As seen on TV” pushers, K-Tel records had a great knack for finding just the right mix of tunes for pretty much any genre and taste. And these 24 tunes perfectly capture some great and kooky country and western and sometimes cowboy flavored tunes. Plus the cover art, which was a shrunken reproduction of the also available vinyl LP record set, was equally charming and fun.
Amazingly the acetone tape was able to pack these 24 tunes into four separate programs in the cartridge. Perfect for the car or the home Hi Fi the 8 track was the for runner to the equally convenient cassette but the faulty nature of its design led to it falling to the smaller, more compact tapes. The biggest problem however was an effect known as “print through” where songs on other programs would “bleed” through on to other songs. But still for the time it was a fascinating piece of audio technology, allowing you to take music with you where a record player simply couldn’t go.
On this week’s show I hand picked some of my favorites from the collection to share with you now. But be sure to check out all of these fantastic tunes!
The Toys – Part 1
Mego’s line of World’s Greatest Super Heroes is best known for the DCV and Marvel heroes but one would be remiss to overlook the excellent public domain characters they released including Robin Hood, the Mad Monsters and today’s featured guests; The American West assortment. You can get the full skinny on the complete assortment at the mecca of all things Mego, The Mego Museum.
My collection of these figures is limited but contain some fantastic specimens. Wild Bill Hickok, Sitting Bull and my crown Jewel, a boxed Buffalo Bill Cody.
Both Wild Bill and Sitting Bull were acquired from my great pal from across the pond, Alex. Featuring the T1 body style with metal rivets these are simply fun. Mind you they can’t hold their weapons terribly well but then again there’s no need for fighting fella’s.
Buffalo Bill was a true eBay score. I was blown away when I actually picked him up for a closing price of only $30, shipped no less! Of course the figure is amazing in and of himself the box art is completely breath taking. Painted by legendary artist, Gray Morrow one can’t help but smell the log cabin surroundings that old Bill camped out in during his time taming the wild frontier. Rustic and beautiful.
In 2004 Figures Toy Company, who have found renewed fame in the world of Mego reproduction with their new (and massively growing) line of Mego style figures, reissued the American West series. Sadly though quality issues due to the manufacturers in India really hurt the line. You can still pick some of them up at their website. I’m still holding out hope that they will take the plunge in doing another run but with the new and improved quality standards that they now have. The Mad Monsters got a second shot, why not these awesome icons too? A cowboy can dream.
Toys Part 2 – NECA’s “Hateful 8”
Being a huge fan of the cowboy / western action figures my excitement went all gaga when I heard about the new line of 8 inch figures from NECA for the latest Quentin Tarantino flick “The Hateful 8”. I gushed about it here and will be placing my pre order soon at Entertainment Earth. It’s a bit pricey for the set but considering the quality of NECA’s previous releases in the style and format I have no doubt that they will most certainly be worth it.
The Inspiration – My Dad
I try not to get too gushy about my Dad. It’s a bit of a Southern Pride thing but also if he were still with us he would give me that “look” if he were to read this post. So while male machismo may be out of fashion in our modern age I can’t help but continue to hold on to a lite bit of the old ways. He came from the old school of “cowboys don’t cry and heroes don’t die” and I appreciate that but I’ll be honest when I look at the picture of him at about 6 years old riding his pony on my great grandparents farm I can’t help but tear up a little. That little cowboy gets me every time and why these songs and toys and the mountain of old John Wayne movies he left me with make me smile. A part of my make up that will always be a part of his legacy. Even his granddaughter has a natural love of horses that we’ve yet to take to the next level with a real ride in the saddle but her simple dollar store herd really puts a twinkle in her eye. Even more so than the My Little Ponies. I know he’d be pleased with that for sure.
Well this was a fun gallop through the Toy Box is in this inaugural Podcast / multi media experience and experiment. I thank you all so very much for taking the time to stop by and I hope you enjoyed the read and the listen. And if you haven’t taken the time to listen just, by all means….
I couldn’t be more thrilled at the news that the time is almost here for the Venture Brothers to return to Adult Swim on Cartoon Network. Man do I love this show and the universe of characters that inhabit it.
Season 5 was a total blast with so many wonderful twists and turns I really don’t know how they’re going to top it but I’m sure they will. They haven’t let me down yet and I don’t see them doing so now. While it gets a little frustrating as a fan to have to wait SOOOOO long in between season, the payoff is totally worth it.
You can also flashback to my early rants and raves about the Ventures that I’ve shared here, as well as my live action casting selections (which should totally happen). From the initial introduction to the praising of my favorite figure to date: Dr. Orpheous. And if all that’s not enough (which it isn’t for me either. Man I hate waiting), peep the Season 6 Preview below…
Just saw 8 inch figures from Quentin Tarantino’s new film “The Hateful Eight” are getting the retro treatment from NECA. And man oh man do I hope these don’t get the social media beatdown that cost us the Django Unchained figures. I know I for one am going to be pre-ordering these for so many reasons: NECA is KILLING it with their 8 inch releases. Snake and Eddie as the Trooper have made collection a much happier and tougher place plus I LOVE the cowboy figures. Here we have it all in one wonderful assortment.
I haven’t seen the film yet but will soon but no matter what I know these are must haves for the Toy Box. I’m telling you gang I’m beside myself with excitement about these 8 awesome figures!