The Maker meets the Master! Excelsior, Little Buddy!

This is just too cool not to share. The maker of the little buddies version of me has most certainly improved her circle of friends 😉 Recently Dawn O’Connell created a little buddy of Stan Lee ( yes, THAT Stan Lee) and was afforded the opportunity to present it to him at the Portland Comic Con.

dawn and stan

Take a look at more of the pics at the Little Buddies Action Figure Page on Facebook and then give in to your urge and order one for yourself and your favorite Best Buddy today!

Now, Go Play! – Jim 01/26/14

A too quick morning at the World’s Largest Toy Museum – Branson, MO.

Greetings and good morning, noon, or night dear readers I figured I’d cover all bases on the salutation considering I never know when you guys and gals may be reading this. Call it Southern Hospitality. Another great place to find not only awesome hospitality but also an incredible amount of toys is my good buddy Tom Beck’s place; “The World’s Largest Toy Museum” in Branson, Missouri.

The pictures you will see below are from the first weekend in May of 2011. This was the first opportunity the wife and I had to take the baby to this must stop destination for the toy collector and kid at heart. In a perfect world where time is in abundance I would love to go into super detail about every square inch of this marvelous museum. Unfortunately it’s not so the best I can do is share with you a very large handful of pictures that we took during our far too brief visit.

For the sake of freshening up the blog this one is gonna be one of those “check back often” blogs. But i promise you it will be worth it. We took some great shots and a ton of ’em. And even then didn’t really scratch the surface of this wonderful place for oogling.

Again I don’t recommend places and businesses without serious consideration. The museum however is one of those spots however that I can do so with no reservations. So if your in the – or traveling through the -middle of America take a detour down the Highway 76 Music strip and look for the big top. You’ll be glad you did. And tell ’em Jim sent ya!

This is Tom Beck owner of the "W.L.T.M." He's a super nce fellow if you can't tell by the pic. Here he is posing with the latest addition to the museum, Buck Rogers and Tiger Man from ZICA Toys graciously donated by Mr. Craig Owen.
These two soldiers stand waiting to great you every Monday thru Saturday. Sure they're there on Sundays but they won't let you in no matter how much you beg.
It's really tough to get the whole building in one shot. I love the way the old school DC heroes logo's are used on this far right side of the front of the building.
It's amazing how much Superman stuff you can fit on one shelf!
The T2 Mego Superman sitting down is actually one I donated a few years back. Tom insisted I put my business card with it so I said okay. The numbers changed since then so don't call it.
A whole bunch O' Batman stuff under glass.
This display just screams "Creepy" but the wife and baby loved it. Almost looks like their colection. Almost.
Some REALLY old school Buck Rogers toys from the late 30's early 40's.
This is just one of the scenes from a "Christmas Carol" window display that came from a department store circa.1948. This display alone is worth the price of admission.
The family that geeks out together stays together!
Lot's O Barbies to be found!
See? 🙂
They never end!
Not a great shot but still cool to see Mego Trek represented.
A Christmas Carol Pic 2. The detail is wonderful and charming.
Christmas Carol Pic 3
Christmas Carol Pic 4
Christmas Carol Pic 5

Jim Bumgardner is a 20 year veteran of the broadcast industry and currently serves as the news director for television station TKO 8 in Harrison, Arkansas. Jim is the father of two the husband of one and firm believer in the power of toys for both the mind, body and soul. You can contact Jim via email at or visit his website at


All images and products are the sole copyrighted property of it’s respective owners. Specialty photographs and graphic work used for this article were done by Jim at the TKO 8 Studios located at 500 N. Main St in Harrison, Arkansas. “Little Jim” was created by Dawn O’Connell of Little Buddies Action Figures. Learn more about getting your own Little Buddy at

President Obama’s NEW and IMPROVED cabinet!

Good morning all! Being that it’s the weekend I’m taking a break from “The Wall” to have a little fun. Plus all of my “The Wall” pics are on my PC at the office. So now without further ado I’d like to share with you some good ole’ fashioned Saturday Morning merriment at the expense of some of my favorite loose action figures that have been hanging out on my “Superman / super hero” themed DVD shelf.  Now, LET’s PLAY!

WASHINGTON- As the President’s popularity continues to diminish the White House announced today that changes were being made to reflect the President’s desire to reconnect with the American people. In a release from the White House Press Office, it was announced today several cabinet positions have been shook up by the Presidents new initiative. In a massive sweep, the President replaced a very large majority of his Cabinet.

In the release the White House issued the following press photo’s to the media to introduce America and the world  to what Preisdent Obama feels is the wisest move of his presidency so far.

Our NEW Secretary of Health and Fitness… 

"Mr. Karate Hulk is not only the picture of perfect health hes also a glowing example of how fit you can be by eatting your spinach and brushing your teeth."

Our NEW Interior Secretary

"Mr. Tuxedo Hulk is a dapper dresser and well versed in home design."
"Mr. Tuxedo Hulk is a dapper dresser and well versed in home design."

Director of Homeland Security

"Mr. Cowboy Hulk is the rootinest, tootinest, straight shootinest hombre to ever roam the American prairies. America will never be safer!"

Secretary of State

"Would you like to be the one to make Mr. Blue Tie Hulk angry. I think not."

The President’s NEW Foriegn Policy Advisor

“Captain James Tiberius Kirk has proven himself the smoothest talker in the known galaxies. His charisma may be the final piece of the world peace puzzle.”

And today’s final and perhaps most important new appointment, our new Secretary of Defense.

"I too pity the fool who wishes to bring unneeded jibber jabber against the United States and our allies now that Mr. T has assumed the role he was born for."
"I too pity the fool who wishes to bring unneeded jibber jabber against the United States and our allies now that Mr. T has assumed the role he was born for."

The new appointments assumed their full responsibilities immediately.

America. Safer, stronger and made better for you.

Have a great weekend everybody!

Jim, 4-2-11

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