It’s Walking Dead day!


Now that Sunday is once again “The Walking Dead Day” around my home it seems only fitting to offer up things that enhance the celebration of everyone’s favorite group of Georgia based heroes since the Dukes. You know that’s actually an interesting thought… did the Duke farm get over ran by Zombies or did Bo and Luke ward them off with their flaming bows and arrows Darryl Dixon style? Hmmmmmmmm…. What a crossover / mash up idea. Quick somebody get CMT on the phone!

Enjoy this new day of the dead with these Little Dead darlings:
Living Dead Dolls Scary Tales Little Bo Creep Series 5 DollLiving Dead Dolls Child's Play Chucky and Tiffany Doll SetLiving Dead Dolls Snow White and Evil Queen Dolls SetLiving Dead Dolls Frankenstein Black-and-White Previews DollLiving Dead Dolls Rotten Sam and Sandy Set
And if you actually want to play out the aforementioned scenario AKA the greatest cross over hit since “Hee Haw meet’s Scooby Doo” then get you some all new Mego style Dukes!
Dukes of Hazzard 8-Inch Series 1 Action Figure SetDukes of Hazzard 12-Inch Series 1 Action Figure Set

Merle may be gone, but never forgotten as the Walking Dead returns tonight!

darryl and merle

So my wife got me interested in the show… not exactly hooked, but interested. What I will say that did get me highly interested was Michael Rooker’s character Merle Dixon.

merleThe character himself was  complex  and dynamic: He goes from terrible racist, left for the walkers because they had no choice, and then whacks off his own hand to survive, then turns up later as a real bad ass who then redeems himself as a hero. That’s great dynamic. But before all the hoopla he had a similar role minus the zombies:

Sherman McMasters in Tombstone


From vile Cowboy A-hole to stand by your pals and hunt down the bad guys who called down the thunder, Rooker’s character may have not said a whole lot but he got the job done!

But then again my favorite A-hole role of Mr. Rooker’s has to be Mr. Svenning from Kevin Smith’s second feature film “Mallrats”.


While he was never redeemed as a hero he was kind enough to not beat Jason Lee’s “Brodie” to a pulp for the whole stink palm, chocolate pretzel thing, which IMO he had every right in the world to do. But I digress.

mini merle dixonSo today as we all get ready for a night of “The Walking Dead” I for one am looking forward to a marathon of Michael Rooker movies. So may I suggest a morning full of good strong cowboy coffee followed by some popcorn and chocolate pretzels. And if nothing else “The Walking Dead” with all its twists and turns and making me suffer through the whole Governor’s side story that I could care less about, the show did bring to attention the cool cat and solid actor that is Michael Rooker.

Now, Go Play! Jim -02/09/2014

Harrison peeps! The Walking Dead Returns Sunday!

This post in particular is for all of my local peeps who like me are limited in our ability to just run out to a local store and snatch up cool “The Walking Dead” tie in merchandise.  And since the odds of a Hastings coming to town are pretty slim I’d thought I’d share some online offerings with you that you may dig and also be the envy of your office or classroom. Plus all of these items are under $20!

Eat with the walkers everyday!


Get Your Drink On with Rick!


Rock out with your Brain Out!

(OK, this one is more than $20 but man is it cool!)


Where are the Erik Estrada T-shirts?

The 80’s live on as Radio Shack rides the nostalgia train…

Obviously, I’m a sucker for nostalgia. And if you’re reading this it’s safe to assume that you are too. But hold on a second, is it really being a sucker when in fact all of the celebrities featured in the new Radio Shack commercial are just too awesome to let go of? We connected with them, formed friendships over mutual interest in them and scheduled our lives around the television schedule to make sure we didn’t miss them. Thank goodness for DVR technology these days. I never did figure out how to program a VCR.

Jumping on the bandwagon (and joining hundreds of others in giving a ton of free exposure to Radio Shack) I thought it would be interesting to see how many of the featured pop culture icons in the commercial have NEW licensed merchandise long after the Nielsen ratings lost sight of their star status. I limited my search to Entertainment Earth because 1. They’re the best source for pop culture merchandise, (Bring Hollywood Home, kids!) and 2. If you buy something through these links I get a commission. What can I say, I’m a 80’s kid and member of the Reagan era capitalist’s. (Still waiting on my jersey by the way.)

I had no idea what I would find and the results were pretty interesting. I was even more surprised with all of the icons who haven’t had their likenesses scooped back up. Still it was fun to shop around and see what was out there. I also found some fitting stand in products to pay tribute to those left behind.

jasonFriday the 13th – 18 items

The boy who wouldn’t die. No matter what.  It should come as no surprise that I offer up this really neat Jason retro Mego style figure from NECA.

Friday the 13th Jason Voorhees 8-Inch Retro Action Figure

HulkHoganHulk Hogan14 items – If you don’t love Hulk Hogan, then you’re simply un-American. I still strive to say my prayers, take my vitamins and be a good American everyday thanks to his adrenaline packed pep talks. Start out a new generation the right way with this too cute onesie, brother!
Hulk Hogan Hulkamania Red Onesie

cliffCliff from Cheers / John Razenberger1 Item There are some other items available (beer mugs and such) but none of those featured the likeness of everyone’s favorite mailman Cliff. This framed presentation however fits the bill nicely.

Cheers 15x17 Framed Presentation

titansowlClash of the Titans- Nothing tied to the original classic property at the moment BUT the legacy remains eternal… just like this ageless beauty, Io

Clash of the Titans Io Tonner Doll

chuckyChucky 8 items: Everyone’s favorite possessed doll will never go away, and not just because of the voodoo curse. And now he can possibly enter your nightmares through osmosis.
Child's Play Chucky Wants a Best Friend 19-Inch Plush Pillow

backtothefutureBack to the Future38 items: This is another property that I’m firmly convinced will never go away. I’m not exactly sure of the appeal but this film series and it’s iconic 80’s  stainless steel, automobile masterpiece (made even more famous by a cocaine bust)  most certainly has staying power.
Back to the Future Trilogy DeLorean Die-Cast Vehicle 3-Pack

s;imerSlimer – 8 items: Does anyone know what exactly Slimer was before he kicked the bucket? I have no clue but he could pass for the love child of Oola and Jabba the Hutt. Anyway, you can have lunch with this gluttonous blob everyday!
Ghostbusters Slimer Retro Style Metal Lunch Box

And here are the childhood favorites who may have been merchandising gold back in the day but are now left out in the licensed property cold but a tribute can still be made:

MaryLouMary Lou Retton – This is a shame. She was an American Olympic and Cereal box icon people! Even Franken Berry and the Monster Cereal gang get love…
Franken Berry Plush

SlimSlim Goodbody – No love for Slim in the merchandising realm either, but considering his pretty gross unitard featuring the inner parts of a human that I’m surprised passed the censors back in those days, I have to pause and give him credit for perhaps in some little way inspiring the look of modern zombies that we see on the Walking Dead. And considering how Michael Rooker became the best damn zombie ever I offer you these tributes.
The action figure –

The Walking Dead TV Series 5 Merle Walker Action Figure

And for the serious fan (you know you need it!)
Walking Dead TV Series Merle Dixon Walker 1:4 Scale Statue

kidnplayKid N Play – Considering all of the House Party movies you’d think there’d be something but alas that’s not the case. But again to show respect for Christopher “Kid” Reid’s gravity defying super high top fade I offer this gravity defying toy…
Cars 2 1:32 Scale Finn McMissile Zero Gravity RC Vehicle

Not to disrespect Christopher “Play” Martin I say this… although “Play” is a take off of “Playboy” I’ll keep it PG and say that everything on this list will serve as a fitting tribute. Play people, Play!

estrada-smErik Estrada – I couldn’t believe that there weren’t any items depicting this man’s world famous smile. To make up for it I offer this affirmation ball to you (and Erik, the licensers will be calling again, I just know it!)
Affirmation Ball

sgtslaughterSgt. Slaughter – I’m not too surprised that the good Sgt.’s giant chin wasn’t found. However the spirit of patriotism should still be applauded even though he did turn heel and violate my sense of trust at a young age. He later redeemed himself but still to commemorate those tough cookies, put this one on your counter…
Uncle Sam Cookie Jar

9327431_DeeSniderDee Snider – Aw come on! This man needs to be a Mego style action figure! No disrespect to Scott Ian, but he isn’t nearly as flashy or hairy for that matter.
Scott Ian 8-Inch Action Figure

raisinsThe California Raisins – While they may be out of vogue at the moment these dehydrated R&B superstars will get their day in the sun again. Come on, the Care Bears keep getting make over after make over and they never even did a cover of “I just want to be your Teddy Bear”. It would’ve easily went gold…
Care Bears Care-A-Lot Friends Plush Wave 1

alfAlf – Dude! He’s on the Hub! His image was on everything back in the day. Revamp this property people! Even this lame character from the equally lame Dark Crystal has a puppet toy at the moment!
Dark Crystal Fizzgig Plush

qbertQ-bert – No. Not again. I’d rather be surrounded by Smurfs.
Smurfs Classic Peel and Stick Wall Decals.

teenwolfTeen Wolf – Nothing at the moment. While the original film with Michael J. Fox was fun, the sequel with Justin Bateman effectively killed the franchise. Still at least our teenage werewolves kept their shirts on…
Twilight Jacob Black Barbie Doll

Of course I would be a poor observer if I didn’t show some love to 80’s rock band Loverboy and their weekend anthem “Everybody’s working for the weekend” that served as the backing track to this 80’s collage. However if the the Radio Shack ad agency folks were wanting to dip their toes into a little bit of controversy and really take this ad viral like the Coca Cola folks got from their multi-language version of “America the beautiful” maybe they should have commissioned  Foreigner’s hit “Hot Blooded” BUT used our pal Apu Nahasapeemapetilon singing his version.


It even seems very fitting to close this article out with a send up to the Simpsons who helped close the door on the 80’s and opened up a giant wave of 90’s (and today’s) merchandising bliss and are celebrating 25 years of animation parody, mirth and merriment this year. Now, Go Play! – Jim 02/04/2014


On a side note, Radio shack has also posted a behind the scenes video where we here from the stars themselves.


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