Mr. Nostalgia – “We’re gonna need a bigger Toybox”

Posted on: February 27, 2013

It’s time for another trip down Memory Lane with Mr. Nostalgia in “We’re going to need a bigger toy box!”

When my brother, sister and I were kids, one of our favorite movies was, and still is, Jaws. While my brother and sister like the entire franchise, I remain a purist and prefer just the first one. Let’s face it, the movie had it all, great acting by Roy Schedier, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfuss, a great theme, and enough scares to this day to still make me think of sharks every time I visit the beach.

 

We didn’t see the movie when it first came out in the theatre, the film came out in 1975 and I was just born. I figure it had to be a few years later on cable when it came out that we finally saw it and were hooked. We had the soundtrack on record as kids, and my brother would play the Jaws theme over and over which scared the crap out of me. It got to the point where I would sit on the backyard steps, the door shut, and the music coming muffled through the door. When I finally told my mother the music was scaring me, she told him to stop and his reply was, “It’s not like the shark is swimming underneath the rug,”. This thought scared me even more!

 

In 1975 Ideal toys put out a Jaws game which we had. It was made for 2 to 4 players ages 6 and up. It was basically a shark, about a foot long, that came with the following items: a camera, gas can, tire, skull, glove, anchor, cb, half a tire, a bone, a gun, a fish skeleton, a lantern and a boot. Each item had a loop on it to be removed by the gaff hook, basically a long stick with a hook at the end. The game was simple to put together, the sharks side fins get attached, the bottom jaw gets attached, and a rubber band on each end gets hooked on the fin that was inserted into the shark and the bottom jaw. This acted as a pulley system to open and close the mouth. You would put the pieces on the sharks bottom jaw weighing it down, and you’d take turns taking pieces out of the mouth with the gaff hook. The first person to remove 4 pieces without the mouth closing wins.

 

We had this game for years and I remember playing it a bunch of times. But somewhere as we grew up, the game either broke, was thrown away or sold at a garage sale. I forgot all about the game until Ebay came around. I found the game, box and all, for the low price of ten dollars. I couldn’t believe it. The seller shipped it over and when it came the box had some shelf wear, but the toy was still in good condition. I put it all together and tested it out and it still worked even with old rubber bands.

 

The jaws game by todays standards is quite simple in design and play. If it was made today who knows what kind of game they would have made. Perhaps they would have made the shark have rough shark skin instead of the smooth plastic it has, maybe an electronic chomping sound as the jaws shut, maybe even the jaws theme playing while you played the game. But I think that for 3 kids playing the game back in 1980′s, simple was what made the game work. All we needed was our imagination, and every so often my brother to play the jaws record to remind me how scary the film was.

 

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POP CULTURE SHOCK has “THE POWER”

Posted on: February 19, 2013
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POP CULTURE SHOCK has released an image for their upcoming Masters of the Universe Statues line.

The first one on the series will feature He-Man during at the end of his transformation.

No release date or price information is available but stay tuned.

 

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Toy-Lines.com presents The ACTION FLICK CHICK Expendables Toy Review

Posted on: February 13, 2013

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Take another trip down memory lane with Mr. Nostalgia

Posted on: February 13, 2013
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When I was a kid, there were no boys my age in my neighborhood. We went to school in the next town, so all my friends lived there. Still, there were boys my brothers age (three years older than me) and girls my and my sisters age (I’m a twin) and we would all play games together like war, cops and robbers, ride our bikes around the block, or talk Star Wars and Atari.
One set of neighbors we played a lot with was a boy my brothers age and a girl my and my sisters age just down the block. We were in their finished basement one day playing a game I’ve long since forgotten, when I climbed on their bar and jumped down behind it, without me knowing that was where they kept their snow blower in the summer. I fell right on top of the blades, and a moment later I came climbing up the bar with one hand, my other holding my left leg, crying. When they asked what was wrong I took my hand away to reveal a gash in my left leg deep enough to show the bone.
I remember my friends mother carrying me, running down the block to get my mother. I went to the hospital, and 17 stitches later my leg was sewn shut and I would have a scar like a check for life. My parents always bought us a get well gift when we got hurt, and this time was no different. My choosings were simple: a checkerboard, a Return of the Jedi Yoda action figure, and hot dogs for dinner. I got just that.
Fast forward several years later to when I was a teenager and looking at family pictures with my immediate family. There was one picture of my grandma sitting in our front yard at some family party. She was resting her hands on a cane and looking up a bit, and for some reason it reminded me of a still photo of Yoda. I called her just that. Now, you might think that mean calling my grandma a short, chubby, green alien, but my grandma was a short, chubby, little Italian lady. Now you know from my first post that she was a great at sewin, but she was also a great cook who made the best homemade pizzas, pasta sauce and chicken soup ever. I loved her dearly, and the name Yoda was given to her out of affection. Everyone laughed at that and the name stuck with me, though I would never call her that to her face.
I don’t think my grandparents ever saw any of the original Star Wars movies. Sure they might have seen commercials for them, or heard us talk about them and seen us playing with our toys, but they didn’t know a Dewback from a Wookiee. I say this with confidence because one time we were eating dinner over there in their dining room and something in the China cabinet caught my mother’s eye.
“What’s that, Mom?” she asked.
“It’s a monk. Aunt Mary gave it to me,” my grandmother replied.
“That’s not a monk, Grandma, that’s a Jawa from Star Wars,” my brother, sister and I said. And in fact it was. A cloth robed Jawa in the China cabinet. She didn’t know what a Jawa was, but she did get a kick out of it and gave us the toy.
Years later when I was dating Mrs. Nostalgia my grandmother grew very sick. I remember making a surprise visit to her house before she went into the hospital. I’m so glad I did this because it would be the last time I would see her. Several weeks later she would pass away. This touched me very deeply. She was the second closest person I knew to die. She was the kindest, sweetest woman ever, she loved my girlfriend, she loved me, and she loved her family. I just know she would be so happy that my wife and I married, though I do wish she could have been at the wedding.
The day of the funeral we were at the funeral parlor for the final viewing. I went up with Mrs. Nostalgia and we paid our final respects, and before leaving I left in her coffin my original Kener Yoda action figure. His accessories were gone, but it was fitting for me to leave Yoda with Yoda. Later on at the repass my mother would ask me if I left that there and when I said yes she smiled.
Life went on and whenever I would visit my grandma at the cemetery I would leave a calling card for her. A piece of Star Wars Yoda memoribilia. The first time this happened my mother asked me if I went to visit grandma and I said yes. She said she knew I was there because of what I left at the foot of her gravestone and always knows when I pay a visit.
To me, this is what toy collecting is all about. It isn’t so much the collecting of items, but the memories they hold. The memories they can bring back, like a Jawa in a China cabinet, or a Yoda action figure making me think of my grandma. You’ll notice most of my posts are about events from my childhood and what a certain toy represents. Some of these toys I no longer have, some I will never get rid of. But each one I write about is as dear to me as the toy was when I was a child.
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New York Toy Fair 2013 Image Leaks

Posted on: February 8, 2013

Images from Mattel figures have begun leaking out on the Internet.  Check out these sweet previews from Mattel that will be showcased at Toy Fair this weekend.

 

Masters of the Universe Classics

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HOT TOYS POWER POSE SERIES

Posted on: February 5, 2013
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Are you expecting a multitude of BRAND NEW armor designs in the upcoming Iron Man 3 movie? Possibly “42” different designs?
All these will be unveiled in end April during movie launch!

Hot Toys’ Power Pose Series (PPS) will bring you with a collection of all the BRAND NEW designs appeared in the Iron Man 3 movie soon.
Start with Mark XLII and collect them all to complete your PPS Iron Man 3 Series!

The Power Pose Series (PPS) collectibles share some common features with that of the Movie Masterpiece Series and Diorama Series. Display them together to create your own movie scene in 1/6th scale!

 
 
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Toyapocalypse 3 to feature Wayne Barlowe

Posted on: February 5, 2013
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Four Horsemen studios are excited to announce the third Toypocalypse show running from Sunday, February 10th – Wednesday, February 13th with a special opening on Saturday, February 9th from 7:00 – 10:00 PM. The show will celebrate the Studios’ newest license: Power Lords the Extra Terrestrial Warriors. We will be debuting all-new Power Lords prototypes and displaying an archival history of the brand. The show will also highlight new reveals for Four Horsemen created properties, Outer Space Men, and some surprises.

With the popularity of last years’ Outer Space Men custom show we’ve decided to follow up this year with a Power Lords invitational art show. We will be inviting professionals as well as all fans to participate in the show. Either 2-D or 3-D submissions will be accepted. We will need applications returned and dimensions of your piece by Friday, January 18th, and the piece in our possession by Friday February 1st. Applications will be available on PowerLordsReturn.com on January 2nd.

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Big Chief’s Tenth Doctor

Posted on: February 4, 2013

The beginning of Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary is off to a great start with the release of the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) figure from Big Cheif studios.  Now available for pre-order, this stunning rendition is so detailed you would think it was a clone of David Tennant himself.

The Tenth Doctor is ready to embark on his next time-travelling adventure, in his brown pinstriped suit and trademark trench coat, his ever-present Sonic Screwdriver by his side. The Doctor comes complete with numerous accessories including his spectacles, 3D glasses, fob watch, psychic paper wallet and water pistol. With eight interchangeable hands to adopt various poses and an illuminating display base featuring the Gallifreyan symbol for the number 10, this is the ultimate collectable for fans of the Tenth Doctor.

To develop the most accurately scaled collector’s figure, our artists studied countless reference photographs, to create a realistic and authentic character portrait of the Tenth Doctor so memorabily portrayed by actor David Tennant.  The Time Lord’s trademark costume was hand-tailored in exacting detail, together with his signature accessories.

Officially licensed and authorised by BBC Worldwide, the 50th Anniversary Limited Edition is limited to only 1000 pieces worldwide and is exclusively available from www.bigchiefstudios.co.uk and will not be sold via other retailers. Each figure is numbered and includes an accompanying certificate of authenticity.

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Questions wanted

Posted on: February 4, 2013
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Have a burning question about your favorite Matty Collector series of action figures?  Well fret no more, you can now submit them and we will do our best to get them answered.

Either reply on the bottom or just send us an e-mail at Fanmail@toy-Lines.com

with the header Matty Questions.

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Superman Unbound trailer

Posted on: February 2, 2013

Superman Unbound is the latest from Warner Bros. Animation. Based on the Geoff Johns’ Action Comics story arc featuring Brainiac.

Superman Unbound will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray later this year.

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