Mr Nostalgia is back…

Posted on: May 25, 2013
Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while, but I just got back from a well need vacation with Mrs. Nostalgia from the one place we’ve always vacationed at since we began dating: Walt Disney World. We had a great time, and while there, I saw some cool pictures of “merged character” toys that I thought I would share with you. What are “merged character” toys you ask? Well, it’s what I like to call toys that Disney makes when they take their classic characters and mix them into a different franchise.
Walt Disney World has long since been doing this I guess when they began doing Star Wars Weekends, at least, that is the first time I first saw it. I have, for instance, from 2005, a Mickey Mouse plush as Darth Vader that has on one foot the year 2005 and on the other Star Wars Weekends. The very first Star Wars Weekend was in the Spring of 2000, and back then it was more exclusive merchandise, but slowly but surely, as they did more of these, they began to get creative with their merchandise, and begin the merging of the two.
That isn’t to say Star Wars, or other George Lucas properties, weren’t around Walt Disney World before they started doing their Star Wars Weekends. In fact, they were there long before they even started Star Wars Weekends. Star Tours first opened in Walt Disney World’s Disney -MGM Studios in 1989 on December 15th. It had a nice little store called Endor Vendors that sold exclusive Star Tours merchandise, had a replica Ewok Village outside the ride as well as a replica At-At. (While changes were made to some of the outside of the building and the store changed names, thankfully the At-At and Ewok Village remain to this day. I’m an original trilogy kind of guy, and would hate to see that stuff go like Bantha toots).
Indiana Jones also resides in Disney- MGM Studios (the park is now called Disney Hollywood Studios) with it’s Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular that first opened on August 25th, 1989, and recreates the stunts from my personal favorite Indy film, Raiders of the Lost Ark. A store just outside the stunt show sold exclusive Indy merchandise and still does to this day.
(While the Endor Vendors and Indy stores sold exclusive merchandise themed to the attractions, they also sold merchandise that you could find back in the day in the magazine Lucasfilm Ltd. That magazine had a great selection of merchandise, some of which you could have found in Disney, or ordered from the magazine itself. The magazine went on to become The Star Wars Insider, lost the merchandise ordering, and has since lost all the special qualities that made Lucasfilm Ltd. the great magazine that it once was.)
George Lucas also left his presence in Epcot when he Executive Produced the Michael Jackson 3-D show Captain EO,directed by long time friend of Lucas Francis Ford Coppola. This was shown in Journey into Imagination and opened on September 12th, 1986. Lucas was also involved with a great show in Tomorrowland in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom called the ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter that opened on June 20th, 1995. (This attraction was sadly closed and refurbished to be less intense and become Stitch’s Great Escape, starring experiment 626 from the Disney film Lilo and Stitch.)
But as the years went by, Disney didn’t just continue to release the same old merchandise year after year, they began to branch out, for example selling the droids from the Star Tours rides, or making a wave of new Indiana Jones figures, toys that could only be found in the park. Soon though, the character merging began, and before you knew it, toys of Mickey as Luke Skywalker, Minnie as Princess Leia, Donald as Han Solo, and Goofy as both Chewbacca and Darth Vader were made. (I always thought Goofy made a better Chewie personally than a Vader. In my opinion, Vader should have went to long time Mickey villain Pete, sometimes known as Peg Leg Pete, who first gave Mickey trouble in Mickey’s first ever animated short Steamboat Willie. But Pete has been cast as Boba Fett.)
Soon action figures, pins, posters, even pop corn buckets shaped like R2-D2 were being made. You could get your picture taken with a Jedi Mickey or Princess Leia Minnie, and Vader Goofy would walk down Hollywood Blvd all at Star Wars Weekends. All part of the “character merging” that I mentioned above. So, on this vacation, I thought I would take some pictures of some of the toys I found really cool and share them with you, my faithful readers. I hope you enjoy the shots, and remember, this is just a small sampling of what Walt Disney World has to offer. There was tons more I didn’t even take pictures of, since I focused just on the Star Wars Original Trilogy, and a few other surprises along the way.
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He-man and the Masters of the Universe will face off against the DCU

Posted on: May 12, 2013

He-man and Superman will meet again in the NEW 52.

 BUZZFEED announced that beginning this summer, the super heroes of the DC Universe will be facing off against He-Man and the Masters of the Universe in an exciting and all-new six-issue miniseries from writer Keith Giffen and artist Dexter Soy!

After narrowly escaping his last battle with He-Man, Skeletor has fled to the most unexpected realm to recover: EARTH! Once there, he sets a plan in motion to siphon off Earth’s core magic. Forging an unlikely hunting party, He-Man and company go in search of Skeletor. Finding themselves at odds with the heroes of the DC Universe, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe must find a way to stop Skeletor and his mysterious new master!  This story will also feature He-man in his new armor.

And how will the Masters of the Universe respond to finding themselves within the DC Universe?

This is not the first time He-man and Superman have met.  Superman made a trip to Eternia in DC Comics presents #47 where they left as friends.  Now in the the NEW 52 this will probably be the first time these heroes will meet.

DC UNIVERSE VS. THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #1 arrives in stores on August 28

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NECA teases Pacific Rim Figures

Posted on: May 12, 2013

On their facebook page NECA is giving fans a sneak peek of Pacific Rim’s Gipsy Danger 18″ figure.

Enjoy

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The Spririt of Hordak will return

Posted on: May 12, 2013

Early last week Toy Collectors that were fortunate enough to locate a Horde symbol on Matty Collector’s website were trated to an opportunity to purchase The Spirit of Hordak Action figure from the Masters of the Universe Classics line.

Based on the Evil Horde’s Leader Hordak as he was presented in the MOTUC mini-comic The Origin of Skeletor.

The figure has caused quite an uproar amongst die hard collectors of the series, however Mattel has confirmed that The Spirit of Hordak will return for purchase.

Keep your eyes peeled on Matty Collector and good luck.

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Fox Officially cancels The Cleveland Show

Posted on: May 12, 2013

Fox has officially confirmed that the Seth Mcfarlane created comedy The Cleveland Show has been canceled.

Not surprising due to the fact that FOX did not order any more episodes after this season which brings the episode count to 88.

It is however possible that the show could return if ratings on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim reruns are well enough.  Consider how Family Guy returned to FOX through DVD sales.

The One-Hour series finally of the Cleveland Show will air on Sunday, May 19th at 7:00 PM on FOX.

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Toy Guru’s Matty Collector video for SDCC items

Posted on: May 9, 2013

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HAPPY STAR WARS DAY!!!!!

Posted on: May 3, 2013

May the 4th be with you…

We hear at Toy-Lines.com want to wish everybody a Happy Star Wars day.

Its the only day where everyone can get together and be a JEDI, SITH, Bounty Hunter, Alien, Storm Trooper or even a Scoundrel.

Thank you Mr. Lucas for telling your stories that have inspired generations of fans and good luck to J.J. Abrams (Don’t screw it up).

 

May the force be with you all.

 

Don’t forget today is also free comic book day so take the little ones out and show them what a print comic is while they’re still here.

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New look for He-man in the Masters of the Universe comic

Posted on: May 3, 2013

 

Even heroes need to change their clothes from time to time but is this a permanent change for He-man?

DC Comics’ issue four of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe shows the title hero in new clothing.

Hitting stores in July, HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #4 will find He-Man captured by Despara, who is ordered to bring him before Hordak. But that’s not the only reason to be excited about issue #4. The issue’s cover by Ed Benes will also introduce He-Man’s new look for DC Comics!

In the epic war against the forces of Hordak ripping through the pages of the current series, He-Man must don the sacred armor of his ancestors.  While fans may be surprised by this turn of events, this dynamic direction for one of the world’s best-known heroes is firmly rooted in the classic legacy of MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE. After all, so long as you stay true to the core concepts, it’s always exciting to explore new possibilities, right?

 

Tell us what you think about He-man’s new threads below.

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JAKKS PACIFIC Celebrates May 4th Star Wars day in a big way

Posted on: May 3, 2013

 

 

“The legendary clone troopers are as iconic in the Star Wars universe of characters as Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, and we are excited to add them to our 31” Giant Figure line,” said Tara Hefter, Vice President, Licensing, JAKKS Pacific, Inc. “Our stellar lineup of 31” Giant Star Wars action figures will allow a new generation of fans to live out the epic adventures and battles between the Light and Dark Sides of the Force.”

“The Force is strong within JAKKS,” said Anita Castellar, Global Licensing Manager, Lucasfilm. “Their 31” Giant Figures represent a galactic-sized addition to our figure business, with exciting, larger than life figures that deliver a new Star Wars play experience for our fans around the world.”

With seven points of articulation, highly detailed features and iconic blaster, the 31” Giant Clone Trooper and 31” Giant Shock Trooper are the largest articulated collectible figures of their kind and will retail for U.S. $29.99.

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More Comic-con reveals… Boba Fett Black from USA TODAY

Posted on: May 3, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As part of the Star Wars Black line, this exclusive Bobba Fett figure will be available at this years’ San Diego Comic con for $44.99

Read the article at USA TODAY

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