Mr. Nostalgia Presents Monsters University Suckers!

Posted on: June 30, 2013

My wife and I went to see Monsters University this morning.  I’d been looking forward to seeing this movie, and for some reason, the trailers made me feel like it was a Monster style version of Revenge of the Nerds ( 1984 – which also had John Goodman in it as Coach Harris), only a G rated version instead of an R one.  Both were set in a college and both showed the underdogs competing against the Jock-type character in  a final show down competition.

I was pretty wrong on that guess, and really, what was I thinking?  I guess the commcercials, with the footage they showed, made me piece it together that way, but you can’t judge a book by a cover, or a movie by it’s trailer in this case.  Many movie trailers make the movie look incredible, but that is because they show all the best parts in the trailer, and the movie winds up stinking when you see it.

This isn’t exactly the case with Monsters U.  I liked it a lot, as did my wife, and both our favorite character was Art (voiced by Charlie Day).  I love the way they made him move and dance.  Anyway, I won’t be giving a full review of the film here, but I will say this, where as in Monsters, Inc. ( 2001) the film focused a bit more on Sulley (John Goodman) and his relationship with Boo (voiced by Mary Gibbs), this movie focuses more on Mike  Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal).  Now that may just be my personal opinion on the matter, but it’s cool if people disagree. 

As a side note, this is the third time both Billy Crystal and John Goodman reprised their roles as Mike and Sulley. In 2002 they voiced them in a Pixar short titled Mike’s New Car, which was created for the DVD release of Monsters, Inc.

OH!  Two other things.  Steve Buscemi returns as Randall Boggs, and we get to see where his rivalry with Sulley began.  Also, this movie kind of presents a continuity error.  In Monsters, Inc.,  Mike mentions in conversation with Sulley that they had been best friends since the 4th grade, but in this movie, they meet for the very first time. 

Anyway, you might be wondering what this has to do with the title of the blog, well, we’re getting to that.  My wife received these items from work for free at The Disney Store:

 

Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan Lip Pops.  Essentially, a type of lollipop that you suck on, but instead of a stick sticking out of your mouth, you can either have the fangs of Sulley or the teeth and retainer of Mike covering your mouth.  Kind of cute, no? Mike is flavored “Scream Apple” and Sulley is flavored “Boo! Raspberry.”  I’m sure they are being sold in stores now in case you want to try one (which I haven’t cause I don’t like either flavor).

Until next time,

Mr. Nostalgia

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Mr. Nostalgia Presents his new Lone Ranger Badge!

Posted on: June 30, 2013

My wife surprised me the other day when I came home from work with this.  It is an exclusive Disney Store Cast Member item (my wife works part time at the Disney Store, in fact, the very same store where we met when I was working there as well, and we fell in love), a Texas Ranger badge,  just like The Lone Ranger wears in the movie.  The badge itself is plastic with the words “Texas Ranger” on it, and the back actually is a clip/magnet, so you can stick it on your freezer or fridge.  Something tells me this little guy will be on my freezer in the next couple days. 

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Mr. Nostalgia presents…The 12 inch Tonto Deluxe Figure

Posted on: June 26, 2013

Yesterday I posted that the 12 inch Deluxe Tonto has hit the shelves at the Disney Store and that I would try and get a picture.  Well, I’ve done just that.  They didn’t have his horse, so I’m still wondering if they are going with his horse’s name being Scout, but at least we get to see what the 12 inch doll looks like. 

   

Looks  very detailed and I love the crow headdress.  I really can’t wait to see this film.

Mr. Nostalgia

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Mr.Nostalgia presents a Lone Ranger toy update…

Posted on: June 24, 2013

As The Lone Ranger continues to gallop towards his July release (gallop, get it?), I thought I would take a moment to post some pictures of some of the toys I’ve seen.  In an earlier blog titled Mr. Nostalgia presents…”Hi-Yo Silver, AWAY!” | Toy Lines, I mentioned that The Disney Store was selling a Deluxe 12 inch figure of The Lone Ranger and a 10 1/2 Silver horse doll to go along with it.  Well, below are pictures of these toys:

    

If you press Silver’s head down he makes galloping noises as well as horse sounds.  Still no word if Disney is making a Tonto and his horse deluxe figures (I wonder if they will go with his horses name as Scout?), but I sure hope they do. 

UPDATE 6/24/13

My wife told me that The Disney Store got the Tonto 12 inch Deluxe figure in.  She happened to see it today.  I’ll do my best to get a picture of it as soon as I can.

This movie promises, thanks to Johnny Depp, to have Tonto not be the sidekick who saddles The Lone Rangers horse, but an equal to the Lone Ranger, which really hasn’t been done before .

Finally, my wife bought me these Friday as a surprise (isn’t she the best?  I think so).  We call them “Mickey Ears” and basically they are little Mickey’s that are either painted to look like other Disney characters, to be Star Wars or Muppet characters, or they pay artists to design them in strange ways.

 

I just love how they look and the attention to detail they gave Tonto’s face, as wll as giving him his crow headdress. All these toys can be found currently at The Disney Store.

Also, the official Disney website Disney.com | The official Home Page for all things Disney has a new short video about training the horses that play Silver in the movie.  All you need to do is click on the link above, click on Video then type The Lone Ranger in the Search Window.

Anyway, that’s all for now.

Until next time,

 

Mr. Nostalgia

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Mr. Nostalgia Returns in…”That Toy”.

Posted on: June 24, 2013

As a kid, we always have our “Go To” toys. These are the toys that, no matter what, we will always find the time to play with everyday no matter how long we get. They are the toys we take with us on a trip to your grandparents for something to do, play with when you get together with friends, or take on vacation or to the beach and play with in the sand. They make it easy for family to shop for you when you have these toys, they can practically get you any figure or vehicle from the series for your birthday or Christmas because they know you are into it, and if you have it already, not a problem, just exchange it for something you don’t have.

Growing up, I had two sets of “Go To” toys. When I was younger, it was Star Wars. From an early age, most likely because of my brother, we had these toys in our house, and we played with them constantly. By 1984 however, after the popularity of Star Wars began to burn out, I began to get into G.I. Joe, and there I stayed until I stopped playing with toys (which I wrote about in another blog titled The Day the Toys Died). Sure I had other toys growing up that I played with and liked, I had a collection of He-Man, my 2nd Stringers, my small but cherished collection of Indiana Jones toys, but these two were my bread-and-butter when it came to playing with toys, and always would be.

Then there was “That Toy”. You know the one. The toy that for some reason you wanted but can’t explain why. The toy that maybe you saw with your mom while shopping and asked for and she bought for you, because maybe you were being exceptionally well behaved lately, or maybe she said no and you threw such a tantrum that all she could do was breakdown and buy you the toy to shut you up and get you out of the store. It might be anything really, but it’s usually a toy that you never before expressed an interest in getting, it might have been based off a cartoon or TV show you didn’t even like, but for some reason, standing there looking at it, you felt you wanted it.
 
This is my story of “That Toy”.
 
 In the Summer of 1984 my parents took us to California for a weeks vacation. We spent half the week in San Francisco where we saw things like Alcatraz, the shops of Fisherman’ Wharf (and where I went in my very first haunted house The Haunted Gold Mine with my dad and brother) and rode the Cable Cars. The second half of the week we spent in Los Angeles doing things like driving to Venice Beach, swimming in the Pacific Ocean, and going to Universal Studios. Now, the Universal Studios of 1984 is extremely different to the Universal Studios Hollywood of today. Many things have come and gone in the past 29 years, and I believe today, while still a working movie studio where they film actual movies on sound stages, they are trying to make it also into a theme park, much like it’s sister park Universal Studios Florida.
 
However, we’re in 1984, and the day at the studio starts off on a tram ride around the studio where they take you to see how Hollywood special effects are made by driving past a house that is on fire but will never burn down, thanks in part to the fire being controlled by gas jets and the house built of fireproof building material, or driving over what looks to be a rather old bridge, and halfway across the bridge begins to creak from the weight of the tram, support beams begin to fall away, and suddenly you feel as if you drop a foot down before realizing it was all special effects, or even driving through a little town where suddenly a flash flood comes rushing towards you, only for it to stop before splashing and soaking you in your tram (This “flash flood” set was actually used in an episode of Diff’rent Strokes, which ran on TV from 1978-1986. In this two-parter episode the Drummond’s fly to Los Angeles where Mr. Drummond is meeting his future wife. Arnold and his friend Dudley are at Universal Studios, trying to meet the stars of the show Knight Rider – more on them to come in a bit- when they hide on the set of the flash flood. They’re about to get washed away when K.I.T.T. detects their presence and warns Michael Knight, thus saving their lives) . You’d also drive through recreated memorable movie sets and relive moments from the films like the parting of the Red Sea from The Ten Commandments (1956, directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Charlton Heston as Moses), or drive through the town of Amity where “Bruce the Shark” from Jaws (1975, d by Steven Spielberg) would try and attack your tram car by popping out of the water and trying to grab you with it’s huge teeth. You’d even be abducted the by Cylons from Battle Star Galactica ( original TV series from 1978-1979, Galactica TV series 1980) and drive into their mother ship and into the middle of a laser fight as a Colonial Warrior comes to save us before the ship takes off. You were able to experience all this and more on the tram ride, and when it was over, your day wasn’t.
 
Once you got off the tram you could walk around the studios and see things like a prop plaza featuring a giant telephone from the film The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981, directed by Joel “I-will-eventually-ruin-the-Batman-franchise-only-so-Chris Nolan-can-save-it” Schumacher) as well as other props. There were places to eat, shop, and other things to do too. There were streetmosphere characters walking around like Frankenstein (1931 directed by James Whale and starring Boris Karloff as The Monster), a Cylon Raider from Battle Star Galactica, amongst others.
 
One of the things my brother, sister and I wanted to do was meet K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider (see, told you more on them). Knight Rider was a very popular TV show that ran from 1982-1986 and starred David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight and William Daniels as the voice of K.I.T.T (most of our readers would recognize this name as George Feeny from Boy Meets World – 1993-2000). As a side note, Daniels did NOT voice the voice of K.I.T.T. in the two episodes of Diff’rent Strokes, he was voiced by voice artist Jim Ward, but went uncredited for the show.
 
K.I.T.T. stood for Knight Industries Two-Thousand, and it just so happened that at Universal Studios that year they had one of the K.I.T.T. cars there, where you could actually sit in the car and ask him questions and he would answer you back (Now, I’ve always tried to figure this one out. If you could ask K.I.T.T. questions, and he would answer you back in real time, how did they this make this happen? It’s not like they had K.I.T.T.’s voice actor William Daniels stuffed in the trunk of the car all day listening in on the questions. So how did they do it? Well, I tried thinking up some ideas and this is what I came up with: 1) the show writer’s for this idea wrote down every imaginable question they could think that some one would ask, and had Daniels record all the lines ahead of time. 2) There was a microphone hidden somewhere inside the car, so when someone asked a question, someone who sounded like Daniels, perhaps Jim Ward or another voice artist would answer. I still have no idea how they did it but when I was there I heard K.I.T.T. talking and it sounded just like in the show, so Universal must have thought of something good. Perhaps I’ll never know.
 
The line for K.I.T.T. was too long and my parents didn’t want to wait on it, so we never got the chance to actually site inside the car and ask it a question. As a runner up of sorts, Universal Studios had this photo op of a life size cut out of Michael Knight getting out of K.I.T.T. and you could go stand next to it, or next to Michael behind the car door, and pose for a picture. We did that and each had our pictures taken.
 
 There was also another famous TV vehicle there that day, a large black van that had a red stripe running from one side of it to the other, and on the door the show name The A-Team. The A-Team, for those of you who do not know, was a TV show that ran from 1983-1987. The thing about this van though, was that it was parked sideways, and you could walk up to it and physically lift it off two wheels. (Since writing this blog I’ve tried to figure out how that was possible. Obviously there was no engine in it, or anything that would give it weight. Perhaps it was just a frame of a van, but that would still be heavy to lift, so the only solution I could think of was that there was some kind of mechanical arm on the other side you didn’t see helping you lift it. The line for this was short so my dad had his picture taken lifting the van, and then my brother, sister and I had our picture taken together lifting the van.
 
Another thing we did was see an outdoor A-Team stunt show called The A-Team Live Stunt Show that ran from June 16th, 1984 until 1987. According to the original press release from 1984 for this stunt show, it read “They crash, they burn, they blow up. And they always walk away winners. But if you think their stunts look wild on television, wait until you see how we recreate what they do at Universal Studios. It’s the spectacular new A-Team Live Action Show. Our fifth new show in the expanded Entertainment Center. You’ll see incredible stuns like leaping vans, controlled crashes, roll-overs, artillery duels, gunfights, motorcycle jumps and high explosives – all demonstrated and explained to you in our new arena. It’s an awesome display and it’s all just part of a full day of family fun at Universal Studios. The A-Team Live Action Show. If you can take it, they can sure dish it out.”
 
Now, you must be thinking by now that, after taking my picture with the A-team’s van, and going to see their stunt show, I was a pretty big fan of the show, right? Wrong. I hated this show. I could never get into it. In fact, even after reading the press release, I don’t remember one single thing that happened during the show.
 
It wasn’t like I didn’t watch a few episodes to give the show a chance, I did. But I just could never enjoy it. There was really nothing that could make me change my mind on this either. At the time, Mr. T was extremely popular, and not even his popularity and all that gold he wore could sway me to like it, not even the fact that Hulk Hogan, who was also extremely popular in the early 80′s, appeared in two episodes could make me like the show.
 
Also, I always got two of the main characters confused. The line-up for the four A-Team stars was:
  1. John ‘Hannibal’ Smith played by George Peppard
  2. ‘Howling Mad’ Murdock played by Dwight Schultz
  3. B.A. Baracus played by Mr. T
  4. Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck played by Dirk Benedict.
For some reason I always got Hannibal and Faceman confused. See, Hannibal was a master of disguises, so I always felt that his code name should have been Faceman, because he was constantly in disguise, thus leaving the code name of Hannibal to Faceman. But that was never the case. If I had to choose one character that I liked the most though, it would have to be Murdock, who was always funny.
 
The kids in my third grade class, however, were huge fans of the show, and even formed their own club called “The A-Team”. They would only allow certain kids to join their elitist regime, and if you weren’t allowed to join, they considered you part of “The B-Team”, which I guess to them was an insult towards you. I could have been part of “The Z-Team” for all that mattered and it wouldn’t have bothered me, I didn’t want to be a part of their club.
 
Here is what I remember of the show some twenty-something odd years later:
  1. The opening theme song.
  2. Someone, Hannibal usually I think, saying “You just hired the A-team”.
  3.  Murdock usually making B.A. Baracus mad over something (which was always funny).
  4. A musical montage set to The A-Team theme where they would build some kind of weapon or vehicle that would help them fight whoever was terrorzing their clients.
  5. A fight between The A-Team and the villains which usually consisted of lots of gun fire, explosions, them using whatever it was they built to fight with, B.A. Baracus throwing someone threw the air, and finally The A-Team winning in the end.
In writing this blog I watched the opening intro to the TV show just to get a refresher of what the show was about. According to the opening narration of the show ” In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire The -A Team”.
 
After watching the intro I looked up the cast on www.imdb.com and did some reading there. The crime they committed they were ordered to do, which was rob the Bank of Hanoi, but upon completing their mission the man who ordered them to carry out the robbery was killed and all files regarding this matter were burnt in a fire, thus any evidence of them being under order to carry out the mission was forever lost. Through out the series they were being tracked by the military, and apparently had a news reporter driving around with them (that part I don’t remember.) Also, Murdock was clinically insane, “shell shocked” from the war, and they had to bust him out whenever they needed him, which would be like, what, every episode?
 
After watching the intro and reading all this information, but mostly the intro, it leaves me, a 38 year old grown up, with the following questions that just don’t seem to make sense:
  1. If they were being hunted by the military (apparently several different military leaders through out the series), why did they first off drive
    around in a big black van with a red stripe all the way around it? Not like that won’t be catching anyone’s eye or anything? Also, why not
    leave the country? Go to Canada, or Sweden or an island or soemthing where they wouldn’t be hunted anymore?
  2. They always say, “You just hired The A-Team”, but yet, I’ve never seen them get paid. Ever. Now, I know I’ve only seen several episodes, but didn’t these people who hired them know they were mercs and had to pay them?
  3. If they never were paid for their help, how did they live? How did they afford the van? How did they afford gas for it? Where did they sleep,

    you got to think, as big as the van was, that it would be cramped for four grown men to be sleeping in. Where did they shower, if they didn’t
    have a place to sleep that means no bathroom, no bathroom means no shower, no shower means smelly dudes. How did they eat? How did
    they afford new clothes? You’d think that after all the help they gave to all the people that their clothes would get dirty and ripped at times. How did Hannibal ( I still think his name should be Faceman) afford all the costume and make-up for disguises?
  4. How did they register the van in the first place? A bunch of fugitives walk into the DMV and just happen to get a vehicle registered with no

    problem? What about insurance?
  5.  If Murdock was in a mental hospital due to the war, and had to be broken out whenever they needed him thanks to the conning of Faceman (still think his name should be Hannibal), why didn’t they just keep him with him? What did they do, drop him off at the nearest mental hospital once they were done? Also, if the hospital had a fugitive in their ward, wouldn’t the military found out about that eventually and stake the place out to trap them?
When news of the A-Team movie was announced I felt no nostalgic feelings for it. I didn’t follow the casting, in fact, I only found out that Liam Neeson was in it because one day I checked my usual movie websites I look at and it was posted right there on the front. What I thought was, “Really, Liam Neeson? Is this what your career has come to?” Just for a moment let’s take a brief look at Mr. Neeson’s career.
  1. His career starts in 1979 doing a lot of TV series roles.
  2. In 1981 he lands the role of Gawain in Excalibur (acting alongside the great Patrick Stewart)
  3.  More movies and made for TV series movie roles.
  4. He appears alongside Justine Bateman in Satisfaction in 1988 (Julia Roberts is also in this film).
  5.  Appears in some more movies, some starring well-known actors of the time.
  6. 1990 has him starring in Sam Raimi’s “comic-book-movie-that-isn’t-based-on-a-comic-book Darkman, which is a great film and performance by him.
  7. Few more movies, and then he starts to hit the big time, landing roles like Oskar Schindler in Schindler’s List in 1993 directed by Steven
    Spielberg and really becomes a Hollywood name.
  8. Does Rob Roy in 1995 as the title character, a movie my old boss at the video store I worked at said was amazing.
  9. Appears in some crappy George Lucas movie in 1999 (I’m an original trilogy kind of guy and hate anything from The Special Editions and on).
  10. More movies, then lands the role of Ducard/Ra’s Al Ghul in Cris Nolan’s 2005 reinvention Batman Begins which brings the Bat-franchise back finally, and does a great job acting as Bruce Wayne’s friend and mentor, only to turn out to be Batman’s enemy.
  11. 2005 he also voiced the role of Aslan in the adaption of C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and

    proves not only can he act physically ON film, but can also act just WITH his voice.
  12. Returns as Aslan in C.S.Lewis’ adaption of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.
  13. More movies and then finally, in 2010, he is casted in The A-Team movie.
  14. Also in 2010 Neeson reclaims his voice-role as Aslan in another C.S. Lewis book adaption The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn

    Treader.
  15.  Reclaims his role as Ra’s Al Ghul in Nolan’s Batman finale The Dark Knight Rises. 
So, as you can see, it isn’t exactly like Neeson hasn’t made some great films, he worked his way to becoming a well known Hollywood actor and I really don’t understand his decision to take a role on in The A-Team movie. Of course, this is just my opinion. Others, mostly fans of The A-Team, would feel differently. Now, I have never seen the movie, in fact, whenever it is on I just keep on skipping through the channels.
 
But, like I did with the TV series, I went into www.imdb.com and looked up who rounded out the rest of the cast:
  1. Liam Neeson as Hannibal
  2. Bradley Cooper as Face
  3. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as B.A. Baracus
  4. Sharlto Copley as Murdock.
Dwight Schultz, the original Murdoch, makes a cameo as German Doctor #1 while Dirk Benedict makes a cameo as Pensacola Prisoner Milt. Mr. T refused to appear in the film in a cameo role, and George Peppard passed away in 1994.
 
So, no, I’m not a fan of either the show or the movie and will pass on watching them if the movie is on or the series is in syndication. Now you might be wondering, after this massive list of complaining about The A-Team, when does this blog entry get to be about toys? Right about now actually.
 
As I said, I don’t remember one thing from the stunt show, but I do remember two things that happened afterwards. The first was, as the crowd exited the theatre, the actor playing B.A. Baracus was walking off set when some little boy (not me) yelled out, “Hey, Mr. T!”. Now the actor, tired, hot, sweaty, thirsty, most likely looking forward to his break before the next stunt show began, instead of ignoring this little boy, turned and waved to him. I know it sounds like nothing, but to that kid I bet it meant the world, and I bet even to this day it still does. The B.A. in B.A. Baracus might mean “Bad Attitude” (in the show the characters real name was Bosco A. Baracus), but when it comes to little kids, B.A was all heart.
 
We made our way out of the theatre, and as the crowd thinned, there was a stand selling A-Team merchandise. Now, I don’t know why, maybe it was from sitting in the hot, California sun during the stunt show, but I walked over to the stand and looked at the merchandise, and there were some A-team action figures, and just like I don’t know why I walked over there, I don’t know why, but I wanted one. I asked my mother if I could get one, and she said yes, but only one. The figures were six inches tall and made by Galoob in 1983. I decided on Murdock since, as I’ve said, he was the one I liked the most, and bought him. The Murdock toy came dressed in a baseball cap, brown leather jacket, blue shirt underneath, khaki pants, sneakers, and came with a machine gun and a grappling hook. (The grappling hook might have also been a deciding factor since I figured I could use it with my G.I. Joe toys.)
 
Now here is the strange part. I don’t remember at all playing with this toy. Not once. I must have opened him up in the car as we drove back to our hotel, and must have played with him at the hotel since I didn’t have any of my toys there, I figured I would have played with him while waiting for our flight home at the airport and played with him on the plane, but I can’t remember any of that. I just remember having this toy for some strange reason. Basically, this Murdock toy went from hanging on a rack in the hot, California sun, to a free cross country flight to the great state of NJ, to my toy box where he sank to the bottom and was never seen again. Most likely my mother was in a cleaning the boy’s bedroom mood, went through the toy box and took out any toy she didn’t see me playing with, and either gave them away or threw them away, Murdoch included.
 
As I said earlier in this blog, this is my story of “That Toy”, and a “That Toy” by definition means: “The toy that for some reason you wanted but can’t explain why…It might be anything really, but it’s usually a toy that you never before expressed an interest in getting, it might have been based off a cartoon or TV show you didn’t even like, but for some reason, standing there looking at it, you felt you wanted it.
 
So, Murdock from the A-Team toy line, was my “That Toy”. I’ve never since had a “That Toy” in my toy playing or collecting years. Just this one time I did. But how about you folks out there. Did you ever had a “That Toy” that you felt you had to have?
 
Until Next Time,
 
Mr. Nostalgia

 

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Mr. Nostalgia Goes to Disney World: Part 9

Posted on: June 18, 2013

Since Disney also owns the Muppets, they did some cool merging with them and Star Wars as well. You can guess some of the characters, Kermit as Luke Skywalker and Miss Piggy as Princess Leia. Link Hogthrob is Han Solo with Fozzy Bear as Chewbacca, and I’ve seen the Emperor played by a more obscure, but equally cool Muppet, Uncle Deadly, but I couldn’t find one to get a picture of. Below are just a few shots of some of the ones I saw that I thought were cool.

One of my favorites Sam the Eagle as Ben Kenobi, Gonzo the Great as Darth Vader (which fits in well since in an episode of The Muppet Show the “Stars of Star Wars” appeared with Mark Hamill, Gonzo dressed as Vader in it), and though not fully in the shot Camilla the chicken as an Imperial Stormtrooper.

Last but not least is a pretty cool set. Here we have Animal as Boba Fett, Scooter as Lando Calrissian, and Link Hogthrob (known from Muppet Show episodes that had Pigs in Space in them) as Han Solo frozen in Carbonite.
 
 
With Disney now also owning Marvel Comics, will it be soon that we’ll be seeing merged versions  of these characters? I can see it now: Mickey Mouse as Spider-man, Donald Duck as The Incredible Hulk, Goofy as The Mighty Thor and Stitch as Wolverine! That would be pretty cool.
 
Well, that’s all the picutres.  I apologize the posts didn’t originally work the first time we posted them, I believe that was my fault.  I hope for those of you who wanted to see what these toys looked like you finally got to and I hope you enjoyed the tour.  Sorry there were so many posts to this series, but I wanted to avoid the mistake I made last time and figured this was the best way to do so.
 
Until Next time,
 
Mr. Nostalgia
 
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Mr. Nostalgia Goes to Disney World: Part 8

Posted on: June 18, 2013
One of my personal favorite action figure sets, Mickey as Indy and Goofy as Sallah from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Please note the Disney version of the fertility idol and the Ark of the Covenant it comes with.  I just love this toy.  I didn’t buy it, but I love the fact that Goofy is Sallah, it seems so fitting for some reason (not to say that Sallah in the Indy movies was a good, he was a good friend and helpful to Indy many, many times).  I also love how Mickey looks as Indy.  There’s just something about him in that outfit that looks so cool.
 
 
And of course, what merging would be complete without a Mickey as Indy plush.
 
 
And yes, I know, I like to post about Indiana Jones A LOT around here.  Sorry for that, folks.
 
 
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Mr. Nostalgia Goes to Disney World: Part 7

Posted on: June 18, 2013

Here we have Mickey as an Indy bank holding a Disney version of the fertility idol from the beginning of Raiders. While I didn’t take a picture of the back, a small idol from each of the other Indy films is at the base: a Sankara store from Temple of Doom, the Holy Grail from Last Crusade, and the Crystal Skull from Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Next an Indiana Jones Disney Racer car. I tell you, If I had these kind of cars as a kid I would totally have played with them and NOT destroyed them.  Essentially, the Disney Racer cars seem to highlight something of the character, so for example, while they can use Darth Vader’s mask to become a car or Yoda’s face, for Indy, they put his fedora on top of the car and painted it to look like the colors of his well known outfit.
 
 

 

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Mr. Nostalgia Goes to Disney World: Part 6

Posted on: June 18, 2013

Next we have some beautiful Indiana Jones merged merchandise. First is my personal favorite, a medium sized statue of Mickey as Indy. Please note that Indy’s side bag is not made of plastic but of actual fabric, and note that at the base of the statue is the Cup of Christ, which places this statue in the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade frame, which is a close runner to my favorite Indy movie with Raiders with Last Crusade coming in at 99.9 %.The price, $145.  Of every picture I show you in this series, this is the one item I wish I could have bought.  I would love to have displayed it in my office where I write these blogs.

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Mr. Nostalgia Goes to DIsney World: Part 5

Posted on: June 17, 2013
These are Disney Racers, essentially their version of matchbox cars, just themed to characters from their films and theme park attractions. These have been out for years with characters like Mickey, Donald, Roger Rabbit and even Capt. Jack Sparrow. Below are Disney Racer’s of Darth Vader, Yoda, and an At-At (my wife’s favorite part from the Empire Strikes Back).
 
 
 
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