Mr. Nostalgia goes to Disney World: Part 2

Posted on: June 16, 2013
Next are some Disney character’s as action figures.  Below is Donald Duck’s newphews, Huey, Dewey and Louie as Jawas. Note that the bandalier straps they wear are color coordinated to their names, much like their hats and t-shirts were in the DuckTales cartoon. (Just a little Disney trivia for you: The nephews first appeared in Donald Duck Sunday comics on October 17, 1937, and their first film debut was in Donald’s Nephews. Originally, the colors they wore didn’t matter, but when DuckTales was being created it was decided to give the newphews each their own color, so Huey wore the red, Dewey wore the blue and Louie wore the green.  All three were first voiced by the same man who voiced Donald Duck, Clarence “Ducky” Nash.  When DuckTales was created, all three newphews were voiced by Russi Taylor, the voice of Minnie Mouse.  Huey’s full name is Huebert Duck, Dewey’s full name is Deuteronomy Duck and Louie’s full name is Louis Duck.)
 
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Mr. Nostalgia Goes to Disney World: Part 1

Posted on: June 16, 2013

I’ve done some work with our sites R2 unit and think I might have come up with the problem for why my Disney trip pictures didn’t come through.  So, I’m going to attempt the mother of all Jedi Mind Tricks here and re-post each picture one by one with their original text so you can both read and see what I was talking about.  This might mean many entries from me for a while, but it also might mean you finally get to see what I saw and didn’t drink any of the Mad Hatter’s tea while in Disney.  So, here we go, Part 1:

First off we have a sculpture of Mickey Mouse dressed like Luke Skywalker in his X-Wing Fighter outfight. This is a great piece, not too large, greatly sculpted, and I love Mickey’s expression of determination. This was priced somewhere between $100 and $200.
 
 

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Mr. Nostalgia presents…”Hi-Yo Silver, AWAY!”

Posted on: June 16, 2013

 As Disney continues to promote this month’s soon-to-be blockbuster Monster’s University they’ve already begun getting ready to promote next month’s blockbuster The Lone Ranger starring, Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger, due July 3rd. If you’re as excited as I am to see this movie, then I urge you to read on with this blog for some cool news I’ve learned about that will be happening for this movie not only at Walt Disney World, but merchandising as well.

Let’s start off with the official Disney website Disney.com | The official Home Page for all things Disney. If you were to go onto the website, click on Video then type The Lone Ranger in the Search Window, you’d fine nine videos all about the upcoming film, ranging from official trailers, to behind the scene featurettes , to even The Lone Ranger’s addition to Disney’s Infinity game. If you were to click on Store, then Characters, then finally the name The Lone Ranger , a page would come up with all cool sorts of merchandise like: a Tonto costume for boys, a white Lone Ranger hat for boys, a white Tonto headdress for boys, a limited edition Lone Ranger pin set, shirts for both men, women and boys, at least five different Lego playsets, a Deluxe 12 inch action figure of The Lone Ranger, as well as a Deluxe 10 and 1/2 Silver (I really hope they make a Tonto to go alongside this), as well as mugs, a pen set and a beautiful journal. Over at The Disney Store in your local malls, they too have been putting out Lone Ranger merchandise, some just like on the website. My last stop in there a week or two ago I saw the 10 and 1/2 Silver amongst a few other items, and with the movie still a few weeks away, I’m sure there is more items just waiting to fill both the stores’ shelves and the website’s pages.
 
In Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios, starting June 14th through August 3rd, Disney is bringing you a ten minute extended trailer of The Lone Ranger that runs every 30 minutes. You can catch the extended trailer at the ABC Sound Studio. The trailer starts at 10am and runs all day until park closing.
 
Over in Walt Disney World’s The Magic Kingdom in Frontierland at Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn and Cafe (which I personally think has the best burger on property) one can order a Root Beer Slush drink in a Lone Ranger Boot glass. The boot has in white The Lone Ranger written on it and underneath the badge of the Texas Ranger’s. (Noting sounds better then sitting in Frontierland in Pecos Bill’s, eating a hamburger and fries and have a nice cold Lone Ranger boot glass to drink from, only if it was filled with Coca-Cola, that would be delightful.) The boot and slush goes for $8.99 while you can order the slush minus the glass for $3.99. Personally, I’d just order the boot and ask them to fill it with a coke, and if they weren’t aloud to do that, I’d just order the glass and ask them not to fill it with the Root Beer. The boot would make one fine addition to a collection, that is for sure.
 
For you Disney fan’s out there like me, I highly recommend checking out each day the following blog The Disney Blog | Disney News and Information — by fans, for fans. They post daily and have great articles to check out, I myself check this blog out everyday, sometimes several times a day to see if I missed anything. Recently, they had a wonderful post about The Lone Ranger, how Johnny Depp created his character Tonto to help get the movie greenlighted. Click on this Johnny Depp on his role as Tonto in The Lone Ranger | The Disney Blog to read it.
 
(While this is not a Disney item, it is still cool.) For anyone who would like to know a little history about collecting items of The Lone Ranger, I would look no more than for Lee Felbinger’s book The Lone Ranger: Collector’s Reference & Value Guide. Felbinger has been collecting Lone Ranger items since he was a kid, and has one of the largetst collections in all the U.S., a collection that takes up 2 rooms in his house, and who seems like the leading authority on the hero when it comes to collecting, having appeared on tv and radio shows, as well as written many columns for various collecting magazines. One would only think that his collection is about to grow even more with the amount of new merchandise Disney is planning on putting out. You can find his book for sale over at Barnes and Noble (www.bn.com).
 
Finally, I thought I’d share the coolest thing yet Disney has coming out. These toys are tied into the Disney Infinity game I mentioned above, and are just truly cool and I love the cartoonish look to them. They are available for pre-order right now for $34.99 and will be available August 18th. The play set includes The Lone Ranger, Tonto, and the Landmark game piece (game itself is sold seperately). Below is an image, copyrighted of course to The Disney Store website. You can pre-order your set there.
 
 
Well, that’s it for now, Kemosabe’s. I hope you enjoyed the post about the upcoming collectibles of The Lone Ranger, and I hope you enjoy the movie as much as I know I and my wife will.
 
Until next time,
 
Mr. Nostalgia
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It’s Time for Another Trip Down Memory Lane with Mr. Nostalgia in “Father Knows Best”

Posted on: June 14, 2013
My aunt once told me a story about when she was a child her family was moving two houses up the street. Her father didn’t want to move all their toys those two houses, so one day she came home from school and on the side of the house caught her father burning all their toys. While this didn’t bother her older brother and sister as much, it left a devastating impression on her. Her father did give them each money to buy new toys, but we all know there are just some toys that can’t be replaced by either a new, different toy, or a replaced version of the very same one. She said she has no toys remaining from her childhood to this day.
 
This story got me thinking about my own father. He only broke two toys on me in my life, one was by accident. He and my brother were moving a piece of furniture, and in his way was a Star Wars Micro Collection toy from the Bespin Cloud City line. It was the one where Luke back flips out the window while fighting Darth Vader. My father accidentally stepped on it crushing it. He said sorry, then said you didn’t really want that, did you? Close to tears, I said no. But really, I should have moved the toy. It was my fault and I don’t blame him at all.
 
The other toy was a pair of plastic lightsabers my sister and I once had. One was a red blade and the other was green, when you swung it, it whistled making a so called lightsaber noise. The handle was rather large compared to the blade itself, and one day my sister and I got into a massive fight outside using the lightsabers, it was a pretty vicious battle, we nearly beat the hell out of each other, bending the plastic blades as they collided, and leaving crease marks in the plastic. But hey, at least we weren’t punching each other. (Not sure if she remembers that story or not, actually, but I remember it happening.) But that isn’t involving my father. For some reason we kept these in our front hall closet. As we were taking them out to play one day, I handed her one lightsaber, then the other, but the second one she wasn’t ready for and poked her in the eye. Thankfully she was OK, but she cried from the pain. My father came in to see what happened and started to yell from fear (I think all parents feel a sudden urge of fear and anger when their kids get hurt) and took the lightsaber and threw it across the room telling us to get rid of them, as he examined her eye.
 
But this blog isn’t about my dad bashing my toys. In fact, when my aunt told me that story, it made me wonder about my dad and what toys he had played with as a child. I grew up in the very same house that my father did. His grandfather built it and to this day my dad still lives in it with my mother. Now, growing up there, my brother, sister and I have been through every closet, alcove, crawlspace, end of the attic and basement that there was, and never did we find any evidence of anything that belonged to my father as a child. Heck, we didn’t even find any cool pirate maps like in the Goonies. But this never crossed my mind until my aunt told me her story. It got me thinking to what my father did play with as a child and I knew one day I would have to ask him.
 
 So, the weekend of Memorial Day, that Saturday, my parents came over. My dad was going to help me install my window air conditioners, which I had already did, so after packing some foam so that no bugs could get in any holes, he went with me to drop of my lawnmower which had broken a few weeks ago while cutting the grass. I knew as we drove to the place this was the perfect time to ask, so, nervous as I was, I asked.
 
First I asked how come there were no toys of his from when he was a kid. His reply was that most probably got broken or thrown away. Not surprising, that has happened to all of us at one time in our lives or another. Then I asked what kind of toys did he have. This one took some time to answer and he could only remember three of them.
  
The first was a toy Winchester rifle. He said you would put a fake bullet in the chamber, then some caps. When you fired the gun the cap would go off and then cocking back the handle the bullet would pop out of the chamber. It actually sounds like a pretty cool toy to play “Cowboys and Indians” with. As a kid we had our share of cap guns, but nothing as exciting as my dad told me about.
 
Another toy he told me about was a plane cockpit. I believe you would aim it at the wall, and a red light of sorts would hit the wall as a line and a plane would fly by. You would then shoot a suction cup dart at the plane and try to hit it. This sounds like a pretty cool toy and one I wish I could see a picture off. Also, it sounds pretty ahead of it’s time too.
 
Those two mentioned above were the most interesting. He also mentioned about a red metal fire truck and some trains. I wish he could’ve remembered more, but it was just cool to hear about these. Of course it would be even cooler if he still had these toys to show me. I wouldn’t even know where to begin looking on Ebay just to try and see what they looked like.
 
I was kind of scared at first to ask my dad this question, but I’m glad I did. I think it was a nice moment we shared where I got to know a bit more about him. If I could time travel, I’d love to go back in time to when my dad was that age, and myself be that age as well, and play with those toys with my dad. I know him from my childhood growing up, but knowing him from his childhood days would be a pretty cool thing.
 
As Father’s Day approaches, why not do the same. For those of you who collects toys with your father, why not go out and search for some toys, discussing what made him into the collector he is today, and what his favorite toys were as a child if he doesn’t still have them. For those of you whose father doesn’t collect toys, why not ask him about his childhood days of playing with toys. You might just learn a thing or two about your dad you never knew, and I can promise you that your dad would absolutely love it if you started talking to him about him.
 
Until next time,
 
Mr. Nostalgia
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Mr. Nostalgia is back, but where are the darn pictures?

Posted on: June 14, 2013

 

We here at Toy Lines just wanted you to know that the pictures posted in Mr. Nostalgia’s latest blogs aren’t showing and we have our top R2 units wearing a restraining bolt until the matter is fixed. Please be patient with us, and keep coming back to the site. I, Mr. Nostalgia, will be posting some new blogs soon, and Tommy has some stuff he plans to do as well. Thanks for visiting and come back soon.

 

Sincerely,

 

Tommy and Mr. Nostalgia

 

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