Mr. Nostalgia Presents…Jamie Foxx as Electro

Posted on: July 19, 2013

So, we know Jamie Foxx has been cast as Electro in the new Spider-man movie, and we know they can’t use the traditional Electro costume, because while it works for the comics, it would look utterly ridiculous on the big screen.  For those of you who don’t know the costume, here is a picture of it:

For those who don’t know Electro’s identity, it is Max Dillion.  Here is a picture of Foxx as Dillion, and I like how they made him look, sort of a nerdy-electric-scientist:

Looks pretty good, just an ordinary guy before getting some extraordinary powers.  Now, here is where I get worried.  I’ve liked the casting of both of Marc Webb’s Spider-man films so far, but the way Electro looks reminds me WAY too much of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Mr. Freeze in the movie Batman and Robin:

  

The first picure makes me think too much of Mr. Freeze, however, the second picture I like more, it makes him look more menacing, and I like how they have the electricity showing through his skin and the addition of the voltage meter on the side of his head.  While a scene has been released of him talking as Electro, his voice kind of bothered me, but I’m going to try and keep the second image in mind until the movie comes out, and once we see Electro in action fighting Spider-man in a trailer, perhaps we’ll see just how villianous Webb’s version really is. 

Here’s hoping Electro gives Spider-man the fight of his life and helps him ride the lightning!

Mr. Nostalgia

 

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Mr. Nostalgia Links you to the Pixar Theory Timeline…

Posted on: July 19, 2013

Yes, I know, all you had to do was go to the original site and click on the right where it says The Pixar Theory Timeline, but I thought I would post this anyway for those of you who haven’t read it yet, to give you incentive to read it, or for those who didn’t know about this new addition to his site, because I just learned about the timeline today.  That said, reading the Timeline really helped me get more into this theory.  So for those of you who have not read the theory yet, read that first, The Pixar Theory | Jon Negroni then read the Timeline as additional reading to help further understand what Jon is saying.

I hope you enjoy,

Mr. Nostalgia

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SD Comic Con 2013 coverage

Posted on: July 18, 2013

Loo-kee™ here, Loo-kee™ there, Loo-kee™ where? That’s for you to figure out! If you’re at 2013 San Diego Comic-Con, every day from 7/17/13 at 5 p.m. PT through 7/21/13 at 5 p.m. PT the Loo-kee™ figure shown here will be hidden somewhere in the Mattel booth located at Space 3029. The first SDCC attendee to snap a pic of Loo-kee™ each day and post it in the Mattycollector.com Forums will win a 2014 Masters of the Universe® subscription valued at approximately $500! You never know where in the booth he’ll be or when he’ll show up but like Loo-kee™ says, “Keep trying, okay? Okay!”  Good Luck and see you at Comic con.

 

 

Also from Mattel is the Princess of Power’s Owl…  Introducing KOWL

More coverage coming soon!!

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Mr. Nostalgia Presents…Vice Versa

Posted on: July 18, 2013

There’s an old Hollywood plot cliché where a parent and child are at odds with one another, constantly bickering, thinking each has it easier than the other. For arguments sake, the Father thinks the Son has it easy, remembering fondly his own school days, while the Son thinks the Father has it easy because all he has to do is go to work and make money. Frustrations get to a boiling point, and, while holding a McGuffin (an object in a book or film that serves as the impetus for the plot – a term coined by Sir Alfred Hitchcock in 1935) they suddenly switch bodies, so that the Father’s mind is in the Son’s, and the Son’s mind is in the Father’s.

Until they figure out what happened, they’re forced to live this way, and the Father goes to school for the son and realizes it isn’t like when he went to school. Bullies are tougher, teachers are meaner and classes are more difficult. Meanwhile, the Son has to go to work for his Father and realizes working for a living isn’t any easier than school. You have a boss screaming at you, stress, deadlines to meet, and more pressure than even a pressure cooker can produce.

The Father and Son begin to understand where each other is coming from, and working together, begin to remember how they switched places in the first place and switch back using the McGuffin. The same concept has been used for films where it is a Mother/Daughter having these issues with the same results in the end.

The best examples of this cliché can be traced back to 1976 when Walt Disney Pictures made “Freaky Friday” with Barbara Harris and a young Jodie Foster. In 1987 “Like Father Like Son” starring Dudley Moore and Kirk Cameron had it happen to them when they both drank an elixir (McGuffin). My personal favorite is the 1988 movie “Vice Versa” starring Judge Reinhold and Fred Savage who switch places when they both hold an Oriental skull (McGuffin) his father had brought back from a trip for his company and say how they wish they could switch places. Walt Disney Television remade “Freaky Friday” as a TV movie in 1995 with Shelley Long and Gaby Hoffmann. Walt Disney Pictures, remade “Freaky Friday” once more in 2003 starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan who switch places after bickering in a Chinese restaurant and the owner’s mother gives them a special fortune cookie (McGuffin) that switches them.

But, believe it or not, this story concept goes back further than 1976 when the first “Freaky Friday” was made. In fact, it goes all the way back 131 years ago, to a book first published by F. Anstey in 1882 titled “Vice Versa: A Lesson to Fathers”. F. Anstey was a pen name he used, his real name was Thomas Anstey Guthrie, a lawyer, who decided to quite the practice and write humor novels. He lived from 1856-1934. Just like in the movie with the same name, a father named Paul Bultitude and his son Dick Bultitude, switch bodies due to a stone talisman (McGuffin).

The very first adaptations of this novel, complete with the books title and character names, were made in the UK in 1916, 1937 and 1948. In 1961 the BBC made a half hour TV movie of Vice Versa, and in 1981 the BBC again made another Vice Versa, this one a series that ran for seven episodes, continuing the tradition of using the characters names (something which the 1988 film did not do).

Now you may be asking yourself, “What does this book have to do with collecting?”, well, I was just getting to that. Back when I was collecting comics years ago, one of my favorite comics to read was Ultimate Spider-man. I loved the modernized origin of Peter Parker and his friends, family and villians. I enjoyed the dialogue that Brian Michael Bendis brought to each issue, making it both funny, sad or scary. I enjoyed how the Peter/Mary Jane relationship worked, and even more, I enjoyed the exquisite way that Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley (who illustrated the book) worked together to make each issue better than the last.

If I had to pick a favorite story line, it would have to be issues 33-39 where we meet Eddie Brock and the Ultimate Universe’s version of Venom. But, my all time favorite issues is a two-parter, issue 66 titled “Even We Don’t Believe This” and issue 67 titled “Jump the Shark”, where Peter Parker wakes up one morning with his mind in the body of Wolverine and Wolverine wakes up with his mind in the teenage body of Peter Parker.

      

(Covers to issues 66 – “Even We Don’t Believe This” and 67 – “Jump the Shark”)

Out of all the adaptations of “Vice Versa”, this is my very favorite. To see how Wolverine/Peter not only reacts to the situation, but freaks out, begging Peter/Wolverine to be nice to Aunt May, to go to class for him, and try and not make those claws go Snikt every two seconds hurting himself. Not only that, but on the flip side, to see how Peter/Wolverine handles the situation, won’t wear Peter’s Spider-man costume, even though Wolverine/Peter begs him to, except the mask, and try to use his web-slingers, well, this entire storyline goes from silly to just hilarious just by turning to the next page.

I read and re-read these issues whenever I’m in the mood for a good laugh, and the books never fail. If you want a great take on a now classic cliche thanks to all the movies made from the book, then Ultimate Spider-man issues 66 and 67 is just what you’re looking for. As for the McGuffin that made this happen to them, well, why don’t I just let you read the books and find out for yourself. From page one to the end you’ll be laughing and wishing you knew about these issues sooner.

Until next time,

Mr. Nostalgia

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Mr. Nostalgia Presents…a Link to The Pixar Theory…

Posted on: July 17, 2013

My cousin sent me this link  about a week or so ago, The Pixar Theory | Jon Negroni which, as Jon states on his site:

“Every Pixar movie is connected. I explain how, and possibly why. Several months ago, I watched a fun-filled video on Cracked.com that introduced the idea (at least to me) that all of the Pixar movies actually exist within the same universe. Since then, I’ve obsessed over this concept, working to complete what I call “The Pixar Theory,” a working narrative that ties all of the Pixar movies into one cohesive timeline with a main theme. This theory covers every Pixar production since Toy Story.

It is the most impressive piece of work I have ever seen and can just imagine the amount of hours he spent watching all 14 movies, choosing out little things that would connect one film to another, and build from that his theory.  Research wise, this guy is like the Indiana Jones of Pixar films.

I love Pixar’s movies and while I read and enjoyed the article, I don’t necessarily buy it.  I don’t think Pixar back in 1995 when they released Toy Story had in mind that by 2013 they would have made a series of films that they connected together the way Marvel did when they started their Phase 1 with Iron Man in 2008 leading to The Avengers in 2012, and how Marvel just started their Phase 2 with Iron Man 3 this year.

That said, I really can’t look at a Pixar movie the same way since reading it without thinking of his theory, and I plan on reading it once more because the more you read a book or watch a movie, the more you pick up on.  So, maybe I do buy into it?

Something this well written and researched needs to be shared, so I’m posting a link to his site here in hopes you, our readers, will give it a read and some thought.  I plan on visiting his site regularly to see if any new updates have been made, and can’t wait to see how he works in future Pixar films.

Until next time,

Mr. Nostalgia

 

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Mr. Nostalgia Presents a Really Lousy Week…

Posted on: July 15, 2013

Last week I posted how I was having a tough day at work and went to get a Happy Meal which cheered me up.  Well, the rest of the week was pretty lousy, I was stressed, depressed,  and just felt all around lousy.  To top that off, I had to get some work on my car done this Saturday which cost a couple of hundred dollars.  Feeling enough is enough, I decided Saturday, once my car was fixed, I would treat myself to something to cheer myself up, but it had to cost under $5.00 and pay cash.  Not only did I do it, but the answer presented itself several weeks prior.

A few weeks ago, my wife and I were in the many malls that make up our area of living.  This one had recently opened a new Disney “Imagineering” Store, so she wanted to check it out.  I have to say, we were both NOT impressed.  With a few trees that lit up, a small castle for kids to walk through, and silhouettes painted on the walls, there really wasn’t anything nice about this store.  There was a nice size video screen, that was true, but this store had all the excitement of the Disney Outlet Stores, which, if you’ve ever been to one, you can get a good deal at, but it looks just like any other store.  (These new “Imagineering” stores, if  Disney is really going to go ahead and replace all the current ones with, lack all the charm that the current ones and first ones had.  I just hope whoever designed these stores never designs a ride at Disney World, becasuse THERE would be one boring ride, let me tell you!) The best part of this Disney Store visit was the pictures they left out for kids to color.  The paper had pictures on each side of the page, and as I looked at one of Buzz Lightyear and Woody (his last name is actually Pride,  just a little trivia there) I noticed on the back of it it had: Thor, Captain America, Iron Man and the Hulk to color.  So, I took two of the sheets to bring home and color.

I didn’t use traditional Crayola crayons because the picture had some detailed parts, especially on Iron Man’s armor, and despite the crayon sharperner on the back of the box, you can never seem to get it sharp enough to get the right angle to color the detailed points.  Instead, I used this hybrid type of crayon that Crayola put out called Crayola Twistables, which essentiall looks like a pencil with a twisty top, which releases the end to color with.  The best part is, the color comes out smoother than even a Crayola crayon (and doesn’t have that waxy build up those cheap crayons you get at Chili’s or Houlihan’s that only give you four colors) and, when you use one side and build a point to it, you can then turn it to get the point sharper on the other side, and really color those detailed parts.  These things are just excellent.

Anyway, skip ahead to this past weekend when I decide to find something I want to treat myself on, and while in CVS I found this:

That’s right, a Spider-Sense Spider-man JUMBO Coloring & Activity Book, paid for in cash, that only cost $2.99 plus tax. 

Now, I know that sounds odd that a 38-year old man would buy himself a coloring book, but I got to tell you, coloring really relaxes me.  I can just focus on the image infront of me and not think of anything except how I want the picture to look.  My only complaint is that the black ink they print the pictures with sometimes smudges with the coloring, but that is a small complaint.  I know this will also sound odd coming from a 38-year old man, but honestly, I wish I could find a job where I could just color all day, and get paid well for it too.  Now that sounds like a cool job, doesn’t it?

So, if you’re having a lousy week too, why not pick yourself up a coloring book and Crayola Twistables and color.  It really brings you back to your childhood when life was simpler, and don’t we all need that from time to time?

Until next time,

Mr. Nostalgia

 

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Mr. Nostaligia and Nostalgia…

Posted on: July 11, 2013

It was brought to my attention today by my opinionated-cousin-who-is-more-like-a-brother-than-cousin that Despicable Me is not Nostalgia.  To that I say, true, it isn’t for me since I saw it as an adult.  However, I’ve been trying to post other things here on the site besides me going on and on about some old childhood memory.  I started first with the new Lone Ranger posts about the toys and will continue to post new stuff relating to toys that I would like to talk about, as well as continue with my Nostalgia pieces.  That way, when Tommy begins to post again, there will be more content for you to read.

I’d also just like to take this time to say thank you for all the kind words that have been left in our comment section.  I’ve read each and every single one of them and you’ve all been incredibly kind.  We’re doing our best, and I can promise you I have lots of ideas to post still, both Nostalagic and modern.

So thanks for reading, and please, keep coming back and see what’s new.

Mr. Nostalgia

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Mr. Nostalgia Presents…Mini Minions in his Honey Nut Cheerios

Posted on: July 11, 2013

I remember as a kid my brother, sister and I fighting over who got to open the new box of ceral.  It wasn’t becasue we wanted to get the first bowl of it, oh no, it was something so much more important.  The prize that came with the ceral box!  I remember they would package the prize two different ways:  It would be either between the cardboard of the box and the sealed ceral bag or in the sealed ceral bag itself, the toy in a plastic bag.

Well, imagine my surprise today when I came home and found  three boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios, my favorite ceral (they were on sale so my wife got extra cause I can eat those things quick), and on the box it said “Free inside Mini Minions”.  There are 8 to collect in all, and they were between the carboard box and the sealed ceral bag.  I needed to open a box since we were fresh out, so that meant I got to see one Minion for sure, then I just opened the box of the others to remove the little guys from it.  Over all I got two doubles of the fireman and one of the other one.  Still, they are cool and I really like them.  They come with a string attached so you can hang them places.

 

Mr. Nostalgia

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Mr. Nostalgia presents…Daniel

Posted on: July 10, 2013

Today I had a real terrible day at work.  So, during lunch, I figured I’d treat myself to lunch and get a Happy Meal at McDonald’s.  If that wouldn’t cheer me up I don’t know what would, I mean, it has the word “Happy” in the title for Pete’s sake!  So, I went and ordered my meal and sat down to eat.  I opened the box and found this little guy from Despicable Me 2 waiting for me in the box:

When you press his hand by his belly, he starts to laugh and say “What?” in that Minion voice they have.  His name is Daniel and he cheered me up.

Now, I have to admit, when it comes to animated films I’m a snob, if it isn’t Disney or Pixar (though now they are one and the same) I really won’t even bother seeing it.  However, there are a few non-Disney/Pixar films I DO like, and they are: Monster House (2006), The Iron Giant (1999), The Prince of Egypt  (1998), How to Train Your Dragon (2010) and Despicable Me (2010).

I have to admit I really didn’t think I would like Despicable Me when I first saw the trailer, it just seemed like every other CGI animated film out there, but when my wife and I did see it, we were cracking up, especially with the Minions.  We really want to see Despicable Me 2, which I hear is excellent, soon, maybe this weekend.

So, if you’re having a terrible day like I was today, go to McDonald’s and get a Minion Happy Meal.  You’ll be “Happy” you did!

Mr. Nostalgia

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Mr. Nostalgia presents…an error in an article

Posted on: July 8, 2013

Here at Toy Lines we take our job seriously, and I sadly made an error in my 2nd Stringers article.  While looking at Lone Ranger images on bing the other night I came across this great looking poster:

and I thought to myself, what a cool looking poster.  But, further down the line, I saw images of toys that said The Legend of the Lone Ranger with cards that looked like this, and I realized those were the toys from my 2nd Stringer article. As I said in the article “They were made for a cartoon series made by Filmation in 1980 called The Tarzan/Lone Ranger Adventure Hour, and later renamed in 1981 The Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure Hour that aired on CBS.”

Well, it turns out I was wrong.  The Lone Ranger toys were not created for that cartoon but for this movie that came out in 1981 and starred:

  1. Klinton Spilsbury  –  The Lone Ranger / John Reid
  2. Michael Horse –  Tonto
  3. Christopher Lloyd –  Maj. Bartholomew “Butch” Cavendish
  4. Richard Farnsworth  – Wild Bill Hickok
  5. Lincoln Tate – Gen.  George Custer
  6. Ted Flicker – Buffalo Bill Cody

On http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082648/ the film received 4.5stars out of 10, and many people seem to think it was pretty much a flop.

Presented below is the Lone Ranger half regarding the toys from the movie that I mistakenly gave credit to the cartoon along with some images:

 

The Legend of the Lone Ranger toys, as the card said, was black with a profile of the Lone Rangers mask and face on the left side of the card. On the bottom of the left side of the card was a picture of the Lone Ranger riding Silver in front of a sun over the mountains. The figures were bubbled on the right side. The back top of the card had a picture of all 5 characters with their guns and 3 horses, as well as a brief back story about the Lone Ranger.
 
The Lone Ranger figures were:
 
The Lone Ranger who came with two guns
 
Tonto who came with a dagger and gun
 
General George Custer who came with a gun
 
Buffalo Bill Cody who came with a rifle
 
The villainous Butch Cavendish who came with a gun.
 
The Lone Ranger’s horse Silver, Tonto’s horse Scout, and Butch Cavendish’s horse Smoke were sold separately (though the figures were sold with their horses together later on).
 
The card went through a variation when a small blurb reading “Free Western Town” replaced the image of The Lone Ranger riding before the sun. On the back of the card was a picture of the Western Town. To get it, all a child had to do was cut out the proof of purchase, which was the white name of the characters (four was necessary to send in and could have been any combination of figure and horse or just figures so long as four was sent in). The offer expired June 30th 1982 and they would receive it by August 1st 1982.
 
The free Western Town was nothing more than a cardboard backdrop with illustrations that read: The Gold Nugget Saloon and Casino, Carson City Bank, Arbuckle’s hotel, jail, Bok’s General Store, Blacksmith shop and stables, and came with streets and side walks.
 
I apologize for the error in giving credit to the cartoon series for these toys when they were clearly made for the movie.  I promise to give as much research as possible to the toys history that I’m researching and to do better in the future.
 
Regards,
 
Mr. Nostalgia

 

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Mr. Nostalgia presents a Lone Ranger movie update…

Posted on: July 8, 2013

This past Wednesday, The Lone Ranger hit theatres, and while the film as been getting mixed reviews, I myself still plan on seeing it.  I’ve tried to avoid reading any reviews before seeing the movie, something I always try to do, so I can go in fresh and form my own opinion.  I think that if I go in expecting nothing more than a summer blockbuster film with unbelievable stunts, and sometimes unrealistic action that couldn’t really happen in the real world, but keep in mind that this is a movie, I will be just fine.  I really do want to see this movie, so here’s hoping I can see it soon. 

Below are pictures of the Neca Lone Ranger and Tonto action figures.  The figures are extremely detailed and look just like Depp and Hammer from the film.  They are also extremely poseable, which, if you take them from the card, means you can put them in great poses.

    

I really need to get these toys once they go on sale.

Until next time,

Mr. Nostalgia

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A word from Mr. Nostalgia…

Posted on: July 7, 2013

 

Just wanted you folks out there in reader land to know here at Toy Lines things are moving right along.  Currently, I’m at work on a new blog, doing some research and writing a rough draft for it.  Soon I’ll be posting it.  In the meantime expect smaller update blogs from me during the week, so keep on coming back and checking to see what’s new.  Tommy has been busy with some things but plans on doing some write ups, so soon enough there’ll be more content to read.  Until then, I’ll post as much as possible to keep everyone reading. 

Thanks for reading,

Mr. Nostalgia

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