Mr. Nostalgia presents…captain america toys…

Posted on: November 30, 2013
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For no other reason than I wanted to, here are a bunch of old and current Captain America toys.  Enjoy!

Captain America toy from Burger King

Captain America button

Captain America Christmas ornaments

Captain America doll

Dunkin Donuts Captain America cup

Captain America figure

Captain America toy

Captain America frisbee shield

Captain America mask

Captain America mask and suit

Captain America pvc

Until Next time,

Mr. Nostalgia

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Toy-Line’s Christmas Wish List

Posted on: November 28, 2013
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Dear Santa,

 

Toy-Lines.com wants to every toy collector out there to get what they want this Christmas.  So here is some holiday gift giving ideas to help you figure out what kids (Big or Small) may want this season.

 

 

For the…

Masters of the Universe Classics fan

Castle Grayskull Available for purchase on Matty Collector in December

 

The kids (big and small) who love Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics (Playmates)

 

 Ninjas in training (Playmates)

 The present day Ninja Turtles (Playmates)

 Secret Sewer Playset (Playmates)

 

 

Video Game Collector

Arkham Asylum Figures (DC Entertainment)

 

Halo Statue (Mcfarlane Toys)

 

Collector that wants a bit of everything in an action figure

 Captain Action

 

DC Comics fan

The New 52 DC Justice League (DC Entertainment)

 

Marvel Fan

Marvel Legends 5

 

Power Lords Fan

Power Lords Fan Club available at Store Horsemen

 

 

Younger action fan

Max Steel (Mattel)

 

Zombie fan

The Walking Dead Figures (Mcfarlane Toys)

 

Transformers fan

Ultimetal Optimus Prime (Available at Big Bad Toy Store)

 

Classic Animation fan

The Herculoids and Space Stars (Warner Archives)

 

For the Lego builder

 Pleygo Membership

 

Adam West Batman Fan

60s Batman (Mattel)

 

Hot Toys or Iron Man fan

Hall of armors (Hot Toys)

 

The Legend of Zelda

Link (Real Action Heroes)

 

Star Wars fan

Star Wars Black Series 2 (Hasbro)

 

Pop Vinyl (or Stan Lee) fan

 Pop Vinyl has just about any figure

 

The Doctor Who Fan

 11 Doctor figure set (Underground Toys)

 

Power Rangers Fan

20th Anniversary White Ranger

 

Mini-mates Robert Kirkman fan

Invincible Mini-Mates (You can probably get any type of mini mates)

 

Hobbit fan

Hobbits 2 Figures

 

Ghostbuster fan

Neutrino wand (available on Matty Collector.com in December)

 

HeroClix fan

Available at HeroClix.com

 

People that are fans and want to show it

Christmas Red Sweatshirts (80s tees.com)

 

 

Finally, please don’t forget the less fortunate this year and donate at least one sealed toy to any of your favorite charities.

Good luck shopping and watch out for yourself and others.

 

Happy Turkey day and

Merry Christmas!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mr. Nostalgia talks turtles…the teenage mutant ninja kind…

Posted on: November 28, 2013
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Long before the Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando, Florida became the one place you could meet and get your picture taken with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, there was one other place, just down the road in fact, that you had that opportunity to do so.

In 1984 Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird created one of the most unstoppable comic book franchises in history, and a few years later they appeared live every day from 1990 until 1996 to meet shell-heads and have your picture taken with them.  Where? Disney’s-MGM Studios in the “New York” section.

The four brothers, along with friend April O’Neil, would come out in the Party Van and put on a show for the audience.  While April sang the Teenage Mutant Ninja theme  song, the Turtles would dance and show off their martial arts skills.  After being introduced one by one, Michelangelo too busy ordering  a pizza to hear his cue, the Turtles would then spread out amongst the crowd for autographs and pictures before heading back to their off-stage sewer, only to come out later on and perform again. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles even would have a chance to join the Walt Disney World Christmas Parade along side Alan Thicke as they sang their own twist to “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” while April filmed.

In 1996 the Turtles said good-bye to Disney and four years later so too would co-creator Kevin Eastman as he sold his share of the Turtles to Peter Laird.  Laird would control the Ninja Turtle Empire until Nickelodeon approached him with an offer to buy, which resulted in a sale of $60 million.  The sale included the global rights to the characters as well as the merchandising rights.

Today Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo can be found at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort.  Here you can have special meet and greets, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dinner Experience and find exclusive turtles merchandise.

Until next time,

Mr. Nostalgia

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Mr. Nostalgia follows the Yellow Brick Road to McDonalds for a Wizard of Oz Happy Meal…

Posted on: November 26, 2013
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Several months ago, McDonalds released a Happy Meal celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Wizard of Oz.  There were 6 figurines in all: Dorothy with a basket and Toto in it, Glinda with her scepter, Scarecrow with his diploma, Tin Man with his heart shaped clock, Lion with his metal of courage and the Wicked Witch of the West with her broom.  Each figurine came with a piece of the Yellow Brick Road that they could attach through with the use of a peg on the road and a hole in one of their shoes and each piece connected with the others. On the bottom of each piece of Yellow Brick Road was stamped “75th Anniversary The Wizard of Oz” and had the ruby slippers in the logo.

I’ve wanted to write about these pieces for some time now, but, I wanted to include more than just pictures of them.  So, with each character’s figurine will be information about the actor or actress who played the part and some interesting facts along the way.  I hope you enjoy!

DOROTHY GALE – Though MGM had a certain actress in mind to play Dorothy, they planned on picking most of the cast from their pool of contracted players. MGM originally wanted Shirley Temple for the role of Dorothy but Temple was under contract with 20th Century Fox and Fox wouldn’t lend her out. So going with one of their own contracted actresses they chose Judy Garland.  Garland, who was only 16 when they filmed the movie had that girl-next-door kind of look and would also be able to play the range of emotions that her character would soon find herself in when she lands in Oz.  Also, with Garland’s amazing singing voice, this would add to her character.  There was one scene, in which she is in the Witch’s tower as the hour-glass is quickly running out of sand, that Dorothy reprises the song “Over the Rainbow”. Her performance was so moving that not only her own eyes tear as she sang, but those of the crew on the set.  Sadly, as wonderful as this scene was, it was cut to make the film shorter.

GLINDA THE GOOD WITCH – MGM went with another of their contracted players with this role and chose actress Billie Burke. Burke was 54 years old when she played the part (she was fond of saying, “Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese.”). It’s that type of thinking that helped Burke bring a youthfulness to her character, protecting the Munchkins with her powers, having a laugh in her voice whenever she spoke whether it was to Dorothy or the Wicked Witch of the West, and seemed to deal with the Wicked Witch of the West as if she were more of a nuisance than an actual threat.

THE SCARECROW/HUNK THE FARMHAND – The casting of the Scarecrow and Tin Man is a story in itself. The part of the Scarecrow was originally cast with Buddy Ebsen and Ray Bolger as the Tin Man (both MGM contract players). While Ebsen began practicing his dance routine and went for costume fittings, Bolger constantly spoke with the producers to play Scarecrow. Finally, the producers let him have the part and to Ebsen, whether it was a Scarecrow or Tin Man, didn’t mind, all he wanted was to be a part of the movie. You can try and imagine what it would have been like to see Ebsen as the Scarecrow, but you have to admit that Bolger was the right choice for that role. Tall, thin and lanky, Bolger was the perfect choice to play a character that is essentially clothes stuffed with straw. He walked with a gait as if the man in the costume didn’t have a skeleton and WAS full of stray, and any second you thought a breeze would knock him down.  Every move he made was graceful and his dancing was incredible, as was how when he would walk next to Dorothy he would begin to fall down and she would just easily pick him up because he was so light.

His make-up consisted of a burlap sack which was actually a rubber bag textured to look like burlap. His eyes, nose and mouth were left open. His nose and mouth was painted the color of darker burlap, while the bag itself was painted to look brown. The process took one hour just to apply the bag, and then another to blend the nose coloring and coloring of the bag.

THE TIN MAN/HICKORY THE FARMHAND – With Ebsen now cast as the Tin Man, that meant an entire new costume and make-up, which would unfortunately cost him his role. After playing the Tin Man for just nine days, Ebsen had an extreme allergic reaction to the aluminum dust that his face was covered in and he breathed in every day. He was in the hospital for two weeks, then a month at home to recuperate.

The role was recast with Jack Haley (a 20th century Fox contract player), the make-up switched from an aluminum dust to paste, and nine days of footage with Buddy Ebsen was scrapped (shots mostly consisting of scenes in the Witch’s castle when the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion disguise themselves as Winkie Soldiers to save Dorothy) and had to be re-shot with Haley.

Despite the switch from dust to paste, Haley would wind up missing four days of filming when he developed an eye infection from the paste. His suit was uncomfortable to wear, and in between shots he wasn’t able to sit down in it, so a leaning board was brought in for him to stand and lean against.

Haley’s make-up would take an hour and forty-five minutes to apply. They would start by slicking back his hair and gluing it under a primitive version of a bald cap. Cold cream was applied to his face, followed by it painted white with a chalk salve (to close his pores and keep them closed to protect his skin from the silver paste).  His face was then painted with the new version of The Tin Man make-up, the aluminum paste. Pieces of rubber were glued to his nose and under his chin to appear like pieces of tin and he had his lips painted black as well as black rivets glued to his face.

THE COWARDLY LION/ZEKE THE FARM HAND – Bert Lahr was cast in the role (who at one time was contracted to Universal Studios and 20th Century Fox) and based his performance off of Curly from The Three Stooges. (One could only wonder what it would have been like if he based it off of Shemp, or even worse, Moe once he got his Badge of Courage.  The Lion would be slapping The Scarecrow in the face and poking The Tin Man in the eyes!)

For the Cowardly Lion’s make-up Lahr wore a prosthetic glued to his nose and mouth, the piece starting just below his eyes and covering his top lip, which made it difficult for him to eat. This took one hour to apply. His costume was made out of real lion’s fur and he wore a fur wig on the top of his head, his chin had a fur beard and he wore mittens.  Beneath the lion’s fur was padding to puff the size of him up.  Inside the costume Lahr would be roasting inside from the heat his body generated but also from all the lights on set (dozens and dozens of lights above on the cat walks and even more on the ground ) needed for the Technicolor process to work.

THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST/MISS GULCH – Originally MGM wanted the Witch to be attractive and cast Gale Sondergaard (another MGM contract player) in the role.  They worked on her wardrobe but soon, the producers felt that an ugly, hag-like witch would be more in tune with the picture, and Sondergaard, not wanting to play that kind of role, dropped out of the movie. With three days left before filming began Margaret Hamilton (an independent actress) was cast and wound up playing three roles in the film: Miss Gulch, the Wicked Witch of the East that we see in the tornado, and the Wicked Witch of the West.

To say Margaret Hamilton unintentionally stole every scene she appeared in as the Wicked Witch of the West is an understatement.  The Witch character would only be in the movie for 12 entire minutes, but despite that short amount of time Hamilton, one of the nicest people on God’s green Earth, portrayed wickedness in an entire new light, and one that would go down in film history.  With a menacing voice, cackle and glance of her eye, Hamilton’s performance was Oscar worthy though of course she did not get one. NO ONE could have played this part as well as she did and no one still can.  Forever will any performance of the Wicked Witch of the West be compared to Margaret Hamilton’s.

Hamilton usually had small roles in films, playing characters that fade into the background while the “stars” were performing.  But, despite that, she was an actress and happy with what she was doing. A very professional actress Hamilton never complained about anything, and gave complete respect to her cast and crew, though most of her scenes were performed just with Niko the flying monkey or with Judy Garland.  She did have the scene in Munchikland with Billie Burke as Glinda when we first meet the Wicked Witch of the West and there was also the scene with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin man and the Lion, in the Witch’s tower, though she was on top of the stair case and they were below.

Costume wise she wore a black dress and top with a black pointed hat.  It was with the make-up that she was in the same ranks as Bolger, Haley and Lahr.  The process took two hours to do, gluing on a fake nose, chin and even a wart with black hairs coming out of it.  The green make-up she wore (which contained traces of copper in it) covered her entire face, arms and hands.  While Bolger and Haley had no trouble eating lunch, and Lahr was forced to have soups for lunch do to his prosthetic, Hamilton had her troubles eating with her make-up as well.  She would spend her lunch along in her dressing room (if that is what you would call a canvas tent, a floor made from dirty rugs, a card table and lamp), eating a peanut butter sand which that she had to hold in wax paper so none of the green make-up would get onto the bread and be swallowed.

Her make-up color, due to the trace of the copper in it, was one of the most dangerous to wear, and had to be thoroughly cleaned off each and every night. But the most dangerous part about the job was also the most horrific, and came at the expense of what could have been Margaret Hamilton’s life!

Betty Danko was Margaret Hamilton’s stand in and stunt double, which meant she made more money on the day she performed stunts.  Being her stand in as well as stunt double meant she had to wear the same costume, green make-up and prosthetics just like Hamilton.  When the Wicked Witch of the West arrives in Munchkinland she does so in a cloud of red smoke, but when she leaves it’s in a cloud of red smoke and a fireball. Danko handled the scene where she arrives being launched up an 8 foot ditch, the red smoke covering her coming up from the ground. Once she landed a piece of painted ground would be pulled by a wire to cover the hole.

For the Witch’s exit Hamilton had to perform the stunt with the fire herself because she is still delivering the Witch’s laugh when it happens. When the time came to film the Witch leaving, the launching mechanism was replaced with an elevator which would lower and raise Hamilton from the ditch. The moment she stepped onto the elevator platform, painted to look to look like the ground, the smoke and flame was released, Hamilton was lowered, and the aluminum floor was pulled with the string to hide the hole in the ground. The scene was shot in one perfect take and lunch was called.

Despite having a perfect take, director Victor Fleming wanted to shoot a few more, and this is where things started to take a turn for the worse.  Every shot didn’t work for one reason or another. Fleming began to grow very impatient and yelled at the crew.  When they went back to try the shot again, the flames were released too soon and jumped to the straw on the broomstick and onto Hamilton. All of the damage the fire caused was to the right side of her face. Hamilton’s chin (which must have melted away the fake prosthetic), bridge of her nose, cheek and side of her forehead had all been scalded.  Her eyelashes and eyebrow had burnt off and her upper lip and eye lid were badly burned.

The broom was grabbed from her hand and after a few attempts; her hat was knocked off and put out. But despite all this, it happened so fast, that Hamilton didn’t know she had been injured, that is until she looked down at her right hand.  From her fingernails to her wrist, the skin bad been completely burnt off.  That’s when she knew she had been injured and that’s when the pain began.

The MGM doctor, Dr. Jones knew one thing, with Hamilton wearing green make-up, that meant copper, and things were serious due to the toxicity of that colored make-up. Make-up artist Jack Young, who was there that day, was always thorough in taking off the green make-up do to its contents.  He normally used acetone to make sure it was all gone.  But on that day, young had to use alcohol for antiseptic reasons.

Young had to scrub and scrub the make-up off of Hamilton’s burnt and exposed hand.  One could only imagine the amount of pain she must have felt, but Hamilton, always the professional, never once screamed.  When Young was sure that he had cleaned her hand well, Dr. Jones then layered and layered her burnt face with a salve of Butesin Picrate (essentially a topical ointment of the times that eliminated the pain of burns immediately, very tough to find today.  It also helps prevent scarring from where the burns are). He then wrapped her in bandages leaving tiny holes for her to see, breath and speak out of.

The most horrible thing of all, MGM never called an ambulance or drove her home. She had to have a friend come pick her up from the studio.  The appalling treatment of how the studio treated Hamilton in this situation is nothing short of disgusting. Even worse, when her own doctor came to see her the next day the studio called to see when she would be back to work. Margaret Hamilton’s doctor took the phone and screamed at them to not call her again and that she would not be back until HE said she was ready.  Hamilton wouldn’t be back for six weeks.

By February Hamilton was back to work. Thanks to the Butesin Picrate her face had healed and not scarred, and the facial make-up could once more be applied. However had right hand had been slowly healing and only had an extremely light layer of skin grown back, not enough to protect the nerves that were still exposed, which meant for the rest of the filming she would wear green gloves.

Her next scene to film was another broomstick scene.  When asked if she wanted her usual costume or a fireproof one this caused Hamilton to pause. The scene would be a close up of her flying on her broom (15 feet off the stage floor) cackling while smoke poured from the straw end of her broomstick. A steel saddle was attached to the broomstick and she would be suspended by four wires, her costume hiding the saddle and pipe that let out the smoke.

Margret Hamilton had had enough risks with her life. She told the producer she would not film the scene. Despite the fact that they told her the fireproof costume was just a precautionary measure, and director Victor Fleming and even special effects artist Buddy Gillespie tried to talk her into it, Hamilton refused. She wasn’t worried about being fired from the film, she was worried about being burnt from real fire, and getting home to her son.

Finally they agreed to her refusal of the smoke and just filmed the close ups smoke free. She was strapped to the side, raised the 15 feet into the air and performed, cackling and screaming as a wind machine was turned on for effect and the broom stick rocked back and forth.  When she finished her scene, she was lowered, had her make-up removed and changed.  Just as she was leaving she ran into her stand in and stunt double Betty Danko.  Hamilton warned her of the dangers of the scene involved, but despite the warning, Danko went ahead with the filming, telling Margaret they were paying her more to do the stunt. One hour later at home Margaret Hamilton received a phone call that there had been an accident and Betty Danko was in the hospital.

The accident was in no way the fault of special effects artist Buddy Gillespie. In fact, he had filmed two perfect scenes of Danko suspended on the broom with smoke coming out and they were ready to call it day when Victor Fleming came on the set.  The minute he saw the cape pinned down to hide the pipe he told them he wanted it unpinned so it could flow in the wind. After explaining how the cape hid the pipe from the cameras Flemings answer was simple. Find a way to hide the pipe underneath the stunt double.

The pipe was remounted, this time beneath the seat and covered with asbestos.  When Danko was in the air, a button on the side of the broomstick not scene by the camera was pressed releasing the smoke. On this take, 15 feet in the air, when she pressed the button, the piped exploded throwing her from the broom.  She was fast enough to grab onto the broom and hold on for dear life as she was lowered to the floor. Her left leg was bruised from thigh to knee and a two inch deep wound went around her leg with bits or her costume stuck in it. Danko was in the hospital for eleven days. Being the kind woman that she was, Margaret Hamilton went to visit her.

A third woman was hired to finish the scene named Eileen Goodwin, but when she learned about the explosion she told them she wouldn’t do it. They told her all the smoke scenes were finished and they wouldn’t be using any.

The disrespect of how Margaret Hamilton was treated in her accident, the need for another take from Betty Danko despite having two perfectly good ones already shot which would end up with an explosion seemed like it was nothing to the studio heads at MGM. The way Hamilton and Danko were treated was deplorable.  Two ladies who were so seriously injured, who could have both lost their lives, for a studio to make so little out of it is just so sickening to read and think about.

ROUNDING OUT THE CAST –

TOTO – Was a female Cairn terrier named Terry.

PROFESSOR MARVEL/THE WIZARD OF OZ – MGM originally wanted comedian Ed Wynn but the comedian turned the part down.  Some scenes were written with W.C. Fields in mind, but MGM and Fields could never agree on a salary so he passed as well.  MGM cast contract player Frank Morgan to fill the role.  Morgan would wind up playing five different roles in the film: Professor Marvel, The Gate Keeper, The Carriage Driver, The Guard, and of course The Wizard of Oz.

UNCLE HENRY – Retired MGM contract player Charlie Grapewin was cast to play the part.

AUNT EM – Played by Clara Blandick.  (There was one point where the writers and studio was thinking that, since Professor Marvel, Miss Gulch and the three farmhands Hunk, Zeke and Hickory from Kansas appear as The Wizard of Oz, the Wicked Witch of the West, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion and the Tin man respectively, that Aunt Em would play Glinda the Good Witch, but the idea was soon turned down.)

THE MUNCHKINS – MGM cast 124 Little People to play the Munchkins. They wore make-up like prosthetic noses and cheeks, and it would take two and a half hours to apply all the make-up to them, as they moved from seat to seat, assembly line fashion, to get it done quicker.  Their costumes were all made from scratch and were made from felt.  They learned their dance numbers and lip-synched their songs since most of them didn’t speak English.

The Wizard of Oz premiered in August of 1939 in Wisconsin, then Los Angeles and New York. In 1998 the film was theatrically re-released in the theatre.  I saw it with my future wife.  Not many people can say they saw the actual movie The Wizard of Oz in the theatre.  Sure, it wasn’t in 1939, but we still did get to see it!

Until next time,

Mr. Nostalgia.

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Quick Questions with The Four Horsemen

Posted on: November 26, 2013
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No one is as busy in the Toy industry as the legendary Four Horsemen but we were fortunate enough to speak with Eric “CornBoy” Mayse and Eric Treadway of Four Horsemen Design Studio.  They were nice enough to answer some ‘Quick Questions’ with Toy-Lines.com concerning their new Power Lords line as well as their recent successful Kickstarter campaign.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toy-Lines: Is there a release date for the Power Lords?

 

4 Horsemen ( Eric “Corn Boy” Mayse): There’s an unofficial release date. We’re just launching a couple of the Power Soldiers here at Power-Con and we’re going to have them on storehorsemen.com in real limited quantities, but we don’t have an individual solid release for the fully-painted, I guess what we would refer to as the Infinity Edition. That’s what we called them with the Outer Space Men. But we’re going to try to have them ready in February or March, the fully painted versions.

 

TL: Is there any chance for a six inch line of Power Lords?

 

4H CB : As of right now, they’re only three and three-quarter. We got a really good response here at Power-Con. We’ll see what the response is on storehorsemen.com, but if the response continues to be as positive as it is now, then we may look into going back and adding in more articulation and releasing a six-inch version. As of right now, though, there’s only a three and three-quarter line coming out.

 

4H (Eric Treadway): We want to make sure that we fully dedicate ourselves to this first and make sure that if we start at this scale, that we’ll be able to get through all the characters and hopefully eventually vehicles, play sets, things like that. So if we were to move into a six-inch scale, it would probably be at least two years out from now, and we know that this scale will be working well, and also that will give us time to see if there’s enough of a demand to go into that scale.

TL: So vehicles are a possibility?

 

4H ET: If the line does well. That’s a tough sell. We would love to. That is one of the advantages of being in the smaller scale is it makes a vehicle or a beast or a play set a lot more feasible than if it were at a six-inch scale, but it’s so early for us into the line, it’s all going to be about whether sales and demand support it.

 

TL: Gentlemen, congratulations on your Kickstarter.

 

 

TL:  With the amazing support you received, do you have another Kickstarter in mind?

 

ET: We are definitely leaning towards doing another one. We’ve been talking a lot since the Kickstarter. Going into this one, we’d never done one before and we learned a lot about the process. Also learned a lot about what type figures people are looking to buy, especially beyond our basic fan base that we’ve had over the years. We picked up a lot of people who hadn’t been to the store before. And so it’s given us a lot of ideas and a lot of inspiration on where to go with it. We still have to get these birds produced properly and make sure we get them delivered and into people’s hands without any problems, but in the meantime I think we’re going to be working on building up to another one.

CB: Hopefully we’ll have an announcement at San Diego Comic-Con 2014.

 

TL: Has it been a smooth process with the Kickstarter? Are you anticipating any problems?

 

CB: So far it’s been fairly smooth. It’s a really, really complicated process to kind of set up, and we were told by a guy who was kind of mentoring us on the whole process early on that once you get started, that there’s a certain point where it’s going to kind of become a full-time job. And, looking back, we probably should have trained somebody to do it and hired them to do it, because it took a lot more of our time than we were expecting to do. It was somewhat of a complicated process and I know fans that have gone on and backed us have realized that some of it is a little bit confusing and some of the interaction with the Kickstarter site could be a little bit more intuitive, something that could be a little bit easier to use. But, all in all, we enjoyed the experience. We were really successful, a lot more successful that we expected to be with it. So now that we’ve done it once, the next time it’s going to make things so much easier. And we appreciate the fans helping us out with it, because they came through us far more than we were really expecting, so thanks, ya’ll.

 

TL: I know you guys are busy, but with Mattel and your own personal stuff with the Outer Space Men, Power Lords, are there other licenses you’re looking to do?

 

ET: There’s always licenses that we would like to do. We grew up on –

 

TL: Nothing you’re actively pursuing?

 

ET: No. Especially being in such early stages on Power Lords, we need to make sure on our licensed figures, make sure that we can put as much as we can into that and also, at the same time, maintain a steady pace on Outer Space Men. So, as far as licenses, I don’t think we’d ever want to be carrying more than two licenses at a time just to make sure that we’re not spreading ourselves too thin. So, no not immediately.

 

TL: I know with the rising costs of labor and plastics and stuff, do you foresee it changing at all any time soon? Maybe to a different resin?

 

CB: That we can’t really say, because as far as the factories go, we’re not really privy to all of the intricacies as far as production and the types of plastic that are used. I mean, obviously we want to use the safest plastics possible, but that was our biggest problem. That was one of the reasons we had to use Kickstarter, because the cost of production has gone up so drastically. There was no way we were going to be able to produce a six-inch action figure line on our own without having some sort of help in the beginning, and with Kickstarter we were able to do that. I kind of have wondered if that’s going to become somewhat of a business model for small companies in the years to come, not just Kickstarter but maybe doing their own thing and having fans help back them to create their own action figure lines. Maybe that will change. As far as changing the plastics and paints and things like that, I don’t know that that’s going to be possible without hurting the safety of the product.

   Eric Treadway and Cornboy

TL: Do you see it more being a direct market nowadays instead of just retail?

 

ET: You know, it’s almost like the toy version of the disappearing middle class. You’ve got the large companies like Mattel and Hasbro and JAKKS that operate on a certain level where they’re producing millions of units, and then you’ve got people like us who are producing hundreds of units in some cases, and a lot of those mid-tier companies are disappearing. You had like the Palisades and [Rhesoruses] and [Sodas] and stuff like that, and those type of companies aren’t around quite as much. And so for people at our level, kind of going back … it’s a way of working closely with the fan base, and there’s just a lot of strategy involved. Because it’s not necessarily what you’re selling, as far as what they’re made of or whatever, it’s just finding different ways to sell it. Like [CB] said, Kickstarter’s a way. With Power Lords, we’re doing the fan club. And it’s a way, if you include incentives that help offset tooling costs and production costs, we’re trying to be creative with how we sell it so we can keep the prices down and give people some actual value for what they’re giving us money for.

 

Gentlemen thank you for your time.

 

The Power Lords as well as Outer spacemen and other Horsemen products are available at Store Horsemen.com and sourcehorsemen.com

 

Also don’t forget to join The Power Lords fan club and receive exclusive Power Lords merchandise.

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Matty Collector’s 7 Days of Cyber Monday

Posted on: November 25, 2013
Thanks Giving

By Tara Z.

It’s the Turducken of holiday sales! We’ve got a Flash Sale stuffed inside a Cyber Monday sale stuffed next to a Black Friday sale — all wrapped up in seven days of Matty madness! Feast on these details, then get ready to grab your keyboard and load up your cart! Here’s all the info you need:

 

Early Access 11/26

  • Tuesday, 11/26 at 8:00 a.m. PT to Wednesday, 11/27 at 8:00 a.m. PT (subscribers only)

All Access 11/27

  • Wednesday, 11/27 at 9:00 a.m. PT to Tuesday, 12/3 at 9:00 a.m. PT (open to everyone)

7 Days of Cyber Monday Sale Items

All remaining customer stock of hot items from 2013 will be available through the entire seven days of the sale or until sold out! Look for items from DC Universe, Ghostbusters™, and Masters of the Universe® Classics, including the return of the Wind Raider™, some hard to find MOTUC figures, all of the items from our Essentials shop, The Cyber 6 (see below), and a few surprise “long lost” items.

  • Discounts up to 30% off original prices on DC Universe, Ghostbusters™, and Masters of the Universe® Classics, including all Essential items.
  • Discounts up to 50% off on select super sale items. Buy ‘em when you see ‘em, because supplies are limited and most items won’t be back again!

Hourly Flash Sales Monday, 12/2

Different deals every hour on special items that will be available only during the flash sales.

  • Monday, 12/2 from 9:00 a.m. PT to 2:00 p.m. PT

The Cyber 6

Hot, hot, hot! Look for six highly in demand, limited availability items. They’ll be offered at full price with no extra cart discounts, but you’ll save on shipping when you include them with your order. The Cyber 6 include Ghostbusters™ Ecto Goggles, MOTUC Sky High with Jet Sled™, MOTUC Strobo traveling convention figure with bonus unmasked Zodak™ head, MOTUC Weapons Pak: End of Wars™, plus 2 more that are so hot they’ll only be available during the Flash Sale on Monday, 12/2!

Extra Cart Discounts

  • Get 10% off your entire order if you spend $100-$199.
  • Get 20% off your entire order if you spend $200 or more.
  • Please note: These extra discounts apply only to discounted items and will not apply to The Cyber 6.

Important Note: Cart discounts do not apply to full price items. Mattel reserves the right to change the sale price at any time and all sales are final. All items are limited to stock on hand. Refunds for defective items only; no replacements.

* Mattel reserves the right to change the sale price and product order limits at any time. All sales are final.

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Mr. Nostalgia lists all the actors who have played Indiana Jones…

Posted on: November 25, 2013
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I’ve blogged on Indiana Jones before and I’ll blog on him again.  What can I say?  The character was and still is my hero, so I have lots to say about him.  Sometimes it’s toy related, another time it was how many times did Harrison Ford play Indy (5 times if you don’t remember the blog) and this time the blog is about the number of actors who have played Indiana Jones.  If you’re thinking it was just Ford and River Phoenix at the beginning of “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade“you’re mistaken.  Read on and see just how many there were.

We start off with actor Corey Carrier who plays Henry “Indiana” Jones Jr. in 7 episodes of “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.” (Which aired from 1992-1993 and had several made for TV movies in the years 1994, 1995, 1996).  The TV series starts off in the year 1908 with Young Indy traveling the world with his mother and father after his father was offered to travel and give lectures.  It is revealed Henry Jones Jr. was born in the year 1899 thus making him 9 years old when Carrier played him.

The next actor to portray Indiana Jones would be River Phoenix in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989).  Phoenix gets this honor because in the beginning of this film we see the origin of how Indy comes upon a whip, the scar on his chin, and of course the fedora. Taking place in the year 1912 this places Indy at the age of 13 (though River Phoenix looks much older than that).

We can now cut to “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles” again where this time actor Sean Patrick Flanery plays Indy.  Flanery plays Indy in the years 1916-1920 when Indy is about 16 or 17 until he is 21 years old. Flanery would play Indy for 22 episodes of the series, then in 3 made for TV movies.

We move from the “Young Indy” years to the older Indiana Jones played by Harrison Ford with the film “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984).  Though “Raiders of the Lost Ark” was filmed first, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” is a prequel set in the year 1935. Going by the date given of Indy’s birth, he is 36 at this point.

Next is Harrison Ford again in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) which is set in the year 1936. Indy is now 37.

“Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989) puts Indy in the year 1938 making him 39.

Harrison Ford would next appear as Indy in an episode of “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues”. (1993) The year when Ford appears as Indy is 1950. Though all records would say he is 50 in this episode, based on the year of birth Indy would be 51. Ford plays Indy just in the beginning and ending of the episode as he tells a friend about his college days.

Ford reprises his old Indy once more in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” (2008) which is set 7 years after the Young Indy episode he appeared in. The film takes place in 1957 putting Indy at the age of 57-58.

Finally, going back to “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles”, each episode (except the one that Ford was in) is opened and closed with a much older Indy telling someone about his adventures.  His looked is actually based off of director John ford with Indy wearing an eye patch (no doubt lost in one of his adventures) underneath his glasses. Played by actor George Hall Indy is supposed to be 93 years old which would set him telling these stories in 1992. Hall would appear in 22 episodes total.

5 actors in all played the famous Indiana Jones. As for the ages, one thing to keep in mind is when they first made “Raiders of the Lost Ark” they didn’t plan on having a “Young Indy” series, so keeping the age straight wasn’t a priority.  Lucas got the idea to explore more of Indy’s youth from the River Phoenix scenes in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” and had by then a more detailed outline of how old Indy was when things were happening.  My calculations of his age is just based on the date given from the TV series, give or take a year.

Hope you enjoyed,

Until next time,

Mr. Nostalgia

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Mr. Nostalgia talks about more Muppet-merged toys…

Posted on: November 23, 2013
Kermit vs Gonzo

I’ve mentioned before how I’m a fan of Disney merging their characters with other franchises.  Examples would be Mickey as Luke Skywalker.  I’ve had these Muppet PVCs merged as Star Wars characters for a long time now, and finally decided to take them out of the box and share them with you.  They only made this set, as far as I know, but they are pretty cool looking.  With Disney owning both franchises, I would expect to be seeing more of these soon, especially with a new Muppet movie and Star Wars movie on their way. So, I present to you Muppet-Merged-Star Wars toys!

Kermit the Frog as Luke Skywalker

Fozzie Bear as Chewbacca

Miss Piggy as Leia

Gonzo the Great as Darth Vader

Notice how Kermit and Piggy’s clothes are modeled after Episode IV: A New Hope.  Perhaps we’ll get an Episode V set one day?

Mr. Nostalgia

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Mr. Nostalgia presents the new poster for How to Train Your Dragon 2…

Posted on: November 22, 2013
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The official description of the film gives us this explanation:

“The thrilling second chapter of the epic How To Train Your Dragon trilogy brings back the fantastical world of Hiccup and Toothless five years later. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.”
No new trailers have been released yet, so in case you missed it, here is the teaser trailer:
How to Train Your Dragon 2 will be out in theatres June 2014.
Mr. Nostalgia
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Mr. Nostalgia: Total Film has the new Robocop trailer and it looks excellent…

Posted on: November 21, 2013
robocop

Hop on over with the link to totalfilm.com and check out the latest trailer for Robocop.  This movie is looking better and better with every trailer they show, and I really can’t wait to see the movie.  Release date: February 7th, 2014.

Check it out below:

 

Mr. Nostalgia
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