I Geek Disney – Marvel cars

Posted on: August 31, 2014

I’ve said before I’m not a toy car fan, I never really got into them as a kid, in fact, the only ones I really seem to like are the Disney/Pixar Cars/Star Wars ones I blogged about.  But, I saw these Marvel cars and think they’re pretty cool.  The Iron Man one is my favorite.

Iron Man


Captain America


Thor (his hammer is in the front of the car)



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Turtle merchandise

Posted on: August 31, 2014

The Nickelodeon Resort may be the only place in Orlando, Florida where you can meet the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but it isn’t the only place to buy merchandise.  On the day of our flight home from Florida, my wife and I got to the Orlando International Airport early, so, after a breakfast we looked in some stores and I found the following turtles merchandise based off the Nickelodeon series.  No doubt this is the same merchandise they sell in their resort store.


TMNT plush pillows





TMNT mugs


TMNT t-shirts

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I Geek Disney: Big Hero 6 toys

Posted on: August 29, 2014

Available for pre-sale on www.disneystore.com are toys based off the Disney Marvel animated film Big Hero 6, due in theatres November 7th. Disney is sure to have a hit with this film, and no doubt the toys will be quick sellers.  Even cooler, is the fact that Hiro and Baymax will be the first Marvel characters to appear in the Walt Disney World Resort.

hig hero 6 clip

Expect Toy-Lines to follow more on this, but for now, enjoy the toys:

Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter) with compact Baymax

hiro hamada

Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit) figure


Baymax plush

baymax plush

Go Go Tomago (voiced by Jamie Chung)

go go tomago

Wasabi No-ginger (voiced by Damon Wayans Jr.)

wasabi no-ginger

Honey Lemon (voiced by Genesis Rodriguez)

honey lemon

Fred (voiced by T. J. Miller)


Yokai ( voiced by Charles Adler)




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I Geek Disney – Mouse Ear Hats

Posted on: August 29, 2014

On your first trip to Disney World there’s several important things one must do: eat a giant turkey leg, have a dole whip, ride the monorail and meet Mickey Mouse. Oh, there’s one more thing, get yourself a Mickey Mouse Ear Hat. No matter your age, no matter how cool you think you might be, Mickey Mouse Ear Hats are the one souvenir you can’t leave the Walt Disney World Resort without.

It was the Mickey Mouse Club (which aired originally from October 3rd, 1955 to September 25th, 1959 and had 260 one-hour episodes and 130 half-hour episodes) that made them so famous, and while it seems like such an obvious idea for them to wear, it wasn’t until Walt asked what the kids would be wearing that the idea was thought up. It was former Disney Studio Cartoon Storyman, Comic Strip Storyman and Adult Mousketeer (known as the Big Moosketeer) Roy Williams who created them.

Based off a joke in the 1929 Mickey Mouse cartoon “The Karnival Kid” (the first Mickey cartoon that Mickey actually speaks in) Mickey tips the top of his head to Minnie, much like he would do with a hat, only he took off the top of his head  and ears.  It was this joke that gave Williams the idea to have the kids wear “Mickey Mouse Ears”.  After doing a sketch of the hat for Walt the hats were made for the show.

The first official Mousketeer Ear Hats to buy was a basic black hat with Mickey ears and the letter “M” on it. This made it easy for people to copy, so to prevent fraudulent hats the logo was changed to “Mousketeers” with a smiling Mickey Mouse. Within just 12 weeks of The Mickey Mouse Club being on television, more than 2 million hats were sold.

Today millions of hats are sold and the Mickey Ear Hats are the best selling item on property. Over the years various versions have been made of the hats to include a bride & groom, a Kermit the frog, R2-D2 and even the most recent ones, the “glow-with-the-show” ears.

Here’s just a few that I encountered on my recent trip to Walt Disney World:

Spider-man mouse ears

Spider-man Mouse Ear

Iron Man mouse ears

Iron Man Mouse Ear

pirate mouse ear

Pirates of the Caribbean Mouse Ear (notice the earring in the ear)


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Toy-Lines interviews Andrew Farago, author of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Ultimate Visual History

Posted on: August 28, 2014

Toy-Lines – Were you a turtles fan as a child?

Andrew Farago – Absolutely. My younger brother and I watched the first television mini-series when it aired in December, 1987, and we were hooked immediately. I started tracking down the early comic books right away, and we began collecting the action figures as soon as they hit shelves the next year.

Toy-Lines – Can you explain how the idea for this book came about?

Andrew Farago – Chris Prince, an editor at Insight Editions, was familiar with my earlier books and wrote to me asking, “what do you know about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?” I told him I was a fan and I wrote up an outline for how I’d fill a 200-page book. He liked my approach and I got the assignment.

Toy-Lines – Were there times where your were writing that you discovered something you didn’t know which you knew you had to include in the book?

Andrew Farago – Definitely. Almost everyone I interviewed was very generous with his time and very willing to share stories about working on TMNT, and I could have written a 400-page book with all of the information I gathered during two years of research.

Toy-Lines – Was there anything you wanted to include but didn’t get to?

Andrew Farago – Plenty. Despite all of the time I spent researching, some TMNT projects didn’t quite fit into the book’s narrative, and in some cases, I just wasn’t able to talk to enough people who worked on a particular project before the book had to go to press. And sometimes I wasn’t able to get enough artwork to illustrate a particular chapter, so we had to take a different approach to make things work. I’m really pleased with the book that we produced, but the perfectionist in me wishes that we’d had another year and another 100 pages.

Toy-Lines – What was it like meeting Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird?

Andrew Farago – I haven’t met Peter in person yet, but had a great time trading e-mails with him over the course of a year while I was doing my research. Kevin’s a lot of fun, and I got to hang out with him a bit at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con. He’s a very cool guy, and I was really impressed with how he interacted with his fans–hundreds of them! He was thrilled to meet each and every person who came up to him for a sketch or an autograph, and that was great to see.

Toy-Lines – While interviewing did everyone have fond memories of the turtles?

Andrew Farago – Just about. There were a few people who had less than ideal experiences while working on TMNT, but that usually related to individual projects that didn’t quite work out for one reason or another.

Toy-Lines – How important is family & friends when under taking a task such as this?

Andrew Farago – Very important. My wife has always been the primary editor on everything I write, and she’s the one who keeps me going when I’ve got to spend a full day transcribing tape-recorded interviews, or piecing together ten sets of e-mails into a coherent chapter, or frantically tracking down missing artwork for a chapter. My friends were very understanding of the weird schedule I had to keep when the book was getting into crunch time, too.

Toy-Lines – What is it like writing a book on the history of something that’s been around for so long? Exhausting?

Andrew Farago – It was pretty overwhelming at the outset, since every person I interviewed seemed to lead to another three people, and the sheer number of TMNT projects and products created over the years was staggering. I always had at least five e-mail chains going at a time, usually more.

Toy-Lines – How do you not verge off topic & did you ever worry you were forgetting something the turtles were a part of?

Andrew Farago – That’s why you have an editor. Chris Prince did a great job of making sure my narrative was focused, and was able to tell me when the book needed more information on a particular subject, when something should be dropped for the sake of the overall narrative, and when I’d gone completely off the rails.
If something wasn’t included, it was usually because it started derailing the rest of the book, or in some cases, I just didn’t have enough access to people or resources to make for a great chapter. The people who worked on the Turtles video games, for example, generally didn’t have much to say about it other than it was a standard work-for-hire job, and I limited my discussion in that area as a result.

Toy-Lines – How long have you been writing?

Andrew Farago – I’ve been writing (and making comics) since I was a kid, but not professionally until around 2001. It’s always been a part-time thing for me, since my day job at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco keeps me very busy, but if a project interests me, I’m glad to fit it into my schedule.

Toy-Lines – Let’s talk about your Looney Tunes book for a second (Looney Tunes Treasury). I take it you’re a Looney Tunes fan?

Andrew Farago – I’m a big time Looney Tunes fan, and have been as long as I can remember. My dad grew up on them in the 1940s, and it was fun sharing them with him when I was growing up.

Toy-Lines – Was writing that book more difficult than the turtles one or did they each have their own difficulties?

Andrew Farago – Each book had its own unique challenges. Just about all of the major players in TMNT history are still around and willing to share their stories, so that book required lots of interviews and tracking down people involved with the Turtles. Very few creators involved with the Looney Tunes are still alive today, so that required a lot more archival research and time spent in front of the television.

Toy-Lines – Did Warner Brothers let you tour their archives for footage?

Andrew Farago – No, but I didn’t pursue that for The Looney Tunes Treasury, since the DVD box sets and previously published history books by people like Jerry Beck provided me with all of the source material I needed. The publisher tracked down all of the art for that book, too, so it wouldn’t have affected the book much if I’d been able to go to Burbank and root around the WB Archives.

Toy-Lines – Mel Blanc is such an integral part to Looney Tunes. Have you ever read the book Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices by Ben Ohmart?

Andrew Farago – I haven’t, but it’s on the long list of books I intend to read one of these days.

Toy-Lines – What was a day in the life like for you while writing the turtles book?

Andrew Farago – Most of the “typical days” were normal workdays where I’d fit in a little bit of time for e-mail interviews and occasional phone interviews, going home at night and reading comic books or watching cartoons or movies, and jotting down notes about design and the book’s outline. When it got time to really pull the book together, I took a few extra days off from my day job so that I could spend a full eight hours fitting my interview responses into a book-length narrative.

Toy-Lines – Did you travel for the interview or were they all done from the comfort of your own home?

Andrew Farago – Interviews were mostly done over the phone or via e-mail. I think the only in-person interview I did was with Ken Mitchroney, who illustrated a lot of the TMNT Adventures comics published by Archie, since he lives in the area and knows me through mutual friends.

Toy-Lines – Do you have a favorite Ninja Turtle?

Andrew Farago – I’ve always been a Donatello guy.

Toy-Lines – Do you have a favorite Ninja Turtle cartoon series?

Andrew Farago – Nostalgia makes me pick the original series, although I’m a huge fan of the current series on Nickelodeon.

Toy-Lines – Do you have a favorite Ninja Turtles movie?

Andrew Farago – I saw the first live-action movie in the theater when I was 14, and it’s hard to top that. That one’s still my favorite.

Toy-Lines – What are the challenges one faces when writing a book like the turtles?
Andrew Farago – Leading up to the book’s release, I finally got a sense of just how big the franchise is, and what it means to its fans. I was really nervous about fan reaction to the book, since they’ve got such strong feelings about the Turtles, but they seem to really like it, which is a huge relief.

Toy-Lines – When completed did Kevin Eastman or Peter Laird have comments?

Andrew Farago – Kevin loved it, unconditionally. Peter was also really impressed, although he had a detailed list of suggestions and revisions for the second printing. I think once those are implemented, his opinion of the book will go up several notches.

Toy-Lines – How did Peter Laird get chosen to write the foreword to the book? Did he volunteer or did you ask?

Andrew Farago – I asked. Once I had Kevin lined up to work on the cover, with Mirage artist Ryan Brown, it was a no-brainer asking Peter to write the foreword.

Toy-Lines – One thing that is really cool is all the inserts on the pages. How did you decide what to use & what not to use & were there more you wished you could have used?
Andrew Farago – I’m really impressed with what the design team did on the inserts. It’s like getting 20% more book for your money, and was a great way to solve the problem of having access to more great art than we could use otherwise. I wish we’d had even more pages, though, and another few months to track down even more artwork.

Toy-Lines – One of the inserts was a comic strip from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic strip from Creators Syndicate. I’ve always wanted to read the strip. Did you get to read them all?

Andrew Farago – I haven’t yet, but I’m hoping that IDW Publishing will get around to collecting the whole run eventually. The strip wasn’t widely syndicated, so many of us never got to see it in our local newspapers.

Toy-Lines – How did it work with Mirage including all the inserts they provided or art work?

Andrew Farago – Most of the work included in the book came from artists and individual collectors, as opposed to the Mirage archives. Nearly everyone I contacted was very enthusiastic about sharing art for publication, though.

Toy-Lines – What made you choose the Ninja Turtles as a follow up book to your Looney Tunes Treasury?

Andrew Farago – TMNT was actually the first book offered to me by a publisher after Looney Tunes, and I was happy to take it.

Toy-Lines – You work for the Cartoon Art Museum, have they ever had a show on the art of Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

Andrew Farago – We’ve got a TMNT 30th anniversary exhibition on display right now, through September 28, and the show includes all of the original artwork from the very first issue of TMNT from 1984. Visit cartoonart.org for more info.

Toy-Lines – Did you get to interview folks from Playmates Toys about the turtles lines?

Andrew Farago – Yes, I spoke with Karl Aaronian, who was part of the team that first produced Turtles action figures, and he was very knowledgeable about the entire history of TMNT and Playmates.

Toy-Lines – With Nickelodeon owning the Ninja Turtles now, were they enthusiastic about the concept of the book?

Andrew Farago – Definitely. We couldn’t have done the book without their full cooperation, and they were really big supporters every step of the way.

Toy-Lines – I enjoyed the fact that not only you covered each Ninja Turtles movie, but each cartoon series & comic series, as well as the Next Mutation live-action TV series. Was there any research that went into this, like having to watch them all?

Andrew Farago – I didn’t have time to watch every single episode of every series, but thankfully I’d watched a lot of it prior to writing the book. I spent a lot of hours catching up as I wrote, though.

Toy-Lines – As a whole, what was the experience of writing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Ultimate Visual History like for you?

Andrew Farago – It was a lot of fun, probably even more than I expected. Getting to talk to Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman was great, but I also got to interview some amazing people like Rob Paulsen, Vanilla Ice, and Brian Henson. Getting to talk puppeteering with Brian Henson is something that I’ll always remember.

Toy-Lines – Do you have any other books in the works that you can talk about?

Andrew Farago – I’m talking to a few publishers right now, but don’t have my next big project lined up yet. The best place to keep up on my work at the moment is http://www.amazon.com/Andrew-Farago/e/B00JVVPKR2, and I’ll list new projects there as they’re published. https://www.facebook.com/andrewfaragocartoons is another place to keep track of me, and I’m gradually building a site at http://andrewfarago.wordpress.com, too.

Toy-Lines – Andrew, thank you so much for the interview & for writing this book. It’s truly worth every cent & is a great read. We here at Toy-Lines wish you the best of luck in your career.


The Toy-Lines Crew


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Happy Birthday to the thousandth man

Posted on: August 26, 2014

It’s difficult to believe that one year ago from today, August 27th, my buddy the thousandth man, was still here. I remember the day specifically. It was his birthday & I left work early, I wanted to see him, & I went to his place. His mother let me in, he was lying on the couch, & we chatted a bit. He kept his eyes closed, & I asked him if he’d like me to read to him from the Silmarillion from J.R.R. Tolkien, about a part that had to deal with The Hobbit & eventually into LOTR. He said yes so I started to read. He kept his eyes closed, listening to me read, no doubt picturing himself in the world of Tolkien instead of the world he was currently in.

I’ve called Rich the Samwise Gamgee to my Frodo in many blogs. He would have been 39 today. 30 years of friendship is not something you take lightly. This is 30 years from grammar school, through high-school, college, then life where we were always together. We could not talk for 2 weeks then when one of us called the other it would be like we just spoke the day before. We were just like that. When you constantly have someone in your life like that & they die, it’s honestly like losing a part of yourself. He left us in January & to this day I still go to email him, I still have his phone # in my phone & go to call him, & when I see new things like the new preview for Disney’s soon to be new Star Wars cartoon REBELS or find a new show to enjoy like THE GOLDBERGS I think of him wanting to discuss it with him.

My wife is my best friend. But losing Rich, I feel like I lost my oldest friend, which I did, & part of me doesn’t really know how to go on. I honestly don’t know how to handle it. I miss my friend; I want him back to discuss stupid things, to hang out with, to see the final Hobbit movie with. I know he’s in a better place where there’re no more tumors, surgeries, needles, drains to take spinal fluid from his skull, pain from the medication he was on. Perhaps I’m just selfish & want him back for myself. I want to go to Chili’s with him & sit over chips & queso & some fountain coke sodas & talk about stupid stuff, I want to laugh at our jokes again like we used to so much that I cry from laughter instead of crying from missing him.

I know that Rich is watching me from Heaven & is in peace. I know he still remembers me, laughs when I do at something funny, & I know he doesn’t want me to be sad like this. It’s just tough & I guess always will be.

I have no idea what Heaven is like, only that it exists & that Rich is there right now. But, in the LOTR movies, in Return of the King, Gandalf says something I really liked to Pippin during the attack on Minas Tirith & I’d like to share that here & think that this is what Heaven is like & where Rich is:

“End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path…One that we must all take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass…And then you see it…White shores…and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.”


Samwise pic

Happy Birthday, thousandth man. I miss you.

Mr. Nostalgia


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I Geek Disney: Disney/Pixar’s Cars/Star Wars mash-up

Posted on: August 25, 2014

Disney has been very smart in their acquisitions, two of which has been Pixar & Star Wars. We’ve seen Disney do character mash-ups for their characters as Star Wars characters, and this year they’ve done another. With Pixar, comes a successful library of films, one of which fills a great niche in the Disney toy market. Toy cars. With the long lasting success of Matchbox & Hotwheels Disney finally has their own version of toy cars to sell, ones that are just as popular as the Matchbox or Hotwheels brand. When you think that both kids & collectors buy these little cars, having toys based off of the Disney/Pixar film Cars (2006) is a great idea.

As a kid my brother had tons of Matchbox. I had a few too. Every so often our neighbor down the block would come to play Matchbox with my brother. They had this little section where’d they play, at the base of a tree. They’d sit there; using the little trays the cars sat in as a garage, and set their cars in them. I too would do this, my brother getting the best spot, then his friend, then me, leaving me with a pretty boring place to play. After about a half hour of setting the cars up I’d grow bored with the whole thing & “quit”, which usually ticked off my brother.

Today he still has his Matchbox cars, as did I until a few months ago, where I gave them to his son. I didn’t have anything truly valuable in the case (least I don’t think I did) and Matchbox never really was my thing, so I thought his son would enjoy them. I don’t know if he plays with them or not, but I like to think he does, and that the ones I gave him are his favorites and remembers that his “Uncle Nostalgia” gave them to him.

Go into any Disney Store & you’ll see a whole section devoted to Disney/Pixar’s Cars. Same thing with Target. Disney World is no exception. They even have a section in their Art of Animation Resort themed to Cars with life size replicas of the characters from the movie out on display. I enjoyed the first movie Cars, like the Car Toons: Mater’s Tall Tales, but didn’t like Cars 2 (2011).

So, I really wasn’t surprised to see Pixar Cars mashed-up as Star Wars characters. In fact, I thought it was kind of cool. The idea itself might sound strange until you see them. If the Disney Racers line worked so well, which they did, & the Cars toys being such a great success, these Pixar Cars/Star Wars will be a hit, and let me tell you, from a guy who hated playing Matchbox as a kid, these are pretty cool. What’s great about them is that they look like the cars from the movie, but with the paint of the characters from the film. They even have lightsabers.

I took a few shots of the ones they had, so take a look, & when you’re next in Walt Disney World, be sure to get a few.

Ramone as Han Solo – (voiced by Cheech Marin)

Ramone Han Solo

Red as Chewbacca – (voiced by Joe Ranft)

Red CHewbacca

Chick Hicks as Boba Fett – (voiced by Michael Keaton)

Chck Hicks Bob Fett

Mater as Darth Vader – (voiced by Larry the Cable Guy)  Doc as Obi-Wan Kenobi – (voiced by Paul Newman)

Mater Vader Doc Obi



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Mr. Nostalgia thinks about his third date

Posted on: August 25, 2014

When I started dating my wife we had several dates before we became “official”.  Our first date was to the movie “In & Out” (1997). I was hanging with my sister & our friend Lee before the date & his words of advice to an already nervous me was “Don’t F it up”.  Our second date was with my sister & Lee to a pumpkin patch, followed by Chinese in a place in China Town. The next day I was eating left overs when my fork hit something that I swear was cinder block. Our third date was really cool; we watched my favorite Star Wars movie The Empire Strikes Back.  My wife always liked the scene on Hoth with the At-At’s, & while in Target the other day I saw this little diorama with Legos, thought of that date, so snapped a picture.


Dedicated to my beautiful wife, Mrs. Nostalgia who has to put up with me carrying a camera wherever we go incase I see toys, me researching like a nerd about toys, & who had to sit through one too many Star Wars conversations with my buddy Rich. I’d face a whole bunch of At-At’s just to be with you.


Mr. Nostalgia

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Ex Libris Toy-Lines: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Ultimate Visual History

Posted on: August 25, 2014

Years before there was a Toy-Lines, Tommy & I used to take trips down to Red Bank, NJ to Kevin Smith’s “Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash”. On these rides we’d discuss our idea of having our own comic magazine, & one of the features I always wanted to have in it would be the uber history of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, from their unknown beginning as Mirage Comics second comic to when Nickelodeon bought them. Tommy always thought it was a great idea but I never knew how to write it. A few years later Tommy went from magazine idea to blog, Toy-Lines was created, & I joined him on the site.

The irony is, a few weeks ago, when my wife & I got back from our vacation in Disney World, I went with Tommy to see the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.  He also lent me Andrew Farago’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Ultimate Visual History” from Insight Editions.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Ultimate Visual History is everything I wanted to do & more. Andrew covers everything from how Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird met to the forming of Mirage Studios to how they created the idea of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles one night & the idea becoming their second comic for Mirage. From the beginning to today Andrew captures it all with detailed info, black & white, color pictures, inserts, as well as a foreword by Peter Laird.

In just 190 pages, Farago gives you the various comic books: Mirage’s Volumes 1, 2, & 4, the Archie Comics Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures series, the appearances the Turtles made in Image Comics Savage Dragon, the mini-series Bodycount, as well as Volume 3 of the turtles with Image, the Dream wave 7 issue sieres, as well as Volume 5 by IDW.

He covers all the animated series from the first one which lasted 193 episodes to the second series which ran for 5 seasons before becoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Fast Forward for season 6, to the season 7 finale of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Back to the Sewers as well as Turtles Forever & Nickelodeon’s newest series.

Also detailed are the five movies: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990); Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 The Secret of the Ooze (1991; with interview by former rapper Vanilla Ice’s involvement in the movie); Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 (1993); TMNT (2007), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) as well as the live action television series by Saban Entertainment Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation (1997) to the live-action stage show event Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Coming Out of their Shells (1990).

What you’d expect to read in a book like this, the comics, the cartoons, the movies, the toys is all here, but in depth giving you the facts on how things started, how Playmates got involved in producing the toy line, to interesting facts such as how Pizza Hut passed on promoting the first live-action movie, despite the popular cartoon series & toy line & how Burger King promoted it.

But it’s not just devoted to the comics or cartoons, the book really devotes itself to the details to how it all began, how a licensing agent named Mark Freedman met with them & made a deal to help sell the turtles as a toy line & animated series to how that led into the phenomenon that we know today. Through the interviews with creators Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird you learn how they worked in tandem to create the original comic to having a popular comic to suddenly toys & movies based off them, to the live-action Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation that seems to be the final straw that ended their friendship.

Farago captures this all in his book, even explaining how Laird bought out Eastman’s share of the turtles, then Laird’s own selling of the franchise to Nickelodeon.  All those questions you ever wanted to know about how Eastman & Lair stopped working on the comic together, how Nickelodeon bought the turtles are all answered here.

If all this information wasn’t enough, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Ultimate Visual History has 22 inserts, over 100 black & white drawings, over 200 color ones plus a reprint of the very first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic, & a poster of the cover of the book.

What more could I ask for in such a volume of information?  Well, I could nit-pick & say I would have liked to read about the summer the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles appeared for meet & greets in Disney’s then MGM Studios in 1990 (now known as Disney’s Hollywood Studios) or asked for pages devoted to a cover gallery of every turtles comic ever made.

But this would be nit-picking.

This is an exceptionally well researched & written book. The inserts help you see the turtles as they grew in stardom from starting out as a self-published comic to having their own day declared in the city of Los Angeles on March 19, 1993. The re-print of issue 1 is a great piece to read, then re-read, the comic that started it all. The interviews, information & captions help you understand what it was like for 2 Jack Kirby fans like Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird to create their own comic then see the turtles go from their humble beginnings to their Hollywood lives.

Is this book worth the $50.00 price it says on it? No. With the inserts, the comic, the poster, the price is well worth $100. When the title of the book says “The Ultimate Visual History” they weren’t kidding. This book is well worth every cent you spend on it & it deserves a place on your book shelf.

If Michelangelo were to sum this book up in one word it would be, “Cowabunga!”


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Target Turtle Displays

Posted on: August 25, 2014

Target has some pretty cool Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles displays for the recent movies toy lines.

Here’s one of Leonardo hanging from the ceiling


One of the 4 brothers


Raphael climbing from the sewers on the floor





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Back to School

Posted on: August 25, 2014

The other day Mrs. Nostalgia & I were in Target & I realized it’s that part of the summer. Back to school. No, not the Rodney Dangerfield movie from 1986. I’m talking about the end of August when as a kid you try to hang onto every second of your summer days & nights just knowing right around the corner is Labor Day & then the first day of school.

As a kid this usually started with this really annoying commercial of lunch ladies holding trays of lunch & this annoying song “See you in September” which had lyrics that went “See you in September, See you when the Summer’s through” while there are various versions of this song, I believe the one in the commercial was by this band called The Happenings. The end of August was good for one thing, my buddy Rich’s birthday which was always a pool party.

Still, as I walked down the aisle of back to school supplies I suddenly remembered my own days of back to school shopping for supplies & suddenly I remembered the Trapper Keeper, the coolest way to keep all your school work together, & if you found one with a Lamborghini on it, you were meant a cool start of the year, at least with the boys in your class you were (for some reason Lamborghini’s were very popular in the 1980’s).

A cool backpack was also a must.  My Catholic grammar school had one that my brother, sister & I each had once, but it wasn’t the greatest quality.   We’d usually settle for a good school bag, but I found the type you carry with two handles like a suite case (one year I had a black & yellow “Gold’s Gym” bag my dad got me from a trip) didn’t work too well, I usually slung it over my shoulder. A good backpack you could get a few years out of if you were lucky.

A cool lunch box also meant something when you were young back when I was a kid. Back then we had these square metal lunch boxes, though some were plastic.  I had a metal Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom one one year (my sister had the same one that year which was 1984) while I also had a metal Return of the Jedi one with cool scenes from Jabba’s Sail Barge & my sister had a plastic one with R2-D2 & Wicket on it (this was in 1983). By mid-year the metal lunch box would be beaten & I’d brown bag it. As I got older I’d brown bag my lunch to school but we still had those cool Trapper Keepers & backpacks.

In Target that day I saw 2 cool Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles backpacks, a lunch box as well as Spider-man, Ninja Turtles & Avengers folders.




If only there was a Trapper Keeper to keep them in.




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Posted on: August 24, 2014

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