Ex Libris Toy-Lines

Posted on: August 23, 2014

Welcome to Ex Libris Toy-Lines.  Just what exactly is Ex Libris Toy-Lines you ask? This is a brand new section to our site where we’ll be discussing books about toys, toy related movies, pop culture, or anything that fits into the Toy Lines genre. Here we’ll tell you whether or not a book is worth the hefty price tag it carries or if you should skip it & buy yourself some toys.

Imagine this scenario – You got $50 you’ve been planning to spend on some toys you’ve been wanting. However, when you go to get them, you see a book based on these toys. You buy the book, which costs $50 as well, thinking you’ll get the toys on another visit & that the book will give you more info about the line you’ve been collecting for years.  When you get home, you start reading the book & immediately know the writer who wrote it knows nothing about the toy line, it’s been poorly researched, & it falls apart as you turn the pages.  You return it, get your money back, then go to buy the toys, only, they’ve been sold already.

Ex Libris Toy-Lines is here to prevent this. Its here to help you to decide whether you should buy the book or not. We’ll be harshly critical if needed but also give high praise if deserved. Hey, this is your money we’re talking about here, & in case you or the publisher hasn’t noticed, there’s a recession going on & you got bills to pay.

Think of it as a grammar school book report if you like, but Ex Libris Toy-Lines will be the one book report you’ll want to hear.  If a book is well researched, has a good writer, good content, has black & white or color images of the toys, or even is missing things we wished they’d included, these are the things we’re going to tell you.  If it’s self-published, unauthorized or from a legitimate publishing house it doesn’t matter.  We’ll give praise where praise is due & recommend the book to you if it’s worth the money.

Ex Libris Toy-Lines will be books in the Toy-Lines Research Library that we’ll read & review, helping you make the decision based on an honest review of books we’ll actually read, whether they be new or old. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the books we cover & will either help you add a book to your collection or not spend money on a book that isn’t worth it.

Look for the first Ex Libris Toy-Line soon.

Nostl.

 

 

 

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I Geek Disney: Gravity Falls’ Mabel Mickey Ear

Posted on: August 21, 2014

The first Gravity Falls merchandise comes out tomorrow (August 22, 2014) & is none other than a Mabel Mickey Ear. Mabel will be priced at $12.95 & be part of the Animation Series 5 set.  She of course is wearing one of her eccentric sweaters.

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Released later this fall will be 2 more Mabel Mickey Ears. The Eachez figures will be blind packaged with great Gravity Falls’ images on the box. The Mabel with her name on her sweater will be easier to find & will have an edition size of 1,350 figures, while the Mabel with the llama on her sweater will be the more rare figure with an edition size of 150.

 

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Either way, I’m just glad to see Gravity Falls merchandise finally coming our way.

Look for a second blog from me titled I Geek Disney: The Mystery Shack Edition where I discuss more Gravity Falls, and don’t forget to watch the new season on Disney XD or on Disney XD on The Disney Channel.

Nostl.

 

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I Geek Disney: Figment Comic

Posted on: August 19, 2014

Marvel’s Figment comic, the second title to be released in their Disney Kingdom’s line, is a five issue series that tells the origin of Dreamfinder & Figment. With three issues out already, the comic introduces us to a young inventor, Blarion Mercurial, who works for the Academy Scientifica-Lucidus, where they’re trying to create new forms of energy. To do this, Blarion creates the “Integrated Mesmonic Converter”, which, when working correctly, taps into the minds power to create energy. Blarion tests it on himself & sees memories in his mind’s eye of the past, all the way to when he was a child & drew a sketch of a little friend, from this figment of his childhood’s imagination; Figment is born & named in Blarion’s reality. But when a “mind portal” opens & takes both Figment & Blarion, their “Journey into Imagination” really begins.

 

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(Covers to Figment 1, 2,& 3)

With two issues left to the series, track down issues one through three, key up the Sherman Brothers “one little spark” & enjoy the comic based on Epcot Center’s official Disney spokes-characters (Epcot was never intended to have Mickey, Minnie or the “Fab Five” characters or merchandise in the park) & greatest ride, which Disney then closed, shortened, threw out Dreamfinder, & replaced with a more dumbed down & insulting version.

Nostl.

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I Geek Disney: Alice in Wonderland Tsum Tsum

Posted on: August 18, 2014

For sale on www.disneystore.com is the next set of Disney’s Tsum Tsum.  Priced at $4.95 each, these minis are 3 ½” & are the cast from Alice in Wonderland: Alice, The White Rabbit, The Mad Hatter, King of Hearts, The Queen of Hearts, The Cheshire Cat, The Dormouse, The March Hare.

 

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Nostl.

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I Geek Disney: Star Wars T-Shirts

Posted on: August 17, 2014

Saw these shirts in Walt Disney World, while I didn’t buy any, I figured they’d make a great blog.

Chewbacca shirt

cHEWbacca shirt

Chewie photo bomb shirt

chewie photo bomb

Property of Jedi Training Academy 1977 (notice the year)

jedi training

Darth Vader riding the Astro Orbiter with a Mickey Ice-cream bar

vader astro orbiter

Darth Vader on the carousel

vader carousel

Nostl.

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Toy-Lines Interviews Jane Labowitch, Etch A Sketch artist

Posted on: August 14, 2014

In the art world there’s many mediums in which to express yourself.  For Jane Labowitch her tool of choice is the Etch A Sketch. Toy-Lines recently interviewed Jane about her creations on this iconic childhood toy.

Toy Lines – Why Etch A Sketch?

Jane Labowitch – I started playing with an Etch A Sketch when I was about 4. It was just another toy in the house and I really enjoyed making pictures on it and erasing it after. I played with it a ton growing up and haven’t got bored with the toy yet!

TL – How long have you been creating art with one? When did you first start?

JL – I first started playing with an Etch A Sketch when I was 4, and I started taking it more seriously when I was around 16.

TL – How long did it take for you to master the device for doing this?

JL – I got used to the mechanics of an Etch A Sketch when I was young–I can’t recall the precise moment that I got good at doing more difficult things such as curves and diagonals. I think it just naturally happened from playing with the toy a lot in my youth. After I got to the point to where I didn’t have to think about which knob made the stylus move which direction, my skills on an Etch A Sketch developed with my drawing skills.

TL – How did you become known as “Princess Etch A Sketch”?

JL – When I first started posting my Etch A Sketch art online, I noticed that other Etch A Sketch artists had monikers of their own, so I decided at first to be “The Etch A Sketch Girl” but I eventually got bored of that name so I chose to become “Princess Etch A Sketch”.

TL – Have you ever seen how an Etch A Sketch works, and does that help you with creating?

JL – I have seen videos and photos online showing how the interior of an Etch A Sketch works but I did not see them until I had already been making art on an Etch A Sketch for a few years. It’s interesting to me, but I don’t think it’s been helpful for me creating art on one as I already had a basic understanding of how an Etch A Sketch works.

TL – Has Ohio Art ever contacted you for how you create pieces with one of their toys?

JL – I have been in contact with Ohio Art but we have not broached that subject. But they are mystified by my art!

TL – What were your thoughts when they contacted you?

JL – It felt really validating when the company has reached out to me. The first time I officially reached out to them (outside of an email or two) is when they had a booth at the Chicago Toy and Game fair a few years back. I introduced myself and showed them a portfolio of my work. One of the Ohio Art employees looking at my portfolio recognized my work!

Lately Ohio Art has been paying better attention to the artists who use their product and I am really excited. If there’s anyone who can showcase what an Etch A Sketch can do, it’s the artists who are already die-hard knob turners. I’m optimistic that I will be continuing to stay in touch with Ohio Art and hope that there will be collaborative Etch A Sketch projects in the future.

TL – Have you ever been invited to Toy Fair in New York City as a guest to show what is possible with an Etch A Sketch?

JL – No, but that sounds like fun! But I was invited to show my work at a fashion trade show Who’s Next in Paris this last January. Though a seemingly unlikely place to show my Etch A Sketch art, the theme of the show that year was toy and Etch A Sketch was invented in France!

TL – What was it like to go to Paris all because of an Etch A Sketch? I would say that is something most people can’t say is the reason why they went.

JL – Sometimes I feel like my life is a movie–this was definitely one of those times. Looking back on my whirlwind trip, it’s still hard for me to believe it actually happened! My week in Paris was a dream come true. The craziest part for me was seeing this GIANT Etch A Sketch sign hanging over my booth at the trade show upon my arrival. To think that this was all happening because I picked up Etch A Sketch as a kid…it just feels unreal. Never did I think this toy would be so pivotal in my life.

TL – Is every piece of art created with just one line?

JL – Yup!

TL – I’m stunned you do this all with one line. How long did it take you to get to the point of using one line to do this? Also, trying to figure out how you do this, when creating a character, say Frozen for instance, how do you the face without having unnecessary lines?

JL – The big trick with only having one line to work with is becoming an expert at re-tracing lines you already made. A style that I also personally execute is having thick outlines around parts of a piece, which requires going over certain lines many times. It took me a long time to have the dexterity and control to keep my lines as smooth as they are now.

When it comes to making sure I don’t have unnecessary lines, I do my best to plan beforehand and figure out where connecting lines (such as lines that connect the eyes to the side of Elsa’s head) would be least noticeable. I also do what I can to make the connecting lines less pronounced than other details around it so the eye is not as drawn to them. It’s tough and something I am still working at becoming better at!

TL – How long does it take to create something or does it depend on what you’re creating?

JL – It definitely depends. For pieces on a small Etch A Sketch, depending on the subject matter and degree of detail it can take anywhere from 15 minutes to over 4 hours.On a medium Etch A Sketch it can range from about 1-7 hours and on a classic size usually between 3-25 hours.

TL – How did Disney contact you to create the Etch A Sketch Cinderella & Sleeping Beauty Castles?

JL – I was contacted by a staff member at DeviantArt (where I actively post my Etch A Sketch art) with an opportunity to be interviewed by the Huffington Post for their teen section. After the interview was published, I was contacted by Gary Buchanan who works in PR at Disney World and read the article about my art, and was interested in having custom Etch A Sketch art made for the Disney Parks blog. The rest is history.

Here’s a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/31/etch-a-sketch-art-amazing_n_1724379.html

TL – What was it like hearing from them?

JL – It was so exciting! I remember my eyes lit up and I could hardly believe it. I called my mom and exclaimed the news to her over the phone. Getting that kind of email from Disney was definitely a dream come true–I never thought I’d have the chance to make art for a company that meant so much to me!

TL – What was it like when they contact you to do the Frozen piece of Anna & Elsa? Are you a Frozen fan?

JL – I couldn’t believe it–my first thought was, I get to work for Disney again! I was stoked to do video work with Disney as it’s something I’ve wanted pursue myself. And yes I’m a big Frozen fan…it’s embarrassing how times I’ve listed to “Let it Go”.

TL – How many pieces of Etch A Sketch art do you think you have made?

JL – If I could give a rough ballpark estimate I’d say around 300 pieces. I’ve lost track over the years. Many have been erased, some of which I never even photographed.

TL – Do you buy a new Etch A Sketch for every piece of art, or just use one, take a picture of it, then erase?

JL – For the most part that’s what I do now. I used to just take a photo and make something new. But I now preserve my Etch A Sketch art by removing the powder from the inside of the unit and gluing the knobs down. It’s a messy process but definitely worth it. Because of this, I have A LOT of Etch A Sketches!

TL – Can you tell us a bit about the ones you sell on your site? Do you take requests?

JL – I sell a lot of personal work on etsy but most of my sales are custom orders.

TL – How did you figure out the preserving of your art? Did someone tell you or did you figure it out on your own?

JL – I understood that it was the powder inside of the Etch A Sketch re-coating the screen that caused the image to erase, but didn’t know a good way to remove it from the Etch A Sketch. I worked for a summer with a fellow Etch A Sketch artist Christoph Brown in Los Angeles, and assisted with his preservation process. I’ve done a lot of experimenting since then, and have developed my own process for preserving and cleaning an Etch A Sketch.

TL – It’s true you might have a lot of Etch A Sketches now, but the toy does make a cool custom frame for the art.

 JL – It really does! One cool thing about Etch A Sketch is that Ohio Art has made the toy in a lot of cool colors and patterns and shapes (such as a heart) over the years. I love collecting them but love the iconic red most.

TL – I really like the Yoda one in your gallery. How long did it take to create that?

JL – That was probably my first Etch A Sketch piece I dedicated legitimate time to. It took about 6 hours to make, and a few years later I noticed that the lines have faded so I spent another 2 hours or so retouching parts of the piece, which gave Yoda more depth.

 TL – Do you use other mediums to create art? Paint? Draw? Sculpt?

JL – Yes! I have a BFA in Illustration, and during my 4 years in art school I only did Etch A Sketch art in my spare time. I also paint with watercolors, draw with pencil/ink pen and do digital work on Photoshop and Illustrator.

 TL – Which is your favorite Etch A Sketch piece of art you’ve made

JL – That’s a tough question! Sometimes my favorite changes. Today my favorite is one I created of a world from my imagination:

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Nothing at all was planned for this piece and I am really happy with the final product. It was sold in Paris!

TL – Do you prefer working on a regular size Etch A Sketch or the pocket ones?

JL – I prefer the pocket size because it consistently has the best mechanics. But lately I have been leaning more toward the regular (Classic) size because it gives me more space to work with.

TL – Do you always have one with you in case inspiration hits?

JL – Yup! I always keep a pocket Etch A Sketch in my purse. I often ride the public transit in Chicago and find that it’s fun to etch people’s portraits without them knowing.

TL – What has your family & friends reactions been to what you can do with an Etch A Sketch?

JL – They are all very supportive and cannot understand how I do it! My family shows my work off to their friends and think it’s awesome. I’m thankful my friends and family have been so encouraging and enthusiastic about my work!

TL – Has any family or friends requested Etch A Sketch art for a birthday or Christmas present?

JL – A few friends have, and my sister Liz has been nagging me to do her portrait for years (I swear I’ll do it eventually! haha) but my family more often requests art done in other media such as watercolors. But every year my number one present request is Etch A Sketches!

TL – Has your website helped bring more focus on your talent?

JL – My website has helped me in that I finally have a place for all of my social media accounts to funnel to. So in that sense, yes! It’s helped me to have a centralized location that has a primary purpose of showcasing my work. If I meet someone who is interested in my work, I send them to my website first so they can see what I consider to be my best work.

TL – What have people’s reactions been like when they view your site?

JL – Peoples’ reactions have been very positive! My favorite response is actually nostalgia because it’s such a nostalgic toy for me, too, and I like to relate that with others.

TL – Do you ever go to a cafe or park & just sit with your Etch A Sketch creating something & do people come up to you to watch?

JL – As mentioned before, sometimes I etch while on the transit. Every now and then the person sitting next to me will make a comment, and I’ve had some great conversations with people about my art while riding the train. Once I went to Millennium Park to etch the bean and met so many great people who were so kind and complimented me on my work. Maybe I should go back and etch the bean again!

TL – Do you always plan on using an Etch A Sketch as a way to create?

JL – Definitely! It’s my favorite artistic medium.

TL – Do you have any words of encouragement for those who would like to try this?

JL – Have fun! It takes a while to get used to the mechanics of an Etch A Sketch. But there is so much you can make even with boxes and stairs. And just like everything else art-wise, you’ll improve with practice. I started with stairs just like everyone else, so I wasn’t gifted with magical Etch A Sketch powers. If you stick with it, you can get good at Etch A Sketch too!

TL – Jane, thank you for the interview. We here are Toy-Lines wish you the best of success with your art.

JL – Thank you!

To see Jane’s work please visit her websites:

http://janelabowitch.com

http://princessetchasketch.com/

 

The Toy-Lines Crew

 

 

 

 

 

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TURTLE POWER is here!!!

Posted on: August 14, 2014

EXPERIENCE THE FASCINATING 30-YEAR JOURNEY OF FOUR OF THE MOST UNLIKELY SUPER HEROES OF ALL TIME
TURTLE POWER:

THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

 

Comprehensive New Film Debuts on DVD & Digital HD August 12, 2014
 

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Go behind-the-scenes and beneath the streets to discover the real origin story of four of pop culture’s most enduring heroes in the captivating new film TURTLE POWER: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, debuting on DVD, VOD and Digital HD August 12, 2014 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Written and directed by Randall Lobb, the film chronicles the birth of a franchise and reveals the remarkable journey of four of the most unlikely super heroes of all time. Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael with this must-see documentary and the August 8th theatrical debut of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles starring Megan Fox and Will Arnett.

In the spring of 1984, a strange new comic book sat beside cash registers in select shops, too big to fit in the racks, and too weird to ignore. Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles presented a completely original breed of super hero. It was too bizarre, too crazy. It broke all the rules and should never have worked. Until it sold out. Again and again and again. For 30 years. Now, peek under the shell and see how this so-called “happy accident” defied every naysayer to become one of the most popular and beloved franchises in the world.

 

The TURTLE POWER: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description, along with English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.

 

About Paramount Home Media Distribution

Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. The PHMD division oversees PPC’s home entertainment, digital and television distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for certain DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment titles. PHMD additionally manages global licensing of studio content and distribution across worldwide digital and television distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.

TURTLE POWER: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Street Date:                          August 12, 2014

DVD SRP:                    $21.99 U.S.

Runtime:                               98 minutes

 

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Vacation blog – For The Thousandth Man

Posted on: August 13, 2014

While in Orlando International Airport last week we had one hour to wait before boarding our plane. My wife and I were checking out the stores and I saw this shirt.

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It stopped me in my tracks. To anyone else it was just a shirt with a cool saying on it. But to me, it was more than that. To me there was something written on it that had something to do with Rich and I, something we both liked.

I knew the line.  I knew where it came from.  While it isn’t word for word, I know exactly where they got it, and told my wife so.  As a fan of The Lord of the Rings, and my favorite creator J.R.R. Tolkien, I’ve spent countless hours reading his books, reading about him, watching movies on his books, and discussing him in detail with my buddy, The Thousandth Man, Rich. Just last year, a year and soon to be 15 days, I went to visit him.  It was his birthday, and I came to visit.  He was lying on his couch and I was worried sick about him. I came to see him, and to read to him.  I read to him from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion.  It was towards the end of the book, dealing with how the Hobbits got into the war of the Ring.  See, I got Rich into LOTR, so it had become something he really enjoyed.  I’ve mentioned he is the Samwise to my Frodo, but I always called him Smeagol.  Samwise is who he truly is.  So, I read to him, and when I stopped, I asked if he wanted me to read more, and he did. So, I kept reading, Rich with his eyes closed, seeing Tolkien’s world in his mind.

The quote on the shirt says, “Not All Who Wander Are Lost. Life Is Good”. It’s the “Not All Who Wander Are Lost” part that is important here.

In the Fellowship of the Ring, during The Council of Elrond, Boromir makes a comment towards Strider.  Bilbo stands to defend his friend and says:

“All that is gold does not glitter,

Not all those who wander are lost;

The old that is strong does not wither,

Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,

A light from the shadows shall spring;

Renewed shall be blade that was broken:

The crownless again shall be king”

If you read the line it is missing but just one word, “those”.  I couldn’t believe it.  Looking at it now, I kind of wish I bought the shirt, but I wish more I could tell Rich about it.

Mr. Nostalgia

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I Geek Disney: Tsum Tsum

Posted on: August 12, 2014

I have seen the next Disney collectible & it is stackable. With Disney Pin Trading still going strong in the Walt Disney World Resort (though not in the stores anymore) & “Mickey Ears” hit or miss with what Disney releases (the Disney Stores have it worse with what they get) the new Disney collectible will be “Disney Tsum Tsum”.

tsum tsum logo

I’ve blogged on these when they were first released, but after seeing what I saw in Walt Disney World last week, these are going to definitely be Disney’s “next big collectible”. Like I’ve mentioned before, Tsum Tsum comes in 3 sizes (small, medium & large) and are stackable plush of Disney characters.

When my wife & I first arrived in Walt Disney World last week we checked out Downtown Disney (a tradition we’ve done since we were dating) and in the toy store “Once Upon A Toy” we didn’t see any Tsum Tsum.  In fact, we didn’t see them anywhere, not even in the Disney parks. A few days later we were back in Downtown Disney and checking out “Once Upon A Toy” and we saw a section for them with a Cast Member standing next to them explaining what they were to people who didn’t know.

The Cast Member told me that “Once Upon A Toy” was the only place on property that you could find them (if this is still holding true I don’t know) and that they had a limited one not found in Disney Stores, Jiminy Cricket. Priced at $5.99 ($1.00 more than in The Disney Stores) they were running a deal that you could get three for $15.00.  A few days later we checked again and characters had already begun to sell out.

Besides characters like Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto and Goofy, Disney has been releasing others like Daisy, Tigger, Pooh, Piglet, Stitch as well as Chip & Dale in the various sizes. (Take a close look at the Dale Tsum Tsum when you see him.  See anything different about him besides the two obvious ways to tell them apart? Chip has a black nose and one buck tooth while Dale has the red nose and two buck teeth.  But Dale is also a shade lighter in fur than Chip.  That’s because Tsum Tsum is from Japan and in Japan Dale is colored a shade lighter than Chip. Disney continued this tradition with Tsum Tsum.

When we returned home my wife & I visited our local Disney Store and they were all sold out of Tsum Tsum. Disney’s Tsum Tsum are available in the Walt Disney World Resort’s Downtown Disney store“Once Upon A Toy”, www.disneystore.com, and at select Disney Stores.

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Disney has already said they’ll be releasing more characters soon, and already I’ve seen pictures of Perry the Platypus, the Seven Dwarfs, the three-eyed alien from Toy Story, the Three Little Pigs, Thumper, Pinocchio, Lotso from Toy Story 3 & even Lilo’s little doll from Lilo & Stitch. Disney also said expect to see characters out in stores re-released in different outfits, and I think it’s safe to say it won’t be long before we see Marvel and Star Wars characters as Tsum Tsums.

Nostl.

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I Geek Disney: Epcot’s Norway Pavilion Collectibles & Rumors

Posted on: August 11, 2014

Of all the “countries” in Epcot’s World Showcase, one of my favorites to check out is the Norway pavilion. Here you can see a replica Stavkirke (Stave Church) which houses bits of history of the country, have a delicious breakfast buffet (with a princess meet & greet) in Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, tasting fine Norwegian delicacies, and meet young Norwegian college students who work the pavilion for a year.

The stores sell some pretty cool collectibles, from your typical Disney Epcot key chains to books on Norway, Norse mythology, Vikings, figurines of trolls & Vikings, as well as imported winter wear from the country. It also sells the stereotypical, but most likely historically inaccurate horned Viking helmets for kids (the only complete Viking helmet ever excavated is the Gjermundbu which doesn’t have horns, leading historians to believe Vikings didn’t have horns on their helmets, and the idea that they did came from paintings from the 1700’s).

On our most recent trip my wife and I found this great t-shirt of a Viking in front of his dragon headed boat carrying his axe (it is believed the Viking’s axe were single bladed, compared to the shirts double blade).

Norway shirt

We also found this great Norway glass.

Norway glass

Recently, sold on www.disneystore.com was this Maelstrom – Odin t-shirt. Limited offer, the shirt was on sale from August 4th to August 7th, priced at $24.95. The shirt reads, “Maelstrom: A High Seas Adventure. You Are Not The First To Pass This Way Nor Shall You Be The Last. Norway.”

Maelstrom t-shirt

When you shut the lights off Odin’s eye glows just like on the ride.

Melstrom t-shirt Odin's glowing eye

 

 

Epcot Center opened in 1982 and the Norway pavilion wasn’t introduced in the World Showcase until May 6th, 1988. Two months later the boat ride “The Maelstrom” as well as the 5 minute short “Norway – The Film” opened. (Norway is the only other pavilion to have a ride, the other being Mexico.) In 1998 Disney added a Viking inspired playground by adding a replica 10th century dragon headed boat, but years later they removed it.

This past trip, besides the two items I mentioned, the Norway pavilion sold tons of Disney’s Frozen merchandise. Frozen, Disney’s recent hit, has invaded their theme parks everywhere. You can’t even throw a snowball in a Disney park (not even in Animal Kingdom which has nothing to do with the film whatsoever but had signs for Frozen experiences in Hollywood Studios) without hitting something of Frozen.

Frozen was introduced to the Norway pavilion for a meet & greet with Anna & Elsa right across from Akershus Royal Banquet Hall before the film debuted on November 27, 2013. Once the movie opened Norway was hit with a storm of Frozen fans wanting to meet the new royal family. It got to the point that the line would start in Norway and wind past the Mexico pavilion. With The World Showcase opening at 11:00 in the morning, guests would begin to line up to meet the characters at 10:30.

Originally a limited meet & greet, Disney kept Anna & Elsa in the country, extending their meeting hours from 9 in the morning when Epcot opened to 6:00, yet the lines continued to be long.

They also joined the Magic Kingdom parade “Disney’s Festival of Fantasy”, as well as being projected onto Cinderella’s Castle for the night spectacular “Celebrate the Magic”. With long lines and their popularity, Disney decided to move the Frozen meet & greet to the Magic Kingdom’s Princess Fairytale Hall.  While this new location would allow you to get a Fast Pass to meet them, the lines still stretched and the wait was over 300 minutes.

On my recent trip my wife and I went to the Magic Kingdom to meet them (we always meet the characters). We went on a day with “Extra Magic Hours” (only available to Walt Disney World Resort Guests) which lets you in one hour before park opening, and went straight to see them, waiting only 45 minutes.

Disney next added the sisters in Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the “Frozen Summer Fun – Live at Disney’s Hollywood Studios” which started in early July & has recently been extended until September 28th. While Hollywood Studios doesn’t have a met & greet there, there are many Frozen things to do with park admission:

Upon entering the park you’re given a “Take-along-Olaf” to take pictures with during your day and share them at #olafsummervacation. (There are two different types of Olaf’s I’ve seen, one of him like in the film and the other of him with a parachute. The back has the signatures of Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf.)

11:00 o’clock a horse drawn carriage procession on Hollywood Blvd. with Anna, Elsa and Kristoff starts, plus a ceremony on stage.

“For the First Time in Forever –  A Frozen Sing-a-long Celebration” is where the crowd can go to see a 20 minute clip show of the songs from the film and sing along to it (and trust me, they do). The show has brief cameos from Anna, Elsa & Kristoff, and at the end the crowd is made “Honorary Citizens” of Arendelle.

“Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and Frozen Funland”, here you can buy Frozen merchandise, pressed pennies of the characters and sweets. Next door you can go ice skating (rental of skates, socks & helmet costs $10.00) for 30 minutes.  You can also go to the “Do you want to Build a Snowman Snowground” where you can play with real snow in Florida for 10 minutes.

wandering oaken  snowman

5:30 a Frozen mixed DJ dance party at the hat stage is held, then at 9:45 a characters show, once more at the hat stage, leads into a Frozen fireworks spectacular set to the Frozen soundtrack.

If all this wasn’t enough for Frozen fans, rumors have started that Frozen will return to Epcot’s Norway pavilion in such a way that even the fiercest Vikings couldn’t stop. Disney has requested from Norway $9 million to refurb the pavilion to better theme it to Frozen’s kingdom of Arendelle, as well as turn The Maelstrom into a Frozen themed ride.

The request from Disney is more ultimatum than friendly business offer. If Norway doesn’t help, Disney will take the pavilion space over anyway, themeing it completely to Frozen, removing all trace of Norway from the World Showcase. But even if Norway does agree to the “offer”, the country won’t be as prominently displayed, with the Maelstrom still being re-themed to a Frozen dark ride and retail space for Norwegian items being given for Frozen merchandise. Disney is set to do this either way. Rumors are that they’ve already started by painting things to a more Frozen related color scheme.

But shouldn’t Norway do this you ask since Frozen is set in Norway? Nope.  Arendelle is a fictional kingdom. Look on a map of Norway and you will not find it there. Yes, Frozen’s look was heavily inspired by Norway from everything from trolls, Stave Churches (influencing the castle), buildings with the “dragonstil” style, to basing the village in Arendelle on the Norwegian village of Balestrand to Norwegian rosmaling (a Norwegian folk decoration consisting of floral patterns).

But in no way is it set in Norway, so for Disney to request $9 million to turn the pavilion into a fictional Frozen themed zone, keeping only half of it Norway, is just one rude insult. Yes, Frozen has helped Norwegian tourism with many people wanting to visit the country that inspired the film and Disney is doing things to bring people there.  On the Adventures by Disney tour, you can take an 8 night, 7 day trip, beginning in Bergen and ending in Oslo, with highlights like visiting the city of Bergen, traveling through the fjords, learn Norwegian folk dancing and view Stave Churches. Even the Disney Cruise Line will be involved in 2015 with cruises to Norway.

But, I can’t help but think there’s a better way for Disney and Norway to settle this.

First, instead of setting Arendelle in Epcot, why not set it in the Magic Kingdom’s “New Fantasyland”? There, you already have Cinderella, Prince Eric and the Beast’s castle, as well as Rapunzel’s tower. Having Anna & Elsa among their princess peers makes more sense.

As for the Norway pavilion, yes, refurb it, but put more Norwegian culture into it. Immerse the guest in the country; let them really learn all about this world. Import more goods; tell us more of the Norse myths & legends, more of the Vikings. The Maelstrom briefly shows Odin the Alfather with his one eye (Odin lost his eye to the giant Mimir for payment to drink from the spring “The Fountain of Wisdom”, which sat under the Life or World Tree Yggdrasil. Odin gained the gift of wisdom, knowledge & right judgment on everything for this price.) and a few trolls.

But why stop there? Why not turn the Maelstrom into a ride of Norse mythology? The ride could start out with a guide we see throughout the boat ride, a traveler in a blue-gray cloak, a broad-brimmed hat that covers his eyes, with a staff in his hand. As we travel through the 9 Realms our guide tells us of the Norse gods like Thor & Loki (not the Marvel versions but the pagan gods), of how Thor’s hammer Mjolnir was forged by the dwarves Brock and Sindri, of Elves, giants, trolls, dwarves, frost giants, Fenris the Wolf, Fafnir the Dragon, of the Life Tree Yggdrasil where the highest bough hangs over Odin’s Hall and an eagle sites on the “Peace Bough”, of the mischievous squirrel Ratatosk, scampering from the eagle down to the roots of the tree where the dragon Nidhug eats the roots, and tells the dragon the insults the eagle speaks of it, then scampers back to the eagle to tell him what the dragon thinks of him.  Here we can see how the gods fell at Ragnarok, where there life ends, and just as Asgard falls, the traveler reveals himself to have one eye which shines on us, sending us home to safety, as the traveler, Odin the Alfather, falls prey to Ragnarok.

Let’s keep Norway and Arendelle in separate parks. Let’s have more of Norway in Epcot where it belongs, let Arendelle sit in New Fantasy Land where it should be, and let any refurbs in Norway be for the country’s pavilion and not for erasing it from the park, much like their myths and legends have been erased and the only way people know of them is through comic books, and especially don’t erase it and replace it with a kingdom that was inspired from it.

arendelle

With rumors everywhere on the internet discussing the refurb, Norway’s reaction to Disney’s request and what Disney will eventually do, it’s difficult to tell just what will happen. Even Alfather Odin with his ability to see the future from Mimir’s drink would have difficulty with this.

But I’ll be watching it closely, much like Heimdall watches from the Rainbow Bridge the Bifrost, for any news and hoping I’ll be seeing more of Norway on my next Disney trip, and not a pavilion overrun with Frozen.

Stave Church

 

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Turtle Power: The Definitive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Documentary Interview Updated

Posted on: August 10, 2014

In the autumn of 2008, lifelong TMNT fan and DIY Isaac Elliott-Fisher “Impossibly, maybe even delusionally enthusiastic” approached Mark Hussey (post production autodidact and tech-wizard/magical thinking optimist) and Randall Lobb (writer/director)

Together they embarked on a fascinating project, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles documentary.

 

Together they have achieved thousands of hours of footage on everything Turtles from their movies, toys, cartoons and comics.  The unique part in today’s Kickstarter generation is that they did everything themselves.  Just three fans with a common goal to be a part of Ninja Turtles history.  I had the privilege of speaking with writer/director/ teacher Randall Lobb about their progress.

 

 

 

 

 

TOY-LINES: Now, according to your website, at first you thought the idea was too complex. What changed your mind?

 

RANDALL: Well, I thought it was too complex immediately, because I knew that there were big parties involved and I just assumed that those kinds of parties have heard this before.

 

 

RANDALL: The guy who talked to me about it was a guy that I knew and I’d worked with him before, and he’s a camera operator and a very talented do-it-yourselfer, a young guy, and he’s also a Turtle fan. And I just kind of slotted this in my head as oh, this is a fan doc. And we’ve all seen those fan docs, right? You’ve seen then, I’ve seen them.

 

TL: Yes right now there is Toy Masters about Masters of the universe.

 

 

RANDALL: Right, You kind of think I don’t know if a fan doc is going to be professional enough to appeal to the people you’d have to get to say yes. But then, as soon as I said that, my partner Mark, the guy I texted about the art, he said to me, “This is a niche market and you’re always talking about niche markets.” And then I went, “Yeah, it’s true.” So I did some initial emailing and calling to people at Mirage and they seemed friendly. And I thought okay, starting with friendly is good.

 

TL: So you created positive relationships with the creative people that were involved.

 

RANDALL: That’s kind of the switchover to thinking maybe we can do this at a higher level than we think. And, by the way, it just kept going in that direction. If you looked at the website, like, you meet these people and all the sudden you meet these people and then you realize, next thing, oh, I’m talking to Nickelodeon or whatever, right?

 

TL: So I take it from your blog, it seems like it’s been a great experience all around?

 

RANDALL: We’ve said this many times. We really, really want to sell this doc and get a distribution deal. But if we don’t, it’s been really good. It’s been a really interesting thing to do. And we’re just small-town guys, right? We have interesting things that we’re doing, but we’re just small-town guys. I mean, when sitting in San Diego at Comic-Con or when you’re in LA and you’re going to shoot an interview with somebody, and you look around and you think okay, this is cool. This is what it’s all about. And maybe this is the best thing to come out of this, but it’s awesome.

 

 

RANDALL: You’re interested in the subject matter and you say to yourself, I hope people come to the site and we want to create a business around it, but if we don’t we’re doing what we love and sometimes that’s good enough.

 

 

 

TL: So how close are you to completing the film?

 

RANDALL: We have a four and a half hour rough assembly right now and what a rough assembly is, is the line of the story in shots. So we’ve got a big timeline of the story in shots. This rough assembly of four and a half hours long is not layered yet, it’s not treated, it doesn’t have all our B-roll, so we might have interesting shots of old comics and old toys, that kind of stuff. Our interviews and our story is stretched out over sequences, so we go in and we build around that, and we discard, and so we’re in that phase where we’re cutting stuff and chopping out and then building sequences around that line.

 

TL: Do you have a potential set date or goal you want to achieve, or are you still waiting for funding?

 

RANDALL: My funding is right out of this here. Here’s my pocket … partners. I would tell you that we’re going to try and have a cut ready for people to see who are in the business who might be interested in looking at us, in early 2013. And they get to decide, if somebody wants to do business with us, they decide when it comes out. But some of the people who are talking to us have said they like sooner than later. So I can’t tell you what that means. I don’t … make that decision. But there is one group of people who’s talking to us that say let’s try and get this out soon.

 

TL: That’s awesome. Have you ever thought of doing something like a Kickstarter?

 

RANDALL: Of course, and we have had many people recommend Kickstarter, and we’ve thought about it many times, and here’s why we haven’t done it yet. If a company that was a distribution company came on board, I don’t know what that does to a Kickstarter situation. I would love to just go to Kickstarter and see let’s see what we can do and see if we can get enough to cover this and get it out there and sell it and try and make some money out of the business of it and at least pay ourselves back. But let’s say a distribution company came in and that muddied the water? Like they said oh, wait a minute. You took money from these people. Like, I don’t know the rules. It may well end up that the three of us may sit down and I may well say to them, “Guys, I don’t know what’s going to happen with distribution, let’s go to Kickstarter and just put it out and see where it goes from there,” right? But that’s not something that is out of our minds. And, by the way, I like that model, right? I think that … people who want it will be interested.

 

TL: Sure. So how did the process start out? Like you mentioned before that you just picked up and called Mirage. Is that where it all began?

 

RANDALL: It began with me calling the CEO of Mirage, a guy named Gary Richardson, and I said to Gary, hey, this is me and this is what we’re hoping to do, and he said, “That’s very interesting, I don’t know what the rules are around this.” We went back and forth several times talking, and he said, “We’re not going to stop you, we don’t think we can stop you, we don’t want to stop you, but we can’t get involved maybe in a way that you might want us to.” He was basically saying, who are you? I don’t know you? You sound like a nice guy on the phone, but…

 

TL: You are just some guy from out of the blue.

 

 

RANDALL: Right and then after we started doing more work and we got to know Peter and Gary and we got to know Kevin, you know, Peter Laird and then Kevin Eastman … when it started to seem – it was in March of 2009 when we were in LA staying in Kevin Eastman’s house that he had for sale up in the Hollywood hills, you know what I mean? So he had this empty house that he was selling and we were basically camping out in the house in sleeping bags and we were hosting a reunion of the voice cast of the old Fred Wolf animated series.

 

TL: Turtle Heaven.

 

RANDALL: And we had done a lot of work, especially the guy who started the idea, who came to us with the idea, Isaac Elliott Fisher, did a lot of this lead work and he tracked down the cast and, my God, they showed up. And when we were standing there and there’s the cast in this empty house and we’d set the house up and we kind of looked at each other at the end of the day, and we went to see the moving “The Watchman” that night. We all fell asleep watching “The Watchman.” But before we watched that movie, we were saying, you know what? This is bigger than we thought. And it wasn’t long after that that Gary at Mirage got ahold of us and said, “Hey, maybe you could shoot some stuff for our press kits,” for the 20th, 25th anniversary.

 

TL: Have you always been a lifelong Turtles fan?

 

RANDALL: Here’s the part that’s funny. I am not a Turtle fan. I was never a Turtle fan. I’m too old. I don’t look it maybe on Skype, but I’m an old guy. I’m the same age as the first wave of buyers of the original comic that came out in ’84. That came out, I’m in the comic store in Toronto, a very famous comic store, the Silver Snail. It’s in Toronto and it’s a really awesome comic store. It’s a top-end comic shop. And I was there when they were unboxing the first issue of the first printing.

 

TL: It was fate.

 

RANDALL: Yeah. And the guy who runs the store at the time, now he works at the science fiction channel, Sci Fi channel here in Toronto, in Canada, he says to me, “This is going to be amazing.” His name is Mark Askwith. He’s managing the store. He says, “This is going to be amazing. This is an awesome comic. It’s like Frank Miller plus funny.” And I looked at it and I said, “This will never work.” I didn’t buy it. I said I thought it was funny that it was oversized. I didn’t get it, like that it wouldn’t fit. It wouldn’t fit in my stuff, like my racks and that. So the whole thing just was awkward to me and I didn’t see what it was. So fast-forward to now, and I find I am a fan of the people involved, big time. I’m too old to be a real Turtle fan because, you know.

 

TL: You can never be too old for that. I still play with my toys whenever I can.

 

RANDALL: I’m a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I’m a fan of the people who make it. I’m a fan of the whole concept around it and everything. But it would be hard for me to start, at this point, trying to catch up on the animated show and this and that. You know? So like all the different things in the genre – anyway, doing it has made me a fan, so for sure. Like meeting Fred Wolf and sitting and talking to him and seeing what he did. That made me really appreciate those animateds, right? And meeting Kevin and Peter – looking at the comics, let me just say this, I got into the comics immediately and I loved the IDW re-boot, I think it’s great.

 

TL: The reboot with Kevin Eastman’s direction.

 

RANDALL: I went to Playmates and sitting there this summer and talking to [s/l CARL ARRONI] and seeing how they make the toys and the figures and the logic that goes into it and all that. That was totally interesting. And I’m so old that I missed the whole action figure kick. That was never part of my life, so I never got to be a part of that, never got to enjoy that like so many kids did. Like GI Joes, right? So seeing all that, that Playmates stuff, that was interesting, too. And, again, it’s almost like I’m being pulled into fanhood. I’m converted into fanhood, right? I will never be able to be like our director of photography. He’s a fan. He has a toy museum in his basement.

 

TL {Which is featured on their website.}

 

RANDALL: He’s a collector. I’m an old-fashioned comics fan.

 

TL:  You also cover all the movies?

 

RANDALL: Sure. The movie, we have the most footage of is the first one. I don’t want to say exactly what we have.

 

 

RANDALL: But we have so much that it’s unbelievable. We have interviews we have Peter’s archives, his home movie stuff around the movie. We talked to Tom Gray, the producer. We talked to Bobby Herbeck, the original writer. We talked to the director, Steve Barron. We got Steve Barron’s storyboards and stuff. We got a lot of stuff on the first movie. We could make a two-hour movie on the first movie that would blow people’s minds.

 

 

RANDALL: It is amazing what we have. And, again, I don’t want to say everything. Henson, we got some Henson stuff that … It is wild what we could do on that first movie.

 

TL:  What did you learn about the Turtles?

 

RANDALL: You know, the thing that I learned is that the strength of this franchise is its more than a franchise. Like, people would say oh, you can keep sucking money out of it and it’s a business, right? The franchise of the Turtles.

 

 

RANDALL: But that’s not what it’s about or it wouldn’t have lasted, right? It wouldn’t still be around. So there’s a core to this that appeals to kids and adults on every level all the time. Like there’s something that’s just awesome about it. And it could be the family thing. It could be the underdog thing. It could be that ninjas are cool and by putting them into these animals it kind of brings a light element to it, so you get ninjas but it’s not Ronan or anything like that. Which, by the way, I love, so I’m not saying anything bad about Ronan, but Lone Wolf and Cub and Ronan and hard-core ninja stuff for people who are into that, and I was one of those guys, but you make it friendlier. You make it nicer. You make it so kids can get in on it. And it just combines stuff that really seems to catch people. The idea of the four brothers, I think, made a lot of kids feel like they were a part of that, like they’re the fifth Turtle, you know? And I also liked the idea that they were always super-positive.

 

 

RANDALL: So much of kids’ shows, it is like that. It’s designed to be positive, but it kind of feels cheesy. They have a nice sense of humor about them that doesn’t get too cheesy. Like even people might say the artsy stuff wasn’t really for them. It felt like it was young for some kids. But if you look at it, it’s always humorous. It’s always light in tone and it’s got an awareness of what it is that is, I think, smart.

 

TL: What did you think of the Nickelodeon purchase and has Nickelodeon helped you at all?

 

RANDALL: I thought the Nickelodeon purchase was a great idea. Peter had been working the franchise for a long time and was so close to it, and I just – I don’t know this from him, like I can’t speak for him.

 

 

RANDALL: You get to a point where you think, “What I need to do is take a break. I need to have some distance and just do whatever else.” Maybe he has 50 other stories, right, that he never wrote, that he’s been working on Turtles forever. Maybe he needs to draw something else. Who knows? I can’t speculate. But I can imagine, I’ve been in my career for a long time and you feel like yeah, it’s nice to do something else. It’s a break. And also, it might be a relief for him not to be worrying about what’s this, what’s that, what’s the next thing? And so I imagine for him the sale to Nickelodeon was a nice relief. On the other side, as a watcher, I think it’s cool. I think that the idea of updating things and rebooting things is good. I’m not one of these guys that hate remakes. I like remakes. I like reboots. It doesn’t bother me at all. I don’t care if we see a new Spiderman story every so often, as long as it’s good. I like Spiderman.

 

TL: But don’t you feel that most of the time remakes lose what makes that character special?

 

 

RANDALL: It doesn’t bother me at all as a watcher. It may bother me as a story creator that I have to come up with something new but nobody wants something new, they want the same thing. That doesn’t bother me. The other thing that I would say about the Nickelodeon situation, it’s Viacom, Nickelodeon, Paramount, right, all these parties that are involved – these are big companies, and when they buy something, it’s in their best interest to make it good.

 

 

RANDALL: I know there’s a lot of online stuff about Michael Bay or Paramount and there may have been a lot of online stuff about Nickelodeon, but what happened? The Nickelodeon show, I saw the first one, it was awesome. It looked cool and I think it’s a big hit, and I think Nickelodeon was right and the people involved in that project are doing great work. Now, did they help us? No. They, I think, were worried about who are we? Who are these guys, right?

 

 

 

TL: They are just protecting their interest.  However they should at least hear you out and say, “Hey, these guys might be on to something.”

 

RANDALL: I talked to people at Nickelodeon multiple times, and I understand that they’re a corporation they have to protect their material.

 

 

 

RANDALL: So until they know what I am or what I’m about or what we’re doing – and when I say “I” I mean the three of us, right, the project – I understand that we’re basically outside the door, tapping on the door, saying, “Hey, guys, we’re making a documentary on the Turtles,” and they have to look at us with all the other people that are tapping on their door, right?

 

RANDALL: So it’s possible down the road that Nickelodeon sees what we have and they want to talk to us or say something or not. I hope they do. If they don’t, I get it. I know. You know?  Stuff and people want stuff and I’m sure Nickelodeon thinks that we want stuff and that they can’t control necessarily everything about the franchise if they let people do whatever they want on it without having something to do with it. Do you know what I mean?

 

TL: So what has this experience taught you? Did you take something from it? I mean, you’re a Turtles fan now.

 

RANDALL: What I took away was a message that comes from the Turtles, which is hilarious. There’s a thing that people keep saying. They keep saying this. Well, when Kevin and Peter first got together, there was no way this comic was going to be a hit. It’s ridiculous. It’s the wrong size. It’s the wrong this. It’s the wrong that … And then it was there’s no way that it’s going to sell to these toy companies. Every time, it’s been no way that it’s going to work. But it always works. They come up with this line where they say “happy accidents.” And Kevin says it. “Happy accidents, happy accidents.” You know, these things happen that are happy and they’re accidental. Well, as we’ve been doing this, we feel like the same thing is happening. People would say, “well, there’s no way that Gary’s going to call you back,” “there’s no way that Mirage is going to let you do this,” “well, there’s no way you’re going to end up going to LA,” “there’s no way you’re going to get the voice cast back together.” You know? Yeah. There’s no way we’re going to be in Henson’s studio. All of it. There’s no way. But guess what happens every time? We find a way. So what’s the message? The message is, don’t stop. You know, that video that went viral about the paratrooper from the Gulf War with the crutches. You know the video I mean?  Like, that’s the same story as the Turtles. Like two guys who said, “We’re going to do this.” It’s the same story as us. We’re just some small-town guys who make small films the way we can and we’re trying to get into this industry. Everything’s wrong about us. We’re in the wrong place. And we’re going to do this. To me, that’s the message. It’s four people going places, doing things, just like Turtles. And that’s our joke. We look at each other and we’re like, there’s three of us that are the core owners, and then there’s my cousin [KURT?] who works with us. He’s … our whole crew.

 

TL: Your Casey Jones.

 

RANDALL: It is. And the four of us together and we are just doing whatever we can to make this work, and that’s the model that’s so hilarious. By the way, I think I’m the turtle that is the inflammatory one.

 

TL: Raphael?

 

RANDALL: No. Which one’s the most inflammatory, who’s the aggressive one?

 

TOM: Yeah, Raphael.

 

RANDALL: He’s the red one?

 

TL: Yes.

 

RANDALL: Yes. I’m the red one.

 

 

RANDALL: After working on this documentary four years, I still mix up Michelangelo and Raphael.

 

 

TL: As for donations and stuff, are you looking for backers mainly contributors?

 

RANDALL: No, when people donate, we do stuff like buy hard drives, so many hard drives. We put it straight into equipment. We don’t take wages. We hope to someday get paid, but we just use it for material that we’re using, right? So, for example, some people donated some money last time before Comic-Con and that gave us a couple extra hard drives to dump data and some more, funny enough, put some more gas in the rental. It’s only for making it. If anybody ever donated anything, that money only went into the project. It was never used for anything other than that. And then there have been people that donated and we’re very grateful for that. And some people have called up or contacted us and said, “Are you looking for backers?” And I am. In some ways, I don’t know how it’s going to pan out, but – you know. It’s possible that once we get it done and it’s a movie I can show to someone, then all that stuff tends to work better, for sure.

 

TL: Okay, Mr. Lobb, it’s been great talking to you.

 

UPDATE

After speaking briefly with Mr. Lobb he had this to say…

The fans are very happy with the documentary and there may be something else on the horizon from Mr. Lobb and crew.  Paramount Pictures are also happy to release the documentary and yes he realizes that there is footage from IDW, 4Kids and tons of interviews from the first 90s Turtles’ movie that has yet to be seen.  Stay tuned to the turtledoc. website as it may evolve into something else.

 

 

You can check out the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Documentary on their website

http://turtledoc.fauxpop.tv

The DVD is finally released from Paramount Home Video and is available now!!

(Toy-Lines review coming soon but I can tell you this now.  If you love the Ninja Turtles you will not be disappointed.)

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9/10/13

Tom Romero

Contributing Editor

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I Geek Disney: Darth Vader Helmet

Posted on: August 10, 2014

Perhaps the coolest thing ever done to Darth Vader’s helmet: adding Mickey’s ears.

 

Darth Vader Mickey Helmet

Nostl.

 

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