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Um… that’s NOT an action figure.      That’s an arm and some random loose pieces. Do you even look at these things when you take them back?

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Good luck with that.

Love always,

People with eyes and common sense


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Apparently yesterday was the 30th anniversary of the revolutionary video game Dragon’s Lair.   What made Dragon’s Lair different is that instead of it using computer graphics, it was a fully 2-D animated cartoon from Don Bluth studios that ran on a laser disk.

Here’s what Wikipedia says about Dragon’s Lair:

Dragon’s Lair is a laserdisc video game published by Cinematronics in 1983. It featured animation created by ex-Disney animator Don Bluth.

Most other games of the era represented the character as a sprite, which consisted of a series of pixels displayed in succession. Due to hardware limitations of the era, artists were greatly restricted in the detail they could achieve using that technique; the resolution, framerate and number of frames were severely constrained. Dragon’s Lair overcame those limitations by tapping into the vast storage potential of the laserdisc, but imposed other limitations on the actual gameplay.

The success of the game sparked numerous home ports, sequels and related games. In the 21st century it has been repackaged in a number of formats (such as for the iPhone) as a “retro” or historic game.

It is currently one of only three video games (along with Pong and Pac-Man) in storage at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.[2]

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I still remember when the game was released they did a story about it coming to my hometown on the evening news.  My dad knew I’d love to see and play the game, and I think was fascinated at that new technology himself, so he drove me to the one QuickTrip in downtown Tulsa, Ok that had the game first so I could  play it.  There was a huge crowd there and everyone wanted a look at it.  It was the first game I can remember that cost $0.50.  We got in line and waited… for a long time.   But finally I got to play it.  And I was terrible, but you knew this was a leap forward in video game technology.

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It’s always a difficult proposition to do anything having to to do with blindbox/blind bag at mass retail since there’s no one around to say “hey, don’t open that.”  This was the scene at my local Target over the weekend.

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Because guys like me will try this…

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Over the holidays I was talking to fellow AFi staffer Cantina Dan about the “olden days” of collecting and I mentioned my time in the mid 90′s out east and hitting “Hills” department stores as part of my regular run.   I never had Hills in the mid-west and they seemed to be a treasure trove of old and new toys I was looking for (and some that I was not looking for).  They were great for finding new 5″ Toy Biz Marvel figures, Kenner’s Aliens (and Predator) line and Playmates Star Trek figures as well as full runs of clearance Swamp Thing, Pee Wee’s Playhouse and Nightmare Before Christmas.

I WISH they were still stocked with the vintage toys in these old commercials!   I would have very much liked to have walked in and found endcaps of Shogun Warriors, Micronauts and Generation 1 Transformers!  I stumbled across these the other day on YouTube and they were just too weird and wonderful not to share.

All the Hills discount stores are gone now.  But their memory and their commercials live on!


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Just got this in the mail from the good folks at Round 2 and Captain Action.

Full feature coming soon…

 

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Just like the rest of you we have woken up today to the news of the awful tragedy, the shooting at a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado.  As some of you know one of our team member “Superfly” lives in that area.  We have heard from him this morning and he and his family are fine.   But our heart absolutely breaks for the families of the dead and injured in this terrible event.   Senseless violence is always just that… senseless, and we may never know the gunman’s motivations.

While we may not know any of the victims, we know that they were genre fans, Batman fans, nerds, geeks, film lovers… just people like the rest of our community.  People that were excited to see a movie that most of us are excited to see.  They are us, they are fans, they are part of our “extended family”… and now there are 14 of them that don’t get to go home and tell their family and friends how great the movie was, or how tired they are this morning, but that it was totally worth it.  And there are at least 50 more that will live with lifelong injuries.

If I live to be 1000 I will never understand what motivates someone to end the life of an innocent person.

Some people are focusing on the fact the gunman was dressed up, some are questioning why there were young kids, 3 month and 6 years old in the midnight screening.  None of that is the point.   We’ve had a death in the family, the over all family of fandom and we should mourn them.  They were us.  They deserved better.

Our hearts go out to all that were affected by the events last night.


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The other day I got a review sample of the Club Infinite Earths DC Signature Collection Starman figure.  As I was taking pictures I realized that while I appreciated the extra, unmasked head he came with I was never going to display him with that head.   So what other uses are there for a spare 6″ scale bearded head?

I grabbed my Ghostbusters Walter Peck figure, boiled and popped his head, popped on the new Starman head.  Then I just needed a wheelchair.   The first one I thought of in that scale was the Toy Biz “Xmen” movie Professor X.   I knew I had one, but it was in storage somewhere.   That weekend I had Cantina Dan in town staying with me so we hit up Frank and Sons and I found a loose one for $4.

Put them all together… and I’ve got a nice little custom Niles Caulder to lead my DCUC Doom Patrol.


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I can’t take credit for this and I don’t know where the original came from, but this was posted on a toy collecting Facebook group that I’m a member of.   At my local Target I could hang these on the Marvel Legends pegs that have been completely empty going on two months and the Star Wars vintage pegs that are overflowing with Phantom Menace figures that will never sell.

 

 


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I’ve known for a while that there is a shady “collector” that has been buying stuff at my local Target, opening it and returning it with different figures. They have been laying low for awhile. I hadn’t seen their handy work for about a month when he had returned a ‘Real Steel’ figure in a movie ‘Thor‘ Destroyer package.

Today I walked in to my local Target and found these 2 treasures …

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