Monthly Archives: June 2010


It’s been a while since we’ve checked in with Ebay Bandits. What are Ebay Bandits? Well, they’re jerks on Ebay that are trying to rip people off. These guys are posting up stuff on Ebay and either mislead potential buyers or overcharge for something “rare” in order to play the system. To get into the spirit for today’s bandit, let’s sing a song…


Believe it or not,
I’m walking on air.
I never thought I could feel so free eee eee.
My figure’s on Ebay for an arm and a leg.
What could it be?
Believe it or not it’s just a repainted DCUC!

Seriously, check out this classic overpriced Ebay Bandit at work. This custom Greatest American Hero figure is on Ebay for over $5,000!


The scariest part is that it has a bid on it?! Customs can usually go into the low hundreds, but this one seems way overpriced. It’s not even that good. The auction description lists it as being made by “boskoes toys, a well reconized manufacturer” which sounds dubious at best. Reconized? Over at the Mego forums, my good buddy Palitoy (Plaidstallions.com!) nailed it with his comment:

Who doesn’t remember Boskoes toys, I can still hear their jingle “hand made crap at ridiculous prices, it’s Bos-koes!”

Even sadder is the fact that just a week or two back there was a much rarer Greatest American Hero set on Ebay that went for a little over $350 with shipping.


That set included Ralph, Bill and the Convertible Bug! I can only assume that this is some sort of gag that I’m not in on. Who would list this for five grand? Who would consider paying that much for it? Is William Katt that vane? Does he even have that kind of money?

If you see unscrupulous action on Ebay, help me fight the Bandits and send in your own auctions of miscreants! I’m always on the lookout to help protect you.


The results are in for our May/June poll and Alf wins. When we asked, “Who ruled the 1980’s family sitcoms?” Alf and the Tanner family not only took the prize, but dominated the other families in the running. Perhaps it was because Alf featured a talking, cat eating, alien as part of the family?


Or maybe this kid just voted a bunch. For what it’s worth, I loved Alf as a kid. I had some of the toys, watched the show endlessly on syndication and probably had a lunchbox or something. I’m still a bit miffed we never got a proper finale to that show. I assume Alf never did make it back to his home planet of Melmac, since he hosted a late night talkshow on TVLand a few years ago.


Family Ties came in at second, I presume solely on the strength of Michael J. Fox. My family was never anything like this one, but it wasn’t a bad show. Plus the Dad can killer Tremors with the best of them.


Growing Pains finished third and I think that may have more to do with people not liking the actors as much anymore. Between Kirk Cameron’s crazed religious rants, Meredith Baxter Birney’s lesbian activism and Tracey Gold’s eating disorders, these folks aren’t as well remembered. Shame, because I think this show might have been the strongest non-alien family. Oh well, at least I still have Alan Thicke.


Sadly finishing in an abysmal last place with only 4 votes, is Mr. Belvedere. I just naturally assumed Belvedere was one of those things that surely by now, caught on in the internet age and everyone would proclaim about how they loved it. Guess not. It’s time will come. I mean, it had Bob Uecker as the Dad! COME ON! Plus in one episode Mr. Belvedere beat up some ruffians while watching a Rick Rude cage match.

Don’t agree with the results? Well make sure to vote in July’s poll to have your voice heard!


A while back Vivid Entertainment released an adult Batman parody. I didn’t mention it here, because I haven’t quite reached the point where I want to discuss adult movies, beyond you know, Ultraman. Anyway, it’s an incredible homage to the original series and has caught on in certain circles. The folks over at BleedingCool.com have been more obsessed with it than most and came across an incredible comic strip in the latest edition of the Village Voice.


Someone spent a lot of time, coming up with every conceivable version Bats in this comic strip, chiming in on the new Batman themed parody movie. This comic is perhaps even cooler than the movie itself.


You can check out the full strip either in the Village Voice or over at BleedingCool. They uploaded the whole thing, (The Village Voice Comic, not the Vivid Movie!) and obviously Batman has reached new pop culture heights with this one. Even the Lego and Mego Batman incarnations appear in this comic.


I’m surprised it took this long for the Batman porno to make such a stink. Of course several years ago I watched the fan film “The Death of Batman” and it included some “adult situations” of it’s own. If you’ve seen that movie, you know what I’m talking about *shudder*… I won’t encourage you to watch the Batman parody film, but I will encourage you to check out the time Batman met Jerry Lawler.


Remember the BattleToads? Created by Rare and published by TradeWest, this little video game became quite the phenomenon in the early 1990’s. Surprisingly this ad for the original BattleToads tries to talk up how the BattleToads are cooler than the Ninja Turtles, then follows it up with a bunch of Turtle-esque phrases like “radical”. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, or at least the quickest way to make a buck.

Turtles fans had to put up with this for years, starting around 1989. If you loved the TMNT surely you’d love anything that said surfer catchphrases and was a gross out anthropomorphic creature, right? As a kid I could always tell when someone was trying to market to the Ninja Turtles fans. From the character designs, to the colors of the logo and the packaging, you could see when someone was trying to copy the Turtles. As if saying Cowabunga and being a reptile was the only thing that made the Green Machine work.

BattleToads didn’t make it very far on being a TMNT clone. They never had any toys (although the GamePro contributor “Major Mike” who used a BattleToad’s avatar in the magazines did). They had a cartoon show that ran for all of one episode and pretty much were relegated to staple of comic book ads. That in itself worked well enough though, as comics and game magazines well into the mid 1990’s featured the BattleToads in full page spreads like the one above.

Despite trying to tap into the TMNT following and failing, BattleToads managed to survive on it’s own for a bit. The original game was hard as hell, but the BattleToads/Double Dragon crossover game was such an awesome concept. It was like the Smash Brothers of it’s era… Only not as good or fun. Still the concept was cool and it helped give both franchises a little extra life. This ad also has a bunch of other games shoved in on the side. Never let it be said that TradeWest wasn’t trying to get the most bang for their ad buck.



Remember the BattleToads? Created by Rare and published by TradeWest, this little video game became quite the phenomenon in the early 1990’s. Surprisingly this ad for the original BattleToads tries to talk up how the BattleToads are cooler than the Ninja Turtles, then follows it up with a bunch of Turtle-esque phrases like “radical”. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, or at least the quickest way to make a buck.

Turtles fans had to put up with this for years, starting around 1989. If you loved the TMNT surely you’d love anything that said surfer catchphrases and was a gross out anthropomorphic creature, right? As akid I could always tell when someone was trying to market to the Ninja Turtles fans. From the character designs, to the colors of the logo and the packaging, you could see when someone was trying to copy the Turtles. As if saying Cowabunga and being a reptile was the only thing that made the Green Machine work.

BattleToads didn’t make it very far on being a TMNT clone. They never had any toys, although the GamePro contributor “Major Mike” who used a BattleToad’s avatar in the magazines did. They had a cartoon show that ran for all of one episode and pretty much were relegated to staple of comic book ads. That in itself worked well enough though, as comics and game magazines well into the mid 1990’s featured the BattleToads in full page spreads like the one above.

Despite trying to tap into the TMNT following and failing, BattleToads managed to survive on it’s own for a bit. The original game was hard as hell, but the BattleToads/Double Dragon crossover game was such an awesome concept. It was like the Smash Brothers of it’s era… Only not as good or fun. Still the concept was cool. This ad also has a bunch of other games shoved in on the side. Never let it be said that TradeWest wasn’t trying to get the most bang for their ad buck.