Monthly Archives: June 2012

Night Shadow Leo

Playmates has unofficially revealed a new Turtle variant figure coming out this fall. It’s called Night Shadow Leonardo and is just a repaint of the basic Nickelodeon style figure. Nothing revolutionary by any means, but it’s a special collectors item from Playmates. This alone is pretty big news to me. All indication seems to say this will be a website limited exclusive, so don’t worry about it clogging pegs.

Playmates hasn’t done any real collector stuff in a while and although this figure isn’t exactly inspiring, it does show that maybe Playmates will do more with the Turtles this time around than just basic releases. Playmates was one of the first companies to really get into doing neat variants and collector items back in the original TMNT lines, but as the years went on they really seemed to stop paying attention to the collector market entirely.

This figure is based off the original promo art for the upcoming Nick cartoon. Thus far only Leo is known and no price is attached at the moment. I don’t know if I’d buy this figure, but it is kind of a neat one off. Similar to the black and white NECA Turtles. Hopefully there are even neater things on the horizon. I could get behind a variety of fun repaints, like painted pads, etc…

TMNT Dark Horizons

It also sort of reminds me of the new Nickelodeon Turtles Dark Horizons game. That game is not bad for a little cheap web game, actually. Could Dark Horizons variants be in the future? For now, I’m just excited that Playmates is gearing up to do something with the Turtles again.

Spoke with Playmates this morning and their official word is that this is going to be for sale at the Nick SDCC Booth:

“Yes, at SDCC in the Nickelodeon booth it will be for sale, only the Leonardo figure and not the others.”

I have my doubts that it’ll only be at SDCC, given that it’s up on the Playmates website, but only time will tell.

Jem is back 2012

Hasbro has been teasing the return of Jem for a couple of years now. Jem has popped up in various convention stuff with Hasbro, but little to no details were revealed. Like Micronauts, it’s one of those things that we hear Hasbro is working on but never see, at least until now. Jem and the Holograms is generally something I could care less about, but I did watch Jem from time to time back in the 80’s. See kids, back then all the cartoons came on in one big block and Jem would run smack dab in the middle of shows like GI Joe and Ninja Turtles.

Anyway, Hasbro has finally announced the return of Jem and the Holograms, signing a deal with Integrity Toys to produce a new Jem doll. Think of it kind of like how Hasbro opted to have Sideshow make new 12 inch GI Joes. The only problem? Jem’s new price tag is, you guessed it, truly outrageous. This doll will cost you $125!

Jem SDCC Exclusive

Although the doll is supposed to be high end, it honestly doesn’t look much better to me than many of the Barbies on the market today. And if my recent Elvis review tells us anything, I clearly know the Barbie market. Speaking of Barbie, Jem and the Holograms was Hasbro’s attempt to take some of the Barbie market back in the 80’s. They were mildly successful, but alas it was short lived. Jem developed a big following though, thanks to the cartoon and the few years that the toy line did survive.

Jem SDCC Exclusive 2012

Which I guess is what brings us to now. An expensive new Jem. It seems that all of Intergrity’s dolls retail for around that sort of price (although they do have some RuPaul dolls on clearance!) so I guess that’s par for the course. I don’t follow the doll world enough to know for sure, but it still looks like a ripoff to me.

The line will debut at SDCC where you can buy the Jem doll and you can find more info at the new offical Jem website.

So just this week, I joined the League of Extraordinary Bloggers! I’ve always wanted to join a league of some sort. The Justice League, a little league, 20,000 leagues, anything would work. Unfortunately up until now, no league would have me… But thankfully the LEB, have accepted me.

Each week the League will discuss various topics and for my first week as a member, the topic is: Patriotic pop culture. What movie, TV show, comic book, etc. makes you want to stand up and salute Old Glory?

With 4th of July just around the corner, this is an interesting topic for me. I’m not one who typically gets caught up in patriotism. But when the topic was posed, immediately one thing came to mind. Hacksaw Jim Duggan… Tough guy!

In particular, Hacksaw Jim Duggan during his World Championship Wrestling run. Hacksaw debuted in WCW in 1994 and had for years been known as a patriot and everyman wrestler. After previous stints in the WWF and UWF, he had already established himself. In the WWF he had an entrance theme, but that couldn’t come with him as Vince McMahon owned the rights. His patented 2×4 and carrying the US flag, could though.

In WCW, Hacksaw was able to take his patriotism to another level. He added stars to his knee pads. He added a new move the “Old Glory” knee drop and most importantly, his entrance music became the Washington Post March. Duggan would be with WCW right up until it’s close in 2001 and pretty much the entire time he was with the company, he was beating the ever lovin’ crap out of jobbers. Waving the red, white and blue and shouting, “HOOOOOO” and “USA, USA”, Hacksaw had to have amassed one of the best records in pro wrestling history.

The Washington Post March was a great theme for Duggan. In fact I’d argue it was much better than even his WWF theme, which is a catchy tune itself. The Washington Post March just helped amp the crowd up and Duggan would go nuts waving the flag and getting the audience into a fever pitch of patriotism.

Whether it was intentional or not, I always thought Hacksaw made an interesting commentary on America. He’s a simple man, apparently not very smart, making goofy faces and carrying around a 2×4 just because. Also his grandmother was a taped fist champion, or so the story goes in WCW. I wish my grandma was a taped fist champion. When Hulk Hogan turned to the nWo, Hacksaw would routinely call him out. Hogan never answered.

Duggan was a staple of the myriad of WCW B-shows, facing no name talents and up and comers from all across the globe. Hacksaw would often appear on the major shows and even on pay-per-view from time to time, but it was those “squash” matches that really got me. As soon as the first loud trumpets (I think they’re trumpets?) of the Washington Post March would hit, you could almost feel the poor job guy about to be pummeled into mush.

Jim Duggan wasn’t a particularly fancy wrestler and his smashmouth style lent itself well to beating up jobbers. Most of these matches were under 6 minutes or so. However the main reason that Hacksaw was often featured on these shows, is that he could make the crowd go nuts. Often these TV tapings were boring, but when Duggan’s music hit, people got excited. The chants of USA, USA all through the arena allowed these otherwise pointless matches to become interesting.

That’s what made Hacksaw Jim Duggan so great and it’s easily my favorite little piece of patriotic pop culture. Duggan was perpetually over as a result and although his WWF theme music was a great little tune, I will forever associate Hacksaw Jim Duggan with the Washington Post March. In fact anytime I hear it at a parade or some other function, I immediately slug the guy next to me with a 3 point stance clothesline and start shouting, “USA, USA” at the top of my lungs. What could be more patriotic than that?

And just for fun, here’s a clip from one of Duggan’s numerous appearances, to give you an idea if you never got the chance to experience this for yourself.

If you want to learn more about Hacksaw Jim Duggan, check out this figure review I did of Mattel’s WWE Legends Jim Duggan figure.

Elsewhere check out other League members patriotic contributions including Adamtomy’s look at Patriotic Bomb Pops, while Branded in the 80’s relives the best intro in GI Joe with his love letter to the GI Joe: The Movie intro and Green Plastic Squirt Gun looks at Team America and it’s not the one you think!

Sideshow SDCC Exclusives

Sideshow Toys Collectibles has revealed their 2012 San Diego Comic Con exclusives for GI Joe and Star Wars. On the Star Wars front, it’s two more guys from the Cantina band. I give Sideshow credit for continuing to find a way to crank these guys out, but it’s sort of not that interesting when it’s basically a figure that’s already been released.

Falcon is an interesting exclusive, as he’s hardly a top tier Joe, despite his prominence in the GI Joe movie. He’s a fun character though and Sideshow has made him so that he’s just non-essential enough that you don’t need him, but if you’re collecting the line, he’s a fine addition. He looks to mostly be made up of reuse from Rock N’ Roll and Stalker, though.

Likewise the face doesn’t do much to impress me. He looks like Channing Tatum. I would have made him look a bit like Don Johnson, myself. I guess that’s one of my issues with the Sideshow releases. Aside from the Cobra figures, they just don’t scream GI Joe to me. While this does more or less look like Falcon, it also just looks like a generic army guy. Granted, so does Falcon in the 3 3/4 form, but you get my point. At least they gave him a scarf.

It goes up for pre-order first week of July, if you’re collecting these guys. I’m not as I just don’t see anything here I couldn’t do myself, more or less. Sideshow is supposed to reveal their Destro figure sometime soon and that might interest me, but only time will tell.

Star Trek Music Maker

This isn’t new, but it’s new to me and is one of those things that hasn’t gotten as popular as I think it should. It’s revolutionary, complex and yet amazingly simple. It’s like something straight out of Star Trek. I thought I’d post it up here and let you folks enjoy it. Word of warning though, it’s addictive and you may find yourself tapping your toes and losing hours in the various combinations. It may also cause blindness if you stare at it for too long.