I was going to write this up as a Poe’s Point, but I realized I hadn’t really come to any sort of opinion on the issue–at least, not enough for an editorial.

Buried at the bottom of a TNI news article about Diamond Select Toys’ plans for its popular Minimates line was this bit of information:

Marvel has put a moratorium on any further Marvel Zombie merchandise of any kind. Marvel was concerned about the negative image seeing their major characters would have on the public so they pulled the plug on any further Zombie products.

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Poe’s Point > DCUC: Identity Crisis


American pop culture nostalgia tends to go through generational cycles. In the 1970s, everyone watched Happy Days; in the 1990s we had another Woodstock; in the early “naughts” we had That ’70s Show.

The same holds true for toys. In the 1990s, there was a resurgence of popularity for Mego and Star Wars, lines whose heyday was in the 1970s and early 1980s. Now, we’re seeing feature films of The Transformers and G.I. Joe, while lines such as Transformers Classics, 25th Anniversary G.I. Joe and the 2002 Masters of the Universe revamp show that 1980s nostalgia is big business right now. NECA’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Mattel’s latest attempt at resurrecting He-Man, Masters of the Universe Classics, are more examples of action figure lines intended to cater to collectors who were kids in the 1980s. Continue reading “Poe’s Point > DCUC: Identity Crisis”

Odds ‘n Ends > Cruelest Month Edition

ODD: T.S. Eliot’s famous poem The Waste Land begins with the lines, “April is the cruellest month, breeding / Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing / Memory and desire, stirring / Dull roots with spring rain.” One interpretation of this is while the cold winter keeps us numb and forgetful, the regeneration that comes with spring is painful, reminding us of happier times, now long past.

I know this is certainly true for me. Spring arrived in New England last week, and whenever I found myself walking down a sunny street, the birds chirping and the smell of fresh blossoms in the breeze, I was instantly treated to a series of nostalgic sensations ranging from my childhood to just last year. I remembered “playing guns” in the forest behind our old house on Silva Street; setting up Transformers in a living room lit by the afternoon sun; trekking with my old dog Friskie through Miles Standish State Forest. I hear the cry of a seagull and I’m stepping across the large stones of the Plymouth Jetty, listening to the water lapping at the rocks. Continue reading “Odds ‘n Ends > Cruelest Month Edition”

The Four Horsemen are taking all of my money

The Four Horsemen will be robbing me blind this year.

So, all the big toy news has come out of the New York Comic Con, and I think it’s safe to say Mattel stole the show. Continue reading “The Four Horsemen are taking all of my money”

The Legend of Marvel Figures–Impressions from NYCC 2008

Legend (n): 1 a: a story coming down from the past; especially : one popularly regarded as historical although not verifiable b: a body of such stories <a place in the legend of the frontier> c: a popular myth of recent origin d: a person or thing that inspires legends e: the subject of a legend <its violence was legend even in its own time — William Broyles Jr.>

With the arrival of the New York Comic Con, news about the long-questionable status of the Marvel Legends toy line has finally come to light, and Hasbro has definitively confirmed that its status is still questionable.

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Featured Article > Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NECA) review

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Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird are a classic American success story. They parlayed a strange concept–a comic parodying Frank Miller’s then-popular Daredevil and Ronin comics, but starring anthropomorphic animals–into an empire, with profits that at times exceeded those of the mainstream publishers whose works they were parodying. It’s hard to know where independent comic publishing would be today without the immense success of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Continue reading “Featured Article > Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NECA) review”