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Whatever you think of Michael Bay’s Transformers films and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, there’s no denying that toy-based movies have been successful. So what beloved childhood toyline will be made into a movie next, and which auteur’s vision will it be? I asked several fellow geeks to join me in imagining what would happen […]
One of the niftiest things about Kenner’s KITT toy from the early ’80s was that there was a small dial underneath the car that allowed you change the speed of the voice; this was intended to counteract the tendency of the voice to go too fast when the batteries were new, and slow down when […]
In the Northwoods of Wisconsin there is a toy aisle hidden in a hardware store that time has forgotten. Most of the toys for sale there date back to the early 1990s and a some are even older than that. This hardware store in question is located in a town neighboring the one where I […]
With the imminent release of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra and the announcement that Tom Hanks may star in a Major Matt Mason movie, big-budget films based on toy lines are big business. The last (and first) time this happened was in the 1980s, when there was a slew […]