Category: Random Stuff

Follow up to the Alien review, or THE HORROR

MechaShiva mentioned that he’d seen a different version of the “Alien Power” figures, and lo and behold, eBay gives us


Just what every kid wants, a fetus with ichthyosis. What is with that awful head? Pardon me while I throw up.

2,000 Toys, One Car

PGPoA Power Pal PrfktTear alerted me to this incredible instance of automobilia, which apparently was right in my own backyard of Harvard Square.

It’s a car completed covered in toys. How many can you identify?

You can see more pics at Pasty Hag on a Deathbed.


Random acts of nerdery

I’m currently taking classes to get my Master’s in library science, and one of the first things you have to do is pass a technology competency test. It includes putting together a very basic webpage on any topic. To get credit, the page has to include the following:

  • Page title
  • 2 section headings of different sizes
  • A paragraph of text
  • A bold or italic phrase
  • A list with at least 3 items
  • A link to an image that has been uploaded to your webspace
  • A hyperlink to a PDF file you have created and uploaded to your webspace
  • A hyperlink to another web page

I’m sure many of you can guess where this is going–here’s my page.

What could this be?

Show and Tell > A few neat toy finds

One of my favorite stores in the Boston area is Comicazi in Somerville. The back room of the store is filled wall-to-wall with MOC vintage toys, from Star Wars to Star Trek to Simpsons to racks and racks of old Marvel and DC stuff, plus plenty of old Kenner figures. I went in yesterday to pick up a MOC Kenner Aliens Bishop and the Kenner Alien/Predator set (mission accomplished, by the way, but more on that later). On a side note, Comicazi has a blog, the ToyNerd.

In addition to the MOC toys, Comicazi has bins full of loose figures, and even a big box full of baggies of random accessories. I nabbed a few of those and picked out four pretty awesome loose figures. Whom did I get?

The Mystery of the Plastic Mist

I was digging out some of the DCUC and Movie Masters figures the other day and found several of them–particularly Deathstroke, Nightwing and Movie Masters Batman Begins Batman–were covered with that oily, misty substance. There was a lot of discussion of this after DCUC Wave 3–apparently the worst offender for this issue–and in doing some research, I came across this informative Fwoosh post by user BigGuido.

Want to own Leo DiCaprio’s He-Man figure?

Apparently, now you can.

Weird. Thanks to Rustin Parr for the tip.

Giving Trap Jaw a hand

A fan on recently suggested a repainted Roboto hand for Trap Jaw, and I think that would be a neat idea for the next weapons pack. It’s not a popular one, though. Which I don’t really understand–what’s the harm? The next weapons pack is going to be a bunch of repainted accessories anyway, and the more options I have for Trap Jaw, the better. I think the mock-up gives him a certain Darth Vader-ish vibe.

Anyway, I created a few mock-up pics, just for fun.

From Playing Mantis to Forever Fun

The holidays are getting closer, which means I’m receiving the Time and Space Toys newsletter more frequently. T&ST has become the go-to place on the Web for holiday toys based on TV specials like It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and even The Little Drummer Boy.

Anyway, you may recall that the first Rudolph figures came from a company called Playing Mantis. These days, the company producing them is called Forever Fun, and there were a few other lines in-between. T&ST’s most recent newsletter breaks it all down, and I thought it made for some mildly interesting reading.

It’s our favorite toy manufacturer! They are makers of the Rudolph and Charlie Brown Action Figures lines. But what do we call them? We get many questions about the confusing name changes. So to clear it all up, we offer this brief history.

  1. Playing Mantis creates the Rudolph PVC and Action Figures Line under their company name, Playing Mantis in 2001.

  2. Playing Mantis continues the lines for a few years, and creates the Brand Name “Memory Lane” for these classic nostalgic lines. The Memory Lane brand is used on and off during these years.

  3. Playing Mantis is bought by RC2 Corp, where the line is almost killed by RC2. A few pieces were released by RC2 in 2005 under the “Memory Lane” brand.

  4. The original Playing Mantis team creates a new company in 2006 and name it “Round 2”, buying back the Rudolph and Peanuts licenses from RC2. However the brand name “Memory Lane” was lost at RC2.

  5. Round 2 introduces a new brand name, “Forever Fun” to categorize their holiday character lines.

  6. Now all is back the way it started, with the same toy team at the helm, just with a new name. This year Forever Fun adds “The Little Drummer Boy” to their brand umbrella.

  7. Here at Time and Space, you can get past releases (under various incarnations of the brand names) and all the current Forever Fun items, in fact we are the only store on the web that offers all of these all in one place! It really is forever fun!

Masters of the Hipsterverse


A co-worker linked me to this gallery, which features MOTU characters reimagined in hipster fashions.

They look like regular people with MOTU-character heads to me (well, except for Trap-Jaw), but I’ll let you decide for yourself. But where’s the hipsterized Orko?

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