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The Jesse Ventura Action Figure Conspiracy

Taking a break from speculating about the motives of toy corporations, I love this video. Extremely quotable.

Thanks to Infinite Hollywood for the heads-up!

The Avengers Starring Marvel Legends

This redo of the Avengers trailer starring Marvel Legends figures is making the rounds today, so I thought I’d share it here.

The figure choices are obviously a bit dated – as if the filmmaker or one of his friends had picked up some of the really early Marvel Legends, stopped collecting, then dusted them off when they got the idea for this project. (Damn, that Schwarzeneggerian Thor looks laughable now, doesn’t he?) Assuming the idea was to use comic-based figures and not the actual 6″ movie figures, I would have used:

They had the right Loki, though, and as far as I know there’s not a better Bruce Banner out there. And the recent Extremis Iron Man shows up near the end of the trailer. Using Fin Fang Foom at the end was cute.

To be clear, I’m not dissing the video – it’s still an amazing piece of work – I just kept thinking about how old those figures looked. If you’re going to put that much effort into the production, why not spend a couple hundred bucks on better figures? I don’t know though, maybe the figures I listed are really expensive these days on the aftermarket.

Thanks to Topless Robot for the heads-up.

Metlife’s “Everyone” Commercial feat. He-Man & Voltron

While I’d rather forget everything about yesterday’s game, I’d be remiss if I didn’t post this link to Metlife’s “Everyone” commercial, which features guest appearances by He-Man, Battle Cat and Voltron, among others.

Is everyone in this commercial owned by Warner Bros.?

Cool Toy-Related Videos Trifecta

OK, so I’m willing to bet most of you have already seen these. But I’m posting them anyway, because I like them.

 

This amazing recreation of the opening of Raiders of the Lost Ark (right down to the chin rub) was done by Jeff Gurwood.

 

I’m not sure if this is safe for work or not. It’s gross and incredibly immature. Also, it’s funny.

 

This ad was filmed entirely using the new Bandai S.H. MonsterArts figures. I’ll be reviewing them at some point, hopefully in the near future.

What’s Going On? No, seriously–what is going on here?

UPDATE: Some Poesters feel very strongly that the original video, complete with credits, be given its due. Very well.

My college roommate Jim passed this on to me. Evidently when you go to the Black Brewing Company’s website and are prompted to confirm that you’re over 21 (you may need to disable Adblock to see the pop-up), if you say you’re under 21, the above video is what you see.

It’s actually not working right now, and it’s a cinch that Classic Media/Mattel–to say nothing of 4 Non Blondes–will eventually threaten legal action, so enjoy it while you can!

Oh, and as to what the holy hell is is–that I don’t know.

 

Vintage Toy Ads > Spawn (1994)

Funny to think that Spawn, which never had a kids’ cartoon* and was a very adult-oriented comic book featuring lots of murder, death, and dark religious imagery, had ads for toys on daytime kids’ television. Loving the Malebolgia cameo.

* But of course it did have an adult-oriented HBO animated series.

Vintage Toy Ads > Talking Pee-Wee

After watching this ad, I realized I must have seen it a hundred times as a kid because the insipid theme song was way too familiar.

Notice how the ad says “For you and your kid” at the end there? A tribute to Pee-Wee’s generation-crossing appeal? Or a warning that any kid given this toy should be supervised at all times lest the doll drive the child into madness?

Bandai’s MonsterArts Godzilla goes on a rampage

First off, all credit to Newton Gimmick of Infinite Hollywood for finding this.

This commercial was made entirely using Bandai’s upcoming Bandai S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla figure, which is Bandai’s answer to the Revoltech monsters like Baragon and Anguirus of last year. There’s also going to be a MonsterArts MechaGodzilla, but it’s the boring 1994 version. I dearly hope Bandai expands into some of the Showa-era monsters of the 1950s-1970s as well.

Toy Commercial Tuesday > Pre-Filmation Animated He-Man Commercial

I’m guessing this is someone’s video of an old MOTU commercial that was being shown by Mattel at SDCC this year (for instance, note the swelling Star Wars music in the background). According to one of the commenters on Youtube, this video was actually made by Filmation to help sell the series to TV, but it’s clearly not in the same style as the actual Filmation cartoon was.

Lots of extra detail, real facial expressions, an Alfredo Alcala-looking Skeletor–am I alone in wishing the original series had looked more like this?

“The Toy Masters” Documentary Trailer

Shows how out of the loop I am–evidently some enterprising He-Fans have made a documentary about the controversy surrounding who invented He-Man. I’ve touched on this before, but to my knowledge it’s never been examined as deeply as these filmmakers have gone about it.

I’d like to hope that it will settle the Roger Sweet/Mark Taylor debate once and for all, but that seems unlikely. Regardless, the documentary looks great, particularly for the stuff that doesn’t involve the who-invented-He-Man question and focuses on the franchise as a whole: there are interviews with Larry DiTillio, J. Michael Straczynski, Alan “Skeletor” Oppenheimer and Lou Scheimer, among many others.

Visit the film’s official website (warning: it’s noisy), and follow them on Twitter here.

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