Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Retro Spins: Nena - Nena



Nene
Nena
1983

Nena? More like Nein. Nein Danke if I'm being polite.

It baffles me how songs not sung in a native tongue can become so popular that not only do they find a large audience outside of their countries, but in the case of Nena, can even shoot all the way up to number one on the charts. To piggyback on the popularity of their hit, 99 Luftballons, the band even translated the song to English. Get this, it wasn't as popular as the original German version.

Don't get me wrong. I'm a big fan of the German version myself and have it in a steady rotation of my 80's shuffle. Much like the majority, I too prefer this version over the English translated one. However, the rest of the album, Nena's self titled 1983 debut, I just can't get behind. Because I don't know what's being said on the album I really can't get into it. Perhaps it would be different if there were catchy riffs, a great beat or even high energy to the tracks. Unfortunately, that doesn't exist.

Falco proved in 1985 that it was possible to not only find success in the USA, but become more than a one hit wonder. It's because of this I was really hoping to find something else on Nena's album that would stand out of the bunch and prove to be an equal if not greater track than their one hit wonder. Never found that song.

The album as a whole turned in to very ignored background noise and quite frankly I lost so much interest in it that when 99 Luftballons played I didn't pay much attention.

I wish I could say more, but the album is just a dud for me. Like I said, if I spoke German I may have found something more to this, but I don't. So I didn't.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Speclatron (S & T Sales)



Speclatron
S & T Sales
1984

I don't normally talk about knock-off's here at The Toy Box, but these ones caught my eye, and I felt really inclined to try and track them down - Which was not easy.

The line is relatively unknown to many collectors. However, with that said, the most commonly known figure from it is Dethlor. Though they are clearly knock-off's of He-Man, what makes them so unique compared to all the other impersonators is their clear chests filled with liquid and glitter.

 Hero*Venum*Kandar*Dethlor

A common flaw among the figures, is they are prone to dry up of all their liquid. Additionally, their clear chests commonly discolor to a deep brown making them, well, not so clear anymore.

 Adak*Deemin

Though there are only six carded figures and three multipacks of figures / beasts, finding any of them is a quite challenging. These things are scarce in the wild, and even more so brutal is their prices. Loose figures can sell anywhere from $300.00 to $1,000.00. Meanwhile, carded figures range between $750.00 and $2,000.00. All of this, of course, depends on which character it is, and how complete it is (if loose).

 Midas and Thor*Deemin and Devilcat*Venuma and Devilcat

There's no doubt these figures would make a fantastic addition to every Masters of the Universe collector out there. Unfortunately, there just aren't enough to go around.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Order Of Battle: Pee-Wee's Playhouse



This will be an ongoing post of my vintage Pee-Wee's Playhouse toys, as I obtain them. 

Pee-Wee Herman
Obtained: July 6, 2019
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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Retro Spins: Toto - IV



Toto
IV
1982

I've been stuck in the wash, rinse, repeat of so many 80's artists these days that quite frankly I've forgotten just how good some of them are. I've also forgotten just how many great songs came from some of them that while they don't necessarily get repeated airplay these days, they did back in the day.

Toto is one of those bands that has always confused me. There are so many "lead" singers in the group that I honestly have no clue who is singing what. It also doesn't help that people come and go and come back and go again from album to album. Despite this though, it doesn't detract for me in any major way.

When I sat down to listed to Toto IV, I heard a few great songs I'd forgotten about; Make Believe, I Won't Hold You Back and Lovers in the Night. Of course, I also heard the albums front runner hits, Rosanna and Africa. Granted that's only half the songs from the album. Sadly, the other five really didn't do it for me. They were okay, but meh...Not really noteworthy.

Hearing this album actually prompted me to look a little closer at Toto. The reason being that the only albums I own from them are their 1978 self titled debut, IV (1982) and The Seventh One (1988) - I'm not being lazy, that's really the titles here. I may have to pick up Hydra (1979) for the song 99 and Fahrenheit (1986) for I'll Be Over You. I don't appear to know any songs from any of their other albums.

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Thundercats, Ho!



I said in my post the other day how much I really wanted one, and then as if the planets all aligned, I got one!

Thunder!


Thunder!


Thunder!


Thundercats!


Ho!!!


LJN's Sword Of Omens is beastly awesome! One of my all time favorite wish list toys. Tracking this thing down has been quite the challenge. Especially in working condition.


As you can see, I even purchased a sword stand to display it on. Both items cost me less than $100.00 combined. You can barely find the sword for under that price - Let alone in working condition with a good "cats" logo on it. This one has its flaws, but hey, it's a toy that was designed to get banged up. It's not going to be pristine unless it's mint in the package.

It's such a simplistic toy when you get down to it, but it's so freaking cool at the same time!



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Rampage Super Stretch (Lanard)



Rampage
Lanard
2018

Classic arcade game meets poor action flick, only to remind everyone how much they love the game.

Rampage was a staple in my NES rotation as a kid. It was one of those games you could play for hours and hours - Because that's literally how long it took to beat. With its fun characters and easy pick and play style, it was one everyone could get into.


The overall design of these stretchable figures is spot on with their arcade counterparts. You can definitely tell it's George, Lizzie and Ralph when looking at the package. I also love the incorporation of the games original banner at the top of the package.


Sadly, the movie didn't necessarily help sell any action figures, and there were quite a few produced. This meant the majority of the Rampage merchandise inevitably got shifted to clearance bins. Granted, this was probably no surprise to any toy collector who walked past their pegs in route to the Marvel Legends or Star Wars sections.


Out of the entire line of toys produced for the film, these three by far stand out as the most intriguing, but even then, I had little to no interest in them. They are cool looking, and definitely iconic. However, as I said at the top, they really only make me want to play the game, not buy the toys.

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

The Art Of Binge Watching



This year, the forth of July presented a unique opportunity for me. Because it fell on a Thursday, my company made the fantastic decision to close not only on the holiday, but also the Friday following, effectively making this a four day weekend.

With the festivities of the birth of our country commencing, I decided I would partake in the celebration in the manner that our forefathers did back when they first announced their independence. I fired up Netflix to settle in for the all new season of Stranger Things.

My honoring of the day screeched to a halt like that of a record player scratching across the vinyl as the music is abruptly interrupted. I, and as I came to found out was not alone, was greeted to the message, "Netflix is having trouble playing this title. Please try again later." This, for me, began at 10:30 AM, and continued until around 4:30 PM when I was finally able to start the show.

Being someone with limited time on my hands to sit in front of the television, I found I was not conditioned for binge watching. After two episodes, I began to feel fatigue. By the end of the third, I needed a time out.

On Friday, I sat down to watch an additional two episodes, and then once again needed a break. Mind you, I didn't turn off the tube and call it a day. Instead, I switched over to Amazon and caught up on one more episode of Mr. Robot, which I'm currently on season two of.

Saturday was a busy one with Timonium, an antique mall, lunch and then The Toy Exchange, so I didn't watch any further episodes. I honestly didn't feel like it when the day was all said and done.

That left me with Sunday to knuckle down and push my way through it. Fortunately, I found out there were only eight episodes in the season (can you even call that a season?) and finished the last two episodes.

Spoilers ahead.

I think Stranger Things may have run its course. Act three really didn't offer anything new. In fact, around episode five, I found myself saying, "This is just more of the same." Need something moved? Call El. Need to open a can? Call El. Need to solve a general problem? Call El.

I felt sorry for actress Millie Bobby Brown. Her dialog is limited, choppy and when not talking, she's furrowing her brow, screaming and / or throwing her arms out. Her character, Eleven, is so one dimensional that at this point it's difficult to invest any emotion into her. Like I said above, need a problem solved, just call El.

The other characters haven't evolved much either since the last time we've seen them. They're taller, older, and the only thing that's changed for them is they're all on the hunt for chicks. That is, except for Will (Noah Schnapp). He is the only character that retains any of his prior personality, and it even becomes a point of contention for the others. I'm talking about how he just wants to play D&D, and go back to how things were, but can't because Mike (Finn Wolfhard) and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) just want to talk about girls.

Speaking of the character, Mike, what happened to his mouth? Every other word out of it seemed to be, "Sh*t!" In fact, during one episode in particular, between all the characters, the word "sh*t" was used upwards of six to ten times in the span of sixty to ninety seconds. It's as if the writers sat around and said, "How can we drive home the point that these kids have grown up? I know, let's make them say sh*t over and over and over." What is this, South Park?

With that said, I did enjoy the overall premise of the story surrounding Billy (Darce Montgomery). His personality, as we saw from season two, is the perfect foundation for evolving into the "villain" of the season. I even liked how it took the route of it climaxing in his retribution in a way when he sacrificed himself.

However, with that said, Joyce (Winona Ryder) quickly became the character I hated. With the exception of being Will and Jonathan's (Charlie Heaton) mother, her story arc went nowhere. Her outbursts, which were typically directed towards a man, were out of place and awkward in the few scenes she went off on a tangent. It was as if to be nothing more than a shout out to all the activists out there. "Hey, we know this season is based in 1984, but women are strong." We get it. Thanks. Watch G.I. Joe.

To go to the opposite spectrum, there was the equally cringe worth performance from Jake Busey as an employee at the local newspaper. His character, Bruce, was so obnoxiously pigheaded to Nancy (Natalia Dyer). I found myself rolling my eyes and saying to myself, "Oh, right. It's 1984. Men are all douche bags in the workplace." Honestly, Busey should have been as ashamed to play that character as the writers were to write him that way. Way to throw fuel on the fire, Stranger Things.

What was the goal of this season? To take every character we grew to love over the past two seasons and make them unlikable? I haven't even touched on the cheating and marriage ruining actions of Cara Buono's character, Mrs. Wheeler (aka Mike's mom). While she didn't end up cheating on her husband, the intentions were there, and sorry, that doesn't make her a likeable or respectable character.

Need another obnoxious character to pile on? How about the excessively loud, and stereotypical Erica, aka Lucas's sister, aka Priah Ferguson. Once again, the writers seemed intent on creating a character who was unlikable in her actions, her demeanor and her overall dialog. Oh, but we're supposed to move past that because she ends up being an integral part of the supporting cast.

Mind you, I don't want this to seem like I'm harping on all of the cast in this season. Maya Hawks character, Robin, and Joe Keery's, Steve, seem to steal every scene they're in together. You can tell that a relationship is growing in the whole scenario, and the curveball you get thrown at the end when you find out Robin isn't into men, if you know what I mean, hits you out of nowhere. You want these characters to be together, yet the writers said, "Nope. We aren't going to do the obvious here." The two do, however, remain best of friends at the end, making it all the more fun to watch them because there's no more tension there. Just two people having a good time together.

In the mix of all of this is Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), who seems to be the focal point of the story's advancement. All the plot points of the season start with his character, and come full circle in the end to wrap up where it all began.

Last up was Hopper (David Harbour), who before it was all over, I was saying, "He's going to die." I was leaning this way for a few reasons. One, he was building on a relationship with Joyce, and she seems to go through men like water. Two, you could see it in the dialog that the character's story was coming to an end, what with all the heartfelt emotions between him and Eleven. Three, as an actor, David Harbour seems to be moving on to other things.

Okay, so that's all the characters. Now let's look at the overall story. Like I said above, I like how Billy was used as the main villain in the story. However, again, it was just more of the same. "Thing" takes over human host. Horror ensues. Door gets closed at the end (again), and evil is destroyed...Or is it? Watch the mid credits scene for that. By the way, Hopper may not be dead..."No, not the American," says one Russian to another as they go to pull a prisoner from a cell.

Oh, and Eleven loses her powers...Again. Then out of nowhere, the Byers pack all their stuff, and Joyce, Will, Jonathan and the newly adopted / orphaned Eleven leave town. Everyone's crying. Nobody's happy, and it's a crap ending. It's not a cliff hanger. It's not a happy ending. It's just crap.

Throw in between all of that a plot surrounding the Russians being behind the cause of everything happening. Why the Russians? Because it's 1984. Who else would it be? Cliche much?

Season three could have, and probably should have, been the end of the train tracks for Stranger Things. I can't imagine what the writers could possibly do with a fourth and beyond season. They're already retreading ground between the three seasons they have. What more could they possibly add to to it if they kept going? Do we really need El to get her power's back and once more go toe to toe with the upside down world? Do we really even need to see the upside down world again? Not really.

Look, you eked three seasons out of a show that came out of nowhere and built this massive cult following. Now know when to end it before you run it into the ground.

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Pickings Were Slim In Timonium



With the smoke clearing in the sky from another Independence Day come and gone, it was time to saddle up and head to Timonium, Maryland for another Dave Hart Toy Show. I arrived right at 9:00 AM, and the show was just opening for the day. However, there was no wait as I walked up t the cashier, paid, got stamped and walked in.

The same vendors were there, which was expected. However, as I started walking around and snapping some photos, I quickly noticed something I wasn't expecting.  They all had a lot of the same stuff they were trying to sell not only last December, but last July. Because I was seeing the same stuff in abundance, I stopped taking pics. Here are the few I snapped before giving up.









Lack of "new" stuff aside, it didn't stop me from grabbing some things to add to my collection.

I'd been walking past numerous Pee-Wee Herman figures since last year, and possibly even the year before. It was always something I kind of wanted. This time, I went ahead and grabbed him.



When I pulled the figure from the package it was kind of wet with sticky residue - A common issue with toys which stay in the package too long. A quick rinse and dry off, and it was good as new.


I've been wanting to replace the Marge Simpson in my collection ever since getting her. No, replace isn't the right word. Rather, complete. Mine was missing the cookie tray and shopping bag. As I searched for her on ebay, I found the figure was upwards of $100.00! No way was I paying that price for just the accessories.

Needless to say, when I found this one at the show, and for a very small fraction of the cost, I was all over it. The seller told me it was a UK edition, but I didn't care. I just wanted the accessories. The Marge and Maggie figures will get tossed in my "trade" pile.



Glad to have this figure complete. Now I just need the television set to complete the set...Which is in route as soon as the seller I just bought it from ships it.


Such a happy family!


Recently, I've been looking at getting the vintage vinyl Star Wars carrying cases. I never thought for a minute I'd find one at Timonium - Let alone in such great shape for a mere $5.00! No, that's not a typo.

The case has both trays, the stickers adhered to them, but no paper insert. Quite frankly, I'm not concerned with the insert. This is just fine for me.


My brother and girlfriend found me a Tauntaun while I was at another table making a deal. They kept calling me on my cell to come see it, but I unfortunately was too busy to do so. Turned out to be a good thing.

With multiple people taking an interest in it, they held onto it saying that it might be sold. The guy had a thirty dollar price on it. However, as everyone got impatient of waiting on me, my girlfriend said, "I have a twenty on me. Take it or leave it." The guy took it.


Honestly, I wouldn't have paid $30.00 for this. Twenty? No problem.


I stopped by the CD table, and made record time through it. There's honestly not much I was expecting to find, and I was quite surprised to leave with nineteen discs. Granted, five are for my sister.

 Boyz II Men's Cooleyhighharmony*Boyz II Men's Boyz To Men II
Chef Aid: The South Park Album*Footloose*Garbage*Journey's Raised On Radio
Lady Gaga's The Fame Monster*Lady Gaga's Born This Way*Lady Gaga's Artpop
Lady Gaga's Joanne*Sixpence None The Richer*Tina Turner's Break Every Rule
Tony! Toni! Toné!'s The Revival*Warrant's Cherry Pie*South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut!
That Thing You Do*Titanic*More Music From The Wedding Singer
Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

And of course, G.I. Joe figures were coming home with me. These are actually what I was haggling on when getting bombarded by calls for the Tauntaun.

 Python Officer*Python Crimson Guard*Python Viper*Headhunters*Hydro-Viper

I have a fond spot in my memories for Python Patrol and Tiger Force. The reason being, as a kid, I didn't start collecting Joe figures until around 1986. This means I missed out on a lot of the classic figures such as Duke, Dusty, Cobra Officer, Cobra Soldier, etc. For me, the Tiger Force and Python Patrol were the versions I had. While I would have preferred the originals, they were nowhere to be found on store shelves. So, you take what you can get.

 Tiger Force Skystriker*Tiger Force Tripwire*Tiger Force Dusty*Tiger Force Recondo

Yup, I replaced my Tiger Force Tripwire from Farpoint Toys, which I didn't notice had cracked elbows when I bought it.

I wanted to buy five Thundercats figures, which would have included Tigra, Cheetara, Monkian, Vulture Man and Jackalman. However, the seller wasn't willing to come to an agreement on the price. Even after I showed him that he was charging too much, he wouldn't budge. The annoying thing about it is that this guy always has these figures at each show. He's not selling them at his asking price. So, you know, maybe rethink that one. Lost sale at the end of the day.

Because we were in the area, we stopped at The Toy Exchange on the way out. I grabbed two more Joe figures and also something big. Really big.

Sadly, I'm not able to touch said item yet because I bought it for my birthday gift from me, to me. That won't roll around for another forty-one days. Sure, I could open it now and have a blast with it, but then what am I going to get from me on my birthday? Patience....Patience....

 Nulifier*Spearhead and Max

Nulifier is actually the last Cobra figure I "needed" to have them all from 1988. Good grief. At this rate, I'm going to complete the entire 1988 and 1989 years before I know it. That was not planned. Every time I turn around, more Joe figures are coming through the door. I complain, but only in jest. I love it!

Well, that wraps up my day. Now I just need to update all my Order Of Battle posts with the new stuff.

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

A Day In The Life At The Toy Box



Just another typical day at The Toy Box. Listening to music for a Retro Spin post while simultaneously working on a future toy post.


Can't think of a better way to spend a little down time.

Happy July 4th to you!

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The Walking Dead Comic Book Series Ends As Of Today



Fan of The Walking Dead? Did you get into it from the comic books, or was it the AMC series that pulled you in? Do you hate it?

Regardless of your answer, tomorrow, July 3rd, 2019 brings the last issue of Image Comics The Walking Dead to comic book racks. The series will official end with issue number 193. Being the world of the internet, the ending has already been leaked online as fans chime in with their reviews and opinions on the issue and series as a whole. I won't spoil the ending for you, but for all the hype from Robert Kirkman and crew, it's rather predictable.

I personally read the books when their published in the hardback format collection, the last being volume fifteen, which collects issues 169 through 180. As such, I'm a bit behind on the series. The question is, will they release the final volume collecting issues 181 through 193. While I hope so, I've been burned before by the comic industry.

Overall, it's been an enjoyable series to read. However, with the AMC show so derailed from the original vision of the books, and actor Andrew Lincoln leaving, it's really no surprise that Kirkman has decided to fast track the series to a conclusion. Fatigue on both the books and show have long since set in - Despite its creator stating he could, "Do 1,000 issues." While season ten has been green lit by AMC, as have three movies based on Rick Grimes, I don't personally see how it can go on much longer than that. But, I've been wrong before.

Love it or hate it, the one certain thing here is the comic series is over - At least in this particular iteration.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Retro Spins: UB40 Labour Of Love



UB40
Labour of Love
1983

I have to be honest and say I really don't respect the band UB40. The reason for this being that they themselves, well, rather Ali Campbell, on behalf of the band is quoted as saying their music has been, "a series of compromises". Essentially what it came down to was the band continued to compromise the vision for their music because they wanted to commercialize it for radio play.

Sorry, but to me, art should never be compromised. Be it music, movies, drawings, paintings, etc. Do what you love and do it with the passion you see in it. Granted if you asked UB40 how they sleep at night making such compromises, they would probably respond in line with, "Very well on super king size beds with satin sheets." Okay, fair enough. There's no denying these compromises brought with it hits which in turn included money. Still, where's the integrity in that?

Anyway, enough beating UB40 over the head for my own moral justices. I'm hear to talk about albums. Today's just so happens to be the band's fourth studio album, Labour of Love...I so badly wanted to strike out the work "love" and type "compromises". Apparently I'm really butt hurt over here.

Labour of Love features ten cover tracks of their most favorite and influential reggae tracks which the band hand picked to rework for the album. Their plan was to use this to help commercialize reggae music across the world.

Did it work? Well, I suppose so. How many people were playing Red Red Wine when it came out in 1983? Oh, wait! Red Red Wine wasn't actually a reggae song, now was it? The track was actually written by Neil Diamond in 1967 for his second studio album and it is very much so not a reggae mix. The band had mistakenly thought the track was from Tony Tribe who released a cover of it in 1969. Oops. Oh well, that's what happens when the internet doesn't exist. No way to cross reference stuff like that.

Nitpicks aside, was the album good? Well, I honestly don't particularly like reggae music. So for me, UB40's overall plan for the album ended up sliding towards home base and much like Willie Mays Hayes came up short. I won't say Red Red Wine is the only good track as I did also enjoy Johnny Too Bad and She Caught the Train. Unfortunately though, three out of ten is a pretty bad average.

You know, at the end of the day, I paid a buck for the album and I only bought it for one song. I think we all know that was Red Red Wine. So to get a second and third track out of the bunch for me was really just a bonus.

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Thundercats - Sword of Omens (LJN)



Thundercats - Sword of Omens
LJN
1985

Equally as fun as wielding Kenner's Han Solo Blaster was LJN's Sword of Omens - The legendary weapon of the Thundercats. With its battery operated light up feature, and overall great design, kids could spend hours whipping this thing back and forth!

Sadly, I never had one as a child to do so, but it has always been a number one on my "must get" list. Unfortunately, at $250.00 to $300.00 for a loose / working one, it's also one of those, "maybe later" items.


As I was typing this post up, I actually got lost for a few minutes, just staring at the picture here. This thing is plastic beauty from tip to handle. The packaging is perfect, and seriously, can I gush over the actual sword any more than I have?

This one is definitely on my list to get prior to the end of the year.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

360° Toy Room



When I'm home, this is where I spend the majority of my time. Not a bad place to be, huh?


Why not take a panoramic shot of your toy room and share it on your own site?

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Retro Spins: Prince And The Revolution - Around The World In A Day



Prince and the Revolution
Around the World in A Day
1985

Ask any casual Prince fan if they like the song Raspberry Beret and they would probably say, "Yes." Ask that same casual fan if they like the album, Around the World in A Day, and they would probably ask, "What is that?"

It's amazing for how popular Prince became in 1984 with his (personally speaking) masterpiece album, Purple Rain, that despite this major success not too many casual Prince fans could tell you what the follow up album was to that. Well, obviously I'm talking about 1985's Around the World in A Day.

Admittedly, my opinion of any type of Prince album may be somewhat biased as he is one of the few artists I have actually kept up with and sought out / own all of his (legitimate) studio albums. Is all of his music amazing? No, far from it. However, there are many, many, many songs he has released over the span of his multi decade career which are staples in my iPod / iTunes shuffle list. He's also one of the few artists who's music I will listen to past his 1980's era.

Okay, okay, so I like the artist, but how does Around the World in A Day stand up next to his most notable albums?

Well, I like it, you know, if you didn't see that coming. It starts out with the album's title track which sets a fun tone for the album. It's followed by the track named after his home, Paisley Park and from there slows down for the ballad Condition of the Heart - Not bad, but not one of my favorites. Raspberry Beret comes next and admittedly it feels like you're listening to a whole different album. It's so different, so good and so well know that it almost feels like it was the only song truly completed and polished for release. As if the remainder of the album was built around it just to be able to put out a full record.

Don't get me wrong. I love other tracks on this album, and the following funky, Tamborine (apparently Prince didn't know how to spell tambourine), is one of them. Admittedly this particular track isn't for everyone as I can see it grating on people's nerves if they're not expecting the style of music they're about to get.

America and Pop Life are two stand out tracks which follow Tamborine. Both send a strong messages about the Country as a whole (America) as well as people's desire to have more than they do and be more than they are (Pop Life). At least those are my interpretations of them.

The album rounds out with The Ladder and Temptation. Admittedly, I don't particularly care for these two tracks.

Overall, this is definitely a Prince album worth checking out. While it's not as catchy or even pop oriented as Purple Rain, it shows he was definitely not content as an artist to play it safe and just produce radio friendly songs. Prince had a vision for his albums, and while that vision may not have been what people considered to be the best idea or concept, he stood by his work - When he wasn't just throwing out albums to fulfill his contract with Warner Bros.

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Monday, June 24, 2019

X-Men: The New Mutants (Toy Biz)



Before I jump into today's post, make sure you check out all the updates from this weekend. I posted quite a few Order of Battle posts. Additionally, the side bar at the bottom of my Blog has been updated with a link to all of my Order of Battle posts. This is more so a quick reference for myself, but also a great way for visitors to quickly check out my own personal collection as well.

X-Men: The New Mutants
Toy Biz
1998

Marvel was always on the lookout for how to expand its popular X-Men series, and in 1982, this came in the for of the New Mutants. The group made their debut in Marvel Graphic Novel, a series of trade paperback produced in response to DC's DC Graphic Novel. Issue number four to be exact.

The group's origin followed five young mutants who are just starting to learn about their powers. Each one has their own trouble past, but with the aid of Charles Xavier, are given a path to follow.

With the popularity of the book, Marvel green lit a full volume series for the team, which debuted in March of 1981. The series would run for a well rounded out one hundred issues as well as seven annuals before evolving into Rob Leifield's popular X-Force.

This however wouldn't be the last of the team's comic days under the "Mutants" banner. A second volume was published July of 2003 and June of 2004, lasting for thirteen issues. Then again in July of 2019, a third volume would run for fifty issues through December of 2012.

In between it's comic series, Toy Biz delivered a set of four action figures - Well, three actually, as one was a variant of Magik. Each figure featured the quality one would expect at this point from a Toy Biz Marvel line, and as was the case of the era, was pretty cross compatible with other comic lines from the manufacturer.


 Warlock*Wolfsbane

Unfortunately for fans, the series never got rounded out with the remaining team members. It would have been great if Toy Biz would have finished what it started, and delivered Sunspot, Karma, Psyche and Cannonball.

Magik (Red Outfit)*Magik (Yellow Outfit)

Toy Biz's The New Mutants line remains yet another one of the companies numerous "mini" lines which came and went during their desperate attempt to make anything and everything Marvel related. It will be interesting to see if popularity comes back full circle on this one as the New Mutants make more and more of an appearance via television and big screens.

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Order Of Battle: McDonalds Changeables



This will be an ongoing post of my vintage McDonalds Changeables toys, as I obtain them.


 Fry Force
Series Two


 McNuggets-O-Saur
Series Three


 Big Mac-O-Saurus Rex
Series Three


 Happy Meal-O-Don
Series Three


 Tri-Shake-Atops
Series Three


 Quarter Pounder With Cheese-O-Saur
Series Three


 McDino Cone
Series Three


Hot Cakes-O-Dactyl
Series Three

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