Monday, June 18, 2018

The Three Musketeers (JusToys)



The Three Musketeers
JusToys
1993

Disney has always had a problem when it comes to producing blockbuster films. It seems they often think having big name actors attached is enough to turn a lifeless script into a hit. Sure, it may fill theater seats, but without a solid story they are often short lived and quickly forgotten.

The Three Musketeers just so happens to fall under all of this. Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Suttherland, Chris O'Donnell, Tim Curry and Rebecca De Mornay couldn't bring enough star power to the film to save it from the sinking ship it resulted in being. At a budget of $30,000,000.00 the return of a mere $53,898,845.00 resonated with the words box office failure.

 Aramis*Athos

The short lived film had an even shorter lived toy line which was produced in bendable figure fashion from JusToys in 1993. About the only thing going for this line is that one can complete a set of the Musketeers if they truly desired to...Unfortunately, not many people did (or do).

 D'Artagnan*Porthos

The figures were quickly shuffled to clearance bins where they continued to remain in stock even at the mere price of ninety-nine cents (or less). Stores couldn't give these things away.

Richeliieu*Cardback

These days the figures fair much better on secondary markets than they originally did on toy shelves. On average you can expect to pay about $10.00 for each one (mint on card). That's not a bad return on a line that was originally shunned to clearance bins.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Painted Memories: 88 Miles Per Hour!




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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

MotU Evil Horde



A nod to Brother Midnight... 


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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Retro Spins: Mr. Mister - Welcome To The Real World



Mr. Mister failed to draw much attention in 1984 when they released their first album, I Wear the Face. However, their follow up Welcome to the Real World released in November of 1985 changed all of that.

The single Broken Wings entered the charts in September of that same year, two months before the album even went on sale. Not only did the song reach number one by December of that same year, but it was joined on the charts by the albums second single, Kyrie. Merry Christmas Mr. Mister!

The two songs remained on the charts into 1986 where in January they passed each other as Kyrie continued its way up and Broken Wings was on its way out. Kyrie became Mr. Misters second number one hit by March of 1986 while Broken Wings fell off the charts.

Kyrie would be joined on the charts by the third single from the album Is It Love in March of '86 and much like Broken Wings and Kyrie, the two passed each other heading in opposite directions by April (Kyrie heading off the charts with Is It Love heading up them). Unfortunately for Is It Love, it would only reach the number eight spot before beginning its decent down the charts where it would disappear completely by June.

As a whole album, Welcome to the Real World is pretty good. In fact, I added a total of five (out of the ten) songs from it to my IPOD. Yes, Kyrie and Broken Wings are obviously two that made their way to it as were Is It Love, Black / White and Uniform of Youth.

Definitely a good treat for the ears.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

TikiMon (Mezco)



TikiMon
Mezco
2003

TikiMon! Yet another oddball entry from Mezco during its heydays of the new Millennium. There is honestly little to say about this line as even packaging really gives no insight as to what the overall premise is. "Full of fun and Polynesian Pop!" is really all you'll find on the back regarding the series.

The back of the package also showcases all the figures from series one (AKA the only series), but even then beyond telling you the character's names and what accessories each one comes with there is no concepts shared behind the line.

 Bomboo*Indo*Kali

For further information we actually had to seek out other websites in an effort to uncover the mystery. What we found was Toynk.com who seem to still have an abundance of stock on hand. On their site, they note the following about the line;

"Where is TikiMon Island? Basically in the middle of nowhere. Until now no human has ever seen a TikiMon which is good because they're usually getting into trouble."

Still not very insightful, but we're further then we were.

 Monsoon*Ungowa

Each figure stands approximately six inches high and comes packed in with its own unique accessories such as surfboards, shields and even parachutes. Each figure also features six points of articulation.

Prior to the line dissipating into thin air, Mezco produced two San Diego Comic Con exclusives. Unfortunately, since the figures were packaged in a blue non-see through package collectors were essentially blind bag buying and hoping for the best.


Ungowa (2004 SDCC Exclusive)

The line is definitely unique and has a cool factor to it. Unfortunately, it's the lack of any real premise behind it which gives it the "meh" factor. The world of toys isn't just about sculpting something that looks cool. It's about creating characters people want to learn about and collect as a result of that expanded interest from knowing about them. When you just throw a line out on the market and give it little to no thought, you end up with little to no reception.

Think of how much cooler these guys would be with an animated series behind them?

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Friday, June 8, 2018

With Apologies to Commentors



So apparently my e-mail account has stopped informing me when there were comments on my site, so I essentially haven't (until today) posted anyone's comments or responded - Because I didn't think there were any.

Sorry about that!

I found a ton of comments awaiting moderation when I clicked the dashboard through Blogger and have posted all the non-spam related ones and will respond soon.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Painted Memories: It's Only Forever





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