Monday, September 16, 2019

Throwback Jam of the Week: 9/16/19

Throw on your Orlando Magic jersey and head to Newark, NJ as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: Fu-Schnickens feat. Shaquille O'Neal
Song: What's Up Doc? (Can We Rock?)
Album:  Nervous Breakdown (1994)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: 39
Bonus Fun Fact: This was Shaq's first commercially released single. The song originally included a sample of Bugs Bunny saying his famous line, but Warner Brothers would not clear it. The video was filmed under the Manhattan Bridge in NY.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Weekend Antique Excursion #3!

A few weekends ago, myself and my family went downtown and visited a few antique stores. I enjoy going to these kinds of stores, because you'll never know what you're going to find. Most of the time the cool stuff that I like is way over priced, but it's cool to know it's out there if I really want it. Below are some of the items we found this time around.
 Vintage Hot Wheels Cars & Shirt Tales Car: $1 - $9.99
I have seen so many Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars over the years that were way overpriced at antique stores just like this. These ones though were pretty reasonable. I'm not a huge collector of cars, but the 99 cent asking price for them was not a bad deal. The Shirt Tales car in the middle was produced by ERTL in 1982 and was priced at $9.99! I loved these guys when I was a kid. I felt the asking price wasn't terrible, but a little high for my taste.
 1990 Donruss Baseball Cards: $8.99
I love finding old baseball cards at the antique store. The only problem is that people price these for way more than what they are worth. These 1990 Donruss cards came out when I was at my peak of card collecting and I have many of them in my collection. I think the design is pretty sharp and there were some great players in this series, but once again paying $8.99 for what is referred to as "Junk Wax" cards in a package that had been opened was not for me.
 2018 Met Solo Bobble head: $35
This was one of the items I am kicking myself for not picking up! I am a lifelong Mets fan and also a lifelong Star Wars fan. This is the best of both those worlds wrapped in a bobble head tortilla. These were given out to the first 25,000 fans who entered the gates during Star Wars Night at Citi Field in 2018. If this is still there when I go back, it may just end up in my collection!
 Nestle Quik Bunny Mug: $5
I have always thought of the Quik Bunny as one of the top advertising mascots of my lifetime. I always liked his commercials and was jealous of my friend when he got a stuffed Quik Bunny for his birthday. This cup is from the 80's and what I like most about it is that it still refers to the product being called Nestle Quik! To hell with this new fangled Nesquik crap, it will always be just plain old Quik in my house!!
 Spaghettios Plastic Bank: $10
I totally forgot about these old styled cans of Spaghettios!!! On there own Spaghettios were great, but throw in some meatballs and you have a feast! I still enjoy this delicacy toady, but my wife usually does the shopping and will not pick up most canned foods because she feels they may be "unhealthy". What up with that? Anyway this was not just your standard can, this was a 9.5 inch tall plastic bank fashioned to look like a can of saucy goodness!
Thundercats Top-Spinner Action Figure: $25
I had this guy as a kid and he was AWESOME! He was part of the bad guy pirate group known as the Berserkers! The Thundercats toyline by LJN was know for each figure having a great battle feature and Top-Spinner's was pretty excellent! He had a trigger on his back that when you pushed it his entire top half of his body would spin around and knock over any would be do gooders! This was an amazing series and when I head back to Jersey, I may just have to search through my Mom's attic to see if I can find any of my original Thundercats toys. Enjoy a Thundercats toy commercial below and let me know who your favorite figure was in the line in the comments below! HOOOOOO!!!!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Comic Book Pick 9/11/19

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN #10
SPIDER-SEMIQUINCENTENNIAL OR BIG 250th ANNIVERSARY ISSUE?
That's right, it's our 250th issue and it's Miles Morales' birthday! But YOU'RE getting all the gifts! A mystery dating back to Miles' first appearance? Answered! A terrifying villain destined to become one of Miles' greatest adversaries? Revealed! Special guests, like maybe Peter Parker: Spider-Man? YOU KNOW IT! All busting out of 25 pages by main series storytellers Saladin Ahmed and Javier Garr n, PLUS a bonus back-up by Ahmed and a special guest artist delving into the history of your new favorite character, STARLING! Your FOMO is well-founded! DON'T MISS IT!
(W) Saladin Ahmed (A) Javi Garron (CA) Mahmud Asrar
SRP: $4.99
Synopsis Provided By: PreviewsWorld.com 

Monday, September 9, 2019

Throwback Jam of the Week: 9/9/19

Throw on your oversized plaid shirt and grab your Spaulding Basketball as we take you back to the streets of Boston! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: Bobby Brown Posse
Song: Drop It On The One
Album: Friday: NBA Jam Session (1994)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: N/A
Bonus Fun Fact: The music video for this song features B. Brown Posse members Harold Travis, DeDe O'Neal, Smoothe Silk, Stylz and Coop B in addition to NBA legends Dominique Wilkins, Kevin Willis and Stacey Augmon. Heavy Weight Champ Evander Holyfield also makes a cameo appearance!

Friday, September 6, 2019

Top Cartoon Spin-off list!

The 80's & 90's were an amazing time to grow up! The freedom of being a kid, the delicious candies, the unbelievable action figures and of course the unforgettable cartoons. The majority of the toons on TV during this time were created to sell toys, foods and other awesome merchandise, but what do you do when the popularity of a franchise is wearing off? You introduce new characters and give them their own shows to create more toys, foods and merchandise. The shows listed below are some of my favorite spin-offs from some of the most iconic shows of my childhood. Let me know in the comments which ones you liked when you were a kid! 
She-Ra: Princess of Power
The character She-Ra first appeared in the animated film "He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword in 1985". After this introduction to the world of the Masters of the Universe She-Ra was given her own cartoon series that lasted 2 seasons from 1985-1986 for a total of 93 episodes. She-Ra was created so the MOTU brand could reach the female toy buying demographic and it succeeded. Not only was the toy line and cartoon popular with girls, but boys also enjoyed the new troop of bad guys, The Horde led by the evil Hordak! 
Extreme Ghostbusters
The premise of this series is pretty basic, after years of busting ghosts the Ghostbusters have seen little to no activity in the area. They all decide to go their separate ways, but Egon stays behind to monitor the containment unit, take care of Slimer and continue his studies while teaching a college course on the paranormal. So, when ghost activity picks up and Egon has no one to call for help, he recruits a team from his students. I really liked the new team of busters compiled of Kylie, Roland, Eduardo and Garrett. I thought their personalities and backgrounds really could have led to some interesting turns in the series, but unfortunately it only lasted one year in 1997 and ran a total of 40 episodes.
Pink Panther and Sons
I really liked this cartoon as a kid! So much so that I had Pink Panther and Sons bed sheets! The series focuses on the two sons of the original Pink Panther, Pinky & Panky. Panky is a toddler who was always getting into trouble and his older brother Pinky was the leader of the Rainbow Panthers Crew. This show had a close resemblance to Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, but with talking animals! Each episode contained a few Pink Panther shorts that would run before each Sons cartoon. The series had a pretty short run of 26 episodes and was on air from 1984-1985 on NBC before it switched networks to ABC in 1986.
Pinky and the Brain
Following the success of Tiny Toon adventures the show Animaniacs was launched in 1993 and ran until 1999. It was in this run of 99 episodes of zaniness that we were introduced to the lab rats turned would-be world dominators, Pinky and the Brain.  As many of you know, the Brain is obsessed with taking over the world and each night he creates more and more elaborate plans to do so. When these plans almost reach their goal, somehow someway Pinky, the clumsy sidekick, finds a way to ruin it! During the 66 episode run from 1995-1998 this dynamic duo never completed their goal. I think maybe it's time to bring these guys back so they can finish what they started all those years ago.
Darkwing Duck
This one may be a little bit of a cheat, but technically this show did spin-off from the extremely popular DuckTales cartoon. It even shares a few characters including bumbling sidekick Launchpad McQuack and super hero Gizmoduck!  This was one of my favorite cartoons at the time and we would go over to a friend's house to watch the episodes he recorded before we had to head to soccer practice. This series ran from 1991-1993 for a total of 91 acion packed episodes as we saw our hero Drake Mallard aka Darkwing Duck fight off the likes of Megavolt, Liquidator, Bushroot and Negaduck! This is an amazing series that I really don't think gets it's due as the other Disney Afternoon shows get. We took the kids to DisneyWorld a few years back and I was stunned at the lack of Darkwing Duck merchandise. Maybe that will change with his recent appearances in the new DuckTales reboot?

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Comic Book Pick 9/4/19

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
HARLEY QUINN & POISON IVY #1 (OF 6)
Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy are taking their show on the road in this new miniseries! They'll have to evade villains and heroes alike while they explore their relationship and unpack their time and experiences at Sanctuary. Set after the events of HEROES IN CRISIS and smack in the middle of "Year of the Villain," it's a journey across the DC Universe that will change their friendship forever...if they live that long!
(W) Jody Houser (A) Adriana Melo (CA) Stanley Lau
SRP: $4.99
Synopsis Provided By: PreviewsWorld.com 

Monday, September 2, 2019

Throwback Jam of the Week: 9/2/19

Throw on your White Sox Hat and grab your Chili Fritos from Big Worm as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: Dr. Dre
Song: Keep Their Heads Ringin'
Album: Friday: The Motion Picture Soundtrack (1995)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: 10
Bonus Fun Fact: The music video for this song was directed by F. Gary Gray and features cameos by Friday actors Nia Long, Chris Tucker and Faizon Love.

Friday, August 30, 2019

My Faves: Figure Collection TMNT Edition

I have a fairly big collection of loose figures from the 80s & 90s. I would like to share a few of my faves with you at this time and since I have deemed August 2019 "The Month of the Turtle", this is an all TMNT edition of My Faves!!! Here we go!
Nightwatcher Raphael (Playmates, 2006)
I really enjoyed the 2007 Imagi Productions TMNT movie! The cast was great and included Chris Evans, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Patrick Stewart. The animation was pretty good. The fight scene with Leo and Raph on top of the NYC buildings in the rain was a highlight for me. I also loved the way they were able to make this a standalone movie, but still tied it in to the original Ninja Turtles movie trilogy. Anyway, the Nightwatcher character was pretty cool and when I saw this figure at a second hand store for less than a dollar, I immediately made it part of my collection. Yes, he is missing his helmet, but Raph is still a cool piece in any collection! 
Krang Mini-Vynl (Funko, 2014)
The look of these figures is pretty cool. They look cartoony, but that is the charm of this series from Funko. I picked up 4 or 5 of these blind boxes at Barnes and Noble for around $2 each. They were in their discount bin and I couldn't pass up that deal. Usually I don't like buying blind boxes, but for that price it was worth the gamble for these sweet TMNT figures. In addition to Krang I got Casey Jones, Michelangelo and April. 
Venus De Milo (Playmates, 1997)
First off, I have to say that I absolutely do not care for the TMNT: Next Mutation series from Saban. It looks cheaply made, the stories are weak and the dialogue is extremely dated. That being said, I thought the idea of adding a new Turtle to the family was a cool idea. The way it was done was pretty awful though. This can be done well as we have recently seen with the mutation to Jennika in the latest issues of the IDW Ninja Turtles comic, it just wasn't done well in this series.
Donatello LEGO Key-chain (LEGO, 2013) 
I went crazy when I heard that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were going to have their own LEGO sets! I loved LEGO as a kid and I still love them today. It was like a mash-up of two great things coming together to form one awesome toy! The first items I saw released were these TMNT keychains and so I bought my favorite Turtle Donatello when we were in the LEGO store while on vacation in Orlando, FL. I bought a few of the smaller sets and put them together with my kids. We had fun working together, but like most of our other sets they are now broken apart and in buckets with hundreds of other LEGOs waiting to be built again!
Tokka & Rahzar (Playmates, 1991)
The first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is one of my all time favorite flicks, but I would have to rank Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze a little higher. TMNT 2 was a little bit closer in tone to the cartoons I knew and loved, Vanilla Ice gave us "Ninja Rap" and it introduced us to 2 new mutant menaces, Tokka & Rahzar! These guys were freakin' AWESOME, but as a kid I always wondered why they didn't use Bebop and Rocksteady? It was years later that I found out it had to do something with the licensing rights of those characters. That turned out okay in the end though as we all grew to love these vicious, muscle bound, BABIES!!! I bought the Tokka action figure right off the rack in 1991, but Rahzar had to wait a few decades before I added him to my collection. I found him in a loose figure bargain bin at a vintage toy store for around $1.50! On a side note: Did we ever figure out which one was the ugly one?

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Comic Book Pick 8/28/19

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #97
City at War, Part 5. With enemies victorious on all sides and allies in short supply, the TMNT are at their lowest point. Yet as the TMNT start to blame themselves, a greater threat looms ever closer...Don't miss the earth-shaking lead up to TMNT #100!
(W) Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman (A) Michael Dialynas (CA) Dave Wachter
SRP: $3.99
Synopsis Provided By: PreviewsWorld.com 

Monday, August 26, 2019

Throwback Jam of the Week: 8/26/19

Throw on your orange bandana and grab your nunchucks as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Song: Pizza Power
Album: Coming Out Of Their Shells (1990)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: N/A
Bonus Fun Fact: The TMNT Coming Out Of Their Shells Tour began at Radio City Music Hall on August 17th, 1990. This tour was sponsored by Pizza Hut where you could buy your own copy of the soundtrack. This song was used by Konami for the intro music to their arcade game Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time! You can view the video below.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Original Ninja Turtles Artwork!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #61 Cover (Archie 1994)
This issue of the TMNT Adventures is a head scratcher. The image on the cover never really happens in the book and after all the fighting and action that preceded this issue in the "Megadeath", "Terracide" and "Blind Sight" story lines we get a native american telling us a legend about how the world was formed by a giant Turtle, Beaver and Beetle! This is more of a morality tale, letting us know that if we don't take care of Earth big trouble is ahead. Not my favorite issue in the series, but when the opportunity arose to purchase the original cover art by Steve Murphy aka Dean Clarrain, I was all over it. I had read and enjoyed the old Archie Adventure series for years and Murphy is one of my favorite TMNT artists so it was worth it! 
The above image is what the final colored cover looked like once it was published in 1994!
Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 2 #34 Page 18 (Mirage, 2007)
The story featured within this issue of Tales of the TMNT involves a rogue group of wannabe Foot Soldiers convincing Master Splinter that one of them is his daughter Hamato Hana! This ruse is concocted so Splinter will teach them his secret ninja techniques. To confirm this claim of lineage, Splinter gives Hana a task to prove herself by stealing a piece of each of the Turtle's bandannas. Hana actually completes this quest, but while returning to her base she finds that she is not really Splinter's daughter. She is in fact his niece! Hana kills the other members of her group for misleading her and turns down Splinter's offer to train her. She then leaves, never to be seen again in the Mirage universe.
I remember reading this story over a decade ago and I thought it was pretty good. I just wish they would have continued Hana's story somehow. I bought this piece of original art directly from Mirage Studios out of Peter Laird's personal connection. I would have liked to have gotten a piece with the Turtles in it, but those go for big bucks and those are bucks I currently don't have. Maybe sometime in the future? For now I will enjoy this great piece of Turtle history drawn by longtime TMNT artist Jim Lawson!
The above image is what the final page looked like after the lettering was done. I hope to add more original art to my constantly growing Ninja Turtles collection and once I do, I am sure it will get posted onto the pages of 20 Years Before 2000!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Comic Book Pick 8/21/19

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
RISE OF TMNT: SOUND OFF #2 (OF 3)
The TMNT have been bested by their new sound-controlling enemies! Meanwhile, April struggles to cope with the unorthodox public speaking tips of Splinter! A fun and funny new story that can help kids find their voice!
(W) Matthew K. Manning (A/CA) Chad Thomas
SRP: $3.99
Synopsis Provided By: PreviewsWorld.com 

Monday, August 19, 2019

Throwback Jam of the Week: 8/19/19

Throw on your purple bandana and grab your bo staff as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: Spunkadelic
Song: 9.95
Album: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Motion Picture Soundtrack (1990)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: N/A
Bonus Fun Fact: Spunkadelic was a Canadian hip-hop/R&B group that achieved moderate success in the U.S. during the 90s. They also appeared on the TMNT II: The Secret of the Ooze soundtrack with their song "Creatures of Habit" in 1991.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Recent TMNT Pickups

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 35th Anniversary Box Set
I am always on the lookout for new Ninja Turtles items to add to my growing collection. The things I like to collect the most are TMNT Comics, Action Figures and Trading Cards. When I heard this 35th Anniversary Box Set was coming out I almost passed on it. It contains reprintings of the original Mirage TMNT #1-#4 and the Raphael one-shot special all in their original size and format. I already heve these comics, but still I was suckered in by the nice presentation from IDW. 

Mikey as Batman Con Exclusive Action Figure
I have to admit, my schedule has been crazy with work and kids this summer and I have not yet had a chance to watch the animated Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Trust me, it is on my list of things to do. I have read the first 2 volumes of the comic series and really enjoyed them. The 3rd series is currently hitting shelves at comic shops now. Anyway, I could not pass up this con exclusive figure of Mikey dressed in Batman's cape and cowl. This figure was too cool to pass up and will look good on my basement shelf next to some of the other exclusive toys in my collection!

TMNT Coming Out Of Their Shells Soundtrack
In 1990 I was around 9 years old and fully entrenched in Turtlemania! I am not shy to say that myself and my brother had the VHS tape of the TMNT Coming Out Of Their Shells Tour and we watched it all the time. We memorized all the songs and really enjoyed the show. We lived so close to NY City at this time, that I am surprised that we didn't bug our parents to take us to the show at Radio City Music Hall? Nonetheless, we wore that VHS tape out, but never got the music soundtrack from Pizza Hut! That is something that has been rectified all these years later thanks to ebay! Now I am on the hunt for a program from the tour!

TMNT Shell Shock Comic
This book has been on my want list for a long time! I finally found a seller who was charging a reasonable price ($20) for it and I immediately jumped at the opportunity. This comic was released in 1989 by Mirage Publishing as a fund raiser to fight illiteracy in America. Laird & Eastman donated the profits from this book to the Literacy Volunteers of Chicago, Inc. Shell Shock is a collection of 26 short TMNT stories. 19 are reprints and 7 are brand new material you couldn't get anywhere else! I am so glad to finally have this book in my possession!

TMNT Sketch Cards
Honestly, I have no idea who drew these sketch cards and I have no idea if they were part of a set, but they were extremely cheap and I liked the art style so I picked them up. If anyone has any information on these cards, please feel free to drop me a message in the comments below. It would be greatly appreciated! I would like to get all four in a frame to hang on the wall of my Turtle room which should be coming to my house hopefully sooner than later! Below is a peak at the next item I would like to add to my collection. ENJOY!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Comic Book Pick 8/14/19

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
TMNT URBAN LEGENDS TP VOL 01
This is it, fans! You demanded it-the entire Image Comics TMNT run (a.k.a. TMNT Volume 3) reproduced for the first time ever in full, four-color glory! Join creators Gary Carlson and Frank Fosco as they take the Heroes in a Half-Shell on some of their most amazing, dangerous, and bizarre adventures ever... culminating in three brand-new issues by Carlson and Fosco to properly close out this long-beloved storyline at last! Long out of print and incomplete, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 3 is one of comics' lost treasures, now uncovered at last and completed by the original creators. Collects issues #1-13 of the 26-issue series.
(W) Gary Carlson (A/CA) Frank Fosco
SRP: $29.99
Synopsis Provided By: PreviewsWorld.com 

Monday, August 12, 2019

Throwback Jam of the Week: 8/12/19

Throw on your red bandana and grab your sai as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: Hi Tek 3 featuring Ya Kid K
Song: Spin That Wheel
Album: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Motion Picture Soundtrack (1990)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: 69
Bonus Fun Fact: This song was recorded by the Belgium group Technotronic under the name Hi Tek 3. The TMNT soundtrack version of this song edited out some drug related references from the original cut.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Ninja Turtles Pie Cards!

Every Turtle fan knows about the existence of the legendary Hostess teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Pies! They were released in 1991 and were pies covered in a Ooze green frosting and filled with vanilla pudding. These were delicious and if you pulled one of these out of your lunch box, you were the envy of every kid in the cafeteria. Having the Turtles endorse these pies was a huge selling point, but let's not forget the inclusion of stickers and trading cards inside each pie wrapper. I had some of these growing and just recently purchased these sets on ebay to add to my TMNT collection. Let's take a look!
These Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze cards were actually the second offering from Hostess in their pies. There were 5 cards in this set and the backs of all the cards had the same message promoting the release of the new movie. The cool thing about these cards though, was the fact that they were made out of plastic! They did this because the cards were packed with the pies and cardboard would have been destroyed if it was left in there.
These stickers were the original offering from Hostess in their TMNT pies. There were 5 in total in this set. One sticker for each of the Turtles and a fifth sticker showing all 4 Turtles together. The artwork on these was a modified version of the wrapper art on the pies. Hostess just replaced the pies in the Turtles hands with their weapon of choice. If you look at the Mikey sticker he can be seen still chewing on one of the delicious confections!
I honestly have no idea where these hologram cards came from. I know they were not inserted into the Turtle pies as a premium, but they have the same exact artwork as the TMNT pies stickers! There were only 4 of these holograms produced. One for each Turtle, the group shot was left out of this collection. Please excuse the scratches on these scans. The holders they were in really showed some wear during the scanning process. Overall though, these are pretty cool! Now let's take a minute and reflect on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pies by watching the commercial below.
Why has Hostess not brought these back yet? It's time for them to return fresh from the sewers to you!


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Comic Book Pick 8/7/19

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
TMNT ONGOING #95 2ND PTG
City at War Part 3. The Turtles race against time to save one of their own, but beset by obstacles on all sides-including the Earth Protection Force and the tide of approaching battle between two warring ninja clans-will they be too late? An ally's life hangs in the balance!
The countdown to issue #100 continues!
(W) Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman (A) Dave Watcher (CA) Kevin Eastman, Ben Bishop
SRP: $3.99
Synopsis Provided By: PreviewsWorld.com 

Monday, August 5, 2019

Throwback Jam of the Week: 8/5/19

Throw on your blue bandana and grab your katana as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: Vanilla Ice
Song: Ninja Rap
Album: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: N/A
Bonus Fun Fact: The album version of this song has a faster tempo than the movie version. Vanilla Ice can be heard singing this song while stocking shelves in a 2014 Kraft Macaroni & Cheese commercial. The TMNT II comic adaptation has a completely different version of this song in it's pages.

Friday, August 2, 2019

TMNT Storyboard

I had seen these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles original storyboards pop up on ebay from time to time and I always thought, maybe next time. Then it became maybe after this and maybe after that. Well, as you can see, I finally pulled the trigger and purchased one of these beautiful storyboard art pieces that were used in the production of the original Fred Wolf series of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoons. The price was not too crazy high at around $40 with shipping, so I chose one that I liked that included the Turtles in an action sequence.
The scene depicted on this sheet is from episode #181"The New Mutation" which first aired on October 7th, 1995. In this episode, the Turtles are seeking to let the world know Lord Dregg's true motives of world domination while also trying to clear their names. They are trying to do all this while dealing with their new secondary mutations that turn our heroes in a half shell into monstrous beats and while the green machine battles the slug-like creature called the Slorr! This scene the Turtles locking the Slorr in an empty closet on top of a building in New York.
After capturing the disgusting Slorr, Leo asks their new friend Carter for a Sharpie so he can add "the finishing touch".
Carter hands Leo the marker so Leo can scribble Lord Dregg's name on the door. This will let the unfortunate person who discovers the angry monster know this was the work of this new alien villain!
I know it's not a pivotal scene in the history of the Ninja Turtles, but it still is a piece that helped build one of my favorite cartoon series of all-time. I may look into getting some more of these if the artwork appeals to me and the price is right. In the meantime, I want to get this baby framed and on my basement wall so myself and my kids can admire it for years to come!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Comic Book Pick 7/31/19

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
POWERS OF X #1 (OF 6)
FEAR THE FUTURE! Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (INFINTY, NEW AVENGERS, FF) continues his revolutionary new direction for the X-Men. Intertwining with HOUSE OF X, POWERS OF X reveals the secret past, present  and  future of mutantkind, changing the way you look at every X-Men story before and after. You do not want to miss the next seminal moment in the history of the X-Men!
(W) Jonathan Hickman (A) R. B. Silva (CA) Mark Brooks
SRP: $5.99
Synopsis Provided By: PreviewsWorld.com 

Monday, July 29, 2019

Throwback Jam of the Week: 7/29/19

Throw on your big gold chains and head to Strong Island as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: Eric B. & Rakim
Song: Don't Sweat The Technique
Album: Don't Sweat The Technique (1992)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: N/A
Bonus Fun Fact: This song never charted on the Billboard Hot 100, but it did reach #1 on the Hot Rap Songs Chart in 1992.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Weekend Antique Excursion #2!

A few weekends ago, myself and my family went downtown and visited a few antique stores. I enjoy going to these kinds of stores, because you'll never know what you're going to find. Most of the time the cool stuff that I like is way over priced, but it's cool to know it's out there if I really want it. below are some of the items we found this time around.
 The Dukes of Hazard Personal Radio: $14.95
I was never a huge fan of The Dukes of Hazard television program. My sisters loved it though and that's where my introduction to the series happened. We never had this specific radio in our home, but my sisters had a very similar one with the Charlie's Angels logo emblazoned on it and that's where the nostalgia kicked in for me. I remember sitting in my sisters room and playing with the tuner on that radio hoping we could actually get a signal from the local radio station. Good times!
 Smurfs Lunch Box: $29.99
As I've said many times before, I love old lunch boxes! This Smurfs one was actually complete with the Thermos which is pretty rare. That's why I had no problem with the asking price of almost $30. It's a fair price, but I passed. I loved the Smurfs as a kid and had a big collection of the figures, but I never toted my PB&J sandwiches around in this box. I am still on the lookout for a complete Thundercats, Ghostbusters or Super Mario Bros. box. Those are the ones that really bring back the memories for me.
 Mattel Electronics Star Strike game for Intellivision: $10
It's always cool to see old games still in the box at these antique stores. The Intellivision was a little bit before my time. The first system we owned in my house was the Nintendo Entertainment System. If I saw any of those original NES games in box for $10, you better believe I'd be all over that!
 Parker Brothers Star Wars Board Game: $25
I've seen similar games go for way more money than this. So why the lower price? There were a bunch of pieces missing and the box had some minor wear. With all that considered the box art alone is worth the $25 asking price.
Batman Forever The Riddler Action Figure: $14.95
I actually liked Batman Forever. Of course the movie doesn't hold up when compared to the Tim Burton masterpieces that came before it, but it actually was a fun movie. I enjoyed Jim Carry's portrayal of the Riddler. He added some of his own personality into the character and that's what I like to see. I don't want a carbon copy of how someone else played the character. All that said, I never collected nor played with this series of figures, so it was a pass for me!
The Simpsons Colorforms Set: $9.99
This was the item I would take home! I love the early look of The Simpsons cartoons. They are classic. I remember watching the Simpsons Christmas Special when it aired on FOX on December, 17th, 1989. One watch of this episode and I was hooked! 30 years later and I am still a big fan of the Simpson family. A sealed Colorforms set from the early 90s for $9.99! Yes, please!!! Below you can enjoy an early episode from The Simpsons run on the Tracey Ullman show in the late 80s.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Comic Book Pick 7/24/19

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
TMNT RISE OF TMNT SOUND OFF #1 (OF 3)
A new batch of mutant villains are in town and they've mastered the art of noiseless theft! The TMNT are powerless to stop them until they realize someone close to them shares a history with the bad guys: April O'Neil! Will she be able to overcome a case of stage fright and save the day? An exciting and hilarious adventure with an important message about learning to be comfortable speaking up!
(W) Matthew K. Manning (A/CA) Chad Thomas
SRP: $3.99
Synopsis Provided By: PreviewsWorld.com 

Monday, July 22, 2019

Throwback Jam of the Week: 7/22/19

Throw on your shades & shiny suits and head to the closest Godzilla evacuation center as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: Puff Daddy feat. Jimmy Page
Song: Come With Me
Album: Godzilla: The Album (1998)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: 4
Bonus Fun Fact: This song was produced by Rage Against The Machine member Tom Morello. This song used to be played as New York Yankee shortstop and MLB Hall of Famer Derek Jeter took the plate. It is also used as the theme song for the final round of an Italian game show titled "Avanti un Altro!" 

Friday, July 19, 2019

Pictures from the Past

Almost a year ago the television station that I work for celebrated it's 60th anniversary. Part of my job as Promotions & Marketing manager was to help promote the milestone. We had an entire floor of the local historical museum dedicated to the history of television and I produced a 5 minute video showing our past and how we are moving towards the future. In preparation for these projects I had to dig up some historical documents, old props & equipment and search through our old photos to find the things that told the story of the station. I found some great stuff, but some of it didn't exactly fit what I was looking for like this great shot above of the kid in the Coors Light "SilverBullet" car. Here are a few more great pics that I found!
 This picture is from a telethon held at the station in the late 70s/early 80s. The caption said something like "TVs Tracey Gold joined us for this fundraising event". Wow! Tracey Gold that was big time back in the day. I'd be happy if she stopped by for one of fund raisers today!
This kid with the Boglin was pretty lucky. I always wanted one, but never got it. I had to live out my Boglin dreams with my friends toy! The guy looking on was our longtime graphic artist. He worked at the station for over 30 years and went from creating chalk drawings for newscasts to creating graphics using Photoshop and After Effects. He retired a few years back, but was a great guy to work with and learn from. Kind of the Yoda of the station.
Here is a picture of some of the staff back in the 90s at the local theater premiere of Dick Tracy! I haven't seen that movie in years. Thinking I should give it a watch sometime soon. It would be cool if the station hosted movie premieres again. Maybe I'll have to get on that?
Here are pictures from another station hosted movie premiere event in 1990 for DuckTales: Treasure of the Lost Lamp the Movie! I loved this film, but never got to see it in theaters. Maybe Disney should re-release it for it's 30th anniversary in 2020? If you have not seen this movie, you need to! It's got action, adventure, peril, a genie, Mrs. Beakly and Christopher Lloyd as the main bad guy. If that doesn't sell you, maybe this commercial will?