Category Archives: Toys
All the stuff I played with as a child, and some of the stuff I wish they had when I was a child
I picked up a Joe Colton figure from the new G.i. Joe movie toy collection. For those who don’t know, Colton is being played by Bruce Willis. Looking at the figure, I could think only one thing.
This would make a great John McClane mod!
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Lego is the building brick powerhouse of the toy world. On top of that, it has also secured a number of product licenses, from DC Heroes to Pirates of the Caribbean. It seemed only fitting that they would happen to pick up Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as well.
Seeing this, I realize that there are a whole slew of licenses that Lego could go after, licenses that are perfect for Lego.
No, this is not the plot of the next G.I. Joe movie (coming soon… maybe… I don’t know anymore). I thought it might be interesting to imagine what a G.I. Joe line (the real 12 inch Joes, not the little ones, and certainly not those goofy Sigma Six Joes) based on my place of work would be like.
For the record, I work at a local television station. Pondering this, I actually realized that there is quite some potential here for a toy line.
A friend of mine posted this article. I loved the logic behind it.
Here’s the story (well, not all of it). My idea for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) centers around a storehouse for objects that do more than they really should. The only catch to this is that the objects are basicly crappy plastic items, toys and items that don’t have any real significant extra value (example: a pocker chip that bestows good luck, but only when it is part of the bet, and can fail at any time). Not all of these items are going to figure prominently, but I would like to include them for color (and added word count).
What are some of the cheap plastic freebie items out there that would work well in this type of setting?
Action Figure Lines that Should Be Considered
1) Classic Television – Would include Firemen Roy and Johnny from Emergency, Sgt. Joe Friday from Dragnet, and MacGuyer.
2) Pulp Heroes – This line would have to include The Shadow, Doc Savage, The Spider, and Tarzan (either in 6 inch or 12 inch format).
3) Primeval – A British series about scientists investigating creatures that are slipping through holes in time. This would be a small-scale figure series to allow for the creatures to be produced.
4) Firefly/Serenity – A 12 inch line that would include Malcolm Reynolds, Jayne Cobb and Zoe to start off with. A second series, if it did well, would include Simon and River Tam, mechanic Kaylee, as well as a Reaver.
5) Dresden Files – Choose either the TV series, or the novels, both would make some really cool looking toys.
Top 5 Missions that Show G.I. Joe is running out of Adventures
1) Peril of the Tax Audit
2) Mystery of the Lunch Meat
3) Search for the Honest Politician
4) Secret Mission to the ATM
5) Search for the Parking Space
Top 5 Names Action Man’s Dr. X has been Called
1) Mr. X
2) Professor X
3) Dr. Evil
4) That X guy, what’s his name?
Top 5 Vehicles That Would Be Cool for G.I. Joe
1) Carthaginian Elephant
Imagine a 1/6th Hannibal riding a 1/6th war elephant. That would be very cool.
See old episodes of Mail Call for this one.
3) PT Boat
4) 2 man exploration sub
We’ve had the Sea Wolf for the Adventure Team. We need to see something like this again.
5) Police Cruiser
Top 5 Animals that Need to be Made in 1/6th Scale
We’ve had some dogs, and lots of miniature apes, along with the cheap plastic animals that dominate many an Adventure Team photostory, but I’m talking about articulated animals done to scale.
I’d buy a couple if this was released.
The pygmy gorilla, either version, just doesn’t cut it for me.
This one would be cool if it came articulated and with a “real” mane.
If Joe can pursue yetis, he can go after a discovered “cryptid”
Top 5 Rejected G.I. Joe Ideas
1) K.P. G.I. Joe
2) Senator G.I. Joe
3) War Profiteer G.I. Joe
4) Tear Gas Training G.I. Joe
With no gas mask, and special tearing and getting sick action
5) Bucking for Section 8 G.I. Joe
Think Klinger from M.A.S.H.
Top 5 Figures that Should Be Made
1) Villain Poacher
Comes with rifle, ivory-handled pistol, safari hat with eagle feathers in the hatband, alligator boots, snake-skin belt, and tiger tooth necklace.
2) Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
A good one this time, with articulation… lots of articulation!
3) Frontier Scout
Something that won’t set us back a couple of hundred because the only one out there was made in England in 1973.
4) Die Hard’s John McClane
If they can make tons of James Bonds, how about a John McClane. It could come with stolen machine gun, service pistol, lighter, Twinkies, and, of course, no shoes.
5) Medieval Highland Warrior
Like from Braveheart, but more historically accurate.
As I mentioned before, I’m a toy collector. Well, technically, I collect toys that are cool, at least in my opinion. So, I don’t really have complete sets of anything stored away in a vacu-sealed vault, just a bunch of toys on my desk that when I saw them I said, “Hey, that looks cool,” and bought. The only exception would probably be the G.I. Joes, and anyone who’s been to my other site (http://solarstar.50megs.com/) could tell what usually happens with the Joes (though I’ve been in a bit of a doubt lately).
Anyway, thanks to places like Media Play, Suncoast and the like, there is a boom of figures that are directed towards older audiences, or (as many put it), those geeks who refuse to grow up and stop playing with toys. There are lines for Alias, Pirates of the Caribbean, Sin City, even Scarface. If it’s out there, some company has marketed a toy line for it.
Well, almost. There are a few shows that have, as yet, escaped the toy licensing. And, frankly, some of them would be real cool, if you ask me. So, here are those series that I think should have toy lines created for them.
1) CSI – Forget the followers, we want to see figures of the Vegas team. Starting with a 3 figure first series, each with a field kit and accessories especially for each character, we’d have Grissom (with jar of racing beetles), Catherine (with suitcase full of glow in the dark money from “The Finger) and Warrick (with improvised “artificial nose” and blackjack hand). There’s even the option of a variant with a beardless seasons 1-3 Grissom.
2) Battlestar Galactica – There have been numerous toys revolving around the old series, but it’s now time to see some spawn from Sci-Fi’s new version. The first series would definitely have to include Apollo, Commander Adama, Starbuck, and Six.
3) Stargate SG-1 – Why, why, why hasn’t anyone jumped on this yet? One of the longest running Sci-Fi series on television (and probably ever), and the closest we’ve gotten to a toy line is the weak line that came from the movie. The first run would definitely have to include O’Neill with P-90 submachine gun, Carter with Stargate Dialer, Jackson with ancient tome, and Teal’C with Staff weapon.
4) Doctor Who – There’s been little stateside from Doctor Who when it comes to toys. But, with the success of the new Who series in England, and Who-fans waiting eagerly for any stateside sign of it, a figure line would be the perfect complement to the stateside release of the first season, even if the only figures involved are the Doctor and Rose.