Friday, June 21, 2019

BONUS EPISODE: Batman 89 Merchandise and Hype!

You didn't think I was through talking to my awesome friends about Batman '89 did you? Oh come now! You'd have to think I'd have gone nuts!

On today's special bonus episode of The Horror Movie BBQ Podcast, I'm joined by my pal Jay of The Sexy Armpit and 1/2 of The Purple Stuff Podcast  to discuss the hype job and merchandising bonanza that Batman created. Some who are too young may not realize just how huge this movie was and in order to help make it so huge, you gotta have all the fun side cash grabs!


We discuss it all! The toys! The cereal! The commercials! The Batmobiles! The Posters! The...pamphlets?!?!? huh?!?! Yup, we'll be chatting all about what made us kids even crazier for that crazy Bat!









-Chad

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Horror Movie BBQ Podcast: Celebrating Batman 1989!

Ever dance with the devil in the pale moon light?


Today on The Horror Movie BBQ Podcast, I'm joined by William Bruce West of West Week Ever, Corey Chapman of the Chap Report and Ben Scrivens of Fright Rags to celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of the biggest blockbusters of all time, Batman!

We discuss the movie, the hype, the marketing, the soundtrack, the trailers and of course...BOB THE GOON! Lots of great memories of that summer are shared from all involved(well, maybe not William) and a lot of laughs are had as we sit back, hop in our Batmobiles and chat about the Dark Knight!





-Chad

Friday, June 14, 2019

The Horror Movie BBQ Podcast: 30 Years of Ghostbusters 2!

It's back. After having to deal with my previous podcast hosting site, I've finally been able to find a better host and produce a few new episodes of the Horror Movie BBQ podcast! And what a great episode to make my comeback!

Too hot to handle Shawn Robare of BrandedInThe80s.com and Jason Gross of RediscoverThe80s.com  for a fun discussion of all things Ghostbusters 2!

In this episode, we break down:

  • The Movie!
  • The Promotion!
  • The Soundtrack!
  • The Hardees Promotion!
  • The Impact Real Ghostbusters Had On This Movie! 
  • The Toys!
And so much more! Don't forget to check out both Shawn and Jason's sites and give them a follow on Twitter and Facebook as well!



-Chad


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Mill Creek Loves The 90s!

For the past year or so, our friends at Mill Creek Entertainment has been releasing some of our favorite video store classics in amazing retro VHS packaging. While a lot of hardcore VHS collectors initially wrote this gimmick off as pure cash grab and a little on the stupid side. But in my opinion, a lot of these movies wouldn't get the chance to get a bluray release, let alone with original artwork.  I love these releases. Check out what they've been offering us lately!



JURY DUTY:




EXCESS BAGGAGE:


 OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS:


DOUBLE TEAM:




For their 1980s collection, the movies were done in the style of the previous release, mainly the Columbia-TriStar packaging with a red and white border with a black cassette peaking out. But now, the 90s collection feature different colored cassettes for each. Colored cassettes were more prevalent in the 90s than the 80s, so this is a nice bonus.The slipcovers themselves, featuring original artwork, are fantastic and really capture that great video store feel.


If you're wanting more 90's goodness, they also have some other fun releases including Mindwarp, which before this release was only available in a limited edition Twilight Time release. Glad to see this Fangoria Film get another life on this bluray release with Brainscan. Two great early 90s cyber-horror movies on the same disc? Works for me! I've always hoped I could get my hands on Mindwarp, so for this release to be so affordable and paired with another fun classic, is just great news all around for everyone.


MINDWARP/BRAINSCAN:

 MO' MONEY/HIGH SCHOOL HIGH:
 TRIGGER EFFECT/BODY COUNT:


If you're looking to spice up your collection and want some great flashbacks to your youth, pick these up. They look great on the outside and the transfers are pretty great too. You just can't go wrong! If you have interest in any of these great releases and more, you can head over to Mill Creek's site and check out the great products!



-Chad

Review: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie




SYNOPSIS:


"Power up with six incredible teens who out-maneuver and defeat evil everywhere as the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers! But this time, the Power Rangers may have met their match when they face off with the most sinister monster the galaxy has ever seen – Ivan Ooze. Unleashed upon the good citizens of Angel Grove after six thousand years of imprisonment, Ivan Ooze strips the Power Rangers of their powers! Now they must journey to a distant planet to learn the secrets of the ancient Ninjetti. Only then will they become empowered with strength enough to restore their Morphin ability and defeat the evil Ivan Ooze. Join the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and their new Ninja Megazord as they fight to save Angel Grove and the world from evil!"

THOUGHTS:

By 1995, Power Rangers were unstoppable. They had taken over the hearts and minds of children everywhere, yours truly included. The exciting Saturday morning had become a merchandising machine and pop culture icon so naturally a movie had to follow. Something to make the PR universe even bigger, brighter and badder! And to usher in a new adventure, the tough teens from Angel Grove were given a new gimmick(the Ninjetti), some rad costumes, a much bigger budget and a brand new villain...

 

IVAN OOZE! The campy, over the top slimy supervillain was introduced as one of Zordon's most legendary foes and in my opinion, the true star of the movie. Played by English actor, Paul Freeman, Ivan is portrayed as a big smart-ass who just wants to mess around with the Power Rangers, attempt to murder Zordon, and turn the parents of local children into slaves. If you take anything away from this movie, it's gotta be how amazing he is. Part HG Welles, Part Frank Gorshin as The Riddler, Oooze steals the show and makes it his own. 

 

I'll be honest, back then, I simply liked Ooze and his goofiness. I was also a HUGE fan of Batman Forever(as I am to this day), so it's not like my standards were too high. But now? Well, I love him even more. The silliness of this character was really refreshing especially how serious we take super hero movies and the characters these days. In 1995, we were a little more lenient with such characters would be portrayed. We were Post-Tim Burton and Pre-Blade, so any and all superhero movies were on the hokey side. Truth is, I think sometimes we need that and remember that these movies are intended to be fun. Ivan brings that to the table and even though I'm not the biggest Power Rangers fan anymore, I can see myself playing this when I need a good laugh or just a feel good movie to watch. 

 

On the other hand, there is of course the CGI. By 1995, CGI was just merely toyed with and not exactly where it would be today. Even back then, I thought the effects were cheap. Now? It's worse. However, a movie that features a big purple-ooze covered demon fighting a bunch of teenagers in Robocop outfits? We can let this one slide. It's not like the CGI in Avengers will hold up in 5 years either. Forgiven. Especially after those awesome new costumes we got. A Power Ranger with headlights on their helmet? Sold.

BONUS:

  • A Look Back At Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, Including New Interviews With Director Bryan Spicer And Stars Johnny Yong Bosch And Paul Freeman And More!
  • Original Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer


The "Look Back" is pretty interesting to watch. Not a lot of new information outside the creative process is discussed but it's still fun to hear just how much fun everyone had on this film. Especially Paul Freeman. The original 1995 press featurette also features the majority of the cast speaking about their experiences, which I tend to remember see being aired on Fox at that time, so that was a nice little flashback. My only criticism about the features is it didn't feature the music video for the 90's-cornball classic "Trouble" by Shampoo, which was played nonstop all summer long and forever tied to this movie. But, if that's the only major qualm I have, it's a pretty amazing release, wouldn't you say?


Revisiting this movie was a real joy. I hadn't seen it in well over 20 years. I expected corniness but I didn't expect to love it as much as I did. If you're looking for a fun superhero adventure, check this one out.

Shout! Factory has made me fall in love with this movie all over and again, and I'm sure they'll do the same for you. If you'd like to purchase this and other great Power Ranger titles, head on over to the internet's equivalent to the Angel Grove Juice Bar and pick yourself up a title or two!



-Chad

Monday, May 20, 2019

Hitting The Sale!

Longtime readers will remember The Sale, a rummage sale of sorts where all proceeds goes to the great Ronald McDonald House charity to help families in need. I've attended past sales before at their previous location and always walked out with something special...



Monday, May 13, 2019

The Slimer Slurpee and More!

Something very spooky and very green hit our friends up north. Something I simply had to investigate! I got the call, I packed up my group, got a grip, came equipped grabbed my proton pack off my back and I split!

A Ghostbusters promotion? At 7-11? In 2019? WHAT?!?!



Monday, April 29, 2019

The 2019 Flea Market Kickoff!




It's that time again. It's been way too long since I've hit the dusty trail known as the local flea market. And boy do I mean "dusty"...

(We should all just accept that I'm gonna use that outdated banner everytime I write these. Good? Good.)



For those just tuning in, the first flea market of the year took place and I way too woke up early to be one of the first in line. Time to dig through those old boxes filled with old soda cans and used car parts in hopes to find gold. Thank goodness for a tetanus shot, because I swear these places have more rusted metal than a junkyard.

 As we've gotten closer to the big opening day, I've gotten more and more excited for the hunt. Some days will be gold, some days will be nothing but a box of Desert Storm trading cards. That's the name of the game! Due to rather unfavorable weather, the place wasn't as filled with vendors. But hey, this is just a taste of what to expect, so it's not like I expected to find some vendor selling MOC G.I. Joe's for 2 bucks each. Can't get your hopes too high on the first day, otherwise you'll just end up failing the rest of the season. Despite the lack of vendors, it didn't take me long to find some great items. Well, kinda...


See those great mint in box toys? Cool items, really fun to find at a flea market but the vendor thought that these were his ticket to fame and fortune, but his asking price was way too high. In fact, as I examined the boxes (resealed by the way), the vendor brought out a piece of paper with eBay prices and how much they were listed for. I didn't have the heart to break it to him that there's a feature called "Completed Listings" but I decided to let him be and just move on. I had bigger fish to fry.


Trading cards! And lots of them! I'm always amazed to find boxes of trading cards when I hit this particular flea market, it seems like a lot of people held on to them and are now just realizing what a foolish idea that really was. But hey, for $3 per box, YOU would be the fool to pass these up!

Ok, maybe Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and 1990 Nascar cards aren't the most exciting thing in the world, but Rocketeer? NKOTB? Deal. I'd gladly fork over the cash for those boxes.


Enough nonsense for now. You've seen the rather minimal amount of highlights, so let's get to the main event. What did I pick up?



BARNYARD COMMANDOS COMMANDO CUFFS:



Much like Dick Tracy had his two way wrist watch, you had the power to harness the ultimate power of your favorite Barnyard Commando. Burger King released these spaceship/bacon infused bracelets at the end of Barnyard Commandos already brief run (1989-1990). It always amazed me that these guys received a fast food promotion but Food Fighters didn't but I guess a giant ice cream with a missile launcher doesn't grab every 6 year old as much as an angry boar in a spaceship.



BACK TO THE FUTURE NOVEL:

 Back in the 80s, every movie released received a novelization and this time traveling classic is no different. Usually these novels had something different from the movie, maybe some deleted scenes and unused dialogue.I haven't gone too deep into this particular novel to find much, but I'm hoping to find something fun. Love the cover too!



 GI JOE EXTREME FIGURES:
 Back in the 1990s, everything that we held dear got overtaken by the "EXTREME" trend. Soda, pro wrestling, staplers and even our beloved GI Joe. By 1995, our favorite military toy line became bigger, badder and much more IN YO FAAAAACE! Replacing Cobra Commander was the Spawn/Skeletor/terrible indie wrestler hybrid known as IRON KLAW, the leader of SKAR who looked cool but had the poseability of a rock. But worry not, this proprietor of the most 1990s Halloween costume ever has some opposition in the form of FREIGHT, a mix between Heavy Duty from the original GI Joe line and I think a garbage man? I still can't figure him out all these years later.

Gone were the days of backpacks and fun guns and helmets. In 1995? These figures came with goofy, crappy accessories such as a boatload of armor and giant sticks. I actually had both of these guys in 1995 due to my love anything GI Joe related, and was EXTREMELY overwhelmed. But now? I can appreciate trying to freshen up the brand by introducing new characters.



NINJA TURTLES LUNCHBOX:

It seems every time I hit the flea market on opening day I ALWAYS find a lunchbox somehow. Not that I'm complaining!

I fondly remember this one. From 1991, this particular lunchbox showed the final battle from Ninja Turtles 2: Secret of the Oooze that featured the Turtles and Super Shredder. Now, while some Turtle purists aren't fond of the Super Shredder sequence, I loved it as a kid and now. Plus, Kevin Nash as Super Shredder? Win.

I tend to remember seeing this particular lunchbox all around the lunchroom at school and summer camps that year. Once I locked eyes on it, it was 1991 all over again. I could instantly remember the tantalizing smell of peanut butter and jelly and Mott's apple sauce resting in those lunchboxes. You know the smell. The kind that gets locked and trapped in the plastic. It's a comforting smell on a hot day as a kid and every plastic lunchbox on the schoolyard had it.Unless you were the weird kid who had generic apple sauce. You should've been more vocal. The Motts were worth the extra twenty cents.



ANCIENT HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS:

These scream "childhood Halloween". These cardboard, multi jointed beauties were really the things that helped us fall in love with the season. If you had a Halloween and these didn't get hung, you may as well have just hit the restart button and start over completely.

That jive turkey pumpkin may be my favorite. He kinda reminds me of the pumpkin from Return To Oz. Frightening but welcoming at the same time.



The Skeleton is a pretty average decoration. He glows in the dark and has the flexibility of a porn star, so that's a plus. Still, you can't have these decorations and not include the skeleton.



THE MVP. The witch almost looks like it would've been a Jim Henson character if the design were ever used in a live action movie. She's short, squat and much like the pumpkin, she kinda toes the line between menacing and loving. Could she be your friend or would she try to turn you into a calzone? I guess you'll just have to wait and see!


BUTTONS!


My personal favorite find of the day. Yes, the decorations were great but these were a real treasure! If you were a youth in the late 80s/early 90s, you no doubt had a giant button of some sorts. Not only were they stylish and large and in charge, but you could use them as a display piece. Each of those had a cardboard backing that could be folded out to prop up. Kinda like a photo frame. So if you weren't going to a New Kids on The Block concert that afternoon, you could still off your love for Joey by putting the button on your shelf. These aren't exactly the hardest or even valuable collectibles to find but they are always fun to see when you do find them.

The Bartman character was a great gimmick for The Simpsons early on and made for easily sold merchandise. Kids loved Batman. They loved Bart. How couldn't he sell buckets of merchandise? This button is a perfect reminder of the early days of Simpsons. I have nothing but love for the Underachiever Button and it's amazing neon colors, but Bartman just looks tremendous all around.




We've only just begun, ladies and gentlemen. Let the flea market games...begin!


You can read previous "opening day" adventures in my previous blog entries:

2018
2017
2016
2015


-Chad

Friday, April 12, 2019

Slamming Wrestlemania Axxess!

Well, after close to 30 years of being a diehard, loyal fan of the crazy sport called "pro wrestling", it finally happened...I finally made it to the dance. I attended my first Wrestlemania in New Jersey! It was a long time coming but I finally was prepared to make my Wrestlemania Moment happen. Of course, wrestling fans know that the events leading up, if not MORE important than what actually happens on the night of the big show. And one of the biggest events to happen is...WRESTLEMANIA AXXESS!

For those who aren't wrestling fans, Axxess is like WWE's version of a convention if it took place inside a TGI Fridays. Almost every personality on the roster (even a McMahon!) appeared signing autographs and took photos with fans while a bunch of crazy crap on the walls and in other sections to distract you from the fact that you'll be standing in line for hours. It was pretty wild. I've had many friends attend these through the years who made me swell up with wrestling geek envy when I'd see all their cool photos and now...I can experience it for myself!

 Gotta make a great entrance! Let's get rockin'!
Yes I dressed like Marty Jannetty. Go big or go home.


As previously mentioned, one of the biggest attractions was the rare opportunity to rub shoulders with your favorite WWE star. Be it someone from the current roster, the NXT brand, or even a former star/Hall of Famer. The days I went (Saturday evening and Monday morning) a huge NXT presence was felt and it was my thrill to meet such up and coming stars including The Velveteen Dream, who is no doubt going to be a huge star for the main roster, current NXT champion Johnny Gargano and his wife Candice LaRae, and of course my personal favorite Adam Cole (BAYBAY!) were just some of the top NXT stars in attendance. Much like a convention such as HorrorHound or Monster Mania, many of the wrestlers took photos with fans at photo booths or at signing stations which lead to some amazing moments. My personal favorite? Meeting Matt Riddle and both of us literally going back and fourth with "bro, you look great!" about 4 times, laughing and giving each other a big hug leading the staff photographer to say to my wife "it's like they've known each other their whole lives". Believe everything you hear about Matt being tremendously awesome. Because it's true. All of it.

Matt Riddle and I

Me and the new Women's Tag Champs, The Iiconics!

Kevin Owens and I

Of course, I couldn't help but challenge Gargano and sign the contract for NXT Toronto. See you in 4 months, Johnny Champion. That belt is mine!




On to a huge favorite among fans, "The Legends Hall":


Here in the Legends Hall, in what could be considered the closest to a physical Hall of Fame as we could get, fans could find items such as ring worn outfits and belts, statues of legends, Andre The Giant's hand prints, a replica of Piper's Pit, and so much more. I'm barely even scratching the surface here. if you're a long time fan, this was a nostalgic treasure trove that sent you right back to your childhood.







My favorite thing to see and experience was actually climbing in an old school ring with a cardboard cutout of Mean Gene and standing with the original Wrestlemania logo! Never stepped in a wrestling ring before, so this was a huge thrill for me! Now, let me tell you something Mean Gene...




Another fun feature was Mattel coming by with a rather large display of new figures and fun surprises! Here at Axxess, the much anticipated Diesel "Retro" figure was revealed.



But the most shocking and no doubt desired reveal? A Gorilla Monsoon/Bobby Heenan two pack! Check out this amazing display constructed by the great Elite crew! Would you get serious?





On top of all the awesome toy reveals, I even got to chat with line producer, Bill Miekina! Thanks for your time, Bill!




If you get the chance to visit Axxess, jump at it. It's a great way to keep that wrestling geek momentum going and take home a wonderful memory of the weekend. You'll never forget it and I'd even argue, you''ll walk away and even bigger fan than before.



Just like I'll continue to never forget this old poster of Miss Elizabeth...


Suddenly I'm 6 again.


-Chad

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

What's In The Cupboard?

As mentioned in a previous entry, I've always been a big cup collector. I don't exactly have a good explanation as to why but something about them always brought me some joy. Like a small, cheap souvenir of wherever I went that actually came in handy later. Why drink out of a regular, boring juice glass when I can drink out of a gigantic cup with a cartoon character instead?