Friday, April 27, 2018

TPIF: Thank Pod It's Funny! Episode 5: Urkel-Mania

On today's show, the boys wrap up their discussion on the face of TGIF, Steven Q. Urkel!

If it involves Urkel, we talked about it. From his meteoric rise into the pop culture stratosphere and the Urkel-Mania that followed. From doing the Urkel-Dance with Bea Arthur to the merchandising, to his wacky storylines, we cover it!

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 -Derek, TC, Chad

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The 2018 Flea Market Season Kickoff!



Ya know I keep promising every year to make a new banner for my flea market posts but at this point, I love this too much.



Finally! The first flea market of the new season. Thank goodness, because just the week before, we were still getting snow and even an ice storm, so the hopes for an enjoyable spring were at an all-time low. People around Rochester have been fed up with the crappy cold and in a hurry to enjoy all the delights of the warmer seasons. So what better way to enjoy than hitting the first flea market of the season?

I was excited for this first market, but don't get me wrong, I had to keep it at a minimum. Last year was pretty lame and a gigantic letdown with finds, I feel like more and more people are getting wise as to what they have. I mean, why sell a complete Greyskull at the flea market for $5 when you can get it for a lot more on eBay? I get it, but the treasure hunter in me was sad when I'd walk away with nothing. So when I hit the flea market this past Sunday, as excited as I was, I was trying to stay realistic.

Some familiar vendors and familiar items were on display. The usual suspects if you will. The same vendors in their favorite spots with items that they couldn't get rid of last time. Some with higher prices, some with lower. Some with new stuff, some with the same stuff they've had for years. Either way, it was good to see some of my favorites and catch up.

My old friend Alf! It seems like every time I hit the market, I always find something Alf-related on my first trip. I don't know if it's a good thing and that I should take it as a sign of things to come, but I always look forward to finding something that involves my favorite sarcastic, smart-ass Melmac resident. While I have the Rockin' Alf doll already, I always love seeing these with their tags with those old Burger King logos. Don't see them as often and it's a very welcome sight.


VHS is a constant at these flea markets and sometimes there's gold in the stacks but not always. More times than most, if you're looking for a copy of Three On A Meathook, you probably won't find it. You'll be more likely to find a copy of Ghoulies 2 or some other fun 80s cheese than you will something so rare you can retire by selling it. But hey, it's a fun way to find old trash and childhood favorite!

Ok, enough riff-raff, I hit as many tables as I could before I got sweaty and tired. Let's dig in to the goods!


COMIC BOOKS: 


Some good comics here. I'm a huge Dazzler fan, so anytime I can find some comics featuring her, I'll pick them up. Rom? Never truly got into him but I love the idea of Rom. Plus his name is fun to say. Rom. Rom Rom Rom Rom Rom. See? It's fun.

Rounding out the crew were Fallen Angels, the infamously bad Kickers Inc and a Madballs comic that there was no way I wasn't walking away with! That Marvel Age may be my favorite of the bunch. Look at those authentic 1993 attitudes and clothing of the Romita boys. It's like a cover of a made for HBO about a family of vending machine thieves on the lam. Or the cover of a new alternative band. You pick.


VHS:

As I said, VHS are always at your local flea markets, and while I didn't see a lot I wanted, I decided if I was gonna pick up anything, it would be two releases of my all time favorite show, Tales From The Crypt. I've already got the entire series on DVD and all, but there's something that looks so nice about these VHS covers. The different designs and colors certainly are eye catching too. Some good episodes on both tapes and will come in handy when I wanna watch random episodes and not put in 80 discs in one afternoon.


HE-MAN TOYS:

I guess I don't need to tell you that this was the fave of the days finds. A 2002 Panthor, the original He-Man and a Spikor all in one swoop. Well, if I'm gonna buy anything that gives me hope for a great season, it's these. Good condition, clean and look great on display. Now, of course, MOTUMonth 2018 is right around the corner, so I won't go too in depth on these, but as you can imagine, I felt like a big kid taking these home with me.


Ok, now you'd think I wouldn't push my luck any further, go home and call it a day, but no. I decided to hop on over to the nearby thrift store and see if I could get lucky there too. I've had a bit of a thrifting dryspell as of late, but I was just a few miles away, so what's the harm?

DRYSPELL: OVER.

Yup. After months and months, my luck has finally changed.  I was able to find a few extra items to consider my day extra fruitful...

MINI FIGURES:




MUSCLE figures, Monster In My Pocket, California Raisins, and some random Starburst candy looking monsters. I'm a fan of MIMP and The Raisins, but I never got into the MUSCLE figures.  Alien professional wrestlers are right up my alley but I lost mini figures way too often though. But the designs were pretty cool and a lot of people still love the heck outta these guys so I can appreciate them.

 RICKY BOBBY LOT:


Talladega Nights was Will Ferrel's movie about a ridiculous NASCAR driver and his adventures. It wasn't the greatest movie in the world, but it was ridiculous enough for me to buy a ticket for it and the dvd when it was released. It was a fun time in my life for multiple reasons and there's a lot of nostalgia wrapped up in this movie, so I figured what the heck do I have to lose in buying these. I'm guessing those air freshener's don't smell as great as they once did though.

RAMBO NOMAD WITH WRONG ARMS: 






Nomad, a villain from the Rambo cartoon, caught my eye in a bag of random toys and I was in a big hurry to buy him. Unfortunately I didn't notice he had a weirdo, second left arm until I got home and I was photographing him. So what I thought would be a nice piece of eBay fodder turns out to be a hilarious paperweight on my desk. I always liked the Rambo line so even if it's not what I had hoped, it's a fun, unique item to put on display.

I don't ever expect to start my flea marketing adventures off on a huge not but when I find some real quality stuff, I get super excited. Here's hoping for a fun rest of the season filled with rare treasures and stacks of cool vhs!



-Chad








Friday, April 20, 2018

My Major Radical Award!

Well this big brick of radical Turtle-y goodness just got slammed on my door step. And I am dancing with joy!




A little backstory before I dig into this most bodacious box. The fine folks at Viacom ran a sweet "Spring Cleaning Sweepstakes" over at the official TMNT Facebook page a few weeks ago, seemingly to help promote for the new Rise of the Ninja Turtles cartoon and toyline and to probably get rid of some crazy crap hanging around the office but the biggest prize...An exclusive Rise of the TMNT figure (not released until later this year). I love a good contest, especially when it has toys involved, so I was not going to turn this opportunity down. Bad add the possibility of winning something no one else can own just yet? There's a selfish, competitive side to me that will not rest until I win it. And win I did!

You remember mailing away for those exclusive GI Joe or Star Wars figures as a kid? Remember the excruciating wait from them to arrive? That's what I felt. It was a nail-biting few weeks that would drive me insane. Anytime the mailman left without dropping off this package, was just another failure of a day. But finally...after what felt like decades passing...it arrived...


Let's take a look at that box! The new Rise design greets you with the promise of fun and excitement that the new series will no doubt be full of. Bright colors, lots of green and an in-your-face attitude that only the Turtles can deliver.



The sides of the box features our fearsome foursome through various inspirations through the years. From 1987 to their 2012 to the newest era. Nice touch!I'm loving it so far!



As far as the contents of the box, it's a proverbial treasure chest of pizza-loving, shell-raising goodness. As soon as you open the box you get this kid-like excitement come over you. A little overwhelming, a little emotional, but definitely exciting! Love the green gift wrap protecting da goodz. Nice touch!

The first item I laid eyes on was a delightful foam hand. "High Three"? Well, don't mind if I do. What better way to give my fellow Turtle fanatics a bodacious greeting than with the official TMNT foam hand? Even Master Splinter would approve. He didn't approve of Vanilla Ice, but a foam hand featuring three fingers? Even he has a good sense of humor!

For those rainyday/sick days/days off, I have a gigantic collection of terrific comics to read. This massive collection features several reprinted issues of the great comic series that's been put out by the fine folks at IDW. And it even includes the Ghostbusters/TMNT crossover! Ninja Turtles on their own already are amazing, but add Ghostbusters and you've got the greatest team to hit New York since Roddy Piper and Cowboy Bob Orton.


Some shirts! Not my size, but definitely my taste in bright, colorful shirts with giant pizza eating reptiles! Thankfully I do have a couple of friends with awesome children that these could fit better than me. Otherwise, these shirts are absolutely terrific. I actually had my own collection of Turtles shirts as a kid, and they were more in tune with the Eastman designs, but these cartoonish designs just scream being a kid again and I for one adore them for that.





Ahhhh yes. Pins have become the newest and hottest "must have" geek item for all denim vest wearin', bookbag slingin', BrandedInThe80s.com readin', bulletin board havin' cool kid crowd and what's cooler than the Heroes in a Halfshell? TURTLE PINS! These pins were created by the fine folks over at PinTrill in conjunction with the Turtles last season. Each is a unique and a very awesome design detailing some of the insanity of the series. As a pin collector, I fell in love with these instantly but as a Halloween junkie, my eyes zeroed in on that Halloween Turtle. I've been in the Halloween mood for a while and this just intensifies it even more. It's not just a pin suitable for the fall season but all year round when you're feeling Halloween withdrawals.

Also: SPLINTER WITH BABY TURTLES IN A SHOPPING CART COME ON NOW.



Well now! A special "Power Patch" from 1989! I'm pretty convinced that the staff at Viacom are huge Ninja Turtles fans, because this isn't exactly the item you can just go down the street to the old deli and find mountains of. Well, maybe in NYC you can. I tend to remember my buddy Matt of DinoDrac finding ancient Hi-C at his hometown deli. Be that is at it may, if those radical pins aren't up your alley and you don't wish to put too many holes in your clothes, a patch can be a reasonable compromise, no? Now, I'm kind of afraid to open this and unleash the amazing power it welds. I'm just not sure I'm mature enough to handle it. But, when I do, I'm going to look awesome. Especially when it rests next to my 8-Bit Zombie Slime Pit patch.


Ok...now the main event of the century...

I cannot state how amazing this is. Presenting the NEW leader of the Ninja Turtles...RAPH:

Not due out until later in the late summer/early fall, these new Rise of the TMNT figures look to be some of the best yet. If Raph is any indication, than the rest of the line is going to be absolutely bonkers.


The figure I received, which came in it's own special collectors box show above, is absolutely incredible. The bright colors, the new design of his headwear and the new shell, his new weapons are all pretty much what you'd want them to be. Man, if I were a kid and I was caught between a new Funko Pop and one of these, I'd throw the Pop on the ground and walk off with a new Turtle. A lot of fans have voiced their concern over the new design but to me, I see nothing offensive. I only see a new coat of paint applied to a character that's gone through multiple incarnations and redesigns for over 34 years. You gotta try something new and I'm totally putting my faith into this new series just as I had with the 2003 and the 2012 series. If you're gonna try to take the Turtles in a new direction, why not turn them into full blown superheroes? It makes sense to me and trust me, there's not a lot in this world that does make sense to me.



The Turtles have always been pretty groundbreaking with their figures. The play-ability and articulation of the group has always been important to the fanbase and those who love them. And if you're a Ninja, you have to be pretty flexible. For this new line to have such a huge difference in detail and a new look is very important. You can't sell the same wallpaper over and over again, you have to be willing to change it up. 

And change it up they did. I would definitely encourage and implore everyone to give this a chance when they come out in full force, because I imagine these could be as big if not bigger than the previous series. Besides, you simply can't go wrong with Ninja Turtles!!! I am so appreciative and grateful for winning this great prize pack from the fine folks at Nickelodeon. This has to be one of the neatest and most exciting things I've received in the mail in sometime. Thanks for making this fan very happy! Next time I'm in town, pizza on me!

Cowabunga!

-Chad




TPIF: Thank Pod It's Funny! Episode 4: Characters (Part 2)

On today's episode, we continue our discussion about our favorite and least favorite characters throughout TGIF history. We cover Step By Step, Muppets Tonight and Dinosaurs.


Some fun side topics include:

-Horrifying PSA's
-Star Wars Holiday Special
-Toys
 -HI-C


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As always, enjoy! We've been having a lot of fun coming together every week to discuss this great slice of 90's nostaliga!

-Derek, TC, and Chad

Friday, April 13, 2018

TPIF: Thank Pod It's Funny! Episode 3: Characters (Part 1)



On today's show, Derek, TC and myself discuss some of our favorite, and not so favorite, characters in TGIF history. Of course, considering how many shows were on during it's run, we couldn't get to every show, so we've decided to split this one off into two parts.

 Aaaaaaand of course it wouldn't be a show without us straying off topic. It's definitely a show that goes off the rails with off topic discussions, but we had fun and we hope you will too!


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Friday, April 6, 2018

TPIF: Thank Pod It's Funny! Episode 2: Rassle-Rama!

The boys are back! It's Wrestlemania weekend, and to celebrate, Derek, TC and Chad sit down to talk about all the body-slammin', head-crushin', clotheslinin', airplane spinnin', hot wrestling action that occurred in the history of TGIF! And of course, a lot more off topic discussion than normally should take place!




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