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Toy Review: TMNT Battle Shell Turtles
Posted by: Lt. Clutch at 7:20 pm on Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Playmates has gone BIG with their newest relaunch of their venerable Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line. There is no better example around than their Battle Shell assortment, exclusive to Toys “R” Us stores across the nation. Collectors who were perusing aisles in the early 90’s might recognize the format since it harkens back to the […]

Toy Review: Playmates Toys’ TMNT SHELLRAISER
Posted by: Lt. Clutch at 12:51 am on Monday, August 6, 2012

They say that you can’t go wrong with the classics and Playmates Toys is proving the old adage correct with its modern re-envisioning of the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle vehicle, the Turtle Party Wagon. After all, every superhero team worth its salt needs a mobile headquarters to help champion the cause of justice, and […]

Toy Review: Playmates Toys’ TMNT Stealth Bike and Dragon Chopper
Posted by: Lt. Clutch at 11:55 pm on Monday, July 23, 2012

The year was 1984. Steve Jobs released the groundbreaking Apple Macintosh computer to the world, the product of a company started by two talented and resourceful guys in their garage. That very same year, two other equally gifted fellows named Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird self-published a black & white oversized comic book with a […]

Holding Back The Future
Posted by: Lt. Clutch at 7:25 pm on Monday, June 18, 2012

As the new millennium happened, most of my contemporaries became parents. Over the last ten years, I’ve made the acquaintance of several collectors who are the first of a kind: Their love of action figures is being passed to a new generation. What makes this such a melancholy experience is that the toy industry is […]

Book Review: Dark Shadows – The Best of the Original Series
Posted by: Lt. Clutch at 6:47 pm on Monday, April 16, 2012

Before The Twilight Saga, there was Dark Shadows. It would be an understatement to say that television did not fully bloom into a bevy of genres during the turbulent 1960’s. Indeed, the medium came of age due in no small part to the diversity of programming made available during this decade. Sitcoms, westerns, variety shows […]

Changes Made
Posted by: Lt. Clutch at 5:26 pm on Monday, March 19, 2012

The early 1990’s saw many collectors transitioning from high school to college, and in the process, leaving behind “childhood things.” (Yeah, right!) New fashions were in, and tastes were changing. While I was discovering the various aspects of jazz, both grunge and rap were killing rock and metal much like cassette tapes were being made […]

More Than Meets The Wallet
Posted by: Lt. Clutch at 11:21 pm on Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Sometime in the future, the surviving members of Generation X will be shooting the breeze at some futuristic retirement home, talking about all the cool TV shows, films, music, and junk food that the 1980’s delivered, much like their grandparents reminisced about Babe Ruth, John Wayne, and Glenn Miller. But what of the toys? Our […]

New Horizons
Posted by: Lt. Clutch at 8:15 am on Monday, November 21, 2011

By 1983, the Golden Age of action figures was up and running. Kids and collectors could choose from a plethora of genres ranging from science fiction, (Star Wars’ concluding chapter, Return of the Jedi would premiere in May) military, (Hasbro’s successful relaunch of G.I. Joe as “modern army” heroes)  fantasy, (Masters of the Universe, Advanced […]

Switching Gears
Posted by: Lt. Clutch at 6:33 pm on Thursday, October 13, 2011

Adult toy collectors face several pitfalls while attempting to enjoy their hobby when compared to our childhood days. Finances are a biggie seeing how work, family responsibilities, and relationships in general didn’t factor in as much when we were kids. Our closest relatives bought most of the stuff we collected and we would store it […]

Mego Captain America Summer of ’79
Posted by: Lt. Clutch at 9:34 am on Monday, August 29, 2011

By the late 1970’s, the toy soon to be known as an “action figure” in the annals of popular culture was about to enter the next phase of its evolution. Mego had dominated the toy aisles through its various licensed properties. The strongest seller in my case had been the World’s Greatest Superheroes line, encompassing […]


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