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Posted by tom on November 18, 2014 in Uncategorized with No Comments


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Hey party people, it’s blog time. This time I thought I’d talk about toys. As you may recall, I’ve talked about being a kid of the 70’s and revering Mego toys as the best of the decade. I still own the Batcave and their other great superhero toys (all very well played with). One toy I never had, though a neighbor of mine had at least one, was the World Greatest Super-Knights collect from Mego. It was the typical great Mego 8-inch figure, but these guys came with armor(!), shields (!), and swords (holy crap swords!). I long marveled at my neighbor’s Mego knight, but no good parent gets their kid everything! I also believe they were fairly rare, as I don’t recall seeing them in a store.

Now, fairly recently I discovered, someone was remaking these toys!?

http://www.classictvtoys.com/about-us.aspx

How insane (yet awesome) is that! But seriously, I’m grown man, I’d want them all (because I’m fanboy), I don’t have room for every toy collection I’d like to have and they were fairly expensive. So instead of buying them, as I’m a responsible adult, I just gushed about them!

Enter my loving wife, Sandra. One thing that is really nice about our relationship is, while we are both normal well adjusted adults, we each encourage the other not to be! So when my birthday rolled around, what did she get me? All five knights! King Arthur (in what now would be considered fruity purple tights), Lancelot, Galahad (his illegitimate son), Ivanhoe (who is really a parody of knights, didn’t anyone ever read the book!?) and the evil Black Knight (thou there never really was an evil Black Knight of heroic knights of yore).

Here’s a photo of the gang on my bookshelf, all looking rather boss, if I do say so myself. Since Arthur (although a badass in combat himself) isn’t really dress for combat, I’ve given his sword (not really Excalibur looking) to the Black Knight. That way he can look extra menacing with two blades. The one bad thing I’ll say about the figures is their ‘chainmail’ undergarments are really tight. Like they are a size or two too small. So the knights are barely more properly, so I did make them all mine (sorry purists) by cutting slits in their armpits. The slits aren’t that noticeable, and now they can raise their arms, so I’m good with it.

Oh to be eight years old again, fighting the good fight in the backyard garden. While the Mego figures might not look as well sculpted as current action figures, the current ones are often nowhere near as ‘playable’ as the Mego ones!

All right, that’s all for now, I’ll see you next week with a new Captain Rocket cartoon!

Posted by tom on November 10, 2014 in Uncategorized with No Comments


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Hey Party people,

Well like a bum I missed getting a post last week, that means this week I got two! Yup, a little later this week I’ll have another Captain Rocket cartoon for ya.

For right now I’ve decided to post some of my vacation sketches. My wife Sandra, and I, after about seven years of planning, finally managed a European vacation. First we stopped off in Zurich, since Sandra’s middle-school friend Jessica now lives out there, playing with “lasers”. Then we took train rides all the way down to Rome, stopping off at a few cities as we went for a few days. It was a lot of fun, and for the most part we did nothing planned. Just walking around towns trying to hit a few icon spots. Funny enough, when we hit Rome, we ran into another one of Sandra’s middle-school friends, Louise. She and he husband ran off to Italy on their own and it just happened on the same days Sandra and I did. How weird is that!? Anyway, we went to dinner a few times and just fun all around.

One of the main things Sandra wanted to do when we were in Europe, was to do some open air painting. So she brought along some watercolor painting supplies. While she was doing that, I would draw in my sketch (no ruler or anything so be kind). First here’s a sketch of a the Church of San Lorenzo, in Port Verne. While in Port Verne I sketched Sandra painting away too. Then in Florence we checked out Michelangelo’s David (so we sketched that too). Then in Rome, we hung out in a park and we sketch the Tempio di Esculapio, which was in the middle of the lake/pond.

Then we flew back to Los Angeles, and saw our poor cat Leia had lost quite a bit of weight while we were gone- poor thing. But she was a little over weight anyway, so all good I guess. Anyway, hope you enjoy the pics and I’ll catch ya on the flipper.