Friday, July 13, 2018

Geekfest Rants Ep.351: Rogue One and Solo Posters - 5 Bobas


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Today on GeekFest Rants we return for a visit to posters of the month.  Join Carlos as he delves into Rogue One and Solo.  This brings us to a more modern look at poster design and it's creators.  Plus, we get some poster design controversy....yes there is such a thing.  

Then we go over some of our favorite Boba Fett Hasbro action figures, plus a few fan made ones too.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Johnny 5 Makes The Cover Of Crypto Magazine


Look at that! Our dude J5 made the cover of Crypto Magazine! That's cool. My subscription ran out a awhile back so I haven't been keeping up with the latest news but good for him. I hope that this all works out for everyone. Don't hate, congratulate. 

The crypto thing is still sort of a mystery to me but so is a lot of things, like string theory but that doesn't mean it's not real. Is string theory real? I don't know. The same goes for Crypto Currency but hey, whatever man. 

If you like it then by all means go ahead and buy some Johnny Coins but do not say that IseeRobots sent you because I most assuredly did not. I'm trying to stay out of this all together.. I mean, besides running an advertisement, having J5 on the show to talk about it and running this magazine cover.. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Toys R Us Report Ep.160: My Day As A Flea Market Vendor plus Sicario and Tons More!




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Hey kids! Thanks for stopping by. We start off with a new song from kate and Engineer Emily from there we move into some talk about Space Fleas and Johnny Coins. It's a fun time.

From there we hit up At The Movies where this week we tackle one of my most anticipated Summer Movies, Sicario: Day Of The Soldado. I had a wild time at the cinema and I'll tell you all about it.

Then on to the main event where we have a super in depth, super fun look at my day as a flea market vendor over at Mojo Sales Flea Market. I talk about what I brought, what I sold, what happened there and all sorts of other cool things flea market related..

At the end of the show I talk on the farmer's market, Star Wars figures, GI Joe parts, Toy R Us and a ton of other weird/wild happenings. It's a great show this week. Make sure to tell a pal.

Make sure to hop on over to Support The Report and check out how you can get the ISR Supertape VHS Tape! While helping to support the show. Man, we need all the help that we can get.

Also hop on over to VirtualDirtmall.com The ISR Superstore and take care of some of your Retro Junk Shopping needs while also supporting The Toys R Us Report.

Monday, July 9, 2018

The Mysterious Door To Kay Bee Toys In The Santa Rosa Plaza


There is a backside to our mall. It's the way that the employees get from the back of the store to the garbage cans. I go through there sometimes because it's a quicker way to the parking lot than if you go through Sears. I do go through Sears sometimes though. That's where I buy my shorts. Seriously, Sears has great shorts at great prices. 

Anyway you can go this way through the back and if you look each of the stores that you pass has the name of the store written on the door. I mean, that seems obvious right? So anyhow all the stores are labeled except for this one jewelry store that still wears the label of it's former occupant, Kay Bee Toys. 

The door looks like a murder took place here.
The Kay Bee in the mall closed down even before the chain went out of business. We still had a Kay Bee here at that time but it was in Montgomery Village where Copperfield's Books is now. Man, that was a great time. Toys where booming. We had a TRU and a Kay Bee. At one time there where two Kay Bees and a TRU! What a time to be alive.

So this door has stayed the same even though as far as I can remember there have been 3 or 4 different stores in that location. Maybe you have to last awhile before they change the stickers on the door. Who know. If I recall correctly there has been another Toy Store, A Ladies Clothes Store and 2 different Jewelry stores in that spot.

As I was standing there I started to think what it there really was a KB back there but it was super exclusive and only for the coolest of the cool. How great would that be? I mean, it'd be AMAZING! I was too scared to knock and find out if that's what was in there though. I should have. Maybe next time. I've actually walked back there just to check and see if the stickers where still there like a million times..

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Classic Episode Repost: The Toys R Us Report Ep.119: Wonder Woman and Remco Sgt. Rock Toys! and Sweaters!


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Hey kids. We're away from The Moonbase for a 4th Of July Holiday so no new episode this week. Here is a blast from the past that we hope get's you through the week. Have a safe holiday. 

Hey kids! Thanks for stopping by. We have a super fun show ahead of us this week. We start off with some talk rap tapes and my recent interest in copping some, also sweaters. There is some sweater talk. It's fun.

From there we hit up At The Movies where this week we tackle 2 movies, Baywatch and Wonder Woman. 

Then on to the main event where we have a super indepth, super fun look at a toyline from the 80's Remco's Sgt Rock! I start with a personal tale of shame and go from there. It's really fun and I'm sure you will dig it.

Make sure to hop on over to Support The Report and check out how you can get the ISR Supertape VHS Tape! While helping to support the show. Man, we need all the help that we can get.

Also hop on over to VirtualDirtmall.com The ISR Superstore and take care of some of your Retro Junk Shopping needs while also supporting The Toys R Us Report.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Geekfest Rants Ep.350: 2001-2010 - Films - Books - Comics


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When it comes to the building blocks of modern science fiction, for at least people our age, in their 40's, it all starts with 2001 A Space Odyssey.  

Join Carlos at GeekFest Rants as we dip our toe into the ocean that is 2001.  From the film by Stanley Kubrick, to the novel by Arthur C. Clarke, to the comic book adaptation by Jack Kirby, how are they the same and different.  And lest we forget the cinematic sequel 2010 The Year We Make Contact. 

Does this Roy Scheider vehicle live up to the monolithic original?  Pun intended.  Does this 50 year old film still hold up?

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Toys R Us Report Ep.159: Jurassic World, TROY Ensign Melissa, Johnny Coins and Tons More!




Hey kids! Thanks for stopping by. We have a super fun show ahead of us this week. We start off with a super sad TROY for a crew-member up here on Callisto, Ensign Melissa. 

We are super sad to see her go but are excited to move forward with a new announcer.. From there we take a listen to The Johnny Coin Ad that AB Silver commissioned. It's pretty great.  

And then we head into At The Movies where we take a look at a 3 different movies, Ocean's 8, Tag and one of the biggest movies of The Summer, Jurassic World..

We finish off the show with some another TROY this one for wrestling great Big Van Vader. From there we take a look at my Father's day and some cool toys that I came up on. It's a pretty fun segment.

Dude! We picked up a new Patron this week over at Support The Report. He runs a great page on Facebook called Classic Wrestling Matches And Mags. You can find it HERE! I was member before he ever joined up and I highly recommend it. 

Make sure to hop on over to Support The Report and check out how you can get the ISR Supertape VHS Tape! While helping to support the show. Man, we need all the help that we can get.

Monday, June 25, 2018

More Home Recorded VHS Tapes.. PPV Boxing, MTV and Thundercats


Hey kids, welcome to Vol 2 of Home Recorded VHS Tapes. Man, I have so many of these tapes laying around my house. I am an absolute sucker for folks home dubbed VHS. I see one and I just have to know what's on it. 

Here are a few more of them that I've collected over the past few months. Let's take a look at what the labels look like and then I'll break down some of the content.


This one was pretty good. It has two episodes of the short lived TV version of the movie Starman. The TV version cast Steve Guttenberg in the lead role and wasn't very good.  This was a great tape though, It has two full episodes of the show complete with commercials. The show ran from 1986-87 so the commercials are as retro as they come. They feature everything from Burger King's Burger Bites to 7-Up The Uncola adverts. I love this tape and have watched it at least 5 times. 


This one is pretty fun too. The cassette case is blue which is always great. I love a colored VHS Case. The feature is only a few minutes long but features enough 90's instructional video acting to make anyone's day. It's so bad. I also really like The Sizzler tape sleeve. The nearest Sizzler is maybe an hour and a half away but I plan on making the trip there one of these days for some Steak and Shrimp. Yum. 


It says New Kids across the front of the label but oddly enough there isn't any NKOTB to be found. What it is though is almost an entire night of WB programming from 1998. There is some Dawson's Creek, some Felicity, a rerun episode of The Fresh Prince and a rerun of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It's the one with Famke Janssen, That's one of my favorite episodes! Plus the whole thing is complete with commercials. It's fantastic and as 90's as can be. 

Oh ya, after the night's programming runs out there is a complete info-mercial about eliminating anxiety. The Anxious People in this deserve Emmy nominations for their work. They look SO anxious!


I really like these tapes too. The one on the top is some classic HBO stuff. You start off with the movie Aliens, the whole thing and then it's followed up with some boxing. I was crazy into Mike Tyson at the time and wouldn't be surprised if I also recorded this fight off of cable too. Man, he beat Larry Holmes up. It was kind of a bummer There is a bit of MTV on it as well but it's nothing really that special, just a few videos without any commercials or anything.

The lower tape in the stack is also pretty fun. The boxing match is recorded off of PPV which is interesting but the real fun starts when it's over. Right after the fight is a few hours of MTV Street Party which was a R and B/ House Music show that ran on MTV from 1989-1992. The whole deal is hosted by Daisy Fuentes and is complete with commercials. It's so great. 


The label for this one says Thundercats + Movies which is exactly what it is. Sadly though Thundercats was recorded without commercials. Imagine how awesome it would have been to see what advertisers purchased time on a popular after school show like Thundercats. That would have been AMAZING! It could be anything from Silverhawks toys to GI Joe vehicles. I can only imagine. In reality what I'm imagining can't be as good as what was actually there.

The movie? It was an 80's Sex Comedy called Going All The Way and it had the neat little Showtime After Hours disclaimer that ran before movies of this sort Back In The Day.. That makes the whole thing worthwhile but I still would like to have seen some of those commercials I'm imagining could have been on there.. 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Geekfest Rants Ep.349: Star Wars Celebration Chicago - Toxic Fandom




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Today on GeekFest Rants, Carlos looks at both sides of the Star Wars fandom coin, the positive fan gatherings like Star Wars Celebration and the flip side with the ugly newer toxic fandom incidents.  This non traditional Star Wars fan behavior seems to have been gathering steam most recently with the new Disney/Lucasfilm films like The Force Awakens and culminating with The Last Jedi and Solo.

Instead of traditional thoughtful story and character analysis we now have a new wave of hatred towards this franchise rooted in racism, sexism, and general intolerance.  What's at the root of this behavior?  And, can we ever get back to the open, inclusive, safe environment that Star Wars has always been?

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Showtime After Hours Screen Grab.. Before Going All The Way (1982)


I found a tape that had a movie recorded off of Showtime After Hours. That was where they'd place the more adult fare that Showtime was known for, sex comedies and the like. This move was Going All The Way from 1982. I haven't seen it but I've heard good things. 



Here is the screen that lets you know that the movie is Rated R. I like how it's all purple and stuff. I also like how they only play these kind of movies after 10. I wonder if that is still the policy. Prolly, Maybe not though. I don't know honestly. What insight. 

In the title I said that this is a screen grab. It's actually a photo I took off my TV. Sorry it's so blurry.. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Toys R Us Report Ep.158: The Top 5 Dinosaurs Of All The Times Plus Hereditary And Tons More!




Hey kids! Thanks for stopping by. We have a super fun show ahead of us this week. We start off with a call from A.B Silver about his Johnny Coin ICO and an amazing advertising opportunity he has for us. Engineer Emily pops in and a lot of fun is had. 

From there we head into At The Movies where we take a look at a couple of different movies. The 1st one is called Hotel Artemis and the 2nd is the horror flick everyone is talking about, Hereditary. I saw it and I'll tell you all about it or at least what I thought of it.

Then it's on to the main event of the show where we take a look at something we all have at least a passing interest in, Dinosaurs. With Jurassic World on the way I thought this was the perfect time for some Dinosaur Talk! Dinos are great and this week I spend about half of an hour breaking down the Top Five Dinosaurs Of All The Times and Space.

We finish off the show with some toy talk and some flea market talk. Oh ya, there is a really long story about littering. After you listen let me know what you think.. I'm curious. Hit me up HERE!!! 

Dude! We picked up a new Patron this week over at Support The Report. He runs a great page on Facebook called Classic Wrestling Matches And Mags. You can find it HERE! I was member before he ever joined up and I highly recommend it. 

Make sure to hop on over to Support The Report and check out how you can get the ISR Supertape VHS Tape! While helping to support the show. Man, we need all the help that we can get.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Boba Froze: Boba Fett Frozen In Ice! My Weird Childhood Obsession


When I was a kid I had this weird habit of freezing my Star Wars figures in ice. I'd get a plastic tumbler, fill it up, plop the dude in and stick it in the freezer overnight. I imagine that this all started with seeing Han Solo frozen in Carbonite during Empire Strikes Back. 

That was a pretty monumental scene for everybody around my age. It was really scary to see such a beloved hero get merked like that. It was unheard of. It may be the 1st time I ever saw something horrible like that happen to a character that I was into. Plus, they tortured him before they froze him up. It was awful. 


What I'd do is freeze the dude up and then slowly watch him melt his way out. Sometimes I'd chip away at it with a butter knife if it was going to slowly. Other times I'd bring the whole thing into the bath tub with me. It was pretty dope to get the quick melt from the hot water rather than the long slow wait.


My favorite guy to freeze was Boba Fett. I guess that was my way of getting revenge on him for what he did to Han. Come on, he totally deserved it. In freezing him though I sort of learned to dig Boba. 

What started as a cruel form of revenge slowly turned into a play tale of Boba bravely fighting for his freedom from the icy cylinder. A lot of the times he'd wind up using his jet pack to burn his way out before flying away to get revenge. 

Boba is thinking he might fire his jet pack to escape.

Revenge on who? Han Solo usually. I mean, who else would be doing the freezing? It had to be Han right? He'd be the most likely suspect. I guess it could be maybe Jabba The Hutt. Maybe Boba messed up some sort of mission and Jabba thought that the freezing would be an ironic way to punish the dude. It could go any number of ways really. Boba Fett must have a TON of enemies.

You know, I had a pretty good time freezing Boba. It really brought me back to a funner time in life. A time when a cup of ice was enough to keep me amused for hours. I mean that, literally hours. The ice took a long time to thaw. There were times when I'd be patient and leave him outside and I'd go check every once and again to see if he was melted enough to get out. 



I'd also sometimes use naturally icy spots to freeze toys in, things like puddles during the winter and stuff. I'd put something in there and then come back the next day to see what it was like. I actually lost a lot of things this way. I'd leave them and then when the area got snowed over I'd never be able to remember where it was that I left the dude. 

There were times where the figure never turned up again. Isn't that weird? I mean, where could they possibly have gone? I'm sure that you guys who live in snowy regions are familiar with this phenomenon. Overall it was way safer to just use the freezer for torturing your Star Wars dudes. 

NOTES!!!!!  

Big supporter of the show Engineer Nerd of TV & Film Toys pointed me toward this commercial here.. I am SURE that this was an influence on the whole cup of water deal! I fully forgot about this until he showed it me me again. I had one of those deals where all these memories flooded back in my head. 

                                                      

You could prolly hear a wooshing sound or like a RWD sound effect as it happened. Big up to Engineer Nerd for the info. I am so certain that this was the impetus for my behavior. 

I guess commercials do influence the youth.. Also, Lobot was super creepy. Also again, I wonder how many kids where introduced to the idea of betrayal by Empire? I mean, It may have been the 1st time I ever consider that someone you trust might just straight up betray you to Darth Vader.. That sucks.