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. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Toys R Us Report Ep.157:At The Movies 2018 Summer Movie Preview plus Iceberg's Top 5 Arcade Games Plus Tons More!


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Hey kids! Thanks for stopping by. We have a super fun show ahead of us this week. We start off with a brief talk with Iceberg Thirteen about his Favorite Arcade Games Of All The Times. It's fun. We went to The Station's Arcade.. 

From there we head into At The Movies where we take a look at our first movie of the summer, Johnny Knoxville's latest.. Action Point

Then it's on to the main event of the show.. A overtview of all the cool movies that are gonna grace the cinema this upcoming summer, everything from Sicario 2 to Ant Man And The Wasp

We finish off the show with some toy talk including a super long story about a lost GI Joe Part.. It's epic.

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 11, 2018

A Bunch Of Home Recorded VHS Tapes That I Have In My Closet.


I almost always buy home recorded VHS when I see it at The Dig. I mean, if it looks cool. I pass up on tons of stuff from PBS. It seems like people taped mad amounts of stuff off Public Broadcasting...  Opera, History Of Whatever, you name it. They so outweigh stuff like tapes that say "Cartoons!" You hardly ever find those... 

These are all movies without commercials.

That stack of tapes up top there were all things that showed promise. They were all cool movies and stuff that sounded weird but when I got them home they were all what they purported to be but whoever recorded the cut all the commercials out. I'm in it for the commercials, commercials and station ID bumpers and stuff.. Oh, the one that says Jeff w/ the masking tape label? That was a football game. 


That one up there was great though. It was The Disney World Christmas Special complete with all the advertisements and stuff. After the special was over there was a bunch of random TV like Spencer For Hire and stuff. This was a pretty good find overall. I'm gonna put it in at Christmas Time and feel all nostalgic. 


This was another one that really delivered. It was all that stuff that it said that it was on the label plus! It was complete with commercials and as a bonus there were a couple of episodes of Double Dare not just the one that it promised. It over delivered. 


I'm not a football fan but this was a fun tape too. The Niners play around here so the tape was chocked full of local TV bumpers and local sports coverage. I got to see some newscasters that I hadn't seen in forever. PLUS! When the game was over the tape kept running and had an entire episode of the local news! 


This was a weird one. It seems like it was something that some kids made as a school project. It's like a short film in the vein of Footloose or something. Wait, that's what it say on the back of the box. Let's take a look. It's a pretty accurate description of what was going on. 


The movie was pretty fun. I dug it. Something like this is a rare super find. I gotta give it up to anyone that makes a short film. It something that people all seem like they want to do but don't actually do. Those that actually follow through get mad props. 


This one is pretty neat too. It's an actual vacation video from 1986. It's not super exciting or anything but there is a ton of footage from inside Disney Land back in '86. They film some of the rides and the big parade that they have there. I think if you were way into Disney this would be a holy grail type thing.


This one is one of my absolute favorite found tapes. It's the complete David Letterman 1986 Anniversery Special with the commercials intact! I used to be a Letterman junkie so this is a nice blast to the past. After the special is over the tape continues on to a movie that was recorded off KBHK TV 44 which was/is my favorite local channel outside of KFTY TV 50 which was our Santa Rosa Channel. The movie is complete with commercials and a ton of KBHK bumpers and stuff. I love this tape. 


This is really just the tip of the iceberg as far as my home recorded VHS goes. I have one big box in my closet and then I have TONS of my own out in plastic tubs in the garage. It's mostly wrestling but I have some music videos and TV Show. I taped Lost and Voyager and Enterprise plus I made a bunch of TV Mix Tapes called "Stuff Taped" there are maybe 10 volumes of "Stuff Taped" 

Sadly for most of ST I cut out the commercials. At the time it seemed like you were saving space on your tape. Who could have seen in the future that all TV shows would be available streaming but that commercials would be rare gold... 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Geekfest Rants Ep.348: The Last Starfighter - Movie - Toys - Comic


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Greetings, Starfighter! You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the Frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan Armada.  Today on GeekFest Rants, Carlos revisits the 80's cult-classic, The Last Starfighter.  This CGI effects groundbreaking film will always have a place in our appreciation of special effects development. 

We'll cover the film, the toys (especially those that never came out), the Marvel comic book adaptation, and the possible future of this film. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Toys R Us Report Ep.156: The Top 5 Arcade Games Of All The Times


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Hey kids! Thanks for stopping by. We have a super fun show ahead of us this week. We start off with a brief history of arcades in this area and then we talk about a movie I saw called The Rider. It was great. 

From there we head into the main event of the show an all new/all fun top 5.. The Top 5 Arcade Games Of All The Times. It's sure to be fun and controversial.. 

We finish off the show with some toy talk including my first post TRU Toy Journey. I talk about what I got, where I got it as well as some thoughts in a post TRU world.

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 4, 2018

Dig Find: Elvis On The Road VHS Home Dub Off KOFY TV 20 plus WWF Saturday Night's Main Event


I found a VHS Tape at The Dig the other day. It said "Elvis" on the top label and "WWF' on the front.. Dude, you know that it was gonna go home with me that day. I love to find home recorded VHS. There is no way to tap into a nostalgic vibe that is more legit than putting on some recorded TV on VHS and pretending that it's airing live. If the commercials are on the cassette than it's really as real as it gets. If you have an old TV than man, you are cruising the nostalgia highway. 

This tape didn't have the commercials which sucked but it did have the station bumpers and that great Wednesday Night Special screen that's up there. The Elvis Special was recorded off of one of my favorite local channels, KOFY TV 20. 

20 broadcasts out of San Francisco and  is still an indie station today even in the era of giant media conglomerates. I watch a fair amount of KOFY. They have a local Creature Feature show on Saturdays that I never miss.



The 1st piece of branded TV 20 stuff that I saw on the screen was this On The Calendar segment. That was a little deal they did where you could send in your local events and they'd post them on the air between segments. I miss things like that on TV.


The 2nd thing I saw was this great break with a weiner dog on it. They still do the dog gimmick today. It's one of the things that the station is known for. What they do is they have a dog sitting on a chair and then as a TV 20 logo rises from the TV the dog turns and looks at it. I've always wanted to get Ursa or Dr.Jones on the chair. 

I hear that the tryouts are crazy and I'm too much of a wuss to risk failure. I do think either one of my loyal beasts could turn and look at the screen when I holler their name though. 


This was the gold up until this point. I really love the old rainbow logo that they used back in the day. I also LOVE the font that they used to write KOFU in. So 80's, heck, it's so 70's really. 


Here is a nice shot of the station info on the screen during the Elvis special. It was a show about Elvis being on tour around the country. It seemed alright. I only sort of watched it. I was hoping that there would be some commercials and sort of zoned out when I saw there wasn't. Until the special ended and this popped up on the screen... 


DUDE! Hulk Rules! It turns out they they taped the Elvis special over an episode of Saturday Night's Main Event! That was the show that WWF aired every once and again on Saturday Night. It preempted SNL and usually annoyed all of my non-wrestling friends by doing so. 


Look! It's the greatest Intercontinental Champion of All The Times: The Honkey Tonk Man! along with The Mouth Of The South Jimmy Hart. My brother got me an autographed pic of The Mouth Of The South for Christmas a few years ago. It hangs proudly in The ISR Hall Of Fame. 


OMG! The Outlaw Ron Bass! He used to come to the ring with a whip that he called Betsy. On this episode of SNME he fought Brutus The Barber Beefcake in a hair vs hair match. I remember being into that gimmick. Back then having a shaved head wasn't as acceptable as it is today. 

I'm of the opinion that Everlast from The House Of Pain popularized the shaved head and he didn't come out with Jump Around for years yet. That was such an influential song. 

Sidebar: Once that song hit the streets just about every hip-hop whiteboy that I knew started rocking a shaved head and basketball jersey. Either that or an ironic hat from some place they didn't work like Danny Boy did in the video with his USPS lid.


This was prolly the most dopest thing on all of the cassette. What a fantastic graphic. It's wild though because The Macho Man didn't even wrestle on the show. This was the one where The Ultimate Warrior beat The HTM for the IC Strap and Hulk beat Akeem with Miss Elizabeth in his corner. It was the start of the slow burn to the Macho Vs. Hogan feud. THE MEGA POWERS EXPLODE BROTHER! 

What a great tape and what a great time to be a young wrestling fan. What's great is that the SNME part of the tape has the commercials left in. I'm riding on notalgia overload!  

Friday, June 1, 2018

Geekfest Rants Ep.347: Solo - A Star Wars Story - Geek Review


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Who actually shot first?  Today on GeekFest Rants we find out the stories behind the legend of everybody's favorite Corellian, scoundrel, pilot...Han Solo. Join Carlos, Kim, and Kyle for an in-depth review of the latest Star Wars film: Solo - A Star Wars Story. 

How does this compare to The Last Jedi, which seem to have split the fan-base in half.  How many Easter eggs can you cram into one film?  And who gave the stand out performance on this movie?  Find out today, and by the way...Han always shoots first.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The 1st Johnny Coin Hits The Street.


I just received this via E-Mail from Johnny's publicist.. He says it's the 1st printing of his Johnny Coin. I'm not too sure that Cryptocurrency has like physical coins but hey, what do I know about it? He's the expert. I guess.. Get em' while they are still affordable.. 

J5 promises that they'll be at 1000 dollars before you know it. I don't know about all that but hey, you never know right? 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Toys R Us Report Ep.155: At The Movies: Solo: A Star Wars Story, Johnny 5 Is Alive And On The Air plus Tons More!




Hey kids! Thanks for stopping by. We have a super fun show ahead of us this week. We start off with a phone call from Hollywood Legend Johnny 5. J5 breaks down a new money making idea that he has and then after that we talk some TRU. It's super sad news.

From there we talk about Solo: A Star Wars Story. I'll break down what I liked, what I didn't like all in a spoiler free format!

We finish off the show with some toy talk including a blow by blow of a recent Toys 4 Tots Shopping Spree and then we talk about the end of The CW Season including overviews of The Flash, Riverdale, Black Lighting and tons more! 

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.

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.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Flea Market Find: Star Trek Shuttle Craft Disk Holder

Dig this Wesley Crusher wannabee.. 
I found this beauty at The Flea Market this past weekend.. it's so great. There is a dude there who specializes in Star Trek stuff, like figures mostly but also other stuff. He is a real authority on the subject. He self published a booklet about Star Wars Action Figures. It's xeroxed and comes in a Star Trek: next Generation Folder. It's pretty great. I bought it for I think 5 or 6 dollars. Anyway, I bought this from him this past Sunday. It cost 2 dollars.. 

This is the back
It's intended for the old style computer discs. Not the big floppy ones, the other ones. It can fit CDs though if you turn them sideways. I don't really have a lot of either but from the moment I saw this jammy I knew it was meant for action figures! It's not quite on scale for the Playmates Star Trek dudes but it IS a shuttle craft and I do not have an action figure sized one of those.

 It would prolly fit my Star Trek Minimates perfectly TBH but I have way more of the Playmates dudes and I'm running out of places to stuff them..

So Dope!
That's what it looks like. It's really great huh? I like how it's blue. They didn't have that color shuttle craft on the show if I remember correctly. They should have but they didn't. I wonder if like out in Star Fleet if they had different color shuttles? Prolly not. I think most of the Star Fleet ships are the same color. Grey. 


Check out our dudes here on an away mission. It must be a nice planet. They put the top down. I like how Worf has his Bat'leth hanging out the side of the whip. Also, I wonder what they need Lt. Barkley for? You can't see it but he has some weird blue accessory in his hands. 

How come Playmates always made the accessories in the weirdest colors? I should ask that dude at The Flea Market. I know for sure that he would know the answer. 


Before I head out of here I thought I'd share this nice little pic of the dudes looking out the top of the shuttle on their way to some super fun space adventure. Picard looks happy. Barkley looks scared and Worf has a snarl that belies how much fun he's having right now..