Monday, August 20, 2018

GI Joe ARAH Card Backs From Ben Franklins!


I've recently started in on this big reorganizing project in my garage. For the most part i'm trying to get my comic books in order but to get all the comics in the same place I've had to dig through some bins or magazines and assorted papers. It's pretty fun really. I'm finding things I haven't seen in years. One of those long unseen finds was a couple GI Joe File-cards from Ben Franklin's which was my neighborhood GI Joe Spot!  

Ben Franklin's was over by where Oliver's Market is now, it was A and B Market at the time though. The Ben Frank's has long since gone out of business. The building has a gym in it now. Anyway, Ben Frank's was like a five and dime type store. They had candy and aspirins and magazines as well as a pretty banging toy section. Ben Frank's was where I first saw GI Joe ARAHs as well as Transformers and most other popular toy-lines of the early 80's, 

Gung Ho cost 2.97!
The thing that really jumps out to me is the 2.97 price tag, That price is burned into my brain. For awhile my life was spent trying to gather up two dollars and ninety seven cents so that I could go down to Ben Franklin's and cop a GI Joe Figure.

B.F's was within bike distance of our house and right on the route that I used to get home from Binkley Elementary so I'd roll through there and check things out on the regular. I seriously might go there 4 out of 5 days a week, I'd usually pick up a box of Nerds or some Jolly Ranchers or whatever and check out to see if there were any new GI Joes. 

Here's the back
I have a lot of the dudes from this series. There are a lot of classic figures here.. Let's see.. Blow Torch is Dope, Doc will always be my preferred GI Joe Medic, Spirit is great, Gung Ho is dope, Snow Job and Storm Shadow of course, This is seriously one of the illest collection of figures of all the time... I mean come on, You got Duke, Roadblock, Destro, The Baroness.. these are the classic GI Joe Characters! 

Back to the point, I really miss that Ben Franklin's. At one point it kind of flipped he script and became a craft type store and they stopped carrying toys and candy so I actually quit going there a long time before they actually closed down, Still though, I have really great memories of shopping there and of getting many of the Joes that made up the back-bone of my GI Joe Collection..

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Geekfest Rants Ep.355: Star Wars - The Last Jedi - Script Revisions How would you impr



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How would you improve a movie?  How many times have you had a conversation with someone, about a movie, that goes something like this:  What if, in the story, they would have done that differently? 

Today on GeekFest Rants we will do exactly that. We will theorize on alternate ways to improve the Star Wars: The Last Jedi script while maintaining the general structure of the core story.  We will also look at the similar story beats that the new trilogy takes from the original trilogy.  

Friday, August 17, 2018

Breaking News Update! The Johnny Coins Have Hit The Street!



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Hey kids! It is me IseeRobots. So the day is here! The j-Coins have finally hit the street and man, I felt that was worthy of a Breaking News! Update to fill you in on how many have been sold, who bought them and what the current value of a J-Coin is.

A.B Silver joins us to break it all down. It's only a few minutes but is super fun and well worth your time! Take a listen and make sure to tell a friend!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Toys R Us Report Ep.164: Haunted Soap and Long John Silver


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Hey kids! Thanks for stopping by. This week's episode was recorded down on the Earth Base, Santa Rosa California. We start off with some talk about J-Coins and we take a message from AB Silver. 

For the next bit we talk about a fun trip I took to The Vallejo Flea Market. I'll talk on what I saw, what er ate and haunted soap! It's a super fun segment. 

From there we hit up At The Movies where this week we tackle one of my most anticipated Summer Movies: Eight Grade. It's a pretty candid look into what life might be like for 8th graders growing up nowadays..yikes. It's great but has some stuff that's gonna make you feel weird. 

For the final segment I talk about Megos, The Target in Vallejo as well as this massive comic book sorting project that I've been working on. It's time consuming but also pretty fun and satisfying. 

Oh ya! We take some voice mail and read some text messages to our new hotline at 707-532-JAMS (5267) If you have a second give us a holler. You just might make the show! 

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, August 13, 2018

Video Store Pics: Blockbuster Video; Adelaide Australia




The other week when news of the last Blockbuster in Alaska shut down made the rounds my cousin Jason who lives in Australia hit me up, well he hit my brother up, and said "Man, there is a Blockbuster right down the street from where I live in Adelaide. He sent that picture up there as proof. 

I did a bit of a looking into it and discovered that there are actually 5 Blockbusters in Adelaide and a ton more all over Australia.

From what I understand the Blockbusters over there are franchised out instead of corporate owned like over here and that the owners just keep chugging along unaffected by some wack decisions from up top the corporate ladder that shut down their American brethren.



Man! Look at it. It's totally a Blockbuster. Looks like they have a terrific selection too. Is that the previously viewed area right there in the front? Looks like it. 

I would LOVE to dig through there for Blu-Rays. I've slowly started getting a little collection. I picked up Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 at The Flea Market this past Sunday. It only cost 3 bucks.

It's great to hear that somewhere out there in the world there is a Blockbuster Video fighting the good fight when most others gave up for ghost years ago, and 5 of them in one town? That's bananas. I can't even imagine that. 

I'm not sure that there were 5 of them in Santa Rosa at their peak. Let's see, there was one in Bennett Valley and one over by The Junior College.. Was that it? I know there were a couple Blockbuster Music stores but I don't know if they count. 

Big thanks to my Cousin Jason for these pics! If you have a video store in your neck of the woods I'd love to see it too. Send your pics HERE!!!!! 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Geekfest Rants: Ep.354: Babylon 5



It was the dawn of the third age of mankind, ten years after the Earth/Minbari war. The Babylon Project was a dream given form. Its goal: to prevent another war by creating a place where humans and aliens could work out their differences peacefully. 

It's a port of call, home away from home for diplomats, hustlers, entrepreneurs, and wanderers. Humans and aliens wrapped in two million, five hundred thousand tons of spinning metal, all alone in the night.

It can be a dangerous place, but it's our last best hope for peace. This is the story of the last of the Babylon stations. The year is 2258. The name of the place is Babylon 5.

Join Carlos at GeekFest Rants as he finally takes on one his favorite science fiction series, Babylon 5. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Mean Gene Reporting: IseeRobots Is Running Wild.



It's pretty much true. Big Shout Out To Papa Shango. For a period of time you were my favorite wrestler. I was really into how you cast spells on Hulk Hogan that made like black goo run down his dome.

Me and this dude I used to hang with used to play that over and over again on my home recorded VHS off of KTVU TV 2.. Wrestling Superstars in effect.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Toys R Us Report Ep:163. Chilling In The Shade Cuz It's Hot In The Summer


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Hey kids! Thanks for stopping by. This week's episode was recorded down on the Earth Base, Santa Rosa California. The Fleas have us off the base while the fumigation continues! We do have a nice voice mail from Engineer Emily though. She let's us know what her and Iceberg are up to. We talk about Pooptronics Undersea Base and a potential transfer..

From there we hit up At The Movies where this week we tackle one of my most anticipated Summer Movies: Mission Impossible: Fallout. It was bananas! Some folks are calling it the best action movie of all the times. IDK, maybe

For the final segment I talk about Megos, GI Joes a new comic store here in Rincon Valley and a bunch of other cool things. IDK, it's a fun segment! Just listen.

Oh ya! We take some voice mail and read some text messages to our new hotline at 707-532-JAMS (5267) If you have a second give us a holler. You just might make the show! 

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, August 6, 2018

Saturday Morning TV: Saturday February 3rd 1990 From 5:30-10:00 AM


I dig old TV Guides. I don't collect them or anything but if I come across one I like to give it a flip through. It's fun to see what was on the tube at a particular time. It's a nice time capsule of what you were actually doing and watching on an the exact hour of an exact day. It's also interesting to try and compare what you remember to the actual-factual sacred texts of TV Guide. 

Of particular interest is the Saturday Morning Programs, the CARTOONS man! I don't have to tell you the importance of Saturday Morning cartoons so instead of doing that I'm just going to jump directly into these pages that I scanned in from the February 3 1990 TV Guide Saturday Morning Cartoon Listings. I put a small red dot next to what I think I would have watched given these choices. 


That up there is the real early morning stuff. I really doubt that I would have even been up at that hour. In my gut I seem to recall usually getting up in the 7:30-8 AM range most of the time, maybe a bit earlier or later but around there.   If I would have gotten up though I guess I would have watched Alf. It's either that or Peppermint Place but that's more of a baby show. 


If I was up at this hour which again is a maybe I would have for sure watched Bullwinkle. I was a big Bullwinkle guy. I still am. I think that the show holds up really well in a kitschy way.

Mousercise is also a little intriguing in a weird sort of way. I actually could see me watching this for at least a few minutes. I'd go on these weird fitness kicks every once and awhile as a kid. I could totally see me doing a bit of this if I was on one of those jags.

At 7, and for some reason I forgot to make a dot I'd probably watch Alf again. Either that or Buster and Me. Buster And Me was a local kids puppet type educational type show. It was cool, I never really connected to it but I have fond memories of seeing it  The Buster And Me crew do local cons from time to time. They attract a fair sized crowd of well wishers and seem to be pretty happy.

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At 7:30 I'd be all into Muppet Babies. I was a Muppet Babies mark. This show really talked to me for some reason. I guess it's because I was such a Muppet Fan and it was nice to see the characters again and the whole baby version of dudes wasn't played out yet. Nowadays a baby version of something is the worst but back then it was sort of fresh.

Into the 8 AM hour I think I'd go for Captain N: The Game Master. It wasn't the best cartoon or anything but Nintendo was awesome and I was into checking out anything NES Related.


I don't really remember much about The Karate Kid cartoon but I'm a huge fan of the movie and the toy line by Remco so my gut says that's what I'd probably be watching. Either that or Thundercats on channel 2. You are prolly asking why not Pee Wee's Playhouse. The answer? I just wasn't really all that into it at the time. 

I can really appreciate it now but at the time it was just too weird for me. I think that was by design in a way. I don't know how much this was a kid's show as much as it was aimed at teens and weird adults. There is NOTHING wrong with that. The show is great. All I'm saying is that when it 1st aired it weirded me out but now that I am a weird adult I appreciate it. 



During this block I'd for sure be watching The Smurfs. I was a pretty big Smurf mark at the time. I remember the reason that I finally figured out how to program our family VCR was because I needed to tape The Smurfs on some Saturday morning when my family was going off to do something else, probably a baseball game or Spring Lake or something. 

We went to Spring Lake a lot with my uncle and his family back in the day. Spring Lake is our local swimming hole. I haven't been there in years. 

I might also watch Remote Control but I don't think that we got channel 35. If you wanted to sum up what the late 80's/early 90's were like go watch an episode of Remote Control. The aesthetic was spot on for the era. That's were I discovered Colin Quinn. He's one of my favorite comics.  

Remote Control is also where I discovered Kari Wuhrer. She was one of my bigger crushes of that era. These must have been Remote Control reruns in syndication. I don't remember them airing any of those but they must have. 


At 9:30 we have Home Turf on KRON TV.  KRON was an NBC Affiliate at the time. At one point we had two different NBCs. One was on 4 and one was on 11. Now NBC is channel 11 and KRON 4 is an independent channel. They have good local news and air reruns of The X-Files and Agents Of Shield during prime time.

At the time though they had a lot of interesting local programs and one of them was this deal called Home Turf. Home Turf was really dope, it covered different aspects of the local hip-hop scene like breaking and rapping and graffiti art. It was really fun well, it was sometimes a bit corny but it was really great for the time. I would love to find some episodes of Home Turf on one of these old VHS Tapes I'm always watching. 

For the 10 O'clock hour I would prolly watch Fight Back W/David Horowitz.. I really liked this show. On Fight Back this dude David Horowitz would go around and get justice for consumers that had been wronged. This wasn't something that I'd admit to watching really but I totally dug it. Horowitz was like a real life super boring Super Hero out there fighting the good fight for innocent fools. He ruled.


And here we are 11 AM that was really the end of the Saturday morning programming for the most part. There were a few straggler shows past here but for the most part when WWF came on that was a wrap for cartoons.

WWF Superstars on KTVU was my earliest regular exposure to WWF and to Hulk Hogan and how he ran wild over everyone. Well, to be honest I only ever remember The Hulkster wrestling on Superstars one time. Literally one time. He fought famed jobber Tiger Chung Lee. I remember they hyped it up for a week and I was so pumped to finish a Saturday Morning with an appearance by The Hulkster. 

Hulk was the man and he only fought at arena shows or on PPV. If you wanted to see Hulk Hogan you generally had to pay for it. This was a rarity. I don't remember what the match was like but I do remember thinking that I didn't really like The Hulk.  I carried those feeling with me throughout my youth.

Alright kids and gals that's that. I hope you dug this little look back at Saturday Morning Cartoons. They used to be a real big part of our lives. I lived for those few hours where I was the only one awake and the TV was all mine for once. 

When I was real young we only had the one main living room TV it wasn't until I was really aged out of Saturday Morning toons, which I will admit came later in life to me than to other dudes that I got a TV of my own and I mostly used it to watch stuff like Hogan's Heroes on KFTY TV 50... 

Friday, August 3, 2018

Toys R Us Australia 7 Days To Go...



Got this pic in the emails from my dude in Australia... Turns out that the TRUs  there lasted a smidge longer than our ones here in The U.S.. It looks super empty.  

I hope that your guy's memories of the TRU aren't of it like that, all gutted and sad... Dig a bit deeper and save a good one for the future for when you really need it. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

This Boring Life Ep.10: Food



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Hey kids! This week we have a little something different. An All New Episode of.. This Boring Life, where every episode we will explore The Secret Origin Of IseeRobots one Topic At A Time. The topic for this episode? Food! We're gonna talks foods I like, foods I don't like, fast foods and all sorts of other food related topics

The show starts off with some early food memories like fried bologna sandwiches and pickles and moves onto fast food memories and then ends with some talk about foods that I like now. it's a real fun episode full of sound effects and commercials for places I love to eat at! 

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.

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Monday, July 30, 2018

I Saw An IseeRobots Sticker On A Payphone


This phone is over by UA6. It's one of the couple of payphones that still remain in the downtown area. I dig how dilapidated it is. It's almost like an art installment that is meant to invoke a bombed-out payphone. It's pretty perfect. 

Anyway, look right there . It's an IseeRobots sticker. Pretty fun to see that. We were over at UA6 last week to see a movie called Adrift. It's about this gal who gets stuck adrift on a sailboat after a hyoooge storm. It was alright.

I like going over to The UA. It's nostalgic and hasn't really changed all that much since I worked there.

We were in theater 4 which is the one behind the snack bar. It's a mid sized room. The 6 has two big ones, 2 mid sized and 2 that are pretty big but not super big if I remember correctly.