Friday, April 20, 2018

Reel Wisdom: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

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Rogue One is a stand alone Star Wars Movie that tells the story of the Rebel Spies who stole the plans for The Death Star from the hands of the Empire. The plans lead to the destruction of The Empire's Ultimate Weapon and eventually the fall of Vader and The Emperor

The crew of Rogue One, Cassian Andor, Bodhi The Pilot, K2S0 and their leader Jyn Urso faced insurmountable odds in their quest to acquire the plans. How did they do it? By taking one chance and then another until either you succeed or you run out of chances.. 

Listen in as IseeRobots talks a bit about the movie and a bit about how you can apply these lessons to your day to day life. It's fun and somewhat inspiring episode. Make sure to tell a friend! 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Audio Handbook Of The Marvel Universe. The Immortal Iron Fist

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Hey kids. This week we have something super fun! An all new/all exciting episode of The Audio Handbook Of The Marvel Universe! This time around we are going to take a look at The Immortal Iron Fist, Danny Rand.

I am a huge fan of Iron Fist but have to admit that his origin was something that I was not an expert in. I knew some of the rough details but making this episode helped me to fill in some of the gaps that I had. I feel like I know Danny Much better now.. 

There are ninjas, and Kung-Fu and Fists made of Iron and all sorts of other fun things contained within! It's a super fun episode and I hope that you have a good time checking it out while also leaving a bit more enlightened on the subject of The Lost City of Kun-Lun and Kung-Fu stuff in general. 

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Geekfest Rants Ep.342: Star Wars - Solo Trailer 2 - Netflix Films

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As Solo: A Star Wars Story get's closer and closer to premiering we get another trailer with interesting new hints at what's ahead in this latest Star Wars film.  Today on GeekFest Rants Carlos goes shot by shot to see what secrets lay ahead. 

Then we examine current films on Netflix.  How good are those suggestions that Netflix offers when you are done watching a film. Some are hidden gems, and some are not. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Video Store Stickers: Vineyard Video, Plattsmouth Nebraska And A Look At The Arkadia Retrocade!

Animalympics was one of my favorite VHS Tapes as a kid. I used to rent it from the store that was over by Long's on 4th St. The location is a thrift store now. That's fine I guess. It could be a Starbucks or something right? 

Anyway, I was WAY into this tape right? So imagine my happiness when my good pal Vic Sage sent me these pics over on Facebook! Turns out that his good pal Gary Burton donated this tape to The Arkadia Retrocade where Vic works. What a truly magnanimous gesture. I mean that. 

The reason Vic sent this to me besides the fact that Animalympics is great is because he knows that I collect Video Store Stickers. Check the link over on the right side of the page here. I have a ton of them.  

What I like about them is that it's a way to remember that these stores existed. It's a history in a way. It's a sad thing really because each of these stores was someone's favorite video store and more than likely it's gone. Not always but usually.. 

This store though, Vineyard Video is still there, well sort of. It seems that the store was a video store inside of another store, a liquor store and the liquor store is still there but they don't rent videos anymore.. They do have a tanning salon though.

Here is what the store looks like nowadays. I looked it up and they have some very positive Yelp reviews as a purveyor of fine wines. Some of the best in Nebraska according to one soul. The store is in Plattsmouth Nebraska. 

Here is the title screen from the tape.
I don't know what it was that drew me to Animalympics but I seriously rented it more than any other tape. Whenever I got the chance to make a pick, that was my pick. Was it the music? The movie has a great soundtrack. Was it the sports? Maybe.. IDK.. It was something though. I must have seen it a million-zillion times and if i'm exaggerating it's not really by more than a half a zillion and that's not  that much in the grander scheme of things...

It could be because of this romantic subplot between two of the animals. When I think back on the movie that is what I remember the most.

The subplot was interlaced between the various sporting events and moved forward as the movie advanced.. Here is a clip..


I remember it being one of the first truly romantic things that I watched on my own. Don't make fun. We all need love and romance in our lives and this was a real sweet introduction to those ideas, a romance between some sort of goat and a cheetah gal. It's nice.

The video shows his fear of being alone, his fear that his drive for the gold will eventually lead to him being alone forever. It's a fear that we all have until we meet that special someone.

I think at the time I was kind of working out some of these romantic ideas and how they might apply to me and my silly little life. I think that I wanted my own gal that I could run through life with. We all want that though right?


Lucky for me I eventually found someone that I could run forever with. Me and the old wife get along great. I wish there was some way that I could go back and tell 12 year old me that I wouldn't alway be a dingleberry and that someday I'd have someone like Kit Mambo of his very own. That he wouldn't always be a lonely little dingus watching cartoons alone..

I kind of got off on a sidebar there about romance and stuff. Let's get back on track. Here is a pic of the tape amongst some of the cool retro items over at Arkadia.. I really, really want to go there sometime. It seems like Nirvana.. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

I Met Geoffrey Today at Toys R Us!

We dipped into the TRU today to see what was going on there and man! I am glad that we did. We totally met Geoffrey! In all the years that I've been going to this store I have never once met Geoffrey. I've wanted to and have tried to go to events that he was at a couple times but I always missed dude. This time though we went in and he was totally there! So great.

It was sad though because it was billed as a say goodbye to him sort of deal. They had a board up that said goodbye from the staff and all that sad stuff. It was a downer but at least I got the chance to finally fulfill my wish to meet the dude before it was maybe too late.

There is that board I was talking about. It's sad but it's nice that they tell us to stay A Toys R Us Kid Forever. I already planned on doing that but it was nice that I have official permission from the store to do so. 

We picked up a plush of Geoffrey while we were there. It was at 30 percent off but I think that I would have gotten one anyway. It's a nice souvenir of today. I'm really glad that we went in. It was sort of spur of the moment so it feels like a nice miracle and that I easily could have missed him. 

On the serious, if the store closes, (All hope is not lost. There is an offer in for some of the stores. It might get accepted. Mine could maybe be one of the stores. I don't know anything for sure. I'm not ready to give up all hope) If the store closes though, today was a perfect goodbye memory. I finally got to meet Geoffrey and he was all I hoped he'd be. tall, nice and willing to pose for a picture. 

I don't think this will be the last time though. I have hope so I say, until next time my new Giraffe Friend. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Funny Robot Drawing By Me: Black Sharpie and Crayola Crayons..

I was at Wal-Mart the other day getting something or other. I'm not sure what but I was over in the school supply area when a box of Crayola's caught my eye, one of the big 64 color one's with the sharpener attached. I don't know what it was that caught my attention but something did so home with me they came.. They were only like 2.50 cents and let me tell you, the price really had something to do with the purchase. Honestly all these crayons for 2 bucks seems unreal to me. Too good to pass up. 

I also grabbed a glow in the dark Silly Putty that was hanging on a hook near them. It only cost 99 cents.. Glow in the dark Silly Putty for 99 cents. Cannot pass that up either. 

Anyhow, I wasn't really sure what to do with these Crayons. I tried coloring something but that wasn't really all that fun. I got a Guardians Of The Galaxy coloring book at The Dollar Tree and colored a pic of a Nova Corps Officer. It came out all right but it wasn't really all that fun. Coloring kind of feels like work. I like creative pursuits..

The Crayons sat on my desk for a week or so when I got the idea to draw a robot and color it. I used a black Sharpie for the outline and my crayons to color it up. Dude, it was pretty fun and only took a few minutes. This might be my new hobby. I draw robots all the time on the note cards I use for the show.. I make a note card for every episode of the show so I remember what I want to talk about. They are illegible and full of robot drawings.. With the help of my new Crayola pack I've found a way to elevate the art form to the next level. Hopefully more Robot Drawings to follow in the future.

If for some reason you want this drawing hit me up HERE and I'll mail it to you as long as you promise to hang it up somewhere.. NOTE! The drawing has been claimed. keep your eyes peeled for future scribbles. Thanks so much!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

This Boring Life Ep.9: Oak Lawn Illinois. My Life Before California

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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? My early days as a young sprat in the great state of Illinois.

On this episode we take a look at my elementary school, Harnew, stores we used to shop at, things I used to do and all sorts of stuff like that.

This was really fun for me to record once I started the memories really started to flow. I don't think about Illinois that much but once I did, MAN! The thoughts started coming. I didn't realize how much those early days turned me into the person I am today until I started looking back. 

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Magazine Scan: Star Wars Products From Famous Monsters Magazine October, 1979

I was digging through an old box of magazines and such that I picked up at the flea market awhile back when I came across these neat mail away adverts for Star Wars Stuffs. I am a huge mark for old magazines. I like to poke through them for weird ads and pictures of things like VCRs and Laserdisc Players. 

Usually the kind of things that you find are things that you aren't super interested in. It's much like magazines of today. There are tons of ads for household items and toasters or whatever but very little as far as action figures or Star Wars books. Of course I found these in an issue of Famous Monsters Of Filmland from 1979 so the opposite was true. There was Star Wars/Trek galore but very little as far as toasters went. 

Giant Figures and Things
Let's take a look at what sort of things they were selling in good old Famous Monsters. That first page up there is pretty neat and please try and forgive the wrinkliness of the scans. It looks like the magazine may have gotten wet at some point.

Ok, up on the top row there are some neat Star Wars books. The first two look to be paperback photo books but the third one is a pop-up book which is absolutely delightful. I really loved pop-up books when I was a kid. I'd try and use them as action figure playsets. It didn't always work very well, honestly it didn't really work at all but I had fun trying. It was hard to keep the books open enough that you could play with the figures in them. The books kind of want to snap shut because of all the paper machinations contained within. 

Right below the books is the gold of this page, the giant Star Wars figures! I was into these as a kid. I seem to remember having only one or two but I coveted them all like crazy! This was back when I lived in Illinois and this neighbor kid named Steve had a bunch of these 12 inch badboys, he was that kid that had ALL the great toys.. I was so jealous. 

Looking at this page my favorites are the Han Solo with the medal that Princess Leia gave him and Chewbacca. I really like Chewie. He might be my favorite character of the original trilogy guys. I've always been a mark for the sidekick, for the second Banana.. I don't know why really. I've just always been that way.. maybe it's an insight into how I view myself, as a second banana.. who knows..? 

Ok, let's dig into the 2nd page.. Along the top row you have a couple blasters which is great. I've always been a fan of the Han Solo Edition Blaster. I think it might be my favorite of all space guns but I am also partial to Wilma Deering's gat from Buck Rogers.  

Right next to it is Darth Vader's Tie Fighter. I had this one as a kid. I asked for the normal one, got this and threw a fit like a little dingleberry but eventually learned to love it. I was a real jerk as a kid. 

Right below that there is a poster book that you can color and two models of Darth Vader. They seem to be snap together ones. That's cool I guess. I dig models and can appreciate the art but have very poor manual dexterity so I've never had any success with them and doing the snap together kind was fun but also felt like a cop out..

These Van kits are beyond dope! But are also Snap Togethers so are also a smidgen wack.. I don't know, I think that the idea of putting together a custom van with Darth Vader on the side trumps the fact that it's a snap together dork model but I guess it depends on how you look at it.

If you click on the pic and read the fine print you will happily learn that the decals for these bad boys were GLOW IN THE DARK!!!! Amazing. Nothing, NOTHING, beats something that glows in the dark! I mean that, Glow in the dark things are the BOMB!!! I don't use the phrase The Bomb all that often or all that lightly so dude, when I say that these are that you can take it to the bank. 

I think if I were to place them in order of coolness it would go like this.. Darth (Obviously) Artoo-Detoo (When did they start spelling it R2-D2?) and then Luke Sky. Luke's cool and has become cooler as he aged but this is Star Wars Ep.1 stuff and at that time our boy luke was simping about Power Converters and stuff.. 

On a side note, I saw this the other day and it really reminded me of those Vans..
If you want to get a look at what these looked like when completed you can check them out here.. They are GLORIOUS! 

So, there you have it.. Two terrific pages of Star Wars Merch from an Old Magazine.. I hope you consider reading this and looking at that to be some time well spent. I really do wish that. I always hope for the best for everybody.. I'm super nice like that.. (ha!)

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Geekfest Rants Ep.341:Star Wars The Last Jedi - Novel and Blu-ray

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Today on GeekFest Rants Carlos takes one final(maybe, definitely, no way)look at Star Wars The Last Jedi.  This time around he focuses on the novel by Jason Fry, promoted as the Expanded Edition - whatever that means.  And the home video release including Blu-ray, and 4K.....sorry no 3-D for the U.S. market. 

To quote Mark Hamill "He is NOT my Luke Skywalker".

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Another Vintage AB Silver Story Advert From Johnny 5's Agent

If you look over on the right side of this you can see that The AB Silver Story is right above The Stuff. Man! I was obsessed with that movie The Stuff for awhile. I caught it one night on KTVU that's channel 2 here in The Bay Area. I only caught the final bits of it but it was nuts! Anyway, J5's Agent sent this to us in hope that we would post it and help promote the movie.. IDK, why not? 

Even if you aren't into The AB Silver Story there are a ton of other cool movies on the page.. There's Remo Williams, Creepers, Better Off Dead, Silver Bullet... Man, what a time to be a movie fan! 

If you are interested in the movie you can follow J5 over on Twitter. He's providing almost daily updates.. His tweet deal is HERE!!! 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Toys R Us Report Ep.150: Toys R Us Memories, Pacific Rim and 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 talk about the origins of the show, how we got started and how it became what it is today. I was feeling like really nostalgic with this being ep. 150 and all

From there we have a review of Pacific Rim with John Boyega. It was alright. There was a lot more robot on robot violence than the 1st Pacific Rim. 

For The Main Event of the show we talk about Toys R Us... it's a long segment where I share memories and what I remember about the layout of the store back in the day.

We finish off with some talk about Star Wars toys and a bunch of other things like that. It's a fun time and you for sure don't want to miss 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 The ISR Superstore and take care of some of your Retro Junk Shopping needs while also supporting The Toys R Us Report.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter from Paul From The Diamond Center and Your Pals Here at ISeeRobots Radio!

I found a VHS that was 6 hrs of Kung Fu, not the old one but the new-ish one and it was dope because it was chocked full of local adverts and KBHK TV 44 Bumpers! I was so stoked and what made it even better was this great pic that I got from an Easter Promotion that Paul From The Diamond Center was running at the time! It was so timely with Easter right around the corner! 

Paul was/is a Bay Area Icon... His commercials ran on all the local stations and added a nice bit of texture and fun to the day to day grind. Man, nothing beats a wacky local commercial! Here is an example of Paul's work..

Dude was a genius. I've never bought a diamond but if I could travel back in time to the 1989 and do so I'd for sure get it from Paul!