Chip the Wooden Man

Chip The Wooden Man (1930s)

I’ve proclaimed my love of stop-motion animation more than a few times on the site but today was the first time I was made aware of the Chip the Wooden Man series. The Kinex studio was formed by Frank and Elmer Young, the duo created the Chip the Wooden Man short films starting in 1927 and ending in 1930 for the home market. It appears they were originally made for 16mm projectors of the day but from 1934 to 1937 these were also made available for those families with 8mm projectors.

Thankfully Sebastian Oritz has uploaded almost all of the series on his YouTube channel for our viewing pleasure!

Frank Frazetta - Fright Rags

Fright-Rags Presents The Frank Frazetta T-Shirt Collection

There is a very good reason that the late great Frank Frazetta’s work is legendary for fans of science fiction, fantasy, and comic books. Quite simply his artwork allowed us to visit lavish worlds of sword and sorcery, epic spacescapes and even sometimes witness brutal creatures of the night as they stalked their frightened prey and sometimes each other. Which might be why the folks at Fright-Rags have opened up pre-orders for their Frank Frazetta line of limited edition T-shirts!

There are three shirts offered with an exclusive fourth T-shirt design plus a 11X17 poster only if you pre-order the box set:

Death Dealer

All images courtesy of Frigh-Rags.

All images courtesy of Fright-Rags.

A Werewolf and his prey from the cover of a classic Creepy magazine.
Frank Frazetta - Creepy - Fright Rags

A Vampire and Werewolf locked in fierce battle, also from a cover of Creepy.
Frank Frazetta - Creepy 2 - Fright Rags

Remember that Fright-Rags prints their awesome shirts in limited quantities so they could sell out, better to jump on over and pre-order today. Of course while you are over there you might want to pick up some of their awesome shirts from a wide range of horror films (Return of the Living Dead to Critters) or even some of their limited edition posters (Check out the one for Exorcist III).

R. Cade And The Video Victims - 2 Warps to Neptune

Retro Records: R. Cade And The Video Victims

It’s certainly been an interesting week for discovering video game related record albums. Just a couple of days ago we had the Donkey Kong LP and while trying to find a suitable image for the record album I stumbled over 1982’s R. Cade and the Video Victims.

Images courtesy of 2 Warps to Neptune.

Images courtesy of 2 Warps to Neptune.

Information is a little scarce but the back of the album says that the music for this record was written by both John Lombardo and D. J. Michaels and was released by Arrival Records. Beyond that I couldn’t find anything except that the album is currently available on iTunes!

[Via] Marky D. Kiehl

A huge thanks to 2 Warps to Neptune for the awesome album cover you see above!

The Art of He Man and the Masters of the Universe - Dark Horse Comics

Prepare Yourself For The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe!

A couple of days ago Eric LeFeber of Warpo Toys was kind enough to share the announcement over on the Savage Masters of the Universe Facebook page about this upcoming coffee table book entitled “The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe”.

It is being released by Dark Horse Comics and Mattel on April 15, 2015 and is a retrospective history of the famous toy, cartoon, and comic book series. It is 304 pages and includes rare artwork for prototype toys, concept sketches, and maybe most importantly it will have restored artwork by the legendary illustrator Earl Norem!

Roboto - Earl Norem

The standard book cover is what you see at the top of the post but hop on over to Dark Horse Comics to pre-order the limited edition of the art book.

All images courtesy of Dark Horse Comics.

All images courtesy of Dark Horse Comics.

Anthony Perkins - Oatmeal Crisp

You’d Have To Be Psycho To Not Enjoy This 1990 Cereal Commercial With Anthony Perkins!

Anthony Perkins always seemed to get a kick out of good-naturedly poking fun at his role as Norman Bates from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic Psycho. None more evident than this 1990 TV commercial for General Mills’ Oatmeal Crisp and Oatmeal Raisin Crisp cereal, where ‘Norman’ hesitates in reaching for a butcher’s knife or spoon and of course at the end of the ad we have a wink at the camera as we hear “Mother” mention that he is a good boy.

[Via] wtcvidman’s channel

Donkey Kong - VGMdb

Retro Records: Donkey Kong (1983)

Phillip Cary was kind enough to drop by the Arkadia Retrocade this week and left me two LP’s to add to my music library. One was Buckner and Garcia’s 1982 Pac-Man Fever album which will find a place of honor in my record collection, my original LP that I had in my youth suffered a horrible accident many years ago. The second album Phillip brought in was the 1983 Kid Stuff Records release of Donkey Kong featuring story and songs of how the big ape ended up at the top of a construction site with Mario hot on his heels.

Donkey Kong - Backside - Kid Stuff Records

The back cover is roughed up but the Track list for the LP is:

1 Donkey Kong Theme
2 No More Zoo For You
3 The Climber
4 On Top Of The World
5 Jump Up
6 Mario Delivers
7 Donkey Kong Theme (Reprise)

After the arcade closed for the night some of us stayed and listened to the album, it is quite a bit of goofy fun and brings back some good memories to be sure.

Donkey Kong Theme

No More Zoo For You

[Videos Via] Doctor Del

A big thanks to the VGMdbfor that awesome album cover up top.

Star Trek - Mego - Hake's

1976’s Star Trek: Mission To Gamma VI Playset

In my youth the few Mego dolls that I picked up generally involved their superhero line, I can definitely recall owning not only Spider-Man but his Amazing Spider-Car to boot. I also vaguely remember looking at some of the Star Trek Mego figures and even the U.S.S. Enterprise playset at my local mall but I can say in all honesty that I’ve never set eyes on the Mission To Gamma VI one until I stumbled across it on the Hake’s auction site the other day.

Images courtesy of Hake's.

Images courtesy of Hake’s.

Sadly this awesome looking playset was sold way back in 2007 but at the very least we can feast our eyes on the TV commercial below.

[Via] Sallah 4 Life