TMNT - Shadows of the Past - Kickstarter

TMNT: Shadows of The Past Board Game (Kickstarter)

I’ve talked on the site before how I was lucky enough to really get in through the door of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fandom a few years before Turtle Power had a chance to properly sweep the nation, ensuring that our Heroes In A Half Shell were literally everywhere from our bed sheets to our Chef Boyardee pasta!

My introduction to the Ninja Turtles was all thanks to a great clerk at my local comic book store who one day firmly suggested I pick up the color reprints of Eastman and Laird’s groundbreaking series.


While I of course enjoyed the animated series and the legion of toys and video games for the Turtles that would follow, my heart always yearned for a return to that gritty, so serious it was a farce early TMNT comic books. Well, imagine my delight when I dropped by my comic book store last weekend and the owner, yeah, who was once just that clerk in the shop, asked if I had heard about the Kickstarter for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past board game. When I got to work I did a little checking and to say I was blown away was an understatement.

Apparently I am not the only person excited about this upcoming board game, as of this writing there are still 17 days to go and they’ve already amassed $100,000 more than was needed to include many of the stretch goals. Such as the Eastman variant miniatures!

TMNT - Eastman and Laird Turtles

If you watched the video you already know that Kevin Wilson is the designer of TMNT: Shadows of the Past, if you are a board game aficionado you will know his work on the excellent Arkham Horror as well as Descent: Journey in the Dark, A Game of Thrones, and Sid Meier’s Civilization board game.

From the Press Release:
It’s here! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game you’ve been waiting for! Play as one of the four turtle brothers (and some of their trusted allies), and defend New York City from thugs, ninjas, and of course the Shredder!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past is a story-driven adventure game for two to five players who will duel it out street by street and mission by mission to save (or conquer) New York. The game is based off of IDW’s ongoing comic book universe and features missions taken straight from some of the series’ biggest moments. Designed by the legendary Kevin Wilson (Descent, Arkham Horror) with input from Kevin Eastman and IDW’s entire TMNT creative team, this highly thematic adventure features incredible mechanics and gameplay. You’ve seen dice-chucking combat, but this is dice-nunchucking at its finest!”

Casey Jones - IDW - TMNT - Shadows of the Past

TMNT - Leonardo - Kickstarter

So if you have a desire to help the Turtles free the city from the likes of street punks, Mousers and even the Shredder then you should hop on over to the Kickstarter page for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past!

UPDATE This game play video just went live. You can see what is in store for you when you get your copy!

[Via] IDW Games

“We strike hard and fade away into the night.”

Retro Radio Memories Ep 052

Retro Radio Memories Podcast Ep. 052 (The Lives Of Harry Lime – Hand Of Glory)

Welcome back to the Retro Radio Memories Podcast! Each week we will briefly talk about an old time radio episode before presenting it for your listening enjoyment. Last week marked our first year anniversary for the podcast, many, many thanks to you for all of the support and kind words for the show. We truly couldn’t do it without you!

For this episode, I am sole host once again, we are revisiting the Lives of Harry Lime radio series, a 1952 episode entitled “Hand of Glory” and featuring the voice talent of the legendary Orson Welles of course as that lovable scoundrel from the Third Man, Harry Lime.

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[Via] Nadim Ghodbane

Haunted Mansion Game

Do You Remember Disney’s The Haunted Mansion Board Game?

About three years ago I shared my memories on the 1975 board game for Walt Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, a game that was developed and published by Lakeside Toys. That was not however the only Walt Disney relate game they released as in 1972 they also created the Haunted Mansion board game!

Images courtesy of the And Everything Else Too Blog.

Images courtesy of the And Everything Else Too Blog.

Thanks to the And Everything Else Too Blog for the wonderful Lakeside catalog images you see in this post. Make sure to visit that site by following the link provided because it’s owner, Karswell, happened to take them from a catalog he actually purchased from a former employee of Lakeside!

Haunted Mansion Spread - Lakeside Catalog - and everything else too Blog

Haunted Mansion Blurb - Lakeside - and everything else too blog

Haunted Mansion Blurb 2 - Lakeside - an everything else too Blog

I have had the pleasure of playing this board game in my youth. My Father being a single parent had to sometimes ask Family members to watch me after school or during Summer breaks. One of my favorite places to spend the afternoon was my Aunt Jeanie and Uncle Ricky, mostly because my Cousin Chip was an amazing artist and had awesome board games like Dark Tower!

Dark Tower - Jonathan Harrison - Board Game Geek

Chip happened to be about 10 years my senior so a lot of times that meant I was lucky enough to received hand me downs in the form of comic books (Weird War Tales for the win!), even some clothes…ugh…and board games. Like Disney’s The Haunted Mansion.

The object of the game is 2 to 4 players attempt to travel through the Ghostly Galleries of the Gracey Manor and it’s grounds, but the rotating discs that are embedded in the game “board” can halt that progress or help of course…then there is the Wrathful Raven who can swoop down from it’s perch to block your progress.

Haunted Mansion - 3 D model

Check out this great CG model of the game from witttiger93’s YouTube channel!

It was a fantastic game and one that I honestly wish I still owned…I do not recall ever getting rid of it…perhaps one of those 999 ghosts from the Haunted Mansion took it to play with his friends?

The Sunshine Makers

Toon In: The Sunshine Makers (1935)

Welcome back friends to another installment of Toon In, that time of the week where we take a moment to check out some classic cartoons. For this offering we have The Sunshine Makers, which was originally released by RKO Pictures back on January 11, 1935. It also happened to have been a promotional film for none other than Borden Milk!

The first time I encountered this cartoon wasn’t on TV like some of the other shorts I’ve shared but on a VHS compilation that my Father rented for me when I was terribly ill for about a week in my youth. While I remembered the premise of the short I have to admit I didn’t know the name of it until the internets came to my rescue the other day.

The Sunshine Makers focuses on a group of happy gnomes (some say Dwarfs), who want nothing more than to spread the goodness of the Sun, which they collect in milk bottles and deliver throughout villages to make people happy. The problem though is their neighbors, a gloomy bunch and obviously rather violent collection miscreants judging by the arrow they fire at one of the Sunshine Makers.

This act leads to all out war between the two…who will win? Find out for yourself when you join us and Toon In with The Sunshine Makers!

[Via] frizz lefryd

After watching this short I hope you all will get out there and start bottling some Sun for your very own, sure seems like some powerful stuff!

Image courtesy of iam8bit and JP Valderrama.

iam8bit Presents An X-Files Art Show!

I want to thank Katharine Trendacosta of io9 for the heads up on this art show that started on February 4th and will run until the 14th, showcasing over 30 artists’ artwork in celebration of all things that have made the X-Files great!

Image courtesy of iam8bit.

Image courtesy of iam8bit.

You can also hop on over to the iam8bit Official Store and pick up affordably priced prints of some of the art like you see at the top of the post, which is entitled Squeeze and was created by JP Valderrama. You might remember that was the title of the third episode of the first season of X-Files, the one that introduced the mutant serial killer Eugene Victor Tooms!

Or how about The Flukeman by Rich Davies? Which is inspired by the second episode of the second season of the X-Files in the episode entitled “The Host”.

Image courtesy of iam8bit and Rich Davies.

Image courtesy of iam8bit and Rich Davies.

One of my favorites however is Nicolas Bannister’s “The Woman Who Didn’t Believe”, I love that pulp novel cover aspect.

Image courtesy of iam8bit and Nicolas Bannister.

Image courtesy of iam8bit and Nicolas Bannister.

Perhaps if you live in Los Angeles and can stop by the gallery for a visit you might be kind enough to share some photos?

Star Trek - Atari 2600

Check Out This 1983 Star Trek Commercial For The Atari!

Over on the Diary of An Arcade Employee Facebook Page last week I shared some personal memories for not only the Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator arcade game but how I sadly never received a copy of the many home ports.


While trying to find box art for that post I stumbled upon this rather awesome 1983 ad featuring the Atari 2600 and Atari 400, in particular the Atari Joystick and the fact you needed an overlay to play the game properly.

[Via] SEGA/Gremlin
Hey! Is it just me or is that young Vulcan at the end of the ad…is that John Franklin who played Issac in 1984’s Children of the Corn?
Children of the Corn

“It’s Inhuman.”

Skeletor - Sideshow Collectibles

Sideshow Collectibles Unleashes The Evil Of Skeletor!

Just a few days ago those mad geniuses over at Sideshow Collectibles pried open the jaw bridge of Castle Grayskull to let Masters of the Universe fans in to pre-order this absolutely stunning Skeletor statue.

All images courtesy of Sideshow Collectibles.

All images courtesy of Sideshow Collectibles.

Masters of the Universe - Skeletor - Sideshow Collectibles

Check out the detail on this collectible. Skeletor is adorned in the finery that a Universe conquering Lord of Evil (or is that Overlord?) should be wearing! He carries with him the Havoc Staff and not only does he wear his harness but a belt with none other than the visage of his old Master of the Dark Arts…Hordak!

MOTU - Skeletor - Hordak - Sideshow Collectibles

[Via] Sideshow Collectibles

From the Press Release:
“What a wonderful day for evil! Ready to face He-Man in our new statue collection inspired by the popular 80??s cartoon series Masters of the Universe, Sideshow Collectibles is proud to present the Overlord of Evil himself ? Skeletor!

Hailing from the otherworldly dimension of Infinitia, Skeletor rules over the darkest corners of Eternia with an iron fist from his treacherous volcanic base on Snake Mountain. Wielding his enchanted Havoc Staff to command an invisible horde of henchmen and minions, Sideshow’s artists have brought the sinister villain to life with ornately sculpted battle armor and a removable cape. For an extra dose of pure unadulterated nostalgia, collectors can choose to display the devious evildoer with a swap-out yellow skull head sculpt, a tribute to his classic animated appearance. Suitably depicted with his mouth wide open, you can almost hear the barrage of insults spew forth, or that unforgettable piercing cry. Locked in a never-ending battle against the forces of good, Skeletor will not rest until he possesses the secrets of Castle Grayskull – and if he succeeds, the sworn enemy of He-Man will conquer not only Eternia but take his place as master of the universe!”

While you are over at Sideshow Collectibles pre-ordering Skeletor…you might consider securing the most powerful Man in the Universe!
He Man - Masters of the Universe - Sideshow Collectibles

“Where is your strength? Where is it gone?”