Don’t Forget Fruit Brute and Fruity Yummy Mummy!

Some of the most popular sets of cereals around Halloween are General Mills Monster Cereals – Count Chocula, Franken Berry, and Boo-Berry.

People forget that there used to be two other Monster Cereals – Fruit Brute and Fruity Yummy Mummy.
A few days ago, Vic Sage posted You’ll Look Killer In These Monster Cereal Shirts! These t-shirts are great, but I wondered why Fruit Brute and Fruity Yummy Mummy didn’t get t-shirts.

Over on Twitter, Dean Compton had the same thoughts. Dean told Vic and I that this year, Funko released some really cool Monster Cereals Dorbz.

At the New York Comic Con: Toy Tokyo, they released two exclusives:
This cool three pack of Count Chocula, Franken Berry, and Boo-Berry.

And this really great Count Chocula Ridez.

That car is too cool! I really like how you can see the engine and I also like the bat on the front of the car.

At the end of September, Funko also released Dorbz of Fruit Brute and Fruity Yummy Mummy!

These awesome figures can keep you company while you’re waiting for General Mills to re-release Fruit Brute and Fruity Yummy Mummy again like they did in 2013.

A special thanks to my good friend Dean for telling me about these awesome Dorbz.

Dean is the world’s biggest fan of Marvel Comics’ the Punisher, and he runs an amazing blog about 90s comics called The Unspoken Decade, and co-hosts the radio talk show
Her Dork World, His Dork World. I made a cameo once on Her Dork World, His Dork World, and amazingly, it is still on the air!

Please stop by my pop culture food blog – Between the Pages to see lots of cool Halloween Treats.


I see dead Weebles!

Back in the early 1970s, the Weebles toy line (“Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down!”) had a variety of playsets for those cute little egg-shaped people to populate. From a passenger airplane to a camper van, from a boat marina to a treehouse, the Weeble world was wonderful.

Except for that one playset on the outskirt of Weebleville. The one whispered about down at the Weeble playground. The playset where few Weebles dared to wobble.

It is…the Weebles Haunted House!

[source: youtube user: spuzzlightyeartoo]

It looks like an awesome place to be!

I was a small child in the early Seventies but I do not recall having had any Weebles sets. However, today I would think I would’ve enjoyed having this Haunted House back then. The glow-in-the-dark Weeble Ghost is the main selling point for me but the idea of a toy encouraging me to go play in the dark would have been a deal killer. As a little kid, I was scared of the dark. Perhaps I would have braved this fear for the sake of playing with the  Weebles Haunted House.

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Ghost Weeble Bop Bag


Geeky LEGO Crafts By David Scarfe

If you visit The Retroist often you know I have no issues with sharing my love of fanmade LEGO creations. I believe that is exactly why No Starch Press got in touch with me to review their upcoming book.

Geeky LEGO Crafts: 21 Fun and Quirky Projects by David Scarfe is right up my alley. I also bet if you or a member of your Family enjoys LEGO you too will enjoy Scarfe’s book. Especially if you enjoy various retro based projects…
like that Retro Controller Phone Station. Which is obviously designed to resemble the original Nintendo Entertainment System controllers.

I think some of these LEGO projects look tough!

I totally understand you being concerned about that, I really do. I mean we can’t all have the skills of those that post over at The Brothers Brick, right? I am happy to say that David’s book can put you at ease because Geeky LEGO Crafts has step-by-step instructions.

Each project also gives you a visual difficulty rating. Just in case a young builder decides to tackle something like…the Bearskin Rug!

You can see in those images for Tetris fridge magnets that Scarfe has your back on each project. Breaking down not just the color of the pieces but of course how many of each piece you will need.

I was happy to find many of the Geeky LEGO Crafts projects are video game themed – like the Space Invader Space Holders. Or even the flying ducks from 1984’s Duck Hunt. But you also have the option of constructing everything from a Cassette Tape letter holder to a Grenade Planter.

If that does nothing for you, perhaps I can interest you in the Robot Wine Bottle Holder!

I believe that Geeky LEGO Crafts: 21 Fun and Quirky Projects is being released on September 30th. Which means you have plenty of time to visit No Starch Press and pre-order a copy for yourself.

David Scarfe should be proud of his book, it is very well written and entertaining to boot. With the Holidays just around the corner it might make the perfect gift for that LEGO fan you know!


Tom Whalen Has Released Transformers Miniprints

I may not know art but I know that I like Tom Whalen’s artwork. I bet if you do a quick search here on The Retroist you will see we dig his style. The Wolf Man, Popeye, The Great Pumpkin, The Goonies, The Twilight Zone, Gigantor, and even Soundwave from the Transformers.

They have all been subjects of Tom Whalen and to a one are beautiful illustrations. He has managed to capture the spirit – the essence of each subject perfectly. The other day at the Acidfree Gallery they began to sell limited edition prints of Tom Whalen’s take on the Transformers. Some of the iconic Generation One Transformers that is!


So which Transformers made the cut?

Tom Whalen has split the miniprints into two different sets. The heroic Autobots and the dastardly Decepticons of course. First up let us take a look at which of the Autobots were chosen…
Optimus Prime. Hey, can you really pick a more iconic character than the leader of the Autobots?
All images courtesy of Tom Whalen and Acidfree Gallery.

All images courtesy of Tom Whalen and Acidfree Gallery.

Also included and as the Acidfree Gallery states on their site – Tom Whalen’s illustration for Ironhide will be randomly inserted. Only twenty of the Ironhide miniprints will be made by the way. So he is the chase miniprint I guess you can say?

Which Decepticons did Tom Whalen choose?

I think that the artist went with some rather interesting choices with the ‘Decticreeps’. It is completely understandable of course that Megatron was picked – especially with Prime chosen for the Autobots.
All images courtesy of Tom Whalen and Acidfree Gallery.

All images courtesy of Tom Whalen and Acidfree Gallery.

Starscream is a solid choice as well…
As is Soundwave. Three solid characters that make up the core of the Decepticon forces.
Tom Whalen might have went with another of the Seekers like Thundercracker or even Skywarp but chose Shockwave
The artist also chose to shine the spotlight on Rumble instead of say Laserbeak or Ravage.
For the Decepticons it is Frenzy that has been given the honor of being the chase Miniprint.

So that makes actually three of the illustrations for the Decepticons that involved Soundwave in one form or another. Which if Transformers: The Movie taught us anything is logical as Soundwave is superior…


Each set of five miniprints will cost fifty dollars and there are some variant versions that run a little higher. I can only tell you that there are differences in what looks to be the material it is printed on. Although some of the higher priced sets include original sketches by Tom Whalen. So if your home or office need some beautiful Transformers artwork I suggest you hop on over to Acidfree Gallery.


There Is A LEGO Knight Rider Set. No, Really!

That isn’t a fanmade Knight Rider set from the Brothers Brick, that is an official LEGO set – a Knight Rider set that should hit store shelves next February.

So this Knight Rider set means LEGO is going to take over the world, right?

Pretty much. At least in regards to pop culture retro related properties. I mean, please don’t get me wrong but who is it that you think LEGO is aiming this Knight Rider set to? I say it is most definitely the likes of us that visit The Retroist!

That isn’t all that LEGO is making for us retro-minded fans though. I previously shared the information about the upcoming LEGO Dimensions sets besides Knight Rider back in June. You might remember we are also getting Gremlins
The A-Team
Mission Impossible
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
and last but not least The Goonies – or at least Sloth from that film.

Why should we care about a LEGO Knight Rider though?

I know there may be a few of you out there that are asking yourself this very question. You are all dead to me. Just kidding of course – but how can you not get excited about a LEGO minifig version of David Hasselhoff, I mean Michael Knight?
Image courtesy of io9.

Image courtesy of io9.

My friends, please listen to me. We are lucky enough to live in a time where by next year you will be able to have Dr. Peter Venkman of 1984’s Ghostbusters driving K.I.T.T. through Gremlins’ Kingston Falls!
Image courtesy of io9.

Image courtesy of io9.

I kind of think that LEGO has made some amazing and excellent choices with Knight Rider and the other retro properties. In fact I believe I couldn’t be more impressed if they suddenly announced they were releasing a set for…

A huge thank you to Andrew Liszewski of io9 for the heads up on the Knight Rider set. Hey, if like myself you are geeking out over this release and need to pass the time until February, you can always keep Hasselhoff’s True Survivor on constant loop, right?

[via] DavidHasselhoffVEVO


There Was An Automan Action Figure?!

Automan was a television series that aired on ABC starting in 1983 for a mere one season. Obviously inspired by TRON which the showrunners must have believed was going to be the megahit of 1982 – sadly, much like that film this sci-fi/superhero series failed to find it’s intended audience.

Image courtesy of Shout! Factory.

Image courtesy of Shout! Factory.

In all honesty – the reason I loved the series so much is that Automan premiered at the exact right time for someone like myself who was devoted to video games, computers and of course TRON. Even though it took far too long in my humble opinion, Shout! Factory has come to the rescue and released all 13 episodes on DVD.

Video S.

So what is Automan about?

Automan was the brainchild of the late great Glen A. Larson who you might know from Battlestar Galactica, B.J. and the Bear, The Fall Guy, and Magnum P.I. to name a few. The story is about a Police Officer named Walter Nenicher, played by Desi Arnaz, Jr. who is also a computer programmer. One night at the station while working on a holographic program for an ‘Automatic Man’ – the creation is brought to life and the duo quickly team up to fight crime. Automan by the way was played by Chuck Wagner.

The duo were helped by Automan’s sidekick named Cursor who could ‘draw’ solid light creations for Automan and Walter when needed like a car that was capable of 90-degree turns…
…a helicopter which was always my person favorite…
and even a combination of car and jet when needed.
I remember once or twice that Cursor also became a motorcycle – I just couldn’t find any images of it.

Thanks for the history lesson, now what about this Automan toy?

Why is everyone in such a hurry these days? I was getting to the point. While I was certainly a fan of the television show the disappointing ratings not only killed any hopes for a second season but the prospect of toys. Or at least that is what I always thought. It turns out that the series did in fact have quite a few toys created – the catch though is they weren’t sold in America.

I was under the impression for the past 33 years that there was no merchandise whatsoever – so when I stumbled across an image of the Automan action figure by Acamas Toys the other day…I naturally assumed it was a fake. A custom figure. I was totally wrong.
A big thank you to 80sKid.Com for the images you see below – because Halloween costumes, die-cast vehicles, and even a toy watch that launched ‘drone’ copters were made and that is just the tip of the iceberg.

Image courtesy of 80sKid.Com

Image courtesy of 80sKid.Com

Image courtesy of 80sKid.Com

Image courtesy of 80sKid.Com

Image courtesy of 80sKid.Com

Image courtesy of 80sKid.Com

Take a closer look at that Automan costume set – 80sKid.Com totally has it signed by Chuck Wagner!
Image courtesy of 80sKid.Com

Image courtesy of 80sKid.Com

So when you have a few moments, make sure to visit 80sKid.Com and check out all of the merchandise that was created for Automan…if you need me I will be on eBay trying to get some of this stuff for myself.

Chuck Wagner
Wait a minute…that last video is from Chuck Wagner?! Like as in the actor who played Automan?


Check Out This Back To The Future II Battery-Powered Car!

Back to the Future II holds some very vivid memories for me. I can certainly recall the excitement at my High School from my fellow students as the November 22 release date crept closer – although that also had a bit to do with the Thanksgiving vacation too.

Of course it didn’t help that Back to the Future II was heavily involved with all manner of cross promotional advertising and merchandising like with Pizza Hut. You know, the Solar Shades inspired by the movie?

[Via] TV Matt KC

Some of the Pizza Hut ads for Back to the Future 2 didn’t even make those Solar Shades the main focus…I still want a pair of them though. Even back in 1989 I smiled at that girl’s comment about the two guys looking 80s – I think I knew somehow that fashion would never get better than that for me.

[Via] Jurassic Park Fan 1001’s Channel

What do I remember most about Back to the Future 2?

There are a couple of things that stood out as my Father and I were watching it on opening weekend:

  • Whoa! Jennifer from the first film has been replaced by Adventure In Babysitting’s Elisabeth Shue!
  • Things got quite a bit darker in Back to the Future Part II!
  • Our fellow audience members seemed none too pleased that the conclusion to the Back to the Future saga would be finished in a third film and set in the old west.

    When I say they were not pleased I mean many, many of them were booing as they walked out of the auditorium. For quite a while, at school especially it seemed like I was the lone defender of Back to the Future II but eventually it seemed like people’s attitude towards the film changed.

Didn’t you mention something about a Back to the Future II battery-powered car?

Yep. I was and still am a huge fan of the movie. Having said that – somehow the knowledge that Action Products released as a 1989 Toys ‘R’ Us exclusive – a battery-powered DeLorean escaped my attention.
Not that I was of the age category that could have driven it without breaking it. That doesn’t mean I couldn’t have picked up that radio controlled car though!

I am absolutely astonished they added a Mr. Fusion!

I am absolutely astonished they added a Mr. Fusion!

These images by the way come courtesy of a 2010 post from io9 who seem to have obtained them from the always awesome Branded in the 80s site.