History Channel’s American Pickers – Boys’ Toys

I would be willing to bet that most visitors to the Retroist are no strangers to the History Channel’s American Pickers show. While I’m not really a fan of reality shows, I think this series is quite enjoyable. I enjoy the camaraderie of show leads Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz with their co-worker Danielle Colby-Cushman holding the fort down and finding the choice spots for the boys to visit just as much as seeing all of the cool things they uncover. There certainly have been a couple of episodes that were right up my alley, movie posters and old film equipment, but last evening I was able to catch this episode that dealt with a collector’s love of Sci-Fi toys, especially robots.

It won’t let me embed the video I’m afraid but here is the link (There are ads but jump to around the 23 minute mark to get straight to the robot goodness):

You’ll see everything from metal wind-up version of Gort from the Day Earth Stood Still to the mighty Verbot!


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4 thoughts on “History Channel’s American Pickers – Boys’ Toys

  1. garsh says:

    Yep, I love that show. Whether I just “have it on” while I’m doing stuff, or actually paying attention, it’s a great show with great personalities and interesting stuff.

  2. Absolutely, Garsh! Though I have to say my favorite episode is when they visited the daughter of the man who helped invent the Kodak color process for feature films…he had one of the very first motion picture projectors plus the place was packed with all manner of film making equipment. Incredible. If it would have been me that had discovered it…I would have just handed her a blank check. ;)

  3. Joyce Bertschy says:

    So cool! My hubby and I had been trying to locate Goldies Grocery and Hardware Historic Store. Today we finally found it. Even though their isn’t any information on the Internet about it. Goldie and Mike don’t have internet. The building was built in 1888 and was called Scotts grocery store. Who was the neice of Devil Anse. Some of the old pictures are still hanging on the wall in the store. Goldie told me she had no idea if the store was register with the historical society. We enjoyed our visit chatting with Mike and Goldie. My husband and I bought a old coal camp house in N. Matewan along, Mate Creek, which was the main transportation to the Tug River, due to the flat land along the Creek. So much wonderful history and events that have been recorded. After we left Goldie and Mikes, we headed for the ATV trail system to make our way back the house. We had a wonderful day of meeting Goldie and Mike, then taking in the view from the trail system on Buffalo Mnt. Goldies Grocery and Hardware Store, is located on Meador Hollow Road, Meador, WV. I would recommend it to anyone, including the ATV Trail. Even if you’re in your 60’s and 70’s as my hubby and I are.

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