Jul 20, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 222 – Toys Я Us

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I don't wanna grow up, I'm a Toys R Us kid

they got a million toys at Toys R us that I can play with
I don't wanna grow up, I'm a Toys R Us kid
they got the best for so much less, it'll really flip your lid
From bikes to trains to video games
it's the biggest toy store there is (gee whiz!)
I don't wanna grow up, cause maybe if I did
I couldn't be a Toys R Us kid
more games, more toys, oh boy!
I wanna be a Toys R Us kid
 
On this special episode of the Needless Things Podcast Dave talks to Head of Research Ryan and Belligerent Monkey Jay about Toys R Us. From their first visits to their final goodbyes and all of the years of hunting between, this retail chain felt like so much more than just a place to buy stuff. For toy collectors like these three, it was a haven.
 
Additionally, the Phantomaniacs and Needless Things Irregulars answered the call to share their own memories and sent in audio clips and short essays that will be shared on the show.
 
Listen in as Toys R Us kids from all over share their memories of the greatest toy store there was!
 
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Mar 2, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 202 – 2018 New York International Toy Fair

 

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The Needless Things Irregulars assemble for their annual look at the New York International Toy Fair!
 
The 2018 New York International Toy Fair was held from February 17th – 20th so that toy manufacturers from all over the world could get retailers and journalists excited about their offerings for the upcoming year. Hasbro, Mattel, Funko, NECA, and many more all bring out their prototypes, concepts, and newest licenses to display in the biggest toy-oriented gathering of the year!
 
Join Phantom, Needless Things’ Head of Research Ryan, The Belligerent Monkey, and Josh Wilson as they discuss the coolest collectibles that will be unleashed in the coming year!

Be sure to join the Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group and get in on the conversation for this week’s episode! Let us know what you think!
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Feb 13, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 1 Special Edition

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The first episode of the Needless Things Podcast was posted on January 1st, 2013. It's a conversation between Phantom Troublemaker (Dave) and Beau Brown about the 30th anniversary of Masters of the Universe.

It was originally posted on the Internet Archive because we had no idea what we were doing. Now, five years later, the episode has been given a new introduction and outro and is finally being included in the Podbean library of episodes to be distributed to itunes, Stitcher, Uranus, and everywhere else podcasts aren't sold.

Here are the show noted from that first episode in a cleaner form.

Phantom wrote much longer show notes than Dave does.

I guess this was bound to happen sooner or later. I knew at some point I would have to do my own thing.

This was actually Beau’s idea. He messaged me that he wanted to do a Masters of the Universe podcast; possibly Earth Station Eternia. I thought that sounded like a great idea, so I ran it past Director Faber. He was not interested. I immediately knew I was just going to have to do it myself. I envisioned a year-end wrap-up of the Masters of the Universe Classics toy line and the 30th Anniversary. I got back to Beau to make sure he was down with that – he was – and started figuring out how the heck I was going to do it.

Would there be cursing? (yes)

How long did I want to record? (preferably about 90 minutes, but however long it took)

How would I record? (with a Skype add-on called Amolto Call Recorder)

How would I post it? (still working on that as of this writing)

We had a recording date set of December 10th, but I got sick and couldn’t talk around the pound of snot hanging out in my throat. 

And then we did record ten days later. I had planned on doing a lot more than we did, but it just takes a while to discuss thirty-two action figures and the greatest playset of all time. 

Here’s the rundown, with links to reviews where appropriate (at the time of the recording I had not yet received my December shipment of Procrustus and Mosquitor; I skipped Granamyr):

30th Figures
Photog – Heroic Master of Cameras designed by fan Nathan Bitner
Draego-Man – Evil Fire-Breathing Menace designed by legendary toy designers The Four Horsemen – mention dropped weapons
Spector – Heroic Master of Time Travel designed by ToyGuru Scott Nietlich – I do not begrudge him this figure. I would totally do the same thing. Spector is boring and I didn’t get him or want him, but good for ToyGuru.
Sir Laser-Lot – Heroic Knight of Grayskull designed by comic book writer Geoff Johns – Johns gets 80’s toys.
Cy-Chop – Evil Horde Bounty Hunter designed by apparent lunatic Terry Higuchi
Castle Grayskullman – Heroic Embodiment of Castle Grayskull designed by Daniel Benedict

2012 Figures
January – Star Sisters
February – Sorceress, Fisto, Shadow Weaver
March – Kobra Khan
April – Thun-DERP-unch He-Man, DDP
May – Slush Head, Stinkor, Snake Mountain stands
June – Horde Prime, Snake MAA, Gryphon
July – Spikor, Vykron (SDCC)
August – Nothing
September - Mekaneck, DB Skeletor, Snake Men
October – Rattlor, Frosta, Weapons Pak
November – Eternos Palace Randor, Dekkker
December – Mosquitor, Procrustus, Granamyr

CASTLE GRAYSKULL PREORDER!

I had a fantastic time recording this thing with Beau and even enjoyed the editing to a certain extent. If the editing had been the only thing going on in my life I think I would have really liked it. Of course, that would also be very sad.

I wasn’t sure to what extent Director Faber wanted the ESO Network to be involved given his initial level of interest, but he was pretty excited about making The Needless Things Podcast a part of his empire when I talked to him Sunday night during the latest Earth Station Who recording. He asked if I had included the ESO IDs and I went, “Uhh… no,” because I don’t have those IDs and the idea of me including them never came up. But he sent them along and now they’re in there and I can’t help but feel like this thing is even more official. Faber told me if I waited two weeks I could actually upload it to the ESO Network, but I’ve had this date in mind and thought it was really important to kick off 2013 with something big. I may re-upload it when he’s ready just so everything will be in one place.

Speaking of big things, I also bought a domain name. You might (or might not) have noticed that your address bar says “NeedlessThingsSite.com” rather than “phantomtroublemaker.blogspot.com”. I’ve been feeling like that needed to happen for a while. I was never really happy with the address, but when I investigated I found out that “NeedlessThings.com” was already taken by some kind of fashion site that as far as I can tell has never been updated and seems to not even be in use.
I haven’t really investigated the differences between the pure Blogspot site and whatever it is I have now, but apparently there are some. As the year goes on I’ll change whatever I can when there’s time. We’ll see.

One last thing – this is more of a general type of thing than anything podcast-related, but just know that I’m toning down my costumes this year. The mask will still be everywhere I am, but I’ve decided to work with what I already have, costume-wise. I’m really trying to tighten up the spending and get rid of a few nagging debts, so this year is going to have a minimum of unnecessary expenses. I had wanted very badly to have a Phantom Troublemaker version of Doctor Six’s costume for TimeGate, but the time and money for such a thing simply aren’t there. I’m still gonna hug Colin Baker, though.

Oh, and toys do not count as “unnecessary expenses”. So don’t worry about a lack of reviews.

-Phantom

Listen in as Phantom and Beau discuss the 2012 Masters of the Universe Classics toy line!
 
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Feb 2, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 198 – Masters of the Universe Part 2

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Mr. Beau Brown returns to the Needless Things Podcast for the second part of a wide-ranging conversation about Masters of the Universe!
 
Starting with how they discovered the most powerful franchise in the universe and uncovering many dark corners of pop culture along the way, Dave and Beau go wherever the conversation takes them. From childhood jealousy to grownup toy collecting ennui, He-Man and his pals elicit a huge spectrum of responses in this conversation!
 
Listen in as Dave and Beau go wherever this veritable digital river of conversation takes them!
 
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Jan 11, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 195 – Masters of the Universe Part 1

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Masters of the Universe toys have a significantly lower profile these days, so rather than attempting the usual annual recap, Dave and Mr. Beau Brown are having an Eternian free-for-all! No Masters-related topic is off limits as two superfans discuss their love of Mattel’s franchise.
 
In this, the first of two episodes, Beau and Dave talk about the current state of the Masters of the Universe franchise.
 
Listen in as Dave and Beau discuss the past, present, and future of the most powerful toy line in the universe!
 
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Jul 27, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 171 – San Diego Comic Con 2017

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It’s time once again for the Needless Things Irregulars to look at the big news out of San Diego Comic Con!

Every year at Comic Con Hollywood, comic book publishers, and toy companies reveal some of the most exciting things that will be offered in the year to come.

Listen in as Phantom, Head of Research Ryan, Belligerent Monkey Jay, and Josh Wilson talk about the products and news that came out of SDCC 2016! Plus, a special look at Super 7's Masters of the Universe product with Mr. Beau Brown!

Be sure to join the Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group and get in on the conversation for this week’s episode! Let us know what you think!

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Mar 23, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 152 – Toy Stories LIVE at Toylanta 2017

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LIVE from Toylanta 2017 (formerly Joelanta and the Great Atlanta Toy Convention), Phantom Troublemaker hosts an all-new Toy Stories panel!

Everyone has a toy story.

Join Phantom Troublemaker and a selection of special guests as they share reminiscences about the playthings they grew up with. The topic this year was “How We Play” - the panelists discussed how they played with the toys of their youth. Did we follow the cartoons and comics or create our own stories? Outside or inside? Did we mix toy lines or keep them separate?

Listen in as Phantom, Rad Ranger, Ryan Cadaver, Award-Winning author Bobby Nash, and Revolution SF’s Gary Mitchel tell you how they mixed brands, told stories, and waged miniature wars!

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Mar 2, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 149 – Buddy Finethy from Toylanta

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Phantom Troublemaker talks to the delightful Buddy Finethy, artist, designer, and one of the showrunners for Joelanta & The Great Atlanta Toy Convention!

Ever since receiving his first GI Joe figure in the early 70s, Buddy Finethy has had a passion not just for Joes, but for the art of toys. From following the Grateful Dead on tour to working with Hasbro to starting up the revered Joelanta convention, Buddy has had a heck of an interesting life!

Listen in as Phantom and Buddy discuss toys, the universe, and everything in the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!

Joelanta & The Great Atlanta Toy Convention takes place on March 10th, 11th, & 12th at the Marriott Century Center in Atlanta, GA. All weekend long the halls are packed with dealers selling vintage, modern, and custom toys of every shape and size. The show also features panels, musical guests Possum Kingdom Ramblers and Radio Cult, and collectors and designers from all over the world!

Be sure to join the Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group and get in on the conversation for this week’s episode! Let us know what you think!

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Feb 24, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 145 – 2017 New York International Toy Fair

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The Needless Things Irregulars assemble for their annual look at the New York International Toy Fair!

The 2017 New York International Toy Fair was held from February 17th – 19th so that toy manufacturers from all over the world could get retailers and journalists excited about their offerings for the upcoming year. Hasbro, Mattel, Funko, NECA, and many more all bring out their prototypes, concepts, and newest licenses to display in the biggest toy-oriented gathering of the year!

Listen in as Phantom, Needless Things’ Head of Research Ryan, The Belligerent Monkey, and Josh Wilson of The Oncoming Storm Podcast discuss the coolest collectibles that will be unleashed in the coming year!

Be sure to join the Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group and get in on the conversation for this week’s episode! Let us know what you think!

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Feb 10, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 146 – Masters of the Universe Classics 2016

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Mr. Beau Brown returns to the show for a discussion of the final year of Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Classics toy line!

It looked like 2015 was going to be the end of Mattel’s Classics line, but they squeaked their way through 2016 with two lines that weren’t technically Classics, but totally were – Club Grayskull and Collector’s Choice. But by year’s end it was revealed that Mattel was closing the doors on MattyCollector.com and that the Masters license would be moving on to Super 7.

Listen in as Phantom and Beau talk about the final twenty Mattel releases, as well as some exclusives and Super 7’s plans for the line!

PLUS!: See Phantom Troublemaker and Mr. Beau Brown LIVE tomorrow night at the Valentine’s Puckin’ Fuppet Show!

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