Needless Things Podcast 126 – Dragon Con 2016: GI Joe: A Real American Hero with Larry Hama

September 30th, 2016
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It’s a LIVE panel from Dragon Con 2016!

A presentation of the American Sci-Fi Classics Track – Larry Hama answers questions about GI Joe, the universe, and everything!

Larry Hama is the man that created identities for the characters of the 1980s iteration of GI Joe – the 3.75” Real American Hero line. He wrote the file cards for the entire toy line. Duke, Zartan, Roadblock, Cobra Commander and all of the rest came from the mind of a man who only ever wanted to draw cartoon animals. And his characterizations were so strong that to this day they are still the touchstones of the franchise, even thirty years later.

Not only is Mr. Hama responsible for these beloved characters’ personalities, he is also the writer for the entire run of the GI Joe: A Real American Hero comic book, which continues to this day.

Listen in as the great Larry Hama discusses topics ranging from the whimsical to the emotional and extremely personal in this incredible episode of the Needless Things Podcast!

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!

“Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com

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You can follow Phantom Troublemaker on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for Dragon Con news!

If you’re here checking out Dragon Con stuff and haven’t visited Needless Things before, thanks for coming by. Our writers post five times a week about toys, movies, music, and all manner of pop culture dorkery. The Needless Things Podcast posts once a week, usually on Friday.

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Needless Things Podcast 125 – Dragon Con 2016: Toy Stories

September 15th, 2016
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It’s a LIVE panel from Dragon Con 2016!

A presentation of the American Sci-Fi Classics Track - Phantom Troublemaker, Rebeccah Hunter, Noel Wood, Sean Reid, Gary Mitchel, and members of the audience share Toy Stories! Tales of Masters of the Universe, GI Joe, and creepy 80s toys share the spotlight this time around.

Also – will Joe Crowe arrive in time to show everyone his Big Jim or will Judge Reinhold prove to be too much of a handful for our Fearless Leader?

(Spoiler Alert – Joe didn’t make it)

Listen in as the panelists and the audience engage in a live discussion about some of their favorite toys and collectibles!

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!

“Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com

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You can follow Phantom Troublemaker on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for Dragon Con news!

If you’re here checking out Dragon Con stuff and haven’t visited Needless Things before, thanks for coming by. Our writers post five times a week about toys, movies, music, and all manner of pop culture dorkery. The Needless Things Podcast posts once a week, usually on Friday. Come back after Dragon Con for full coverage of what went down, as well as audio recordings of our panels.

Our 31 Days of Halloween begins in October! It lasts all month long and everything on the site is thoroughly Halloweeny!

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Needless Things Podcast 118 – San Diego Comic Con 2016 Part 1 – The Toys

July 29th, 2016
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It’s time once again for the Needless Things Irregulars to look at the big toy news out of San Diego Comic Con!

Every year at Comic Con the toy companies reveal some of the most exciting items that will be offered in the year to come. NECA, Mezco, Hasbro, Mattel, and more display the hottest toys from the biggest franchises.

Listen in as Phantom, Head of Research Ryan, Belligerent Monkey Jay, and Mr. Beau Brown talk about the products and news that came out of SDCC 2016!

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!

“Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com

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Needless Things Podcast 99 – Toy Stories from Joelanta 2016

March 17th, 2016
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LIVEfrom the 2016 Joelanta and the Great Atlanta Toy Convention, PhantomTroublemaker hostsan all-new ToyStories panel!

Everyonehas a toy story.

JoinPhantom Troublemaker and a selection of special guests as they sharereminiscences about the playthings they grew up with. Each speakerwill present a tale attached to a specific toy from their life.
Listenin as Phantom, Sean Reid, NewLegend Productions’Mike Gordon,Ricky Zero from Radio Cult,andmembers of the audience share the stories behind their favorite toys!
Besure to join the NeedlessThings Podcast Facebook Groupand get in on the conversation for this week’s episode! Let us knowwhat youthink!

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Needless Things Podcast Episode 41: The Atlanta Toy Meeting

December 5th, 2014
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Phantom Troublemaker has been trying to get in with the folks of the Great Atlanta Toy Convention for a while now.

Last year things didn’t work out due to his work schedule, but this year it looks like Needless Things will be well represented at the con in March. Before that happened, Phantom wanted to get to know the folks who run the show and they, rightly, wanted to know what they were getting into by working with us.

This is how Phantom ended up getting invited to one of the group’s secret meetings.
Every so often, a group of Atlanta toy enthusiasts meets in an undisclosed location at undisclosed intervals to talk toys. Today, for the first time ever, the outside world gets to listen in on one of these meetings and learn a little bit more about the folks who run the Joelanta toy convention and how they came together with the Atlanta Toy Convention to form one of the best toy shows in the Southeast; as well as how that combination of shows has continued to grow over the years. 
 
Listen in now and learn more about how a group of collectors and enthusiasts created the popular and rapidly expanding Great Atlanta Toy Convention!
To join the group and learn more about the show, check out their Facebook page:
Great Atlanta Toy Convention
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Plus – Listen to today's episode and learn how you can win a Zenescope Entertainment prize pack consisting of an Alice in Wonderland action figure by Clayburn Moore, the Wonderland board game, and Wonderland trade paperback collections!
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Needless Things Podcast Episode 12 - The GI Joe: A Real American Hero Panel

September 18th, 2013


This is the big one, Phantomaniacs.

You’ve heard the action figure panel. That one is really my pride and joy because it is the first Dragon Con panel that I was responsible for. Obviously I love action figures and toys and it was a blast to blather on about them with Gary and Geena for an hour. I’m pretty sure we’ll do it again next year in some form.

You’ve heard the He-Man panel. That one was special because me and Beau got to do our Needless Thing in front of an audience and… sometimes my phrasing is really bad. Gary was with us on that one, too, because Gary is awesome. But the awesomest awesomeness was the fact that we got to talk with William Stout. That made that panel extra special. And I’m so glad I got to record it. I learned my lesson about recording panels after being on a fantastic Elementary panel at TimeGate with (dude) and it having a single shred of evidence from it.

But now it’s time for my passion. It’s time for the panel about the toy line and cartoon and comic book that ruled my childhood above all others. Yes, even above Star Wars.

The GI Joe panel wasn’t technically mine to run like the others, but I felt just as proprietary about it. Much like Beau and the Masters panel, I knew I had a valuable resource to tap for the Joe panel – Gnoll. That guy knows 80s pop culture like you wouldn’t believe. And Hasbro properties are a specialty of his.

Joining us were Award-Winning Bobby Nash and the walking Trivial Pursuit: Nerd Edition known as Gary Mitchel.

Guys – this panel was electric and it wasn’t just us (thought we were probably important). We had an unbelievable audience for this one. Despite the fact that it was 7 PM on the final full night of Dragon Con, the room was packed – literally standing room only – with enthusiastic Joe fans. In all honesty the whole thing was pretty emotionally charged for me. To be sharing that space with the talent at the table and so many fans was a powerful thing. And we had a great discussion about GI Joe. Check it out.

Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com

GI Joe: The Movie Theme” by Robert J. Walsh & Jon Douglas

-Phantom


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