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!
 
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 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!
 
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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Jul 20, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 170 – Masters of the Universe Needless Commentary

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Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!

Special guests Mr. Beau Brown and Award-Winning Bobby Nash join the Commentary Team for the 1987 Masters of the Universe!

Thirty years ago children all over the world were disappointed by Cannon's live action adaptation of Mattel's Masters of the Universe toy line. While director Gary Goddard, production designer William Stout, and the rest of the cast and crew worked their hardest to create an epic science fiction and fantasy experience, The Cannon Group's notorious budget limitations kept them from providing the movie fans wanted.

Now, three decades later and thirty years wiser, the Needless Commentary team reviews He-Man's Hollywood debut to see if there are, perhaps, redeeming qualities that were missed the first time around. Or if not, if the movie is at least better than Krull!

Listen in as Phantom Troublemaker, Bobby Nash, Beau Brown, Arian, and Ryan Cadaver gather in the Phantom Zone to offer up their thoughts on this 1987 Courtney Cox classic!

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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“Living in A Box” by Living in A Box from their debut album Living in A Box

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Jun 29, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 167 – 1987

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The dynamite team of Phantom Troublemaker, Beth V, Rad Ranger, and Chris DePetrillo reunite to look thrity years into the past!

1987 was another banner year of the eighties, presenting us with new TV shows and toy lines and an absolutely stellar slate of films from Hollywood! As part of a new annual tradition, Phantom Troublemaker gathered some of the Needless Things Irregulars to reflect on the pop culture that made us who we are today. From farting alligators to transforming food to unforgettable giants, this week’s episode travels back to a time when things were far more awesome!

Listen in as Beth, Phantom, Sean, and Chris discuss their favorite – and not-so-favorite – pop culture from 1987!

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 

"Miami Fast Lane" by RF.extreme

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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!

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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Sep 15, 2016

Needless Things Podcast 125 – Dragon Con 2016: Toy Stories

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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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Jan 7, 2016

Needless Things Podcast 89 – Masters of the Universe Classics 2015

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Phantom Troublemaker and Mr. Beau Brown cover the final year of Mattycollector.com’s Masters of the Universe Classics line!

It’s been a long and sometimes frustrating road, but the Masters of the Universe Classics line has finally come to an end. 2015 was the final year of the line, and it was a huge one full of important characters, new design choices, and massive change. From January to December (and a bit beyond), Phantom and Beau cover every release of this last year of the ultimate nostalgia toy line.

Be sure to join the new 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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Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com
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Jul 17, 2015

Needless Things Podcast 64 – 2015 San Diego Comic Con Part 1 – The Toys

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It is time once again for Needless Things’ annual look at Sand Diego Comic Con! This year was so big it required two episodes – one for the toys and one for the various media happenings. Today’s Part 1 focuses on the toys that debuted this year.

Phantom Troublemaker, Mr. Beau Brown, Ryan Schweck, The Belligerent Monkey, and Josh Wilson of The Oncoming Storm Podcast convened to discuss all of the best toys that were shown at SDCC.

There were exciting reveals from Hasbro, NECA, Mezco, and newcomer Mondo, but Mattel owned the show with their awesome Masters of the Universe presentation and not one, but two HUGE surprise announcements; one of which is an entirely new license under the Mattycollector “Classics” banner!

Listen in as Phantom, Beau, Ryan, Jay, and Josh run down all of the toy news that’s fit to report!:

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Today’s musical selection is from Atlanta punk legends, the Tone Deaf Pig-Dogs!

Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com
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Mar 3, 2015

Needless Things Podcast 47 – 2015 New York International Toy Fair Part 1: Masters of the Universe

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Phantom Troublemaker and the Needless Things Irregulars once again convene to discuss and review Toy Fair!

The 2015 New York International Toy Fair was held from February 13th – 17th 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!

Due to technical difficulties, the first recording of this episode is unlistenable. Fortunately the whole crew was willing to give it another go. Unfortunately we couldn't get everybody together again. Fortunately this means that certain aspects of Toy Fair will get more attention. Like Masters of the Universe Classics.
Join Phantom and his co-host Mr. Beau Brown as they look at not only the Toy Fair figure reveals and the new 200X mini-sub, but also the MASSIVE surprise that was revealed the day after we recorded the first time!
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