Needless Things Podcast 170 – Masters of the Universe Needless Commentary

July 20th, 2017
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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!

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Needless Things Podcast 167 – 1987

June 29th, 2017
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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!

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Needless Things Podcast 146 – Masters of the Universe Classics 2016

February 10th, 2017
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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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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!

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Needless Things Podcast 89 – Masters of the Universe Classics 2015

January 7th, 2016
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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.

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

July 17th, 2015
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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!

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

March 3rd, 2015
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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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Needless Things Podcast 43 - Masters of the Universe Classics: 2014 Year in Review

January 15th, 2015
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Phantom Troublemaker and Mr. Beau Brown reunite to take a look back at last year’s Masters of the Universe Classics releases from Mattycollector.com!

As it turns out, 2014 was the penultimate year of the Masters toy line and Mattel delivered big. While there wasn’t a big release like Castle Grayskull, the releases were more consistently good than they’ve ever been. With impressive toys like Modulok, Extendar, and the surprisingly good Eldor, there were more highs than lows. Mattel also offered the second vehicle in the line – the Battle Ram – and yet another specialty subscription – Club Etheria.

Beau and Phantom run down all of the releases of the regular line and Beau gives attention to the Battle Ram and Club Etheria, which Phantom passed on.
Tune in and listen as two guys that genuinely love toys and He-Man have fun talking about the next-to-last year of what has turned out to be a legendary toy line worthy of the Most Powerful Man in the Universe!.
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Needless Things Podcast Episode 37: New York Comic Con 2014 & Toy Guru Leaves

October 24th, 2014
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In this week's episode we divert from Halloween festivities (sorry, boils and ghouls) to address what is potentially the biggest news the toy industry has seen in over a decade - Scott Nietlich - AKA Toy Guru - has resigned from Mattel due to an offer from an as-yet unnamed competitor.

On hearing this, Phantom Troublemaker scrapped plans for a horror toy episode and assembled the Needless Things Toy Irregulars - Mr. Beau Brown, Ryan Schweck, and Jay Hornsby, the Belligerent Monkey.

The quartet discuss the announcements from Mattel and Hasbro at this year's New York Comic Con and then delve into a discussion about the past, present, and future of the toy industry's most recgnizable name. No matter what you think of him, there's no denying that Scott Nietlich had a huge impact on the collectors' market and the way that collector toys are marketed and sld. He was passionate and innovative and worked hard to see his visions come to life and be delivered onto the shelves of fans and customers.

Tune in now ans the Needless Things crew discuss NYCC 2014 and the man known as Toy Guru!

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Needless Things Podcast Episode 28: San Diego Comic Con 2014

July 31st, 2014

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It is time once again for the Knights of Needless Things to assemble and discuss the goings-on at the biggest media event on the planet – San Diego Comic Con!

Sadly Reverend Dan Wilson and The Oncoming Josh were unable to join us due to calamitous acts of one form or another. But we sallied forth with Phantom Troublemaker, our lovely co-host Mr. Beau Brown, the Belligerent Monkey, and Sir Ryan of House Schweck.

In this roundtable discussion we cover the SDCC reveals from our favorite toy lines – Star Wars, TMNT, DC Collectibles, Marvel Legends, Masters of the Universe Classics, and many more! This one went a little long and we still weren’t able to cover everything. But we did get in a bit of movie and television talk.

Tune in now and see what the Needless Things Irregulars had to say about the Comic Con toy scene.


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