Jun 28, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 219 – 1988

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The dynamite team of Phantom Troublemaker, Beth V, Rad Ranger, and Chris DePetrillo reunite to look thirty years into the past!
 
1988 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 an annual tradition, Dave gathered some of the Needless Things Irregulars to reflect on the pop culture that made us who we are today. From hip hop to dinosaurs to the worst song ever recorded, this week’s episode travels back to a time when things were far more awesome!
 
Listen in as Beth, Dave, Sean, and Chris discuss their favorite – and not-so-favorite – pop culture from 1988!
 
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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!

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Feb 22, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 201 – Tanya’s Island 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!
 
WARNING: Unbeknownst to the Needless Commentary Team, none of whom had seen this movie, Tanya’s Island includes scenes of rape and… (SPOILERS) basically bestiality. It’s really fucked up, you guys. Strictly adults only.
 
Journey to a magical island that may or may not exist and is home to Tanya, Lobo, and another very special guest. Witness the most bizarre love triangle in cinematic history as the Commentary Team groans along to this obscure film featuring creature effects by Rick Baker(!) and Rob Bottin(!).
 
Listen in as the Team is forever changed by the power of Tanya’s Island!
 
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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 8, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 199 – Toy Stories LIVE at Days of the Dead Atlanta

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LIVE from the Days of the Dead Atlanta horror convention – Dave, Nicole Gould, and Ryan Cadaver host Needless Things Presents Toy Stories: Plastic Horrors!
 
From Marx to Mego to McFarlane to Mezco, the Needless Things Irregulars jump around the history of horror toys and discuss their favorites in front of a live Days of the Dead audience. Each of the last six decades has seemed to present innovations and revolutions in the world of horror-based toys, and the panel touches on some of their favorite lines and moments in this special episode brought to you by the Blue Track.
 
Listen in as Dave, Nicole, Ryan, and audience members share stories of the roots of their horror collections and their favorite spooky toys!
 
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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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Nov 30, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 189 – Boglins & Sectaurs with Timothy Clarke

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LIVE from the Dragon Con 2017 Puppetry Track!
 
Dave – formerly and sometimes still known as Phantom Troublemaker – talks to the wonderful Tim Clarke about two of the legendary 80s toy lines he created – Boglins and Sectaurs!
 
Listen in as Tim talks to Dave about the genesis of these two innovative puppetry-based concepts and their legacy in the world of toys!
 
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Aug 28, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 176 – Dragon Con 2017: The Puppets Take Atlanta

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Dragon Con 2017 coverage continues on Needless Things in this special Wednesday episode!

In this week’s episode of the Needless Things Podcast Puppetry Track Director Beau Brown returns to lay down everything that's going on this year in Dragon Con's most inclusive and all-encompassing Track!

Listen for all of the exciting Puppet Track news, as well as some exclusive announcements!

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

Be sure to come back in October for our 31 Days of Halloween! It lasts all month long and everything on the site is thoroughly Halloweeny!

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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!

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May 4, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 159 – News Blitz w/ Ryan & Jay

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Phantom Troublemaker, Head of Research Ryan Schweck, and the Belligerent Monkey take a look at the latest in pop culture goings-on!
 
New trailers for The Dark Tower and Defenders! DC’s Rebirth is still hot – or is it? Ridley Scott seemingly poo-poos Neil Blomkamp’s idea for Alienses! There’s plenty of genre news out there, and today on the show the Needless Things Irregulars convene to discuss these items and more!
 
Listen in as Phantom, Ryan, and Jay have a good, old-fashioned nerd jam in the newest 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!

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