I'm very happy to unveil Pod-Stallions, our new monthly podcast series which will be dedicated to discussing such important matters as Planet of the Apes week or long reminisces about ToyShop magazine.
Joining me each show will be my pal and co chair Jason Lenzi, who people might know from his Toy Company "Bif Bang Pow!"
We hope each month to pick a topic and relate how it felt to us in the day, including cringe inducing tales. All that and schoolyard rumors, action figures and more trivia than we should probably know. Subscribe to us on Itunes
Star Trek is the main course in this month's episode, that is right after Brian brings up My Little Pony for absolutely no good reason. As always, we open with our first memories of Star Trek and our love of the merchandise, particularly the Mego dolls, segwaying into the first two films and our feelings on them. All that and the greatness of 70s Shatner, the Mike Douglas show and Jason tells of the time he met James Bond and Cornelius!
It's December and we wouldn't even have this site if it weren't for the 70s Wish Book catalogs that magically landed on our door steps every fall. Episode 11 is dedicated to our crazy 70s Christmas memories, the letters to Santa, the arms length wantlist and how Star Wars just turned the whole thing into "Space-Mas". The discourse is mainly about traditions, toys and of course, collecting. It always boils down to that.
Well, the subject of this episode can't really be a surprise to anyone who has listened in the past. Episode 11 is dedicated to Flash Gordon, not just the (wonderful) file from 1980 but the character itself and our first introductions to him, either from serial or the amazing Filmation animated series. We delve into the merchandise (and lack therefore of), the fact that we initially bonded over this film, the soundtrack, Get Carter and the singing career of Peter Wyngarde.
Our second October episode, Jason and Brain try to cram in as many monster toys as they can into an hour and a half. Aurora model kits, Marvel comics, action figures by Tomland, Remco and Lincoln International get discussed as does Cracked magazine, Power Records, the number of times we rented "LifeForce" on VHS (I've never seen the end) As usual, the topic tends to veer off into a disscussion first experiences with theatre jumping (with first movie nudity) and Lee Marvin fishing, it may look like those pieces fit together but they do, they do.....
October brings out the best in us as both Jason and myself appear to be "Autumns". More importantly, October serves as a countdown to Halloween and brings with it all sorts of memories of monsters and horror. Throughout this episode we explore our first experiences with the genre, what publications were most helpful and what characters we enjoy the most. We chat about store bought costumes and how certain department stores smelled (not real great in my case). Episode 9 gets on a weird tangent when we discuss TV specials, horror at a singing Kojak and wonder if Florence Henderson ever turned anything down. "Monster Kids" is just the first of our Halloween podcasts, we'll be back in two weeks with an in-depth discussion about Monster related toys.
Seeing as it's September 13th, there is no better time to talk about the creative force that was Gerry Anderson.
Eventhough much of the man's output was done before Jason and Brain were even an idea, their timeless quality has fans talking about them to this day.
The guys show the evolution in puppets from Supercar to Captain Scarlet and the jump to live action with UFO and Space:1999. Mixed in with some discussions about Bond, Gold Key Star Trek comics, nerdy moments and of course, all the merchandise we could cram into a single show. Anderson is FAB is
Originally we were going to do our Empire Strikes Back show but then realized that discussion of all the other Sci Fi properties of the late 1970s would have left us with a four hour show.
So, Episode 7 lovingly talks about all those "other" SF movies of the disco era from the feety pajamas of Star Fleet to Gil Gerard's unforgiving spandex to Vic Morrow's robot love, no cubit is left unturned.
As usual, there are some detours along the road in the form of discussion of British comics, Wilfred Hyde White and why threes never work..
In this super chunk installment, Jason and Brain extol their love for cheap, disposable pharmacy toys of bygone days.
Rack Toys" gets into what they are, Brain's personal history and why he wrote a book about them. We talk about the major players, the hot licenses and our own personal stories of Rack Toy Love. We also try to explain why they are so appealing to us, even as adults and we create a "wish list" of Rack Toys we wish would have happened.
We also get POWERFULLY off track at times and discuss everything from Willy Wonka Vs Wizard of Oz, Mego toys and of course, Schneider from "One Day at a time" who I'm surprised has only come up once thus far...
In this installment, Jason and Brain wax nostalgic over the days when we didn't get spoiled by three Superhero movies a Summer. The time when Captain America had a van, Spider-Man was a Von Trap child and Sinestro used to open for Sinatra.
"Where are you coming from Spider-Man" explores what a Superhero loving child had to choose from in the 70's, reruns of Batman, a decent series about the Incredible Hulk and a strangely disco Doctor Strange.
All that and a particularly powerful flub by Brain, enjoy!
We decided to put the show up a little early for the seventh anniversary of the site. Jason and Brain talk about their memories of the first time they saw Star Wars anything. The toys, the comics, the magazines, the school yard rumors, the knock offs, it's all there.
We even get waaaay off tangent and start talking about Benson's replacement on Soap and why exactly do Logan 5 and Jessica 6 have British accents?
We titled this volume 1 because there was no way in hell we could encapsulate all of the juggernaut that was Star Wars into one show, it will eventually become a trilogy.
Hello Tally Ho! Brian and Jason wax nostalgic about the pre internet days of toy collecting including mail order catalogs, comic buyers guide and of course, Toyshop, outrageous phone bills, trading, rigged phone auctions, ungodly waits and the thrill of the hunt.
Jason and I are both crazy, obsessive Doctor Who nerds from childhood, but I watched it in Canada while he was in Minnesota, how did the experience differ? What was the catalyst for us to stop watching? Were we public about our obsession? Did visiting the dirty magazine store make a man out of Jason? All answers revealed in this double sized pilot episode.
Brian mentions that early Doctor Who shows in Canada were hosted, first by Dr. Dator a real scientist who discussed the show's themes during the Pertwee years and then later by author Judith Merril, who seemed to dislike the character, so she called herself The UnDoctor.