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He came, he saw, he podcasted, He-Man.

Recently the kind folks over at The Nerd Lunch podcast invited me back on the show to geek out on some more of our favorite topics.  The show features NL alums CT and Jeeg, as well as Paxton from Cavalcade of Awesome, and once again I had a blast!

We spend the episode discussing the classic Masters of the Universe toy line from Mattel.  From our first memories of the toys to how we feel about them almost 30 years later.  If you want to hear me wax nostalgic on MOTU, then head on over to Nerd Lunch and give the episode a listen.  You can also find their show on iTunes.

My hand hurts from painting such action packed art!

The fantabulous Bubblegum Fink passed along a link on his blog to an awesome site filled with G.I. Joe packaging art and file cards called the Art of Joe Online. It’s limited to 1982-1985 which covers the majority of the first wave (when the art had that kick ass burst of flame behind the characters as opposed to the later art which had the weird pixilated digital fire burst) of action figure and vehicle packaging art as well as art from puzzles and some of the book and catalog covers. The cheeky bastard(s) has/have also hidden other G. I. Joe art databases within the pages. If you click on the ‘About‘ link on the front page there’s a list of easter egg hints. I only managed to find a couple, apparently knowing IS only half the battle as I couldn’t figure out the hints, but it was fun nonetheless.  You can click on Mr. Cobra Eels to join the hunt…

3.75" pf Plastic Heaven revisited…

See Hoov, I learn from my mistakes eventually…

Nala over at Plastic Crack tipped me off to a new line of G.I. Joe Classics 3.75″ 25th anniversary figures that Hasbro will be releasing soon.  On the tail of the Transformers Classics line this is both cool and probably a hazard to my bank account.  I especially dig the Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes figures, but the basic Cobra Trooper and Scarlett are pretty bad ass.  Here are a load of pictures from the new line…

The Baroness is pretty good, but her glasses just look awful.  Maybe on the actual figure they’ll look a little better…

The Destro figure is pretty awesome too.  I love that the guns fit in the holsters and junk.

Dukes pretty boring, but then again, Duke is pretty boring, so no surprise there.

So what’s next, a 20th anniversary edition of the Masters of the Universe flick and an uber cool toy line to go with it?  Nevermind…