On this episode of the show I take a minute to focus some of my thoughts about the latest chapter in the Star Wars film saga, Episode 8 – The Last Jedi. I dig into idea of how years worth of official canon affect how we view the movies and characters, then and now. I don’t dig into all aspects of the new film, but I do dwell a bit on some of the aspects that left me very conflicted. This is intended to spark a conversation in a safer environment than that can be found on most social media now. In a very sad turn of events the new flick is pretty damn divisive and though not everyone is falling into the trap, a lot of people are taking sides and a accusing the “opposing” side of being dumb for not agreeing. That is kind of insane and is the worst kind of fandom. If you love the movie, awesome, celebrate it. If you hate it, great, hate on it. But don’t hate on each other. THAT is stupid.
In this episode of the show I switch gears from looking backwards to what it’s like to be a collector in the modern age. How does getting older change the way I look at collecting, and how can I refine and focus my efforts to best accomplish my goal to reconnect with my childhood.
How about you? How has getting older reshaped the way you collect? Have you gone though any collection purges lately? Focused or refined your hunt? Let me know in the comments.
For this episode’s shout out I want to take a moment to point to my good friend Paxton’s new solo podcast called I Read Movies. It’s all about movie novelizations, specifically how these book adaptations differ from their cinematic counterparts. Pax and I both share a love of novelizations and he does a bang up job of highlighting what they bring to the table for fans of film. You can find the show on iTunes, Stitcher, or at the show’s site.
The second season of the All New Branded in the 80s podcast continues with episode 10 where I talk a bit about passing the torch of nostalgia to the next generation. Having had the opportunity to babysit my nephew, a 10 year-old Transformers superfan, I got a chance to see how he reacted to the original generation of toys and cartoons. We played the XBox game Transformers: War for Cybertron and I screened the 1986 Transformers the movie. Does the old stuff still hold up for this new generation? And how weird is it that Transformers is now a generational fandom?
What are some experiences you’ve had sharing your fandom with your children, nieces and nephews? Are the kids open to our nostalgia, or did they just think our cartoons, movies and toys sucked? Share your experiences in the comments below.
For this episode’s shout out I take a moment to point to the fine folks behind The Future Cyborg. Part comedy show, part retro toy review show, and an all around good experience. You can watch season 1 a their youtube page, or check them out on social media on Twitter or Instagram.
Finally found some time to start working on season 2 of the All New Branded in the 80s Podcast. In this new episode I take a few minutes to talk about some of the behind the scenes talent in our favorite 80s cartoons, or more precisely, just how hard it can be to nail down just who is responsible for creating the animation and cartoon theme songs we all love.
For this episode’s shout out I want to point to Michael at Culturally Significant. Great website, and even better pin maker!
On this episode of the All New Branded in the 80s podcast I spend some time talking about what it’s like to be a nostalgia addicted guy in the world of pop culture collecting. Though I adore most all 80s nostalgic kid’s stuff, these days it takes more than a tub full of Masters of the Universe figures or a wall of Nintendo NES cartridges to get me excited about collecting. No, to really make my head spin the stuff that I love to find has to be the kind of things that simply just should exist anymore. So join me as I talk about a few items I’ve stumbled upon in the wild that really made my eyes bug and gave me that metaphorical punch of nostalgia to the gut.
Here are some pictures of the stuff I talk about in this episode…
Welcome back to episode 6 of the new Branded in the 80s podcast. In this episode I dive into one of my favorite movies, Back to the Future, to discuss an aspect of the story that most folks don’t talk about, the other Marty McFly. You know, the one that is at the end of the flick repeating the events of the opening, but this Marty is different. He grew up with successful parents and siblings and he even owns that sweet black 4×4 truck. I discuss the differences between Marty Alpha…
So for those of you who are into hearing me talk instead of reading Branded pieces, the latest episode of the Branded in the 80s podcast is an audiobook rendition of the latest article I wrote, Thrashin’ and Trashin’ all about my years as an 80s skateboarding poser. There’s a few extras thrown in for good measure as well as a shout out and a call back to last episode from the seriously awesome Michael of RetroMASH.com!
In the fourth episode of the Branded in the 80s podcast I decide to dive into a topic I don’t cover very often at the site, music. In particular I take a closer look at one of my favorite 80s era anthems, John Farnham’s Thunder in Your Heart. I talk about the song, the soundtrack that it appears on (the 1986 film Rad), and the shock I had when I found out that not just one but two of my other favorite anthem artists have also covered the song, Joe Esposito (of the You’re the Best Karate Kid fame) and Stan Bush (of the 1986 Transformers The Touch fame,) Join me as I break down the song, compare and contrast the different versions and play a brand new remix that combines all three versions into one crazy bit of audio cacophony.
On this episode of the all new Branded in the 80s podcast I spend little time talking about one of my favorite 80s era collectibles, movie tie-in novelizations! I cover a bit of the reason why I love them as a concept before diving into some discussion talking all about the 1985 Ghostbusters: A Supernatural Spectacular novel written by Richard Mueller.
So, one of the small projects I’ve been working on this past month is the resurrection of the Branded in the 80s Podcast. It’s been over five years since I last recorded an episode of the show and even though I find solo-podcasting terribly frustrating, I’ve always missed it a little. I started this site with the podcast and for the 10th anniversary I felt it would be a fun challenge to see if I could dust off the show, clean it up a bit and put a new coat of wax on it. I’m not sure how long this new incarnation might last, but I intend to try and keep it going throughout the rest of the summer at the very least…
For the first new episode of the show I decided to sit down and record some thoughts on the return of Hi-C Ecto Cooler and why it might be a good experiment to try and find the positive aspects of the pop culture we love and love to gripe about. I’m still playing around with the format a bit, so excuse me while I make a fool of myself.