A Toonami fan-art showcase video from October of 1999. Less than a year later would see the advent of deviantArt, giving artists a place to congregate away from outer space and the mean streets of the Geocities. (He said, despite his actual feelings for deviantArt leaning toward the ambivalent.)
The adorable hot-blooded battling robots of Iron Leaguer are enough to overcome even my own apathy for sports. Well, in theory; I’ve never sought out subs of Iron Leaguer or anything. I do own a toy of the heroic basketball robot, though… who is apparently named “Top Joy”. Huh.
Promotional flier for Georgia’s “House of Anime” store, whose giant catgirl mascot will conquer Atlanta(?) with the power of lens flares. I must have bought something from House of Anime at a local convention once, because I remember also having a paper grocery bag with the catgirl’s face on it.
The flier features a prominent appearance by Lime of Saber Marionette J, but my favorite part might be the 1999-era black and white screenshot of the store’s website. Netscape Navigator! For MAC! With a FAX NUMBER on it! … although, if you look closely at the background above the screenshot, it appears House of Anime owned a for-real RV with their logo and Lina Inverse from Slayers painted on the side, which is pleasantly insane (and helps explain the poorly-composited RV on the color half).
Front and back of a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers trading card. While there was a full trading card set produced for the first series of the show, this card is unnumbered, suggesting it might have been a promotional pack-in of some kind.
I had forgotten how much the costumes created for the American-produced action footage looked like they had neck-braces. The Blue Ranger suit is particularly awkward here.
Front and back of High Stakes, a James Bond Jr children’s novel. Can I say that I love how utterly bored the villain, Ms. Fortune, looks on the cover? Like she really doesn’t want to be here, condemning this idiot to a frozen doom.
"Am I supposed to make a cold pun?" she wondered. "Surely being cocooned in ice means he can’t hear me."
"It is considered proper decorum, ma’am," chimed the butler.
Ms. Fortune sighed. "Well… I guess we gave him the COLD SHOULDER?"
"Permanently. Well done, ma’am."
"Meh. Should’ve stuck to white collar crime…"
According to Wikipedia, John Vincent is a pseudonym for author John Peel, who has also written Doctor Who novels. (Meanwhile, Live and Let’s Dance listed on the back might be one of the dumbest titles I’ve ever heard, but I think it originated with an episode of the show…)
Hey, remember Invasion America? Supposedly ground-breaking entry into dramatic television animation for older North American viewers? … aired at night on the WB? … produced by Steven Spielberg…?
Yeah. That was about the reaction it got when it aired.
Anyway, the show got a couple of tie-in novels, and here’s the front and back covers to one of them. According to author Christie Golden’s Wikipedia entry, she has written many Star Trek and World of Warcraft novels, and also a series of stories about a vampire elf.
Somehow, “Special Rump Design!” is only the second most awkward use of the word “rump” I’ve seen in the toy industry. (You can see the first here.) I guess it took them longer to come up with “Cutie Mark” than I’d thought…
1997 My Little Pony “Special Birthday Magic” set with Light Heart and Sundance. I am not super up on MLP toyline breakdowns, but I think this was part of its Generation 2? I remember Sundance from one of the original TV specials, but there isn’t much resemblance here.
Cover to a Golden Book featuring Disney’s Gargoyles. Unfortunately, the story inside is an episode adaption made with screenshots instead of an original story, meaning we don’t get a Gargoyles equivalent to, say, The Great Car Rally. I thought the cover art was pretty nice, though, so here it is!
Part two of the Short Circuit-themed car theft prevention video! Part 1 is here.
Did you know that Johnny 5 starred in an educational video about auto theft, and that story is set in the post-Short Circuit 2 universe? Now you do!