Everyone should, hopefully, be aware of my Kickstarter project, BMOG, by now, since I’ve been flogging it relentlessly for the past month.
Well, we’re a week from completion and we’re at 72%. We are in that uncomfortable position where it could go either way and that is putting me in a place I don’t like to be.
Veteran voice actor Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime, Venger, Ahgg the giant spider) brings way more gravitas to this incredibly dumb (but excellently animated) ’80s advertoon opening than it deserves. They will take Earth’s gold to make DEATH GOLD!
Power Masters was a short-lived toyline by Lionel, otherwise known for their trains (and, if you’re of the right age, Lionel Playworld stores). Somehow they had the budget to contract the amazingly talented TMS Entertainment for Power Masters… although to be honest, I’m not sure if Power Masters had more than one episode, which might be an explanation in of itself.
Somewhat beat-up front and rear card to a Hasbro Battle Beasts 2-pack. The fact that wood floats on water has never really felt like a weakness of water, to be honest… also, not entirely sure how albino man-fish Killer Carp battles with the power of fire.
BEAR-reakring news! The Kickstarter for Project BMOG is now over 50% funded!
Project BMOG (Bio-Mechanical Ordnance Gestalts) is a unique building toy system where wild robotic animal characters split apart into individual action figure accessories. The line’s first planned releases are URSENAL of the heroic AUGMENTOIDS (a robot bear that separates into four guns, a warhammer, battle-blade, scanner and bear-head crusher-claw) and MANTAX from the evil PARAXXOIDS (a manta ray that becomes a huge double-bladed axe-pick and a double-barreled hand-blaster).
Now that BMOG is at the half-way point on Kickstarter, the creative team is hard at work on the first stretch goal, which is another wave of figures: the evil Paraxxoid aerial scavenger FEATHERBLIGHT and a mini-BMOG multipack featuring an ichthyosaur, a dimetrodon, and a third yet-to-be-revealed member!
Not stopping there, we’ve added a new tier that gives ten backers a chance to own a unique Ursenal and Mantax set hand-painted by veteran toy customizer Rob “Cheets” Roberts, as well as lowered the costs on the “choose a future colorway release for Ursenal/Mantax” and the “co-design a BMOG figure” tiers. Each of these is a one-of-a-kind reward, and once they’re gone, they’re gone.
Finally, Jim Sorenson, one of our high-end backers, has agreed to let us catalog the creation of his custom accessory piece - a spare “dragon-like” beast head for Ursenal, which we’ll be showing the step-by-step development of at www.bmogtoys.com and on bmogtoys.tumblr.com.
Even though BMOG has reached 50% funding, the project team still needs help to keep momentum going! YOUR help! With less than three weeks until the Kickstarter ends, only YOUR support can help make Project BMOG a reality! Let’s rouse the world out of hibernation together!
MASK volume 1 VHS box front, interior side panel (!), and box back. Like the Challenge of the GoBots “Battle for GoBotron” release from the same company (see here), the tape was not packaged in a conventional cardboard VHS sleeve or a plastic clamshell; the box actually folds open like a greeting card, with the cassette facing opposite the white panel. This was not the best design decision, because unless you remembered to hold the front flap closed, the tape would fall out if you tried to look at the back.
Interestingly, the box artwork comes from the DC Comics cover art to the first and last issues of the MASK miniseries (by Mike Chen and Joe DelBeato)… except, since the Gator jeep was partly hidden by a corner box on the comic cover, the Karl-Lorimar art department apparently had to redraw that area, and subsequently the rear of Gator is out of perspective with the rest of itself. To be fair, I suppose, the background area extensions they added to better fit the art into the video cover margins are a bit more seamless. (I would gripe about Hondo MacLean being pink instead of African-American on the rear, but considering Alex Sector’s bare arms are purple-grey, I think we can set that one aside…)
I have no recollection of ever encountering either A Star for Jeremy or the Vincent Price version of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice advertised on the interior cover flap.
The BMOG Kickstarter is LIVE!
Remember the robot toys of the 80s? World-spanning battles of good and evil across the living room floor? Shape-changing and modular warriors of all shapes and sizes? So do we, and those memories inspired BMOG, a building toy system that lets you make wild, robotic animal characters where each component is an action figure accessory.
BMOG characters separate into numerous weapons and devices, each with additional 5-millimeter ports and pegs. Among the dozens of 5mm compatible lines are famous franchises like Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, other building systems like LEGO and K’nex, and even obscure favorites like Starriors and the Yuusha/Brave series – plus many, many more!
We are using our Kickstarter to fund the creation of Ursenal (a robotic bear) and Mantax (a robotic Manta Ray)
Robot bears for all!
Today we show off just a taste of the versatility behind the BMOG line. Combine the various weapons to make new weapons, load your figures for bear, or build new creatures.
These builds use only parts from Ursenal.
Once Ratchet has an Ursenal noggin at the end of each wrist, he can take Vehicons apart with his BEAR HANDS.
And then there was that time Toy Biz used a Spider-Man mold to make a 10” version of the Spot, uh… because. Reasons. You know.
(okay, probably because the Spot was inexplicably featured in a later season of the Fox Kids Spider-Man cartoon, but the toy doesn’t particularly resemble the animated design.)
I do like the inclusion of the story on the box-back, which seems to be entirely original; my Amazing Spider-Friend Rob had never heard of a comic where Spider-Man and Beast team up to stop the Spot, anyway. Presumably a 10” Spider-Man and Beast were part of the same toy assortment and Toy Biz chose to market the three of them together this way. Something I like less: the Spot’s accessories are just a pair of tiny black plastic disks, which he can’t interact with in any way because one of his hands is a fist and the other is in mid-web-sling.
For extra nostalgia, check out the KB Toys “automatic price reduction” sticker.
… probably gave you zombie nightmares, depending on the age range you’re in.
(He is the only large Inhumanoid I don’t own and it GNAWS AT ME SO.)
(Also his “Arch Enemy” is wrong, he’s really the Redwoods’ enemy.)
(Also also this is the last Inhumanoids toy bio I have from the UK DVD set. I hope you’ve enjoyed them!)
We grew up in the ‘80s, and if there’s one thing that decade did well and did a lot, it was robot toys. Robotix, GoBots, Zoids, Starriors and of course, Transformers ruled the day, to say nothing of the approximately eight million budget-conscious lines produced by tiny companies…