You probably shouldn’t watch the violent, stupid (and, originally, anti-Semitic) mess that is Angel Cop. However, the ending theme is sort of strangely endearing in an off-key way, so… here it is.
I was not a British child of the 1980s (despite exposure to Dangermouse and Count Duckula via Nickelodeon), so I’d never heard of The Trap Door until fairly recently. Here is an episode where the main character finding a radio is used as an excuse to play the full-length theme song. Well, who can resist an adorably creepy New Wave musical number?
Hm. Ending theme for the Bravoman web cartoon: reasonably rockin’.
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.
Trent Troop and Internet Personality Vangelus bring you the pitch for BMOG (Bio-Mechanical Ordnance Gestalts), a unique building toy system where wild robotic animal characters split apart into individual action figure accessories. The project is currently running as a campaign on Kickstarter!
This English-dubbed-and-subbed Japanese ad for The Game of Life starts out normally enough, with a history of the game in Japan and how they’re introducing a new version… then at the 2 minute mark it goes completely off the rails as we’re introduced to Game of Life etiquette expert “Gentle Takeda,” a man wearing a blonde wig and a semi-transparent blouse(?) with a cravat that has a Life spinner wheel on it. Gentle Takeda proceeds to breathily give the audience tips on how to be better Game of Life player, which will apparently score you points with the opposite sex.
Between this and that Jenga ad, Japanese board game culture is, uh… apparently kind of weird? Or maybe just its advertising…
This English-subtitled Japanese ad for the party game Jenga is… deeply confusing? I think it’s supposed to be set at a slumber party, but the actresses are all in their 20s… except they also seem to be acting very cutesy/young…
I am likewise not sure if the commercial is an attempt to market Jenga to women as a party-night-with-girlfriends kind of thing, or an attempt to market Jenga to teenage girls, or if it’s really some stealth “hey men pretty ladies like playing Jenga, you should totally buy Jenga" marketing - an impression which isn’t helped either by my confusion over the gender of the first-person character, or the fact that the English-language title of the video is the vaguely suggestive "JAPANESE GIRL JENGA PARTY!".
Internet Personality Vangelus does a pretty entertaining interview with members of Bluefin/Tamashii Nations at New York Comic Con 2013, who are effectively Bandai Japan’s presence within the North American retail market. The reps could not have sledgehammer-hinted at their 2014 San Diego Comic-Con Power Rangers exclusive more than if they were hitting Vangelus with actual sledgehammers. There’s some Sailor Moon and other toy talk, too!