Posts Tagged ‘events’

Metropolis 2010, Pt. 2 – Toy Weirdness

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

We continue with our spotty, biased coverage of the 2010 Superman Celebration! Since the SuperMuseum houses one of the largest collections of Superman memorabilia, naturally it also contains enough examples of toy weirdness to start another website. Here are a few examples:

Many manufacturers have produced toys of characters on wheeled vehicles that have no need whatsoever of wheeled vehicles, but this one is definitely the Cadillac of it’s genre. That’s one fancy bike, Supes!

According to this vintage Ben Cooper costume, Superman as a toddler was only able to break through rope. Later, he obviously graduated to chains, and posed for new publicity photos.

The SuperMuseum even has knock-off toys in its collection. This particularly pathetic attempt to replicate the Man of Steel not only features some horrid package art, it also includes a handgun as an accessory. Brilliant. Perhaps it’s for throwing at Supes after you run out of ammo to make him duck. I loved it when George Reeves would do that.

Don’t turn this cereal box over, or you’ll see Superman’s Dangle-Dandies. That’s all I have to say about that.

And there you have it! Actually, if you keep an eye on our Facebook page you’ll see a few more pics in the near future. And, we actually acquired a new piece for our collection, which we’ll be featuring soon. Back to normal tomorrow!

Metropolis 2010, Pt. 1 – The Costumes

Monday, June 14th, 2010

We just returned from the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, IL, and we have some great photos to share! We’re going to break it down into two posts, starting today with costumes and ending tomorrow with toy weirdness (of course). Up, up, and away!

It’s all about the Man of Steel in Metropolis, but here’s Steel himself. Now, this is a mostly outdoor event. The heat index was near the London Broil setting, and the humidity made it like a sauna. Imagine what these costumers suffered through for a little geek respect! Well, they have ours.

Speaking of temperatures,  this guy picked the wrong day to dress up as Captain Cold! I bet he wished that his freeze ray gun actually worked. In fact, everyone who attended the event wished that it did.

Now here’s a guy who know how pick a costume for a hot day! Dressed as Marvel Comics’ Hercules, he can show off that chest carpet AND remain cool at the same time. He’s gonna have some weird tan lines, though.

Hey, it’s “The Mini Thor”! This kid was great, he struck a pose and everything. He looks like he just stepped out the Superhero Squad!

I’m sure you’ve always been told to stay away from Poison Ivy. Screw that noise!

Now, we all know that Superman IV: The Quest for Peace wasn’t the best film, but this guy’s Nuclear Man costume is absolutely cheese-tastic! He’s missing his long silver fingernails, but we’ll forgive him (this time).

Tune in tomorrow for part 2, where we’ll explore what toy weirdness lurks in the Super-Museum!

A Wonderful WonderFest!

Monday, May 17th, 2010

WonderFest is a convention like no other (at least that I know of). It’s a Sci-Fi, Horror and Fantasy Model Builders’ convention that takes place in Louisville, Kentucky. It features special guests from movies and television, artists, sculptors and industry professionals, a huge model contest, and the coolest vendor hall ever.

One of this year’s attendees was scream queen Linnea Quigley, so we (hesitantly) opened our mint condition Slimeball Bowl-A-Rama party favors so we could get her picture with one:

She was very sweet, and very impressed we had such a prize collectible!

You may not know Ray Meyers, but it’s very possible that you’re familiar with his work, as he was an original sculptor of Aurora monster models!

He’s pictured here with his original sculpting tools and images of the models he created. He’s pretty spry for being 90 years old!

Here are just a few of the hundreds of amazing models entered in the contest.

Think model building is just for kids? Think again.

Anyone who pays homage to Divine and John Waters gets kudos from us!

Let’s see, Imperial TIE craft, moisture vaporator.. Is that Wall-E?? A subtle bit of humor from an award-winning modeler.

Check out this nifty tank from TRON. Something about actual models of computer models is just cool.

It was an awesome time, and we hope many of the friends we made will stay in touch through our little site here.