Friday, September 22, 2017

Terrific TV Toys: "Batman: The Animated Series" yoyo and frisbee

It was only a couple decades ago (only the '90s, ya know, which seems like yesterday!), but memories fade. And this author knows for sure she got the "Batman: The Animated Series" yoyo featured on this week's installment of T3 in the '90s when the series was still in its original airing on television. And I was thinking the Frisbee came with, but now I'm not so sure! Anyway, get up-close and personal with these two unique items (just try and find them online right now!) from a beloved animated series ...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Bjørn continues to amaze us with his "Dynasty" wardrobe and memorabilia collection

Readers of this blog know Bjørn of Norway and his incredible collection of "Dynasty" merchandise, as well as his scale model of the Carrington mansion (see October 25, 2014, May 24, 2014 and September 20, 2013 for instance). Bjørn has just shared some more photos with BRBTV, and wow, can anything be more amazing for a "Dynasty" fan??? There are lots of original costumes below, as well as one Nolan Miller Collection replica costume (yes, it's that very famous gunmetal lame' gown worn by Alexis in so many publicity shots).

Among the jewels pictured below are quite a few pieces of the costume jewelry worn by the ladies on the series. Baubles of every variety, to match every color of gown! My, my!

Bjørn was also the subject of this online media story on his collection (sorry, there doesn't appear to be an English translation, but you get the picture -- a lot more pictures, actually!). And here is a video featuring him and his collection.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Con: Ponch and Jon, Gilligan and more

Lots of great stars of classic television came out once again for the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Con, just ending its three-day spin in Hunt Valley, Maryland, yesterday. Where else can you meet the two stars of "CHiPS," Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox, as well as Bobby Ewing of "Dallas," Patrick Duffy, Shirley of "Laverne and Shirley," Cindy Williams, Mary Ann of "Gilligan's Island," Ms. Dawn Wells, plus even a Gilligan cosplayer! That's quite a cross-section!

You may know Larry Storch from "F-Troop," but I know him from a little live-action Saturday-morning show called "The Ghost Busters," created years before the more-famous 1980s movie and having absolutely nothing to do with it. I faithfully watched that little show every week, and I had to ask Mr. Storch about it. Seems he does have other folks who remember it -- and had a couple photos from it to sign on his table! The series has never been released on DVD, but you can find a few episodes on YouTube.

Brian Lombard, my buddy from Virginia, showed up in this Gilligan outfit, which really thrilled Dawn Wells, whose line he was waiting in here! Brian is the author of the "Bradypalooza" book on "The Brady Bunch" and has contributed photos to BRBTV projects over the years. We were thinking he might be the first cosplayer at this event, which tends to skew to a slightly older crowd than the standard con, but then we came across this "Blues Brothers" bro among the vendors upstairs -- whom I also encountered last year, who did have his regular hat on but then channeled a bit of the Skipper ...

All in all, a great show once again. For three years in a row, I've been showing up on the last day of the show, Saturday, and it's still been hoppin,' and you always see great TV-related merchandise among the shopping, too, which is super-cool.

Photos by Billie Rae Bates / BRBTV
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Terrific TV Toys: "Batman: The Animated Series" talking alarm clock

We're big on anniversaries, here at BRBTV, particular on the Terrific TV Toys series. We've been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Barbara Gordon Batgirl all year long this year, and last year we marked the 50th anniversary of the debut of both "Star Trek" and "The Green Hornet," and really, the "Batman" series, as well, with a look at the Figures Toy Co. action figures from that series.

Well, it occurred to this author earlier this month, while shooting the Batgirl anniversary episode for September, that it's actually been 25 years since "Batman: The Animated Series" debuted on television! Wow, has that much time really passed? I remember watching that very first episode in September 1992. It was airing in primetime on the weekend, a special sneak peek before it settled into its regular weekday afternoon spot that coming week. And it was the Manbat episode, "On Leather Wings." I was out of town on vacation, but I remember huddling around the TV with a couple friends that Sunday night to catch this new vision of the Caped Crusader. And what a long-lasting (and still continuing!) vision it was.

This week on T3, let's take a look at a unique item from that series, produced while it was still originally airing ...

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Christopher Hensel, aka Jeb Stuart Duke, tells us what he's been up to

Christopher Hensel is an actor who has done some varied roles over the years, but he has the fortunate distinction of being a Duke boy, of being part of that family tree of Uncle Jesse Duke on "The Dukes of Hazzard." He played Jeb Stuart Duke -- that long-lost Duke on a motorbike -- in the second season of the show. As such, he's been out and about recently, meetin' and greetin' "Dukes" fans in various places. He is the signature hardly anybody has yet on their General, after all, and it's clear he's enjoying the natural hospitality that is our beloved "Dukes."

Hensel appeared last weekend at the Morrow County Fair in Ohio with the Northeast Ohio Dukes stunt group, and he's got another appearance coming up with NEOD, too. Hear more about it in this interview with Billie Rae Bates of BRBTV and (Cousin) Don Covell Jr. ...

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

The Northeast Ohio Dukes dazzle 'em with "Double Dukes" stunt show

It was a great time and well-worth the drive this past Sunday, to Mt. Gilead, Ohio, for a stunt show straight outta Hazzard County. The Northeast Ohio Dukes, the same group that made history jumpin' a General Lee car in downtown Detroit earlier this year, put on the thrills and chills with a full "Dukes of Hazzard"-themed show at the Morrow County Fair.

The stands were beyond packed for this show, held Sunday evening, which paid tribute to the fourth-season episode of the show, "Double Dukes," with not one but two General Lees, one driven by our boys Bo and Luke (Raymond Kohn and Rob Roushey), and the other driven by a couple baddies. (You know you've always gotta have the baddies thrown in!) And of course, ole Boss Hogg and Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane (Rodney Kohn and Tony Florie) were wheelin' and dealin' with those baddies to bring down our fair Dukes, and lovely Daisy (Tina Kohn) and the upright Uncle Jesse (Dean Jaech) were there to help the boys out.

And there were jumps -- boy, were there some great jumps! The Chickasaw County sheriff's car, Uncle Jesse's truck, Enos' little Ford Focus sheriff's car (didya know he had one of those???) and more ... culminating in a very long General Lee jump helmed by Raymond Kohn himself -- his 21st jump -- that brought the show to a conclusion with a nice, loud "Dukes"-style bang! Here's the first of the two BRBTV videos from the event, capturing each one of those jumps!

This was a big production, with pyrotechnics and lots of moving parts and fast-movin' cars. Very good family fun!

Look for another video on Friday -- an interview with Christopher Hensel, who played Jeb Stuart Duke in the show's second season, and who was a special guest of the Northeast Ohio Dukes at the event!

Photos by Billie Rae Bates / BRBTV
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Monday, September 04, 2017

Terrific TV Toys: Batgirl figure from "B:TAS" by DC Collectibles

We had the whole year marked out, for our once-a-month 50th anniversary for the Barbara Gordon Batgirl on the Terrific TV Toys series. But then the nicest friend in the world, Mike, had to muck it up in the nicest way ... He snagged a brand-new Batgirl figure, hot off the presses, as you'll hear in this video, then he snagged another brand-new Batgirl figure that you'll see next month. It pushes a couple other things off the schedule, but oh, well! There's always next year! What a wonderful problem to have ...

Happy Labor Day!

Stay tuned, 'cuz this week we have video coverage of yesterday's Northeast Ohio Dukes stunt show at the Morrow County Fair in Ohio ...

Friday, September 01, 2017

TGIF! And here's that list of TV shows and movies from Monday's video!

Congratulations to Maddie of South Carolina, who was the first one to correctly list out for us all of the TV shows and movies represented by the star cars at the Cruisin' Hines event this past weekend, as documented in our walk-through:

Here they are, if you're wondering:

1. "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!"
2. "Dumb and Dumber"
3. "The A-Team"
4. "Batman" (1966)
5. "The Blues Brothers"
6. "Talladega Nights"
7. "Christine"
8. "Knight Rider"
9. "The Monkees"
10. "The Dukes of Hazzard"
11. "The Munsters"
12. "Smokey and the Bandit"
13. "Panic in the Year Zero"
14. "Speed Racer"
15. "Wayne's World"
16. "Planes, Trains and Automobiles"
17. "Bullit"
18. "Starsky and Hutch"

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

It's a Yooper Batmobile!

If you're not from Michigan, then you may not know that folks who live in the state's Upper Peninsula are called Yoopers. Have you ever seen a Yooper Batmobile? Well, our roving reporter Jason has, and he snapped a photo to share with us. This was along M-38 in a place called Baraga. So fun!

Photo by Jason G.; please don't copy without permission.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Let's play guess the star car! Or, more accurately, the TV show or movie each star car represents!!!

Ooooohhhh, we had so much fun with the "Three's Company" contest a couple months back that we've got to do it again. We'll make it slightly harder this time. Yesterday was Metro Detroit's Cruisin' Hines car show event, and the classic cars showed up in style. Hines Park in Livonia was just full of 'em. But there was a very special display of star cars, most of them replicas, representing various TV shows and movies over the years. This is a diverse bunch, for sure. Can you guess each and every one of the TV shows and movies represented with these cars? There are 18 of them altogether. Keep in mind that not absolutely every car shown in this video represents a TV show or movie (that's a big clue -- there's an imposter or two in here!).

If you are the first person to send the full list of TV shows or movies, in order of the cars' appearance in this video shot yesterday at the event, to, you'll win a prize!!! The name of the car itself is not necessary -- we're looking for the TV show or movie it was from. Once a winner is determined, we'll publish the full list on this blog.

Since we've been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Barbara Gordon Batgirl character all year long here at BRBTV, your prize is going to be this Batgirl figure from 1993, celebrating the character in "Batman: The Animated Series" and included in McDonald's Happy Meals during a special campaign at the time. (Yea, yea, it's not a million bucks, but hey -- the notoriety you'll win is much more valuable!!!) You'll see this figure (or a duplicate just like it, actually) in this Terrific TV Toys episode from two years ago.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Terrific TV Toys: More goodies from "The Lion King"

On a previous episode of Terrific TV Toys, Andrea Melchiori of Michigan showed you her collection of memorabilia from "The Lion King." (Because ya know, even though it was a very popular movie once upon a time, it also has been animated TV series over the years.) This week, Andrea adds on a few more items to that collection. Enjoy!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Terrific TV Toys: "Dukes of Hazzard" cup by Deka

You remember those fun little plastic dish sets with your favorite characters on them? Cup, bowl, matching plate? Great for cereal on a Saturday morning, or soup or what-have-you???? (Well, actually, they still make them to this day!) That sort of plastic dishware was part of the vast and varied volume of merchandise for "The Dukes of Hazzard" when it originally aired in the '80s. Lots of stuff like this hit the store shelves 'round about 1981 when the "Dukes" were in their heyday.

You've even seen this very dishware on past episodes of BRBTV, like the Terrific TV Toys episode highlighting the "Dukes" collection of T.J. in Michigan a few weeks ago, and even the walk through the "Dukes" museum at Cooter's Place from the week before last. This week's episode of T3 gets you up-close and personal with one of these "Dukes" dish items ...

Monday, August 07, 2017

Terrific TV Toys: Wind Blitz Batgirl and Sonic Stun Batgirl action figures

They are quite a pair -- they have the same body mold, after all. They are the Wind Blitz Batgirl figure, released in 1997 by Kenner, and the Sonic Stun Batgirl figure, hitting shelves in 2001 from Hasbro (which by then had purchased Kenner). BRBTV gets you up-close and personal with these two action figures, celebrating the Batgirl of the 1990s "Batman: The Animated Series" / "The New Batman Adventures." It's all part of the yearlong 50th anniversary celebration of the Barbara Gordon Batgirl that you've been seeing on the Terrific TV Toys series ...

BTW, if you like these so much that you wanna snag one for yourself, we spotted the Wind Blitz on Amazon for about $13 on the card, and the Sonic Stun for $6 loose on eBay.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Cooter's Last Stand: A walk through the replica of Cooter's Garage!

Have you ever been to Cooter's Garage? Well, you'll feel like you have, once you view the third of BRBTV's videos from last weekend's great Cooter's Last Stand event in lovely Luray, Virginia! A professional set designer helped construct this full-scale replica of where ole Cooter Davenport once made the magic happen, and it's quite a marvel -- quite heavy on the details!

Along with that, we have a clip of a couple cool cars we saw on the grounds last weekend. For one, you have what we're convinced is either the General Lee's evil twin, or what Abraham Lincoln Hogg would drive, if he drove a General! Check it out -- it's super-cool ...

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Cooter's Last Stand: A walk through the "Dukes of Hazzard" museum

If you didn't get a chance to take in the Cooter's Last Stand event this past weekend in lovely Luray, Virginia, and if you didn't get a chance to attend the grand opening of the new Cooter's Place location there earlier this year, well, here's your opportunity to walk through the cool "Dukes of Hazzard" museum that's stationed there.

You'll see all sorts of vintage "Dukes" toys and other goodies -- all that stuff you might recall being on the store shelves at the time the show was originally airing in the '80s, or all those great things you missed because you never saw them on store shelves!!! Behold "Dukes" puzzles, board games, dishware (and you'll see one of those dishes up-close-and-personal later this month in a Terrific TV Toys episode right here on this same BRBTV channel), clothing, signed photos, sleeping bags, and much, much more.

It's a "Dukes" mecca, so if  you can't make the pilgrimage there yourself, here's your walk-through! And we'll dedicate this one to our buddy Jason, who wasn't able to walk through it himself during the event ...

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Cooter's Last Stand: A chat with Raymond Kohn of Northeast Ohio Dukes

When this author spoke with Mr. Raymond Kohn of the Northeast Ohio Dukes stunt group earlier this year about his landmark General Lee jump in downtown Detroit (see the April 8 post!), I asked if I could get him on camera at the Cooter's Last Stand event, which happened in Luray, Virginia, this past weekend. He was kind enough to oblige, chatting about that Detroit jump as well as what's coming up for the group. Not only are they hosting a full stunt show in Mount Gilead, Ohio, on Labor Day weekend, but they're traveling to Houston around Thanksgiving time, too.

It's the first of three videos from Cooter's Last Stand -- look for a walk-through of the super-cool "Dukes of Hazzard" museum at Cooter's Place tomorrow! And many thanks, once again, Raymond, for taking the time!

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Cooter makes his "Last Stand," and it's a pretty big blowout!

Thank the Lord, this author is back safe from another fun-filled "Dukes of Hazzard" event. It was Cooter's Last Stand -- billed as the last big "Dukes" event with the cast members, presented by Ben ("Cooter Davenport") Jones and his wife Miss Alma.

The setting was lovely Luray, Virginia, where there's always scenic mountain vistas, and where Jones opened up another location of his popular Cooter's Place earlier this year. This new location is the deluxe version, however -- it even has a full scale replica of the Cooter's Garage set from the series, professionally put together by a set designer. You'll be walking inside that garage replica when you see the new BRBTV video posting later this week. For now, though, here's a sprinkling of photos from the weekend to set the scene ...

Photos by Billie Rae Bates / BRBTV
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