Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Terrific TV Toys: Dr. Rudy Wells figure by Bif Bang Pow!

He was the guy who kept the Bionics working, Dr. Rudy Wells. He was played by three different men on the twin Bionic shows, "The Six Million Dollar Man" and "The Bionic Woman": Martin E. Brooks (who recently passed away), Alan Oppenheimer and Martin Balsam. As BRBTV continues its special Bionic Blitz on the Terrific TV Toys series, we take a look at a fourth figure in the 2012 collection by Bif Bang Pow!, that of Dr. Rudy Wells.

Special thanks to our bud Andrea Melchiori, as that goofy intro was shot at her place! Stay tuned for next week's conclusion of the five parts with the Oscar Goldman figure.

Friday, January 22, 2016

TGIF fun: A "Batman v. Superman" parody, courtesy of Will Rodgers!

We just love that great stuff Figures Toy Co. is churning out. The 1966 "Batman" series, the "Super Friends," the first comic book appearances of the major characters ... all great stuff in this large assortment of action figures patterned after the beloved Megos of the 1970s and 1980s. Will Rodgers, author of the brand-new "Ultimate Super Friends Companion" on Kindle, offers some fun for a Friday. How about a little representation of the trailers of the new "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" movie coming out in just a couple months, via Will's latest FTC acquisitions?

"Next time they shine your light in the sky, don't go to it. 
The bat is dead. Bury it. Consider this mercy."

"Tell me. Do you bleed? ... You will!!"

"She with you?"
"I thought she was with you."

Photos by Will Rodgers; please do not copy without permission.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Terrific TV Toys: Fembot figure by Bif Bang Pow!

It took us a while, but we finally found the reference for the outfit worn by the 8-inch Fembot figure by Bif Bang Pow! / EMCE Toys. We just couldn't wrap our brains around it -- it didn't seem like a '70s-era fashion at all. But there it was, in living color (see the clip at the bottom) ...

This 2012 action figure, part of Bif Bang Pow!'s series on "The Six Million Dollar Man," is the subject of the latest episode of Terrific TV Toys series, the third part in our 2016 Bionic Blitz. The Fembot character was first introduced in a three-part story arc spanning both Bionic series, then brought in later for some more episodes. She's sexy, she's oh-so dangerous, she's the Fembot!!!

So as an addendum to this week's episode, we'll point you to the clip on YouTube that shows this very Fembot in action, from the episode "Kill Oscar," Part 2 on "The Six Million Dollar Man."

Stay tuned for next week's continuation of the series with the Rudy Wells figure.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Royal Oak toy show had lots of TV-related goodies up for grabs

We love the toy show at the farmer's market in Royal Oak, Michigan. The yearly event happened again yesterday, and we're always amazed that no matter how many of these great toy shows we take in, we always manage to see some cool unique stuff related to the classic television shows we love ...

"Dallas," "The Dukes of Hazzard," "The Archies," even "Welcome Back, Kotter" and "The Six Million Dollar Man" and a more obscure show or two -- they were all covered ...

Photos by Billie Rae Bates / BRBTV
Copying with credit is OK; a link would be grand.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Announcing "The Ultimate Super Friends Companion"

Mr. Will Rodgers, who's been a part of BRBTV for a few years now, has always loved the Super Friends. He used to have his own website dedicated to the classic cartoon, which ran from 1973 through the rest of the '70s and well into the '80s. Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Wendy and Marvin and Wonder Dog, the Wonder Twins ... They are an indelible part of our pop culture. Even the younger kids these days can understand the phrase "Wonder Twin powers -- activate!!!" right?

Now Will has blessed the BRBTV family of products with all of his expertise in print form (well, electronic form right now -- print edition to come later). It's the fifth big book in the main BRBTV fact book series. It's "The Ultimate Super Friends Companion," and it's an amazing, meticulous and very thorough analysis of all incarnations of this Saturday morning TV show. In this mammoth Kindle book, you'll find lengthy synopses and commentary to each and every one of the 208 episodes and lots of other goodies:

• A character profile of each hero and villain
• A guide to each one of the 47 Super Friends comic books
• A look at the toy lines associated with the series
• Biographies of the voice cast
• An index of the episode appearances for each hero and villain
• Retrospectives of superhero teamups over the years and the history of DC and Warner Bros. classic animation

You may recall that Will's moniker is "The Voice Man," and for good reason. "Dukes of Hazzard" cast members have even called him "The Voice of Hazzard" because of his extremely talented renditions of the "Dukes" characters. Will works as a radio host by day, but in his off-hours you can hear all kinds of cool TV-related characters coming out of his vocal cords. He's geeky-cool, and we're glad to welcome his "Super Friends" guide to the BRBTV family!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Terrific TV Toys: The Bionic Blitz continues with the Bigfoot figure by Bif Bang Pow!

We love Bigfoot lore here at BRBTV. Television of the 1970s gave us quite a bit of it, with the mythical (?) creature being featured in many an episode of that era. "The Six Million Dollar Man" series made a regular recurring villain out of the Sasquatch thing, and the part was played by two different actors, Andre the Giant and Ted Cassidy. The latest episode of the Terrific TV Toys series serves up the 9-inch Bigfoot figure from the 2012 "SMDM" series by Bif Bang Pow! This is definitely an update -- and a departure -- from the larger Kenner "SMDM" Bigfoot figure of the 1970s. Step inside this out-of-the-box experience with BRBTV, as our special five-part series on the Bif Bang Pow! figures continues in this new year ...

Special thanks to our bud Andrea Melchiori, as that goofy intro was shot at her place! Stay tuned for next week's continuation of the series with the Fembot figure.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

The BRBTV News Blog turns 10!!!

Wow!!! How many regularly fed 10-year-old blogs do you know out there???? We're talking regular posts on all kinds of yummy classic-TV news over the course of a whole decade!!!! Just look at all those posts on the right rail of this page!

Yes, it was 10 years ago, on January 10, 2006, that this blog launched, and what a fun ride it has been. We first set out to inform and entertain you on all things "Dallas," "Dynasty" and "Dukes of Hazzard," with lots of animated series and a few more live-action ones along the way. We're happy to have made it thus far. In Internet terms, 10 years is like an eternity, right?

Thanks for reading!!!

Friday, January 08, 2016

Behold Will's latest beauties from Figures Toy Co.

Will Rodgers, voice man extraordinaire and author of the BRBTV Reports on "Superman: The Animated Series" and "Justice League / Unlimited," as well as a BIG new book we're going to announce to you next week, just loves action figures. Here, he shares with us this year's Christmas gift to himself, a few of the goodies he nabbed from Figures Toy Co. that celebrate some of the TV shows we love, such as the 1966 "Batman" series, the "Super Friends" and "The Dukes of Hazzard." Enjoy!!!

BRB is also collecting the 1966 "Batman" figures, so you'll see a whole big bunch of them as out-of-the-box experiences on this season of the Terrific TV Toys web series.

Figures Toy Co. has been churning out these lovelies at breakneck speed the past couple years, but we're waiting patiently for one figure we haven't seen discussed ... the mighty Isis of our Saturday-morning lore!!! Please, FTC, please!!! Don't let the new association of that word in the recent news headlines prevent you from making this gal! The Mego original is hard to find and expensive -- make us that repro!!!!

Photos by Will Rodgers
Please do not copy without permission

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Terrific TV Toys: Season 3 blasts off with a Bionic Blitz!

Call it a blitzkrieg, really. It's a five-part series, to begin with, on the Bif Bang Pow! action figures celebrating TV's classic shows "The Six Million Dollar Man" and "Bionic Woman," then it's a special secret sixth part thrown in (we'll tell ya about that when the time comes). And it all starts right now, to kick off the third season of the Terrific TV Toys series. Part 1 of the five-parter gives you the Steve Austin figure from the series ...

Special thanks to our bud Andrea Melchiori, as that goofy intro was shot at her place! Stay tuned for next week's continuation of the series with the Bigfoot figure.