Wednesday, March 30, 2016

From Archie Bunker to the Fonz to J.R. -- the latest toy show classic TV goodies

Oooohhhh, you know how we just love to show you what we find at the various toy shows we attend. Last weekend, it was a show at the Elks Hall in Livonia, Michigan, a relatively small affair but still ripe with classic TV goodies. "All in the Family," "Happy Days," "Charlie's Angels" and the like, we enjoyed what we saw ...

Photos by Billie Rae Bates / BRBTV
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Monday, March 28, 2016

Terrific TV Toys: "Dynasty" Barbie dolls -- Part 2, Krystle

This week, let's take a walk on the light side, shall we? Last week on the Terrific TV Toys series, we saw the "Dynasty" Barbie doll of the scheming Alexis Carrington Colby, so now we turn to the other doll manufactured by Mattel a few years ago ... the sweet Krystle. Catch the latest installment, as Billie Rae Bates of BRBTV shows you the Krystle Barbie doll she snagged at a toy show in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a few months ago. Krystle was the character played by Linda Evans on the classic primetime soap, and she tended to do the right thing -- the female powerhouse with morals. Until she was pushed too far, that is. Where does that dialogue quote on the box come from? You'll find out in this T3 episode ...

Monday, March 21, 2016

Terrific TV Toys: "Dynasty" Barbie dolls -- Part 1, Alexis

Those delightful dames of "Dynasty" -- who didn't adore them? Someone at Mattel must have, because the company issued a pair of "Dynasty" Barbie dolls out of the blue a few years back. Alexis and Krystle, our two headlining females of the show, are given the illustrious Barbie treatment in this collector set. Very nice.

As we take a break from the '66 "Batman" series on Terrific TV Toys, we turn our attention to this set of rare "Dynasty" toy merchandise. This week, it's the dark, scheming, calculating Alexis. Next week, we'll balance it out with the considerably lighter Krystle!

This is our longest episode yet -- 22 minutes -- because frankly, BRB had a lot to say!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Learn more about the Museum of Science Fiction with Billie Rae Bates' latest interview

The Museum of Science Fiction had a great display -- complete with a little virtual reality -- at D.C.'s Awesome Con. Billie Rae Bates chats with Mandy Sweeney, vice-president of operations for the museum, in this new interview for the "Fantastic Forum" TV show ...

Look for more Awesome Con location episodes of the show in the weeks to come. And here's your guide on where to catch the show if you're on the East Coast:
  • Manhattan Neighborhood Network, New York, NY; Time Warner Cable MNN Lifestyle channel 2
  • PhillyCam,  Philadelphia, PA; Comcast channel 66/966; Verizon FiOS channel 29/30.
  • MCM  Montgomery County, MD; Comcast channel 21; RCN channel 21; Verizon FiOS channel 21.
  • Arlington Independent Media (AIM), Arlington County, VA; Comcast channel 69; Verizon FiOS channel 38.
  • FPA-TV,  Fairfax County, VA; Cox channel 10.
  • DCTV, Washington, DC; Comcast channel 95; RCN channel 10; Verizon FiOS channel 10.
  • Prince George’s Community Television (CTV), Prince George’s County, MD; COMCAST channel 76; Verizon FiOS channel 42.
  • Community Media of Baltimore City (CMBC), Baltimore, MD; Comcast channel 75.
  • Herndon Community Television, Cox channel 23, Verizon FIOS channel 28.

Monday, March 14, 2016

If there were a live-action "Super Friends," check out this dream team!

"I just acquired an Alex Ross Aquaman figure," author Will Rodgers says, "since his artwork looks like real people and since we never had a live-action Aquaman in the '70s, I thought he'd fill in nicely for my imaginary pic of the live-action 'Super Friends.' Too bad the figures all couldn't have been one size. But here in this great pic are the most powerful iconic actors in action figure form ever assembled. Christopher Reeve, Lynda Carter, Adam West and Burt Ward. I would have loved to have seen Ted McGinley as Aquaman and Donny and Marie Osmond as the Wonder Twins. That's a drawing I'd like to make someday."

Will has posted this photo and many other fun goodies on his DC Comics Classic Animation page on Facebook.

Photo by Will Rodgers; please do not copy without permission

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Ben Jones, Miss Alma and Catherine Bach invite you to a Cooter's Place grand opening

From a Cooter's Place email ...

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM
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Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 8:00 PM (CDT)
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2613-B McGavock Pike
Nashville, TN 37214

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Join good ol'Cooter and Miss Alma as they welcome their great friend Catherine Bach "Daisy Duke" officially into The Cooter's Place Family. Together they are opening DAISY COUNTRY which will feature mementos from Catherine's personal collection and her inspired designs of clothing and jewelry and a collection of vintage memorabilia for sale. Events will include:
  • Meet &Greet with Catherine Bach, Door Prizes, Car Show, Photo Ops with Daisy and "Dixie" Yummy Goodies--both days-- All Free
  • Lego classes $35..two hours of training and prizes and build your own 1/64 Gen Lee Sat only 10am 1pm
  • Brunch with Q&A featuring Catherine and Ben $30 /kids (2-12)$15..Sun 10:30am next door at The Nashville Palace 
Hands on Hips line privileges and store discounts will be honored!! 

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Ben Jones,Miss Alma & Catherine Bach

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Terrific TV Toys: '66 Joker figure by Figures Toy Co.

Oh, that toy company we've had our eye on for a couple years now has churned out a marvelous line in tribute to the 1966 "Batman" TV series. We're focusing on a whole mess of those Figures Toy Co. figures in the latest series on Terrific TV Toys, and this week it's the Joker!

That completes Series 1 of our Bat-Blitz! We'll take a look at some other stuff for a couple weeks, then we'll be back for Series 2.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Stay at a Hilton, stumble across some Joan Collins gowns!

In our November 24 post we told you about the December auction of gorgeous belongings of "Dynasty" diva Joan Collins. Julien's has on its website the results of the auction, if you're curious to see what stuff went for, but imagine our surprise when a friend said he was staying at a Hilton in L.A. that had a bunch of Joan Collins gowns on display! Yes, items from the auction, and he snapped these shots for us to show. This is the Beverly Hilton, where the Golden Globes are held, and the hotel displays other famous pieces like a Superman costume worn by Christopher Reeve and the pink satin dress worn by Madonna in her "Material Girl" music video. The items below, however, are so deliciously "Dynasty." Special thanks to Grigg for these ...

Photos by Grigg; please do not copy without permission.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

"Batman v. Superman" with a taste of "Super Friends" -- collector Will Rodgers is at it again!

Well, that Will Rodgers, author of the recently released BRBTV guide to the "Super Friends," has got "Super Friends" on the brain, even when we're talking about the "Batman v. Superman" movie coming out later this month!

"I was in Wal-Mart and found the regular figure of Aquaman in the 'Batman v. Superman' line," Will says, "so I thought I'd snap a few pics, and I got out my Robin figure from 'Batman Forever' to make it 'Super Friends'-like."

"I also took one with the Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern, so now I must find that Flash figure from the TV series to make Justice League pics."

The Super Friends get all edgy and cinematic -- yea, that's what you could call this!

You can keep up with Will and his action figure fun -- as well as discuss that great era of television history called Saturday morning -- at his DC Comics Classic Animation: The Saturday Morning Era Fan Page on Facebook!

Photos by Will Rodgers
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Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Terrific TV Toys: '66 Riddler figure by Figures Toy Co.

March is upon us, and is spring in the air? Well, not quite, but we're still hopeful! What is marching on, however, is our series on the 1966 "Batman" figures by Figures Toy Co. on the Terrific TV Toys show. This week's it's Riddler, as played by the incomparable Frank Gorshin. While another man did don the question-mark leotard (John Astin of "The Addams Family"), it's Gorshin that fans and FTC recognize as the riddling villain. Join Billie Rae Bates of BRBTV once again as she shows you up-close and personal this cool toy commemorating a beloved classic TV show.

Next week, we round out this wave of our '66 "Batman" series with Joker, then we're going to take a little break before we look at some more figures by this same company!