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Yellow Submarine Hot Wheels

So people that know me know I have hobbies and habits that are considered “odd” or “eclectic” or “concerning”. I enjoy watching commercials from the 80’s and 90’s, I love professional wrestling (Congrats to Kevin Owens who just became the new WWE Universal Champion), mustard-pickle sandwiches are a snack of choice, I un-ironically like bad movies, and of course everything Gremlins-related is on my mind basically 24/7.  This article is not about one of those unusual interests, surprisingly.

This is about Hot Wheels, and not just any Hot Wheels, Yellow Submarine Hot Wheels, inspired by the 1968 animated (and contractually obligated) Beatles film.
groupshotGrowing up, my parents exposed me to tons of music that ran the gamut from folk music to dementia (AKA Novelty/Comedy Music), and of course we had all the Beatles albums.
Once I had finished scratching my Muppets greatest hits records to hell on my big bird record player, I’d listen to a random Beatles album and be transfixed for hours…or at least until I needed to flip the record to the other side. Of course Yellow Submarine grabbed my imagination as a young child, and I often found myself watching the film trying to understand what the hell was going on, and pretending I knew exactly what everything meant when someone would ask me.

Imagine my complete surprise when I browsed the toy aisle after going to the store just to get carrots, cauliflower and a toothbrush, as I find a bin full of Yellow Submarine Hot Wheels.

After about 20 minutes of me doing some intense calculations, I realized all six vehicles would cost me less than $6 (before tax at .94 each) and then I could write about how rad they were on this blog!

First up is the Bump Around “Yellow Submarine”

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To be perfectly honest, this was the one that made me question the entire concept because I just don’t like the design. I get that it is a funky design for a funky submarine, but the funk just doesn’t jive with me. It is a bumper car that looks like it was painted to be in a Beatles-themed knockoff bumper car ride at the local county 4-h fair.

So there it is. The unholy amalgamation of a hot dog with far too much mustard that had intimate relations with a bumper car.

Morris Mini – George Harrison

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George here gets Sgt. Pepper in the background and a really nice car design, very striking in red with neon green interior. I really like the butterflies on this car, which might pose a problem if you have a severe case of Lepidopterophobia. Then again, it might be a fantastic prank gift if you have a significant other that is terrified of the winged creatures but also a Beatles fan. Just expect to be hit with a frying pan until you forget your kindergarten teacher’s name. Mrs…..Franklin? Knutowski? Smith?

This is where I found a neat little surprise on the side of the car that isn’t visible from the packaging: The entire band is featured on the car’s art. This trend continues with the rest of the Beatles-themed cars, and is a nice touch if you think that Paul is a jerkface or that John was the only REAL Beatle. Just turn the car in the opposite direction and you can rewrite Beatles history.

Final car of the night – Fishd n Chipd – Paul McCartney

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Paul is not dead. But his car might as well be. Ok that was a bit unfair of me, I just don’t dig this car’s design. I’m not sure why but it bugs me. It doesn’t flow well and it feels not at all “Paul-ish”. It just seems like someone thought “Oh hey we have  to make a car for Paul don’t we? Throw some daisies on it, paint it blue, call it a day and get some Popeye’s chicken.

I can’t say this car is a total loss, I absolutely love the actual body design. Somewhat Jaguar-esque but legally distinct, it has strong lines and other words that describe sexy cars. (Full disclosure I have totally no knowledge of cars. I can barely survive getting behind the wheel on a daily basis, as I am never quite sure what to do next at any given moment. )

 

Now the other side, the art featuring more on the whole band in blue and less on the unfortunate daisies, giving a color-coordinated look to the whole thing. Not bad as long as we pretend the Paul side doesn’t exist. I’m alright with this plan.

That’s all for tonight. Part 2 finishes off the cars!

Gremlins Reference in World Of Warcraft

While this is not new, it was new to me as I finally was able to solo 25 man Obsidian Sanctum with 3 drakes and got the Twilight Drake Mount.

Looking at the new mount, I found a fun little Gremlins reference in the description of the mount:

 

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Have you found any rad Gremlins references in your video games?

Let me know below!

 

LEGO Dimensions E3 Trailer and promo shots

WB Games has put up this trailer for the new LEGO Dimensions sets coming out this fall, and all are completely compatible with the current starter set and portal! This means if you already bought in to LEGO Dimensions, you won’t need to buy those, just the adventure/fun/story packs.

 

Tons of exciting properties in this game that appeal to a wide audience, but seem to be tailored almost to 80’s/90’s nostalgia fiends like myself!

The full list is below:

  • Gremlins
  • Ghostbusters (2016)
  • Beetlejuice
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  • Sonic The Hedgehog
  • Goonies
  • Harry Potter
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Adventure Time
  • Mission: Impossible
  • The A-Team
  • The Lego Batman Movie
  • Teen Titans Go!
  • Lego City Undercover
  • Knight Rider
  • The Powerpuff Girls

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Also special thanks to  Chakor C. from The Mog Squad on Facebook who found this cropped promotional image featuring Stripe!! More details will be posted as they are revealed.

 

{Rumor Mill} Gremlins coming to LEGO Dimensions?!

Leaked footage from an upcoming LEGO Dimensions trailer, presumably planned to be featured at E3 next week has gotten the Gremlins Universe all abuzz with this one moment, screencaptured by @BrentOnInternet (https://twitter.com/BrentOnInternet/status/740347698302222336)

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The rumors on multiple websites claim that the new LEGO Dimensions game will have:

Sonic the Hedgehog, Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them, Goonies, Ghostbusters, Powerpuff Girls, Adventure Time, Teen Titans and Mission Impossible

Goonies, Ghostbusters and Gremlins all in the same game? Along with Finn & Jake and the Powerpuff Girls? This can’t be. This is extremely exciting. At least we seem to have confirmation that Gremlins will be in the game, via the trailer that was quickly taken down.

More details as they become available!

Sources:

Destructoid
Brent Waller On Twitter
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Musings on Gremlins, Ghostbusters, Ecto-Cooler and Purple Stuff

So today I was listening to a podcast, drinking a 6oz box of Ecto-Cooler and realizing that there have only been a few times that I have been as excited about pop culture as I am right now.

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Let’s go back a bit.
This week’s Purple Stuff Podcast focuses on 1990 for no particular reason. I suggest checking out the link and listening to it, then coming back here. I’ll wait.

Ok back? Good.

So in the podcast Matt of Dinosaur Dracula , formerly X-entertainment and Jay from The Sexy Armpit talk about Gremlins 2, and got Matt remembering how he was so excited to actually get more of a thing he loved with a ridiculous passion. Obviously those of us that were around for 1990’s Gremlins 2: The New Batch completely can understand that feeling.

But for me there has been one other franchise that makes me giddy and excited like I am 8 years old again; Ghostbusters. That movie and cartoon series hit me right in the childhood. I was a bit young for the original film, just like Gremlins, but when I did see it, I was about 4 years old and it had the same combination of goofiness and scares that Gremlins had and both of those films were the perfect storm for my young imagination.
Once the cartoon hit and the merchandise kept coming, I was hooked for life.

I think Ghostbusters was a bit of a surrogate Gremlins for me, since by 1986-87 it was hard to find anything of Gremlins. It simply wasn’t merchandised as well as it could (and should) have been. Sure there were bendy toys, some shirts and more gizmo plush toys -licensed and knockoffs- than you would believe, but there wasn’t the obligatory 80’s style expansive toy line that a lot of movies and cartoons had.
Though I never stopped having a ridiculous obsession with Gremlins, Ghostbusters filled that niche for me.

It occurs to me that it is still how I feel today. “Well we aren’t getting a gremlins movie or anything anytime soon, but we can still be excited for GHOSTBUSTERS!”

The feeling that I get is almost impossible to describe when I see commercials for a NEW Ghostbusters film, walk into a store to buy Ecto-freaking-cooler, or see an endcap full of Ghostbusters merchandise staring at me again. It feels like all this Ghostbusters stuff is a gift personally to me and that my fandom is validated in some materialistic or capitalistic fashion.

I have had friends look at me like I am completely insane as I stare at the shelves of Ghostbusters toys and load up my cart with plastic proton packs and ghost traps. Part of it is something I can share with my own son who is old enough to enjoy it, and the other part is knowing how much I love this property.

To this day I remember very few first-run movie theater experiences from my childhood. Ghostbusters 2, Gremlins 2, TMNT (1990) and Jurassic Park were all amazing adventures that felt like they spoke directly to me. Even now they still do. Sure they don’t always hold up as well under a critical eye, but I have a great time watching them wherever I am and whoever I am with.

Part of the excitement is to know that others get to share in the passion and can get a glimpse of why I am so excited. I mean there are even in-universe Ghostbusters books coming out! (yes books plural!)
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One is a book that is featured in the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot that the main characters wrote before becoming paranormal investigators and eliminators. The title is is Ghosts From Our Past by Andrew Shaffer and comes out later this month before the film.
This is the one I am super excited about. It reminds me of The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer that was featured in Twin Peaks. The idea of holding a piece of the film or series in your hands is a enough to make me smile like I found ecto-cooler in my fridge…oh wait! I did!

The other is an actual in-universe Tobin’s Spirit Guide  by Erik Burnham

I don’t know much about this one beyond what Amazon says, but again this tome has been referenced multiple times in the 1984 movie, the cartoon series and even the recent IDW comics. While it will likely focus only on the entities from the films and maybe cartoon, I  promise you when a question is asked I will put down my Cheez-its and make a verbal note that I’ll check the usual sources like Tobin’s Spirit Guide as I pull it off my shelf.

(Note: I was not paid or asked to write about these books, and they are not affiliate-linked or anything. I am just really excited to share this with fellow fans)

While many people are ragging on the new film, I don’t care if it is good or bad. If it has ghosts and a reasonable amount of busting said ghosts, I will be content. Without the movie we wouldn’t see the retun of Ecto-Cooler, or even cans of slime at the store.

Seriously, those of us who grew up on ecto-cooler in our cold lunch bags cannot describe how long and impatiently we have been waiting and praying to the high-fructose gods above to have another chance to taste this sugar-laden drink. It is more than a “thing” to us. It is an obsession.
I couldn’t drink milk at school so it was ALWAYS ecto-cooler in my bag, even the rare days I had hot lunch. I never was a Capri Sun or Kool Bursts kinda kid, it was Ecto-Cooler or simply water (or occasionally Squeeze-it) for me.

To me knowing that other people feel that Ghostbusters is a neat enough concept to talk about on podcasts, write about in books, and make multi-million dollar films and throw merchandise everywhere in stores is super exciting.

Someday I hope I can feel this way again when Gremlins gets a new movie and hopefully truckloads of merchandise I can chase after for weeks and be broke for months after purchasing.

Thanks for following along on this journey of Gremlins and Ghostbusters nostalgia!

Let me know what kind of nostalgia bombs you have that would throw you into a new dimension if they magically returned below!

Feel free to follow me and continue the discussion on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Jypsy) or on facebook: (https://www.facebook.com/gremlinsonline/)

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