Tools of the Imagination – Ripley

Space Marine Lt. Ellen Ripley by Kenner, part of the Aliens toy line, produced 1992 The Cart Before The Horse (Image courtesy of collectiondx.com) Aliens is one of the best movies ever made. It’s an intelligent action movie. It’s an ambitious visual tour de force. Good acting. Great sets and special effects. Nominated for everythingContinue reading “Tools of the Imagination – Ripley”

Tools of the Imagination – Return of the King

The Return of the King directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin, written by Romeo Muller, music by Maury Laws, released 1980, available on DVD by Warner Brothers Cartoon violence by the same people who brought you Christmas! (Image thanks to Nighthawk News) Finishing up our tour of the pre-Jackson Lord of the Rings series,Continue reading “Tools of the Imagination – Return of the King”

Tools of the Imagination – Transformers

Transformers produced by Hasbro and Sunbow Productions, originally aired September 1984 to November of 1987, available on DVD and Blu-ray More Than…The Sum Of Its Parts (image thanks to tvtropes.org) Transformers is a fascinating case-study on art, economics, fandom, and merchandising. Few other franchises, save maybe Star Wars, have faced the same artistic scrutiny asContinue reading “Tools of the Imagination – Transformers”

Tools of the Imagination – Gargoyles

Gargoyles produced by Walt Disney Television Animation, originally aired from October 1994 to February 1997, previously available on Youtube (but seems to have been taken down) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles meets Batman the Animated Series Gargoyles was a remarkable show that is the product of a time and a place in not only the cultureContinue reading “Tools of the Imagination – Gargoyles”

Tools of the Imagination – Phormo

Phormo When all else fails, use a giant gun Playmates, Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad, 1994 Most toys about combineable superheroes have a linear progression: five individual robots become one giant robot, who maybe is then joined by another (or others) to become even more powerful.  But rarely do you see diverging paths of combining sets, whereContinue reading “Tools of the Imagination – Phormo”