Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #70 – Lobot

Lobot: I always thought it was just a clever play on the word “robot”….but according to our friends at Star Wars: In Character, it’s because he was lobotomized! How creepy is that? Never fear, we don’t let that stop us from appreciating the awesomeness of a bald head and a puffy shirt! Enjoy!

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Minisode 39 – Top 5 Action Figure/Vehicle Combos

Taylor and Jeff are big fans of action figures (surprise!) and vehicles (also surprise!), so it stands to reason they would be HUGE fans of Action Figure and Vehicle combos (Not Surprising)! This week they discuss their top 5 favorite combos, maybe your favorite made the list!!!!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #69 – Two Bad

Are two heads REALLY better than one? I supposed it depends on the heads. Taylor and Jeff get to the bottom of this question (or at least the MIDDLE) on the latest Action Figure Exclusive as they discuss Two Bad from the Masters of the Universe line!

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Episode 58 – Spiral Zone

Earth’s most powerful soldiers are Earth’s last chance against… Freddie Mercury? Seriously, the bad guy looks like Queen’s legendary frontman! Taylor and Jeff get sucked into the Spiral Zone on this latest episode. Will they succumb to the Overlord’s machines, or will they battle their way out of the red face rash? Listen and find out!!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #68 – Bespin Han Solo

Jeff is VERY excited about this week’s show. In case you weren’t aware (and if you weren’t, welcome to Talking Toys with Taylor and Jeff for the first time), Bespin Han Solo is Jeff’s favorite action figure of all time. In fact, it’s his favorite TOY of all time! No wonder this show is longer than a typical A.F.E. Does Jeff ACTUALLY want to be Bespin Han? Listen and find out!!

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Minisode 38 – Top 5 Toys Aimed At Girls

This time, Taylor and Jeff decided to discuss a subject that others have requested a few times: Toys aimed at girls. We hesitate to call them “Girls’ Toys” because, hey, any kid should be able to play with a toy, regardless of gender. Cool knows no gender, and neither should toys. BUT, these toy lines were AIMED at young females, so that’s why we grouped them together. Listen and then let us know what your favorites were/are!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #67 – SyKlone

This week, the guys get all twisty as they discuss SyKlone, a Masters of the Universe character that Jeff STILL hasn’t figured out! Maybe you’ll have more luck than he did. Listen and find out!

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Episode 57 – The Karate Kid

Bansai!!! BANSAI!!!! Taylor and Jeff crane-kick their way through The Karate Kid toy line from 1986!! You can be forgiven for never knowing about these, because for some reason they got very little distribution, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t cool. I mean, it MIGHT, but you’ll have to listen to find out!

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Talking Toys Rewind: Rambo: The Force of Freedom

The way-back machine is stretching all the way to Episode 8 of Talking Toys with Taylor and Jeff, when the guys discussed the first of many R-rated Hollywood properties to get toy lines and/or cartoons. We miss the 80s around here. Like, a lot. Enjoy!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #66 – Dengar

Well, we had to get to him sooner or later. He’s the two-ply bounty hunter, he’s DENGAR!!! Taylor and Jeff discuss the relative merits of wearing toilet paper on your head, and why he reminds Jeff of Johnny Cash. Newsflash: Nothing is decided on either topic. But listen and enjoy anyway!

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Minisode 37 – Top 5 Toys From Movies

Time for another Top 5! This time, Taylor and Jeff discuss their favorite toys that are based on movies. They narrowed the list to specific toys that were based on vehicles, characters, or locations that appeared onscreen. Which isn’t MUCH of a narrowing-down, but they tried 🙂 Enjoy!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive # 65 – Stinkor

It Stinks!!! No, it’s not a new episode of The Critic (how’s THAT for a deep cut?), it’s yet another strange Masters of the Universe figure from Mattel! Taylor and Jeff discuss a patchouli-infused skunk named Stinkor. Yep, it was the 80’s. Lots of drugs being ingested, and look where it got us.

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Episode 56 – Street Sharks

Street Sharks! Sounds like it COULD be a gang that sings and dances, but it’s really a sort-of-rip-off of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But don’t worry, they’re REALLY cool toys. So cool that Taylor and Jeff managed to talk for nearly 2 hours about them. Check out all the Street-Sharky goodness!!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #64 – Yoda

Back with another episode, we are! Ok, that’s enough of that. Taylor and Jeff are talking about everyone’s favorite little green guy, Yoda! How do they feel about the smallest figure ever? Listen and find out!

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Minisode 36 – Top 5 Action Features

Another minisode, another top 5! This time, the guys discuss their top 5 Action Features! It’s a fun discussion, and one we may have to revisit soon!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #63 – Spikor

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Here’s one toy that Taylor did better (at least in Jeff’s opinion)! The guys discuss Spikor from Mattel’s Masters of the Universe line. He’s prickly, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid him! Why does Jeff prefer Taylor’s version? Listen and find out!

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Episode 55 – Air Raiders

This show is full of hot air. Well, even MORE full than most of our shows are. And that’s all the puns for now. Maybe. Anywho, Taylor and Jeff sat down to discuss one of Taylor’s favorite toy lines (yeah, he has a lot of “favorites”), Air Raiders!! Does this line fly above the clouds, or does it run out of air near the end? Listen and find out!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #62 – Rebel Soldier (Hoth Battle Gear)

He’s so cool he’s frigid! Hoth Rebel Soldier. That’s what we’re gonna call this guy. He’s one of Jeff’s favorites because Jeff loves jackets, and Jeff loves the cold. For the rest of it, you’ll have to listen, but suffice it to say that Jeff owns more than one of these guys.

As a bonus, the guys reminisce about their experience watching the Star Wars Special Edition 20 years ago!

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Minisode 35 – Top 5 Toy Lines That Need Movies

This time out, Taylor and Jeff pine away for movies we never got from toy lines that we love. How would these properties translate to celluloid? Listen and find out!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #61 – Roboto

Domo Arigato! Now that we have THAT out of the way, please take a listen as the guys discuss that rascally robot from Eternia, ROBOTO!! Did they love him, or was he too mechanical? Listen and find out!

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Episode 54 – Silverhawks

You asked for it. A LOT. And here it is! The guys sat down and discussed Kenner’s cult classic, SILVERHAWKS!!!! They’re shiny, they fly, and they’re colorful. Do you think the guys like them? One way to find out!

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Talking Toys REWIND: Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos

We got another Sunday in the month! That means a bonus show. And by “bonus” we mean “an old show in your feed”…..Here’s a flashback to the one of the first discussions about Jeff’s weird hangup about action figures being able to buy groceries, do laundry, or go to McDonalds. Sit back and listen (or listen again) to the guys discuss Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos:

You don’t play with Chuck Norris, Chuck Norris action figures play with YOU! Which is a good thing, because not many people wanted to play with Chuck Norris action figures in the mid 80’s. But that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve some Talking Toys love, now, does it?!?! This time out, the guys tackle one of the most ridiculous toy lines of the 80’s, Kenner’s CHUCK NORRIS KARATE KOMMANDOS. You know it’s the 80’s by the use of the incorrect “K” instead of a “C” in “Kommandos”…because your letters had to match, right? Take a listen and found out if Chuck wins again, or if he takes on one the chin.

(When did Jeff turn into Muhammed Ali while writing episode desciptions?)

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #60 – Bespin Leia

If Taylor and Jeff are anything, they’re elegant. Ok, I couldn’t even type that with a straight face. BUT, they do KNOW elegance when they see it, and this week, they discuss the very elegant Bespin Leia! How do they feel about the well-dressed princess? Listen and find out!

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Minisode 34 – Top 5 Action Figure Villains

Taylor and Jeff are back with another Top 5 list! This time out, they discuss their favorite villains/bad guys from the toy lines of their youths (and adulthoods, let’s be honest). Listen in and find out if Taylor was able to whittle his list down to 5!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #59 – Moss Man

At long last, it’s time to get fuzzy. Taylor and Jeff proudly present to you (finally): MOSS MAN!!! Sure, he looks familiar, and with good reason. Find out why by listening to the show!

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Talking Toys Rewind: BraveStarr (Re-release of Episode 2)

Well, the holidays took their toll on Taylor and Jeff, so we are without a new episode this week. HOWEVER, we invite you to take a trip down memory lane and listen to our SECOND episode ever! Hear the guys opine about BraveStarr, and marvel at how much (and how little) the show has changed over the last 4 1/2 years. Also, hear the origin of Taylor’s reputation as a toy destroyer!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #58 – Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues)

Yeah, that name is clunky, so we’re gonna go with “Bespin Luke” for this one, you all know who we’re talking about. Did this figure suffer from not having a telescoping saber, or is the yellow stick a welcome change? Taylor and Jeff weigh in!

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Minisode 33 – Christmas Mornings with Santa

Christmas!!! This year, Taylor and Jeff discuss the status of their toys on Christmas morning. Did Santa leave them all boxed up, or did he put them together for immediate playing? Apparently, Jeff’s experience was different from almost everyone else on the planet. Listen and find out why! And stay tuned after to hear the Talking Toys Christmas gift exchange 2017, featuring Taylor’s better half Rachel and their bundle of joy, Elijah!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #57 – Modulok

What’s red and black and comes in about 73 different pieces? That’s right, it’s MODULOK!! Taylor and Jeff discuss possibly the most unique “action figure” from the Masters of the Universe toy line!

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Episode 53 – Batman: The Animated Series

I am the night, I am the plastic! Taylor and Jeff get animated again as they discuss Kenner’s toy line based on Batman: The Animated Series from the early ’90s! It’s everyone’s favorite Batman broken down by everyone’s favorite toy nerds!

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Talking Toys; Action Figure Exclusive #56 – Lando Calrissian

Hello, what have we here? It’s Taylor and Jeff discussing everyone’s favorite Baron and the only man who wears a cape better than Batman: Mr. Lando Calrissian!!! Is the figure as cool as the character? Listen and find out!

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Minisode 32 – Exclusives….what about ’em?

This week, Taylor and Jeff discuss their thoughts on exclusive products, meaning items you can only get at a specific store, convention, or website. How do the guys feel? Listen and find out!!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #55 – Mantenna

When it comes to Mattel and Masters of the Universe, no pun is too bad! This time out, Taylor and Jeff discuss the living periscope, Mantenna!!! Does he rise above the fray, like his eyes, or is all-style, no substance? Listen and find out!!

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Episode 52 – Dino Riders (wave 1)

Taylor and Jeff get Prehisto-futuristic on the latest Talking Toys as they discuss the first set of Dino Riders toys! Jeff wasn’t familiar with this line when they started. Did they gain a new fan? Listen and find out!!!

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Talking Toys REWIND: Inhumanoids

In honor of Halloween, Taylor and Jeff wanted to take a trip in the way-back machine and go all the way back to episode 18, where Jeff got REALLY creeped out by the Inhumanoids. Taylor loved them, of course. The sound may be a bit low, so be prepared to pump up the volume, and enjoy this spoooookiest of toy lines on this spoooookiest of holidays. Happy Halloween everybody!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #54 – Snowtrooper

Ok, fine, technically this show is about the Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear), but really, who calls it that? It’s a Snowtrooper, people! Jeff loves this guy, especially the fact that he wears a skirt. What does Taylor think? You’ll have to listen to find out!

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Minisode 31 – The Monster Squad

It’s time for a spoooooky edition of “You mean that show never got a toy line?” with Taylor and Jeff. This time, they daydream about a line based on Jeff’s favorite monster movie, 1987’s The Monster Squad. Basically, it’s the Goonies with Universal Monsters thrown in. Sounds awesome, right? Well it is! And the toy line the guys come up with would be just as awesome. Don’t believe me? Find out for yourself!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #53 – Leech

Man, this figure really sucks. Seriously!!! But that’s ok, he’s supposed to. Taylor and Jeff sit down to discuss Leech, from Mattel’s Masters of the Universe line. Listen in and find out if the suckage extends beyond the suction cups!

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Episode 51 – Top 5 Spooky Toys

It’s that time, kids! Halloween is upon us, and Taylor LOVES it. Jeff loves it, too, but Taylor LOOOOOVES Halloween. So, they decided to share their top 5 spooky toys with you, dear listeners. Taylor takes a few opportunities to creep Jeff out, so you know it’s gonna be fun.

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #52 – IG-88

It’s time for everyone’s favorite cappucino machine! Taylor and Jeff break down the assassin-droid-turned-bounty hunter, IG-88!!! Is this the droid to end all droids (and humans, too, for that matter), or is he just another hunk of metal? Listen and find out!

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Minisode 30 – The Love Boat

Love, exciting and new….yep, you read the title correctly. The Love Boat. It got a toy line. There is a Captain Stubing action figure. Taylor and Jeff discuss all the WTF-ness of this line on the latest minisode about (as Jeff calls it) The Friggin’ Love Boat. Enjoy!!!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #51 – Hordak

He’s big, he’s bony, and he’s bad. He is HORDAK, leader of the Evil Horde (Get it? “Horde” and “HORDak”??) …. he might also be a bit of a narcissist. Taylor and Jeff discuss on the latest Talking Toys!!

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Episode 50 – Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future

Another toy line based on a television program. But this time, it’s not a cartoon. And this time, the SHOW SHOOTS BACK!!!!! Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future was waaaaaay ahead of its time, both technologically and narratively. Taylor and Jeff dive into this cult classic to discuss what worked, what didn’t, and what should have worked better!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #50 – Hoth Han Solo

We all know that Jeff has a HUGE man-crush on Han Solo, so you can imagine how excited he is about this week’s show. He and Taylor break down the 2nd best Han Solo figure ever (in Jeff’s opinion), Hoth Han Solo. Yeah, we know that’s not the exact name, but that’s what everyone calls him, so that’s what we’ll call him. So there. Enjoy!

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Minisode 29 – Where Do We Get Those Wonderful Toys?

Our listeners come through yet again! This topic was suggested to us by one of the Talking Toys Faithful, and we ran with it! Where do you go online to get toys? Sure, there’s eBay and Amazon, but where do you go to get the REALLY good deals from people you can trust? Taylor and Jeff share their sources, but keep it under your hat, we don’t need this getting widespread attention….

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #49 – Grizzlor

It’s about to get hairy up in here. Taylor and Jeff discuss one of Taylor’s very favoritest Masters of the Universe figures: Grizzlor! He’s the furriest of the furry, the growliest of the growly, and just an all-around cool toy.

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Episode 49 – Transformers (Wave 1)

This podcast is more than meets the eye. You knew we had to do it. Anyway, Taylor and Jeff are FINALLY gonna talk about Transformers. You wanted it, you demanded it, and now you have it: Wave 1 of Transformers!!!

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Talking Toys Special Edition: Mark Bellomo Strikes Back!!!

He’s baaaaaack!!! Our good friend Mark Bellomo is back with a new book, The Ultimate Guide To Vintage Transformers Action Figures! As with his other tomes, it is exhaustive but entertaining! Jeff sat down with Mark to discuss the creation of the book, as well as his Mark’s own favorites from the line. His knowledge is vast, and he’s a super nice guy, to boot!

Come back next week as Taylor and Jeff dive into Wave 1 of Transformers!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #48 – FX-7

“He moves like lightning, if lightning didn’t move.” – Jeff McGee, 2016. Truer words were never spoken about our subject today: FX-7. Taylor refuses to call it an “action figure” but that didn’t stop them from talking about it. What do they think about this “Set piece”? Listen and find out!

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Minisode 28 – Galaxy Quest

First there was Spaceballs, then came Galaxy Quest. One of the best spoofs of all time, sending up Star Trek in all its forms. Jeff and Taylor love this movie, and have always been bummed that we never got toys based on the film. So, they decided to daydream up a toy line to go with it! How did they make the Omega 13 work? Listen and find out!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #47 – Whiplash

This latest episode has it all: Tails that whip, skin that’s green and bumpy, teeth that are scary, and Jeff screwing up the intro! After that, Taylor and Jeff spend some time exploring the world of Whiplash!!

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Episode 48 – G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Wave 2

Yo Joe! (Again). Taylor and Jeff are back in Hasbro country again to discuss the 2nd wave of G.I. Joe toys from the 80s. Also back are Dan Zehr from Coffee With Kenobi and Ken Farley from The Nerd 411 with their top 5 lists! Yeah, we’re milking this line a little bit, but you know what, it stands up to an expanded discussion, so, you know, there’s that. Listen in and find out why Gung Ho just didn’t work for Jeff. Hint: It’s because he couldn’t go into a McDonald’s…..

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #46 – Bespin Security Guard

Kenner would cash in on ANYTHING Star Wars-related. They would even make a toy of a SECURITY GUARD. Actually, they made TWO, but we’re just focusing on the first one today. Sadly, this figure did NOT come with his own Segway and Taser, but he did sport a sweet, sweet ‘stache. What did Taylor and Jeff think? Listen and find out!

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Minisode 27 – How Damaged Is Too Damaged?

When you’re a toyetic genius like Taylor, there’s almost no such thing as a toy being damaged beyond repair. Jeff is a different story. If a piece is missing, it’s gone forever and beyond all hope. Surely, there’s somewhere in the middle, right? Or even a toy that is even too damaged for Taylor’s surgeon-like hands? The guys discuss on the latest minisode!!!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #45 – Webstor

No, this isn’t a show about a tiny orphan adopted by Mongo from Blazing Saddles, it’s about one of Skeletor’s henchman! Although that first idea sounds pretty good…..

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Episode 47 – BoneAge

Taylor and Jeff are about to get prehistoric up in here. Sorta. Actually, I’m not sure WHAT era this would be considered, because  the guys look like cavemen, and they ride on dinosaur bones….I guess the Bone Age IS a pretty good name for it. But Jeff will mispronounce it anyway, because he’s perpetually 12 years old.

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #44 – Bossk

He is the REAL Lizard King….BOSSK!!!! Jeff’s favorite bounty hunter, and the greatest Trandoshan of them all gets his due as Taylor and Jeff break down the only man so tough he doesn’t even need shoes in space.

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Minisode 26 – Taylor and Jeff’s Ideal Toy Line

Taylor and Jeff talk about a lot of toy lines, but they’ve never discussed what they would want in their own toy line. It seems like a natural progression, so this week, that’s what they’re talking about! Listen in, and offer your own suggestions on the Facebook page!!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #43 – Prince Adam

It’s the early 80’s, you’re a kid with a fixation on toys that echo barbarians, medieval culture, AND science fiction. So, of COURSE, what you REALLY want is a vaguely effeminate action figure with a pageboy haircut, a crushed velvet tunic and lilac tights, right? That’s JUST what Mattel thought when they released Prince Adam in the Masters of the Universe line. Does it make sense? Taylor and Jeff try to make it make sense.

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Episode 46 – Starriors

Starriors had some of the coolest names on the planet. Were the toys as cool as the names? Wellllllll….that depends on how you feel about giant mechs that don’t ACTUALLY have humans inside. But seriously, Slaughter Steelgrave is one of the greatest names ever….

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #42 – Boba Fett

Everyone’s favorite bounty hunter gets the Talking Toys treatment! Boba Fett gets dissected and judged by Taylor and Jeff. Is he the baddest man in the galaxy, or the baddest figure in the world?

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Minisode 25 – Spaceballs

The only thing more fun than Star Wars toys could have been Spaceballs toys. Alas, we never got any, but that didn’t stop Taylor and Jeff from dreaming. Listen in to find out what their version of a Spaceballs toy line would have looked like!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #41 – Orko

Yeah. We know. Nobody likes Orko. Or do they? Taylor and Jeff discuss the Eternian magician and weigh in on whether he’s gotten a bum rap, or if his reputation is well-earned.

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Episode 45 – Visionaries

Once again, it’s time for “I kinda remember those toys…oh yeah I DO remember those toys! Whatever happened to those toys?” Theatre on Talking Toys with Taylor and Jeff. The guys discuss yet another holographic wonder, Visionaries!!! Was this line as forward-thinking as the name implies, or was it just another example of 80’s weirdness? Maybe both? Listen and find out!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #40 – Power Droid

Gonk if you love Star Wars!!! It’s not just a bumper sticker I bought for 2 of my besties (Taylor Lymber and Matt Moore), it’s a WAY OF LIFE! Well, it is if you’re a Power Droid. Or a Power Droid fan. This week, Taylor and Jeff talk about everybody’s favorite Trash Can with Legs!

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Minisode 24 – Germs

Achoo!!! Sorry, Taylor gave Jeff GERMS. Actually, he just suggested they discuss Germs, a Worlds of Wonder toy line that….well…it sort of defies explanation. Just listen, and wonder what Taylor was thinking when he suggested it.

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #39 – Mekaneck

This guy gives new meaning to the term “rubberneckin'”….actually he doesn’t, and I apologize for that “joke.” This week, Taylor and Jeff are discussing Mekaneck, from the Masters of the Universe line. I’ll give you 3 guesses what HIS special feature is.

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Episode 44 – Dark Knight Collection

There are a LOT of Batman toy lines out there. We’ll eventually get around to discussing them all. This time, we got the most confusing one out of the way. And by “Confusing” we mean “Jeff couldn’t figure out exactly which #%&$ toy line Taylor was talking about.”  Thankfully, they worked it out, and now, we present to you the Dark Knight Collection!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #38 – Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot)

It’s time for another Star Wars action figure! This time it’s one of Jeff’s favorites: Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot). Jeff loves the colors (that is a recurring theme, huh?). But what does Taylor think? His answer might surprise you….listen and find out!

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Minisode 23 – Belated Christmas and Belated Gary

Don’t call it a comeback!!! I know, it’s February. We’ve even passed Valentine’s Day, but 2016 has been a whirlwind so far, and better late than never, right? Taylor and Jeff discuss their Christmas hauls, and then you will get to hear them open a box from their friend Gary. Be sure to check out the Facebook page for photos of the haul!

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The Force Awakens Mini-Review

Taylor and Jeff both saw this new movie that came out last week. It’s called Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and it seems to be doing fairly well at the box office and with critics, so we thought you might like to hear their thoughts. Enjoy!

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Minisode 22 – That Show NEVER Got a Toy Line?!?! – Goonies

In a twist on our last Minisode topic, this time Taylor and Jeff play the “What If” Game with a property that never got a toy line. First up, everyone’s favorite kids-on-an-adventure movie, “The Goonies”

What would this line have been like? Taylor and Jeff have a few ideas, and I think Kenner missed out!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #37 – Kobra Kahn

Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes? Jeff and Indiana Jones have something in common. Luckily, Taylor does not share their distaste for snakes, so he’s able to tell us all we never needed to know about Kobra Kahn from the Masters of the Universe line!

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Episode 43 – New Adventures of He-Man

So we’ve had Masters of the Universe, we’ve had the 200x He-Man line, and now comes the one you’ve REALLY been waiting for. Well, at least TAYLOR has. It’s He-Man, aka The New Adventures of He-Man, aka the toy line you may not have been aware of. This line is decidedly more futuristic than previous Masters toys, and it was received with mixed results. Taylor and Jeff think it deserves a 2nd look. Or listen, either way. Enjoy!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #36 – Death Star Droid

Taylor has his LadyBugHead Man, Jeff has his SilverInsectoidRobot Guy. This week, the guys talk about the latter. Death Star Droid is a figure that gives them fits as they discuss the relative merits of the anti-3P0. Which side do they come down on? Listen and find out!

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Minisode 21 – That Show Got A Toy Line?!?! – M*A*S*H

Over 3 years in, and Taylor and Jeff STILL can’t open a show properly. Luckily, the rest of the show is MUCH smoother. This time out, the guys introduce a new sub-series dedicated to toy lines from properties that didn’t necessarily demand a toy line. First up: M*A*S*H, because what kid doesn’t love to recreate battlefield trauma care? The toys themselves weren’t all that bad, as you will hear when you listen!

Warning: Lots of Nerdy TV History talk by Jeff on this one

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #35 – Jitsu

Jitsu. Sounds like a hip sushi restaurant, doesn’t it? No? Well, fine, it’s still a strange name for an equally strange figure. Of course, being from Masters of the Universe, you wouldn’t expect anything less. Does he pass muster for Taylor & Jeff? Listen and find out!

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Episode 42 – The Adventures of Indiana Jones (1982)

Raiders of the Lost Ark was a HUGE movie in 1981. #1 box office, Best Picture nominee at the Academy Awards, and it remains beloved to this day. Kenner was signed on to make toys. Should have been a repeat of Star Wars in 1978, right? Well….not so much. Distribution was spotty (at best), which is a shame because the toys are PHENOMENAL. At least Taylor and Jeff think so. See if you agree with their thoughts on the latest Talking Toys with Taylor and Jeff!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #34 – R5D4

Well c’mon Red, let’s go! Little did we know that “red” couldn’t “go” because he just couldn’t get motivated. Having a bad motivator is a problem that many of us have, but not Taylor & Jeff. They need no motivation other than the chance to talk about everyone’s “Option B” Astromech: R5D4!!!

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Minisode 20 – What Is It Worth?

“How much is this worth?” is a question that everyone who collects either asks or gets asked at some point. How does one answer? Sentimental value is the only true value that a person can accurately apply to an item. Whatever you want to pay, or whatever you want to accept, those are the only real values that can be verified. Taylor and Jeff are both squarely in this camp, as opposed to trying to determine an item’s investment value. In this minisode, they discuss this issue, and they desperately want to hear YOUR thoughts. Please? PLEASE?!?! Thank you.

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #33 – Fisto

His name if Fisto? Yeah. Yeah, it is. I know. Trust me, I know. Taylor loves this guy, of course. And, beyond the name, he IS pretty cool. But that name is a HUGE hump to get over. Can Jeff do it? One way for you to find out, dear listener. Just push play.

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Episode 41 – StarCom

Some toys are just more ATTRACTIVE than others. Some toys have a MAGNETIC pull that others just seem to lack. Some toys STICK, some don’t. I guess 2 out of 3 ain’t bad for StarCom, huh? These toys were really cool, with magnets that allowed the figures to stick to ships, and allowed ships to stick to other ships! They didn’t last long on shelves, but they’ve remained close to the hearts of many toy enthusiasts, so we hope you enjoy our discussion about StarCom!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #32 – Walrus Man

Yes!!! Jeff is VERY excited this week, folks. He and Taylor are talking about everyone’s favorite amputee, Walrus Man! Anyone who listens to this show regularly knows the story of Jeff’s fondness for this figure, but if you don’t, fear not, you get to hear it this time. Can he survive the orange onesie, or is that something no man can overcome? Listen and find out!

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Minisode 19 – The Great Gary Unboxing

We have the greatest listeners on the planet, as evidenced by this episode. Taylor & Jeff received a care package from our listener (and friend) Gary, and we decided to unbox it live via Periscope! For those of you who missed it, we have the audio for you! The guys did a good job of talking through it all, so we think you’ll enjoy it, and be SUPER jealous! Enjoy!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #31 – Clawful

Jeff loves a good pun. Taylor loves a good pun even more than Jeff. So, as you may expect, they both had a good time this week discussing a PUNderful action figure: Clawful, from Mattel’s Masters of the Universe line. Is the figure as much fun as the name, or is the “snappy” name all he has to offer? Listen and find out!

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Episode 40 – Police Academy

Once again, we’re knee-deep in the 1980s. It was a time when a raunchy R-rated comedy could rebrand itself into a family-friendly film franchise, which would then spawn a cartoon, which would then, of course, spawn a toy line. 1984’s Police Academy and its annual sequels were a mainstay for Jeff growing up, and have remained so as an adult (is anyone surprised?), so he decided to make Taylor take a look at the toys with him. These toys are based on the 1989 cartoon series, so don’t expect a buxom Leslie Easterbrook action figure. Anyone who knew Leslie Easterbrook by name before that last sentence gets extra cool points. Enjoy!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #30 – Snaggletooth

It’s one of the greatest “gambled and lost” stories in the history of the toy biz. Kenner make a guess about what Snaggletooth looked like below the neck, and got it wrong. But then, they got it right, and that’s what Taylor and Jeff are here to discuss, the short, red-suited Snaggletooth. Does he stand up to the rest of the line, even though he’s shorter? Listen and find out!

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Minisode 18 – Mint-On-Card Resealing!?!??!!?!

On the latest minisode we tackle a disturbing trend: Resealing action figures. Can you believe someone would take a figure and put it BACK on the card, then try to sell it like it was Mint-on-card?!?!? Fraud in the collecting community? Nooooooo.

Anyway, Taylor and Jeff have opinions, and they’re always willing to share them with you, their loyal listeners. So, here you go.

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #29 – Buzz Off

Jeff hates bees. Of course, Taylor loves bees. Taylor also loves Masters of the Universe. So, by extension, if a Masters figure was part-bee, Taylor would LOVE it right? You’d think so. And you’d be right. Taylor LOOOOOOVES Buzz Off. Join Taylor and Jeff for the audio portion of their recent Periscope episode about this medieval bee.

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Episode 39 – War Planets

So…you just came up with a toy line about a bunch of PLANETS that are at WAR with one another. What does your ultra-creative mind come up with as a name for the line? What would be not only descriptive, but catchy, and maybe even a little poetic? I got it. WAR PLANETS! You don’t think it’s too on-the-nose do you? Neither do Taylor and Jeff. Take a listen and find out what they think about an entire toy line made up of Planets!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #28 – Hammerhead

Another week, another action figure in a onesie. Hammerhead was the most alien looking figure released thus far when it came out. Not JUST because he was wearing a blue onesie, but because he DID look like a Hammerhead shark! Taylor and Jeff dissect this figure (not literally), from his platform feet to his eyes that look to the right, so he can ONLY do sideways glances.  To find out EVERYTHING, listen now!

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Minisode 17 – Gentle Giant Minis and A Lymbery Mini

In a semi-timely edition of Talking Toys, Taylor and Jeff discuss the latest offering from from Gentle Giant. Far from giant, they’re presenting us with minifigures. First up: Rock ‘n Roll and Snake Eyes from GI Joe. We also discuss Taylor’s latest creation: His son! What toys has Taylor set aside for future fun with his boy? It’s a mega-minisode!

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Action Figure Exclusive #27 – Tri-Klops

What has 3 eyes but still only 1? Come on, TRI to guess….Give up? Ok, I’ll tell you. It’s Tri-Klops! 3 eyes but only uses 1 at a time, but that’s ok, he’s still intimidating and awesome. Taylor and Jeff continue their trip down Eternia way to discuss another figure from Mattel’s Masters of the Universe line!

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Episode 38 – Computer Warriors

Have you ever wondered “Just how nerdy can this show get?”

Well, we may have reached a new level this time. Taylor and Jeff discuss a toy line about toys based on computers. Of course, it was the 80’s, so they also transformed into other things, which means Jeff loves them. But how much? Only one way to find out, check out COMPUTER WARRIORS!!!!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #26 – Greedo

Who shot first? It doesn’t matter THIS time, because Taylor and Jeff are just focusing on Greedo, the first bounty hunter introduced in both the Star Wars movies AND Kenner’s toy line. Sure, he doesn’t look EXACTLY like his movie counterpart, but that’s ok, right? Guess you’ll have to listen and find out!

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Minisode 16 – Jumping Off The Train

There comes a time in every collector’s life when one has to look at one’s collection and decide “Do I really NEED them ALL?”

That time has come for Jeff. Due to several factors, he has been forced to reassess his relationship with the Gentle Giant Jumbo Star Wars action figure line. On this minisode, he and Taylor discuss other times they have had to jump off of a collecting train in mid-trip. You’ve all been there, so come along for the journey one more time!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #25 – Trap Jaw

He’s blue, he’s a cyborg, he’s……got a hoop on his helmet? That’s right, kids, Taylor and Jeff are talking about Trap Jaw on the latest Talking Toys! The fact that he’s named Trap Jaw and we didn’t even mention his metal jaw in the first sentence should tell you just how much this figure has going on. Seriously, he’s awesome, listen and find out just HOW awesome!

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Episode 37 – The Dukes of Hazzard

Yeeeeeeeeeehaw!!!!! Anyone who knows Jeff knows he LOVES The Dukes of Hazzard. And toys. Dukes of Hazzard toys? What do YOU think? Well, you might be slightly mistaken. This time out, Taylor and Jeff discuss Mego’s 3 3/4″ line based on Jeff’s favorite TV show of all time. Are they as awesome and amazing as the show that inspired them? Weeeellllllll that all depends on your opinion of the show. What did Taylor and Jeff think? Only one way to find out….

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #24 – Tusken Raider (Sand People)

Has it really been a year?!??! It has! Today marks the end of the 12-back version of the Action Figure Star Wars Exclusives! Taylor and Jeff discuss the Tusken Raider/Sand People/Sandpeople figure. Kenner only ever released the one figure, they just gave it 3 different names, but one figure was all they needed because they got this one VERY right. Hear how much Taylor and Jeff admire this one today!

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Talking Toys Special Edition – The TIM BARON Interview

As you know, Talking Toys sometimes takes a detour into some not QUITE toy-related topics. Today is one of those times. Sort of. Tim Baron is a friend of the show, and a terrific artist, so we wanted to promote him and his work. We should also mention that a lot of his art is toy-inspired, so we felt like this was a justifiable detour 🙂

Tim is a comic artist who’s book Mummator and the Conquerors of the Cosmos is a terrific spoof of Masters of the Universe, and he has a new book out now, Frankenstein and the Conquerors of the Cosmos. You should check BOTH out at his website, www.LifeSizeMonsterGhost.com!

Stay tuned after the episode to hear the rockin’ theme song to Mummator and the Conquerors of the Cosmos by Grave Robber! You can download it from LifeSizeMonsterGhost as well!

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Minisode 15 – ReAction Reactions

Funko has been releasing some figures for the last year or so that have toy collectors on cloud 9. The ReAction figures have been a hit with just about everyone. The retro card designs and the minimal articulation are designed to make us all feel like kids again. Do they succeed? And do they succeed as collectibles? Taylor and Jeff sat down to answer these questions so that you don’t have to!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #23 – Ram Man

The scene: Mattel pitch meeting, circa 1981

The dramatis personae: Cliff and Earl, Toy Designers and Max, Mattel Executive

Cliff: So for our next figure, we have something a little different

Earl: Yeah, instead of the same basic body, we have this guy. (Produces a prototype of Ram Man)

Max: So…his head doesn’t turn, his legs won’t move, and his arms just kinda swivel?

Cliff: Yeah. Yeah, BUT if you push his head down, then push that little button the back of his foot, he’ll pop up and hit you in the teeth

Earl: OR, help you get into an impenetrable fortress!

Max: So, he’s a man. And he rams into things?

Cliff: Basically, yeah

Earl: Yeah yeah, that’s it, see? Great idea, huh?

Max: Soooo…what’s his name?

Cliff: (blank stare) umm….

Earl: (blanker stare) The man…who rams…is named….

Max: Ram Man??

Cliff: YES! That’s it exactly! That must be why you’re the exec!

Earl: Absolutely, you’re such an idea man, boss!

Max: It’s what I do.

The End.

And now you know how Mattel came up with such an original name for such an original figure.

 

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Episode 36 – Army Gear

Say hello to the coolest toys you never heard of. Taylor suggested this line, and Jeff had NO idea what he was talking about, and NOW they’re both scouring eBay for playsets! It was the 80s, so everything transformed into something else, of course, but these things were actually FUNCTIONAL! Just listen, it’s a trip!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #22 – Jawa

Taylor & Jeff get small on this edition of Action Figure Exclusive as they talk about the Jawa! Vinyl cape or soft goods, which will they prefer?? And is the Jawa gun really cool, or is it a little lame upon closer inspection? These and other questions will be answered, you just have to listen!

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Minisode 14 – Gentle Giant Jumboverload

Too much of a good thing. It happens to all of us, if we’re lucky. Jeff LOVES the Gentle Giant Jumbo Star Wars figures, as you are all WELL aware. Now, our friends at GG are releasing more jumbo figures from different lines, mostly from the ’80s. This SHOULD be a red-letter day in the history of Jeff’s collecting, but is it? Taylor and Jeff sit down to discuss if Gentle Giant is going too far with the Jumbo love on the latest Talking Toys Minisode.

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Memories of Marvin

Please note: This podcast will remain a work-in-progress, with additions being made to it from time to time, so if you check back, you may hear a story that wasn’t there the time before. We will do our best to post when the latest revision was done. Currently available is the original posting from 4/22/2015.

In case you hadn’t heard, MarvinDog Media had to say “see you soon” to their mascot this week. Marvin led a full life in a short time, and Taylor sat down with Jeff to discuss just how Marvin and Jeff came to be best friends, and to share some of Jeff’s favorite stories about his furry buddy. Don’t worry, it’s not THAT maudlin, in fact, you’ll probably laugh quite a bit. Thank you to everyone for the outpouring of support and love in this difficult time.

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #21 – Man-E-Faces

If people are two-faced, they are considered to be bad. If someone has THREE faces, does that 3rd face cancel out the 2nd? These are the thoughts that keep Jeff awake at night. Luckily, he and Taylor decided to talk about Man-E-Faces from Mattel’s Masters of the Universe line, so hopefully he can get some sleep for a change!

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Episode 35 – C.O.P.S. (‘n Crooks)

And here we are again in the 80s, bad puns and bright colors abound. It was a simpler time. It was a better time. C.O.P.S. were cops, and Crooks were, well, crooks. Taylor and Jeff take another trip back in time to discuss “Bulletproof” Vess and the rest of the C.O.P.S. They also spend a little time on the Crooks. Maybe a little too MUCH time. You be the judge.

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #20 – Death Squad Commander

Death Squads aren’t particularly kid-friendly groups of people, right? Didn’t stop Kenner from naming an action figure for them. What we now know as the Star Destroyer Commander was originally called the Death Squad Commander, and Taylor & Jeff discuss him on the latest Action Figure Exclusive. Maybe they thought the name toughened him up and negated the fact that he was wearing a salad bowl on his head….

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Minisode 13 – The Completist Mentality

  1.  Completist: an obsessive, typically indiscriminate, collector or fan of something
    Is this you? Is it Taylor? Is it Jeff? It’s probably Jeff. It MIGHT be Taylor in certain areas. Either way, it’s a topic of discussion among collectors. When is your collection complete? Listen in, then share your thoughts!
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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #19 – Faker

Apparently people in Eternia were VERY easily duped. All it took to get a spy in your enemy’s midst was to build a robot that looked vaguely like the person it was impersonating. As evidence: Faker, the “Evil Robot of Skeletor” – he’s a blue He-Man. Sounds pretty lame, huh? Weeelll….just listen, you may be surprised at Taylor’s and Jeff’s reactions.

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Episode 34 – Toxic Crusaders

Another Talking Toys, another R-rated 80’s property that got turned into a cartoon and toy line for kids! Troma Studios is not known for its quality or its family-friendly themes, but that didn’t stop Playmates from launching a toy line based on Troma’s Toxic Crusader “film” series! And, as if you had to ask, Taylor LOVES these toys, and he may have a good reason this time.

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #18 – Stormtrooper

There’s one, set for stun! And thus was born arguably the greatest troopbuilder ever made: The Imperial Stormtrooper! The white armor, the black body suit, the helmet that looks vaguely human. These guys are coooooool. Taylor and Jeff dissect the Empire’s footsoldier on this latest Action Figure Exclusive!

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Minisode 12 – Least Favorite Toy From Your Favorite Toy Line

Ok, the title is long, so stick with me. This week, Taylor and Jeff are going anti-apologist. They’re talking about the toy from their favorite toy line that they just can’t get behind. You know, that ONE piece from the line that you just don’t dig. Chances are, if you’re Jeff you have it anyway, just because you had to have it all, or if you’re Taylor, you probably still have it because you convinced yourself it wasn’t so bad. Confused? Me too, just listen!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #17 – Evil-Lyn

Taylor and Jeff continue their discussion of Mattel’s Masters of the Universe line with the first (sing with with me ELO-style) “eeeeee-eeeeevil woman,” Evil-Lyn! How did she fit into Skeletor’s gang? What was her power? Did her  yellow skin make her the original Simpson’s character, or was she just jaundiced? The answers to SOME of these questions will be answered on the latest Action Figure Exclusive!

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Episode 33 – G.I Joe: A Real American Hero

It’s finally here folks, Taylor and Jeff have FINALLY started down a road that they plan to be travelling on for quite awhile. Since it’s going to be a long trip, they brought some friends along. This week, Dan Zehr from Coffee with Kenobi and Ken Farley from The Nerd 411 join them to discuss the first wave of Hasbro’s G.I Joe: A Real American Hero! YO JOE!!!!!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #16 – C3PO

It’s time for everyone’s favorite fussy droid, C3PO! Taylor and Jeff discuss the first figure Jeff ever owned, so you can imagine just how nostalgic it gets. Actually, it’s not THAT bad, believe it or not. Actually, just listen, then you won’t have to take my word for it.

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Talking Toys Special Edition – Mark Bellomo, part 2

As promised, the exciting conclusion of Jeff’s interview with Mark Bellomo, author of The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Star Wars Action Figures, 1978-1985. If you missed the first part, check out the latest episode of Bantha Banter here, then come back for more!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #15 – Teela

This week, Taylor and Jeff get in touch with their feminine side. Lucky for them, the feminine side in character is as tough as any of the dudes they’ve discussed so far. Mattel’s Teela is a match for any of the men in Eternia, as we discover in our continuation of the Masters of the Universe line!

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Episode 32 – Infaceables

In our third year of podcasting, we are STILL able to have a Talking Toys FIRST! For the first time, Taylor & Jeff discuss a toy line that NEITHER of them knew much about before they started researching. Infaceables: Mystic Warriors of Change may have one of the most ridiculous names of any toy line yet. Did Galoob spin gold out of straw? Why am I making Rumplestiltskin references? Listen and find out the answer to the first question, and ponder the reasons behind the second!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #14 – Han Solo

It’s everybody’s favorite smuggler!!!! This week, Taylor and Jeff get down with Han Solo, from the Kenner Star Wars line. Does his quick-draw right arm make up for his sieg-heil left arm? Listen and find out!

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Minisode 11 – McDonaldland

In another Talking Toys first, the guys discuss the first toy line based on a restaurant!! That’s right, in 1976, Ronald McDonald and Friends got their own Mego-esque figures, made by Remco!  The toys WERE actually cooler than they sound, just trust me on this, and listen if you don’t believe me (or even if you do)!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #13 – Stratos

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It’s actually a flying monkey!!! This week, Taylor and Jeff take flight and discuss Stratos from the Masters of the Universe line. Is he a good guy? Bad guy? Can both be true? Listen and find out!

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Talking Toys Christmas 2014

This time, we have a girl on the show. It’s a Christmas miracle!!! Actually, it’s Rachel, Taylor’s awesome wife. Listen in as we all get to bust Taylor for guessing wrong. Just point and laugh, he won’t mind. Also, Taylor and Jeff exchange gifts!

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Episode 31 – Power Lords

This is the show where you find out just how strange Jeff’s mind really is. He never played with these toys, never even held one, yet he had a dream about them that he remembers TO THIS DAY! What is this line that made such an indelible mark on his psyche? Power Lords, of course! Listen and learn!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #12 – Darth Vader

He’s the man in the iron mask. He’s the man in black. He is….Darth Vader! This week, Taylor and  Jeff dissect the Darkest of the Dark Lords of the Sith. The man who was and will be Anakin Skywalker only ever got one figure from Kenner in the original run, but what a figure it was! Do Taylor and Jeff hold this figure in high regard, or will they force-choke it into submission? Listen and find out!

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Minisode 10 – Rehabbing Your Toys

You ever find a toy that’s on your wantlist, but the one you find is a little beat up? Well, for us mere mortals that can be a dealbreaker. But for a select few Toy Heroes, it’s just a bargain and a challenge. Taylor is one of those ToyHeroes. Another is Mr. Ken Farley, co-host of The Nerd 411 podcast. This time, Jeff attempts to moderate a discussion as these 2 Toy Rehabbers go REALLY in-depth with their tales of salvaging toys and making them like-new again.  Ignore Jeff’s snoring, he was really tired.

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #11 – Mer-Man

“Ocean Warlord”…..the term conjures images of someone with a crown and a trident and lots of muscles, someone intimidating, someone accomplished. Well, on the world of Eternia, not so much. Mer-Man is the Ocean Warlord there, and he looks a bit like an aquatic skunk. (that term is now trademarked). Does that keep him from being a cool figure? Taylor and Jeff weigh in, then await your responses on the latest Action Figure Exclusive!

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Episode 30 – M.A.S.K.

It’s finally here! Jeff is VERY excited this time, he gets to talk about his 2nd favorite toy line of all time: M.A.S.K.!!! The fact that the name stands for Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, which breaks one of Jeff’s cardinal rules about misspelling a word to make the acronym work, and Jeff STILL loves it, should tell you just how great these toys are. Taylor has a few memories of his own….or does he?? Listen and find out! Muh-Muh-Muh-Muh-MASK!!!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #10 – Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi

Who wants an action figure of an old man? EVERYBODY that’s who!!!! This time out Taylor and Jeff break down Kenner’s first (and ONLY) take on everyone’s favorite old fossil, Obi Wan Kenobi! Did the guys fall prey to ageism, or is age nothing but a number when it comes to toys? Listen and find out!

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Minisode 9 – The One That Got Away

The One That Got Away. It’s not JUST a segment on Talking Toys with Taylor and Jeff. This time out, the guys discuss their biggest non-purchase regrets, the times when they had something within their grasp, and passed it up, only to rue the day for all eternity. Dramatic, huh?

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #9 – Man At Arms

Man At Arms: The Man, The Myth, The Legend with the salad bowl attached to his armor. Sure, it’s not ACTUALLY a salad bowl, but it’s funny to think of him taking his lunch to work in it, right? No? Well, ok, I’m sure there are better jokes than that contained in the podcast you’re about to hear. This time, Taylor and Jeff discuss important issues like mustaches and weaponry.

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Episode 29 – Food Fighters

Taylor and Jeff started working on a minisode about a toy line, and fell in love with the subject so much that they decided it needed a full episode. And that’s how we came to Episode 29 – Food Fighters. Folks, seriously, these toys are awesome, just listen and find out just HOW awesome.

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #8 – R2D2

It’s everyone’s favorite astromech, R2D2!!! What do Taylor and Jeff think about Kenner’s first crack at the R2 unit that excels at causing trouble? I’ll give you a hint: they don’t hate it! Listen in and hear their thoughts on the first figure without arms.

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Minisode 8 – Toy Reboots

Are there any toys that you would just LOVE to see get a reboot? Taylor and Jeff have spent a lot of time thinking about this. Possibly TOO much time. And here, we have their opinions for you, our loyal listeners. You’re totally stoked, aren’t you? I knew you would be.  And a bonus! Taylor and Jeff went on a toy run, and you get to hear all about it ! Enjoy!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #7 – Beast Man

Pazuzuuuuuu!?!?!?! No, it’s not a plastic version of the demon from The Exorcist, he just looks a LOT like it. This week, Taylor and Jeff get beastly and discuss Skeletor’s favorite henchman, Beast Man!!! Is he the scariest ginger ever? Listen and find out!!!

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Episode 28 – Swamp Thing

It’s a bad time in the bayou on the latest Talking Toys! Taylor and Jeff wade into the marshes to discuss Kenner’s Swamp Thing toy line. Is this toy line an evergreen, or more of a petrified stump? Listen in and find out!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #6 – Chewbacca

Rrrraaawwwrrrrr. That’s Wookie for “On this week’s Talking Toys, the guys continue their dissection of the Kenner Star Wars line with everyone’s favorite walking carpet, CHEWBACCA!!!! Listen in and find out how the guys feel about an action figure that had no clothes.”

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Minisode 7 – Bad Toys

Guilty Pleasures. We all have them: Cheesy music, awful movies, trashy novels, etc. Taylor and Jeff have some Guilty Pleasures of the plastic variety, and this week they present them to you, our dear listeners. What are their favorite bad toys? Take a listen! Also, somebody send Jeff some stuff so he’ll stop whining.

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #5 – Zodac (or Zodak)

It’s time for Taylor to spend even MORE time talking about Mr. LadyBugHeadMan, aka Zodac. Aka Zodak. Aka who the H&%$ knows?

But seriously, Taylor and Jeff continue their dismantling of the Masters of the Universe action figures with the Cosmic Enforcer himself. Pew Pew!!

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Episode 27 – Crystar

So, when you start listening to this show, you’ll hear Jeff spend SEVERAL minutes talking about some candy his mom made at Christmas. Just stick with it, it all comes around to toys at the end, we promise. Speaking of promise, this month’s show features a toy line that seemed to be SO full of promise, and we only saw a tiny bit of it. Wow, this synopsis is as rambling as Jeff’s storytime. Ok, enough, we’re discussing Crystar by Remco!!! You have NO idea what we’re talking about, do you? You will, just listen!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #4 – Princess Leia

This week, Taylor and Jeff continue their exploration of the vintage Kenner Star Wars line with the first Princess Leia Organa action figure! You’ve probably never heard 2 grown men discuss a female action figure in such detail without it sounding creepy. Can the princess keep up with her testosterone-driven counterparts on toy shelves? Sure, you already know the answer, but listen anyway, cuz these guys are funny.

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Minisode 6 – Trimming The Fat (plus Fan Appreciate Day interviews!)

In this week’s episode, Taylor and Jeff discuss times when they’ve done a “purge” of their collections, getting rid of the things that they just aren’t that into any longer, or the items that have to go to make room for the REALLY important stuff.

Stay tuned after the show for a few interviews from Fan Appreciation Day in Irving! Sadly, our interview with the folks at Darth Mall Toys didn’t survive, but we’ll have them on again soon!

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #3 – Skeletor

It’s time for another action figure extravaganza! This time Taylor and Jeff focus on Taylor’s favorite, SKELETOR!!! In case you weren’t aware, Taylor LOVES him some Skeletor, and by the end of this show, you MIGHT understand why. Enjoy!

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Episode 26 – Robocop

Jeff REALLY misses the 80s. Big hair, shoulder pads, synthesizers, neon, and cartoons based on hyperviolent movies. And the toys that went with those cartoons. Kenner was in fine form when they gave us Robocop and the Ultra Police. Were they able to kidify it enough to make us forget that the movie that spawned the toys began with the brutal murder of a police officer? Only one way to find out!

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Today’s Toy Run Episode 1 – Talking Toys with Taylor & Jeff

Eventually you guys will get tired of listening to us, but until that day, here’s more!!! Taylor and Jeff went on a vintage toy run today and felt compelled to share their haul with you, their dear listeners. Here’s one reveal: Jeff procured a long-sought-after item for one of his Kenner collections, and Taylor did the same.

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Special Edition – Uncanny Day author Cory Clubb

Hey! You guys! Jeff read a book! And it was awesome! And he knows the guy who wrote it! So he sat down with the guy who wrote and talked to him about writing it. This week, Jeff interviews Cory Clubb about his Young Adult novel UNCANNY DAY. Take a listen, then go out and get the book, you won’t be disappointed. (Plus, hear Jeff sound somewhat intelligent for a change). Then go check out Cory’s podcast at www.coffeewithkenobi.com

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #2 – Luke Skywalker

It’s the next edition of our new spinoff! This time out, we start our journey through the Kenner Star Wars vintage figure line, beginning with Luke Skywalker from 1978. What do Taylor and Jeff think of this figure, which introduced us to an entire universe of toys that dominated many childhoods? And did they have blonde-hair Luke or brown-hair Luke? And what does “Mousy Blonde” mean? Only one way to find out!

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Minisode 5 – Top 5 Box Art

Time for another minisode discussion! After our Blackstar ep, Taylor and Jeff were so impressed with the box art for the line that they decided to dedicate an entire minisode to their favorite box art. They’re glad you don’t think that’s weird.

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Talking Toys: Action Figure Exclusive #1 – He-Man

Despite what Jeff says in the intro, this is an Action Figure EXCLUSIVE! The first of many! This time out, Taylor and Jeff talk at-length about He-Man, the flagship character from Mattel’s Masters of the Universe line from the early 80’s. It’s Taylor’s favorite line, so be prepared for lots of nerdy goodness to follow. And come back next week for a new minisode!

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Episode 25 – Blackstar

Remember Masters of the Universe? Yeah, that was awesome, right? Remember Blackstar? I didn’t think so. But you should, because without Blackstar, we have no MOTU. What is this that I speak of? You’ll have to listen to find out. So join Jeff and Taylor as they travel through a fold in space and end up battling evil Overlords, flying dragons, henchmen who look like sherbert, and helping tiny Hobbit/Troll hybrids that, frankly, should probably give us all the creeps.  But somehow, they don’t. Go fig.

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Minisode 4 – Focusing Your Collection

This time around, Jeff thought it would be interesting to discuss which 2 or 3 toy lines he and Taylor would complete a set of, if money and space were no object, to try to crystallize just which toy lines were our favorites.  As usual, Taylor took “2 or 3” to mean “Let me just tell you about ALL the toys I want to collect because people love lists.”  And we love him for it 🙂 Settle in, folks, it’s gonna get deep!

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Episode 24 – Return Of The Jedi (featuring Matt from Star Wars:In Character)

1983. The year we said goodbye to Star Wars movies. Until they made more. It was also the year we got some of the greatest toys ever made. With Return of the Jedi, Kenner really hit their stride and knocked it out of the park (I know, I’m mixing sports metaphors, at least I think I am). These toys were awesome. How awesome? You have to listen to find out. Settle in, it’s a long one. Plus, we’re joined by Matt from Star Wars: In Character! AND following the show, there are interviews from Dallas Comic Con! Star Wars!!!

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Minisode 3 – ToyBiz DC Super Heroes

You know folks, Taylor and Jeff LOVE toys. Even toys that aren’t all that great. But sometimes, you just have to tell it like it is. And sometimes, that means a line that doesn’t deserve a full-fledged episode of Talking Toys. This is one of those lines. The ToyBiz DC Super Heroes line was a spanish label away from being a line full of South American bootlegs. And that’s being kind. You know how they say it’s sometimes more fun to listen to bad reviews? Well, look no further. Enjoy!

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Episode 23 – Batman (ToyBiz, 1989)

Where do we get those wonderful toys? Usually from Kenner or Hasbro (or Mattel, if you’re Taylor). THIS time, however, they came from an upstart company called Toy Biz. Great name, great toys. Well, pretty good toys. Was justice served when Tim Burton’s 1989 opus about the Dark Knight got immortalized in plastic? Or, like the film itself, has the reputation of the toys diminished with time and superior reimaginings? As always, you’ll have to listen to find out!

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Talking Toys Special – Megaforce Commentary!

We promised we’d do it, and we did it! Taylor and Jeff sat down to watch that greatest of 80’s action epics, MEGAFORCE!!! They talked ALL The way through the movie, so you can hear what they have to say now! Are you excited? Yeah, I didn’t think so, but it’s good for a few laughs, trust me. Barry Bostwick has never been Barry-er!

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Episode 22 – MegaForce

Nope. Not THAT Megaforce. No flying motorcycles. No jeeps that change color. No Barry Bostwick in a lion’s mane haircut and luxurious beard wearing a gold jumpsuit. None of that. But what this MegaForce (notice the capital “f”) DOES offer us is a collection of really REALLY cool vehicles and playsets. This time out, Jeff is in the dark, he had no idea what this line was until Taylor mentioned it, so listen to him get schooled, and learn a little bit yourself!

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Minisode 2 – To Open or Not To Open…

…THAT is the question that we ask today. It’s a debate that rages from the toy aisle to the convention floor. Are you an “opener” or do you keep your toys sealed in the box/on the card? You may be able to guess where Taylor and Jeff fall on this issue. Or maybe you can’t. Either way, give it a listen, and go to the Facebook page and let us know your thoughts on the subject!

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Episode 21 – Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Oh, Kenner, our beloved, belated Kenner toys. You were awesome. You were amazing. You…..made Alan Rickman look like a disco queen??? Once upon a time, there was a Robin Hood with an American accent. That Robin Hood’s name was Kevin Costner. You can admit that you kinda like the movie. You can always hide behind the “Alan Rickman made it watchable” excuse that most people use. And it’s ok, you can admit that you DO like the Bryan Adams song. And it’s DEFINITELY ok to admit that the toys were kinda cool. After all, half of them were repaints and resculpts from the Star Wars line, so what could be cooler than that? (Besides more Star Wars toys, of course) So take a break and join Taylor and Jeff as we take a look at Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

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Some thoughts on Philip Seymour Hoffman and Addiction. Mostly Addiction.

Some thoughts on Philip Seymour Hoffman and Addiction. Mostly Addiction.

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Minisode 1 – Gentle Giant vs MattyCollector

In our first minisode, Taylor and Jeff discuss the relative merits of Gentle Giant’s Premier Guild Membership and MattyCollector’s subscription service. Find out which the guys prefer, and hear Taylor protest just a LITTLE too much about his disdain for one of them 🙂

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Episode 20 – Thundercats

It’s the show many of you have been waiting for, it’s the THUNDERCATS, ho! That may have read differently than I planned it, but you get the idea. If it’s a human/feline hybrid, you know it HAD to be the 80’s, and you know Taylor is probably going to defend this line to his last breath, so let’s just get to it!

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A Talking Toys Christmas – 2013 Edition. AKA Worst. Gift. Ever.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Jeff loves the holidays, so we have to do a holiday show every year. This time out, we’re joined by Josh from The Pilot Episode! Listen in and find out just how bad it got for us when we were kids, as we discuss the worst gifts we ever received. (Hint: If this is as bad as it gets, we were the luckiest kids on earth). Feliz Navidad from all of us at MarvinDog Media!

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Episode 19 – Sky Commanders

Remember that toy line that came along just a little too late for you to really go all-in with it? You were just a TINY bit too old to be bothered with it? For Jeff, that line was SKY COMMANDERS. Did he miss the boat by being too cool for these toys, or did he dodge a bullet? And will Taylor find something to marvel at again this time? Only one way to find out!

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Episode 18 – Inhumanoids

Halloween may be over, but this show is SCARY! Back in the 80’s, some toy companies seemed to think that kids got too much sleep, so they set out to remedy that by spooking the $^%& out of us! In honor of this tradition, Taylor and Jeff brave the terror that is the INHUMANOIDS! Listen in and find out if Jeff will ever sleep again.

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Episode 17-B – The Empire Strikes Back Part 2 (w/Fan Days interviews!)

We promised! This week we present the thrilling conclusion of our Empire Strikes Back discussion! What will be Tim’s #1 toy? Which one will Jeff choose as The One That Got Away! Did Taylor destroy all of his Empire figures? Listen and find out! And stay tuned after the credits to find out which toys our friends at the Fan Days convention would have saved from a burning house!

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Episode 17 – The Empire Strikes Back pt 1. (Featuring Tim from Star Wars:In Character!)

Hey all you Star Warriors! We have a couple of Talking Toys firsts this time! It’s our first-ever guest star, and our first-ever 2-part episode, because there is too much awesome for just one show!  We are joined this time by Tim from Star Wars: In Character! Which is appropriate, since this time we’re discussing Jeff’s favorite line of all time, Kenner’s Empire Strikes Back! Listen in and find out if Jeff was able to keep his cool, or if he geeks out even more than normal!

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Episode 16 – Super Naturals

You know folks, not EVERY toy line from our youth was as amazing as Taylor likes to pretend. This show’s topic is a line that had alot of promise, but ultimately ended up on the wrong side of “Meh”….and not even Taylor can defend it. We’d LOVE to know if any of you disagree with our assessment of the Horribly Holographic Super Naturals!

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Episode 15 – Masters of the Universe 2000X

This one is for Taylor. Well, it started OUT being for Taylor, and soon enough, Jeff had been converted. This Masters of the Universe line from the early 2000’s was REALLY flipping sweet, you guys! With reimagined sculpts from the legendary Four Horsemen, there’s no good reason for this line to not have exploded. But it didn’t, and Taylor and Jeff think they know why. Would YOU like to know why? Well then, you gotta listen!

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Episode 14 – The Real Ghostbusters

You guys! Do you remember Ghostbusters!?!? Of course you do! Do you remember The Real Ghostbusters!!!! It doesn’t get as much love as it deserves, and we’re here to change that. This time out, Taylor and Jeff dive into the ectoplasmic goo to bring some love to this line. Listen in, and find out why Jeff will always have a place in his collection for his Ray Stantz action figure.

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RoboForce MiniComic Special

It’s a surprise for all our loyal listeners! Taylor and Jeff do a dramatic reading of a RoboForce minicomic that was included with Maxx Steele! I never said it was a PLEASANT surprise. Just listen, you might enjoy it 🙂

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Episode 13 – RoboForce (aka Maxx Steele and RoboForce!)

Suction cups always make for great toys, don’t they? Especially when they don’t actually stick very well? If you agree, you’re going to LOVE the toy line Taylor and Jeff discuss on this edition! The guys plug in to the short-lived line of battle-ready robots called RoboForce, led by their fearless leader Maxx Steele! Granted, he was only fearless because fear wasn’t in his programming, but it counts!  And I promise, it isn’t as lame as it sounds, they’re actually pretty cool. Check it out!

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Talking Toys Special – Dallas Comic Con and MicroRob!

Hey kids! We FINALLY got our interviews from Dallas Comic Con together for your listening pleasure, AND we have a VERY special guest, Rob Amantea, AKA MicroRob joins us to tell us what we missed (and a few things we got wrong) on our Star Wars Micro show from a few months back! This guy knows positively EVERYTHING about the Star Wars Micro Collection, and we had a blast talking to him.

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Episode 12 – Star Wars

It’s our first anniversary!!!!! To celebrate, Taylor and Jeff FINALLY dive into the toy line you’ve all been waiting for. This time out, they start the journey of over a hundred action figures as they discuss Kenner’s first round of STAR WARS toys! In this episode, we cover all the toys that came out on a Star Wars card in 1978 and 1979. Which one will be Taylor’s favorite? And will Jeff be able to choose just one #1?!??!?! Listen and find out!

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Episode 11 – Secret Wars

Shhh…wanna hear a secret? Well, in the mid-80s, Mattel mishandled what could have been a wildly successful toyline. That’s not so much a secret, but what MIGHT be is that Taylor and Jeff never had many of these toys. This time out, the guys tackle Secret Wars, based on Marvel’s first maxi-series, which was a huge success in the comic book world. The toyline left much to be desired, but, as always, Taylor and Jeff found some things to like about it. But don’t worry, they also found some things to complain about, so it’s still fun 🙂 Enjoy! And don’t keep this one a secret!

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Episode 10 – G.I. Joe Sigma 6

This ain’t your brother’s G.I. Joe!!  This time out, Taylor schools Jeff even more than usual. G.I. Joe Sigma 6 is a line that Jeff had NO experience with prior to this show, so come along on the journey with him as Taylor proves why these oversized action figures are AWESOME!

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Episode 9 – Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos

You don’t play with Chuck Norris, Chuck Norris action figures play with YOU! Which is a good thing, because not many people wanted to play with Chuck Norris action figures in the mid 80’s. But that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve some Talking Toys love, now, does it?!?! This time out, the guys tackle one of the most ridiculous toy lines of the 80’s, Kenner’s CHUCK NORRIS KARATE KOMMANDOS. You know it’s the 80’s by the use of the incorrect “K” instead of a “C” in “Kommandos”…because your letters had to match, right? Take a listen and found out if Chuck wins again, or if he takes on one the chin.

(When did Jeff turn into Muhammed Ali while writing episode desciptions?)

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Episode 8 – Rambo and the Force of Freedom

Ah, the ’80s, when a hyperviolent, ultra gritty R-rated film could spawn a children’s cartoon and accompanying toy line. What could possibly go wrong in that translation? Well, as it turns out, not much! This time out, Taylor and Jeff discuss Rambo and the Force of Freedom! Listen in and find out what exactly an Uzi-Shield is, and why Taylor desperately wants one. And remember, never listen by yourself, because “it’s a long road when you’re on your own.”…..and if you get that reference, congratulations, you’re cool.

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A Talking Toys Christmas

So, if you couldn’t have guessed, Christmas is Jeff’s favorite time of year, so he roped Taylor into doing a special Christmas episode of your favorite podcast, Talking Toys with Taylor and Jeff. Grab some egg nog and settle in for a trip down memory lane as Jeff and Taylor revisit the ghosts of Christmas toys past, present, and (hopefully) future!

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Special Edition – Greatest Action Figure EVER

Hey guys, with Thanksgiving upon us (that’s an American  holiday, for all of our international listeners), we wanted to give thanks to you, our faithful listener(s). To do that, we are giving you a very special bonus episode! This time out, the guys narrow their focus down to a single action figure. The single greatest action figure ever produced. Can you guess what it might be? Stop guessing and listen!

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Episode 7 – Sectaurs

First up this time, we have interviews! With fans! We spoke to some folks at the Fan Days convention in Irving last month, and those Q’s and A’s start the show! After that…..

EWW!!! Do you like bugs? Because Jeff does NOT, but that didn’t stop Taylor from making him talk about the SECTAURS, the short-lived toy line from the mid-80s that joined man and insect in a symbiotic…you know what, just listen to the show, you can almost hear Jeff’s skin crawling.

I hope Taylor is proud of himself 🙂

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Episode 6 – Star Wars Micro Collection

Ok folks, here is where we jump to Hyperspace for the first of several Star Wars-centric shows! This time, the guys discuss the 1982 Star Wars Micro collection, which was short-lived, but remains much-loved. Listen in and find out just which piece from this collection was The One That Got Away from Jeff, and how could such a thing happen to such huge Star Wars fan????

STAR WARS!!!!!!!

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Episode 5 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

TURTLE POWER!!! HEROES ON THE HALF-SHELL!!! COWABUNGA!!! And all other taglines associated with this most excellent line of toys. In this edition of Talking Toys, Taylor and Jeff dive head-first into the world of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or TMNT, as they’re known to their friends. Take a listen and find out which segment of the line Jeff fell in love with as he was researching the show, and hear about why this line of toys means so much to Taylor.

NOTE: Audio quality for this show is a bit sub-par due to technical issues beyond our control. It’s still very listenable, but it’s not up to our usual quality. Next month we will return to form.

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Episode 4 – Centurions

Check out this latest episode and learn all you (n)ever wanted to know about the men with attachments, the Centurions (Power Xtreme)!  Hear Jeff school Taylor for once, and hear Taylor fall in love with yet another toyline.  Also, learn why Jeff secretly wants a suit that doubles as a motorcycle. It will make sense in context. Probably.

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Episode 3: The Super Powers Collection

In this episode, Taylor and Jeff take on Super Powers!!! No, they don’t start leaping tall buildings in a single bound. Instead, they discuss the classic Kenner toy line featuring all the famous DC Comics superheroes, from Superman all the way to….Cyclotron???  Find out which superhero action feature was the coolest in this edition of Talking Toys with Taylor and Jeff!

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Episode 2: BraveStarr

In this edition, Taylor and Jeff discuss a somewhat obscure toy line: BraveStarr, a short-lived toy line that followed the adventures of Marshall Bravestarr, a sheriff on the planet of New Texas. It was the old west in the far-flung future! Listen in and find out just how weird it was to have your main mode of transportation be a cybernetic horse that could talk back, and learn more about how hard Taylor was on his toys when he was a kid.

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Episode 1: Masters of the Universe

In this episode, our heroes discuss the mother of all medieval toy lines, Mattel’s MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE!!!! Hear Taylor cement his title as The Toy Guru in this edition of Talking Toys with Taylor and Jeff

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