Category Archives: Toys

Let’s get the word out about Toys for Tots at Fall-IN 2014


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Toys for Tots Charity Event, Fall In! 2014

This year marks the Sixth Anniversary of the Toys for Tots Charity Event at HMGS East’s convention Fall in!.  The Wednesday Night Painting Group (WNPG) will be raising money and taking toy donations for Toys for Tots.
There will be a weekend long Auction of Painted Miniatures and Terrain along with Nightly Raffle Drawings of gaming items donated by the dealers in the Vendors Hall.

To date this event has raised over $24K and truck loads of donated toys. Non of this could have been possible without the generosity of the gaming community and people like you.

Hey, kids, here’s what YOU can do!

If you would like to support this cause you can help in a number of ways:

1, Donate Painted Miniatures or Terrain for the Auction, It doesn’t matter how many, it doesn’t matter what scale, what genre etc. There are auction items that consist of a single figure and some that were a whole donated army. We will not turn down any donations.

2, Donate unpainted miniatures that you no longer need or want. As above we don’t care what kind or how many. These miniatures will be painted by our volunteers and then auctioned off.

3, Donate your Painting Talent. We are looking for Painters who would be willing to paint items that have been donated above. You don’t have to be a professional, you just have to be able to complete the miniatures before the event in Early November.

4, Donate Product. If you are a vendor and would like to donate items to be painted or to be raffled off, we will gladly take anything you are willing to give.
We will gladly include your business information in any flyers, handouts etc. that we use for the event.

5, If all else fails, stop by Fall in! this November in Lancaster, PA and buy some Raffle Tickets or bid on some auctions, and if you can’t make Fall in! then please donate directly to Toys for Tots online: http://www.toysfortots.org or drop off a new/unwrapped toy at your local Toy Drop off Location. (Which can be found on the website.)  If you would like to help please contact me at WNPG@hotmail.com for further details. Thanks for supporting us in this cause and making sure that every child has a toy for Christmas.

Santa Moe
Wednesday Night Painting Group

Quadrotor Hijinx


It was a nice day, so we pulled out the Quadrotor and practiced flying.

Watch this space; we’ll figure out the camera, too.

PTSD Modern Army Men


Someone passed me these images recently.  I was impressed.  They originate from this person here, named “Dorothy“, and it’s called the Casualties of War Boxed set.   Four plastic figures sculpted in a fashion evocative of the plastic army men of my childhood, only with a darker side– one soldier is frozen in the act of suicide, another is begging on the street, another is an amputee in a wheelchair.

Sadly, beneath the tragicomic imagery, there exists a real problem.  Don’t get the wrong idea.  I don’t consider the problems faced by returning soldiers to be remotely amusing.  However, I wonder if kids had little green army men like this in their toy chests, would we be willing to embrace the idea of a war so readily?

Images: originally on LET’S PLAY ARMY MEN

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Battle Machines, from Jada!


CAR WARS in lovely large scale Three Dimensions

I saw some interesting post-apocalyptic trucks at a recent game event at Cold Wars and was surprised to see they were die cast, not conversions. And in 1/64 scale, which seems unusual. The line is called “Battle Machines” and they are from a small company called Jada Toys.

Chevy Bel Air with Gatling

Gatling Gun enhanced Chevy BelAir.

I saw this Thursday night, during the Zombie game, when some folks near us were running a sort of post-apocalypse auto arena in 28mm scale (which this scale roughly equates to).

Deadly Ford Mustang model.

I’ve been working on a “Road Fighting Game” for some time now.. where the road spools out as an endless cloth road that runs down three tables. These diecast toys would fit right in to that idea with little or no modification. I am officially Psyched about these things. The diecast are pricey, but NOT out of the ball park. Road Warrior, here I come.

The Complete line of Jada Battle Machines in 1:64 Scale (roughly 28mm).

Announcing the Battle Machines Line

An interesting follow up to the Bukkake gun


Remember the post on the OOZINATOR? and Amazing Mister Fisty? I just stumbled on this comic that explains sooo much.

The Amazing Mister Fisty


Yet Another Disturbing Child’s Toy

We were all at a yard sale recently and Gar found this piece of equipment and abasolutely had to have it. For fifty cents, I wasn’t arguing. On closer inspection, there was something about this “toy” that triggered my memory. Then I remembered a certain critical bit of dialogue between Val Kilmer and Billy J. Mitchell, playing “Nick River’s agent” in the movie TOP SECRET. You know the one. I do TRY to be a family friendly blog, don’t ask for clarification!

The photos in this post are sized as thumbails. Click on them to view a larger file.

Amazing Mister Fisty

The gun is basically a giant fist that extends in and out on the end of a gun barrel.
Draw your own conclusions. It does make the standard electronic beeping and zapping noises when turned on. That’s NOT double entendre you perv!

I can’t find any reference to it online, and the fact that we found a functioning copy for two bits either indicates that this is a very old toy or some parent somewhere was more than happy to be rid of it. We dubbed it the Amazing Mister Fisty gun. There are references to Power Rangers on the toy itself, which would argue that it is probably pretty old. A google and wiki search turned up no references.

Here we see a close up on the fist attachment.

Fist Closeup

Here my intrepid volunteer shows you how the fist retracts to “firing mode”.

Prepare to fire.. Mister Fisty!

What we have HERE, is a FAILURE, to COMMUN-I-CATE… Little G. Deploys Mister Fisty…

Comin' AT ya!

As in the case of the OOZINATOR, I am certain there’s no double entendre going on here, just a massive failure to realize the potential for really, really tasteless jokes this toy represents.

Me next, Mister Fisty!

MISTER FISTY UPDATE: I didn’t know what this thing was called. One of the interpid researchers on TMP has revealed that it is called a Battlized Arm Extender. It can be viewed in context, HERE.

An Actual Toy Being sold to youngsters right now by Hasbro


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The Bukkake Gun

The Super Soaker Oozinator is a real product being sold by Hasbro these days.

The product description reads like so:

Air-powered blaster lets you drench your opponents with powerful blasts of water or globs of gooey bio-ooze!

Hit targets up to 35 feet away with a 27-ounce water-supply capacity or up to 20 feet away with a 10-ounce bio-ooze capacity!

Blaster comes with 10-ounce cartridge of bio-ooze.

Sneak up on your opponents with a surprise bio-ooze attack!

Just when they think you’re coming at ‘em with water, blast ‘em with a shot of icky bio-ooze!

Shoot out globs of gooey bio-ooze and then drench ‘em with water!

It’s a double blast attack that’ll keep your opponents on their toes and running during every water fight. With the OOZINATOR blaster you don’t just get soaked, you get drenched!

If you can get the video to work… it’s just plain disturbing. The ought to call this thing the Bukkakinator. There’s a sporadic video button on the Hasbro site, worth checking out.

I swear, Peewee Harman ended up in jail for similar activities, and we’re allowing pre-teens to do this…

UPDATE: I really, really wanted to add a link to their onsite video, but apparently Hasbro is getting wind of the general hilarity their ad campaign has caused. The video on site no longer seems to work. FORTUNATELY!! YouTube comes to the rescue! Prepare to be amazed!!!

It really doesn’t take much to put snippets of the above video into a hideously inappropriate subtext. Observe parts of the above video spliced in with the “Oh Face” scene from the popular film Office Space:

(If you’re seeing “Remote Linking Forbidden” it’s because the freebie host has bandwidth limits. Here’s a local link to a page that has the image)

Looks a little more sinister NOW, doesn’t it?