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Sunday Evening Video: Marx Toy Convention 2018

Tonight PopCult presents a quick music video, looking back at the 2018 Marx Toy Convention, which was held June 14 and 15 at The Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum in Wheeling West Virginia. In just under four minutes you’ll see some of the cool toys on sale and the people buying them, and then the video culminates with the gathering of attendees for the annual group photo.

I hadn’t intended to make a full-blown video of the Marx Toy Convention this year, but I always have my camera on me, and everybody there wanted something to mark twenty years since the first Marx Toy Convention back in 1998, so I improvised. I hope you enjoy this quick video with bouncy music and some fun images.

In fact, there will be a second Marx Toys video coming later this week. Francis Turner graciously re-opened the Marx Toy Museum in nearby Moundsville, just while the convention was happening, and we will bring you and update on Big Loo. This will be a longer clip, so we’re taking our time to edit it right.

The reason I was hesitant to commit to making a video this year was because I knew my schedule was going to be crazy, and I wouldn’t have time to edit any videos until long after the event was over.

It’s been nearly a full month since the Marx Toy Convention took place, and I’m just now getting this online. Hopefully this week will allow me time to get back in the swing of things and post more about our trip to celebrate Marx Toys (look for a photo essay early in the week), and also tell you about our trip down South that ended up at the final Official GI Joe Collectors Convention in Chattanooga.

I’ve also got some amazing Johnny West figures to review, and other cool stuff to tell you about. Barring any unforeseen developments, PopCult should be hoppin’ this week.

I do feel the need to be a bit apologetic about taking so long to get this coverage posted here in PopCult. Between having two major toy trips in two weeks, and then dealing with paying work (ahem) and breaking news on Toys R Us closing and MEGO and Captain Action preparing to make comebacks, it’s been tricky budgeting my time so I can catch up. Bear with me, because I plan to be caught up with all this cool stuff in the next few days so I can cover all the new cool stuff coming out of San Diego next weekend.

The Johnny West PopCult Index

 

The Marx Toy Convention happens this weekend at The Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum in Wheeling, and a big part of why I go is because of Johnny West. Johnny was Marx’s cowboy counterpart to GI Joe in the 1960s and 70s, and “JohnnyCon” is a convention-within-a-convention that happens during the Marx Toy Convention. Basically, it’s most of the top Johnny West Collectors in the country all jammed together in one room. It’s amazing fun and it’s something I wouldn’t miss for the world.

Over the years I’ve written plenty about Johnny West. Today I’m bringing you a handy index to the top articles about Johnny West in PopCult. These include posts I’ve made about the convention, about the Marx Toy Museum, and about the revivals and new product that’s come out. Keep in mind that some of these posts are many years old, and some of the older ones have links that may have gone dead or photos that have gone missing. That’s one of the drawbacks of having a blog that lasts more than a decade.

We’ll get to the index right after we re-present a talk by noted Johnny West expert, Scott Stewart (of Stewart’s Attic fame) that gives a concise history of The Marx Toy Company’s star Cowboy…

Okay, we’re going to sort this index in a casual manner, starting with posts that give you some added historical context beyond Scott’s lecture. Links are embedded in the descriptions.

We start with my first big post about Johnny West from almost nine years ago. This post talks about the grand plans of Noah and Terri Coop and CXR, which sadly did not come to fruition.

CXR did manage to create Marshall Johnny West as well as dozens of custom figures, headsculpts and gear, which can no longer be ordered, so don’t bother clicking on the links. (You can still order the Johnny West coloring book from Amazon)

CXR and Marxman toys were the creations of Noah and Terri Coop, and we lost Noah a few years ago. Terri runs periodic sales of the remaining CXR stock over at the Marx Action Figures Collectors Facebook Page (You will have to ask to join).

Tom Heaton, from The Vintage Toyroom, has written several books about Johnny West and his fellow travellers. You can read about them HERE and HERE. In 2014, at JoeLanta, for some reason I was on the Marx Action Figure Panel with Tom and Scott and Buddy Finethy.

James Wozniak, working with Terri Coop and Scott Stewart, helped bring about 50th Anniversary figures of Johnny West and Sam Cobra. He’s gone on to import many more new Marx action figures, made from the original molds. At ToyLanta 2017, James hosted a discussion of how the original Marx molds for Johnny West wound up in Mexico, and how he got in contact with the people who own them so they can make new figures.

Steve Corn is currently in possession of one of the original molds for Thunderbolt, Johnny West’s horse. He’s created several custom horses based on his first run of the molds, and is gearing up for a second go at it soon. We reviewed his horses HERE.

A few years ago, I wrote about my fondness for Johnny West, GI Joe and Captain Action.  When I first visited The now-closed Marx Toy Museum, I posted a huge, five-part photo essay. One part of that was devoted to Johnny West and cowboy toys.

That gives you links to the most extensive PopCult posts about Johnny West. Hope you enjoy them (and please report any dead links in the comments. I’m trying to root those all out).

Come back Thursday for an index to our coverage of the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum.

Cracking Open A Virtual Time Capsule

50-reduxThe PopCulteer
January 5, 2018

Looking Into The Past

I’ve been writing PopCult for almost twelve and a half years now, and I try not to go back and dwell on past posts (largely because I hate to see how many typos I’ve missed along the way), but I also check my reader stats once in a while, and I noticed something a bit strange of late. One post that I wrote back in December, 2008, looking back on “50 Cool Things” that happened that year, has been getting a lot of hits lately.

I mean, it’s getting a ridiculous number of hits for a post that’s over nine years old. Some days over the last couple of weeks it’s been read more than the new post that was published that day. My guess is that it’s just people searching for posts about 2018 and getting misdirected, but I have no real way of knowing why so many people were going back to read this one post. I decided to indulge my curiosity and went back to reread what I’d written about 2008, and a lot of it struck me as a bit remarkable (hence, these remarks).

This post is a bit of a time capsule of how things were back in 2008, and it says a lot about how much things have changed and how much they’ve stayed the same.

First of all, I was way more optimistic in 2008 than I am now. I think most of this has to do with the political climate. Back then we had just elected a dignified, honorable and competent man to lead our country. Now we don’t have one of those in charge. Charleston seemed to be in better shape back then. I gave shout outs to a lot of great businesses and organizations that are no longer with us. But also several that still persevere.

bluegrass_webIWA East Coast Wrestling is still a going concern, but they don’t run as many shows as they used to. All Star Wrestling is still bringing top-notch wrestling shows to Southern West Virginia. CYAC is still kicking, even with the future of their home theater in doubt. The Bluegrass Kitchen is still serving up high-quality eats on Charleston’s East End. Kanawha Players survived a near-fatal brush with owning real estate, and is steadily building back their legacy.

The No Pants Players are mutating into “State 35” to keep supplying Charleston’s sketch comedy needs. Graziano’s is still the best pizza in town. Taylor Books and The Empty Glass maintain their positions as Charleston institutions. And Lady D is still performing and recently had a show at The Bakery. Brian Hatcher is still writing and John Nelson is still selling music at Budget Tapes and Records.

We have lost a lot of cool stuff here in Charleston since I wrote that post. LiveMix Studio is no longer with us. Capitol Roasters, which I really liked, has been replaced by a beer and burrito place that has nothing I can eat or drink on their menu. WV Rockscene hasn’t been updated lately. The Book Exchange on the East End is not around anymore. The Vandalia Grille has gone under, and I have not yet tried its replacement establishment.

oddbird001In their places we do have some pretty cool new places and things: Sullivan’s Records, Kin Ship Goods, Elk City Records, The Oddbird Emporium, Starling’s, Moxxee and all sorts of new places that I’m too lazy to remember to mention, or that haven’t opened yet. Life goes on. User fees go up.

Local politicians continue to make poor decisions. The anti-Kanawha Boulevard forces even managed to win a major victory for Charleston’s seven bicyclists by reducing the Boulevard to two lanes near Patrick Street, creating one of the nastiest bottlenecks in the city during rush hour and forcing so many people onto I 64 that commute times out of the city have increased by twenty minutes to a half hour. Also, Shawnee Golf Course has been sacrificed for a multi-sports recreational facility that nobody local will use, and nobody in the region will want to visit.

However, the smoking ban in bars, which took effect in 2008, is still going strong, and my lungs thank Kanawha County’s Health Department for that. The bar scene itself has been hit hard by the mass exodus of young drinking peoples and a few high-profile crimes, but now we can breathe when we have to record a band for Radio Free Charleston. At least they got that one right.

I didn’t just talk about local stuff in this post, either. Pop culture had a lot going for it in 2008. Pixar was going strong. Love and Rockets had switched to their annual format (they switched back to more frequent publication in 2017). The Marvel Cinematic Universe grew out of the success of Iron Man, which I raved about.

dan-dare-garth-ennis-erskine-virginEverything didn’t click as well as I hoped. The Zeroids revival failed to make it past one comic book series, but Captain Action did manage a third run as a 12″ action figure, with more new stuff still in the pipeline.

Aqua Teen Hunger Force finally ended, but Squidbillies continues and Adult Swim found new hit shows with Rick and Morty and Mike Tyson Mysteries.  MEGA Bloks was bought up by Mattel and shut down their Pyrates and King Arthur lines.

And Dan Dare fizzled out when Virgin Comics went belly-up and has been gone long enough that there’s yet another new revival of this classic British comic book being published now.

Oh, and most of the local bands I mentioned by name broke up and a bunch of the musicians moved away. An alarming number of promising young musicians have left Charleston.

However, the thing that hit me upside the head while I was re-reading this post was actually two seemingly unrelated items, which I now know have a heck of a lot to do with each other.

myasthenia_gravisI mentioned a benefit show for my friend, Emily Haynes. Emily had been diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, and it hit her really hard. Longtime readers of PopCult know that I was recently diagnosed with MG, but compared to Emily’s case, mine is a walk in the park. I have an extremely mild case of this disease, and I hope that sometime this year I can hook up with Emily for an interview so that I can share a more accurate portrayal of Myasthenia Gravis with my readers.

I was completely unaware that I’d had MG since at least 2005. I didn’t realize that was what I had at the time, and I totally forgot about mentioning anything about it here in PopCult, but near the end of this year-in-review retrospective post I wrote, “one of the things that has sucked most for me in 2008 is this repetitive stress injury, or whatever it is, that has left my right hand virtually useless.”

It was not a repetitive stress injury, like I thought.

It was late Summer in 2008 when I discovered how weak my right hand had become. I went out to a bar in South Charleston to hear a band, and tried to shoot a game of pool for the first time in a long time. I discovered that I could not hold a pool cue well enough to make even one shot.

gene stressI’d already adapted to periodic bouts of weakness in my hands, and learned to deal with occasional double vision, which I told people was probably related to diabetes (turns out it wasn’t). I’d managed work-arounds and was able to adapt and hide my issues from most people.

This was when I was putting in 80 hours a week as a caregiver for my uncle, and there was no time or money to go to a doctor.

It wasn’t until 2016 when I was finally diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, which I was already aware of only because of Emily. It never occured to me that I had the same disease as her, because, as I have explained, my case is so mild.

I’m on meds for it now and I’m doing great, physically. But it was just really wild to find this contemporaneous mention of my hand problems buried in the same post where I discussed the benefit show for Emily. By the time I was diagnosed with MG, I had convinced myself that I was in the early stages of Lou Gerhig’s Disease, so finding out what was wrong was actually a great thing for me. Finding this mention from way back then was sort of an extra missing piece of the puzzle.

However, aside from all that, which is very interesting to me, I still can’t figure out why so many people are going back to read that damned post.

Meanwhile, On The AIR

1-05-18Did you know that PopCult has a sister internet radio station? If not, welcome to your first visit to PopCult. You can hear The AIR at the website, or on this virtual radio machine…

Friday sees a full schedule of new and encore programming. At 7 AM you can hear this week’s new episode of Radio Free Charleston International. 9 PM brings you encores of the latest editions of Word Association with Lee & Rudy and Life Speaks to Michele Zirkle. At 10 PM we present this week’s The Best of The Real with Mark Wolfe, which this week brings you a classic conversation with Chuck Hamsher of The Purple Moon.

At 11 AM we bid adieu to Dexter Checkers as he takes Ska Madness on hiatus with a mini-marathon of skank. Ska fans will want to return at midnight for seven more hours of Ska Madness.

2 PM sees a new-to-The-AIR episode of Radio Coolsville with DJ Betty Rock.

At 3 PM, on a brand-new episode of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat, Sydney Fileen treats us to 120 minutes of New Wave extended dance mixes. Check out the playlist here…

BEC 028   Extended Mixes

A Flock of Seagulls  “I Ran”
New Order  “Touched By The Hand of God”
Kim Wilde  “Kids In America”
Duran Duran  “Planet Earth (Night Version)”
The Cure  “In Between Days”
Bronski Beat  “Why”
Tom Tom Club  “Genius Of Love”
Nina Hagen “Universal Radio”
Echo and the Bunnymen  “Never Stop (Discotheque)”
Wang Chung  “Dance Hall Days”
Frankie Goes To Hollywood  “Relax”
Lene Lovich “New Toy”
Camouflage  “Love Is A Shield”
Love and Rockets  “Ball of Confusion”
Pet Shop Boys  “West End Girls”
Yazoo  “Situation”
Aztec Camera  “Oblivious”
Bananarama  “Cruel Summer”

…all New Wave classics and all with extra-long 12″ dance mixes.

Stick around in the evening for encores of Beatles Blast, Harrah’s Hard & Heavy and both RFC shows. At 9 PM, in the midst of all this, you can tune in for a full hour of The Third Shift with Jay and Jarod.

That’s what’s on The AIR Friday, and that is this week’s PopCulteer. Check back because we have a fresh post every day.

2017 PopCult Gift Guide: Adventures in Pop Culture

Adventures in Pop Culture: Memories of a Lifelong Journey  
gg-trekkerby Thomas Wheeler
ISBN-13: 978-1973285205
$6.99

Full disclosure time again, folks: This next pick in the 2017 PopCult Gift Guide is the first book by one of my best online buddies, Thomas Wheeler. Being roughly the same age and having many of the same interests (action figures, comic books, wrestling) it’s no shock that his book is right in my wheelhouse. Adventures in Pop Culture is the pefect gift for the pop culture maven on your holiday shopping list.

Wheeler has been a lifelong participant in the world of pop culture, from action figures to science-fiction, movies and TV, to much more. This is the story of his adventures and travels along the way. Wheeler’s writing style is crisp and to the point, and these essays will seem to fly by. Since he’s my friend, I asked him to describe this book:

Adventures in Pop Culture is a series of essays related to my own personal experiences in the world of pop culture across my lifetime. Whether it pertains to a wide variety of action figures, comic books, science-fiction, related television shows, occasional conventions, super-heroes, or even the WWE, there’s something about it in this book. Captain Action, Major Matt Mason, Big Jim, G.I. Joe, Gundam, Star Trek — they’re in here. Mego — it’s in here. A 7-1/2-foot Aircraft Carrier — it’s in here… figuratively speaking. Traveling on the same plane as nearly a dozen WWE superstars, seated one row behind the Undertaker — it’s in here. Getting some advice in an airport from WWE legend Nikolai Volkoff — it’s in here.

This is a fascinating collection of essays about cool stuff that’s all over the map, pop culturally-speaking. Thomas’s stories, many of which I’ve read in emails over the years, range from hilarious to heart-warming, and at a stocking-stuffer price, you can’t go wrong with Adventures in Pop Culture. You can order the book from Amazon using this link.

gg-atv-01Last year I reviewed a new line of 12″ action figures that was exclusive to Toys ‘R’ Us. Sentinel 1 consisted of four guys, Bandit, Shadow, Wolf and Barracuda, which were decently made psuedo-military figures for the price (ten bucks, with frequent sales making them even cheaper) and had lots of potential as a toy for kids and also for customizers. The clothes were molded-on (except for vests and headgear), but they were a pretty cool entry-level toy for adult collectors who want to brainwash their children or grandchildren into like the original GI Joe.

This year they have expanded the line by adding a new figure who comes with the first vehicle in the line, and that is our next pick in the 2017 PopCult Gift Guide. The True Heroes 12 Inch Mudslide Figure and ATV Playset is available exclusively from Toys’R’Us. It’s a fully equipped vehicle with a hidden cannon, rugged wheels and a weapon rack.The figure has 11 points of articulation, and wears a removable helmet and vest. The vest and weapon snap on to the ATV so he can speed away onto his next mission.

The figure’s name is “Mudslide,” and Mudlside wears a removable helmet and vest. This has great play value for kids who still have enough imagination to play with real toys, and it’s a good gift for the adult collector who may not realize that the market for 12″ action figures is staging a bit of a comeback.

Even if you hate the figure, the ATV is perfect for GI Joe, Action Man, Captain Action or Johnny West. You could even repaint it in space colors for Captain Lazer. Best of all, the entire set is only twenty bucks, and you might luck out and encounter a sale or special as Christmas approaches.

The True Heroes 12 Inch Mudslide Figure and ATV Playset can be found at Toys ‘R’ Us stores and on their website, and it’s not a bad value for the price.

“but this is all like the end of the world”

pr-devestation-01It’s easy to become overwhelmed and even desensitized to the horrors that we see flashed before our eyes, seemingly every day, due to natural disasters. The devestation in Puerto Rico is massive and tragic, yet people are not responding the same way they would if Hurricane Maria hadn’t happened so soon after Harvey and Irma tore through Texas and Florida.

I’m going to try not to get political here and talk about the embarrassment and shame that we should all feel as Americans over the way the people of Puerto Rico have been treated. That’s obvious to anyone with an ounce of decency.

However, I fear that the message of how bad things are down there is simply not being taken seriously. When folks who should know better are cracking jokes, acting like everything is fine, and even telling outright lies about it, we need to expose the truth.

Ray Flores is an online toy-collecting friend of mine of many years. He’s probably the world’s top authority on Ideal’s Super-Queens, the fashion doll line that complemented Captain Action. After being out of contact with the world for two weeks, he finally got this text to one of our mutual friends, who shared it in a Captain Action mailing list, “Hi …barely get signal …comes and goes…we got hit hard…going through a lot…no food…no power…barely water…long lines for gas and food markets…once there…nothing left…no banks opened…almost no money…hospitals in need of meds…plasma…insulin and dialysis…dead animals everywhere…houses lost roofs….thank goodness mine is made of bricks…but this is all like the end of the world…not even trees as most were pulled from the ground… seldom internet signal….this is terrible….sorry for mentioning all this…but its all so depressing…. I cant get enough signal to txt anything there….thanks my friend….and take care..”

pr-devestation-03“but this is all like the end of the world” Let that sink in. This is a United States territory. These people are citizens.

Understand, the reason the official death toll is so low is because there aren’t enough aid workers to count the bodies piling up in the morgues. Without vital meds, more people will die. One hospital lost sixteen patients on ventilators because they had no power. This is indeed a disaster on par with Hurricane Katrina, and the government response has been almost as inadequate.

The potential exists for thousands of more people to perish in the coming days and weeks if emergency aid does not speed up dramatically.

The reason I’m sharing this here in PopCult today, rather than a book review or news about toys or music, is because this is simply more important. You can still help. One reliable charity, one which does not waste all the money donated to them on fundraising activities, is Operation USA. You can donate via credit card through their secure server, and you can opt-out of any further contact. You also have the option to direct your donation to specific disaster areas.

pr-devestation-02You can also donate blood, if you’re able, to the Red Cross. It may not go directly to Puerto Rico, but with the disasters in Texas and Florida, and the attack in Las Vegas I’m sure that stocks are low all over the country, and they can use all the blood that they can get.

There are other organizations that can use your help. Local churches and non-profits may be asking for donations. Remember that cash is better than physical objects. It might make you feel good to donate a 12-pack of Bounty paper towels, but it’s going to take a lot of money and effort to transport it to an Island out in the Atlantic Ocean. If you can give money, do so. Don’t just be a spectator. Do something to help.

If all you can do is get the word out, do that. Do not remain silent and do not let anyone forget that this is an emergency and they need help now. This is not over. People can still be saved.

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GI Joe’s Biological Father Passes Away

The PopCult Toybox

stan-westonStan Weston, a toy industry legend and licensing pioneer, passed away last week. Reports started surfacing on the internet over the last couple of days.

Weston was the inventor of GI Joe, but he sold his interest in the first action figure to Hasbro early on. Just last year he settled with Hasbro over other ownership considerations for an undisclosed sum. Weston approached Hasbro’s Don Levine in 1963 with the concept of a posable 12″ figure that would have a cloth uniform and plastic accessories as a way to create a toy based on a military TV show that he was representing. The TV show didn’t last long, but Hasbro was still interested in the concept and moved forward with GI Joe, which went on to become one of the highest-grossing toys of all time.

In addition to GI Joe, Weston also came up with Captain Action (seen above, with Mr. Weston. Click the photo to read an interview with Weston) and arranged for MEGO to acquire the licenses for DC Comics and Marvel for their best-selling World’s Greatest Superhero line.

In 1970 he co-founded Leisure Concepts Incorporated, which changed the face of the toy industry by initiating many pervasive licensing deals. His company even developed the idea for the Thundercats action figure line and cartoon series in the 1980s. If you bought any licensed toy or knick-knack from 1970 to 1990, Stan Weston likely had a hand in its production.

Weston was quite a character, and I’m sorry that I never got the chance to meet him in person. A couple of years ago he was very helpful aiding me in busting a pop culture fraud, but we only had contact through a mutual friend.

Weston was 84 years old, and is survived by his brother, his three children and five grandchildren. PopCult extends its condolences to his friends and family.It’s always sad to see one of the creators of our favorite toys leave us.

The Old Toy Collector

pc-3-17-01The PopCulteer
March 17
, 2017

Since your PopCulteer is still heavily in toy mode after returning from ToyLanta and then spending the rest of the week neck-deep in video (coming soon, I promise), today I’m going to write about some of the characteristics of collectible toys and how they relate to aging.

One of the things that has me thinking about this is the name change to “ToyLanta” from “JoeLanta and The Great Atlanta Toy Convention.”

The discussions I had with my friends at the show mainly centered around the given fact that collectors of the original GI Joe are an “aging fanbase.”

Of course, any fanbase of anything is aging, with the only exception to that being those that are already dead. In this case, “aging” is a bit of a euphemism for “old, and possibly not at all well.” This is all part of the circle of life of collectible toys. People who love a toy as a child, and retain that love and possibly turn it into an obsession as an adult, find that…you can’t take it with you.

toylog-0001The “sweet spot” for a toy to have a nostalgic collector’s revival is 25 to 40 years after the time it was actively marketed. People who grow up with a certain toy tend to lose interest in their adolescence, then as they approach middle age, rekindle their fondness for the toy, and begin to seek it out now that they are able to afford it.

This is a rough but reliable generalization. Some people love toys that came before or after their prime toy-buying years, and some people collect like mad even if they can’t afford it. So we’re talking in non-universal stereotypes here, but they do tend to trend true.

Continue reading…

The 2016 PopCult Gift Guide Master List

giftguide-graphic-004The PopCulteer
December 16
, 2016

Okay, this was quite an undertaking. The 2016 PopCult Gift guide comprised over 130 gift suggestions in over 100 posts, spread out over just a bit more than a month. Your PopCulteer spent months choosing unique and particularly nifty gift suggestions with the goal of telling about things that other gift guides didn’t know about.

This was a beast of a list to compile. Once I got into the actual writing, editing and posting, I realized that I would have to compose close to 40,000 words…and that I had two week-long trips scheduled during the time I usually assemble the list. Needless to say, this was a huge job, made even hugerer by the fact that I had to write two week’s worth of posts ahead of time so that I could get out of town.

salt-coverSo now this list is in the books, and PopCult should return to whatever passes for normal around here. Our regular features will still be here over the weekend. We’ll be bringing you plenty of updates on The AIR, our internet radio station (currently playing holiday music, go check it out!), and starting Monday I’ll be posting photo essays that cover the two trips I made in the last month.

That should take us to next Friday, easy. I may even try to neak in a new video episode of Radio Free Charleston before the end of the year.I hope you enjoyed the list. Feedback on social media indicates that this may be my best-received PopCult Gift Guide yet. Below is the master index. Keep in mind, if you are ordering something through the mail, act fast! Today is pretty much the last day that you can reasonably expect to order something and get it in time for Christmas or Hannukkah.Enjoy, and have a great holiday season!

The 2016 PopCult Gift Guide Master Index

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The Amazing Toys of Marvin Glass
Celeste Giuliano’s Pin-ups in 3-D
The Battle of Charleston
Rain No Evil
Mitch O’Connell’s Tattoos Volume II
TV’s Frank on MST3K
Maido: A Guide To Japanese Gestures
Pinball Wizards and Blacklight Destroyers
The Daily Show (The Book)
Heavy Metal Pizza Party (Crime Cats)
Portraits of The Legends of Comics
411ic6pengl-_sy400_bo1204203200_2Create: Art Collaborations In NYC
VISCERAL The Art of Jason Edmitson
Steppenwolf Theatre Company In Their Own Words
Big In Japan II
Call of Cthulu for Beginning Readers
Stroker: The Artistic Works of Tom Medley
Ink ‘N Guys

Music

annmagnuson5Progressive Rock from Prognosis
Swing Music from The Swing Shift
New Wave Picks from Sydney’s Big Electric Cat
Diablo Blues Band
Dream Girl by Ann Magnuson
Kate Bush Before The Dawn
Todd Rundgren Live
Pete Townshend’s Deep End Live
Phantom of the Opera Remastered
ws_bannerfeastEight Days A Week: The Beatles-The Touring Years
Art and Music by The Punk
Under Surveillance “Awakening:”
Todd Burge  “Live on Mountain Stage”
Larry Groce  “Live Forever”
Spencer Elliott  “Unspoken
harrah2HARRAH “HARRAH”
Superfetch  “Maximum Penetration (Live)”
Hurl Brickbat  “The Stamp EP”
Crazy Jane “(the green disc)”
Miniature Giant  “Terrible People”
Kerry Hughes  “Battleground’s Theater”

Toys

2016 Hess Toy Truck and Dragster
50570161AZIAM Yoga Toys
Lionel Mega Tracks
Terra Climber
I AM Elemental
Mensch on a Bench
Cabbage Patch Kid Baby So Real
Xtreme Cycle Moto Cam
Adoptimals
91irosjq4ll-_sl1500_My Fairy Garden
Peppy Pups
Lammily
Greenlight Collectible Cars
LEGO Yellow Submarine
Hot Wheels Ai Racing System
DC Superhero Girls
The Amazing Toys of Marvin Glass
Johnny West Horses
Cabbage Patch Big Kids

cov1finaaaalComics

SALT
The World of Edena
The Fifth Beatle (Expanded Edition)
Super Weird Heroes
Charlton Neo Comics
Tiki Zombie Bundle
The Creeps Magazine
CARtoons
Call of Cthulu for Beginning Readers
Stroker: The Artistic Works of Tom Medley
Cemetary Plots
71rjdhzgazl-_sx522_Forbidden Gallery

Games

Celebrity Name Game Home Edition
Noel Shuffle
Captain Action Card Game
Stratego Waterloo Edition

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Phantom of the Opera Remastered
Eight Days A Week: The Beatles-The Touring Years
The Cruel Tale of the Medicine Man
Todd Rundgren Live
Pete Townshend’s Deep End Live
The Secret Life Of Pets

Accessories

Aquabats Power Watch
That Pillow

bpm038-cover-full_8Magazines

The Charleston Anvil
The Creeps Magazine
CARtoons
Non Sport Update
Zelda
Bachelor Pad Magazine
TCM Now Playing
Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street

Art

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The Art of Glen Brogan
Art and Music by The Punk
Mitch O’Connell’s Tattoos Volume II
Pinball Wizards and Blacklight Destroyers
Portraits of The Legends of Comics
2Create: Art Collaborations In NYC
VISCERAL The Art of Jason Edmitson

Food

Eat Local
Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street

oddbird001Shopping

Oddbird Gift Emporium
Shop Local

Theatre

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Musical Theatre Gifts from Curtain Call
“Worst Christmas” at The Alban
Steppenwolf Theatre Company In Their Own Words
A Christmas Story: The Musical
Black Nativity

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Batman ’66
Star Wars
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The 2016 PopCult Gift Guide So Far Again

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December 9
, 2016

We are going to take another day to catch our breath and play catch up by bringing you a list, with links, to all the 2016 PopCult Gift Guide selections so far. Over the weekend we will give you one big topic each day along with our regular PopCult features, and then we’ll return, tan, rested and ready, on Monday to bring you one last week of great gift ideas before we crawl off into the corner and collapse. The final master list will be posted here one week from today. Note that some of our entries appear under more than one category. That’s because some of our gift ideas are just too hard to define. Plus it makes it look like I’ve done more work than I really have.

Enjoy, and have a great holiday season!

The 2016 PopCult Gift Guide index

Books

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Celeste Giuliano’s Pin-ups in 3-D
The Battle of Charleston
Rain No Evil
Mitch O’Connell’s Tattoos Volume II
TV’s Frank on MST3K
Maido: A Guide To Japanese Gestures
Pinball Wizards and Blacklight Destroyers
The Daily Show (The Book)
Heavy Metal Pizza Party (Crime Cats)
Portraits of The Legends of Comics
2Create: Art Collaborations In NYC
VISCERAL The Art of Jason Edmitson
Steppenwolf Theatre Company In The Own Words
Big In Japan II
Call of Cthulu for Beginning Readers
Stroker: The Artistic Works of Tom Medley

Music

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Swing Music from The Swing Shift
New Wave Picks from Sydney’s Big Electric Cat
Diablo Blues Band
Dream Girl by Ann Magnuson
Kate Bush Before The Dawn
Todd Rundgren Live
Pete Townshend’s Deep End Live
Phantom of the Opera Remastered
Eight Days A Week: The Beatles-The Touring Years
Art and Music by The Punk

Toys

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AZIAM Yoga Toys
Lionel Mega Tracks
Terra Climber
I AM Elemental
Mensch on a Bench
Cabbage Patch Kid Baby So Real
Xtreme Cycle Moto Cam
Adoptimals
My Fairy Garden
Peppy Pups
Lammily
Greenlight Collectible Cars
LEGO Yellow Submarine
Hot Wheels Ai Racing System
DC Superhero Girls
The Amazing Toys of Marvin Glass

Comics

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The World of Edena
The Fifth Beatle (Expanded Edition)
Super Weird Heroes
Charlton Neo Comics
Tiki Zombie Bundle
The Creeps Magazine
CARtoons
Call of Cthulu for Beginning Readers
Stroker: The Artistic Works of Tom Medley

Games

Celebrity Name Game Home Edition
Noel Shuffle
Captain Action Card Game

Video

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Eight Days A Week: The Beatles-The Touring Years
The Cruel Tale of the Medicine Man
Todd Rundgren Live
Pete Townshend’s Deep End Live

Accessories

Aquabats Power Watch
That Pillow

Magazines

The Charleston Anvil
The Creeps Magazine
CARtoons
Non Sport Update
Zelda
Bachelor Pad Magazine
TCM Now Playing
Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street

Art

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The Art of Glen Brogan
Art and Music by The Punk
Mitch O’Connell’s Tattoos Volume II
Pinball Wizards and Blacklight Destroyers
Portraits of The Legends of Comics
2Create: Art Collaborations In NYC
VISCERAL The Art of Jason Edmitson

Food

Eat Local
Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street

Shopping

Oddbird Gift Emporium
Shop Local

Theatre

MARY
Musical Theatre Gifts from Curtain Call
“Worst Christmas” at The Alban
Steppenwolf Theatre Company In The Own Words

91hkcf2hfrl-_sl150qq0_Pop Culture Themes

Batman ’66
Star Wars
Star Trek

Stuff You Need

Roku
Toydriver
Picks from On The Road with Mel

Check back for our regular features and the final week of the PopCult Gift Guide.