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The 2016 PopCult Gift Guide So Far

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November 25
, 2016

While everyone else is out killing themselves trying to find super Black Friday deals, the sophisticated PopCult reader is sitting in their warm home, huddled by the fire, relaxing because they know they can just consult their favorite blog and come up with the perfect pop culture gift for everyone on their list.

Today we bring you a master list that covers the first couple of weeks of this year’s PopCult Gift Guide. If you missed any of our posts, you can see them listed here with a handy-dandy link.

I do want to remind you that, not only is it Black Friday, it’s also Record Store Day, so you might want to take some time to visit Budget Tapes & Records, Sullivan’s or the new Elk City Records on Charleston’s West Side.

The 2016 PopCult Gift Guide index


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


2016 Hess Toy Truck and Dragster
AZIAM Yoga Toys
Lionel Mega Tracks
Terra Climber
I AM Elemental
Mensch on a Bench


The World of Edena
The Fifth Beatle (Expanded Edition)


Celebrity Name Game Home Edition
Noel Shuffle
Captain Action Card Game


Phantom of the Opera Remastered
Eight Days A Week: The Beatles-The Touring Years


Aquabats Power Watch




Eat Local


Oddbird Gift Emporium
Shop Local


Musical Theatre Gifts from Curtain Call

Pop Culture Themes

Batman ’66
Star Wars
Star Trek
Progressive Rock from Prognosis
Swing Music from The Swing Shift

That’s our 2016 PopCult Gift Guide so far, but we’re less than half-way through. This weekend we’ll give you a single post each day before plunging back into our four-post-a-day schedule on Monday. We’ll still have time for our regular PopCult features to, so keep checking back.

Ten Years of RFC Flashback: Episode 10

This is Radio Free Charleston’s tenth episode, originally posted to Gazz TV on November 29, 2006, and remastered october 4, 2013. This episode, “Captain Action Shirt,” features music from The Sleeping Dons and The Heydays, vintage animation remixed, and a short film starring Danny Boyd as an evil dwarf.

Host segments were shot on the grounds of the State Capitol Building, and if you look at the montage under the end credits, you can see the lovely fountain that they have since bulldozed.

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JoeLanta 2016: The State of the Hobby

12294919_939284719442269_8471567765054815079_nWe kick off our video coverage of the just-concluded 2016 JoeLanta and The Great Atlanta Toy convention with the annual State of the Hobby panel.

In this case the hobby is collecting and customizing 1/6 scale action figures, and the panel is made up of Buddy Finethy, Greg Brown (of Cotswold Collectibles), Steve Charlton, Scott Beckmann (of The Trenches Forum) and yours truly. We go over a lot of information in a short amount of time, so listen up.

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Golden Year

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January 15, 2016

2016 is going to be the year of the Golden Anniversary. So many iconic pop culture events happened in 1966 that this year is shaping up to be a massive nostalgia-fest for those of us old enough to remember.

The classic Batman TV show with Adam West and Burt Ward debuted fifty years ago this week. Other iconic television shows that debuted in 1966 include Star Trek, The Monkees, Mission Impossible, Hollywood Squares and Dark Shadows. in addition, TV shows with cult followings that first aired in 1966 include Ultraman (in Japan), Rat Patrol, Green Hornet, Time Tunnel, and The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.

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8 Cool Things To Anticipate in 2008

Ten Years of PopCult

Today is the tenth anniversary of The PopCult Blog, written by Rudy Panucci. Every hour, on the hour(sort of), we’re going to bring you one of our favorite posts from the preceding decade. Some are significant “firsts,” while others are deeply touching or overwhelmingly goofy. We’ll leave it to you to figure out which is which.

This was a fun column in which I look forward to cool things that I expected to happen in 2008. Some of them happened many years later, while others happened and nobody cared. Still others happened, were cool, and are done now. Go figure.

2008 is still in its infancy, and the new year promises some cool new things that will thrill and delight those of us who surf the waves of Pop Culture. With that in mind, PopCult presents a list of 8 Cool Things To Anticipate in 2008. This list runs the gamut from a revival of a classic toy line to long-awaited new laws, from really inexpensive computers to cool TV shows and more.

This is a totally arbitrary list of what PopCult deems to be “cool.” Feel free to disagree in the comments, or chime in with your own suggestions. But first sit back and memorize this list. At the end of the year you can see which of our picks were amazing life-changing experiences, and which of them were total busts.

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Ten Years of PopCult

Today is the tenth anniversary of The PopCult Blog, written by Rudy Panucci. Every hour, on the hour(sort of), we’re going to bring you one of our favorite posts from the preceding decade. Some are significant “firsts,” while others are deeply touching or overwhelmingly goofy. We’ll leave it to you to figure out which is which.

This was my first article where I got really excited about new toys of the George Barris Batmobile. As you may know, over the years many people tried to pass off bogus, crappy, Batmobiles, instead of making toys based on the one true Batmobile, designed by George Barris, which Jesus spoke of fondly in the Bible. I have tons of these now.

12197_1000x1000Short entry this week, because our cool toy is not official yet, rumors have been circulating for a couple of weeks, but reliable sources tell me that Mattel has coughed up enough money to end the feud between DC Comics and master car designer George Barris, and has secured the master toy license to produce the famous Batmobile from the 1960’s Batman TV show. This car has been in legal limbo for years, as it was ruled that Barris owned the design, but not the name or the bat-insignia. There haven’t been any legally-licensed toys of this most famous version of the Caped Crusaders car for over twenty years.

3317819239_948672e1f2Now we’ll finally get the full gamut–Hot Wheels, 1/18 scale desktop toys, remote-control versions and maybe (though this is a pipe dream) a version scaled for Barbie that we can steal and use for Captain Action! And it’ll be the real Batmobile, not that ugly thing from the 1989 movie that looked like a Goth sex toy, or the ‘roided up SUV from Batman Begins. This is the real deal–the coolest car ever built!

It won’t be a done deal until the official announcement is made, reportedly at the San Diego Comic Con next weekend, but things are looking good for fans of the coolest car in the world. This is a big deal for us aging nerds, trust me. The Batmobile ROCKS!

You can read about the second coolest car in the world here.

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Random Toy Notes

Mars Attacks Kickstarter

Yesterday afternoon at 1:00PM EST, The Topps Company launched the all–new trading card series, Mars Attacks: Occupation on Kickstarter. After just 7 hours, the funding goal of $50,000 was achieved and several stretch goals have already been met, including a new subset featuring the long-awaited return of the 1980’s card series Dinosaurs Attack!, in a crossover with the dastardly Martians.

MA 02On Kickstarter, fans and collectors can pledge at a variety of levels to pre-order boxes, complete sets, bundles of items or even unique rewards such as the opportunity to have their likeness appear in the series! Add-on items include: “hot packs” guaranteed to contain sought-after super-rare “hit” cards; chase cards and parallel variants; plus collector binders and more! Stretch goals will add new cards, bonus items and special features.

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Arrow vs Hawkeye: A Tale of Two Archers

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Hawkeye ArrowPart of the fun of being a comic book fan is picking out the analogues between one company’s heroes and anothers. For example, Marvel has Namor, the Sub-Mariner, while DC has Aquaman. Both are half-human rulers of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis. It’s a game that almost every fan of super-hero comics plays.

DC Comics has The Flash. Marvel had The Whizzer, and later Quicksilver. Both have super-speed. Marvel had Nova while DC had Firestorm. Both were high-school students suddenly bestowed with unbelievable power. Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark are both millionaires who fight crime with expensive gadgets.

With his original comic book costume, Hawkeye was the build-a-costume bonus in the recent Marvel Captain Action outfits
With his original comic book costume, Hawkeye was the build-a-costume bonus in the recent Marvel Captain Action outfits

And then we have Green Arrow and Hawkeye. Also known as Oliver Queen and Cliff Barton. Both of these heroes fight crime with a bow and arrow and no other super powers. It seems unlikely, but in the hands of talented creators it can work. Green Arrow predates Hawkeye by more than twenty years, but the legendary Jack Kirby wrote and drew Green Arrow before moving to Marvel comics where he was a driving force in the creation of the Marvel Universe.

Now, after years of second-banana status, both characters have made the jump into new mediums. Hawkeye, as played by Jeremy Renner, is a major player in Marvel’s Avengers movie franchise, while Green Arrow, shortened to “Arrow” stars in his own television show on The CW that is the starting point for DC’s television universe.

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Daniel+Roebuck+AFI+FEST+2012+Presented+Audi+ySy_iKjlHCTlDaniel Roebuck is a big-time Hollywood actor who’s been in everything from Lost To The Grumpy Cat Movie, and he also played Jay Leno in the HBO Movie The Late Shift. He’s been in The Walking Dead webisodes, episodes of CSI and Weeds and in the movies The Devil’s Rejects and John Dies At The End, among dozens of other movie and television roles. He’s also a hell of a nice guy and a collector of really cool toys and monster movie memorabilia, and in this short and very funny film which you can see below we get to see a tiny part of his epic collection.

Keep your eyes peeled for quick shots of GI Joe, Captain Action, Captain Lazer and way more cool things.

Daniel, My Brother from Daniel Roebuck on Vimeo.

The PopCulteer Toybox: Wild Adventure

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November 28, 2014

PopCult Note: This week The PopCult Toybox was delayed, and next week it will be a special PopCult Gift Guide installment, so rather than push this piece back two weeks, today the Toybox invades The PopCulteer.

In many ways, the rise of the Internet has made being a toy collector a lot easier. One of those ways is by spreading the news of new product and how and where you can find it.

As a recent example of this, just last week in the Adventure Team HQ Yahoo! mailing list, GI Joe collector Jerry Gonzalez posted a discovery he made while poking around on the Target.com website. Though they were not yet listed as being in stock, Target had listings for five new 1/6 scale action figures. Actually, Target listed them as being 1/10 scale, but I could tell from the listed size of the package that these guys were in scale with the original GI Joe.

From the ATHQ mailing list, the news quickly spread on Facebook and other message boards and as soon as these items were listed as being in stock, I was able to order a complete set. In today’s PopCulteer, we’re shifting gears a bit and bringing you a special Black Friday PopCult Toybox. It was a bit of a gamble ordering these with the questions of scale, but it was a gamble that paid off. These are 1/6 scale figures.

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