little to say about this week’s entry.  i remember watching it, but barely. i have no recollection of the toys though, but apparently they existed.


thanks to travis turner for reminding me of this one.

sorry about missing last week folks. been fighting a cold ever since coming back from vacation. so to make up for up, i’ve got a twofer for you.

this week we’ve got a ghostbusting duo. first, the one most of you are familiar with, the real ghostbusters:

then theres this:

no doubt some of you remember both, but i don’t think there’s any question that the cartoon based on the 1984 movie was the superior of the two. but as a kid, i was massively confused as to why there was a ghostbusters cartoon with a gorilla in a hat instead of slimer, and some piece of shit jalopy in place of ecto-1. thank goodness for the internet.

from that bastion of online accuracy, wikipedia:

The show is also known as The Original Ghost Busters because when Columbia Pictures released the film Ghostbusters in 1984 it neglected the fact that Filmation had already produced a live-action comedy series with that same name in 1975. Filmation sued Columbia in 1985, and as part of the out-of-court settlement the cartoon based on the Columbia Pictures property could not simply be called Ghostbusters. Columbia proceeded to name their cartoon show The Real Ghostbusters to directly distinguish it from the Filmation show.

Filmation had even gone as far as to attempt to work with Columbia Pictures and had completed initial design work for a cartoon to be based on the movie. Columbia changed its mind, deciding not to work with Filmation, and the proposed deal fell through (Columbia worked with DiC instead). Filmation’s Lou Scheimer later admitted “We should have asked for the animation rights for their (Columbia’s) Ghostbusters as part of the settlement.” This prompted Filmation to create the cartoon based on its former live-action series.

so there you have it. sadly, the real ghostbusters would fall victim to extremism, much like every other kid’s property of the 90s:

this week’s installment come to you from beautiful lake lure, nc. katie and i are renting a cabin with some friends and its been great. very relaxing.

anyway, this week i’m featuring yet another show that i barely if ever watched, but thought the toys were awesome. holograms were inexplicably popular gimmicks in the toy world in the 80s, usually as small stickers that had little to do with the theme or playability of the toys. if a transformers rub-sign came off, no biggy. you already knew if it was a decepticon or autobot. if a battle beast lost its elemental hologram, who cared. no one paid any attention to those anyway. the visionaries was the only series to make it all about the hologram. if the sticker came off, you had nothing. just a weird looking gi joe figure with no accessories except for a giant empty picture frame on a stick.


heres one you likely forgot about:

according to infallible reference that is wikipedia, bigfoot & the muscle machines was a actually a segment on another animated show, and those segments were then pieced together to create a full length movie. can’t say i remember all that. all i know is that they were big, bad, dirty and mean.



ok, need to rant for a second here. nothing major, just more of a ‘what the hell’ kinda thing.

so i spent all day sunday making a rack to hold katie’s commercial thread spools:


nice. ok, so i’m cutting the dowel rods to make all the pegs, and they’re all individually labeled. i realize that this thing is not for display purposes and will never be seen by anyone, but the ocd in me won’t allow me to just leave the labels on. as i’m cleaning them off, i happen to read one.

its made in vietnam.

dowel rods.

from vietnam.

seriously? what, we can’t make long round pieces of wood in this country?

stop snickering.

the last couple installments featured show that i rarely, if ever, watched. not the case this week.

i loved inspector gadget. i watched the hell outta this every morning during the summer, which, for some reason, seemed to be the only time it was on. there were a couple live action movies a few years ago, which i can’t imagine were worth a shit. most 80s cartoons that got turned into live action movies weren’t worth a shit.

and a quick piece of uberdork trivia: frank welker, the voice of megatron and soundwave on the original transformers cartoon, was also the voice of dr. claw.

so without any great fanfare, i give you the photoelectric 2012 demo reel:

had a great year last year. can’t believe how much work we did. here’s to a busier year in 2012!

got another gem from the late 80s this week:

i only watched this one sporadically, usually when i was spending the night with a buddy. didn’t have any of these toys either tho, but some friend of mine must have, because i remember playing with them.



home sick today. woke up sunday morning with a vicious sore throat. feel like i swallowed a cheese grater. heading to the doctor in a few minutes, which i really hate doing since i’m only going to get a prescription. i have a fundamental problem with paying money to hear someone tell me what i already know. but theres no way i’m putting up with this shit any longer.



this is pretty awesome…

and so true.