Given the fact that the new Green Lantern movie is about to debut, we
thought it was appropriate to take a look back and see what made the
franchise so great. What kept it so fresh for decade after decade? A DC
Comics powerhouse, the Green Lantern franchise debuted in 1940. That’s
some serious roots in the world of comics. What we love about the appeal
of the Green Lantern storylines is that the powers are derived from
special rings. You aren’t born with special abilities, you just need the
ring. Can’t you just imagine slipping one of those bad boys on? Now
that’s some serious bling! Excuse us, while we suppress our power hunger
right about now.
After the original story of the Green Lantern, which was the legendary
Alan Scott character, the Green Lantern story evolved into many rings.
That helped create the room for more characters and more complex
storylines. It was a smart move and helped the franchise survive the
1950's, 60's and 70's. It helped shape and give birth to the richly
detailed world of the Green lantern.
To us, more recently, the best thing to happen to the franchise was the
Blackest Night storyline. You have a superb mixture of characters from
many DC franchises mixing it up. Some alive, some dead, some resurrected
good guys becoming bad guys and vice versa. It’s awesome. Ever want to
see an evil Superman? A rotten Batman? A Lex Luthor trying to help? It’s
a fantastic storyline and helped to renew the Green Lantern franchise
for another generation. Plus, it gave birth to waves of figures that
were unique and interesting. Here’s a quick look:
Will the movie do the Green lantern justice? Who knows. We certainly
hope so. At least the stories are on the path to success with the recent
Green Lantern Brightest Day series gaining steam. So here’s to Alan
Scott, Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner – Green Lanterns.
These about 7cm large German toy soldiers must be from about 1915. I bought them together with Elastolin 10cm soldiers from this time. They have no manufacturer sign. Who knows the manufacturer?
The Duke of Cambridge Commemorative Teddy Bear is a Limited Edition made of Mohair, and is fully jointed.Commemorating the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate.
The old trademark of Max Hermann, the green triangle and the portrait "bear with the running dog", is still very evident on all teddy bears produced by the HERMANN-Coburg Company. This trademark symbolizes the strong values, ideas and commitment of a man whose entire life was characterized by his love for teddy bears -classic, timeless, beautiful teddy bears.Hermann Spielwaren create beautiful Mohair teddy bears in Coburg, Germany in the traditional style. They have produced teddy bears for the world for three generations. What started with just a handful of teddy bears has grown into an amazing variety of unique bears each with their own personality.
Size 30 cm = 11 ¾ inches tall. Limited Edition of 250 pieces.Embroidered on a foot paw-pad are the words "Prince William" and his edition number, out of 250.He is wearing a red uniform jacket with sash, in the style of his wedding day uniform.
Fashion Icon Karl Lagerfeld Teddy Bear by Steiff is absolutely tres Lagerfeld and tres chic!
Made of white alpaca, Karl Lagerfeld Teddy Bear stands 16 inches and decked out in his signature look - Lagerfeld jeans, elegant jacket made of Italian wool from his studio in Paris, dress shirt, a black silk tie with Swarovski crystal, a sophisticated leather belt with the crystal-studded initials “KL” and his ever present trademark- the miniature black designer sunglasses from the “Karl Lagerfeld Eyewear” collection. The Karl Lagerfeld Teddy Bear is a Limited Edition of 2,500 pieces worldwide and bears a white-gold plated “Button in Ear” as a symbol of its exclusiveness. Released in 2008. Original Steiff U.S. price: $999.00
Question: Who stands six feet and two inches tall, weighs two hundred
and twenty-five pounds, generally utilizes his brains to avoid
violence, and is so bad ass that even his sister is bad ass? That’s
right -- It’s He-Man.
When you think of 1980’s iconic superheroes and cartoons, you cannot
escape the Masters of the Universe franchise. At one point in time,
He-Man had it all. A great cartoon, great action figures, and even a
major motion picture. (Regardless of what you think, that movie was
awesome and we won’t hear another word about it.) He-Man was so popular
that even his sister, She-Ra, had her own spin-off cartoon. Yes -- it
was the eighties and it was the glory days.
But what made He-Man such a legend? Let’s take a quick review. First,
his name is so fantastically cheesy and awesome, it only sounds good and
makes sense because we’ve heard it so much. He -- He -- He’s a man. He
is He-Man. That’s perfect. Right on the money for this crowd. Second --
he’s ridiculously fast, acrobatic, and mega strong. In the early comics
he battled a pre-Crisis Superman and held his ground. Put that on a rap
sheet. He packs an awesome sword and a legendary catchphrase. “By the
power of Grayskull…..” Ring a bell? He-Man is the real deal, even if
time has left him behind. His nickname is Defender of The Universe.
The cartoon was so beloved because of the great characters that
surrounded He-Man. These characters define 1980’s art, imagination, and
design in the world of comics and cartoons. That was their appeal then,
and that’s their appeal now. Characters like Skeletor, Cringer aka
Battle Cat, Man-At-Arms, She-Ra, Teela, and many others paved the way
into many a kids toy collections.
And of course, Skeletor. What a great villain to help make the Masters
of the Universe so epic. Skeletor is part dark arts, part science, part
ninja, and rides a mean, giant cat named Panthor. He is down for his
agenda, one hundred percent. The voice acting and watching He-Man foil
his schemes, is what made the show great. If you are lucky enough to
have grown up in the He-Man era, we understand if you're tearing up a
little while reminiscing.
The shame of He-Man is the progression of the franchise. Unlike many
other great 1980’s franchises, He-Man has struggled to reinvent himself
and stay relevant. That’s created a great die hard cult following
amongst fans that were there in the beginning, and the one’s that came
along later. The question is: do you still have any love for He-Man?
When it comes to He-Man action figures, Radar toys is still on board.
Being babies from the eighties, we’ll always have a soft spot for He-Man
action figures. For example, lets take a look at some recent and near
recent figures that we drooled over: