Since reviving franchises from the 1980's is all the fashion these
days, we thought we'd take a moment and celebrate the moment that we've
been waiting for since the 1980's became "cool." Thundercats!
Thundercats! It's about darn time that this franchise got a second look
and perhaps, if we're lucky, some new life. Lot's of storied franchises
from that decade have gotten some new life and a second wind. G.I. Joe,
Transformers, and heck, even the Smurfs are coming back. While we are
somewhat satiated by the Masters of the Universe releases over the
years, we are still waiting for more He-Man. That chapter had better not
Thundercats, however, has been deserving it's due credit for some
time now. One reason that Thundercats is so deserving of a re-release
and revival is that it was one of the franchises that helped make the
1980's become so "cool." Reprint Thundercats tee shirts were among the
first vintage remade apparel celebrating that decade. So it is
definitely about time.
Thundercats was not some weird flash in the pan 1980's cartoon, as
many people who missed it believe. It ran from 1985 - 1990 and had a
television movie. It was a huge success in the merchandising arena. The
action figure lines actually lasted longer than the syndication of the
cartoon. Not to mention apparel, lunchboxes, and games. Thundercats was
big time. It's seems like some kind of error that the Thundercats
franchise has somehow been left behind in all this.
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Here at Radar Toys we
spend a lot of time doing one thing - time traveling. Epic nostalgia
adventures into times gone past, until we wake up and it's time to pay
bills. The great franchises of story, television, and movies from the
last five decades have been aging very well and holding their own
against the media of today. And given the media of today, originality,
it seems, is harder than it appears. The fashion the last few years is
to revisit, re-make, and reinvent things that were revered in the past.
So, it seems these days that anything good is actually only "recycled
good." We could insert a very long list here that could go like,
Transformers, Willy Wonka, and about a dozen superhero movies. And you
That's okay. People enjoy seeing their revered franchises see the
light of day again, and they cross their fingers that the new spin will
do the franchise justice. It gives people the opportunity to share
something that was special to them at one time, with someone that they
care about and experience it once more. If done well, it can be a very
good thing for beloved franchises. So what's the point of all this, you
The other day we were time traveling again and sharing stories. The
conversation turned to a product that we all had as kids, and yet they
were all different. What was it, you say? It was something awesome,
something functional, and something we loved and yet, beat up on with
healthy amounts of abuse. Drum roll please..we give you... metal
lunchboxes. At Radar Toys
we are certainly all unique and different individuals, and yet, we
laughed at how amazing it is that we all had this one product in
Have you ever wanted to bring your DieCast,plastic,steel,etc. minature police vehicles to life? Well I have done just that in NFS HighStakes (PC game) I have created vehicles based on ones in my collection and all of which is playable in this mentioned game:
I have no idea how this will go, but I have decided to start a blog covering my love of doing just that, and wargaming with the results. It will meander and lurch rather like me and may not last but hey, I'm 68 today so if I don't give a Blog a go soon it will be too late!
Currently I have a long, long list of projects, covering many periods but all held up by a desparate attempt to finish a book. The text is done, I am going through intergrating illustraion captions in their right place in the text. This, and finishing the line drawings themselves, has meant I put all my modelling projects on hold, which has been very frustrating.
However a forthcoming wargames weekend at my place has meant I have had to dig out old figures and terrain and check for damage etc, and the sceanrios have stirred longings to do some new figures. I had some Maquis figures converted and awaiting painting, and although one of the guys coming has some suitable figures I decided to paint mine too. Naughty but there are only 5 of them... except I then thought how great it would be to have some Milice (collaorationist para-military militia) and/or Group Mobile Reserve (GMR para-military police). Oh dear. Will I resist or will there be some collaborationist scum waiting to pounce on the gallant Resitance? Watch this space...