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This is one of those posts where I have to preface things with the old "if you're new to the site" bit, as simply tossing up an item with STAR WARS in the title is bound to bring a few new readers in my general direction. You see, when it comes to STAR WARS, I'm old school - a kid that was there in the beginning, amassed an incredible collection of the vintage Kenner toys, saw those get sold in the late 80s, rekindled the collecting bug in '97, turned the whole thing into an addiction, and eventually sold 90% of what I had after "kicking the habit." I've also worked on a film about STAR WARS, and did a song about the saga that popped up on TheForce.net and was later featured right here on THE ROCK FATHER. So when news landed here this morning about a documentary on STAR WARS action figures? Yeah, I'm in. PLASTIC GALAXY: The History of STAR WARS Toys is available now on DVD, and I've got a 13-minute preview for you below...

If you grew up in the 1980s as did I, you blew into a Nintendo Entertainment System cartridge more than a few times. I did, and I still have my non-functioning NES (and a Power Glove!) stored safely away for eventual repair. But did blowing into the cartridge really work to aid in the weird NES start-up glitches? That depends on who you speak with about it, but the one thing I've heard most over the years has been confirmed by Nintendo themselves - that blowing into the cartridge can cause damage by corroding it due to the moisture in your breath. This week, PBS Digital Studios' IT'S OK TO BE SMART looks into the mystery of "Why Did we Blow On Nintendo Games?" Take a look at what they have to say about it...

HASBRO's G.I. JOE and TRANSFORMERS lines are legendary. For a kid like me (I'm 36), the combined punch of the original animated series' and the seemingly never-ending stream of new toys made a major impact. Throw in a third factor - the monthly comic books published by MARVEL - and the adventure was truly a transmedia experience before "transmedia" was even a word. With no VOD, DVD, BD or even VHS (for us), the troops of COBRA and 'JOE would find their battles fought regularly via imagination, with our backyard swingset (the old "T" shaped variety) standing in for G.I. JOE headquarters and Cobra's TERROR DROME. Occasionally, there would be crossovers... with representatives of the Autobots and Decepticons joining the skirmish (with an occasional STAR WARS figure, too).

I'm 36 years old... and for 27 (or so) of those 36 years, I have been able to Experience the Challenge of Endless Adventure. I'm speaking of a quest that's been permanently held within a gold plastic case... always waiting to be experienced again. It's THE LEGEND OF ZELDA. Now, filmmaker Joe Granato is exploring the legacy and transmedia influence of the 8-bit NINTENDO classic in IT'S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE... THE MOVIE. This documentary is already in-production, but there's a Kickstarter* going right now that... I hesitate to say this, but probably won't be fully-funded as it's sitting with just $12K of it's $50K budget with less than three days to go. Check out the pitch, and some preview footage below...

I was just a month out from my seventh birthday when HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS released their album, SPORTS in September of 1983. As a kid growing up on this new thing called "MTV" (Music Television), a cable network that had just hit the two-year mark a month prior, Huey Lewis & The News became my first rock band. At the same time my young mind was absorbing the sonic stylings and visual accompaniments of artists like Michael Jackson and Duran Duran, Lewis and his crew became my gateway drug into a larger world filled with "The Heart of Rock & Roll" - guitar, drums, bass...

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I've been on a real retro-kick lately, and while my wife hasn' been too keen on my thoughts of remodeling my office space into a retro-styled world of fun, I've still been recapturing some feelings of youth as my daughter and I continue rockin' the Hot Wheels. While I've mentioned my daughter's car-obsession regularly, I've really been catching the bug again myself. Case-in-point: I stopped at Dollar Tree today and picked up a pair of Hot Wheels' "The Hot Ones" funny cars that are re-tooled versions of ones I had growing up in the 1980s. From that same era came something that popped into my head tonight that I hadn't thought of in many years... the Hot Wheels Crack-Ups Crash Course!

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