Star Trek Fighter Pods Series 2: Scotty

In honor of Tuesday’s release of Star Trek Beyond on disc, I’ll be sharing some Beyond Fighter Pod customs.  I’d like to say that it was more of a plan and less than “well, the disc is coming out on Tuesday and I haven’t posted these customs yet”, but I don’t like to lie.

First up is a simple custom of Scotty wearing a USS Franklin crew jacket.  I added some electric tape for the color and painted on the crew patch (unfortunately not visible in this photo).  He’s pictured here with a custom of I did of his ever present sidekick, Keenser.

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Check back later this week for more Star Trek Beyond Fighter Pods!

Mighty Minis Display

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I was surprised to see this large display in the check out aisle of Wal-Mart.  I assumed that it would be full of Series 3 and Series 4 and that maybe I’d finally get my Nightwing.  Unfortunately, it was full of Series 2 figures.  But, at least series 4 is apparently on its way, and this display is a nice preview.  Ironically, the photos of these small figures are about the size of the 12″ figures being sold in the toy aisle.

A Pint Size Home

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I added a Batman Beyond and Batgirl (found at Toys R Us) to my growing PSH collection, which now needed a home.  I remembered this cave (I think it’s from an Imaginext set) I found at a second hand store for about a buck.  I added a bat computer (made from poster board and the plastic from a Heroclix package) and now it’s a perfect home for the Pint Size crew.

THE MONKEES TOP 10 SONGS: 5-1

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In celebration of the Monkees 50th Anniversary, here’s the second part of my 10 ten songs list, exhaustively compiled by in a survey of…me.  Hope you find something you like below.

5. Goin’ Down

This song about a man who doesn’t take rejection well was written by all four Monkees and Diana Hildebrand. Originally the B-side to “Daydream Believer”, this soulful song sparked some modern day controversy after appearing in the TV show, Breaking Bad.

I dare you to listen to this song and sit still at the same time.

 

4. Daydream Believer

Along with I’m A Believer, this is the Monkees most famous song.  After Davy Jones’ death in 2012, the Monkees still performed this song, but with the audience taking the lead vocals.

In many ways, the lighthearted song, along with the equally lighthearted video, sum up what’s best about the Monkees.  They leave you feeling equally lighthearted, even if you are without “dollar one to spend”.

 

 

3. Pleasant Valley Sunday

I’ll be honest, this song wasn’t one of my favorites originally.  Over the years it’s grown on me with its still relevant message of “Is this all there is?” Plus I love the irony that “the local rock group down the street” could easily be their TV counterparts.  And how did four guys who are always broke afford that huge house on the beach?

I actually found the original 45 record in a local second hand store for 50 cents.

 

2. You Just May Be The One

It’s really hard for me to pick one favorite, because this song and the song at number one have vied for the top spot in my head for years.  This Mike Nesmith song, although originally recorded with session musicians, was re-recorded by the guys on the Headquarters album.  As seen in many other songs in this list, I love the vocal pairings of Mike and Micky, and with the addition of the jangly guitar, makes this an ideal example of a great Monkees song.

 

1. Door Into Summer

This deep cut from the Monkees’ fourth album, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, and Jones, Ltd, is an odd choice for number one.  But it’s got the Mike/Micky vocal mix, the jangly guitars, and an echo of the “there’s more to life” theme of “Pleasant Valley Sunday”.  And, for some reason, I always feel a little better after I hear it.

 

Well, that’s my top ten.  Feel free to make your own and let me know your picks! And, in case you are wondering, the little figures used in the headers are custom Fighter Pods I made of Mike and Micky. This is a toy blog, after all.

 

 

The Monkees Top 10 Songs: 10-6

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This year is the 50th anniversary of the Monkees debut.  One of the reasons I think they have lasted this long is that the Monkees are just plain fun. Something about listening to their music (even the serious songs) and watching their shows makes a person (well, me at least), feel better.

This Top 10 list was compiled through an exhaustive search of…my opinions.  Seriously, if you like the Monkees, you’ve probably heard most of these songs but maybe you’ll find something new in the mix.  And if you’re new to the Monkees, take a listen and see what you think.

 

10. The Birth of an Accidental Hipster

Taken from the Monkees’ newest album, Good Times, released earlier this year, this song is written by Noel Gallagher (of Oasis fame) and Paul Weller.  It’s a different sound for the Monkees, but the duet between Mike Nesmith and Micky Dolenz is captivating.  BTW, this video is fan made using footage from the 60’s TV show.

I’m heading out in the sunshine, baby…

 

9. That Was Then, This Is Now

After rocketing to fame and then back to relative obscurity in the 60’s, the Monkees had a huge resurgence in the 80’s thanks to MTV and Nickelodeon airing their show.  Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork recorded a few new songs (including this one) to be added to a new greatest hits album. This song sounds modern and yet keep the Monkees flavor.

 

8. Sunny Girlfriend

This Mike Nesmith tune seems to suggest that not everything is so sunny about this girlfriend.  It is catchy and fun to sing though.

 

7. Someday Man

Towards the end of the original 60’s Monkeemania, this Davy Jones tune was released as a single with “Listen to the Band” as the B side.  While “Listen to the Band” actually did better on the charts, I’ve always been partial to this carefree song.

6. (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone

In the original show, each episode featured a “romp”, which is basically a precursor to the music video.  The Monkees later became unlikely role models for the punk movement for standing up to the record corporation in order to control their own musical destiny.  The Sex Pistols even released their own version of “Steppin’ Stone”.

Check back soon for songs 1-5!