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Toys for Tots needs your help …

by James

The Marines have been collecting Toys for Tots since 1947. Semper Fi!


Just a reminder that the US Marine Corps Reserve is in full swing with their annual Toys for Tots drive. Created in 1947 by Marine Corps Major Bill Hendricks and a cadre of reservists in Los Angeles, Toys for Toys collected and distributed 5,000 toys for needy kids. Since then, the United States Marines across the nation and around the world have been collecting unwrapped toys worth at least $10 to distribute to needy kids at Christmas time. In the beginning, he Marines collected both new and used toys, but beginning with the Christmas in 1980, they have only collected new, unwrapped toys for distribution. And with time, the Marines courted famous names to further their cause, even Walt Disney has the honor of being the designer of the Toys for Tots train logo. But also big names like John Wayne, Doris Day, Tim Allen, and even former First Lady Nancy Reagan have devoted considerable time and clout to helping the Marines accomplish their mission of giving every needy child a toy for Christmas.

And it’s grown far beyond and extra curricular activity for off duty Marines. In 1995, the Secretary of Defense approved making the annual Toys for Tots drive an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve. Over the last 62 years, the US Marine Corps Reserve have distributed over 400 million toys to more than 188 million needy children and the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation has added to the toy collections by purchasing nearly a half billion dollars in toys to insure that no child gets left behind at Christmas.

And this year, as with any year, the campaign needs your help. You know the mission – pick up an unwrapped toy for a boy or girl and look for one of those dashing jarheads sitting next to a collection box near the entrance to the store. Or, you can Swing by http://www.toysfortots.org/ to make a cash donation to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation. While at the site, you can find more information on a toy collecting center in your area.

Semper Fi and Merry Christmas!

Sweet USS Enterprise model to be released next year …

by James

It’s being called the ultimate USS Enterprise model kit. Made by Polar Lights/Round 2, this 1/350 scale model kit will look like the original filming model from the original Classic Trek series that ran from 1964-1966.

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StarSpeeder Papercraft from Star Tours

by James

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If you’re planning on going to Disneyland or DisneyWorld this summer, you’re going to be in for a big surprise as STAR TOURS has gotten an upgrade. The new ride will have 51 different adventures to keep it fresh. But if you can’t make it, building this cool fleet of paperkraft StarSpeeders is the next best thing. The only thing missing is Captain Rex.

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Hot Wheels creates lifesize track for LA Auto Show

by James

How cool is this, a lifesize Hot Wheels track for their display at the L.A. Auto Show?

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Hat Tip – Hot Wheels on Facebook

Huge Blow Out sale on movie geekdom

by James

Great Green Lanter action figures on sale at Entertainment Earth

Great Green Lanter action figures on sale at Entertainment Earth

The Giz is reporting that Entertainment Earth is blowing out their existing inventory to make room for upcoming items for the holiday season. The online toy store is offering discounts of up to 90% off on everything from action figures to games to accessories. Yes, that’s your credit card shaking in your back pocket.

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With a Maser Cannon Toy, Kids are ready for wars of gargantuan proportions

by James

Standing for military laser (I think), the Maser Cannon was always on the front lines of a monster movie incursion.

Standing for military laser (I think), the Maser Cannon was always on the front lines of a monster movie incursion.

As a kid growing up in Los Angeles before cable, there were the big three networks, and then there was the local stations that showed mostly news and b movies. Channel 5 here in L.A. liked to show the same movie every night for a week and every time a Japanese Monster movie premiered, I knew they had me Monday through Friday. The Maser Cannon was a great prop that appeared in just about every one of them, battling those massive monsters destroying Tokyo, and now kids can play with their own version.

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Bandai creates new hyperaccurate model of Space Shuttle Endeavor

by James

Bandai's 1/144th model of the shuttle Endeavor commemorates the end of manned space flight in the US

Bandai's 1/144th model of the shuttle Endeavor commemorates the end of manned space flight in the US

Coming just in time for Christmas, Japanese toy conglomerate Bandai will be releasing a zinc alloy 1/144 scale model of the Space Shuttle Endeavor to commemorate the final flight of the Space Shuttle program in 2011. Why the shuttle Endeavor? Turns out that Japanese astronaut Mamoru Mohri was the first star voyager from the land of the Rising Sun who flew on board of Endeavor in 1992. And while the model will be hyper accurate, it certainly won’t be cheap.

The model will cost about $540 USD and will include removable panels to show the inside flight and mid decks, as well as the shuttle engines. The Model will come complete with orbiter, external tank, solid rocket boosters, a payload bay that can open and close to reveal the Spacelab payload and logistic module, and deployable landing gear.

In addition, Bandai has also released the Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket (the first in the “super alloy” series, and the NASA crew van, complete with shuttle crew that drives to the launch pad.

Hat Tip – Boing Boing http://www.boingboing.net/2010/07/05/bandais-new-model-of.html

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