Friday, February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy, R.I.P.

So sad. I've always been a fan of Mr. Nimoy. Live Long and Prosper!

From NBC News --

Leonard Nimoy, the actor best known for playing the emotionless, pointy-eared Spock on the "Star Trek" television series, died on Friday. He was 83.

His granddaughter, Dani, confirmed the death on Twitter. She called him "an extraordinary man." Nimoy revealed a year ago that he had been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

As the half-human, half-alien chief science officer for the Starship Enterprise, Spock gave the world the indelible blessing "Live long and prosper" and his familiar split-fingered Vulcan salute. He was second in command to William Shatner's Captain James T. Kirk, his stoicism the perfect counter to Kirk's fiery personality.

"I loved him like a brother," Shatner said in a statement. "We will all miss his humor, his talent and his capacity to love."

Word of his death inspired expressions of respect not just from his fellow actors and from "Star Trek" fans but from NASA.

Nimoy's career boldly went beyond television. He was also a poet, a photographer, a director and a singer. And a decade after the series went off the air, he breathed new life into the brand by appearing in a series of blockbuster movies.

"The word extraordinary is often overused, but I think it's really appropriate for Leonard," the actor George Takei, who played Sulu on the series, told MSNBC. "He was an extraordinarily talented man, but he was also a very decent human being."

Nimoy invoked his best-known line in his last tweet, posted Monday: "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP."

When the original "Star Trek" series ended in 1969, after three season, Nimoy moved to the adventure series "Mission: Impossible." He also hosted the mystery-probing television series "In Search Of … " More recently, he played Dr. William Bell on the Fox series "Fringe."

He credits as a movie director included "Three Men and a Baby." But he was by far most famous for giving life to the green-blooded Spock.

In a 1995 interview with the AP, he ventured that people "recognize in themselves this wish that they could be logical and avoid the pain of anger and confrontation."

"How many times have we come away from an argument wishing we had said and done something different?" he said.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Hawkman vs. Captain America

Back on Feb. 1, the ToyChestNews.com Facebook page held a comic book Superbowl showdown giveaway. Hawkman (Seattle Seahawks) vs. Captain America (New England Patriots). All you had to do to win was choose one of the teams. I chose the Patriots and ToyChestNews chose me as the winner of these two action figures! Yay me!


Saturday, February 07, 2015

I Got Some New Toys

Well, some of them are old. But, they're new to me!

For Christmas my wife bought me a Marvel Select Abomination figure. Unfortunately, I already had it. So, we took it back to The Toys Time Forgot and exchanged it for some other stuff.

 Land of the Lost Safari Shooter made by Larami in 1975. Still in original packaging with unpunched header card. This covered the cost of Abomination. But, I needed more toys! So, I bought these...

 A new ReAction Pinhead. 1979 Durham Incredible Hulk figure. 1982 Incredible Hulk pop-up book.

Last week at Salvation Army I found the following items:

 Lite-Brite from 1994. I plugged it in and it didn't work. Hopefully it just needs a new bulb. It was only 99¢!

 Lunch Boxes puzzle from 2012. I'm guessing the -1 written on the box means it's missing a piece. It's still cool and also was 99¢.

 Mrs. Potato Head from 1985. She looks pretty complete. Did she come with any other parts? Only paid $1.99.

 UFO Encounters book published by Scholastic in 1978.

And finally I bought these 14 x 11 inch metal comic book signs for $1.99 each at a local grocery store/closeout store called Marc's. They also had a Hello Kitty sign, but I didn't buy it.

Friday, February 06, 2015

The Quarter Box

Time for another fun-filled trip to The Quarter Box!
Here's what I've picked up since my last post on Sept. 1, 2014.

A complete run of The Human Fly!

Some What Ifs.

I have to check these. I'm pretty sure I have some of these already.

Alpha Flight

An old issue of Alter Ego magazine and a couple of McFarlane Toys catalogs from the late 1990's.

And, of course, a bunch of doubles because I forgot to bring my list with me. :)

Sunday, February 01, 2015

The Ultimate Garbage Pail Kids Website

I love GPKs! I've been collecting them since the first series in 1985.

One of the best reference sites for GPK is geepeekay.com. Recently on there facebook page, they held a giveaway. I was one of the lucky winners. I got two website logo stickers, Bailed BART from 2014 and a foreign Bukimi Kun card.

Thanks GeePeeKay for the great stickers!


Friday, January 23, 2015

After Christmas Clearance

I know, I'm really late with my posts. I bought this stuff weeks ago. I also still have my tree up. I'm just very behind so far this year. :)

Did you any good deals after Christmas? Everything I bought, I got for 50 to 70 % off.

I got the black tree I was looking for after Halloween! Yay! It's 4 ft. tall and pre-lit with clear lights. But, I bought purple lights to put on it. It was originally $25 at Walmart, I got it for $6.25! Wheee! Can't wait to put this up next Halloween!

Got three new ornaments, C-3PO and two Tinkerbells for my wife. Some mini nutcrackers, lots of new lights and a few other misc. decorations.




Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Gone In '14

I finally finished my annual list of notable deaths from 2014. I've been putting this list together since 2006. It's really sad to see all of the great entertainers we lose each year. May they rest in peace.

Most of the information for this list comes from Who's Alive and Who's Dead. Check out their Yahoo! Group and Website.

My past lists can be viewed here.

Jan. 1 - Juanita Moore, actress ("Imitation of Life"), 99
Jan. 2 - John "Jay" Traynor, pop singer (Jay and the Americans), 70
Jan. 3 - Phil Everly, pop singer (The Everly Brothers), 74
Jan. 3 - Alicia Rhett, actress ("Gone With the Wind"), 98
Jan. 3 - Saul Zaentz, film producer ("One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"), 92
Jan. 5 - Carmen Zapata, actress ("Sister Act"), 86
Jan. 6 - Larry D. Mann, voice actor ("Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"), 91
Jan. 7 - Run Run Shaw, kung fu film producer, 106
Jan. 9 - Cliff Carpenter, voice actor ("Terry and the Pirates"), 98
Jan. 11 - Ariel Sharon, Israeli prime minister (2001-06), 85
Jan. 12 - Frank Marth, actor (various parts on "The Jackie Gleason Show"), 91
Jan. 15 - Roger Lloyd-Pack, actor (“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”), 69
Jan. 16 - Cassandra Lynn Hensley, model (“Playboy”), 34
Jan. 16 - Russell Johnson, actor (the professor on "Gilligan's Island"), 89
Jan. 16 - Dave Madden, actor (Reuben Kincaid on "The Partridge Family"), 82
Jan. 18 - Sarah Marshall, actress (“The Long, Hot Summer”), 80
Jan. 19 - Ben Starr, TV sitcom creator and writer ("The Facts of Life"), 92
Jan. 20 - Claudio Abbado, conductor, after a long illness, 80
Jan. 22 - Luis Avalos, actor ("The Electric Company"), 67
Jan. 27 - Pete Seeger, folk singer ("If I Had a Hammer"), 94
Jan. 31 - Christopher Jones, actor ("Ryan's Daughter"), 72
Feb. 1 - Maximilian Schell, actor ("Judgment at Nuremberg"), 83
Feb. 2 - Philip Seymour Hoffman, actor (Capote), 46
Feb. 3 - Richard Bull, actor (Nels Oleson on "Little House on the Prairie"), 89
Feb. 3 - Gloria Leonard, adult film actress/publisher ("High Society"), 73
Feb. 6 - Ralph Kiner, major leaguer (Pittsburgh Pirates) and baseball announcer (New York Mets), 91
Feb. 10 - Shirley Temple, actress ("Heidi"), 85
Feb. 12 - Sid Caesar, actor and comedian ("Your Show of Shows"), 91
Feb. 15 - Cliff Bole, TV director ("Star Trek: The Next Generation"), 76
Feb. 15 - Mary Grace Canfield, actress (Ralph Monroe on "Green Acres"), 89
Feb. 16 - Ralph Waite, actor (John Walton Sr. on "The Waltons"), 85
Feb. 17 - Bob Casale, new wave guitarist (Devo), 61
Feb. 18 - Nelson Frazier Jr., aka Big Daddy V, pro wrestler (WWF), 43
Feb. 18 - Malcolm Tierney, actor (Braveheart), 75
Feb. 18 - Maria von Trapp, singer (Trapp Family Singers), 99
Feb. 20 - Roger Hill, actor (“The Warriors”), 65
Feb. 24 - Franny Beecher, rock and roll guitarist (Bill Haley and the Comets), 92
Feb. 24 - Harold Ramis, screenwriter/director (“Caddyshack”), 69
Feb. 25 - Jim Lange, game show host ("The Dating Game"), 81
Feb. 26 - Tim Wilson, comedian (the Bob and Tom show), 52
Mar. 2 - Stanley Rubin, screenwriter and producer (“River of No Return”), 96
Mar. 5 - Geoff Edwards, game show host ("Jackpot!"), 83
Mar. 6 - Sheila MacRae, actress (Alice Kramden on "The Jackie Gleason Show"), 92
Mar. 7 - Hal Douglas, voice actor (movie trailers and commercials), 89
Mar. 10 - Cynthia Lynn, actress (Fraulein Helga on "Hogan's Heroes"), 76
Mar. 12 - Richard Coogan, actor (Captain Video on "Captain Video and His Video Rangers"), 99
Mar. 15 - David Brenner, comedian ("The Tonight Show"), 78
Mar. 16 - Mitch Leigh, Broadway composer ("Man of La Mancha"), 86
Mar. 18 - Joe Lala, drummer and actor ("Monsters, Inc."), 66
Mar. 18 - Lucius Shepard, science-fiction and fantasy writer ("R&R"), 70
Mar. 21 - James Rebhorn, actor ("Scent of a Woman"), 65
Mar. 22 - Patrice Wymore, actress ("Ocean's Eleven"), 87
Mar. 25 - Eddie Lawrence, a.k.a. Old Philosopher, comedian, 95
Mar. 27 - James Schlesinger, U.S. Secretary of Defense (1973-76), 85
Mar. 28 - Jeremiah Denton, U.S. prisoner of war in Vietnam / U.S. Senator (R-AL, 1981-87), 89
Mar. 28 - Lorenzo Semple Jr., screenwriter ("Batman"), 91
Mar. 29 - Marc Platt, dancer/actor ("Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"), 100
Apr. 3 - Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith, country musician and songwriter ("Dueling Banjos"), 93
Apr. 5 - John Pinette, comedian ("You go home now, fatboy! You been here four owah!"), 50
Apr. 6 - Mary Anderson, actress (“Gone With the Wind”), 96
Apr. 6 - Mickey Rooney, actor (“National Velvet”), 93
Apr. 8 - James Hellwig, aka The Ultimate Warrior, pro wrestler, 54
Apr. 21 - Craig Hill, actor (P.T. Moore in "Whirlybirds"), 88
Apr. 29 - Al Feldstein, magazine editor ("MAD"), 88
Apr. 29 - Bob Hoskins, actor ("Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"), 71
May 2 - Efrem Zimbalist Jr., actor (Inspector Lewis Erskine on "The F.B.I."), 95
May 3 - Leslie Carlson, actor ("The Fly"), 81
May 4 - Dick Ayers, comic book artist ("The Fantastic Four"), 90
May 5 - Jackie Lynn Taylor, child actress ("Our Gang") and TV hostess (San Diego, California), 88
May 8 - Nancy Malone, actress (Libby Kingston on "Naked City"), 79
May 11 - Ed Gagliardi, rock bassist (Foreigner), 62
May 12 - H.R. Giger, surrealist artist ("Alien"), 74
May 13 - Ernie Chataway, heavy metal guitarist (Judas Priest), 62
May 16 - Magoo Gelehrter, a.k.a. Garou Wolfman, horror host ("Penny Dreadful's Shilling Shockers"), 51
May 18 - Jerry Vale, singer ("Have You Looked into Your Heart"), 83
May 18 - Gordon Willis, cinematographer ("The Godfather"), 82
May 22 - Matthew Cowles, actor (Billy Clyde Tuggle on "All My Children"), 69
May 23 - Mona Freeman, actress (Flesh and Fury), 87
May 25 - Lee Chamberlin, actress ("The Electric Company"), 76
May 25 - Bunny Yeager, glamour model and photographer (photographed Bettie Page), 85
May 28 - Maya Angelou, poet ("And Still I Rise"), 86
May 30 - Joan Lorring, actress ("The Corn is Green"), 88
May 31 - Marilyn Beck, Hollywood columnist, 85
Jun. 1 - Jay Lake, science-fiction writer (Mainspring), 49
Jun. 1 - Ann B. Davis, actress (Alice on "The Brady Bunch"), 88
Jun. 4 - Don Zimmer, major-league player, manager, and coach, 83
Jun. 6 - Eric Hill, children's author ("Spot the Dog"), 86
Jun. 6 - James McNair, aka Uncle Jimmy Mack, comedian, 63
Jun. 11 - Ruby Dee, actress ("A Raisin in the Sun"), 91
Jun. 12 - Carla Laemmle, actress ("Dracula"), 104
Jun. 13 - Chuck Noll, NFL football player and coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), 82
Jun. 15 - Casey Kasem, cartoon voice actor (Shaggy on "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!") and radio host ("American Top 40"), 82
Jun. 16 - Tony Gwynn, major leaguer (San Diego Padres), 54
Jun. 17 - Patsy Byrne, actress (Nursie on "Blackadder"), 80
Jun. 18 - Johnny Mann, singer and arranger (The Johnny Mann Singers), 85
Jun. 19 - Gerry Goffin, pop songwriter ("Saving All My Love For You"), 75
Jun. 22 - Steve Rossi, comedian (Allen and Rossi), 82
Jun. 24 - Caleb Bankston, reality television personality ("Survivor"), 27
Jun. 24 - Eli Wallach, actor ("The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"), 98
Jun. 26 - Howard Baker Jr., U.S. Senate majority leader (R, 1985-88), 88
Jun. 27 - Bobby Womack, soul musician ("That's The Way I Feel About Cha"), 70
Jun. 28 - Meshach Taylor, actor (Anthony Bouvier on "Designing Women"), 67
Jun. 30 - Bob Hastings, actor (Lt. Elroy Carpenter in "McHale's Navy"), 89
Jun. 30 - Paul Mazursky, film director ("Down and Out in Beverly Hills"), 84
Jul. 1 - Walter Dean Myers, children's author ("Lockdown"), 76
Jul. 6 - Dave Legeno, actor ("Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"), 50
Jul. 7 - Dickie Jones, cartoon voice actor (Pinocchio), 87
Jul. 9 - Eileen Ford, modeling agent (Ford Models), 92
Jul. 9 - Ken Thorne, TV and film score composer ("A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"), 90
Jul. 10 - Curt Gentry, author ("Helter Skelter"), of lung cancer, 83
Jul. 11 - Tommy Ramone, punk rock drummer (The Ramones), 65
Jul. 13 - Thomas Berger, novelist ("Little Big Man"), 89
Jul. 16 - Johnny Winter, blues guitarist, 70
Jul. 17 - Elaine Stritch, actress (Dorothy McNab on "Two's Company"), 89
Jul. 19 - Skye McCole Bartusiak, actress ("The Patriot"), 21
Jul. 19 - James Garner, actor (Jim Rockford on "The Rockford Files"), 86
Jul. 23 - Dora Bryan, actress ("A Taste of Honey"), 91
Jul. 25 - Bel Kaufman, novelist ("Up the Down Staircase"), 103
Jul. 28 - James Shigeta, actor (“Flower Drum Song”), 85
Jul. 30 - Dick Wagner, rock guitarist (Alice Cooper), 71
Aug. 4 - James Brady, White House press secretary (1981), 73
Aug. 4 - Walter Massey, actor (Dr. Donald Stewart on "Lassie"), 85
Aug. 5 - Marilyn Burns, actress (“The Texas Chainsaw Masscre”), 65
Aug. 8 - Menahem Golan, film director/producer (“Delta Force”), 85
Aug. 8 - Danny Murphy, actor (“There's Something About Mary”), 59
Aug. 9 - Charles Keating, actor (Dr. Damon Lazarre on "All My Children"), 72
Aug. 9 - Ed Nelson, actor (Dr. Michael Rossi on "Peyton Place"), 85
Aug. 11 - Robin Williams, actor (Dead Poets Society), 63
Aug. 12 - Lauren Bacall, actress ("How to Marry a Millionaire"), 89
Aug. 12 - Arlene Martel, actress (Tiger on "Hogan's Heroes"), 78
Aug. 18 - Don Pardo, TV announcer ("Saturday Night Live"), 96
Aug. 19 - Brian Hutton, film director (“Kelly's Heroes”), 79
Aug. 24 - Richard Attenborough, film director (Ghandi), 90
Aug. 28 - Glenn Cornick, rock bassist (Jethro Tull), 67
Aug. 31 - Stan Goldberg, comic book artist (Archie Comics), 82
Aug. 31 - Jimi Jamison, rock singer (Survivor), 63
Sep. 4 - Joan Rivers, comedian and talk show host, 81
Sep. 7 - Don Keefer, actor (turned into a jack-in-the-box on "The Twilight Zone"), 98
Sep. 8 - Truett Cathy, restaurateur (Chick-fil-A), 93
Sep. 9 - Denny Miller, actor (Max Flowers in "Dallas"), 80
Sep. 10 - Richard Kiel, actor (“The Spy Who Loved Me”), 74
Sep. 14 - Angus Lennie, actor ("The Great Escape"), 84
Sep. 17 - George Hamilton IV, country singer ("Abilene"), 77
Sep. 19 - Audrey Long, actress ("Tall in the Saddle"), 92
Sep. 20 - Eric Lynch, aka Eric the Midget, radio personality ("The Howard Stern Show"), 39
Sep. 20 - Polly Bergen, actress and game show panelist ("To Tell the Truth"), 84
Sep. 27 - Sarah Danielle Madison, actress (Sarah Glass on "7th Heaven"), 40
Oct. 4 - Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, Haitian president (1971-86), 63
Oct. 4 - Paul Revere, rock musician (Paul Revere and the Raiders), 76
Oct. 5 - Geoffrey Holder, actor ("Live and Let Die"), 84
Oct. 5 - Misty Upham, actress ("Frozen River"), 32
Oct. 9 - Jan Hooks, actress ("Saturday Night Live"), 57
Oct. 14 - Elizabeth Pena, actress ("La Bamba"), 55
Oct. 16 - Tim Hauser, jazz singer (The Manhattan Transfer), 72
Oct. 19 - Gerard Parkes, actor (Doc on "Fraggle Rock"), 90
Oct. 20 - Oscar de la Renta, fashion designer, 82
Oct. 21 - Ben Bradlee, newpapser editor ("Washington Post"), 93
Oct. 23 - Joan Quigley, astrologer to Nancy Reagan, 87
Oct. 23 - Alvin Stardust, r.n. Bernard Jewry, glam rock performer, 72
Oct. 25 - Jack Bruce, rock bassist (Cream), 71
Oct. 25 - Marcia Strassman, actress (Julie Kotter on "Welcome Back, Kotter"), 66
Oct. 31 - Ian Fraser, composer ("Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy"), 81
Nov. 1 - Wayne Static, rock musician (Static-X), 48
Nov. 2 - Acker Bilk, clarinetist ("Stranger on the Shore"), 85
Nov. 3 - Tom Magliozzi, radio host ("Car Talk" on NPR), 77
Nov. 4 - Richard Schaal, actor (Leo Heatherton on "Phyllis"), 86
Nov. 11 - Henry Jackson, aka Big Bank Hank, rapper (Sugarhill Gang), 58
Nov. 11 - Carol Ann Susi, actress (Mrs. Wolowitz on "The Big Bang Theory"), 62
Nov. 14 - Glen A. Larson, TV producer and screenwriter ("Magnum, P.I."), 77
Nov. 17 - Jimmy Ruffin, soul singer ("What Becomes of the Brokenhearted"), 78
Nov. 18 - Dave Appell, pop songwriter and producer ("Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Old Oak Tree"), 92
Nov. 19 - Mike Nichols, film director (“The Graduate”), 83
Nov. 23 - Marion Barry, mayor of Washington, D.C. (1971-79, 1995-99), of cardiac arrest, 78
Nov. 28 - Bob Baker, puppeteer, 90
Dec. 2 - Bobby Keys, saxophonist (The Rolling Stones), 70
Dec. 3 - Ian McLagan, rock keyboardist (The Small Faces), 69
Dec. 7 - Ken Weatherwax, actor (Pugsley on "The Addams Family"), 59
Dec. 9 - Robert Kinoshita, designed "Lost in Space" robot, 100
Dec. 9 - Mary Ann Mobley, Miss America and actress, 77
Dec. 11 - Tom Adams, actor (“The Great Escape”), 76
Dec. 14 - Bess Myerson, Miss America and game show panelist ("I've Got a Secret"), 90
Dec. 18 - Virna Lisi, actress ("How to Murder Your Wife"), 78
Dec. 21 - Billie Whitelaw, actress ("The Omen"), 82
Dec. 22 - Christine Cavanaugh, cartoon voice actress (“Babe”), 51
Dec. 22 - Joe Cocker, pop singer ("With a Little Help From My Friends"), 70
Dec. 30 - Luise Rainer, actress (“The Great Ziegfeld”), 104
Dec. 31 - Edward Herrmann, actor (Richard Gilmore on "Gilmore Girls"), 71