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Han Shot First (The Toys Prove It!)

May the 4th Be With You
Image via the official Star Wars May the 4th Website.

May the 4th be with you! Today, Star Wars geeks everywhere will be cracking bad jokes and waxing nostalgic about how much better the original trilogy was than the prequels. And on this special day I would like to remind everyone that Han shot first.

If you’ve never seen the original theatrical release of the first Star Wars film, then you might remember Han’s cantina encounter with Greedo unfolding something like this …

Han Shot First Gif

Image via Wikipedia

Fortunately, my point is reinforced on the box art for the Micro Machine Star Wars Cantina playset which I stumbled across in my parents’ attic.

Micro Machines Han Shot First

Notice, a single shot fired by Solo—not a defensive or counter shot following an exchange from the green-skinned bounty hunter. We all know that toys are incapable of lying, so, there’s your proof.

Do you think it matters that/if Han shot first or in self defense? Why or why not? Sound off in the comments below.

All images are from my flickr, unless otherwise noted.


Power Lords: Revenge of the Misfit Toys

Power Lords Logo

I previously established that we had some pretty lame toys back in my day. Following that theme, I’d like to reacquaint you with the Power Lords.

This was the kind of toy that I was probably given by my grandma who got it for me on a whim while shopping at K-Mart (I know I certainly never would have asked for it on purpose). Not that there’s anything wrong with grandma’s generosity, it’s not her fault she was out of touch with what little boys wanted back in the 80s (I love you Grandma!).

Looking at these toys I think it’s fairly evident why no one is clamoring for the Power Lords movie, the Power Lords 8 part mini series on SyFy, or the complete Power Lords reboot by DC Comics to wipe away all the years of bad continuity and make him more accessible for today’s new comic reader.

I had to consult Wikipedia to remember the basic storyline, In a nutshell, Adam Power was a huge nerd with a big nose and bad hair who liked to dress up in a bright orange jumpsuit to fight the evil extraterrestrial despot known as Arkus.

Adam Power

When Adam Power harnessed the power of the cosmic Power Jewel (at the push of a button) he became (feigned excitement) Lord Power (yawn)! As Lord Power, Adam now had blue skin and protruding red veins, his hair was even worse than ever, he had a jewel stuck in the middle of his forehead, and he was still stuck wearing the same orange pants from his jumpsuit.

It’s not worth going into the even lamer supporting cast of heroes and villains, it would only bore you to tears. However, if you’re reading this late at night and feel the urge to click a link you can check out images of all the action figures and vehicles over Action Figure Archive or read all about them back at Wikipedia .

Power Lord All

This is one misfit toy that Santa should accidentally leave on the island. I’m sure most kids would rather have a Charlie-in-the-box over an Adam Power action figure any day of the year.

What’s the dorkiest toy you remember from growing up? Did you have one? Did you despise it or secretly love it? Sound off in the comments below?

All images are from my flickr, unless otherwise noted.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Hidden

The theme for week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is Hidden. As soon as I saw this theme I immediately thought of a Matryoshka—the Russian nesting doll—that my grandmother brought back from Europe for us a few years back.

Matryoshka 1

I didn’t play with dolls growing up, unless you count my Star Wars, G.I. Joe, and He-Man action figures. However, I was always intrigued by Matryoshkas.

I loved the idea that inside these elaborate, handcrafted dolls there was one toy after another hidden inside.

Want to participate in the challenge? Head on over to The Daily Post and follow the instructions below.

1. Each week, [they] provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use a “postaday2011″ or “postaweek2011″ tag.

3. Subscribe to The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS.

Now, take a picture that captures this week’s theme and post a link to it in the comments below.

All images are from my flickr, unless otherwise noted.

Dump Truck Days

This week I went to the New Mexico Coal mines to learn about their driver safety systems for work. Located in New Mexico within and around the Navajo Nation, the mines are a teaming with dump trucks.

Dump Truck Crossing (Just Nice)

One of the best toys I ever had as a boy was my Steel Tonka Dump Truck. It was big, heavy, and made the sandbox much more fun than normal.

While I wasn’t out at the mine to check out the trucks, seeing them in action brought back memories from when my favorite toy didn’t need to be recharged or require Internet access.

Trucks All in a Row (Birdsky)

Dump Truck Closeup (Treasured)

Heading Back from the Plant (Green with Envy)

Loading the Dump Truck 1 (This Is My Boom)

Loading the Dump Truck 2 (Hint of Vintage)

Loading the Dump Truck 3 (Zen)

What have you seen lately that brought back childhood memories? Sound off in the comments below.

All images are from my flickr, unless otherwise noted.