The Rantcor toy wish list just keeps on coming! For one more episode anyway.
Both of your hosts are not only steeped in "The Star Wars", they also love them some Star Wars toys. As avid collectors since childhood, they both have a dog in the fight when it comes to action figures from Hasbro that have yet to see the light of day. Given the rich variety of the source material, it is little wonder that they had to expand this topic into two episodes! This one, ideally, delving into the Black Series 6" figure line. Mostly.
The entire Saga is open season when it comes to the choices of characters and creatures Cole Houston and Eddie Medina would snatch up in action figure form. With even more movies on the horizon excitement is high for them both, but there is also some cautious optimism. Find out what ELSE they would love to see Hasbro produce in the coming years beyond just "The Last Jedi" and the upcoming solo "Han Solo" film characters.
Hey Hasbro! The Rantcor Pit has spoken! Now it's time to get these toys on the fast track!
Honorable Mention (since it did not get mentioned on the show): A great accessory piece to an action figure would be a figurine of a steelpecker from Jakku.
JediCole's love of Watchmen is legendary. After all, the man has easily logged over 30 hours speaking on the this title alone on various podcasts over the last decade! So it is little wonder that it took nearly 250 issues of this show for he and Andrew farmer to devote another hour to the topic.
With the groundbreaking mini-series nearing its 30th anniversary, the phenomenon that the Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons opus has spawned, likely much to Moore's disdain. So this issue is devoted to the overall Watchmen experience. Beyond the comic book (and its myriad reprints in various formats) lies a history as the "unfilmable comic book story", a successful feature film, sporadic merchandising, prequel comics, and a future works that would never have been imagined back in the 80s.
Catherine "Mrs. JediCole" joins your hosts as they explore comics, movies, toys, more comics, and animation in the context of the overarching success of Watchmen. Discover why this title has particular significance to the Houstons, learn the curious history of the long road to the cinema, and find out about plans for the property at DC Comics and Warner Brothers.
Who watches the watchmen? "Hey Kids, Comics!" does!
Independent. A word that invokes a great many definitions, even when applied to comic books. What qualifies a comic book, or more specifically a publisher of said comic, as an “independent”?
This is a question that Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston seek to answer as they explore the various booms and busts of independent comic book publishing. Hundreds of publishers have come and gone in the last 30 years alone, and with them thousands of titles. Some remain household names, some are all but forgotten. From the enduring classics to the “Quarter Bin” fodder, many are the Indy comics that have been a part of the publishing landscape for decades.
Special guest Weldon Adams joins your hosts on this journey into this important – if often struggling – facet of comics. Lending his unique expertise and long history in the field, Weldon again enhances the scope of the discussion at hand. Join in on this fascinating look at third tier publishers and all those that carved out a niche in publishing. And those that were just a flash in the pan or failed miserably in their bid to attract readers. Declare you “Independents” with this amazing new issue of the JCU’s longest running podcast.
Howdy, pardner! Welcome to the final chapter of this here "Period Pieces" story arc. Fast Draw Farmer and Sith-Gun Kid Houston are a ridin' into town to talk up the Western genre of comic books.
Tales of the untamed West are popular in every medium, and comics are no exception. Your hosts embark on this favorite aspect of Americana with the duly deputized help of Shawn Padilla, a member of the All-Con Games and Theory show host team.
Delving into the rich history of Western history in comics like so many prospectors during the Gold Rush, a different kind of gold is discovered in this issue. While synonymous with super-heroes, Marvel and DC Comics both have a sizable corral of wild west heroes that become the focus of the show.
So grab your six guns and your rifle, saddle up your best horse, and hit the trail as the Western period becomes the final stop on this long journey through time...in comics.
The Force of July 2017 Begins Here!
Welcome to an great new episode of The Rantcor Pit that, during the course of its production, has expanded into a two-parter! As a companion piece to the last show, Cole "JediCole" Houston and Eddie Medina decided to make their impassioned pleas to Hasbro for some of the characters, vehicles, and environments of the Star Wars universe they would like to see get the toy treatment.
Since Hasbro's acquisition of Tonka in 2000, which included Kenner Products, Star Wars figures have enjoyed a unique status in the toy manufacturer's line. From periods where it was insisted that this is a toy line and toys are for kids to periodic illustrations of a recognition of the thriving adult collector market, the nature and focus of Star Wars action figures has been rather fluid in nature. Your hosts, in common with most collectors, naturally have their own wish list, much of which is shared on this episode.
Join your hosts as they delve into every facet of the Saga, from the from feature films to comics to animated series to share their top picks for (as yet) unproduced toys in both current scales, with a focus on the 3.75" line.
"Period Pieces" continues to move forward in time as Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston make the jump to Medieval Europe. Harken back to days of old when nights were bold and the like...
Steve McCauley of the the infamous year of Camelot 3000 joins the discussion as Hey Kids, Comics! explores characters and stories of the period, the appeal of "Medieval times", and the influence of knights and chivalry on modern characters.
Sally forth then, stout yeoman on a journey to the past and the heroes and villains of those valiant days. This lively exploration is certain to please Lords and Ladies and common folk alike!
A funny thing happened on the way to the Hey Kids, Comics! Okay, not so much a funny thing as Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston open up a personal "forum" on Ancient Greece and Rome in comics. This issue continues the time-hopping journey through Antiquity with a look at the influence of the Classics on comic book heroes and storylines.
It would not be a look at this fascinating period of world history without the addition of scholarly guest Kelly Long who joins in to add her wealth of knowledge. This "Roman holiday" issue of the show brings "Period Pieces" to its middle point and draws illustrates how popular the gods and goddesses of Olympus are to comic book creators.
From Frank Miller's well-known swords and sandals epic to the European import "Asterix the Gaul" there's a whole lot a' Roman goin' on!
Since 1978 toys have been a huge part of the Star Wars experience for fans and collectors. From the beginnings at the once obscure Kenner Products to the seemingly endless waves of action figures, accessories, and toys coming from Hasbro, there is no shortage of toys based on the Saga. This episode sees Cole Houston and Eddie Medina turning their attention specifically to the Black Series line of 6" action figures.
Beginning in 2013, the Black Series has continued to bring forth dozens of new figures, including an ever-increasing number of store and convention exclusives, which are increasingly sought after by collectors. The larger scale lends greater detail and articulation as well as tremendous adult collector appeal.
Discover the world of Black Series Star Wars figures as Cole and Eddie talk about their own collecting experiences as well as the history of the line.
As promised, click here to see the Entertainment Earth coverage of the creation of the Black Series Greedo figure!
Moving forward in their journey back in time, Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston explore one of the most ancient civilizations in the world, that of the Egypt of Antiquity.
Journey down the Nile in the age of the Pharaohs and the building of the pyramids as your hosts seek out this period of world history as depicted in comics. Concentrating primarily on the past, this issue of the show does cast an eye to the present as well to explore the influence of the Ancients on modern comic characters.
From the mystical origins of Hawkman and Black Adam to they mystical origins of the Living Mummy and beyond, there is an allure to Egypt that is as much a part of comics as any examined in this arc. Expect plenty of mystic origins, gods and goddesses, and even a little of d'Nile!
Go back in time with Hey Kids, Comics! and the latest story arc! In this case, hundreds of millions of years back in time!
From Anthro and Turok - Son of Stone to the paleo-art masterpiece "Age of Reptiles", Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston dig deep into prehistory to unearth comics that take place in the age of dinosaurs and of prehistoric man. Joining them on this paleolithic adventure is none other than Eddie Medina of The Rantcor Pit!