Hey Kids, Comics! #159 - Toylandia: Rise of the Indys

• November 27th, 2015

And now...the "Indys"!

Independent comics have always been a part of the comic book scene since the rise of the "Big Two".  From the comix of the 70s to the indy boom of the 90s, someone was always publishing something outside the mainstream.  Yet being under the radar of most of the world means that you don't get a lot of brand recognition.  And you don't get a lot of licensees seeking to bring products based on your properties to market. 
But that would not always be the case.  As the Indys grew in popularity, so did their profile in the public eye.  And so little by little notice was taken of comics that would otherwise have been ignored outside of the comic shop.  From movies and television shows to the subject of this week's issue, toys, independent comics would get their day in the sun.
Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston talk up Spawn toys, "Build-a-Figure" lines featuring indy properties, the curious case of The Mighty Crusaders, and more.  Collect them all this week on Hey Kids, Comics!
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Hey Kids, Comics! #158 - Toylandia: JLA/Avengers and Company

• November 23rd, 2015

Welcome back to Toylandia.

Once again Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston are your tour guides on a journey through the best and worst comic book related toys.  This week they focus on the various Marvel and DC Comics action figures and toys from over the years.  Beyond Mego, they take a look at the Super Powers and Secret Wars rival lines, the rise of Toy Biz's Marvel line, and Mattel's forays into DC.  And direct market toy lines from DC Direct and Marvel Select are also given a look.
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Hey Kids, Comics! #157 - Toylandia: I Go Mego

• November 13th, 2015

Welcome back to Toylandia, Hey Kids, Comics! own exploration of all things comic book-themed toys and action figures.

This stop brings you to one of the most important chapters in comic toy history, the success of Mego Toys' World's Greatest Super Heroes.  Combining licenses from both DC and Marvel, this unprecedented line made such a mark that contemporary manufacturers are turning to the format for modern toys.
Believe it or not, there is so much to tell about Mego and their amazing super-hero toy line!
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The Rantcor Pit #43 - The Altruistic Side of the Force

• November 11th, 2015

Welcome to a very special episode of The Rantcor Pit.  

This week Cole Houston and Eddie Medina explore a topic long overdue for discussion - Star Wars fandom outreach.  Inspired by the recent campaign to get a screening of Episode VII for Daniel Fleetwood, it seemed natural to talk about all of the ways our fan community helps one another as well as so many who are not necessarily as steeped in Star Wars.
From the many charitable campaigns mounted by the 501st Legion to heartwarming tales like that of R2-KT, many are the tales of the Star Wars community going above and beyond.  
This episode was recorded on Sunday, November 8, 2015.  On Tuesday, November 10 it was announced that Daniel Fleetwood had passed away, mere days after having his dying wish granted by Disney and JJ Abrams.  This episode is dedicated to his memory.
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Hey Kids, Comics! #156 - Toylandia: Toys ‘R’ Super

• November 9th, 2015

Look!  Out on the toy aisle!  

It's a balloon!  It's a balsa wood glider!  It's...Superman!  (toys!)
Welcome to a new story arc for HKC!, Toylandia.  This five-issue exploration of comic book heroes as toys begins with the first such character to be given the toy treatment, the Man of Tomorrow himself!
Over half a century later, Suprman's familar S can be found perpetually in toy form.  From high end collectibles to knock-off figures, the most iconic of all super-heroes sets the stage for an in-depth look at the natural joining of comic books and toys.  Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston are avid fans and collectors of such playthings, past and present and will be your official tour guides in Toylandia!
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Hey Kids, Comics! #155 - Here There Be Monsters!

• October 30th, 2015

Just in time for Halloween, Hey Kids, Comics! brings you a very special issue about monsters, horror, and other bumpers in the night from comic books.

The long history of comic is filled with monsters.  From pre-code horror to DC Comics' curious "Monster Commandos" to modern tales of vampires, zombies, and more.  
Hosts Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston are joined by special guest and comic book historian Michael H. Price!  
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The Rantcor Pit #42 - Collect All 10 - Figures Sold Separatley

• October 29th, 2015

Welcome to the conclusion of The Rantcor Pit's exploration of your host's top five Star Wars toys.  With prior episodes covering the vintage and modern lines of action figures, every vehicle, accessory, beast, or even non-action figure related toy past and present are now the order of the day.

With literally thousands of choices, Cole Houston and Eddie Medina have managed to work out a quintet of top toys each to share with you on the final episode of the Collect All 10 series.
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Hey Kids, Comics #154 - Time Out

• October 23rd, 2015

It is time, literally and figuratively in this case, again (and again) for Hey Kids, Comics! and a whole bunch of fun discussion about the medium we love!  

This time Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston take time to spend some time talking about time and time travel for a time.  
Time travel has been a major part of the history of comics.  Occasionally brilliantly employed, it does tend to be just an easy out, a tired old chestnut, or an excuse to introduce "ultra tech" to a four color universe.  Your hosts look to the past and future of comics to explore how comic book characters explore the past...and future.
So take a moment to take in this timely issue of the show!
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Hey Kids, Comics! #153 - Sing a Song of Comics

• October 17th, 2015

There is music in the air with this latest issue of Hey Kids, Comics!  

Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston have the muse upon them as they explore music in comics and comics' influence on music.  They are joined in this by Hunter Duesing of Midnight Movie Cowboys joins in with his combination of music and comics bringing so much to the table.
Get ready for a serenade in a comic book sense as HKC! gets musical.
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The Rantcor Pit #41 - Collect All 10, Too

• October 17th, 2015

After some serious technical problems, The Rantcor Pit is up and running!  

This time Cole Houston and Eddie Medina go back to the toy box to talk about the top five contemporary Star Wars action figures.  With every single figure from 1995 to 2015 in the mix, that proved to be a daunting challenge!
But your hosts not only rose to the challenge, the delivered a special episode that runs a little longer than normal.  There was so very much to explore, after all.  So sit back and listen to some tales of favorite action figures from over a decade of new toys.  
Jar Jar Binks did NOT make the cut, by the way!
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