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Dream Futurama Merch, or… “Why Are There No Scruffy Toys?!?”

6 Feb
Scruffy

Scruffy.

On Twitter, @GotFuturama asked the question “What one piece of Futurama merchandise doesn’t exist that you really wish did?” and it got me thinking.

I quickly realized that instead of trying to cram my answer into the usual ‘140-minus-original-tweet’ characters, that I would need to elaborate on the topic of ‘dream Futurama merchandise’ in a new post, here!

Futurama is easily one of my favorite animated shows. I began thinking about the different TYPES of merch that I know exist, or that I would potentially wish existed. I’m sure there are all kinds of Futurama shirts out there, even though I’ve never really looked (Not sure why I haven’t! I have MANY ATHF shirts!) Really, though, any design of shirt could be easily designed and printed off.

So naturally, next, my mind went to toys.

Most people know that I collect a few toys here and there that interest me. Futurama has SO MANY great characters for potential toys, just like its sister show, The Simpsons, and a good number have definitely been produced – at least all the more main characters.

I own a few of these Futurama toys — the KidRobot ones, the tall-ish Leela figure with moon base — I even had a tin Nibbler (that I sold! Argh!)

Other Futurama toys that were produced (but I don’t [yet] own) include the 2002-2003 Horrible Gelatinous Blob and brain slug toys made by Dark Horse and the excellent Toynami figures made from 2007-2009. Toynami produced a great selection of character figures, even including such one-off characters as Nudar and Nixon’s head in a jar. I also saw a picture of The Don from the Robot Mafia, although it may have been a comic-con exclusive or a prototype.

So, some toys exist.

But Simpsons toys feature pretty much EVERY character you can think of, (for good reason – it’s a more popular show and has been on the air forever) and recently even had a LEGO set produced. Hell, even Family Guy toys are expansive now with their selection of characters! Again, another TV show that is still actively producing new episodes.

Futurama has been canceled twice, from two different networks, but it has a SOLIDLY cool, weird science fiction foundation. That’s why I feel like the Futurama toys that have been produced are missing all kinds of cool possibilities and elements that would be really great to see in a piece. I was surprised at how many toy ideas I was able to generate by simply skimming through the list of Futurama episodes. After that, I of course researched to try and find (what I feel are ‘missing’) toy ideas that are already in existence somewhere. But I couldn’t find evidence that the below character figures or playsets had been produced or even prototyped as of now, ANYWHERE!

Here are MULTIPLE ideas for Futurama toys I’d love to see:

– Scruffy!!!! (Sal has a KidRobot figure! Why is there no Scruffy?!?!)

– Slurms McKenzie figure w/ Slurm Factory playset (+ huge Wormulon mom-slug?!?)

– A full set/pack of robot figures (I saw one, but it only had 4 figures, and was missing a potential Robot Santa, Robot Mafia bots [Clamps!], Calculon, Flexo, or Hedonism Bot.. plus many more… Tinny Tim? Others from All My Circuits?)

– Bender as a were-car (how cool would this be?!?!)

– Nibbler in his spaceship.

– The giant space-whale from “Mobius Dick”.

– Any figures of any of the sewer mutants.

– More heads in jars!! The possibilities for these are nearly limitless.

– Amazon women jungle/temple playset, with Fem-puter.

– Anything with all the characters as fish from “Naturama”.

– Mr. Peppy the bone vampire.

– Fry on the Scooty-Puff Jr. surrounded by giant brains in space!

So, there are the Futurama toys I wish existed. My thoughts on “one” piece of Futurama merch that I wished existed turned into an entire collection, but I stand behind all these decisions. I also happen to know that there are some extremely talented toy customizers out there who could probably produce these (for example, my friend made a large scale Mr. Peppy!) Hell, I have a lot of ideas for MY fledgling toy company after thinking about this!

🙂

Bender as a were-car

Bender as a were-car

REFERENCE MATERIAL:

http://thetoybox1138.blogspot.com/2012/07/futurama-toynami.html
http://www.tmnttoys.com/reviews/misc/futurama8/review.html

Upcoming Chris Prynoski (Titmouse Studios) Interview, Season Finales/Premieres

28 May

We’re thrilled to report Chris Prynoski of Titmouse Studios has agreed to do an interview with us!

Really psyched about that. I will have that up soon.

In other news, all the FOX shows had their season finales (The Simpsons, American Dad!, Family Guy/Cleveland Show, and Bob’s Burgers), just as South Park (Comedy Central, Wednesdays), Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1, Superjail, (Sundays, adult swim) Regular Show, Adventure Time and The Amazing World of Gumball (Cartoon Network, all on Mondays) seasons are running strong!

Also SERIOUSLY looking forward to the new season of Futurama and Ugly Americans starting Thursday, June 23rd on Comedy Central!

The Simpsons of course ended with the Edna Krabappel/Ned Flanders romance (“NEDNA”) and you can vote on whether or not that should continue here (http://thesimpsons.com/nedna).

Another poll of note is for the #1 “best animated series of all time” being done amongst a “25 Greatest Animated TV Shows” feature by Entertainment Weekly here — I feel they omit a lot of shows, but major shows are included. Vote!

And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/AnimatedTVShows).

More soon! Thanks for reading.

AQUA UNIT PATROL SQUAD 1! And more.

26 Apr

As many people know, Aqua Teen Hunger Force is and has been my favorite cartoon for many years now.

The absurdity, the weirdness, and all-out ability to take every 11-minute episode ANYWHERE has always been one of its’ greatest traits.

Yesterday during the also-excellent new episode of Superjail! (titled “Hotchick”) and later during Aqua Teen itself, a promo for the new re-imagining of Aqua Teen was shown.

According to creator Dave Willis, they’re calling it Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1, and the art looks really great. Looks like they’re taking Frylock, Shake and Meatwad back to their detective roots.

See the press release by Meatwad embedded in this article about it.

As soon as someone puts the killer trailer/teaser for it online, I’ll post it here, and at our Twitter.

New episodes of Aqua WHATEVER start May 8th.

As for other upcoming premieres, the new South Park is this Wednesday, called “HUMANCENTiPad” – also looks amazing.

They’re able to pull off the greatest commentary on recent events because they can make episodes so quickly!

Also on Mother’s Day weekend, there are new MacFarlane vehicles (Family Guy, American Dad!, and The Cleveland Show), and probably new Simpsons/Bob’s Burgers too (which I’ve grown to love a lot.)

Saw a great new Simpsons the other day I hadn’t seen, the one where Homer becomes Chunk to accompany Chong! Great ep.

Something else to be excited about, Comedy Central announced last month Futurama will be renewed for two more years at least! Looking forward to those episodes as well. Read about that here.

Until next time, keep watching, and thanks for reading!

Venture Bros, Family Guy, Cleveland Show, American Dad, South Park, Ugly Americans

25 Sep

New Venture Bros was great.

I believe I missed the new Simpsons though, although I saw a LOT of the newer Simpsons recently (from the last season?) and they were GREAT. Show’s still got it. The weirdness helps a lot.

As for this weekend, tomorrow (Sunday the 26th!) we have TWO premieres – Family Guy AND The Cleveland Show! As for Family Guy, it’s a classic – a staple – but wasn’t sure how I’d like The Cleveland Show. Happy to say I LOVE it, and it’s just as witty as American Dad.

Speaking of, American Dad‘s premiere is on Oct 3rd. Saw an episode tonight I’d never seen – the one where Steve is pregnant with Roger’s alien baby (gross). Looking forward to the premiere – the show is so weird and amazing – and I must admit I often like it more than Family Guy (no cutaways!)

But finally, I want to talk about the Oct. 6th premieres of both South Park and Ugly Americans, one after the other. REALLY looking forward to these – South Park is so amazing, since they can throw an episode together so quickly, and touch upon current events, and Ugly Americans is so unique and artistic – I even got my wife hooked.

Needless to say, I will be writing commentaries on all, when I catch them one way or another – or at least the ones I feel strongly about. Have to try and find Simpsons and others if I miss them somehow – Hulu? I know they used to have the FOX material but haven’t been there in a while to see.

Until next time, thanks for reading!

Futurama : New, Old, Brave, Bold

2 Sep

FuturamaI’m loving these new Futurama episodes.

With a rare miss here or there, they’re much better than the 4 extra-long 4-episode movies, and some of the new stuff is really gold.

I was a Futurama fan from when it first came out.

I saw the first episode on TV, when it aired on FOX (after The Simpsons one Sunday if I remember correctly), and ever since, I’ve been a huge fan, since it’s a universe where anything can (and always does) happen.

I’ve loved The Simpsons for years too, but Futurama has so much more width and breadth, it can say things The Simpsons can’t – especially with the new episodes revolving around evolution, ancient astronaut theory, and as always, cloning and robotics.

The season finale airs tomorrow night, and I’m looking forward to seeing Fry mutated much worse than Leela, and whatever else the awesome writers have in store for us.

So thrilled the series was brought back from the dead, by the FANS, as Matt Groening himself pointed out.

Here’s to Futurama, hopefully many more years!

See Futurama on Comedy Central on Thursday nights – here is the Comedy Central Futurama site.