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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

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THE FUTURAMA AND AQUA SOMETHING YOU KNOW WHATEVER SEASON PREMIERE UPRISING BEGINS NEXT WEEK!

13 Jun

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Whoa!

Futurama AND Aqua Something You Know Whatever, both having their season premieres in ONE BEAUTIFUL WEEK?!?

Yes.

I’m so glad I have a DVR now because who knows what’ll go on next Wednesday and Sunday.

But I’m going to TRY to catch them.

Check out the full compilation of ALL CURRENTLY RELEASED OFFICIAL IMAGES from this next season of Futurama (7A) on Facebook.

Looks like it’ll be an amazing season, as always.

For me, being as Aqua Teen Hunger Force (briefly Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1, now known as Aqua Something You Know Whatever) is my FAVORITE cartoon, nay, TELEVISION SHOW of ALL TIME, you can guess that I’m pretty psyched about next week.

Sci-fi and absurdism! Wednesday and Sunday!

So, Futurama next week on Comedy Central, 10/9c.

You can follow Comedy Central’s own countdown to its air HERE.

As for Aqua Something, next Sunday at midnightish on adult swim (on Cartoon Network).

And HOLY CRAP THEY HAVE A TUMBLR BLOG COUNDOWN THING FOR IT.

Yeah, I’ll be following that.

HOW WAS I NOT?!?

ARE YOU PSYCHED?!?

YOU SHOULD BE!!

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A Year In Cartoons – 2011 To 2012 – A Rundown

30 May
Regular Show

Realistic Mordecai & Rigby

It’s been almost a year since I’ve posted!

To be fair, I moved (probably several times), lost several jobs, and I’m raising a 5 year old.

But he loves cartoons too!

For all of you on Twitter, many of you know that I’m on there constantly, of course – (twitter.com/animatedtvblog).

I’m changing the name of the blog here to “Animated TV Blog” like I use over on Twitter.

This year had a ton of great shows – Animation Domination, of course, with The MacFarlane Trinity: Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show.

We saw the rise in popularity of the amazing Bob’s Burgers, the cancellation of Napoleon Dynamite and Allen Gregory (thankfully!) and of course, my lifelong love, The Simpsons is still on the air and going strong (phooey to those who bitch about it!)

I’ve gathered together for the next post or two some interesting tidbits.

Futurama, as many know, is back in full force, and on Comedy Central starting in June 20th (check out the countdown here!) This last season of South Park and Ugly Americans were both pretty excellent – they had their hits and misses, all all series do (NONE of the series I’m mentioning are exempt from this rule!)

Aqua Something You Know Whatever starts in June as well on Cartoon Network’s adult swim – the 24th – and Squidbillies begins its new season soon also. Metalocalypse is well underway for this season too. There’s still a ton of great cartoons on adult swim!

The days on Cartoon Network are full of Regular Show and Adventure Time on most Mondays, sometimes The Amazing World of Gumball.

REALLY sad to see Secret Mountain Fort Awesome and Problem Solverz get cancelled.

And we never got our Cheyenne Cinnamon or Soul Quest Overdrive! Argh.

MTV did bring back Beavis and Butt-head, which honestly, I LOVED.

FX has Archer and Unsupervised (which I liked, hopefully it stays on air – it’s been renewed for a second season!)

Even SpongeBob Squarepants on Nick has been having great episodes lately! Some misses, but mostly hits.

I believe that’s mostly it for the moment.

In an upcoming post, I was inspired to write a “20 Essential American Cartoons” list, based on another one I found online – and mine is a VAST improvement!

So, here I am. I’m back.