Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Lullaby Renditions of Megaman II Available on iTunes!

As some of you know, my brother Mark recorded an insanely awesome album of Megaman II lullaby renditions for my kid. That album has officially been released and is available now on iTunes. Do the right thing and buy one. If you don’t have a kid, I suggest you start procreating today, then pick up the album.

My brother (AKA 8-Bit Baby) has another album in the works which should be available soon. So stay tuned. In the meantime, be sure to like the Facebook page, too.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Quake Collectibles Opens in Evanston Tomorrow!

The wall of Quake Evanston... Pure toy porn.
My all-time favorite store is opening a new location in Evanston on Friday, August 1 (start your nerd boners). So, if you live within a 1,000 mile radius of 743 Main St., I suggest you go check it out.

Quake in Evanston will be the third store in the Quake Collectibles family, the first being Quake Collectibles in Lincoln Square (the owner David is a buddy, and about a million pieces of my collection came from him), and the second being Quake West in Schaumburg (another amazing store run by my friend Aaron).

So go check out Quake Evanston (or Quake North) and buy something. And, while you’re at it, buy me something too.

Quake Evanston
743 Main St.
Evanston, IL 60202

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

6 Classic Video Games That Use License-Free Music

The nice thing about public domain music is that it’s license-free. You can use it however you want and you don’t have to pay anybody. It’s like owning a factory in China. Surprisingly enough, license-free music shows up a lot in some classic video games. From traditional folk songs to classical symphonies, these tunes were perfect for any video game composer who felt like phoning it in.

Ride of the Valkyries – Richard Wagner
In Apocalypse Now, we hear Ride of the Valkyries being blasted out of a helicopter as it ruthlessly assaults a Vietnamese village. In Punch-Out, we hear it being blasted in the boxing ring as Nintendo ruthlessly assaults a variety of different ethnic stereotypes. It serves as the introduction music for a comically mustachioed German man named Von Kaiser, as well as a turban-clad Indian named Great Tiger. I guess it turns out that the perfect companion to Richard Wagner’s music is racial insensitivity.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Big Ol' Dick Tracy Giveaway on Instagram

Do you follow Chicago Toy Collector on Instagram? If you don't, then you're going to miss out when the Big Ol' Dick Tracy Giveaway climaxes on Friday, 6/20. Visit the Instagram page now to enter to win this huge, bulbous package of Dick Tracy toys.

One winner will be showered with:
- Unopened digital wristwatch
- 2 wax packs of trading cards plus the box
- Full set of trading card stickers
- Lips Manlis, complete
- Dick Tracy, complete
- Steve the Tramp, complete with file card

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Slightly Racist Heroes in a Half Shell

Part of the "Ethnic Intolerance" line of action figures.
The early 90’s was a time when the Playmates toy company decided to forgo the concept of “fun” or “relevance” or “good taste” and create Ninja Turtle figures of every sort, including athletes, army men, birthday party goers, whatever the fuck this is, rock stars, athletes again, spacemen and more. The early 90’s was also a time when the Playmates toy company just didn't give a shit about offending Mexicans and American Indians. Hence, the Chief Leo and Bandito Bashin’ Mikey from the Wacky Wild West line.

I never thought something could be considered “comically Mexican” before, but then again, I’d never seen a knife that’s shaped like a chili pepper. I’m also surprised Playmates didn’t figure out how to make Chief Leonardo shed a tear when you throw a wrapper on the ground.  

Monday, May 5, 2014

Friday, May 2, 2014

DJ BattleAxe is the the World's Best DJ Named After Medieval Weaponry

The face of artistic integrity.
You know how most kids’ music doesn’t involve a British man violently screaming into a microphone about eating lunch or hopelessly asking listeners if he can borrow money? Well, acclaimed children’s musician DJ BattleAxe solves both of those problems.

For anyone with an affinity for the goofy, offbeat or all-around weird, DJ BattleAxe is your musician. His bizarre lyrics about iconic childhood moments blend surprisingly well with catchy, danceable electronic music. Plus, his hilariously sordid back story paints a picture of a broken man, completely out of touch with reality.

Maybe I’m biased, since DJ BattleAxe is the secret brainchild of somebody I hold very near and dear. Regardless, check out DJ BattleAxe’s SoundCloud page to hear more, and be sure to like him on Facebook. You will not regret either one.