When I was young, I used to love coming home from school and checking out the adventures of the Transformers, G.I. Joe and lesser luminaries such as Jayce & the Wheeled Warriors.  (They were pretty awful.  Seriously, feel free to Google it.  I’ll wait…)  The fact that I could go to my local TG&Y and Duckwalls and purchase the plastic representations of my cartoon pals was, to my mind, nothing but a bonus.  These days, the things that entertain kids have a lot more scrutiny applied to them, with the expectation that there be some educational component involved, rather than just to sell toys.  At least I can comfort myself in knowing that kids like me who grew up wanting to buy Metroplex can get the Superman t-shirts, a replica Green Lantern rings or even their own sonic screwdrivers that I couldn’t, which in turn begs a query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) just realized that Kitty Pryde is on that ‘Secret Wars’ cover in my icon image, but NOT in the issue, asking:  What shows or films, seemingly designed just to sell toys, do you nonetheless love?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


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