All posts by Rick "The BEM"

The A, B, Zeees on Kickstarter


As some of you know, in addition to having a toy site, I’m a writer. While I usually do comics and novels, I tried something different recently with “The A, B, Zeees,” a zombie alphabet book in the spirit of Edward Gorey’s Gashlycrumb Tinies. It’s up on Kickstarter now.

If you like zombies and enjoy a good laugh, I’d appreciate it if you would take a look and consider sharing or, dare I ask, backing the project. Thanks!

Sky Rail


I’ve always loved how visions of the future from the past envisioned technological progress that was essentially an improved version of what they had, particularly transportation. This Sky Rail set is no Mego Microrail City, but it does have an awesome vibe. 

Charlie’s Angels

Okay, these toys are probably intended for girls, but I had a huge crush on Kate Jackson and probably would have enjoyed a Charlie’s Angels <> Six Million Dollar Man nonetheless. 

Smokey and the Bandit Playset

ERTL was, hands down, king of  licensed die-cast cars. Take this Smokey and the Bandit set, complete with Trans-Am and elephant. But the bit that really sells it is the play surface the set comes with. The perfect gift for Burt Reynolds fans!

Cap’n Crunch Board Game

The 70s probably had the best selection of sugary breakfast cereals in history. Cookie Crisp. Trix. Count Chocula. Lucky Charms. And, of course, Cap’n Crunch. I definitely ate my fair share of the kooky captain’s beige little balls, but I can’t imagine what made somebody think “Hey, Captain Crunch would be awesome as a board game!” Nonetheless, kinda glad they did…

Paint by Monster

I don’t know a lot about this Paint by Monster set, but it would have been perfect to go along with my Mighty Men and Monster Maker and Thing Maker toys…