Archive for November, 2012

Old Toys: Animaniacs

Here’s another great find while rummaging through old boxes of toys; 3″ PVC figurines of Yakko, Wakko and Dot, from the cartoon classic, Animaniacs.

Animaniacs PVC Figures

Last month at NYCC, I was fortunate to catch a panel with Rob Paulsen, the voice of Yakko Warner (along with countless other infamous cartoon characters). On the whim, he performed The Nations Of The World Song. Mind=blown!

Old Toys: Food Fighters

My Mom’s basement is a toy hunters dream. It’s filled with box after box of old toys, plush dolls, books and action figures (some even in the original boxes). I made a new pact that every time I visit Ottawa, I would take a box back with me to Toronto. Although I don’t have enough room to display everything in my current home, I will take pictures of old time favorites to post here and Flickr.

The first batch to make it’s way home with me, is my collection of Food Fighters action figures.

A memorable bunch of anthropomorphic food items dressed in military gear, that was divided into two armies: the Kitchen Commandos and the Refrigerator Rejects. They were released from Mattel in 1988.

I LOVED these guys! I still remember seeing the commercial for the first time. Shortly after, I had Mean Weener (hot dog); a gift from my Grandmother. Eventually, I managed to collect the full gang. There were ten figurines in total, along with a few accessory toysBelow are some photos of what I’ve managed to hold onto over the years. To see all the shots I took (and larger versions), check out my Flickr page.

The Kitchen Commandos
Burgerdier General, Major Munch, Sergeant Scoop, Private Pizza, Lieutenant Legg (missing)

The Refrigerator Rejects
Mean Weener, Short Stack, Taco Terror, Fat Frenchy, Chip the Ripper (missing)

I’m back in Ottawa this weekend for a family event; I’ll see what I can dig up!

Applied Arts AACE Award

Last Thursday evening, Applied Arts held their first annual AACE Awards in Toronto. I was nominated (and won!) the Illustration category for my Muppets Electric Mayhem series.

The AACE Awards will highlight the very best of the best in each discipline. All entries will be judged as usual by our panels of experienced professionals, with the winners beautifully reproduced in the various Applied Arts Awards Annuals. But at the same time, the judges will vote on the overall winner of each program. Their scores will be discreetly tabulated and kept under wraps until the gala AACE Awards Ceremony.

Applied Arts AACE Venue

The event was held at the beautiful venue of Artscape Wychwood Barns, which was neatly decorated with all the winning entries from all six of their 2012 Awards: Photography & Illustration, Design, Advertising, Interactive and Student.

I was able to snap a few crappy pics. See below.

AACE Finalists

I didn’t realize I was a finalist until I showed up at the event; I thought everyone that was published throughout the year was a nominee!? So needless to say, I was both shocked and honored to win. Thanks Applied Arts!

AACE Award

BTW, Along a Long Road by Frank Viva is beautiful. I own it myself. If you haven’t seen this awesome book, check it out.