Do You Remember Return Of The Jedi Presto Magix?

Friends, when Star Wars: Return of the Jedi was released to theaters on May 25th of 1983, there were already a couple of things rabid fans could buy. Off the top of my head I can remember that Kenner had released action figures for the then third and final film in the Star Wars trilogy. I am sure that many of you had similar experiences of standing in the toy aisle looking at the likes of figures such as Klaatu, Emperor’s Royal Guard, Gamorrean Guard, Admiral Ackbar, and Bib Fortuna… and just wondering who the heck these characters were. I naturally was ecstatic to see this new wave of Kenner action figures and after stretching my Father’s patience by studying each and every new character, I finally decided that my first purchase from the Return of the Jedi line would be Bib Fortuna. As this was long before the internet of course, I had no idea what role the Twi’lek (or even that was what his species was called at that point) would play in the film, although the photograph provided on the blister card led me to believe the character was definitely a villain.

“Wise choice, Vic.”

Another collectible that I recall included the Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Official Collector’s Edition magazine, which included a breakdown of the story as well as an incredible amount of behind the scenes information. I obviously did not read the story portion of the magazine until after I had seen the film for myself, right after I begged my Father to take me back to the toy store so I could buy Admiral Ackbar.

“You should have chosen me first.”

After the film had been released you couldn’t swing a Kowakian monkey-lizard without hitting some type of merchandise for Return of the Jedi. Books, records, pencil toppers, activity books, stickers, and of course Presto Magix sets. The last one is something that I recall seeing in great quantities at the local K-Mart stores in my neck of the woods. They were incredibly affordable ways to spend a rainy afternoon, plus they managed to license everything from Dynomutt, Laff-a-Lympics, Masters of the Universe, The Dukes of Hazzard, Batman, Thor, and Star Wars of course.

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Generally for a couple of bucks you could create your own stories with some of your favorite TV, Film, and comic book characters. Although you had to be absolutely sure where you wanted to apply the rub-on transfer decal, because once they were on the background card you couldn’t remove them. There were box sets available too, these not only provided more decals to choose from but offered a much larger background card to apply them to.

For a breakdown on more Presto Magix sets and fun, why not take a couple of minutes and watch the esteemed Weird Paul‘s review?

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The Cybertronic Spree Calls Down The Bifrost With Their Cover Of “Immigrant Song”

Friends, right up front I am going to admit I am extremely biased when it comes to the music of The Cybertronic Spree – having said that though I honestly feel they knocked this cover of Led Zeppelin‘s popular “Immigrant Song” right out of the park. After all, how can you top a live performance of that classic tune – you do it while dressed as characters from The Transformers. Now I grant you they might not have actually called down the Bifrost with their performance – but I’m pretty sure from the reaction of the audience – they at least caused Heimdall to pause from his duties and take notice.

Back in the day when I was writing for the Retroist, I shared more than a few videos from The Cybertronic Spree. One of those reasons happens to be I am still a big fan of The Transformers – and the band has been known to cover some of the songs from 1986’s Transformers: The Movie. On the other hand, there is quite simply something amazing about this band from Toronto deciding to play on stage in full costumes as Hot Rod, Arcee, Rumble, Shockwave, Unicron, Bumblebee, the Quintesson, and Soundwave.

My apologies to the almighty Devastator, what I meant to say was it’s quite awesome to see this group of transforming robots get together, putting aside their differences and rocking out for all of us Humans.

Video Provided by The Cybertronic Spree – The Kickstarter was successful by the way!

So after producing their own songs and covering the likes of “Dare“, “Instruments of Destruction“, “Hunger“, “The Touch“, and more – how could The Cybertronic Spree raise the bar of awesomeness just a little higher? By covering the 1970 classic “Immigrant Song” from Led Zeppelin – the selection of which might have had a little to do with the rise in the popularity of the song thanks to 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok.

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Did You Know That The Lord Of The Rings Films Needed Lightsabers?

Lord of the Rings Needed Lightsabers - Immersion VFX

Friends, as this is the first of April it is that time of year when we not only have to take things with a lot of salt but it is the perfect time to share videos and memes that are sure to make you laugh. Such is the case with the video we are sharing with you today – I have to thank Michael Walsh of the Nerdist for the heads up – a look at how the Lord of the Rings films would have turned out had lightsabers from Star Wars been added to the first film. The short answer is it is surprisingly awesome actually, the work done by Immersion VFX I think really has to be commended here – because a lot of attention was paid to little details, such as the glow of the lightsaber on the wielder’s face, etc. In fact on the Immersion VFX YouTube channel, it is revealed that it took five months to take this almost seven minute clip from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and ‘replace’ most of the medieval weaponry used by said fellowship and populate it with weapons more suitable “… for a more civilized age.” In addition I should point out that the music has been altered to feature selections from Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith as well as Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Better yet in my personal opinion is it proves the only way to make Gimli, that legendary member of Durin’s Folk even more dangerous is to give him a pair of lightsabers!

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Now I desparately would love to share with you The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies clip that Immersion VFX has produced – except it gives away a pretty big scene – I do not want to spoil it in case you’ve not seen the film for yourself yet. The same is true for the adding of lightsabers to John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum – incredibly impressive work but ventures too far into spoiler territory. However I am going to leave you with the first part of the fight scene from Thor: Ragnarok – because quite frankly watching the Hulk dual wield lightsabers is pretty awesome… and the God of Sparkles is pretty great too.

Video Provided by ImmersionVFX.