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The Essential Geek #29: Toys
There's two kinds of geeks. There's the geeks who open their toys, and the geeks who don't. "Open your toys?!" Geek A will say. "But...but...then it is...it is no longer a collectible!" "Piss off," Geek B will retort, whilst giving Geek A a cosmic wedgie. It is sad, but it is true: The popular image...
6 Oct 2004
G.I. Joe: A Brief History
In 1964, Rhode Island-based toy manufacturer Hasbro, Inc. introduced GI Joe, a 12-inch plastic "movable fighting man." Hasbro wanted to compete with Mattel's Barbie, suspecting that boys were secretly playing with the popular fashion doll. The innovation would be dramatic figure articulation, realistic...
7 Sep 2004
In the Cards
I know, I know. You came to JimHillMedia.com this morning looking for stories, but wound up with A story. Well, you're just going to have to forgive me, guys. But it's going to take me another couple of days to get back up to speed after my latest trip out west. Why the delay? First of all, there's the...
23 Mar 2004
The Essential Geek #7: The Legend of Zelda
In my wayward geek youth, I presided over a prestigious organization known as the Nintendo Players Club. Now, it's likely you've never heard of the NPC. It was a strictly local coalition of video game players in their pre-adolescent years. But we had a constitution, so we were pretty official. We also...
20 Jan 2004
Just Can't Wait for Christmas: The Hallmark "Art of Keepsakes" Show
The Christmas sales season keeps expanding every year. I can remember a time when department store windows changed to Christmas themes promptly on the Friday morning after Thanksgiving. This year, my local WalMart had most of their Christmas decorations out by late October, and Target waited patiently...
23 Nov 2003
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