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CBC radio host Tom Power ("q") and BGS (The Bluegrass Situation) bring you the most in-depth podcast about the origins of bluegrass ever created. Power sits down with luminaries of the genre such as Del McCoury, Ricky Skaggs, Alice Gerrard, Jesse McReynolds, Jerry Douglas and more for an intimate conversation about their origins within the world of bluegrass music. Episodes will be released bi-weekly on TheBluegrassSituation.com and wherever you get your podcasts. PRODUCED BY: Tom Power and ...
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So so much news - Thundercats, TMNT, Star Wars Cantina (good idea?), Scot's SDCC lock, more McFarlane (you clever bastard!) and a miss from LEGO? Also the MASK question you all want answered - finally solved? Then rock 'n roll out to our first listen of Toy Power Mixtape Wave 2! Support the show: http://patreon.com/toypowerpodcast See omnystudio.co…
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This week on the Toy Power Podcast we have our very knowledgeable Guest: Floppy; back in studio with some proper get-to-know-you Questions. Then we MASK-UP as we sing our way into the mid-eighties Toyline that was M.A.S.K. from Kenner. We each pick out a standout release from each wave. This is incredibly fun, as some of us in the room aren't as fa…
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Whilst we await the return of Floppy for a M.A.S.K. centric episode (and a few technical issues), enjoy this TOY POWER mix tape, full of songs about being a Toy Collector! Let 'Em Breathe (Tribute to DoesTen) I'm Holding Back Wearing Me Down Hard And It's Freaking Me Out Have You Ever (Don't wanna add it up) 38 Leonardo's Cherry Picker What A Nice …
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This week on the Toy Power Podcast we have a very special guest join us; Mr. Floppy Starick! (more about him next episode...) Straight into the news, we have Darkseid unveiled in a MegaFig sized offering! The Famous Vincent Price is remade in plastic form from Neca, and captures him throughout his career. Mondo reveal a new line of Sofubi style TMN…
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It's the other (better?) half of our fave Canadian duo - Jay Bartlett! He's here to talk about the upcoming release of N64 Quest, the highly anticipated sequel to the much loved Nintendo Quest. What are the rules this time around? Time crunch, budget pressure - how does Jay handle it? We've been granted special access to watch the first ep - no spo…
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This week on the Toy Power Podcast, we are back to exploring all the Toy News that has hit our radar. Kicking things off, we are back on the McFarlane bandwagon with a 3pk Super Powers Batman set. New style 66' Batman figures. More offerings from Trick Or Treat Studios - with the offering of Dr. Killemoff, with a neat action feature! Hotwheels offe…
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This week on the Toy Power Podcast, we reflect on our efforts from the big 350th ep. Can't thank everyone enough for all the banter on the various socials we received. Now its back to normal proceedings, as we start to increase on the episode numbers again! First news is centered around a Tribute via TMNT of Jack Kirby. Mondo drop a few bombs with …
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This thing is so big, we had to record in a different room! Streamed live on FB on May the 4th, we opened a truely once in a lifetime item: Mattel's Origins Eternia. You thought we were silly usually, wait till there's no editing, multiple cameras and live comments from all the fans. Insanity abounds, Eternia awaits. Support the show: http://patreo…
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This week on the Toy Power Podcast, we have Morgan back in studio to get to know a little more about him. Kicking off with the usual Favourite Toy & Favourite Movie as a 10yr old; plus, a bonus question as well. Then we jump right into another segment of our ongoing Vintage Toy Awards! This round focusing on the Evil Decepticons! We run through all…
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We could hardly think of a better guest with whom we’d conclude our second season of Toy Heart than 27-time Grammy Award winner, Alison Krauss. Arguably the most prominent bluegrass musician in the genre’s nearly one hundred year history – certainly the most well-known in her own generation – host Tom Power’s laughter-filled conversation with Kraus…
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Long time Patreon Morgan joins us to look at what happening in the world of toys. He's so keen that Frank forgets how to tune a microphone - apologies for the audio issues! There's a slew of Marvel Legends and more Makina - but which colour is our fave? Is this the best version of Cringer Mattel has ever done? Is Beast Man lacking the furry factor?…
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This week on the Toy Power Podcast, we continue to delay the milestone 350th ep. However, we still have a fun new show for you all! Frank has just received his Super 7 Ultimates TMNT Party Wagon and brought it along to review on the show. It is equally very very large, and incredibly detailed. We break down all the features as well as the other ite…
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For the latest episode of Toy Heart, we embark on a journey through the primordial, musical ooze that birthed bluegrass, old-time, and country music with the incredible Jody Stecher. A multi-instrumentalist adept in many styles and traditions – he even plays sarod, a Hindustani instrument – Stecher’s entire career is a fascinating case study in the…
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We're back - all of us this time! Frank details his trip across to the lands of Hobbits and roadworks before we hit another huge day of news. Lots MOTU, Marvel and TMNT but has Ghostbusters finally found a winning formula? It's been called the missing piece to Batman TAS but does that mean Trent's in? We get also get our first look at actual Toy Is…
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This week on The Toy Power Podcast, its just the dynamic duo again; Trent & Ben. This round, we kick things off with a kind of a new segment that we pitch a vintage toy against its modern counterpart version. The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. Trent got so excited, he brought several options to the table. So we have Green Ghost (aka Slimmer), Power A…
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Our latest guest on Toy Heart is bluegrasser, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Tim O’Brien. His conversation with host Tom Power begins by remembering the music of his childhood, growing up in Wheeling, West Virginia listening to Chubby Checker on his crystal radio set and attending the nationally renowned country variety show and radio broadc…
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This week on The Toy Power Podcast, we are down to just two hosts. With Frank enjoying a well earned Family Holiday in New Zealand; and Scot attending to a rather serious incident at home. So its just Trent & Ben left to surge on with the show! We bring you all the latest news we could manage, everything from Street Sharks, Ninja Turtles, DC McFarl…
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This week on the Toy Power Podcast, we have Brett back in studio to unpack how Davey & himself came up with the idea of Radical Rewind, as well as their journey to make the first screening of Batman 89'an absolute sell out show success!! With the announcement of the next film being the 1990's TMNT Live action film in April; Radical Rewind are setti…
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In the latest episode of Toy Heart, we explore the roots and evolution of bluegrass in the modern era by examining the story of legendary bluegrasser, singer-songwriter, and recording artist, Laurie Lewis. From her tales of growing up in Berkeley during what Lewis jokingly calls the “folk scare” of the '60s to finding the joy of music through her f…
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Adelaide silver-fox-nerd Brett Owen stops by to check out the news. Because it's news day, The Todd brings his A(zrael) game. Playmates steps up to the plate with something new, but is NECA closing in already? Lego Batman is usually a big deal but have they missed a trick with the latest set? Ben and Frank step aside so Trent and Scot can gush abou…
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This week on the Toy Power Podcast, we do a classic retrospective best of vote! But this time, instead of one big line; we select from three smaller lines, and vote accordingly. This in turn causes some confusion at the start, but we sort ourselves out; and get the votes right eventually! Sectuars, Silverhawks & Bravestarr are the challenges for th…
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Bluegrass fans know Mike Compton from his long and eclectic resumé, including decades of touring and recording traditional Monroe-style mandolin with greats like John Hartford, Doc Watson, Peter Rowan, Ralph Stanley, Alison Krauss, and David Grisman, as well as venturing into more mainstream music with with Sting, Gregg Allman, Elvis Costello, and …
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In a Marvel heavy episode, there's some controversial Mattel moves that are very not-rock-n-roll. The Todd makes a face that not even a mother could love while the Legends team somehow make two different He-Mans. And is that Battle Cat I see? Why is Wolverine in blue? But it's all ok - because the best of all time Rogue is here. A record breaking m…
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This week on the Toy Power Podcast, we are joined by very special guest Rob McCallum! This very busy man, is traveling all around, and we catch him on the road. With his very successful Mr Dress-up show, and continuing working on Faking Filmation; as well as the upcoming Nintendo64 Quest! But that's not all... He has pumped out Season One of a new …
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The legendary Larry Sparks, a prominent player in bluegrass for over six decades and a Bluegrass Hall of Fame inductee, joins host Tom Power for Toy Heart. Sparks shares insightful anecdotes from his early years, touring and performing with the Stanley Brothers and from his tenure with Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys. From traveling in a ‘…
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Lots of goodness to get into today but is there any bigger story - or toy - than Eternia right now?!? Did you get yours? The Todd celebrates a milestone - prepare the gold paint - there's some great new TF reveals from HasLabs and Marvel Comics tributes. Super7 gives us the last Silverhawk to round out the core team while Super Powers gets some gre…
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As we enter 2024, we look forward to a number of movies coming out and use our crystal ball to predict: Hit or Shit? From some practically unknown films to stuff that we just know is gonna suck (coughSONYcough), we don't hold back. Only one film gets solid 18/19s from us all and there's a big split on another. Trent takes us on a virtual tour of hi…
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“Newgrass” luminary Sam Bush joins host Tom Power for the highly anticipated first episode of Toy Heart Season 2. Bush - the celebrated mandolinist and co-founder of Newgrass Revival and the Telluride House Band - opens up about his illustrious career: from his early days of fiddle contests in Weiser, Idaho, to the pivotal moments learning at the f…
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This week on the Toy Power Podcast, we dust off the mics as well as our evening suits, as we prepare for the Great TPP Awards for last years releases. But first we have a little TPP Highlights reel, of what we accomplished last year as a Podcast team! The catagories for the awards are as follows: - Best Movie - Best TV Show - Best Non-Toy Category …
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The most in-depth podcast about bluegrass is coming back for its second season, from CBC radio host Tom Power ("q") and BGS (The Bluegrass Situation). This time around, Power sits down with Alison Krauss, Larry Sparks, Mike Compton, Laurie Lewis, Tim O'Brien, and many more bluegrass greats. Toy Heart returns January 30, 2024, with full episodes bei…
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Today it's the most wonderful time of the year. But before we get to unwrap out presents, it's time to recap on the wonderful Villains that exist in the vintage Turtles line. And just for kicks, Scot will act as judge, jury and swing vote! From 88 to 93 there are some bonkers, iconic and outright weird designs that call out. And just to add to the …
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This week on the Toy Power Podcast, we dive headfirst into the latest news, and there is a surprising amount of it; given we are so close to Christmas! In the Xmas theme, we have another Figure Obscura character to celebrate, in the form of: The Ghost Of Jacob Marley. But that's not all from the Four Horseman, they have also announced a ZoloCon Exc…
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This week on the Toy Power Podcast, we have special guest Brendan Crates back on the show; this time to formally get to know him better! The usual intro questions aside, we expand on what Brendan is passionate about; plus suprised to discover just how many different places he has lived in! Collecting secrets are annonunced, around securing Mezco fi…
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Today we are missing a Scot but subbing in for the first time on Toy Power is longtime Patreon Brendan Crates. The King of the Monsters is back but is that a good thing? Ben reports in. The Todd makes his customary appearance and is this the happiest figure he's ever done? And the biggest topic - in both scale and importance - GI Joe and Super7: Is…
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This episode is full of bombs. Both the explody-Universal Studios type ones, and the box office flops that nobody likes to talk about. Yes, it's time to talk about Waterworld. Kevin Costner at his problematic best in the middle of the ocean: what could possibly go wrong. But at least the toys were cool? Trent for the affirmative. Then it's our Patr…
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There is so so much to talk about that we run overtime is this episode that is both news, and features a special guest. From the EuroLegions Podcast our good mate John Caulfield joins in the madness. New Super7 Ultimates - have they finally jumped the shark? Every good Battle Cat needs a Panthor, enter Mondo! The Todd does Todd-thing with the usual…
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This week on the Toy Power Podcast, we have some Hot Take Statements that where submitted by our awesome Patreons. We go through some of them and go around the room unpacking the statement, whether we agree, or disagree to it. The power of nostalgia comes into question. Of course some of the biggest franchises come under fire; such as Batman, Star …
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This week on the Toy Power Podcast, we have another jammed packed Runsheet of News Segments from around the virtual Toy Aisles! Kicking things off, are the results on some of the Kickstarter Projects. Giant-Man with a race to the finish line & the New already successful Ghostbusters Ghost Trap & P.K.E. Meter. More reveals from McFarlane, and none o…
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This week on the Toy Power Podcast, we are joined in studio with Steve Ready. We have the usual get-to-know-you questions; and then its into our main topic, which starts off being on the micro scale. Yes, in the same format of Polly Pocket & Mighty Max, Steve is renowned enthusiast for the Micro Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Toyline. Spanning from l…
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Welcome long time listener Steve Ready to the show! We'll introduce him properly next week because damn - there is some news to get too! It's the crossover the late great Darren would have absolutely gone all in on: TMNT x MOTU. Meanwhile, Todd does Todd things but has he landed on a real mono-chromatic winner here? Mad Max meets Shao Kahn in a new…
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This week on the Toy Power Podcast, its all about the Latest news! Another big week with several Conventions happening over in the USA. First off the ranks, we touch base on how well the latest HasLab is going, in the form of Giant-Man. Then its an unusual cross-over of Skeletor & VeeFriends? The Super Cyborg Krang Android is amazing, and very wort…
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Today on the Toy Power Podcast, we are joined by a special guest and fellow SA collector Damien. He’s a rare breed of collector who manages to keep his passion for one line and one line only: the 80’s classic Jem and the Holograms! It was a time of flashing earrings, shoulder pads and face-paint so Damien takes us through the brand from conception …
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Today is a day unlike any other - Dave and Casey invade Toy Power the same way Guile and his commandos storm M.Bison's fortress. That's right, we are talking about the 1994 Street Fighter movie. So it seems like the perfect time to allow swearing and smut! No holds barred here as we play in the DVG sandbox with all the hilarity and chaos it's known…
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Because variety is the spice of life, we invited Dave and Casey along for todays ride! Yes there are some news topics to talk through (including PulseCon reveals) but it’s the review you’ve all been waiting for: TMNT Mutant Mayhem. Made slightly trickier by the fact Casey hasn’t seen it, but that doesn’t stop us from having a good time! What did th…
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This Week on the Toy Power Podcast we have Special Guest Darren Koziol in the studio, to chat about his role in Australian Comics! Darren is of course the Creator, Editor, Publisher & Primary Author of Dark Oz Comics! He produces many titles under this banner, with hundreds of other creators working on these titles too. After the initial get to kno…
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It’s news day have we our usual selection McFarlane, HasLabs and more to get through. Did the Ghost make the finish line? And will a new Marvel project meet the fate of the infamous Ghost Rider? Mattel let the fans decide and there are some decisions to be made – some more obvious than other. Brian Flynn makes Frank’s year (and indeed his wallet cr…
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This week on the Toy Power Podcast, we are joined by a Spin Master Gab! With our regular get-to-know-you questions out of the way; we move onto our main topic around Raffles, Waffles, Razz or whatever name it takes, to fly under the social media guidelines. So what is a Waffle? (Cause Scotty doesn't know!) What does it take to make a successful Raf…
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This week on the Toy Power Podcast, its another full on News session; as we kick it off with a chat about the new Star Wars Asoka Show - what are we missing? Then it genuinely seems that Todd McFarlane himself has filled our Runsheet with his upcoming reveals and announcements! But can you believe that we are discussing more characters, from the DC…
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Davey sticks around and is here to carry the show as we delve into the world of 80s cartoons. Ready your sugar-high cereal, blanket and remote-less TV as we prepare to park it on the shag-pile brown carpet and relive our favourites. Which cartoon had too much singing in it? Best intro? Best voice and music? Is Scot’s childhood dependence a little t…
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This week on the Toy Power Podcast; we have the Legendary man himself; back to poke fun at everything we say! Yes; Master DaveyDamaged is in the studio to help us get through all the latest news. Not too much regular news to cover, as their where obviously so much announced from SDCC; but now with some early reveals from PowerCon; we easily fill an…
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