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8th Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver



Here we go with the sonic screwdriver, no self-respecting Doctor Who fan should be without one.

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Monday, 24 August 2015

Hungover and Hard Up

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Welcome back to That Kitsch Itch the official blog for www.kitschitchtoys.webs.com the UK’s home for retro and vintage toys. Check us out on Facebook ( www.facebook.com/kitschitchtoys) or on YouTube (www.youtube.com/woolicane), plenty of different things to look at, get involved in, buy and so much more still to come.

Okay this is going up very late I know, and I guess you might have worked out my excuse from the title of this blog. Yeah, I may have had a little too much to drink last night, but it shouldn’t be an excuse really. It was a friend of mine’s last night running a pub I go to, drinks went down to a pound a pint, yeah, that’s a good reason to drink something that’s usually £3.50, so that’s my excuse for now.

What I really want to do right now though is give a little bit of a preview, as Kitsch Itch Toys will be in York this Sunday for the York Comic Con. I must admit I’m looking forward to it, especially if I get my hands on the shelves I’m supposed to have by now, but that’s a rant for another time. Either way, I’m going to be a lot more organised then I have been at any of these events before, there are meant to be over a thousand people there, so I’m thinking a bit more organisation is in order. This does mean a lot of stuff needs to be showcased. It’s going to feature play sets including Cat’s Lair, the Tower of Omens, the as yet not talked about Bat Cave from Batman Forever, I really need to record my review of that before we get to the Comic Con, I really want to talk about it before it gets sold. We’ll be showcasing a load of boxed toys mixing Marvel Legends, Disney Winkeez, Power Rangers, Thundercats and Doctor Who. Thinking about it, that’s more boxed stuff then I was expecting to have in stock at this point. There will also be some bargain priced mini figures and blind bags for the more price conscious customers, along with the cheap loose figures that aren’t as collectable as others. I’m not going to focus too much on the action vehicles this time, there will be some, such as the Shell Raiser van from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but they take up so much room both on the table and in the car that they won’t be the main focus. We will bring plenty of the loose figures, letting people stock up on those missing from their collection or nostalgic favourites they don’t have from Masters of the Universe, Ghostbusters, X-Men, and all those other properties listed above. I might even bring out the MASK toys.

So that all seems exciting to me. Maybe I’ll give a review on here about what happened, if it’s a good event expect me to be praising it, if it’s a disaster I might not mention it at all. Other than that I’d like to mention my Top 10 series which continues this Friday as we begin to countdown to the return of Doctor Who next month with my top 10 Doctor/Companion pairings, crossing all versions of Doctor Who. Which pretty much leads us to the end of this week’s slightly overhung and late addition of this blog, next week should be a bit more cohesive. Until then…


Sithee

Monday, 17 August 2015

Traffic & Travel

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Sorry this is going up slightly later than I planned, events have kind of got in the way this week. Especially the traffic this lunch time. I had to journey out when I normally write this and by the Gods was the traffic bad. It was what should have been a ten to twenty minute journey, a quick trip out, dropping my niece off, no big deal. An hour and a quarter later I’m at last pulling up at home, still with my lunch to cook and a load of videos I needed to record. Still I got the videos done, so they should be up over the forth coming Wednesday’s, which is something at least. I’m going to try not to rant too much here, all I’m going to say is bleedin’ roadworks, and move on.

On to more pleasant things, like Collectorabillia in Leeds next month, which has just launched a brand new advert with Kitsch Itch Toys featured across it. I’m hoping I can include it on here so I can show it off a bit, it’ll certainly be going up on www.kitschitchtoy.webs.com so go and check it out there too. It’s shaping up to be an awesome event, as is Ultracon over at Magna near Sheffield, been chatting to the team running that and everything looks amazing for that event. I can hardly wait for these two things to happen. Keep your eyes on the Kitsch Itch site for more on them.



Now I know that last week I said I’d be trumpeting my Patreon campaign here today, unfortunately that hasn’t developed yet, the video I was hoping to record to promote it hasn’t been finished yet, and I really don’t want to start it without that. It should be this week, depending on events that are beyond my control getting in the way like they did last week. At least the camera on my phone should mean the video is a much higher quality. More on this next week no doubt.

Just a quick note as well about some new items that are just arriving in stock. I’ve got the chance to bring in some Kree-O Cityville Invasion blind bags, they are awesome things and I hope to have a load to sell at the upcoming cons  with any over spill to wind up on our website or the ebay page. These minifigures are also part of this week’s Wednesday video, the Blind Bags Summer Special. I’m calling it that mostly because it’s filmed in the garden. It should be lots of fun there’s Marvel and Thomas the Tank Engine involved too. Not only that though, but there is also a few, possibly more than a few, Doctor Who 3 and ¾ figures landing in the store this week. Certainly there is one with the 12th Doctor in his caretaker outfit. Not one of my favourite episodes and not my favourite figure scale, but still they should be awesome. Expect a review of that arriving at some point too.

Other than that I think it’s time to call it a day on this meandering edition of the blog. Hopefully next week will be a bit more focused. There will be a big update coming on Flay’s First Adventure and what might be coming up after that as well. It is looking exciting. Also we’ve got a controversial episode of Fanon still to come this week, all about Thundercats. Keep your eyes out for it and until next week…


Sithee

Monday, 10 August 2015

To Go Global?

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Two things I want to discuss this week, one is good, one not so much. Let’s start with the good stuff first. Kitsch Itch Toys is going global. Now this was always the intention for the site, to slowly grow and begin selling in Europe then the rest of the world. Circumstances have changed however, as they usually do, and those plans are accelerating. Presently the pricing for shipping to mainland Europe is being researched to work out just the right prices to charge, then it’ll be onward to the USA. By the end of September we expect every item in the store to be shippable right round the world. I’m also looking into finding trading partners in both the USA and in Japan, helping the flow of items both ways. If anyone out there reading this is interested in becoming a trading partner of Kitsch Itch Toys we would love to hear from you. Hopefully we can work something out.  We’re an approachable bunch and we do love to foster a sense of cooperation.

Well that’s the good news, now here comes this week’s rant. I am slightly disappointed that every week I seem to have to have a little moan about something, but here we go. This company has been set up using the UK’s New Enterprise Allowance. A great service which lends money to help set up a business and then gives a small weekly payment to help get you on your feet. Sounds great right, and in many ways it is. I couldn’t have set this up without their help. Still, they make you jump through hoops to get it. I don’t mind that too much, it’s what I’d expect. The trouble comes when they make it impossible to make it through the hoops like they have done me this time. I love the royal mail, but I know full well that I can’t rely on it to have something delivered the next day, not even first class. So when I get a letter late on a Friday afternoon asking to mail evidence of business to another town by Tuesday I’m in trouble. By the time things are gathered on the Saturday I’ve missed the last collection, so it won’t be picked up until Monday, it then needs to be sorted and shipped out to the right town, it may arrive at the town by Tuesday, but no chance of it getting to the office then. So they’ve made sure my payments are stopped, or at least suspended. I’m going in to talk to my local office about it today, hopefully that will sort things out but that doesn’t change the fact that they made this an impossible task to complete. It’s like they don’t want people to succeed. Okay rant over, I just needed to get that off my chest.

Hopefully next week I’ll be able to trumpet my patreons, I’m planning to record videos for that this week to explain and entertain my way into getting to some people to donate. I’m also hoping to have an update about Flay’s First Adventure next week so yeah, things should be positive again then. That’s going to do it for this week though, keep watching the usual channels for some interesting new things coming up, including this week’s top ten video on Friday over at www.youtube.com/woolicane I’ll be talking about Superhero movies I’d love to see, but probably won’t it should be a lot of fun. Check out last week’s episode of Fanon while you’re there, it features me talking about one of my favourite topics, Doctor Who, Ace to be more specific. Until next time…


Sithee

Monday, 3 August 2015

Patrons and No Reply

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Welcome back to That Kitsch Itch the official blog for www.kitschitchtoys.webs.com the UK’s home for retro and vintage toys. Check us out on Facebook ( www.facebook.com/kitschitchtoys) or on YouTube (www.youtube.com/woolicane), plenty of different things to look at, get involved in, buy and so much more still to come.

It’s a slow summer, I’ll be perfectly honest, I was hoping things could be moving a bit faster, but still we are going places, things are getting better, and I’m pretty content at the minute, I just need more cash to roll in. Which has led to me looking at two major things, the first is getting booked into more cons and toy/collectors fairs, which when you don’t want to travel too far can be a major issue. Especially when one of the key people I keep trying to contact to get into a whole load more of the cons just doesn’t seem to like to respond, at least not for me, I’ve tweeted, facebooked, I’m at the point where I’m ready to try semaphore. I want to be involved with more cons, that’s why I’m getting in touch, I think I can make money with you and that you can make money from me. It’s a win/win situation, just get back in touch, it’s not hard. I don’t mind being told you’re full and that we can maybe work together in the future, I’m happy enough to wait for that, I’ll be polite and courteous. I’ve been a freelance writer and performer for a number of years, I can take being told no.  Better to hear that then nothing at all. *Takes a deep breath and calms* Okay that’s my, I’m not sure to call it a rant or a plea, either way that’s it over, for now at least. Hopefully have an update on this next week.

My other major new income source I’m looking at right now is Patreon, two patreons actually, one for my YouTube shows and the other for my photomanips. I’ll mostly talk about my YouTube one here as that ties back into Kitsch Itch Toys, if you want to know more about my manip work leave a message here, if there’s enough interest I’ll talk about it. For those of you who don’t know Patreon is a site where you can donate to your favourite content creators to help pay their bills, and you get rewards out of it. Just a couple of quid a month can make all the difference if you can spare it, I know some can make a living from YouTube ad revenue, I can’t and setting something like this up may help me make that little bit more to help the shows keep coming, they take a lot of time and effort and though I do enjoy it, I need to show the accountant that they really do help. I know I shouldn’t be working for the good of the accountant, that’s not where art lies, but still, sometimes it comes down to doing what you have to do in these situations.

Just a couple of other quick updates, first is a general performing one, looking to record a show reel for my voices, been chatting with a VO artist this week and he’s promised to pass my tape along so I might be able to get a bit more voice work. Then there’s Flay’s First Adventure, my proof of concept RPG, it’s going really well, got the first half of the game more or less done, and the second half shouldn’t actually take all that much. Then on to the Alpha testing. So that’s all very exciting to me.

That’s going to cover it this week I think, no major announcements, just the usual, check YouTube Wednesday for a new toy review, Friday for the second episode of Fanon (A Doctor Who focused one this time) check Kitsch Itch Toys through the week, you never know what will be going up there and see you back here in seven for another blog. Until then….


Sithee

Monday, 27 July 2015

British Summer

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Welcome back to That Kitsch Itch the official blog for kitschitchtoys.webs.com the UK’s home for retro and vintage toys. Check us out on Facebook ( www.facebook.com/kitschitchtoys) or on YouTube (www.youtube.com/woolicane), plenty of different things to look at, get involved in, buy and so much more still to come.

Okay not much to talk about this week, but that’s not going to stop me, especially as this is a proper British summer right now, which means it’s raining, a lot. I think this counts as my most British blog, the first thing I talk about is the weather. Still it’s the perfect weather for picking up something knew for your collection by visiting Kitsch Itch Toys, right. Another knock on effect of this weather is that I’m online more than ever, which may be about to grow the gallery section of the website. I’ve been talking to some people that might become contributors to it. If anyone else out there would like to contribute, get in touch, I’d love to hear from you.

Another consequence of being stuck inside so much is that I’m working even more on my first attempt at a game using RPG Maker. Just redesigned the maps and hope to have the alpha version ready for testing by the end of August, another good reason to get in touch , if you want to be part of the alpha testing team. Okay it’s only going to be a simple game, essentially one town and one dungeon, but this is just testing the waters, the bigger adventure will come later. Essentially the game features Flay, a girl that seems out of place with the world and wanting to go off and have adventures. When a ninja master arrives in town she is determined to prove herself to him.

The YouTube stuff seems to be going good to, slowly picking up, everything seems slow these days, and I must say I am very proud of Fanon, if you haven’t checked it out yet you should. On top of that I’m looking to develop another new show, possibly to go up on a Sunday, but this one will be a bit different. Still an action figure and retro centred show, but rather than me giving my opinions it’ll be run like a wrestling show. Essentially what I’m thinking at the moment is a bunch of photos showcasing the ‘match’ like the proof of concept video I already have on my channel featuring the poundland wrestlers, only this time it’ll be Thundercats, MotU and TMNT characters doing the fighting. I’ll be providing commentary with possible special guests, with stories building up to the big megaevent. What do people think about this idea.

Well that’s about it this week, hopefully you enjoyed it, the rain looks to have stopped for a moment so I might sneak out while I can. Hopefully next week I’ll have a major announcement for you. Until then…


Sithee

Monday, 20 July 2015

Fanon Fire

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Welcome back to That Kitsch Itch the official blog for kitschitchtoys.webs.com the UK’s home for retro and vintage toys. Check us out on Facebook ( www.facebook.com/kitschitchtoys) or on YouTube (www.youtube.com/woolicane), plenty of different things to look at, get involved in, buy and so much more still to come.

A little bit of a lean week this week in terms of news, had a few personal issues to deal with. Still, in spite of that I still have got a few more items coming into stock, including an awesome Cyberman Cybercontroller in his chair which is going to be reviewed over on YouTube, so keep your eyes out for that. Also we’ve got our first transformer in stock, that will also get a review before it ends up on ebay.

What I thought I would talk about today though is Fanon, my new fortnightly YouTube show, which is due to kick off this coming Friday with a bumper three topic special. I figured before it went up though I’d explain a bit about what the show is and where the idea for it came from. I’m always looking to add a new idea to my YouTube channel, as you might be able to see from the content up there. I have lots of other plans for things that are going to go up as well, for example I will be adding more Doctor Who reviews when the series comes back in September. So while thinking what I could put up opposite my top 10 countdowns I headed down the rabbit hole and ended up watching a load of random YouTube videos about theories in films, comics and video games. I also found myself on TV Tropes a lot too and discovered the WMG section full of speculation. The fact that I got into these two left me feeling that I could do this, I mean I already do it, give me a show and I will over think it and see patterns in things that aren’t there.

So here I am thinking about these fan theories and my own and then I get into chats with friends of mine over on Deviantart about some of the continuity problems with Doctor Who and Power Rangers. Suddenly everything clicked into place, I could make my own YouTube show about this, going into the details of the gaps in continuity and how to fix them, going after what Marvel always used to call the no prize. I didn’t just want to go the same route as these others doing it though, I had to have my own unique spin on it, such as the Scooby Doo theory that’s coming up in part one, or something I haven’t heard anywhere. So armed only with my imagination and an internet connection I bravely set out on the path to fanon.

Hopefully that makes the concept and origin of the show clear, and I hope it’s something you can enjoy. I will talk about any form of entertainment on there, but if I get something special in stock that week, expect that to feature heavily in the show.

So that’s going to do it for another week. Time to see what new stuff I can put on the site or on the ebay shop, I really need to drop a link to that in the store too. Don’t forget a new video goes up on Wednesday and Fanon launches on Friday, then back here next Monday for more of my ramblings. Until then…

Sithee

Monday, 13 July 2015

SDCC, Flay, Collectorabilia and Fanon, Oh My

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Welcome back to That Kitsch Itch the official blog for kitschitchtoys.webs.com the UK’s home for retro and vintage toys. Check us out on Facebook ( www.facebook.com/kitschitchtoys) or on YouTube (www.youtube.com/woolicane), plenty of different things to look at, get involved in, buy and so much more still to come.

Lots to talk about this week, so no more shilly-shallying. First let’s address the elephant in the room, SDCC, now we all know I have to talk about it, I can’t just ignore something this massive, but it’s Monday, it’s only just finished, to jump in now might be a little soon, that’s why this week’s top 10 countdown will be all SDCC, I’m going to address it there, see the link above to take you to that come Friday. I will say though, the big Thundercats announcement has got me pumped, I can’t not say that.

Next up is one of the reasons there have been less updates coming to Kitsch Itch Toys, and that is Flay. Now I’m not sure this is really the place to talk about her, but I figured I had to at least mention her. Recently, as well as commitments as a musician, artist, writer, and being the man behind Kitsch Itch Toys, I’ve recently been learning how to make video games. I have an RPG Maker that I’m playing with at the moment and I hope to bring something out about a character called Flay as she learns to be the hero the Kingdom of Yo’ire needs. She may even be getting her own blog too, so watch this space, it’s certainly looking interesting with her.

Also wanted to talk briefly about Collectorabilie in Leeds come September. Yes I know I’ve talked about it here before, and I’m sure I’ll talk about it here again, but it is shaping up to be an epic event and I’m getting excited as the fliers came through today so figured I’d mention that, really good quality too, they’ll be being packaged in with my stock over the next couple of months, so watch out for that piece of spam.

Fourthly I want to talk about another new show I want to put on YouTube, as the Top 10’s are fortnightly I figured this would slot into the other weeks nicely. It’s called Fanon, and it’s going to basically be me talking about wild speculation, guess work and theories around some of the shows I either watch or used to watch, games I’ve played, books, films and who knows what else, with a strong emphasis on things that tie in to what we’re selling at Kitsch Itch Toys. This can be anything from simple stuff like Scooby Doo, Where Are You is set in an economic depression, or the more advanced ideas like how Mario is the bad guy. They are all based on my ideas, things I’ve read on the internet and hushed conversations in the corners of pubs, so please take it all with a pinch of salt, still I think it’ll be fun.

So that’s it for another week here at Kitsch Itch headquarters, hope this week has been fun and informative, we had a lot to get through in a short amount of time, but I think I managed to keep more focused this week. Remember to check out kitschitchtoys.webs.com for some great retro goodness, like us on facebook, watch the YouTube videos and keep an eye on the twittersphere, you never know where I’ll be popping up next to talk about this fun stuff. So until next time…


Sithee

Monday, 6 July 2015

Thunder... Thunder... Thunder...

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I said last week that I’d probably talk about Patrick Macnee this week, and I really do want to do that, I want to make my tribute to him for YouTube too, but I haven’t had the chance yet. I’m thinking I’ll probably put together a top ten avengers episodes featuring Steed, or something similar. I need something cathartic like that I think, but until I can get that video done I don’t want to say too much.

That’s why I’m moving on to talk about the action photos, you may have seen that they haven’t gone online yet, but I have been taking some. These have involved the original Masters of the Universe, specifically Ram Man and Man-E-Faces taking on Skeletor and some other evil warriors, with a little help from Thunder Punch He-Man. I’ve also done a few featuring the modern Thundercats figures, or at least a few of them, though this was mostly to get some shots of the next thing I want to talk about.

That is my new stock, just arrived this morning, one of the reasons this is going up later than I’d originally wanted, and that was a big box of Thundercats goodness. Not much in it, a couple of Mumm-Ra figures, one in his mummy form, the other in his Ever Living form, both of them from LJN and both of them complete with all their accessories. A very good start I must admit, then there was a card back from the original run, okay not something over special but it will go into the display when I’m next at a convention, so that’s good. Next thing I pulled out the box was something I never expected to find in the box, a modern three-and-three-quarter inch Cheetara. Okay it’s not all that special, loose and weaponless, but it’s a nice bonus to find. Then we have what’s really got me excited about this new arrival. Two boxed items, they have both been opened, but they are still complete, still polybagged, in the original bags they came in no less, and they are just awesome. They are from the new Thundercats series, and they are iconic items from that show and the original. One is a Thundertank, I already have one of these in my collection so I know how awesome it is already. The other is one I don’t have in my collection, but I may have to add, and that’s the Tower of Omens. It may not have the most play features, but it makes such a lovely display piece, even if it is very brown. As most of the bags had been opened I was able to put it together and have a play around with it, take some action photos with it, and put it away again no worse for wear. I’m looking forward to getting these photos up, as well as the video review of it too, and wish I could keep it for myself. I knew this would be the worst thing with Kitsch Itch Toys, wanting to keep, but knowing I must sell. Expect it to be on the site this week, along with the others that have just arrived.

That about wraps things up for this week, visit the usual sites as mentioned above, especially kitschitchtoys.webs.com and I’ll see you on Wednesday for the new video and back here next week for another blog entry.


Sithee

Monday, 29 June 2015

Action/Adventure

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Welcome back to That Kitsch Itch the official blog of Kitsch Itch Toys;  the UKs home for retro and vintage toys, check us out at kitschitchtoys.webs.com,  www.facebook.com/kitschitchtoys, or www.youtube.com/woolicane, there’s pretty much something for everyone there with new stock going online more or less daily.

Okay so here we go, it’s on late again, so here we go again with the excuses, the issue is I’ve been away and have only just managed to finish catching up on the messages, emails and tweets, I know it’s no excuse, but it does mean I have a couple of big announcements coming up. Firstly that I am scheduled to appear on an episode of krytie TV over on www.youtube.com/user/kry102001/ talking all things Red Dwarf, we are setting up the recording times as we speak. I’ll probably speak more about this in the future. The second big announcement is that Kitsch Itch Toys is going back to Leeds, September 19th I believe it is, for Collectorabilia from retro events ( retroevents.co.uk ) which should be much more up my street. There have been other little things going on too, but none that I can make a big showy announcement for on here yet.

Also the eagle-eyed among you may have noticed the top ten underrated Disney films list did not appear on Friday, well I did warn about being crazy busy, and that it might get put back a week. It wasn’t going to be though, I got it all scripted and ready to record but then a hero of mine, Patrick Macnee, passed away and I recorded a brief thing for him instead, I wasn’t in the mood to be jovial then, as you can probably tell if you’ve seen the video, so that’s going up this Friday. I will talk more about Patrick Macnee later too, as I’m planning a proper video tribute to him on top of the usual content.

That brings us on to what I told you last week I’d talk about, and that’s Action Photos. Now action photos is going to be a gallery on kitschitchtoys.webs.com or at least on a website linked to it if not. It’s going to feature photos of action figures, mostly ones in stock, in action scenes or even in gifs. They’ll post to the facebook page too, in fact I’ve got one on there that is essentially what I mean, and a few will crop up on twitter too. They’re just a little bit of entertainment from a toy fan like myself, hopefully they will be artistic and interesting, though really I’ll be going for exciting and awesome, some may be captioned, while others may be multipart stories. Hopefully eventually I’ll be able to add submissions to it to make some even more epic scenes and another fun way to interact with the site. I mean it’s not like I don’t have enough to do on top of that. Still if you’ve seen my YouTube videos you know how much I like playing with photos, and if you haven’t seen my YouTube videos there are links all over the place.

That about wraps it up for today though, next week, unless something else comes up or in, I’ll probably either be talking Patrick Macnee or Red Dwarf, so if you’re a fan of either of them stay tuned. Other than that remember to check us out on facebook (www.facebook.com/kitschitchtoys), Twitter (www.twitter.com/woolicane), YouTube (www.youtube.com/woolicane) and of course www.kitschitchtoys.webs.com and until next time,


Sithee

Monday, 22 June 2015

Countdown to Countdown

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Welcome back to the official blog of Kitsch Itch Toys, the UKs home for retro and vintage toys, check us out at kitschitchtoys.webs.com  www.facebook.com/kitschitchtoys or www.youtube.com/woolicane there’s pretty much something for everyone there with new stock going online more or less daily.

So last week I talked about trading at my first con in Leeds. I was expecting to gush about it this week, saying how well we’d done and how I was looking forward to the next one. Unfortunately it didn’t work out like that for me, it was all about the comics at that one. Now I love comics, ten years ago I’d have probably spent a ton there getting missing back issues, but I don’t love the fact that comic collectors didn’t seem willing to part with much cash for toys that day. It was a great event that I would recommend to any comic book collector but it just isn’t my market, shame really. Still some good contacts were made and I enjoyed the experience, I have learnt a lot from it too, like how to set out my stock, so far from a total loss. Plus I might have struck a deal to bring a whole load more stock to Kitsch Itch Toys without costing me the Earth (but meaning I won’t get much profit back either because it’s a commission situation)

So what next, well I’ll be booking onto more shows in the coming weeks, so look out for announcements about that, but the immediate plan is to set up an ebay shop to help broaden the amount of people Kitsch Itch can reach, I’m also going to look into the amazon market place, but I don’t know enough about that yet. Expect me to have added another link to the opening paragraph next week to show off this store. The best thing about an ebay store is that I can actually use it to bring people to the main site, which is always my main objective really. So that’s my excitement for this week, keep watching www.twitter.com/woolicane  for more on how it’s going and then be back here next Monday for more details.

On top of the ebay shop though I’m adding something else to the Kitsch Itch family and that’s top ten countdowns. Over on my youtube channel you will already find a few countdowns, but they are an irregular thing at the moment, I want to make them something more regular. Now I’m already releasing one video a week on there (every Wednesday there’s something new) but I will be releasing countdowns fortnightly on a Friday. I intend to start this week with a countdown based on my picks for the most underrated Disney films, though circumstance may push this back to next week. So that’ll be a blog here on a Monday, a new review/haul/misc video on a Wednesday and a top ten on a Friday, plus all the new stock on the website and my other big project action photos, though I’m going to talk more about them next week. Soon Kitsch Itch Toys will be taking over the whole world.

I think that more or less wraps things up for this week, a little disparate perhaps with mostly housekeeping but hopefully it entertained at least a little while it informed. Remember to check us out on facebook (www.facebook.com/kitschitchtoys), Twitter (www.twitter.com/woolicane), YouTube (www.youtube.com/woolicane) and of course www.kitschitchtoys.webs.com and until next time,


Sithee

Monday, 15 June 2015

On The Road Again

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Welcome to this week’s edition of That Kitsch Itch, the official blog of Kitsch Itch Toys, the UK’s home to retro and vintage toys. After last week’s rant, I’m pleased to say I’m in a much better mood today.  The computer is working fine, the facebook ads are boosting site traffic, I’ve got most of my stock organised for easy transport and I’m getting more and more convention and collector fair bookings. All in all, that means that now is a great time to jump aboard at kitschitchtoys.webs.com and see what all the fuss is about.

In fact I want to chat a little today about conventions. I’ve got my first one as a trader coming this Saturday (20th June), it’s a Sci Fi, Comic and Card Fair in Leeds, if you’re in the area of the Leeds Town Hall on Saturday you should check it out, come by and say hello.  Of course it’s not the first one I’ve been to, I’m a veteran of the local collector’s fairs and mini cons we get in these parts leading to meeting Darth Vader, Doctor Who’s version of Winston Churchill and plenty of other interesting people that either had books to shill or were just selling their autographs. I think my favourite was Toby Philpott, he was one of the people who worked as a puppeteer for Jabba the Hut (as well as a lot of other jobs with Jim Henson) and had worked as a clown, a juggler and lots of other things, he works as a librarian now. He’s led a fascinating life and he was great to chat to, spent about half an hour chatting with him and would love to chat with him again. If you get the chance to meet him you should check him out.

Another top moment for me in terms of convention attending came a couple of years ago with my father. My car was in the garage getting a little work done and he agreed to give me a lift there. He’s not quiet the collector I am, in fact he general thinks these sorts of things don’t really have any value and doesn’t approve of Kitsch Itch Toys, but he does enjoy shows like Doctor Who and when he were a lad he had a big comic book collection so there is hope for him, he enjoys looking at the items for sale at these events even if he wouldn’t buy them himself. Still he is a little, shall we say straight laced, he spends most of his time in a proper business suit and thinks pretending to be bigoted is funny. That’s why it was so funny to see his reaction to the cosplayers. Now I’m a part time actor (another pursuit he doesn’t approve of) so I really enjoy dressing up, if I had the budget or the sawing skills I would probably be a cosplayer myself, in fact I’m probably going to pop an RPM Morpher on my arm in Leeds and claim I’m in costume. My father on the other hand… It’s always so much fun to watch an accountant try not to freak out while surrounded by Poison Ivy, The Joker, Thor, a team of Ghostbusters and so many other absolutely awesomely realised characters. He’s meant to be coming with me to Leeds too, should be interesting, hope there are lots of cosplayers, but then I was hoping that before he was coming.

Last thing I want to say is I’ve just got my hands on a bunch of tins of Disney Winkeez, they are awesome things and they have just gone up on kitschitchtoys.webs.com be sure to check them out before they sell out. Don’t forget about my YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/woolicane) new videos go up at least every Wednesday, the latest one is looking at my Ultimate DC Team so comic book fans should certainly check it out. And be back here in seven to see how Leeds went and here the latest gossip, news and excitement from Kitsch Itch Toys.


Sithee

Monday, 8 June 2015

I Hate Technology!

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Welcome to this weeks –LATE- instalment of That Kitsch Itch, the blog from Kitsch Itch Toys; the UKs home for retro and vintage toys. Visit us at kitschitchtoys.webs.com check out my YouTube page at www.youtube .com/woolicane and follow me on twitter @woolicane. So that’s the shilling out the way now on to this week’s main topic.

I admit that this week’s title may be a little strong, I don’t actually hate technology, what I hate is technology when it’s not working, which is most of the time it seems. Phone’s that need charging twice a day, tablets that crash because they’re half full and computers that, well that just die. If you hadn’t guessed this is why this is late going up, I’ve had some major computer problems, problems that have led to me having to borrow a computer just to get this up at all. Something of an issue for someone running an internet business.

I blame iTunes, I’m probably being unfair, but I do. I downloaded it yesterday onto my computer and instantly things started going wrong. Subtle ways at first, my computer slowed down, iTunes store couldn’t connect to the internet. Annoying yes, but not life changing or even work threatening. Then came this morning, that’s when things changed. It was taking a lot longer to boot up, especially considering its one of these lightning quick solid state drives, and then it wouldn’t connect to the internet. Nothing I did helped it, I tried turning it off and on again, nothing, I followed a load of instructions found on the internet (which helped me get rid of some malware), still no internet. Finally I managed to make it to the set up screen and restored my settings. I really thought that was going to work. Now the computer won’t boot up at all. Oh and I’ve only had the dam thing since February.

What this means is I may be about to lose a load of photos that I was going to use for the site, a few videos that featured stock walkthroughs and who knows how much other work. Nothing on it that’s irreplaceable, just inconvenient to replace, especially with no computer to replace it on. It also means that I can’t edit down the photos I do still have to upload onto the site or the facebook page, which is even more annoying, I want to move along but the tech won’t let me. –Oh by the way check out Kitsch Itch Toys on facebook and drop us a like, it does us loads of good- So instead of spending the day reviewing my new Amazing Spider-Man figure I just got in (along with a few others for that series still boxed) and photographing and uploading more stock I spent the day failing to fix something that shouldn’t have gone wrong yet, and in the end handing it over to the IT department of my accountant, yes really.

This was not the blog I was intending to write today, I wanted to talk about films that got kid friendly toy lines that probably shouldn’t, you know the likes of Terminator 2 and Robocop, it’d be like the upcoming Deadpool movie getting its own line of Mashers. I also wanted to talk about the upcoming cons Kitsch Itch Toys will be at, I’ll save that for next week though where it gets enough space. The last thing I want to mention is Eon Quest it’s a kick starter that I’m supporting and it’s coming to an end, get in while you can, I want that graphic novel here at Kitsch Itch Toys. I think that’s enough of a rant for this week, pop in to kitschitchtoys.webs.com ,  facebook.com/kitschitchtoys or twitter.com/woolicane I need a good cheer up.


Sithee

Monday, 1 June 2015

Timey-Whimey

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Welcome to this week’s instalment of That Kitsch Itch, the official blog of Kitsch Itch Toys, the UKs home for retro and vintage toys from the ‘70s to today. The store is now officially open, though due to unforeseen illness the big social network push has had to be delayed until this week. Expect lots of stuff being posted across YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, the forums and who knows where else. The invasion begins in ernest. In the meantime don’t forget to check out kitschitchtoys.webs.com  

As exciting as that is though what I really want to talk to you about today is Doctor Who. This probably isn’t a shocking choice of topic if you’ve read the title, but it is one very close to my heart. That’s right I’m a Doctor Who fan, I’ve been a Whovian since well before that term was in common usage. I remember watching the show when I was seven and Sylvester McCoy was the man with the TARDIS key (now that’s giving away my age). I remained a huge fan during those dark, dark years when it was off telly, or at least it was only there in reruns. I was one of those there cheering and jumping for joy when Russel T Davis returned the show to our screens bringing Christopher Eccelston out as Doctor number 9. And I’m still here now eagerly anticipating its return for the new series, even if I’m not such a fan of Clara. If you want more on my problems with her check out my reviews of the last series over on my YouTube page (https://www.youtube.com/user/woolicane) but that’s not what I want to talk about here, I want this to remain upbeat and positive, let’s just say I have issues with the character and how she’s written, I think Jenna Coleman is a very good actress.

When the series came back though it went from being this classic cult series to totally mainstream. It was a proper hit series, to much rejoicing from old school fans such as me even if there were a lot of differences that us classic series fans sometimes like to moan about, it even cracked America. Now this was a show that cranked out a tone of merchandise even when it was off the air, this went into overdrive when it became the smash hit it still is now. Alongside so many other great items, toy company, Character brought out some amazing five inch scale figures and we’ve just got a load of them in at Kitsch Itch Toys. What did you think I was talking about one of my great passions just for fun, no this is still going to tie back to new stock that I’m excited about sharing with you. The figures we’ve currently got in stock include the incredibly popular Tenth Doctor, the first New Who companion Rose, spinoff superstar Captain Jack Harkness as well as a bunch of awesome monsters such as the Slitheen, a pair of Autons, an awesome looking (and massive) warewolf and even a Cyberman. As well as a load of loose figures I have also managed to get my hands on a box set from series four comprising of companion dark horse Donna, the base breaker River Song and the Narrator who, in David Tennant’s last story, turned out to be…

Sorry I’m not going to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet. If you can’t tell I’m pretty excited about getting these figures in. I’m a huge fan of the show and a huge fan of these figures. Some of them might not even find their way to the site because I might sneak them into my Doctor Who display. Watch this space for more on that dilemma. Either way I think this just about finishes this week’s post, if you want to chat more about the Doctor and his adventures feel free to message me on the contact page of Kitschitchtoys.webs.com and check out the other stuff on sale there too.  Until next time.


Sithee

Monday, 25 May 2015

A Mega Win

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Welcome to That Kitsch Itch, the blog for Kitsch Itch Toys, the UK’s home for retro and vintage toys. Three weeks in and already this blog is going up late. Okay it’s only a couple of hours late, but still, sets a bad precedent. Saying that it’s been a busy prepping for the launch of the store going live, along with having been away all weekend and shopping for new stock, so I think I do get a little bit of a free pass for today.

As I say, today the shop official opens for business, I was hoping to hold off until we actually got the unique URL, but it’s taking too long so we are launching with http:kitschitchtoys.webs.com be sure to come and check us out. If you’ve been following the development of this store, either through this blog or my YouTube channel (youtube.com/woolicane) then you’ll know some of the exciting stuff we’ve got on there and due to arrive in stock as the weeks progress. This includes rare and common items from Thundercats, Masters of the Universe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers and so many other classic brands or forgotten gems. If you are looking for something in particular that isn’t on the site yet or you are shopping from beyond the shores of the British Isles then there is a contact page on Kitsch Itch, getting in touch and I’ll see what I can work out for you. We love to hear from fans of these brands and of toy collecting and similar pursuits in general, drop us a line, say what you like, what you don’t, how we could improve the site. We at Kitsch Itch want this site to be the heart of the collecting community.

Despite all the hard work that has gone into getting the site ready for the store itself opening tonight (or if you are reading this after Monday it should already be open) but I’ve still managed to get even more stock in, there is still so much to go on the website yet, make sure you keep checking back as new stock should be added every day. Today for example I just managed to secure a few Power Rangers Megaforce figures. They may be in the less collector friendly 3 and ¾ inch scale and still be pretty recent figures (they may even be the most recent in stock right now) but they are very cool figures with great articulation and are shiny. Oh yeah and they are also in their original packaging, that’s our first piece of stock still mint on card, which is really exciting, especially if you’re a Power Rangers fan. There is even a chance we’ll be able to bring in a few more of these as well which is creating a bit of a buzz round the Kitsch Itch table.

It’s not just about the modern toys this week though, because we also have managed to secure a whole lot of MASK toys, including 15 figures and 8 vehicles. They are all in what we like to call preloved condition, with quite a bit of ware on a couple of the vehicles, but all the figures still have their masks, which is kind of important with this line. Not one I’ve followed that closely, so I think some research may be needed, but as it had one of the best theme songs ever so I have no problem with that.

Lots of other things I could go over right now, but I think I should be getting on with going live with the website so one last plug for kitschitchtoys.webs.com once you’ve finished this blog and keep your eyes on youtube.com/woolicane for some videos featuring some of the upcoming stock. We will return to normal scheduling next week.


Sithee

Monday, 18 May 2015

Who Ya Gonna Call

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Welcome to the second instalment of That Kitsch Itch, the blog belonging to Kitsch Itch Toys, the UK’s home for retro and vintage toys. In the first blog I gave a brief overview of who I am and what the shop is about, I’m not going to go over that again here, but if you want to know more about it I recommend you go check it out. This week I want to give a little bit of an update on things. Firstly I want to talk about the website, currently at http:kitschitchtoys.webs.com (this is a temporary address while I wait for my tax code so I can officially take up kitschitchtoys.co.uk). This is going very well (as you well know if you’re reading this post on there, we are featuring each new blog on there in the other fun stuff section). We’ve got a load of products arriving there, still only in a coming soon state at the moment, still in the process of linking it to my paypal, but I expect them to go live and able to be bought by tonight. So that’s all exciting. Also I’ve spent this morning photographing more stock to go online, just a pity that after about the third item added to the site it gets really repetitive. Still I’m pleased at how it’s coming on and it is getting into that really exciting stage.

Then there is the alleged high street store. This was (and still is) a key part of the overall business plan, I found the perfect shop, okay it was a bit of a fixer-upper but it was in a great place, had the right amount of space and (at least for the first year) the rent was reasonable. It all looked good and things were moving nicely. Then the blasted estate agents demanded a bank check. Now that was fair enough, I had no objection to that, I’ve never had any debts (except the loan that I’ve taken for this project; and in the grand scheme of things even that’s not all that much), had no convictions, nothing to suggest I am have any bad credit and the last time I had it checked, which was December, my credit score was as good as it could be. I figured that this bank check was a mere formality that would just get my application rubber stamped. I was wrong. Instead I got an email back saying ‘sorry because of the report from the bank we are refusing your request to rent this space.’ Naturally I pressed for more info but they refused to give me any more details. The only thing I can think of is that maybe the file was too thin, I’ve never borrowed outside of my student loan until now, had no credit cards, etc, but if that’s the problem how can I improve on that if because of it I don’t get the chance. It’s frustrating I can tell you that. So now here I am roaming the streets of the city and looking for new premises, hoping that I won’t just get turned down for no good reason once again.

Still, that’s all part of the game I guess, I’m still enthusiastic about the whole thing and a little set back like that isn’t going to slow me down. Besides there are so many great things still to talk about. Like the package I got through the post today. Who Ya Gonna Call… that’s right I got some Real Ghostbusters figures. The original ones for that matter, the first released figures from 1986. I have in stock now not only the four Ghostbusters but also the proton packs they came with (in various states, but mostly pretty good) and the ghosts they came packaged with. The only thing missing is the card backs, which means I’m calling them complete, which as far as I’m concerned is pretty damned epic. They are going to be offered as separate purchases on the site but if someone’s interested in buying them altogether then contact me through the contact me page on the site and I’m sure we can work something out. 

I think that epic journey will do for this week, more excitement next week, until then remember to check out http:kitschitchtoys.webs.com


Sithee

Monday, 11 May 2015

Welcome To The Kitsch Itch

Welcome to the Kitsch Itch

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Welcome to my new blog for Kitsch Itch Toys, the UK’s home for retro and vintage toys. The site is still under construction as I write this but I thought it was the perfect time to talk about what’s to come with this impressive website and (hopefully) high street shop. This blog is going to be a weekly feature of the site giving me (and maybe some guests) a forum to talk about new stock, news stories or frankly anything else to do with this collectors market. The intention is for a new blog post to launch here every Monday.

Let’s start with a little more about me. I’m Ric Woolicane, I review toys on YouTube as well as being a musician, actor and writer. I am also the owner of Kitsch Itch Toys. I have been a fan of all things nerdy as long as I can remember and, as an actor it’s no surprise, I have never really grown up. I have a massive collection of toys myself ranging from the classics that I grew up with such as Masters of the Universe and Thundercats to the more recent releases such as Zomlings and Spongebob Squarepants. I have always read comics, mostly Marvel, though I must admit I’ve been out of the loop recently, only picking up a little of what’s been going on through friends and spoilers on the ‘net. I’ve watched every Marvel movie ever made (even the unreleased Fantastic Four from the early ‘90s) and most of the DC ones and I can quote most of Red Dwarf, Airplane and Casablanca. I have also been a Whovian since the Sylvester McCoy era, pick Next Generation in Star Trek series (though TOS movies were the best) and still play retro games on my SNES emulator. Hopefully for any doubters out there this proves my nerd-cred, not that I’m too worried about it, and that I know at least some of what I talk about in this field. This blog, like Kitsch Itch generally, is geared to be for collectors by collectors.

Now more about the store itself. At the moment the stock I’ve got coming in is mostly unboxed, second hand (toys from thirty years ago being pre-owned, who’d have thought that) and lacking many accessories (with some rather notable exceptions). I also hope to stock some of the modern rereleased items or updated versions but I have yet to find them at just the right price. Play sets and vehicles are also coming into stock including a rather awesome Cat’s Lair from the Thundercats Miniatures line which even still has its box. Look out for a review of that on my YouTube channel , it will be coming soon. So far we definitely have stock in for fans of Masters of the Universe (lots of figures mostly), Thundercats (Figures, Play sets, Vehicles and more), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (from all the major toy lines the franchise has spawned), Visionaries (anyone other than me love this much underrated ‘80s classic), the A Team (oh yes, they had a toy line in the ‘80s) and Power Rangers (from the earliest series right up to the new Saban era). There are many others due to arrive too for other great franchises. The website is live, but not yet selling, it’s almost ready though, about one update away. The high street store is a little further away, especially with the loss of the originally intended location, more on that next week probably.

So that just about does it for this first blog. I know it’s been mostly exposition based here, but that’s just because it’s the first blog post. Soon as we settle in we’ll be having a lot more fun on here, hopefully starting next week. Until then check out kitschitchtoys.webs.com (this is only a temporary address while the purchased URL comes into effect) and youtube.com/woolicane


Sithee