There’s always a bit of excitement when model companies announce their prehistoric offerings for the coming year. Starting in November, many of us methodically check their websites while making room on our shelves for the ones we just know we’re gonna get. One such figure was the PAPO’s 2016 feathered velociraptor. I’d already had a couple of their previous raptors which looked as if they’d just walked off the set of JURASSIC PARK (sorry, Hasbro, PAPO does JURASSIC PARK better than you do). This new feathered addition, however, was a completely new take and a welcomed one at that. It was about a full year later when I was finally able to add this to my collection, but definitely worth the wait! Continue reading
Mr. Rogers Neighborhood has gotten a surge of popularity these days thanks to the critically acclaimed, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?. The documentary film chronicles the life of Fred Rogers whom many of us middle-agers remember as the soft-spoken guy routinely changing his shoes before taking us to “The Land of Make-Believe.” Long before there were 24-hour kids’ programming, PBS was about the only weekday respite from soap operas and game shows. Knowing we were a captive audience until the big networks’ rolled out their Saturday morning cartoons, PBS used this as an opportunity to teach us a thing or two. My favorite episode was when Margaret Hamilton a.k.a. The Wizard of Oz’s Wicked Witch of West paid a visit. I was scared to death of her as a kid and her presence on the show eased my anxieties a lot. I also vividly remember when that Purple Panda showed up and, come to think of it, what the heck was that thing anyway? By now you’re all probably wondering what any of this has to do with dinosaurs. Well, it seems that Fred’s native Pittsburgh has a rather unique tribute to “Mr. Rogers” – one where he’s reimagined as a Tyrannosaurus Rex.