The review, as it appeared at the Raving Toy Maniac site, 2/19/97.

Thanks to Scott Carroll for nominating me, and Eric G. Myers for writing such an eloquent piece! (the checks are in the mail, guys.)



Welcome to the "Cool Toy Site of the Week." In the tradition of the well-known "cool" site selection services, we are proud to present our own service. Feedback is welcome and encouraged.

This Week's Cool Toy Site

Jimbob-Wan's Image Depot

Straight from the user recommendation file, this site is so much fun, you'll choke on your popcorn. At first glance, this might appear to be just another custom action figure site. But dig beneath the surface and read between the lines and you'll find a whole new meaning to the concept of customizing. Jimbob, creator of this trip into his personal lunacy, gives the impression that he is playing with your mind while he is playing with his toys.

I am ever so tempted to describe some of the stuff found in these 15 galleries, but part of the fun is being surprised so I will refrain from spoiling it for you. Be advised, some of the humor here is of a mature nature (and as the site advises, Gallery 00 may be a bit much for the over-sensitive, uptight, all-too-politically-correct crowd). But when it comes down to it, it's all in good fun. No one gets hurt (as long as you take Jim's recommendation and use ergonomically designed products and keep a safe distance from the monitor).

Don't pigeonhole this one as a custom site. It's a self-created decimation of pop icons that is more effective at demonstrating the absurdity of modern pop culture than Michael Jackson's Super Bowl halftime show. You'll understand once you've spent an hour wandering the galleries.

Brief technical notes: The server for this page is a wee bit fickle. Sometimes the connect times are almost instantaneous and other times interminable. If you don't get a reasonably quick link, try hitting the link again or the reload button. Trust me, you will become impatient once you've sampled this site. You'll want to see it all.

Keep those recommendations coming!

Past Cool Toy Sites

Team Big Wheel

The Ultimate Guide to Secret Wars

Deceitful Monkey

They Were Extendable: A Micronauts Web Site

The Star Wars Collectors Archive

Where the Wild Toys Are

Mike and Nirah's Custom Figures!

The MEGO Museum

POF Too!

La Ville en Jouets (The City in Toys)

Supermarketing: Classic Ads from the Comic Books

The Nostalgic Wave

Grading Guide For Carded Action Figures

Tin Robots and Space Toys

View-Master

The Pit: G.I Joe Action Figure Archive

Pause Magazine's Toy and Hobby Pages

Steve's Place - The Toy Zone

The Spiderman Action Figure Archive

The Action Figure Web Page

CreatabiliTOYS! - Museum of Advertising Icons

The Fisher Price Toys Home Page

Action Girl's Guide to Female Figures

Sandra's Kinder Site

The Gallery of Monster Toys

Virtual Vikki's Treehouse - The Toy Shelf

Fibblesnork LEGO(R) Guide

The Virtual Toy Shoppe

Deke's Happy Meal Toy of the Week

Virtual Lego

The Mint On Card Page

Behold the Little People

The Super Powers Archive

Action Man Central Intelligence

The Last Action Figure

The Batman: The Animated Series Figure Archive

The Starting Lineup Kenner Collectibles Site

Web-A-Sketch!

The Plastic Princess Page

Duracell - Home of the Copper Top

The Action Figure Times

Lite Brite

The Foam Weapons Arsenal

Disney's Toy Story

Please submit nominations for the Cool Toy Site of the Week. Drop me a line that tells me what the site is all about. Remember to include the URL! Write to emyers@utmdacc.mda.uth.tmc.edu. Let me hear from you!

To count the number of visitors to this page would be like counting the grains found in the Etch-A-Sketch. So suffice it to say that a butt-load of other people have surfed the World Wide Toybox.

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