July 2018

Hello from our side of the cosmos!

We hope you’re staying cool in this massive heatwave. Though with summer conventions like Midsummer Scream and SD Comic Con, it’s hard to stay home! Our recommendation? Why not sit under the AC and put on your favorite scary movie? Here at Blast, we just received a whole new family of movie maniacs to keep you company at night.


Those of you who’ve been in the store lately might have noticed that our magnets were a little slack recently. Well, we finally have our magnet machine pieces, and we’ve updated our library with some new magnets.



On top of our new selection of magnets, we are also now the owners of an expansive He-Man collection, including playsets, DVD’s and action figures from their creation in the 1980’s!


On top of our new collections, this week we have our monthly Mint on Card Comedy show, as well as Horror Trivia Night and Ladies and Gents Night out! Be sure to sign up for our newsletter so that you don’t miss out on anything in the months to come!

June 2018

Hello the cosmos!

It’s been an eventful first half of the year for us here at Blast From the Past! If you haven’t checked out our newsletter yet, first be sure to sign up for our monthly emails, and then come on into the store for events happening this month.

We’ve gotten in a lot of new treasures this month, especially for our scifi lovers! First up, we’ve got an influx of travelers straight from Jupiter 2. Our new collection of Lost in Space figures stretch from the original 1960’s show to the 1998 remake, almost all pristine in their boxes.


And if the Robinson’s aren’t your space family, how about the Skywalker’s? Take a trip to the moon of Endor with this complete Ewok Playset.

This lucky find was brought to us by a local, and we’re eager to get it to a new, loving home. Comes with elevator, catapult and C3PO’s deity chair. Flying Ewok sold separately.

And while we have new additions for our scifi corner, don’t think we’ve forgotten about you horror lovers!

Creature Feature has unfortunately left their Magnolia location, but all is not lost! We’ve been lucky enough to accumulate a good portion of their stock of theatrical soundtracks. Separately, we managed to get our hands on a collection of Living Dead Dolls!








In addition to the creepy crawlies and full soundtracks, we are fortunate enough to have gathered up a collection of Herby the Lovebug original memorabilia, including printed books and to scale models.

On top of our new collections, you can always visit us for all your geeky needs. And with Father’s Day just around the corner, remember take advantage of our Walking Dad’s Day sale of Walking Dead merchandise! This Friday and Saturday only!

As for other in store events, last week’s comedy show was a roaring hit, as always. Next week, be sure to catch our Horror Trivia night and our live reading of the film script Rosemary’s Baby. Remember to sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss this month’s or future events in the store!

The Past Was A Blast

Listen, the past was a blast. Sometimes it leaves us aghast at how it can go by fast. Or how much will last when the die has been cast. Like a mighty ship mast, the nostalgia is vast. At times it feels unsurpassed, the joy that was amassed. A welcome contrast from the present’s lambaste. When one is harassed by the current forecast, we hold steadfast. We went around and asked, and the response made us enthusiasts.

Star Wars Fever (*sung to the tune of Pac Man Fever)

It’s time for Star Wars again. It feels like the Christmas season is now Star Wars season, because for three Christmases now we have gotten a new Star Wars film when throughout history we would have to wait sometimes decades with no assurances that Star Wars universe would continue in film beyond the current storyline. Now that Mickey Mouse himself holds the key, he has promised one Star Wars film every year until maybe the end of time itself. This seems exciting in theory, but we get Christmas every year so why not Star Wars? Say what you will about the first JJ Abrams entry into this nu-Star Wars era but consensus on ROGUE ONE and the upcoming THE LAST JEDI are pretty good, and the producers have done a fine job so far of keeping things consistent and entertaining. I’m sure in a few years, once things seem stale, they’ll shake things up a bit. The cool thing about Star Wars is that it’s a giant sandbox where all sorts of stories can be told in a seemingly endless possibility of ways. It’s weird to know that we’ll never see the end of Star Wars. It will outlive us and continue far after we are gone. Okay, I’m depressed now. But that’s also sort of rad.

101 Dalmatians or 1 big lie?

Disney has sold us for years on animated and live action entertainment featuring 101 firehouse canines but has anyone ever actually counted them? Are we getting the full 101? How much back payment would we be entitled to if we all walked into a courtroom and asked for some sort of monetary compensation after being lied to on just how many dogs we were actually getting for our buck. In the 90’s, there was a 101 DALMATIANS animated tv show that only really featured like 3 on a regular basis and even then I knew I should probably be investigated what is really going on. The direct to video sequel, 101 DALMATIANS 2: PATCH’S LONDON ADVENTURE also didn’t really feature all of them instead focusing on just a few. Wake up, everyone. We aren’t getting as many Dalmatians as we are supposed to and we should probably devote more time in our lives to this cause.

This is IT!

This weekend, we got to see the long gestating IT feature film! And so many people were feverishly anticipating it that it broke all kinds of box office records and is on track to become the biggest horror movie of all time! The likes which haven’t been seen since THE EXORCIST became the highest grossing movie of all time in 1973. Adapted once before for television in 1990, this film chooses to focus on the first half of the book, leaving the rest of the book ready for sequels. A group of kids in the mythical and magical summer of 1989 must defeat a supernatural entity that becomes their worst fears realized after they discover its been murdering the children of the town.

The cast was stupendous, the writer was emotional, the visuals were scary and I think fans are now clamoring for a follow up! We sure are. We are also excited to see what this means for the state of horror in general now that studios now see how hungry the audience is for more frights. If anything, this means less horror movies released on Halloween weekend and more in September so we have the whole Halloween season to enjoy them!

Beat Of The Bat Kickstarter!

Our resident Batman fan, Pat Evans, is making a documentary about the music of the 1966 television show! He has already completed several interviews but has a kickstarter to get the proper funds. Check out his page and contribute what you can!

Where does romance play into geekdom?

Geekdom is at it’s most powerful, it’s most accessible and it’s most mainstream. Men and women alike are now allowed to be loud and proud about their interests. What once was lame is now relatable. We can now share in our common interests instead of treating it as our dirty little secret. These passions are now integral parts of many people’s romantic relationships. Bonds forged over binging seasons of Doctor Who or waiting in line for days for a Marvel panel. It’s probably played a huge part in unions that would have never unioned before. Yet another reason to rejoice in the power of the geek. It used to be strongly rooted in the past and now it can be a big part of our future. Let’s just say we know a lot of babies named Loki, okay?

The Force Awakens vs. Rogue One

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY was released this past month, one of the first in many now annual Star Wars film releases. Are Star Wars fans ready to handle the excitement of a Star Wars movie being released every single year? We are now feeling the effects of it by having a new movie, unrelated to the last, arrive. The overall reaction was very positive but it seems to have created yet another subdivision of nerd culture. Most like both, but take a hard loyalty for one over the other. Some even are dead set against it, which the last movie didn’t seem to have. In fact it seems that the last movie received universal praise with little backlash while fans became very critical of this one. Perhaps it’s the lack of prestige that comes from the “official” saga releases. ROGUE ONE actually feels very ancillary and supplemental. Like a well done comic book or novel. But we’ve found that a mainstream audiences rarely looks to the deep dives of a franchise to satiate their desires for storytelling. So maybe it was a little too inside baseball for some? We think that it had savvy for hardcore fans of the series that didn’t alienate new comers. A perfect blend of it that allows you to enjoy it at your own pace. What do you think?

What is a Christmas movie?

There has been much debate over what actually qualifies a movie as a true blue “Christmas Movie”. The more strict of Christmas nerds insist that a film that takes place during this beloved time of the year is not enough to classify it as such. That it needs to be “about” the holiday. But I think the idea of Christmas is just abstract enough to applied to any manner of story. DIE HARD is a famously ambiguous holiday pick. An office Christmas party is interrupted by terrorists trying to steal money, but it’s really about an estranged couple looking deep into how they really feel for each other, and reuniting because of Christmas. Christmas is a crucial part of the story. GREMLINS is another one. A kid gets a weird muppet as a Christmas gift and soon enough, he has to deal with a bunch of mischievous frogs who start wrecking the town. It all starts as a Christmas gift gone wrong. And his would be girlfriend has to deal with her dark Christmas past (which mirrors the tone of the film) in order to help him fight off these frogs who make pop culture references despite being only a few hours old. Even Christmas horror films count, because as some of us know, sometimes tragedy doesn’t wait until January to happen. I’m sure we’ve all had to deal with awful things on holidays. Maybe not as bad as an axe wielding maniac, sure. But recently. we watched A CHRISTMAS STORY in a theater, and after a few years of being cool little Fonzies about how loose we were about Christmas movie interpretation, it was an intense experience to get back to the core values of the Christmas season. Being a kid. Wanting that one dream present. Navigating the folly of youth. So we understand wanting to keep it pure as well. But we can literally have it all. That’s the point of Christmas. It doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t judge. And it’s just a little bit better than you’d expect.