THE BASEMENT TOY BOX: Mego’s 2-XL, The Robot With A Personality


The year was 1978 and I was going to be turning eleven in May. I had kept seeing a commercial on television for a new toy coming out and I was so excited. It was a talking robot by one of my favorite toy companies Mego, and it was called 2-XL (as in “to excel”). This toy at the time sold for just over $50 and because it used 8-track tapes, each of which was a different topic, I honestly did not think it was something I would ever be able to have.

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MONSTROUS MASK REVIEWS: The Blue Banshee by Trick Or Treat Studios

Catalog photo of the Blue Banshee.

If you are a regular reader of the Basement of the Bizarre, then you know how much I loved growing up in the 1970s. There were just so many things to love as a kid, especially a kid with interests that most kids didn’t share. I loved monsters, comic books and collecting insects. Comic books were a huge part of growing up and one thing that I loved as much as the stories were the ads from companies such as the Johnson Smith, Co., Honor House and of course, the Gayle House. Gayle House was best known for their ad to invite your friends over for a haunting, thanks to a record with scary sound effects.

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THE BASEMENT BOOKSHELF: “The Dinosaur Filmography” by Mark F. Berry



Two things that I enjoy a lot are dinosaurs and movie guides. For as long as I can remember I have loved dinosaurs and growing up would read what I could on the subject and would spend many weekends watching movies such as The Valley of Gwangi and The Land That Time Forgot. I have always loved dinosaur movies and I never cared how they were realized on film. Whether it was stop-motion animation, a guy in a suit or actual reptiles made up to look like dinosaurs, I was there enjoying every minute of it. Even if the stories were weak, as long as there was some kind of dinosaur I would watch whenever possible.

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Welcome to David’s Basement of the Bizarre. This site is a definite work in progress, not only in the look of the site but also in the material covered. Anyone that knows me knows that I have a wide variety of interests in my life, most of which are not commonplace and may even be considered well, bizarre. This site is dedicated to these bizarre interests because I know there are many of you out there that share these interests as well. Though I plan on doing movie and book reviews, I will also cover things like cryptozoology, flying saucers, monsters, toys, tv shows and anything else that excites me. If you are an author or publisher and would like me to review your book and it fits into the theme of David’s Basement of the Bizarre, then please contact me! This also goes for toy manufacturers, movie companies, stores, etc. I am always looking for ideas and things to talk about so please do not hesitate to write and let me know what you have or would like me to talk about!

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