Explore Alastair's thoughts across three separate blog collections: 

 

contemporary

Updates and new stories about movies, TV shows, tabletop gaming and more. 

classic

Classic TV & film retrospectives from Alastair's personal movie collection.

nostalgia

Retro cartoons, toys and video games; the Nostalgia Collection is where you'll find everything that makes him feel nostalgic.

Bananaman

Bananaman

In 1983, when I was only four months old, a new superhero appeared on British television screens. It was a cartoon based on a comic strip from 1980, and as everyone British child from the 80s knows, it was awesome. Whenever I mention it to my Canadian friends, very few of them ever seem to believe that there was a superhero whose secret superpower was utterly bananas (if you'll forgive the pun).

Bananaman is a parody of traditional superheroes, being portrayed by a schoolboy called Eric Wimp, who transforms into the muscular flying hero known as Bananaman whenever he eats a banana.

He looked like Batman, had powers similar to Superman, but was dumber than two short planks - all perfectly good reasons why he was so loved by children.

There were even rumours due to the surprising release of a teaser website with the hashtag #PeelThePower, indicating a potential movie for 2015. But sadly, as time goes on, it appears to have been nothing more than a hoax. But it does make you wonder what on earth a live-action Bananaman movie would have looked like, especially these days.

His powers include flying, super-strength, super-duper speed, the ability to fly through space, and the ability to look only slightly stupid in a tight blue leotard.
— The Beano

Probably not as good as any of us Brits would have hoped.

Nintendo/Sony Playstation prototype surfaces

Nintendo/Sony Playstation prototype surfaces

Tomy's Lights Alive

Tomy's Lights Alive