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Sectaurs at Retro Con!

August 7, 2019 Leave a comment


Retro Con will have some Sectaurs programming at the show this year!




Though the line was short-lived back in the 80’s, it’s grown into something of a cult classic over the years with it’s cool character designs and interesting puppet companions. They are wonderfully quirky toys, and you are bound to find them for sale in the vendor section at the show!



Youtube channel Retro Toy Review will be hosting a panel at the show on Saturday morning (tentative start time is 10:30am). Host Cliff Reese will be screening his award-winning documentary called “The Story of Sectaurs”! In this spirited mini-doc, Cliff will take you through the origins of the line, the creation of the toys, the world reception, and the line’s end (and rebirth!). Featured in interviews in the doc is co-creator of the toy line, Retro Con guest Tim Clarke!   



 Speaking of rebirth, Sectaurs is making a comeback with a brand new figure line being made by ZICA Toys!

Sectaurs co-creator Tim Clarke has been working with them to bring the line back, and has sent us word that he’ll have test shots of the new figures and packaging on display at Retro Con 2019 (Official) next month! With the line slated to hit by the end of the year, this is your chance to get a sneak peek!!

Look for Tim’s booth in *Row 2* on the show floor! And please check out his website HERE!


Meet Boglins and Sectaurs Creator Tim Clarke at Retro Con 2018!

August 3, 2018 Leave a comment


We welcome toy and puppet designer Tim Clarke to our guest list for Retro Con 2018! 


For over 30 years Tim has been inventing, designing and sculpting some of the most unusual toys to ever be marketed in the US and abroad. Once known as the “King of Gross”, he is the co-creator of cult favorite 80’s toy lines Sectaurs (Coleco) and Boglins (Mattel)!



Tim started his career designing and building puppets for the Jim Henson Company. Most notable were the Mystics and the Slaves that he sculpted and designed for the movie the Dark Crystal, guided by the incredible drawings of Brian Froud. He also worked on puppets for Sesame Street, the Muppet Show, and Fraggle Rock for which he created “Traveling Matt”.

After Dark Crystal was launched, he garnered his first toy sculpting gig with Hasbro creating the Garthim, Mystics and Landstrider toys. He has also created toys for Melissa and Doug toys, EK Success, Mattel, Coleco, Kenner, and Ideal- to mention just a few!




Tim recently launched his NEW line of horribleness: The TOTIMS!

I love creating my own mythology. The world is filled with modern day mythological creatures you can find them in every nook and cranny of your bedroom closet.” 



Tim will be at Retro Con all weekend, so stop by his booth in the Guest section! Tim will be showing off his new line of Boglins, Sectaurs, and more!!

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Puppeteer Jim Martin to Attend Retro Con!

June 12, 2015 1 comment

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 We are delighted to announce the inclusion of puppeteer Jim Martin to Retro Con 2015!


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With a career spanning more than 30 years, Jim has performed on such esteemed series as “Captain Kangaroo”, “The Puzzle Place,” Disney’s “Bear In The Big Blue House,” “Johnny And The Sprites“, and has spent over 20 years working on “Sesame Street” as both a performer and a director. He has won 5 Emmy Awards to date for his directing work!


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“Well… HELLO There!
This Gary Gnu
And The No Gnews IS Good Gnews Show!
The Only TV Program Guaranteed To Contain No Gnews Whatsoever!”


But if you were a kid in the 80’s, you most likely remember a little TV program called The Great Space Coaster. The show with the super-catchy theme song and eclectic cast of characters ran for 250 episodes from 1981 to 1986 and is still widely revered to this day. Well, Jim had the distinction of puppeteering and voicing fan-favorite “No Gnewscaster” Gary Gnu on the series!
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With a tendency to add a hard “G” sound to words such as “g-naturally” and “g-nice”, in his segments Gary would introduce film clips of weird sporting events, people in silly situations, bizarre inventions, etc., and would give his own insightful commentary on them. Things would be punctuated by Gary’s “film crew” that would often heckle him and toss items into frame.

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 Jim also performed other characters on the show, such as the scheming ringmaster “M. T. Promises”, along with “Baffle”- the spellcasting alien that can see 12 minutes into the future!

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A few years ago, Jim bought the rights to The Great Space Coaster and is working hard to digitize the 2 inch reel-to-reel video tapes that contain the last remaining copies of the original series. Since TGSC is a time capsule of the 80’s, including iconic music and celebrity appearances, it is definitely worth preserving!!


 photo JimMartinMarkHamill.jpg Behind the scenes with Gary Gnu, plus a cameo on TGSC by Mark Hamill circa 1981!

Jim and his wife Crystal will be at the show all weekend and will have a booth to display some of their work from over the years, along with a Gary Gnu puppet made by members of the team that made the original Great Space Coaster puppets! They may also be hosting a panel on Puppetry in Film and Television at the show (time and day to be determined). We thank Jim and Crystal for reaching out to us to be part of the show this year!!


Please help Jim’s crusade to preserve and revive The Great Space Coaster by supporting the pages he is affiliated with!


Great Space Coaster Official Facebook page….



Jim Martin’s Website…