One of the horror genre's "most widely read critics" (Rue Morgue # 68), "an accomplished film journalist" (Comic Buyer's Guide #1535), and the award-winning author of Horror Films of the 1980s (2007), The Rock and Roll Film Encyclopedia (2007) and Horror Films of the 1970s (2002), John Kenneth Muir, presents his blog on film, television and nostalgia, named one of the Top 100 Film Studies Blog on the Net.
the disco decade, before video games changed the way kids play, a good
make-believe game -- played on the fields, park or trails near your back-yard
-- absolutely required a utility belt.
you were an officer on the starship Enterprise, an astronaut on Moonbase Alpha,
or a superhero defending your city, for example, you absolutely required the
right accouterments to get the job done.
was the undisputed king of genre-themed utility belt sets.
dominance doesn’t suggest that the utility belts made by the company were
always high-quality, merely that Remco owned a lot of licenses. Other companies, including Kenner, also got
into the utility belt business while merchandising Star Wars (1977).
typical Remco utility belt play-set included the actual belt itself: a plastic
affair with a large belt-buckle. The buckle would often feature either an
engraved or sticker logo of the franchise in question.
depending on the set, a weapon was also included, and also a communicator. The
communicator, alas, was not always show-accurate.
the Remco Star Trek utility belt (which came with a phaser II, tricorder,
and a communicator), the communicator was indeed the famous flip-up Starfleet
issue from the original series. That same communicator, however, was molded in
different colors and also featured as the walkie-talkie in the Hulk utility
belt and the Superman variation..."