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Three Things I Didn't Know About Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!

Like I said yesterday, my mind is overflowing with random facts. I'll be pouring some out here, subject by subject, three at a time. Today's subject is the 1987 Nintendo game Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!

"¢ Soda Popinski first appeared in Super Punch-Out!! in 1984, where he was known as Vodka Drunkenski. While his new name was more politically correct, some of his quotes between rounds were very consistent with his old raging alcoholic persona ("I can't drive, so I'm gonna walk all over you!")

"¢ After Nintendo's contract with Mike Tyson expired, the game was re-released as Punch-Out!! with Tyson replaced by Mr. Dream. From Dreamland. His fighting style was exactly the same as Iron Mike's.

"¢ The theme music for Von Kaiser, Great Tiger and Super Macho Man is taken from "Ride of the Valkyries."

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Mister Rogers Is Now a Funko Pop! and It’s Such a Good Feeling, a Very Good Feeling
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It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood for fans of Mister Rogers, as Funko has announced that, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the kindest soul to ever grace a television screen will be honored with a series of Funko toys, some of them limited-edition versions.

The news broke at the New York Toy Fair, where the pop culture-loving toy company revealed a new Pop Funko! in Fred Rogers’s likeness—he’ll be holding onto the Neighborhood Trolley—plus a Mister Rogers Pop! keychain and a SuperCute Plush.

In addition to the standard Pop! figurine, there will also be a Funko Shop exclusive version, in which everyone’s favorite neighbor will be wearing a special blue sweater. Barnes & Noble will also carry its own special edition, which will see Fred wearing a red cardigan and holding a King Friday puppet instead of the Neighborhood Trolley.

 

Barnes & Noble's special edition Mister Rogers Funko Pop!
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Mister Rogers’s seemingly endless supply of colored cardigans was an integral part of the show, and a sweet tribute to his mom (who knitted all of them). But don’t go running out to snatch up the whole collection just yet; Funko won’t release these sure-to-sell-out items until June 1, but you can pre-order your Pop! on Amazon right now.

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