Uncle Odie's Collectibles

Sunday, March 29, 2009

In Memory of Director Harry Harris

Harry Harris, 86, who had a five-decade career directing TV series and made-for-TV movies and won an Emmy Award for directing an episode of "Fame" in 1982, died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles, his family said. He had myelodysplasia, a blood disorder.

After working as a film editor for the Desilu television studio in the late 1950s, Harris got his chance to direct in 1960 on the Steve McQueen western TV series, "Wanted: Dead or Alive."

He went on to direct hundreds of episodes of TV series in the next 47 years, including dozens of installments of "Gunsmoke," "Land of the Giants," "Eight Is Enough," "The Waltons," "Falcon Crest," "In the Heat of the Night" and "7th Heaven." His extensive TV directing credits include "Rawhide," "Daniel Boone," "Branded," "Lost in Space," "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea," "Magnum, P.I." and "Beverly Hills, 90210."

He also directed several made-for-TV movies, including "Waltons" and "Eight Is Enough" reunion programs and TV movie versions of "Swiss Family Robinson" (1975) and "Alice in Wonderland" (1988).

Harris was born Sept. 8, 1922, in Kansas City, Mo., and moved to Los Angeles in 1937. He attended UCLA before landing a job at Columbia Pictures, where he became an assistant film editor.

He enlisted in the Army Air Forces during World War II and served with the First Motion Picture Unit at the old Hal Roach Studios in Culver City, working as a sound effects editor on newsreels and training films.

In addition to his Emmy for "Fame," Harris was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for directing a 1983 "ABC Afterschool Special" called "Have You Ever Been Ashamed of Your Parents?" starring Jennifer Jason Leigh.

He also earned Emmy and Directors Guild of America nominations for directing a 1973 episode of "The Waltons."

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Robot Mini Moebius Kit

Warning! Warning!

The great folks over at Moebius Models have released the tiny B9 Robot model that comes in their Lost in Space Chariot kit all by himself! In a very small replica of the original Aurora Robot model box. The Robot stands only a few inches tall, making this a great model kit for a 1:6 scale action figure (like the Sci-Fi Metropolis Dr. Smith figure.

This is NOT the Polar Lights re-issue of the Aurora kit. This is the miniature Robot from Moebius's Chariot kit. This model kit must be assembled and painted. No glue or paint is included.

This kit is scheduled to ship in May, 2009.

Retails: $11.95

LIS Laser Pistol Sci Fi Metro

We call it.. a "l.a.s.e.r. beam."

If you're bothered by pesky giant cyclops monsters, Sci-Fi Metropolis' 1:1 scale replica of the first season laser pistol from Lost in Space is just what you need!

Lovingly hand crafted here in the U.S.A. in conjunction with master propsmith Richard Coyle, the pistol commemorates the 40th anniversary of Lost in Space. Each Laser Pistol comes with a numbered display plaque signed by Bill Mumy, who played Will Robinson on Lost in Space.

The gun includes lighting and sound effects and also comes with a clear acrylic display stand as shown. This beautiful, full sized prop replica is limited to only 250 pieces worldwide and won't last long - don't be a bubbleheaded booby and miss it, Order Now!

Retails: $599.

Flying Sub Moebius Interior Kit

Prepare for Splashdown!

Enhance your Moebius Models' 1:128 scale Flying Sub with this beautiful etched brass interior!

Designed for easy construction and installation, this photo-etch set does not require the use of a "hold and fold" type tool once the pieces have been cut from the fret, they practically fold themselves! Holes along the walls make lighting a breeze - a pair of 3mm LEDs (not included) placed on either side of the cockpit tub provide plenty of light and illuminate the forward search lights.

BONUS! Engine "turbines" are included. These take a small amount of extra work to install, but with LEDs installed they add that extra sense of realism.

Flying Sub not included. It's part of the Moebius Models Seaview Model Kit, sold separately. This also fits the Mini Flying Sub kit, but not the larger Flying Sub model.

Retails: $29.99

Flying Sub Mini Moebius Kit

Come with me.. On a Voyage... to the Bottom.. of the Sea... The great folks over at Moebius Models have released the tiny Flying Sub model that comes in their Giant Seaview kit along with the diving bell and minisub! The kit even includes a mini display stand and an exclusive color cardboard interior. It all comes in a very small replica of the original Aurora Flying Sub model box from the '60s.

The Flying Sub is only a few inches long, and makes a great display piece with the color box. This model kit must be assembled and painted. No glue or paint is included.

This kit is scheduled to ship in May, 2009.

Retails: $13.99