Jul 4, 2020 • 1HR 29M

The Palisades Toys Interview with Mike Horn

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The Hyper Room is a podcast series interviewing creatives, innovators and business people in the world of Pop Culture involved in all facets from comic books to action figures to video games and other forms of physical and digital media, The Hyper Room deep dives into the process and the business direct from the creators themselves. We don't discuss if Harry Potter can beat Superman - we discuss how that story could come together and how it would affect the world of Pop Culture.
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It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights, I welcome Mike Horn from Palisades Toys in The Hyper Room tonight!

Mike is the founder of one the most beloved toy companies of the 1990’s and early 2000’s that while not producing any new products today are still in the hearts and minds of collectors around the world. 

Mike walks us through his secret origin as a marketing company importing Japanese toys to the US to being one of the very first licensees of South Park to producing products for everything from GI Joe resin busts to Buffy the Vampire Slayer lunchboxes to making a 6” meatball action figure called MEATWAD for the Aqua Teen Hunger Force line.

We go over the entire history of Palisades talking about products from extremely diverse licenses like Dragonball, Resident Evil, Ren and Stimpy, Reservoir Dogs, Pink Panther, X-Files, debunk the story that the Micronauts brought down Palisades, look at their biggest hit The Muppets and how it got famous painter Alex Ross involved with their Sesame Street line and how the crash of the specialty market affected the future of Palisades in the early 2000’s.

So, put away your ToyFare magazines, press pause on your X-Files DVD and save your Resident Evil game, and join me and Mike Horn inside The Hyper Room.