So you thought you were the only one who made your action figures talk. Maybe even had them pass wind, fire off assault rifles, deal with a loony ex-super character, or survive a delusional cowboy.
Or maybe none of your action figures were The Sarge.
This web series written, voiced and filmed by Houston's Space City Con guest Stephen Stanton, is a rare treat. Written at an adult level such as Monty Python or the Marx Brothers, but with plenty of juvenile humor throughout this series of shorts is a terrific change of pace from cruder shows such as Robot Chicken or Family Guy.
Mr. Stanton uses timing, sound effects, and sharp wit to create a series that has plenty of laughs without all of the blood, vomit, and sexual escapades of the aforementioned shows.
The series centers around The Sarge, a gruff G.I. Joe figure with real flocked beard, his antics, and his misadventures usually involving his best friend from across the pond, Hamish.
With little digs at pop culture, people who take toys too seriously, and military action figures, The Sarge makes a definite impression.
Stephen is an established voice actor and has provided voice work for characters ranging from Iron Man, to Grand Moff Tarkin, to BioShock's Big Daddy.
However, all the voices for the characters are his own creation and when you realize that one man is doing all the voice work, especially in episodes like , "The Lone Mountie", you get a greater appreciation for the work he does.
Episodes can be found at Vimeo.com, using search tags for The Sarge and Hamish.
The clips are usually under one minute long with a few exceptions, and there's a great denouement, called 'Wait For It', which wraps up the episode in a gloriously silly package.
Mr. Stanton will be a uest at the upcoming Space City Con in Galveston. Other guests include cast members from Babylon 5 and Game of Thrones. For more info on the con and to order tickets, please click here.