Well after hearing that Chuck Norris was the best paid actor in Hollywood with Texas Ranger (broadcoasted in about 90 channels), i’m not surprised we finally get a skate ranger… More seriously this remote controlled really reminds me Jean-Yves Blondeau aka Rollerman.
â€œSkate Rangerâ€ is Americaâ€™s latest super-hero. Our unique remote-controlled action-figure toy follows in the exciting and enormously successful tradition of Superman, Batman, Spider Man, and the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. This roller-blading, body-gyrating, dare-devil action figure is â€œthe bombâ€ for kids from 4 to 12!
The Skate Ranger remote-controlled toy is currently stocked in select toy stores like FAO Schwarz in New York and Las Vegas. â€œSkate Rangerâ€ is also available in stores around the world, from Dubai to Ireland to Moscow.
Additions to the product line are in development as-we-speak in several forms: comic book, motion picture, video-game, body-skating â€œextreme sportâ€ gear, and a digitally-animated television series. The company that has developed and launched this worldwide-patented, multi-channel, multi-media action-hero is headquartered in New York, with a product-development and manufacturing facility located in China.
Joey MC sent me a nice article about the Understanding Lifestyle Sports book which features a Pat Lennon cover and talks about rollerblading :
I just ordered this book and it contains some good stuff about “lifestyle sport”. But Pat Lennon is on the cover and there is nothing in the index about rollerblading, inline skating, or aggressive skating. But when I read the section “ongoing distinctions:risk and gender”, there are quotes from skateboarders that rollerblading is often associated with homosexuality or femininity. That they are reffered to as “gay boots” or “rollerfags”.
He (the skateboarder) also says there is no difference between the male and female rollerbladers because it is so easy. Along with “it’s not hard to do like a big trick on roller blades”. So there is are distinction on why rollerblading doesn’t count as a “lifestyle sport”.
No risk, no gender…
So there you go folks, the first actual text about “lifestyle sport”, has a picture of a rollerblader on the cover(Pat Lennon). But has a nice little misinformation section about rollerblading and nothing in the index about rollerblading.
This collection of innovative studies represents the first serious academic investigation of lifestyle or extreme sports, such as snowboarding, skateboarding, and surfing.
An exciting team of international authors argue that these activities are based around a very different set of assumptions, rules and motivations from traditional competitive sports, with emphasis being on the lived experience and the consumption of new objects and technologies. As a result, lifestyle sports have a huge amount to tell us about the relationship between sport, society, and culture.
The white Remedyz were made in 97, but they were made for people to test and grommets like me to loath. They were originally distributed by O.U.T. (Once Upon a Time) by vert legend skater Toto Ghali and Kato in France. 98 was the release of the black with red detailing and was released to the general public. Kato himself distributed the skates himself along with the infamous Bryan Bell and Bryan Jaggers in San Diego.
It was the first time I would meet them and they would treat me like family. There I met many other people like Chris Haffey, Mike Leaf, Kevin Smith, Damien Wilson, Nick Wood, Dawn Everett (when she was living there at the time), Jon Elliott, and a slew of others. The skates came with the first fifty/50 frames, but with a weak cuff support and paper insoles, which was easily corrected with a Spensco insole.
There is a nice new feature for the Google Search engine called Google Patent Search. Over 7 million patents are listed there, and of course some rollerblading patents !
Take a look at those Salomon patents (photo above) : you got nice shemas on boots, frames and more.
Description from the patent :
A frame for an article of sports equipment, such as a frame for a skate, such as a roller skate, including a front upper portion provided to receive the front portion of a boot, and a rear upper portion provided to receive the rear portion of a boot.