Sunday, September 30, 2012

Nightcrawler is one Bad Ass Mo Fo..

I'm behind the times on this one*, but whenever I see Nightcrawler's teleport sound, I can't help but chuckle.

*Naughty language at that link. You've been warned.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Go ninja, go ninja go!

March of 1991 was a good time to be 10 years old and a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I could watch the TMNT cartoon while eating my TMNT cereal, wearing my TMNT pajamas, then play with my TMNT action figures. The Turtles had managed to infiltrate just about every aspect of the marketplace, and most of the kids I knew were sick with Turtle fever. Less than a year before, the first live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film premiered in theaters, and was an instant hit. I actually managed to see it on the big screen, with a good friend of mine, Mike L. Now, I liked the Turtles, but Mike absolutely loved them. He had the figures, the comics, the bed sheets..pretty much everything in his room had a TMNT on it. Mike's also the only person I know that owned the toy Technodrome. Our folks had taken us to see the first TMNT movie when it came to the Idle Hour Theater, and it was a blast. I still remember walking down the school hallway singing "T.U.R.T.L.E. Power".

When we learned that there was going to be another Turtle's movie, we were understandably excited. Anticipation would build with every viewing of the tv spots. I would always browse the latest issue of Starlog to try and glean as much info as I could. It was on one of these excursions to the newsstand that I came across this:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret of the Ooze in comic book form! My mind was blown. I coughed up the $5.95 cover price, or enough for two G.I. Joe figures, and proceeded to read it cover to cover while my mom shopped for groceries. Then I read it again. Then I read it again..I memorized the whole damn thing by the time she was done.

There was action,

As well as humor,

And Vanilla Ice,
Now those are some kickin' lyrics.
I just couldn't wait to see how it all played out on the big screen. I mean, there was another giant turtle, as well as a giant wolf. How were they going to pull that off? What about the giant Shredder we kept seeing in the movie previews? In the comic, he just looked like regular, every day Shredder, just drawn a little bigger.  The movie made him look much, much more menacing. Finally, the sequel made its way to our secluded little peninsula, and Mike and I were able to bask in the glory of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Secret of the Ooze. It was definitely more lighthearted than the first movie, and now the violence was more slapstick in nature. Of course, that didn't matter to us, and we enjoyed the sequel just as much as the first. I may enjoy the first movie more these days, but Secret of the Ooze will always have a fond place in my memory.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Grocery shopping...

Bob is a stingy zombie, and rarely shares his food. That's fine really, I've never been fond of brains.

It would be nice if he at least offered though.

Meet the Stunt Zombie!

With a name like Stunt Zombie, I almost feel like this blog needs a mascot. Well, after many, many painful auditions, I've finally settled on one:

Huh..I don't remember him having that helmet before the auditions. Perhaps he's just a bit shy. He didn't give me a name, but he looks like a Bob to me. So let's all give a warm welcome to Bob the Stunt Zombie. Hopefully he won't tear our faces off too.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Unlucky for you, you've rolled....Snake Eyes!

As a child of the 80's, it's probably a good bet that I was a fan of the G.I. Joe toy line while I was growing up. Oddly enough, I can't actually remember which figure was my first, but Snake Eyes was always one that I lusted over. I'm not sure what the attraction was, since I never read the comics, and hadn't started watching the cartoon yet. Maybe it was the whole concept of a ninja with an UZI. I mean, ninjas are cool and UZIs are cool...COOL + COOL = AWESOME!. At least I'm sure that's how 8 year old me saw things.

An UZI and a sword? I think I hear Rambo crying in the corner..
My first Snake Eyes was actually the 3rd version put out by Hasbro. It was a decent figure, but it just lacked the character of the first two versions. Still, it was heads and tails above the next version, which I like to call 'Paintball Snake Eyes'. Of course, 1991 was a weird year for that G.I. Joe, as it started to usher in the era of launching missiles and neon colors that persisted until the line finally died out in the early 90's. There were a few lines released after that, but they never really had the same appeal to me as the originals. Fast forward about 10 years, and you have the 25th anniversary of G.I. Joe, accompanied by an all new line of figures. That's where this guy comes in.

This particular figure was a Christmas gift from my awesome girlfriend. It's the 25th anniversary take on the 2nd version Snake Eyes, which happens to be my favorite. Everything is there, from the grenades on his bandoleer, the iconic visor, to the UZI. He even comes with what has to be one of the most bad-ass accessories to ever come with an action figure:

A freakin' wolf.
That's right, a ninja that was armed with an UZI,  a sword, and a pissed off wolf. That's a combo that really gets the 8 year old me hyped up, and it's why this Snake Eyes will remain one of my favorites.

Those Cobra Troopers just insulted your mother. Go fetch!

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