Sunday, December 29, 2013

Stunt Zombie's Christmas Loot!

My apologies for not posting sooner, but my fiance and I have been gone for the past few days. It's been a great holiday season, and I wanted to share the spoils with the rest of you.

It was a toy-filled year for me, and trust me, that's not a complaint.

Lego! I was excited when I saw the Desert Skiff, then I got REALLY ecstatic when I realized it comes with an updated Boba Fett. I've started getting a little fed up with Hasbro's handling of the Star Wars license, so I may just have to collect the Lego versions of my favorite characters. That Kraang Lab Escape set is one I've had my eyes on for a while now. It comes with my favorite Turtle, Michelangelo, and one of the Kraang aliens. Of course, for me, it will always just be Krang. The Halloween set is another one I wanted, mainly for the zombie figure. Now that I know the ghost glows in the dark though, he has moved up to my number two favorite spot.

Speaking of my favorite Turtle, Chelsea bought me the new version of Michelangelo from the Nickelodeon series. This really is an awesome figure, and I'll go into a bit more detail about him in another post.

I almost forgot about these little guys. Chelsea bought me a replacement Boba Fett for my keychain, because as you can see from the guy on the right, they really take a beating on a keyring. The guy in the second photo is a magnet, and it is the newer more detailed version. I'm still trying to figure out where I'm going to keep him, since I'm not sure if sticking him to the side of my computer is a good idea. Those cookies behind him were another one of my gifts, since I'm a bit of a butter cookie addict. Thank goodness it's a small tin, otherwise I'd weigh three hundred pounds by New Year's Eve.

This is Yoda from the new Star Wars Saga series. These figures are less detailed and articulated than the either the main line or Black series. They're pretty much an updated version of the older Kenner style figures. Five points of articulation, and fewer paint apps mean these cost half as much as the other figures.

I don't have the Tomb Raider game for the 360, but now I have the controller, and it looks fantastic. I love the random scrapes and scratches on it, as well as the convertible D-pad. I can't wait to give it a go with some of our new games. Speaking of, I didn't get shots of them, but Chelsea's sister gave us Lego Batman, and Lego DC Super Heroes, as well as Zone of the Enders HD. Yep, we won't be going outside much this winter.

I always seem to get a bunch of books, music, and movies, and this year was no different. I've heard good things about both of these books, and I'm loving the new Goldfrapp cd. As for the movies, The Last Starfighter has always been one of my favorites, and I feel like I owe it to myself to finally watch Dune from start to finish.

Booze and candy, such a great combo. I never thought of mini bottles as stocking stuffers before. Now I realize that I've been missing out. As for the candy, these pictures don't even show half of the stuff that was hiding in my stocking. I might end up toothless and obese before New Years Eve yet.

I also received a nice leather wallet, since mine was getting worn out, and an Axe bath and body set. Believe those commercials, kids. What do you think I used to snatch Chelsea, my good looks? Nah, it was all in the Axe.

Star Wars mug set, with cocoa mix. Because everything tastes better out of Star Wars mug, especially one with Lando on it.

I've read about this stuff before, but I'm reluctant to actually use it. I'm afraid to see what kind of crap it's going to pull out of my keyboard. Sometimes it's best not knowing what's living in there...

I'm not sure how I've never owned a Leatherman Micra before now. It replaces the pliers found on the full size models, with one of the nicest set of scissors that I've used. It also includes several other implements, meaning my Victorinox Minichamp is going to have some serious competition on my keychain.

I saved the best for last. This right here is why I decided I wanted to marry Chelsea. She read my League entry from a couple of weeks ago, and tracked down a rather nice example of Tiger Electronic Pinball. I popped a couple AA batteries in, and it was 1990 all over again. It was perfect for killing time on the ride home today, just like all those other trips we took in my childhood.

There were some other items I received this weekend, such as clothing, coffee pods, and a nice seat warmer, but I wasn't able to get any pictures of them. I have to say, it really was a great Christmas this year. Not only do I have a wonderful fiance, but I received some great presents as well. I hope everyone else had a great Christmas this year, and I look forward to seeing what kind of loot my fellow bloggers found under their trees this holiday season.

I hope you all have a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Ah yes, about that surprise

Chelsea and I met 7 years ago, on a little site called Myspace. You may have heard of it, as it was kind of popular at one time. I was at a point in my life, where I just wanted to meet some new friends around my age, that weren't already embroiled in the responsibilities of spouses and children. I may have been cruisin' for ladies too. It's a possibility. Anyhow, I read Chelsea's profile, and I took notice of her profession. It seemed like a coincidence, but I actually knew other folks in the same field. I had met a bunch of them at a party a few years before. I sent her a message, dropping names of the folks I knew, and sure enough, they were her friends and coworkers. Small world indeed.

It seems that it really is all in who you know, because that was my "in". Chelsea later told me that if I hadn't mentioned her friends, she probably would have just deleted my message. I guess she had to deal with a lot of creepers over the years. The joke's on her, she's still dealing with one now ;-).  Chelsea asked one of her coworkers if they knew me, and as it turns out, we had gone to the same party all those years ago.  She even gave Chelsea a rather unflattering photo of me. It certainly wouldn't be the last one.

For example

After chatting on the phone for a couple of weeks, I asked her if she'd like to go get a coffee one day. She accepted my invitation, and we met up soon after that. We met one day in December of 2006, and made the drive down the road in my beat up old Ford, her nervous as can be, with me not even thinking about this being anything other than two friends grabbing a cup of coffee. As it turns out, the coffee shop was closed that day. We were at a loss for what to do, until I mentioned that I used to work at a vineyard, and that they had wine tastings there. I'm not sure if things would have turned out differently if that coffee shop had been open that day, but I can't help but think the wine assisted me that day.

We started seeing more and more of each other, until we made our relationship official in February of 07. Since then, we've had our share of adventures:

There's been plenty of laughter, a bit of crying, and our fair share of arguments. We've always worked through things though, and come out stronger on the other side. She's always there to support me, and is always ready to offer some encouraging words. Chelsea truly made me feel like the luckiest man in the world.

It was for this reason, I decided several months ago that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. The past few weeks I have been agonizing over how I was going to propose, when I decided it should happen in the same place we had our first date. I often joked about doing it in a public place, surrounded by all of our friends, but I've seen that backfire too many times. It's always hilarious, until you're the one left kneeling there.

It was a perfect afternoon. Chilly, but sunny, and we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves. As nervous as I've been the past few weeks, I figured I would be freaking out today. Surprisingly, I felt calmer than I had in a long time. Maybe it's because I knew I was making the best decision of my life. I'm sure you can already guess it, but she said yes. Otherwise, I probably wouldn't have gone through the trouble of typing all of this. It still feels a little surreal, and I almost expect to wake up tomorrow and find it's all been a dream.

Here's a photo of my future wife and I, enjoying our wine and cider after the proposal. She looks happy, but I think she may have still been in a state of shock when we took this picture. Honestly, I think I was too.   Scratch that, I still am.

So, it would seem that my Christmas season is off to a great start. I plan on doing a Christmas fallout thread either tomorrow or Thursday, then I'm going to take a couple of weeks off from blogging. I'll still be around though, so feel free to shoot me a comment or an email. Until then, a Merry Christmas to you all, and to all a good night.

Lego City Advent Calendar Day 24..and a surprise!

Today's the day, the big "24". You know what that means, last day of the Advent Calendar. Don't be sad though, because that means tomorrow is Christmas, one of my favorite times of the year.

So, who or what did we get today? Like you need to ask..

The big man himself. Kris to the Kringle. Santa Claus. If Lego is one thing, it's reliable. It doesn't matter if it's a City or Star Wars Advent, there's going to be a Santa figure in there somewhere. Its rather comforting, actually, to know that there's at least one thing you can always expect to find.

It looks like Claus and Santa Zombie are getting along just fine. I figured there would be some animosity, but the real Santa seems to the tolerant sort.  Besides, if there's two of them, they'll be able to finish the job twice as fast, which means they'll get to sit back and enjoy some milk and cookies even sooner. I was just about to say goodnight to the two of them, when I was presented with a gift of my own...

Now what in the world could this be...

Monday, December 23, 2013

Lego City Advent Calendar Day 23

You don't have to double check your calendars, it really is December 23. Not that you can tell from the weather. Whenever we've had 70+ degree days in December, it's always ended badly for us. Like, buried under several inches of ice bad. Hopefully that won't be the case this year. I know some of you likely look forward to snow during the holiday, but I'd rather not have to fight off a glacier when I step out of the house. Regardless, time to see what I got today.

It's a tiny sled packed to the brim with presents. Of course, since it's so tiny, it only takes a couple of presents to completely fill it.

Hmm..looks like that sled is heavier than it looks. Either that, or Santa Zombie needs to work out more. Ooh..or maybe someone asked for some gold blocks for Christmas. They're pretty heavy, right? if he doesn't have any reindeer, and can't drag the sled by himself, how is he going to deliver all the presents?

Now that's using your noodle. Santa Zombie better hope the batteries don't die before the night is over with. If he's feeling stiff now, he's going to feel even worse after having to drag that thing all over the world.

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, so you know what that means. We haven't seen the real Santa Claus in our Advent Calendar this year, so he's bound to make an appearance. Plus, you never know what other surprises I might have in store.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Lego City Advent Calendar Day 22

We're three weeks and a day into the advent, which means there's only three more days until Christmas. It seems fitting that the past few days have given us toy vehicles galore, all in microscale. Was today any different?

Today I discovered a micro scale excavator. When I was younger, I used to always mess up the pronunciation of the word, and would always call it an "escalator". Ah, I was so cute back then. This machine looks like it could be a prototype for Wall-E, with it's yellow panels, grasping arm, and treads. As simple as the model is, the arm actually has some very good articulation. You could even pretend it's a small robot, if you're so inclined.

A small, sausage grilling robot. Now that would come in handy.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Lego City Advent Calendar Day 20 & Day 21

What's this? Another two-fer? Thanks to some internet connectivity issues, I wasn't able to get my post up last night. Things seem to be working better today, so I'm going to give it another shot. We're coming up on the end of the calendar in just a few more days, and I'm actually going to be a little sad to see it go. I'm going to miss having a daily topic handed to me. Anyway, time to see the sets!

When I put together yesterday set, I was starting to have flashbacks to last years Star Wars Advent Calendar. Is it a boat of some sort? It kind of looks like it could be a firefighting boat, with that bright red paint job, blue light and what looks like a large, yellow...hose on the front. If you look at it from a different angle though....

It looks like it could be some sort of Santa robot, with a hook nose, and what I'm hoping is a laser sticking out of its stomach. Either one seems to be a reasonable possibility.

Thankfully, today's set was a bit more straightforward.

It's a choo-choo train, in micro scale. I'm a huge fan of the micro scale stuff. I've seen some amazing scenes crafted in this scale, and I'd love to see Lego release some micro sets. Just imagine, a few hundred pieces would be enough to build an entire town, complete with vehicles. I'm assuming this is a gift for the Lego kid I opened up a few days ago. If all these toys were meant for him, it looks like someone is going to have a very good Christmas indeed.

I just hope he was a good boy this year, otherwise Santa Zombie may just take all of his gifts back.

Starting with the boat.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Lego City Advent Calendar Day 18 & Day 19

Oh man, I knew I forgot something..Actually, Chelsea and I were out of town yesterday, making our now yearly trip to Christmas Town at Busch Gardens. By the time we got back, I was beat, and willing to let the calendar lapse for one day. Now, I'm beat and feel like I'm coming down with a cold, so today is going to be short and to the point. No lollygagging, or beating around the bush. There won't be any jokes today, I'm just going to show what I got yesterday and today, and that will be it.

By the way, how about this weather? We're expected to see spring time temperatures by the weekend, which is usually a bad omen around here. The last time this happened, we had a major ice storm the next day. It was December of 98' if I'm remembering right. I was a junior in high school, and...crap. I got distracted didn't I? Okay, on to the gifts.

Yesterday's flap revealed this little fella. I've had a couple of the child minifigures, but I think this one is my favorite of them all. I think it's the astronaut shirt. In fact, I'm pretty sure that's what it is. If you look closely, you'll notice that's actually the early spaceman design from the 1980's Space sets. I guess retro logo shirts are all the rage in Legoland, just like they seem to be here.With the multi-color silhouettes, and the plain white background, it really does look like something I would have seen on the clothing rack at Roses nearly 30 years ago. This figure also included what looks like a remote control of some sort. What is he supposed to be controlling?

Well, I'm going to assume it's these little planes that were behind today's flap. I wonder if these were in those two boxes that showed up earlier in the advent calendar.  I find it a little odd that they gave him two planes. It seems like it would be pretty hard to control both of them at the same time. Maybe they aren't toy planes at all. Maybe they're super top-secret Santa Drones. Yeah, that makes sense. How else would he be able to keep tabs on all of the world's children. Does that mean the NSA and Santa are in cahoots? That's the real reason why they were spying on us. It's all part of Project Naughty or Nice.

Oh no! I just remembered they can see everything I've said. Quickly, before they catch up to me, tell....--Transmission Terminated--

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Lego City Advent Calendar Day 17

It seems my prediction was correct. With just one week to go, we finally have a race car.

I want to be disappointed in how simple it is, but I realize I can't expect but so much given the limited amount of space we have for each day. I think it's possible that it's also the first minifig scale vehicle included with an advent calendar. I know it's the first one I've seen since I've been getting these calendars.

This is definitely the car's best side. It actually looks like a racing cart, rather than a board with wheels. I'm surprised they didn't actually use the Octan symbol anywhere on the car. What is this, generic racer number four?

Simple car or not, at least we can have a good ol' fashioned Christmas Day race. That's a thing right? Regardless, it looks like everyone is having a great time. The firewoman is enjoying a nice hot sausage, and the policeman, space guy, and criminal are all enjoying mugs of....juice. Snowman is back, and he's standing at the ready with his fire extinguisher. Even Santa Zombie, who appears to be losing this race, looks like he's having a ball.

It almost makes me sad that we only have one more week left. We better enjoy it while we can!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Lego City Advent Calendar Day 16

The plot thickens..Remember what I said about a race car hiding somewhere in this advent? Well..

We now have tires, and what appears to be a green, red, and white keg. Or it could be full of fuel. I'm gonna go with keg, especially since that's what everyone else seems to think it is..

No pushing guys, I'm sure there will be plenty of bee....juice for everyone. Just make sure you don't drink too much juice, or you'll end up on Santa's naughty list. Don't ask me how I know this..

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Lego City Advent Calendar Day 15

There's just over a week left in the Advent Calendar. It's a shame, it seems like it just started, and now we're getting close to wrapping it up. It's okay, there's always next year (possibly). Lego has given us some strange items this year, and today is continuing that trend.

He appears to be part of a pit crew of some sort. I recognize the wrench, but I have no idea what his other tools are supposed to be.

As you can see, he's part of the Octan racing team. Octan is Lego's version of Exxon, except without the evil, polluting part. I hope that's the case at least. I seem to remember having a couple Octan sets over the years, and one of them was a race car. That's if my memory isn't failing me tonight. I'm not sure why we're getting a pit crew member, but at least his uniform is somewhat Christmas-y. And is it me, or does the Octan logo on the front of his shirt kinda look like the Pepsi symbol? Hmm..

Hopefully this means we'll be getting a race car at some point. That would be utterly random and awesome at the same time. It would also explain why there's what appears to be a start line painted on the road. Stay tuned..
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