Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Me in a square foot




This week's assignment from the League of Extraordinary Bloggers was an interesting one.

My life in one square foot.



That's pretty much me.

Toyfare
Comics
Handheld games
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
G.I. Joe
Lego
Star Wars
Glyos
Books.
Zombies
Super Nintendo
Glock
Spyderco
Victorinox
Leatherman

Go check out the other posts from this assignment.

Cool and Collected
The Nerd Nook
Happy Haunted Sunshine
Achievements in Gaming
Las Vegas Yankee
D.I. Treasures
Pop Rewind

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

By the way...

Starting this week, you'll be able to get your Stunt Zombie fix on two different sites. This one, of course, and Doomkick. They're looking to branch out a bit, so I'll be making a few post per month over there as well. So, go check them out, there's a lot of good stuff on that site.

Monday, March 24, 2014

So you wanna play Hardball, eh?

My love for G.I. Joe began in 1987 and ran through the original series official end in 1993. Coincidentally, '87 is probably the same year that I started to pick and choose my own toys. I can clearly remember seeing the likes of Big Boa and Croc Master hanging from the pegs, while I stood there trying to decide which one was coming home with me. Both of them did, eventually.

1988 was one of my favorite years for the G.I. Joe toyline. Things hadn't gotten too weird by this point in the  franchise and it saw the introduction of some pretty cool vehicles and characters. This was the year Destro's Iron Grenadiers were introduced, adding a third faction to the already crowded battlefield. It's also the year that Wilmer S. Duggleby decided he was tired of playing minor league baseball and joined up with the world's most elite military unit.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Tale of Two Dukes



These two Dukes were part of the haul sent to me by John of The Clawful Punch. The Duke on the bottom is from the Tiger Force line up, and I came close to owning him several times. He was the lone G.I. Joe figure hanging on the pegs at the local Five and Dime store. Sadly, most of the toys there were marked up quite a bit, so he never made the trip home with me. It's a shame too, because I rather like the look of the Tiger Force Duke compared to the original figure. One thing I find interesting, it looks like Duke was hitting the hair dye when he joined the Tiger Force. Maybe that blond hair of his stuck out too much in the jungle.


The one up top there is from 1992, the first year that all the main line figures came with a missile launching accessory. It's also the only version of Duke that I actually owned. He was my go to figure when I needed someone to lead the troops, then one day, he was just..gone. You see, it was really windy outside, and a friend of mine and I decided to attach shopping bags to our figures and toss them into the air. The wind would catch the bags and act as a parachute on the way down.  We had been doing this for a while, when my buddy tossed Duke up on another paratrooper mission. Unfortunately, it would be his last. A strong gust came up, and pulled Duke higher into the air. He kept going higher and started floating toward the creek. We started tossing rocks and dirt clods, trying to knock him down, but it was too late. The breeze carried Duke way, way out to the middle of the creek, where he finally crashed down. We were both amazed at how far he traveled, but that quickly turned to disappointment, and I lost interest in the game. Several years later, a friend of mine claimed that he found pieces of Duke washed up on the beach on the other side of the creek. I'd like to imagine he made it over there and survived for a while, before finally succumbing to old age and the elements.

Or he ended up in some guy's crab pots.

Friday, March 14, 2014

My latest obsession(s)



The League of Extraordinary Bloggers is back, and we already have a topic for this week:


My latest obsession.

It's a tough one, since, like some of my fellow bloggers, I may have several obsessions at any one time. I was able to narrow it down to just a couple though.

Glyos

I can't remember how I got turned on to the Glyos universe, but I'm in deep. We're talking deep space deep. Okay, so I might be that bad (yet), but I've bought more of these little guys than I have anything else this past year. I find myself constantly checking the Onell Design website, trying to make sure I don't miss out on the next drop. The basic designs of the figures tend to stay the same, while the colors are changed for each release. What's amazing to me, is that a simple change in color is enough to keep the characters from getting stale.






Crayboths seem to be my main obsession. They're just so cheap! I can't help but throw one or two in with every order. Eventually, I'm going to end up with my own little Crayboth infestation, and from what I've read of Glyos lore, that is something you absolutely do not want. The other great thing about figures that use the Glyos system, is that parts can be interchanged between them. So, you could mix limbs from Four Horsemen's Outer Space Men with the bodies of Onell's figures and so forth. Inexpensive (for independent toys), durable, and they allow you to get creative. I know I've mentioned these guys before, but I really can't get over how cool they are. The only thing that comes close for me, is LEGO.

My next obsession is a food item that I hold near and dear to my heart.

Cadbury Mini Eggs



I had to use a stock photo because a bag would never last long enough for me to take a picture. It used to be, the Cadbury Creme Eggs were my crack equivalent on Easter Sunday. Then I was introduced to these wonderful treats. I was hooked. Eating one of the Creme Eggs was enough to make me feel like I needed to lay down for a few hours. The Mini Eggs though, I could eat them until my tears ran blue from all the artificial coloring. Since the stores have started setting up their Easter stuff, I can't help but snatch a bag or two on my way to the register. I even go as far as hiding the wrappers down in the trash can, just so I won't have to deal with the disappointed look I would surely get from Chelsea when she found them.

Actually, I'm probably going to get one after she reads this entry. Don't be surprised if you come across a news story, about a 30-something year old male, found dead in a bathtub full of Cadbury Mini Eggs. That'll be me.

What are the other members of the League obsessed with?

LasVegasYankee is looking for that one Spiderman issue..but no on eBay.

The Dusty Shelf has an obsession with the Fantastic Four.

Monster Cafe Saltillo has some of the same obsessions I do...

Pop Rewind loves that McDonald's orange drank!

Kal's obsession freaks me the hell out.

Nerd Cantina has a horrifying obsession.

Cool and Collected must watch all the TV!

Really Rather Random Guy is obsessed with not being obsessed.

Toyriffic is obsessed with the perfect radio station.

Vikkiverka loves the sci-fi noir of Canadian origin.

That Figures is obsessed with an awesome toy office.

G.I. Jigsaw is obsessed with the Muppets

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Part man, part machine, glows in the dark.


I was entirely too young the first time I saw Robocop. My parents didn't seem to mind me watching violence, but as soon as there was some nudity, I had to leave the room or cover my eyes. I could watch someone getting blown apart, but God forbid I catch a glimpse of a nipple. Weird. I still remember the terror I felt the first time I saw ED-209, growling and pumping bullet after bullet into that unfortunate office lackey. Seeing Emil after he ended up in the vat of toxic waste gave me nightmares. No matter what I did, the half melted man always got me..
Don't look in your closet kid. Trust me..


Those are just two of the many random acts of violence that occur over the course of the film's two hours. Remember now, I was only 7 or 8 the first time I saw this movie. It was so violent, that it was actually given an "X" rating by the MPAA. Then two years later, they turned it into a cartoon and a toyline. Ah..the 80's.

I only owned two of the figures from the Robocop and the Ultra Police line, and both of them were Robocop. One of them was the predecessor to the figure I have here today: Night Fighter Robocop.


The original Night Fighter Robocop used a slightly different mold than the standard figure. He had blue metallic highlights, a gatling gun in place of his right arm, and a new mold for his left arm. Originally, the figure was only available through mail-order, but eventually he ended up in stores.

I love that NECA has recreated the style of the old Kenner cardback.  Robocop and the U.P may not have been the coolest toy line out there, but their packaging definitely caught the eye. As you may have noticed, this figure's gimmick is the ability to glow in the dark. This was one of my favorite action features, because it doesn't require any springs, buttons or batteries and it doesn't affect the articulation or sculpting. Glowing toys also made great night lights, if you were into that sort of thing.


According to the back of the card, Robocop's night gear makes him invisible to evil-doers. So, the bad guys can't see the 7 foot tall glowing cyborg marching toward them? Perhaps it's so unbelievable they think their minds are playing tricks on them. Of course, this is based on an 80's toy, and as we all know, there was no such thing as logic when it came to the toys.



His coloration makes it hard to see, but this is one detailed figure. I'm assuming he uses the same mold as NECA's other Robocop figures, because every seam and rivet is where it should be. He has pretty decent articulation, though there were a couple of time I thought I was going to break something off. You have to take it easy with these figures when you first get them out of the box, as they tend to be a bit stiff. Once you get past that point, Robocop is decently articulated. There's some limitation in the range of movement for some of the joints, but then Robo was never the most flexible or spry character. You can still get him in some great poses though.


Night Fighter Robocop also comes with two accessories, one them is his Auto-9 pistol shown here:


He also comes with an extra right hand with an extended data spike. So, you can access the police department computers, or stab a ruthless murderer in the neck. Be careful though, it's quite fragile. I managed to snap mine within a few minutes of taking it out of the package. A quick application of Gorilla Glue, and all was well. Still, I tend to leave it on the shelf, for fear of breaking it off again.

So, you've come all this way, I'm sure you're curious how well he glows. Well..




Glowing figures are notoriously hard to photograph, and Robocop was no exception. He actually doesn't glow as bright as I had hoped, but I'm still working on finding the best light to charge him up. I'm thinking I either need to use different lights, or just let him charge up longer. Either way, I don't think my LED flashlights are the best option.

If I had any nitpicks about the figure, I would have loved to see NECA include a gatling gun arm, and it would have been great if the helmet was removable. As for the data spike, I think they could have made it retractable, so it would be less likely to get broken. Like I said though, these are just tiny little nitpicks, and don't take away from the figure at all.

I want to thank John Gaither over at The Clawful Punch for sending this one to me, along with a ton of other stuff I'll get to eventually. He saw I didn't want to blow an entire gift card on a Robocop figure, and he graciously sent this one over to me. Of course, after seeing how cool this one is, now I'm really tempted to buy the other one I've been looking at as well. Darn it.

Thanks again John!


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Snow..



I had planned on posting something else today, but my camera told me that its battery was "exhausted". You and me both camera. Instead, I leave you with a photo of a Hoth Trooper, who looks just as annoyed by the snow as I am.




Saturday, March 1, 2014

03/01/2014- The Battle of The Carpet

It was the first of March. It was a cold, cold day, and the Tim Mee Battalion knew that this was possibly their last mission. Traveling the Carpet was rough going. Standing was difficult; walking nearly impossible. Finally, after days of trudging through the shaggy environment, they spotted their target:

The Zoids Sabre Tiger:


This particular one had been terrorizing the neighboring cities and towns for weeks, and they finally had the capability to strike back. He had lost most of his weaponry, but he was still a formidable foe. The Sabre Tiger's laser cannon eyes and tremendously powerful jaws were all he needed to lay waste to any obstacle that got in his way.



"Everybody form up!" yelled Captain Vader. "This is our last chance to take out this mechanical menace"! The troops quickly got into formation, laser rifles and atomic bazookas ready to unleash hell upon the robotic terror.


Vader stared steely eyed at the thing that had caused so much death and destruction. He was going to end its reign of terror if it meant ripping out Sabre Tiger's mechanical guts with his bare hands. 


Sabre Tiger let out a roar of defiance. There was no way he was going to let these soft little things stop him. He would stomp, blast, and chew until the noisy creatures were nothing but puddles of grease.His enemies would keep his gears running smoothly, and keep his shell nice and shiny. Sabre Tiger smiled to himself as he thought of this. The humans' precious fluids would keep him looking his best as he tore apart their world. 



Suddenly, Sabre Tiger charged, his fangs glistening in the sunlight as his powerful claws tear at the ground. 


"I'm outta here!" yelled the aptly named Pvt. Coward. "There's no way we can win against this thing"! Capt. Vader stared as the frightened soldier disappeared into the distance. "May you live a long life", he muttered to himself. 


"Anyone else want to leave?", Vader asked. No one else dared to move from their position. "Good! Then let's destroy this overgrown tin can"!  Lasers started pouring in from both sides. The smell of ozone was thick in the air, as overheated rifles poured gigawatt upon gigawatt at the mechanical feline. The sound of a helicopter overhead was reassuring. At least it meant the battalion had machines on their side as well. 



"Halfcocked", as he was called by his friends, leaned out the side door of the helicopter and aimed his rifle at the roaring Sabre Tiger. His weapon could boil the water in a swimming pool in a matter of minutes, but it also meant it would melt down if pushed too hard. Halfcocked fired laser after laser at the Zoid, ignoring the warning lights on the side of his blaster. Finally, he gave in and switched the rifle to cooling mode, watching as smoke poured from the barrel. If he was lucky, he would be able to get back in the fight quickly. Otherwise, he would be forced to watch helplessly from the air. 


The casualties came quickly. Linus and Schroeder moved too far forward, and were quickly set upon by Sabre Tiger. Linus poured lasers down Sabre's throat as the tiger's powerful jaws closed over him. Schroeder smiled slightly as the tiger's heavy mechanical paw came down on him. "It looks like Linus won't get that $50 I lost to him in poker after all". That Schroeder, always looking on the bright side of things..


Vader watched as his men fell to the beast's laser eyes. Joe, one of his best atomic bazookamen, had scored a vital hit on Sabre Tiger, but was quickly felled by a swath of white hot energy. The situation had seemed hopeless at first, but things were starting to look up. The machine was starting to get a little slower, and smoke was starting to pour out from behind his body panels. 



"Broadcast, call in the reinforcement," Vader yelled to his operator. The Sabre Tiger was visibly weaker, but he had lost too many men. They were running out of time and soldiers, and needed to end this quickly.


Suddenly, flashes of green appeared on the battlefield. The 99th Boarders Battalion appeared on their laser powered battle boards. 

"Whoa, dudes! Glad to see you saved some action for us"! Brady may have seemed lazy off the battlefield, but when it was time to fight, he was quick to go into action.  Vader's troops cheered the boarders on, as they flew toward Sabre Tiger.


The high energy blades on their boards sliced open hoses and snapped cables controlling the monster's limbs. Sadly, one of them got too cocky, and was snatched out of the air by Sabre Tiger's jaws. The other boarders renewed their efforts, cutting open panels, and attacking his gears and motors. More smoke poured from the cracks in his paneling, and the beast's eyes were starting to dim.


"Advance up! Concentrate fire on his head"! What was left of Vader's force moved in, focusing their fire on Sabre's open maw, watching as his movements slowed. Sabre Tiger's legs froze, and the beast started to topple over. 


Vader clambered on top of the fallen machine and fired blast after blast at its head. He didn't stop until the tiger's eyes went dark, and the last motor stopped whirring. At long last, victory! It had come at a horrible cost, but they could rest easy, now that the great Sabre Tiger had finally fallen.


"Broadcast, make a call to base, and tell them to get the ovens warmed up. Pizza's on me tonight men"! As he watched his men cheer, Captain Vader swore he could already smell the scent of pepperoni and cheese wafting over the battlefield. 

Special thanks goes to Eric of Toyriffic, for all the items in this post. I'll go into more detail on the included items in later posts, but until then, it's pizza time!



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