Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A couple of pocket monsters

Okay, so only one of them is a monster, but they're both definitely pocket sized. I found these two while I was digging through a junk drawer this weekend.

This one is definitely supposed to be a knockoff of a mech from Battletech or Mechwarrior, but I couldn't tell you which model it is. The detail isn't too bad for such a small figurine. If I remember correctly, Chelsea got this for me out of a gumball machine in our first year together. I'm amazed I've managed to hold on to it this long.

This guy looks like he should be a Godzilla villain, but it's definitely one I've never seen before. I can't tell if those things on his head are supposed to be his eyes, or  his ears. If they're eyes, the why in the world are they shaped like a satellite dish? If those are his ear, then where the hell are his eyes? There's just a lot of unanswered questions with this one.

As simple as these two are, 7 year old me could have had hours of fun playing with them. They're the perfect size to carry in my pocket for all those boring trips to the grocery store, or those long car rides to Virginia Beach. Back then, all it took were a couple of pieces of cheap plastic, and a wild imagination, and I was entertained for hours.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Fun in the snow.

Stand still for one more second...

I really can't leave these two alone. They're always getting into trouble. I cleaned the two of them off and fixed them a cup of hot chocolate so they could warm back up.

Uh-oh..this looks like trouble..

Bob, I don't think I would trust him after what you did.

I'm not going to say I told you so, but...Okay Stormtrooper, pull him out. The fun's over.

"I'm so sticky."   "Yes, but you smell delicious."
It looks like I'm going to have to clean these two up yet again. Stay warm out there folks.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Where are we?

My girlfriend Chelsea set up a trip to California for the two of us for my 30th birthday back in 2011. We did some sight seeing, a lot of wine tasting, and ate way too much good food. I had a great time, and it felt like a proper goodbye to my 20's. Thanks to some family connections, Chelsea was able to get me a tour of a place I've wanted to visit ever since I was a little kid. As much as I'd love to go back there again, it's probably one of those once in a lifetime sort of deals. No matter, as the memories I have will be more than enough to bring a smile to my face years from now. Here's a shot her uncle took of us while we were there.

I'm sure it's pretty easy to figure out, but maybe not. I'll give the person that gets it right an enthusiastic thumbs up. Good luck !

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Big Daddy Darth Vader

It appears I've been neglecting my blogging duties the past few days. Don't worry though, because this fellow caught on to the fact that I had been slacking off, and forced me to do an entry about him.

The Emperor will be most pleased with your progress.
I'm sure some folks would disagree, but I'm going to go ahead and name Darth Vader the most recognizable character in science fiction. I'm willing to bet most people could pick him out just by the sound of his respirator alone. I guess that's why there have been so many action figures made of him. This particular figure is from the 12th wave of the Vintage Collection. I had a previous version with a removable helmet, but it seems that Hasbro has trouble making helmets that actually stay on the figures' heads. This Darth Vader's head is all one piece, so there's no worries about it falling off. 

This version also has ball jointed hips, so he's able to get into some pretty cool battle stances, unlike the last one I had. I kinda wish they had included an extra right hand, so I'd have one that could hold his lightsaber, but the Force choke pose is rather fitting for the character.

Next to the original vintage figure, this one is probably my favorite interpretation of the character. It gets all the details right, without going too far, giving us a toy fit for collectors and children alike. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Star Wars sticker books and a Tie Fighter

This little set was another one of my Christmas gifts. It includes two sticker books, a Lego Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, and a Tie Fighter kit. 

Sticker books have always puzzled me. Once you put all the stickers where they're supposed to go, what then? At least these have reusable stickers, but it's not like you can use them somewhere else. Still, these will be a good activity for Chelsea and I on one of those rainy day weekends. The Character Encyclopedia is full of fun little facts about the characters, as well as their evolution as Lego minifigures. It's a cool little book for a lover of facts and trivia, like me. It's probably not as comprehensive as some of the larger volumes out there, but there's enough info that I feel like I learn something new each time I look through it. 

The real star of the set is the Tie Fighter kit. 

I was a little disappointed at first, since the model obviously doesn't have the proper Tie Fighter colors. Then I started thinking of it as a top secret model that the Empire was just rolling out. Or maybe this one is part of a Special Forces Tie Fighter group, and the odd coloration is what sets them apart from the normal pilots. Whatever scenario you come up with, I think you'll find it's a rather well built model, that isn't too far off scale. 

It's also rather sturdy, as I've dropped mine a couple times now and nothing has broken off. Now if you'll excuse me, it's time for the elusive Stealth Tie Fighter to shoot down some Rebel scum. May the Force be with you all.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

His and hers

I picked up these two lovely pieces of pocket jewelry for Chelsea and I not long after we moved in together.

The top one is mine, a Case Amber Bone Small Texas Jack. The blades are carbon, which means they'll stain and darken with use, as you can probably tell. The bottom one belongs to Chelsea, and it's a Case Purple Bone Peanut, because she loves things that are purple. They're small, useful, and if I say so myself, rather beautiful. They've seen quite a bit of use over the past 5 years, and I don't doubt they'll last a dozen more.These two go a long way in proving that just because it's a knife, doesn't mean it has to be scary.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Airtight alibi

JBoy's post over at Revenge From the Cosmic Ark reminded me that I had the newest incarnation of the Joe no one wants to shake hands with..Airtight. This version came out in the G.I. Joe: Renegades line, and while other characters from the show looked like their cartoon counterparts, Airtight was done in the more realistic style.

As you can see, he's quite an improvement over the original version, and he comes with a ton of accessories.

Yeah, that smell is most definitely coming from you.
Airtight comes with his Hazardous Environment Containment Rifle and purification backpack, as well as the little gas chromatograph he's holding here. Hasbro actually gave us a choice of backpacks this time around. You can go with his purification backpack:

or you can us the oxygen tank pack.

Airtight also comes with a pretty wicked shotgun, for taking out any Compound Z Zombies he may come across.

Dude, not in the face!
One of the best things about the new style figures, is the updated articulation. I'd never be able to get the older figures to hold a shotgun like that. In the end, Hasbro took a character that I didn't have the slightest interest in, and made him exciting. Yo Joe!

I'm here to kick ass and chew bubble gum,and I'm all outta gum.

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