Thursday, December 29, 2011

2011’s Best Stuff

I waited on this longer than I had planned. I mean, it’s going to be on time (which you can tell because you’re reading it), but I kept putting it off.
I’ve actually put a lot of things off this last couple of months. I finally figured out that it wasn’t the weather or Thanksgiving or lack of parties that has had me down. It’s work. I’m in one of the miserable slumps I go through every ten months or so where I am just despairing about having to do this for twenty-five (or more) more years. But I think I’m coming out of it now. A new year is looming and I see nothing but hope and joy in the future. No, seriously. I’m starting to feel good. Of course, another major factor is that as I write this introductory section I am a few hours away from seven days of work-free life. And I need it. Badly.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Toy Review – Star Wars: Luke Skywalker’s Tauntaun (Target Exclusive) By Hasbro

            I forgot to mention “Target Exclusive” in the header for the Landspeeder review the other day. Oops. I wonder if I will have fixed it by now.
I got this Vintage Boxed Tauntaun the same day that I did the Landspeeder. It was way too much to spend at once, but I’ve been anxiously awaiting updates to both of these toys for a while. While I attribute most of the Landspeeder’s appeal to nostalgia, I think everybody truly loves a tauntaun. The existence of’s tauntaun sleeping bag should be enough to prove that.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Argh! I Have Got To Write Something About Christmas!

I have two hours left here to write before I go on vacation for seven days, where I assure you I will not be doing any writing. I do not have enough entries for next week, but I’m going to figure something out. Mainly right now I am concerned about a Christmas post.
It’s hard to do Halloween posts every year, but I get by because there is so much stuff that can fit under the Halloween umbrella and work on a nerd-oriented blog.
Christmas, on the other hand, is kind of a pain. I love Christmas every bit as much as I do Halloween, but there’ s only so much Christmas stuff to write about. Especially when you’ve done it for three years. How many times can I list my favorite Christmas movies or tell you how great I think rum and egg nog are?
But I do want at least one strictly Christmas post, so here it is. I’m going to reminisce about some of my favorite Christmases in no particular order.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Toy Review – Classic Doctor Who: City of Death By Underground Toys

I’ve mentioned it before, but in case you haven’t read every single article here on Needless Things like you so totally should, City of Death is one of my favorite Doctor Who stories. It stars Tom Baker – who will always be My Doctor – and Lalla Ward as Romana – who is high on my “Companions I’d Like To Bone” list. The story was written by Douglas Adams (yes, that Douglas Adams) and it features a good bit of his signature humor.
While the episode itself has great pacing, an exciting story, and very strong acting from the entire cast; the very best thing about it is this:
That is Scaroth of the Jagaroth and he is one of the best villains ever, both in design and in the story.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

This Is A Recap of PCW Empire Wrestling 12/15/2011. Just Not A Very Good One.

Note: I started off just fine yesterday and then degenerated into this whole other thing because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to make the PCW recap a worthwhile read because I was kind of distracted during the show. I’m still not sure I can do it justice, but here’s attempt #2. Also, I’m just going to refer to this as PCW for the sake of my writing flow. Otherwise I’m going to have to go back every five minutes and correct “PCW” to “Empire” and I’m just not going to do that. And yes - that is a very shitty picture. Trust me, it goes with the body of work here.

Monday, December 19, 2011

This Is Not A Recap of PCW 12/15/2011. It Is An Essay On Partying.

Yes, I did attend Platinum Championship Wrestling’s show at the Masquerade last Thursday night. Yes, I was entertained by a lot of what I saw.
However. For a variety of different reasons December 15th was more about getting out and partying than it was about watching wrestling, and let me just tell you the Hooligans made the party happen. But PCW certainly helped.
I had already been planning on going incognito for the event. We had a few guests from out of town as well as a couple of Hooligans that can’t always make it out, so hanging with my people was more of a priority than running around in my mask and taking a bunch of crappy pictures, as will become obvious over the course of this non-recap.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics Teela By Mattel

Okay, well – if you’re still with me after yesterday’s ramble, here’s the review I started out writing before it went off the rails.
I’ve wanted a Teela figure since I started collecting the Masters of the Universe Classics figures. Actually, that’s not true. I’ve wanted a Teela figure since I was a kid, as she was pretty cool on the cartoon and a redhead to boot. Although I’m pretty sure the figure leaned more towards brunette. But either way, when compared to such female offerings as Lady Jaye or Baroness, Teela just came off as a little too girly. I never had that many MOTU figures in the first place, so Teela just wasn’t as high a priority as, say, Stinkor (not that I ever had him either).

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Teela Review... Oops, No - Tapered Off Into An Old Man Rant

I feel like I should be doing posts about Christmas, but I’ve been doing posts about Christmas for three years now and there’s only so many times you can talk about how much you love Elf or egg nog. And besides that, the general tone of the world has just got me down a bit. Not November down, mind you – I’m just thoroughly irritated by all the secular hatred and derision towards Christmas. We’re living in a mean, hateful world and sometimes it really bugs me.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Comic Book Wednesday – Batman: Noel & A Child Is Born & Deadpool MAX-MAS

I picked up a few Christmas comics at the ol’ comic shop because that’s the sort of thing I like to do.
The first is Batman: Noel, which is written and illustrated by Lee Bermejo. Bermejo was the artist on Brian Azarello’s Joker, which I have yet to read but really want to now. The second book is A Child Is Born, which is an adaptation of the birth of Christ by Billy Tucci. Finally, we’ve got Deadpool MAX-MAS, which is a whole other thing entirely.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Toy Review – Star Wars: Landspeeder By Hasbro

            In a way this vehicle is the centerpiece of my Star Wars collection. It was one of the first vehicles I got as a kid – I called it the Sand Speeder then – and to this day still has one of the simplest, most effective, and downright fun features of any vehicle. Naturally I’m talking about the retractable wheels that make the toy appear to be floating above the ground.
Despite the fact that the Landspeeder was left behind on Tattooine before A New Hope was even halfway over, I used it every time I played with my Star Wars figures. It’s one of the most iconic vehicles from the films and much like the toy, the film version had a simple and effective gimmick. They’ve touched it up over the years, but even the original mirror effect under the speeder looked pretty darn good.

Friday, December 9, 2011

The Meg Lee Chin show from a few years ago

Note: I didn’t think this was substantive enough to post when I first wrote it nine months ago. Now I guess I do. I can’t explain why. I’ve just been very introspective lately and have been doing a lot of thinking about the past. So here’s a thing about the past.
Today (well, March 16th when I wrote this) is Meg Lee Chin’s birthday, which gives me something to write about.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics Bubble Power She-Ra By Mattel

I’m going to see if I can do this figure justice in half an hour. Probably not, which means I might miss Wednesday. I hate missing posts like I have been lately, but work has been a bitch and I’ve had a case of the Mondays every day. Well, every work day.
Note: Obviously I didn’t finish, since you’re reading this on Thursday.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics Tytus By Mattel

So I had writer’s block for a while. Not just on the couple of non-blog pieces of fiction I’m working on, or even just some bullshit about comics. I couldn’t even crank out a toy review. It was bad. Normally I am pretty bummed out through most of November, but once we get the house decorated for Christmas I’m back to my normal, ebullient, optimistic self. But this year it took me about an extra week to get there. I’m not sure why, but all that matters now is that I’m over the hump and ready to get back to work. Er, quasi-work.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Movie Review – The Muppets

I’ve adored the Muppets ever since I can remember.
My family sat down and watched The Muppet Show together whenever it came on. Segments from that absurd variety show are indelibly stamped on my memory in a way that not many things are. The Muppet Show introduced me to Elton John, Steve Martin, John Cleese, Harvey Korman, Vincent Price, Peter Sellers, and countless others. By the time Christopher Reeve, Lynda Carter, and the cast of Star Wars hosted their episodes I was old and aware enough to have what were probably the first geek-out moments of my life. It’s funny, because Lil’ Troublemaker is the same age as I was when those shows happened, and I don’t think there’s an equivalent experience available for him. Except for watching our Muppet Show DVDs.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics Icarius By Mattel

Holy crap, I totally forgot to review this guy!

I put it off because he came out during October and he is clearly not a Halloweeny release. I had intended to post the review at the beginning of November but I never even wrote it apparently. This came to my attention the other day when that piece of shit Snout Spout fell over and knocked Moss Man and Man-E-Faces off the shelf. As I was putting that stupid piece of garbage back in his place at the rear of the shelf, I saw Icarius standing there on the shelf below and wondered why I couldn’t remember writing about him.

It’s because I never did.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Comic Book Wednesday – DC’s New 52: Quarterly Evaluation

I was going to wait until each of the New 52 titles I am reading had completed their first story arcs before doing this, but I think I already have a good idea of what I’m keeping and dropping. Which is good, because I want to go ahead and tell the comic shop which titles I’m not going to be picking up after their sixth issues so they don’t get stuck with extra inventory. I suggest you do the same. It’s a lot easier for those guys to track down extra copies if something miraculously gets better and you decide to keep it than to get stuck with books that will never sell.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics Swiftwind By Mattel

It didn’t matter how good Swiftwind ended up being, Mrs. Troublemaker was getting him.
Mainly because she just wanted him, but also because no matter how much I can appreciate things that are.. sassier… than other things in my collection, a huge, rainbow-colored Pegasus/unicorn combo is a bit much. Even for me.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics Snout Spout By Mattel

I never had Snout Spout when I was a kid, but I remember him well. How could you not recall a guy with a robot elephant head that shoots water? And has to hold his trunk up with the butt end of an axe?
I like goofy figures with crazy gimmicks, so I was pretty happy to be getting this guy. And I felt sure the Classics update would be even cooler than the original.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

This was supposed to go up yesterday, but more important things took precedent.
Last year on Thanksgiving I did a little arts & crafts project to represent how I feel about the holiday. This year I am going to try and do something a little more significant. Not because I feel any differently about things – if anything I like it less now – but because I am at work on Sunday night and need something to do to distract me from thoughts of whether or not the fall from the top of this building would kill me (it wouldn’t).

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Glenroy Walker 1976-2011

My childhood friend Glenroy Walker died on November 21st.
I haven’t seen him in many years but we had recently reconnected on Facebook, in the casual way people do. I’ve seen pictures of his lovely family, we exchanged pleasantries here and there. That’s all. No meeting up for coffee or getting the kids together to play. But we each knew the other was well and the connection confirmed what I had always suspected when I thought of Glenroy, which I did often and fondly: he was still a strong, happy, and kind person.
I don’t remember how we became friends. I honestly don’t even remember specifics of hanging out, but that’s true of anybody from my youth. I don’t have the best recall – a few events stick out, but it’s mostly feelings and impressions. Who was funny, who was serious, who you didn’t want standing behind you because they were going to give you the ol’ bunny ears every time.
My memories of Glenroy are his kindness, his thoughtfulness, his ever-present smile, and his gentle humor. I remember that Glenroy was an extremely funny guy, but not in the same way the rest of us might be. Children’s humor is a particular blend of the gross and the mean and Glenroy never resorted to either of these that I recall. He was the Pixar to our DreamWorks – classier and more intelligent, but just as funny.
Glenroy was a good man before any of us were men at all. His good spirit has influenced me throughout my life. There are times when he has been at best the reason for a positive outlook and at least the source of a smile. Finding out a couple of years ago that he was doing well and had a family was no surprise. Looking at his posts and seeing the same kind person in them was no surprise.
As children we shared interests in video games and GI Joe – what more did you need back then? As adults we both had a respect for Allen Hunt, one of the most sincere and positive voices on the radio. I listen to Mr. Hunt whenever I can. He shoots straight and says things that you might not want to hear. I know I end up feeling a little uncomfortable at least once per show. I bet Glenroy would just listen and smile, not even thinking about how good a man he was to not have Mr. Hunt’s words assault his conscience.
I don’t know any of that for a fact, but I would bet on it.
When I first read of the tragedy that struck Glenroy and his family a couple of weeks ago it hit me hard. All I knew from Facebook was that the Walker family were struck by another automobile. The two kids were miraculously okay, but Glenroy and his wife Sandra were in the hospital. The update was not clear on the extent of their injuries, but seemed as positive as such a thing could be. I posted my thoughts on his page. I kept the family in mind, never imagining any outcome other than total recovery. I felt it. I knew everything would be okay. I never thought otherwise.
Last night I popped on Facebook for a few minutes during commercials and saw that Glenroy had died. Here is the full article:
I cried some. I didn’t cry for me because I haven’t seen that smiling kid I remember in years. We were friendly enough online, but hadn’t really rekindled a friendship. I didn’t cry for Glenroy because I know for a fact that he is in Heaven right now beyond the cares of this hard world. I cried for the thought of the family that has lost a daddy. I cried because those two little kids are only going to have pictures and memories. Because Sandra has known the love of one of the finest men in the world for however many years and now he is gone. It hurt me terribly to think of those things and it hurt me terribly to think that it could happen to me and my family, or anybody at all.
I called my mom on the way into work today to tell her. I know she really liked Glenroy and thought he was a good influence on me and she was right. She had a tough time with it. She’s worried about his family and has added them to her prayer list.
My whole purpose today was to write a little bit about this great guy I had the privilege of knowing. I am thankful that I had him in my life even for the few years that I did. He will always be one of those beacons of virtue that you just sort of carry around with you, you know?
So I’m going to ask you something now. I’ve never asked you guys for anything before and would never do it for myself. But if you have any little bit extra to spare to help out the bereft family of a good man, please go and donate a little something to help cover medical expenses, funerary costs, whatever. These poor, lovely people have been absolutely devastated by life and I’d like to think any little bit of help we can give will maybe not ease their suffering, but give them one less thing to have to worry about.
I made a donation right after I read the news. My mom sent something along too.
If I have ever made you laugh, if you’ve ever enjoyed my work, or if I’ve ever lifted your spirits at all do me this favor. Because I would be a different person than I am if I hadn’t known Glenroy Walker. He has contributed something to the writings here. Every kind word I have typed or positive outlook I have maintained has just a touch of Glenroy in it.
If you just don’t have anything extra, that’s cool too. I am not generally a charitable person and I get that one’s own needs have to be met first. But repost this link somewhere good if you know a place. Or just pray for Glenroy’s family.
Here’s the link if you want to help out:

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Some Long Ramble About Joss Whedon and Maybe Firefly

Bear with me. I’m not sure where this is going to go or how long it’s going to take to get there.
I am a devoted disciple of Joss Whedon. Not from the beginning or anything. I resisted the televised version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer for years. It was a teen drama. I wasn’t going to watch that pussy shit. Give me Fear Factor and pro wrasslin’ and keep your girlie crap to yourself, thank you very much.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Toy Review – Marvel Movie : Thor By Hasbro

This was supposed to go up yesterday. Didn't happen because work is crazy-go-nuts right now. I worked nights all weekend and then had to be back yesterday at 1 PM to take a test so I can keep doing my job. Then I work Wednesday through Friday nights. Whee.
While I didn’t know Captain America and Nick Fury were coming out, I wasn’t necessarily surprised to see them. Thor surprised the heck out of me, I guess mainly because it is a whole separate wave as opposed to being part of an Avengers line. I suppose I thought Fury and Cap were it for now.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Toy Review – Marvel Movie : Captain America By Hasbro

Back at Toy Fair Hasbro made the extremely exciting announcement that they were bringing Marvel Legends back. The first figure was the SDCC Exclusive Thor, which was modeled after Olivier Coipel’s artwork.
The next wave of long-awaited six inch scale Marvel figures was a series of Iron Man repaints. These were fine for what they were, but the big deal for me was finally getting movie versions of Captain America and Thor to go along with my Iron Man. I know a lot of people skip them, but I love having movie versions of characters when the movie was good (which is why I still buy Batman Movie Masters and eBayed my GL figures [I’ll never get around to it, but I have a whole new rant about how much the Green Lantern movie sucks after watching it again]).

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Toy Review – Marvel Movie : Nick Fury By Hasbro

I don’t feel that “Holy shit! It’s Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury!” quite conveys how excited I was about finding this figure. I didn’t even know they were doing this one. Not yet, anyway. I mean, obviously once The Avengers gets closer we’re going to have Rocket Pack Samuel L. Jackson, Arctic Blast Samuel L. Jackson, Laser Vision Samuel L. Jackson (with light-up eye patch!), Desert Ambush Samuel L. Jackson, and Hawaiian Luau Samuel L. Jackson (with Tiki Bar). But getting this one this soon is very exciting.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Toy Review – DC Universe Classics: Stargirl By Mattel

I don’t necessarily have any attachment to Stargirl, but I like the character on Smallville and have both of the Starman figures that Mattel released. So I needed her too, right?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Platinum Championship Wrestling 11/11/2011

Okay, it’s time once again for the seemingly insurmountable task of providing a halfway intelligible and mostly entertaining recap of the drunken blur that was Platinum Championship Wrestling’s FINAL NIGHT EVER!

You might think I would choose this one important occasion to stay dry so that I could accurately report on the events of the evening. With everything at stake and the very future of PCW in peril, maybe I would want to be able to properly record just how it all went down.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Toy Review – DC Universe Classics: Sandman By Mattel

I am not a huge fan of the Justice Society of America. It’s not that I have anything against them , I just haven’t read any of the comics. I’ve got several of the DCUC figures, but mostly because I got them on clearance. Although I did pay full price for Alan Scott just because I thought he looked really cool.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Go See Platinum Championship Wrestling Tomorrow Night!

If you live in the Metro Atlanta area and don’t have anything to do tomorrow night you need to go to the Academy Theater in Avondale Estates and see Platinum Championship Wrestling live in person.
As a matter of fact, even if you do have plans you need to cancel that shit and get your ass to Avondale. Because – and this is no hyperbole – PCW is my favorite wrestling promotion on the planet right now. And tomorrow night could be its last night.
Okay, that might be overstating things a bit since regardless of the outcome there will still be a wrestling promotion putting on weekly shows at the Academy Theater and sort-of-monthly shows at the Masquerade. But tomorrow night is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, one of the biggest nights in Platinum Championship Wrestling’s history. And trust me when I say you want to be there because when PCW has a big night, they have a big night.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Comic Book Wednesday - 11/2011 Update

I can’t believe the last time I did one of these was in August. That’s inexcusable.
I mean, inexcusable if I got paid or had a boss or deadlines or anything. As it is it’s more just lazy.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Toy Review – Batman Legacy: Batgirl By Mattel

Our first view of this Batgirl figure came along with Catman, Golden Age Batman and the K-Mart Exclusive Bat-Mite. That set of photos included a Batcycle that I was hoping would be included with Batgirl. No such luck.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Movie Review – Star Wars on Blu-Ray Part 1

Note: I wrote this back in September and if I don’t put it up now I’ll never do it. It isn’t complete and might not ever be, but here’s what I’ve got. I think it might be helpful. I don’t know how long it’ll be before we get to the prequels.
This is just going to be a random mess that’s coming out weeks later than what anybody else wrote. But I need to do it because I’ve got a lot to say about the brand-new Star Wars Saga on Blu-Ray and not all of it is bad. Or good.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics He-Ro By Mattel

Oh, man I thought I just fucked up another toy review. I always use an older review as the format for a new one and saved my Hot Toys Alice review over the He-Ro one. Luckily I had gotten no further than the intro, so the only thing I have to rewrite is this.
Unfortunately I wrote the first version two months ago when I actually got He-Ro, so I don’t remember what the heck I said. I’m sure it was much more clever and intelligent than this. Probably my finest work ever, and instead you get this crap. Sorry guys.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Settling Back In…

I took a couple of days off there to recover from October and also I think my wife is trying to kill me.
Granted, that doesn’t seem like such a bad thing as I sit here back in Hell (work) after seven pretty amazing days off. I got to hang out with a lot of cool people, saw an amazing band, took my son out for his first for-real trick-or-treating, finally got to attend the big Halloween party that some friends of ours host every year, and a whole bunch of other pretty great stuff. So coming back to this foul pit of despair is just downright soul crushing.

Monday, October 31, 2011

31 Days of Halloween: The Big Finale!

Scareglow – “Wow! Hey you guys – thanks for showing up! I’ve got your cos… uh, your overalls right here. I hope you’re ready for some serious undercover work.”

Friday, October 28, 2011

31 Days of Halloween Day 20: Spooky Toy Review – Universal Monsters Retro Cloth: Mummy By Diamond Select Toys

I think my love of the Mummy as a character comes from Hammer’s Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb being one of the first legit horror movies to scare the shit out of me as a child. Another positive is that I have never seen an Egyptian Mummy movie that I haven’t liked (and yes, I specified “Egyptian” so I could ignore that wretched third Brendan Frasier Mummy movie), something that can’t be said about vampires, werewolves and the reanimated corpses.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

31 Days of Halloween Day 19: Spooky Toy Review – Universal Monsters Retro Cloth: Dracula By Diamond Select Toys

So here’s the third of the currently available Universal Monsters from this line.
Dracula as a character is not my favorite. As a matter of fact, he comes in a solid fourth when compared against the other three characters in the Retro Cloth line. Further down when you add in other Universal Monsters. Now, if we’re talking about Hammer Dracula that’s a whole different story. That guy is a bad motherfucker.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

31 Days of Halloween Day 18: Chambers of Horror

Note: I am going to do my best to not mention a certain other Halloween attraction in this review. I believe each event should be judged on its own merits and not compared to anything else.
Also, I am prepared to accept that any gripes I have may be the result of us being there on a Thursday night when business is not at its peak. I don’t feel like that’s any excuse when you’re charging the same to regular patrons Thursday night as you are any other night, but I am willing to believe that’s the reason behind certain things.

Platinum Championship Wrestling 10/20/2011

Pre-Ramble – 10/19/2011
I cannot possibly express how excited I am right now.
Yesterday on Facebook Shane Morton (Silver Scream Spook Show, Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse, Super X-13, Gargantua) announced that he and Stephen Platinum were holding Monster Championship Wrestling on Saturday. As the name implies, this venture involves monsters wrestling.
Clearly I had to try and get involved.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

31 Days of Halloween Day 17: Horrifyingly Slack Excuse For A Post! Aaaaaaah!

Sorry, guys. I just couldn't get anything done last night due to an extreme overload of work and the fact that I am still worn out after our crazy weekend.
So here are a bunch of pictures I've used for past Halloween posts (the very last one's Linnea Quigley and it may be a bit unclear but it's totally NSFW):

Monday, October 24, 2011

31 Days of Halloween Day 16: Spooky Toy Review – Universal Monsters Retro Cloth: Frankenstein By Diamond Select Toys

It’s Franken-time!
Okay, let’s just put that on the list of things I’m never going to say again; along with “That’s Phantom-tastic!” and “Word up!”.
If I was only going to buy one of these new Retro Cloth figures, Frankenstein’s Monster was a safe bet to be it. Out of the four characters currently available – this one, the Mummy, Wolf Man, and Dracula – the Mummy is actually my favorite, but let’s be honest. He’s not very visually exciting. Frankenstein’s Monster, on the other hand, is one of the most iconic monsters in all of horror.

Friday, October 21, 2011

31 Days of Halloween Day 15: Spooky Toy Review – Universal Monsters Retro Cloth: The Wolf Man By Diamond Select Toys

You might be wondering why the Ghostbusters all got lumped together into one review and the Universal Monsters each get their own.
It’s because the Universal Monsters require a lot more unique parts than the Ghostbusters and also because I realized I could get four days worth of posts by separating the classic creatures. But mostly the parts thing. I promise.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

31 Days of Halloween Day 14: Spooky Vintage Toy Review – Bela Lugosi as Dracula By Flatt World Toys

There was a time when this was the holy grail of toy collecting. Right around the big collecting boom of the late 90’s, the height of ToyFare magazine’s power; this guy was released at a price that was unheard of for a small, domestic action figure. Dracula was well received, but not well enough to spawn a full line from fledgling Flatt World Toys.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

31 Days of Halloween Day 13: Horrific Movie Review – Spooky Buddies

Note: I want you all to know that I love you people, and that this is the kind of torture I put myself through to create enough material for the month and break things up a little bit so 31 Days of Halloween is not all toy reviews.
Before we go any further I have to point out that my son is three years old and I cannot wholly endorse his taste in anything. While he has taken in Episodes IV-VI of Star Wars in basically a single sitting and walked out of The Phantom Menace, he likes Dora the Explorer and that awful fucking Gumball show. So he’s got a good foundation, but clearly there is a lot left to learn.
I’m just saying don’t hold it against him that he enjoyed Spooky Buddies. I’m trying not to.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

31 Days of Halloween Day 12: Creepy Item Review – Boba Fett Candy Server By Rubies

This thing isn’t creepy or spooky at all. But it is a Halloween item, so it gets a review here.
I don’t actually remember when it was offered through Previews and I really don’t remember ordering it, but since it’s Boba Fett I feel reasonably certain that I did. I do remember seeing the item listed and it turned out a bit different from what I was expecting. Not necessarily in a bad way, just different.

Monday, October 17, 2011

31 Days of Halloween Day 11 - Hot Dudes 2: Revenge of Hot Dudes

Being strapped for ideas for this month of Halloweeny goodness led me to consider past subject matter. And since “Dragon*Con 2011 – Hot Dudes” got me more response than any ten other articles I’ve written, I thought it would be a wise decision to do some more Hot Dudes.
Uh… I mean write another Hot Dudes post.
This time around it’s the same kind of thing – sarcasm/Since I am an expert in what ladies and gay fellows would want in a man\end sarcasm, I’m going to take a look at the guys who have featured in horror movies over the years and figure out who makes those panties moistest.

Friday, October 14, 2011

31 Days of Halloween Day 10

We started a new Halloween tradition last year of visiting this place called Randy’s Pumpkin Patch. It’s a neat little seasonal place off of Highway 29 that sells overpriced Halloween decorations, overpriced tickets to inflatable jump things, overpriced pony rides, overpriced bunnies, and of course overpriced pumpkins(!).
I realize that’s a lot of overpricing, but it really is a fun place and not a bad way to help get your Halloween on.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

31 Days of Halloween Day 9: Spooky Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics: Hurricane Hordak By Mattel

I definitely prefer the Evil Horde to any of the other Masters of the Universe factions.
I think Matty made a smart decision by releasing this Hordak variant in the same month as Leech. That way nobody could bitch about getting another Hordak instead of a new Horde member. Granted, they did anyway, but now it’s easier to ignore them.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

31 Days of Halloween Day 8: Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse 2011

Note: Due to the nature of the Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse I don’t want to give a whole heck of a lot of detail about where, when, or why you’ll have the shit scared out of you. Just know that you will and often.
I hope you guys can get on board with more of a narrative than an actual review because that’s how I can get away with being a little more vague and, hopefully, entertaining.
Also, if you don’t want any spoilers you shouldn’t read this. Just go do it. It’s awesome.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

31 Days of Halloween Day 7: Horrifying Movie Review - Zombie Strippers

Note: I did not have time to finish my Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse review the way I wanted to. Not only was I way too busy to complete it, I also had a great idea for the post that is going to take me a night at home to complete. I promise it’ll be worth the wait.
So in the meantime, here’s a decent review of a shitty movie.
This was actually written months ago. I sat on it this long with the intention of taking pictures during a second viewing to go along with the review. As time passed, the idea of watching this movie again became less and less appealing. So – sorry, but no pictures for you.

I finally watched this movie on Netflix the other night after the wife kept insisting that I needed to. It stars Jenna Jameson as a Zombie Stripper, Tito Ortiz as a cowardly bouncer, Robert Englund in what might be his best performance as somebody who isn’t a roasted pedophile and a bunch of absolutely terrible “actors”. I thought Zombie Strippers featured a bunch of porn stars, but porn stars are better actors than the cast of this movie. I mean, seriously – when Robert Englund appears to be slumming you know you’re dealing with a whole new level of suck.

Monday, October 10, 2011

31 Days of Halloween Day 6: Spooky Toy Review – Retro Action The Real Ghostbusters By Mattel

Mattel’s Ghostbusters products have been a mixed bag; a source of both joy and frustration to collectors.

The standard 6” figures sort of fall into the “I suppose this is the best we’re going to get” category. They aren’t bad by any means, but they sure could be a heck of a lot better. Especially for twenty bucks apiece. As a matter of fact, the 6” line has been so underwhelming that Matty had to cancel the subscription service for 2012; releasing only the four figures that were already announced for next year. That’s what happens when you release the same four characters over and over again, hold back on accessories with the stated intent of making people buy figures they don’t want, and shuffle releases around constantly. People lose interest. And faith.

Friday, October 7, 2011

31 Days of Halloween Day 5

(That's the view from my office as I post this and add pictures.Neighbors love me.)
The Troublemakers ventured forth to investigate the local Halloween stores and their offerings on Monday. It’s a thing we’ll end up doing several times over the next month. See, I’ve made the decision to keep things at a Scooby-Doo level of scary this year. Lil’ Troublemaker is old enough to get how awful some of your more grotesque Halloween things are (zombies, Freddy Krueger, The Worst Witch), but not old enough to get that it’s all fake and fun. There’s also the fact that there will be a bunch of kids at his birthday party and I don’t want to freak anybody out. Which is why we’re not inviting his great grandmother (I kid, I kid!).

Thursday, October 6, 2011

31 Days of Halloween Day 4: Top Ten Stupid Horror Movies

And I mean that with the utmost respect. But these are ten movies that – while I love them – are just fucking retarded.
Whether it’s the acting, directing, story or just the whole thing is a fucking mess (see #1); these movies all posses at least one dominating factor that makes them absolute garbage. Some of them are awesome because of that, others are just awful. But they’re all dumb.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

31 Days of Halloween Day 3: Creepy Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics: Megator By Mattel

I’m not entirely sure who Megator is – other than being a giant – and I as usual skipped reading the bio on the box. I think he and Tytus might have come out in France or something?
Regardless of my familiarity with the character, I was still excited about the toy when I first saw it. Big, green giants are right up my alley. And I was doubly excited when I saw the alternate zombie head. It looked like something out of an EC comic and that is definitely my thing.