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.