Aug 29, 2014

August 2014 Loot Crate - Heroes


Hot on the trail of last month's Villains Loot Crate are the Heroes!
The theme for this month starts before you even crack open the box.

Loot Crate August 2014 Box

Hmmm, that looks like a street with an open manhole cover.
I wonder what could be inside?

Loot Crate August 2014 TMNT Box

BAM! Turtle lair!
I was pretty impressed with the Villains taking over the inside of the box last month, but this is a whole new level. I hope they continue to think inside the box in the future.

You should probably click on that so you can get a better view, there's all kinds of crazy detail in there. Next to the video game, there's a Guardians of the Galaxy poster. To the left of the couch is a punching bag. Behind the couch is a weapon storage area with all the things an aspiring martial reptile could want. The rug in front of the couch is actually a little fold back flap to make the couch a bit more 3D so you can put someone on it.

Loot Crate August 2014 TMNT Box closeup

Here's a closer view of the couch and interior right wall. There's a Harley Quinn poster on the wall which was in the Crate last month. I wonder who put that up? My money's on Mikey. The Konami Code is always inside the box, but I'll let you in on a little secret: if you go to Lootcrate.com and enter the code, you might uncover something.

Loot Crate August 2014 minimag

Here's the monthly mini-mag full of heroic goodness. There's a two page spread recapping the origins of a handful of heroes, and article on what it means to be a hero, pics taken by Looters, and a couple of puzzle pages for fun.

It links nicely with the Villains cover.

July/August Loot Crate covers

Let's get to the goods!

Loot Crate August 2014 TMNT

Of course there's TMNT stuff in the Crate! They did send out the bandanna sunglasses and figures in all flavors. The Kidrobot figure is pretty cool. The "Ooze Action" is just a coating on the weapons that makes them glow in the dark. No sticky, messy goo here. In addition to the Turtles, there are Splinter and Shredder figures in the line.

Loot Crate August 2014 Shwings

I've never heard of Shwings before but they have quite an assortment of styles to choose from to spruce up your kicks. I'm not planning on getting doused in chemicals that have been hit by lightning so I won't be using these on my sneaks in the near future. I said I'm not planning on it, but if it should somehow happen, I"m open to it.

There's also a MegaMan air freshener, the monthly button with mini-mag cover art, and a Deadpool inspired cereal box magnet. Interesting that Deadpool showed up in Villains last month and Heroes this month!

Loot Crate August 2014 Groot in sewer

And here is the star of the month! They probably should call this month GrootCrate, but it would have ruined the surprise. This Pop! vinyl bobblehead from Funko was made exclusively for LootCrate subscribers. And that's all they've been talking about since he got leaked online. In case you haven't been looking for Guardians of the Galaxy merch like I have, Groot toys are super-hot right now. The regular, non-exclusive Groot Pop! figure is going for more than three times retail on Ebay right now!
Hold out if you want one, more are coming.

Loot Crate August 2014 Groot 2

Groot being Groot, he insisted on being shot out in the wild. What makes this Groot special (I mean, other than him being Groot!) is his mossy coloring and glow in the dark left hand to simulate his glowing performance in the movie. The normal Groot looks like this. I also like the twigs on top of his head. They could have just done the head without them and it would still look great but I think they give him even more character.

A huge thanks to the awesome inhabitants of Loot Crate for sending me this product to review. I really look forward to these every month! If you want to get cool geeky swag in your mail every month, head over to Loot Crate and sign up with code "AEIOUWHY" for 10% your order. Get on board for September's Galactic Crate!

Here's one more shot just because I had so much fun with Groot. If you haven't pre-ordered the Dancing Groot Pop! yet, I have a feeling the first wave might sell out quick.

Loot Crate August 2014 Groot

Aug 27, 2014

League Post - Dinner Party

This week the League of Extraordinary Bloggers has been tasked to hold their ultimate dinner party. Invited guests can be living, dead, and/or fictional.

I was good up until the fictional part. It's hard enough putting together just five people from real life people, never mind all of literature, TV, movies, and video games! So I'm thinking this may call for some creative interpretation, also known as cheating the topic.

For starters, here's my real world guest list. Not to be confused with the Real World, although it could be interesting to see these people living in a house together.


If you know me at all, it's no surprise that Vincent Price is numero uno on my guest list. I'm pretty sure I'd have no problem with him being my only guest for the evening! His daughter is coming to Salem in October and I'm hoping really hard that I"ll be able to attend her lecture. It'll be the next best thing to being able to actually meet him.

Second is Roger Corman, King of the B Movies! Not only do I love B movies, but he's worked with so many people during his career, he's got to have some fantastic stories.

The next two gentlemen should need no introduction. I'd love to pick Walt's brain about theme park design and attractions. Maybe even ask him to design his version of a Star Wars ride, after showing him the movie of course!

Jim and Kermit are a package deal. I wouldn't make Jim perform, technically. I mean, if I'm bringing people back from the dead, I'm sure there's some magic way Jim could "be" Kermit without having to be under the table, right? I don't even know where I'd start with them. Sesame Street and The Muppet Show have had such an impact on me. I'd probably be more star struck and tongue tied trying to talk to Kermit.

My last guest does need an introduction and his name is Howard Scott Warshaw. Maybe you've heard the name, maybe not. But if you owned an Atari 2600 as a kid, chances are you're familiar with at least one of his games: Yar's Revenge, Raiders of the Lost Ark, or E.T. Yar's is one of my favorite video games ever and the Atari was a big part of my childhood.
I promise not to bring up E.T.

Now we come to the fictional party list!


Right off the top, it has to be The Doctor, but which one? Maybe he'd start at 1 and regenerate into each version as the night wears on. Or he could just randomly rotate between 4, 9, 10, and 11 all night. Wouldn't that be fun? Or some (or all) could show up at once, not like that hasn't happened before.


Next is probably my most loved character in printed fiction, Tasslehoff Burrfoot from the DragonLance novels. He's like a halfling with ADHD and has a habit of "borrowing" things that aren't nailed down. He's pretty much fearless and if there's trouble to be found, he'll won't just find it, he'll find it and poke it with a stick!


From Marvel comics, a pair of distinctly different doctors: Doom and Strange. When it comes to comic characters, I tend toward the more mystically inclined. Doom might try to steal the TARDIS, but I'd bet Tasslehoff would be stowed away in there and drive him crazy. And Strange I've been a fan of almost as long as I've been reading comics. I'm much more into his extra-dimensional adventures than the Earth-bound ones.


I was going to put Rocket Raccoon in the last chair. But as much as I'm into Guardians of the Galaxy right now, I have to put Adventure Time's Finn as my final fictional guest. He knows how to party but if Tas isn't plundering the depths of the TARDIS, he and Finn will probably run off to find adventure somewhere. There's so much doctor going on at this party, I had to use this particular image of Finn, even though he's not a doctor.

Check out other League members' guest lists
Retro Robot Review has got some creative inspirations
Author! Author! over at Kalem Klub
Super Powered Fiction invites some world changers

Check out all the participants at Cool and Collected!

Aug 19, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy - Hey Groot

Here's a neat little video that Guardians director Jams Gunn tweeted out last night. If you liked the movie, I think you'll enjoy it. If you haven't seen the movie, you probably won't have a clue as to what it's all about. 


Aug 14, 2014

Boston Comic Con 2014 - Celebs & Cosplay

Welcome to the second post all about Boston Comic Con 2014. 
Today is all about the celebrity guests and cosplayers!

Sam Witwer & Us

First is Sam Witwer. You might know him as Doomsday on Smallville, the voice of Starkiller in the Star Wars: Force Unleashed video games, Darth Maul in the Clone Wars animated series, or his current role on Almost Human. He didn't have a huge line so we got to speak with him for a few minutes. Not only was he super cool, but he's also a fan.

When I mentioned I was a big Star Wars fan, he started talking about working on the Clone Wars series and how big of a fan he is himself. I said it's great when you have people that are fans working on something they love. He said everyone at LucasFilm is like that. He said Dave Filoni calls him sometimes just to talk Star Wars after he's been working on Rebels (the new animated series) all day. As we were finishing up, I asked him if Dave had mentioned anything to him about doing voice work on Rebels. Sam kind of cocked his head and said he had no idea what I was talking about while giving me a look that said he totally did. So we may be hearing more from him in the Star Wars galaxy!

Barrowman 1

The main reason we went to the convention was to see John Barrowman (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Arrow). We had a professional photo-op with him and then got in line for an autograph. After finishing his photo ops, he sat down and told us he was going to take a little break and laid his head on the table. He got in either late the previous night or early that morning and hadn't gotten much sleep. When the crowd gave a sympathetic "aww" he started hamming it up for a bigger reaction. If you only know him from Arrow, you probably wouldn't have any idea just how funny he can be.

Barrowman & Myles

Sitting next to him, was his Torchwood co-star Eve Myles. She snuck over while he had his head down and gave him a playful spanking.

Barrowman & Myles 4

They chatted for a few minutes and then he got to the meeting and greeting.  Also present were James Marsters (Buffy, Torchwood), Jewel Staite (Firefly), Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones), Sean Astin (everything), and Run DMC's Darrell McDaniels. We didn't get autographs from any of them but we did see them while in the autograph area. Jason walked by us on the con floor and let me tell you, he's a big dude!

There were a ton of cosplayers at the con, which I always love. There were so many Doctor Who and Supernatural costumes that I actually ended up not taking photos of any of them. There were even a few Welcome to Night Vale cosplayers! Also present were a lot of Deadpools. I don't know if they have a club or what but there had to be at least 20 of them, one of which was a female Deadpool in a wedding dress.

Here's a few of my favorites. You can see all my Con photos on my Flickr page.

Cosplay_Orko

This guy was a huge hit, which is no surprise. You don't see Orko everyday! He had some kind of light up rods on his left hand to simulate magic.

Cosplay_Up Carl Fredricksen

Carl from Up! He even has the grape soda bottle cap pinned on his left lapel. We saw him later in the day and he was still holding those balloons. I wonder if his arm got tired from doing that all day.

Cosplay_Gravity Falls

These were the only Gravity Falls people I saw all day. I don't know what's cooler, seeing younger people or older people dressing as Mabel and Dipper Pines.

Cosplay_Agent Venom

I caught this Agent Venom in a little park outside the convention center. I had to chase him down but it was totally worth it! He's one of my favorite newer Marvel characters and was the only one I saw all day.

Cosplay_Orphan Black

Kasima from Orphan Black! Before getting her pic, I conferred with my wife to see if she also thought this was a cosplay and not how she normally looked because I didn't want to come across like a weirdo for asking this girl to take her photo if she wasn't dressed up as someone. So I asked her if she was supposed to be Kasima and she said yes but she forgot her lab coat. I told her if I knew who she was supposed to be without it, she didn't need it.

Cosplay_Group

I saw this group as we were leaving and what a gathering! Archer and Lana on either side. Harley Quinn, The Flash, an unmasked Deadpool, and Thor behind Leonardo. And the Red Hood next to Lana. The TMNT costume was pretty impressive in person.

Cosplay_Firefly

And the award for best parent ever goes to this guy! You can't see it too well in the photo, but little River is doing her split fight pose. They were so cute! Dad also had a couple of dinosaurs just in case the outfits and oodles of guns weren't enough to sell it.

Cosplay_Spidey Doctor

And the last one I'll leave you with is Spider-Man dressed as the Fourth Doctor. Why? I have no idea but there you have it! There's more to see over on Flickr, so stop by!

Stay Pufts

Aug 12, 2014

Boston Comic Con 2014 - Vendors & Artists

This past weekend Boston Comic Con was in town again. It seems like they're committed to improving it every year, which is good news because I think it has big potential, but they're going to need a bigger space to hold it! Friday night they posted cautioning people that were planning on buying tickets on site Saturday to consider getting tickets for Sunday instead due to the expected crowd.

BCC sign

I'm breaking my one day at the con up into a few posts to avoid making one TL;DR post where everyone is just looking at the photos. Today, I'll be showing off an incredibly small fraction of the artists/vendors at the con.

Recycle Fett

I didn't grab a card from this vendor, so I can't tell you where to find their work. They had a whole display of characters made from recycled metal covering all sorts of properties. I'm presuming this is Jango Fett because of the dual pistols he's sporting.

Recycle Alien Predator

Here's an Alien and Predator not trying to kill each other.
You can see the top of a Dalek in front of them. They also had a kick ass mini AT-AT.

Flying Sciurus - Custom Simon & Marcy

These custom Adventure Time figures were done by Shaun Nakasone. He had a few amazing customs on his table but if there's one thing that gets me, it's Simon and Marcy. Shaun works with all kinds of vinyl figures like Munnies and Mighty Muggs. You can check out his work at Flying Sciurus.

Companion Suitcases

These "Companion Suitcases" are functional works of art featuring Firefly, Star Wars, and Doctor Who. They also had an assortment of geeky lockets, earrings and prints. You can find them at Ursula and Olive.

Geeky Cheeky figures

One of my favorite crafty booths was by Geeky and Cheeky. These doll characters stand about a foot tall and are infinitely squishable! They also take custom orders online. The people running the booth were overjoyed when I asked if that was Dungeonmaster on the bottom left. They said I was only the second person that day to identify him, which I couldn't believe. Parents, educate your kids!

Geeky Cheeky_Doctors

They also had a 3' tall Weeping Angel doll which is a little more creepy at that size!

Super Sox Shop 2Super Sox Shop 1

Super Sox Shop is the perfect place to go if you need a little something special to hang by your chimney in the winter. They also have plush weapons like Thor's Hammer, Cap's shield, Zelda sword & shield, and the Mario star (a good tree topper!). I also really like the Pac-Man stuff which you can see on the table in the left pic.

The Bea Arthur Art Project

Before I get to the art that I actually bought, I had to show this postcard I picked up. This artist is doing a piece of Bea Arthur art every day for a year. I looked through his print book and there is some hilarious stuff in there combining Bea (and the Golden Girls) with all aspects of pop culture. He plans to compile them into a book when finished. Follow him on Twitter for daily updates and check out his online shop.


I've got a fever and the only prescription is more raccoon! I mentioned it during Guardians of the Galaxy week, but I've been a fan of Rocket since the 80s and now that he's in he spotlight, you can't swing a twig and not hit something he's on. This postcard size print was only $3 and I couldn't pass it up. The art is just too cute, but don't tell Rocket. 
Artist: TinaT8m

Katie Cook 1

This is artist Katie Cook working on a custom piece for me. Can you guess who it is? I've been following Katie's work for years when she started doing work for Star Wars. Currently, she's best know for her work on the My Little Pony comic. She said she had a lot of people ask for a dancing Groot custom.

Rocket Raccoon & Snoopy

On the left is (surprise!) Rocket that I had her do for me. On the right is Snoopy that was one of the many pre-made cards she had on her table. Other people had her do custom work while we were waiting our turn and it was pretty cool to watch her knock out these little works. The cards are maybe a quarter inch bigger on all sides than a playing card to give you an idea of their size. Rocket is about as tall as my first thumb knuckle.

Finally, the Pièce de résistance... (ooh la-la)

Peanuts of the Galaxy

How awesome is this??
Artist Matthew J Fletcher had a few other Peanuts gang prints and even a mashup with Star Wars. This was the big winner. I can just picture Linus/Drax assaulting people with his blanket. Or Chuck's "Good grief!" when he tells someone his name is Star-Lord and they reply "Who?" Honestly, I'm a little freaked out at the thought of a 9' tall Woodstock though.

Well, I said I wanted to break this up so as not to make too long of a post but this was plenty long by itself! Stay tuned this week for more from Boston Comic Con 2014!

Final note: I linked to all these artists and shops because I like what they do. I'm not getting any kind of kickbacks or discounts from them. Support your local artists!

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