Aug 28, 2015

SummerSwap 2015 Update 6: The Dark Prince of Bel Air

The most recent host for the SummerSwap box is one of my the people that inspired me to start blogging: Mr. Shawn Robare who runs the awesome Branded in the 80s.

The box has now traveled around 7500 miles!

Shawn did a post about one of the cool things he pulled out of the Swap Box, the MASK-inspired Laserpunks. You can check that post out here.

He also sent along a few photos of Drac around Bel Air.

It was a sunny day around town, and Shawn just happened to have a pair of Drac-sized sunglasses he could lend.

Drac sampling the local cuisine.

Drac at the local armory, which reminded him of home.

That's a wrap for this update! 
The remaining stops for the box are on the East coast, but it's heading West next....

Aug 25, 2015

August 2015 Loot Crate - Villains 2

It's no surprise that Loot Crate decided to follow up last months sequel, Heroes 2, with another sequel: Villains 2! As always, the mischievous minions at Loot Crate have supplied me with this box of geeky goodies in exchange for a review/promotion.

Let's see what's cookin, shall we?

There's not a lot of "content" in this months mag. Feels like there's more self promotion for LC than articles. There's a nifty little "Match the Quote to the Villain" game and a few pages on Batman baddies and how we all might have people like them in our lives.

I'm not the biggest DC comics fan but I am pretty into their shows and movies. This Joker figure is about 4" high and made entirely out of wood. He's got a surprising amount of articulation for something you'd expect to just be a desk tchotchke. His waist, wrists, shoulders, and head are all movable. He even comes with a swap-out head. If you look close at his "smile" you'll notice they say different things. Mistah J here is a Loot Crate exclusive but they also have Batman and Superman figures.

If you need a little crazy with your morning coffee, here's a 16 oz. Venom head mug. Some people got Venom, some got Carnage. You can't choose your crazy, it chooses you. Something about the face just doesn't look right to me, maybe because it looks like a normal head? But I do like how the tongue lashes around the back to form the handle.

My favorite item in the crate is this Hydra pin from eFX Collectibles. The packaging is a Loot Crate exclusive, the retail version will have a different box. This was created from the original digital files that were used to make the movie prop.

Also in the Crate was a Los Pollos Hermanos (Breaking Bad) apron. It was all nicely folded and in a plastic bag. Since I'll never use it, I figured I'd leave it that way so someone else can have the joy of opening it.

Here's a peek at the interior of the Crate. I really like what they've been doing with the insides of the boxes. I've seen other Looters mounting them on their walls to create a place to show off their collectibles, which is a pretty cool idea.

In terms of villainous plots, I'd call this month's Loot Crate "knocking over a bank and finding out most of what you grabbed was international currency." Some of it's good, but most of it isn't for you and would be better enjoyed somewhere else.

If you'd like to get a random box of geeky goodies dropped on your doorstep every month, head on over to Loot Crate and sign up! Use promo code AEIOUwhy for 10% off your subscription plan.

Aug 18, 2015

Marvel 500 Review

Now that my local Target has completed its toy aisle reset (except for the glaring hole where the new Star Wars merch will live on September 4th), there's actually some new stock.

Hasbro is taking Marvel into the mass market blind bag arena with Marvel 500. So called because they say they're planning on releasing 500 figures in the line. If I were a betting man, I would plunk down a roll of bills on "Maybe 100, if you're lucky."

You might recall the Handful of Heroes figures that warmed pegs for a number of years. Those monochromatic army-man type figures were actually not that bad. Marvel 500 figures are around 2", just a little taller than your average LEGO minifig.

Rock out with your Ock out!
For their size, the figures actually have a good amount of detail on them. The plastic seems like it will take a good amount of rough play. They really feel like they're pieces for some kind of board game to me.

At the price of $2.50 per figure, the paint apps are minimal. Although some of the ones I've seen photos of are pretty passable. At a proposed 500 figures, you may be wondering how deep they'll go into the Marvel Mythos. Will we get Howard the Duck? Angar the Screamer? Sleepwalker?

The answer lies in variants and repaints! Here you can see my ultra-rare translucent Amputee Hulk figure. He's missing both hands and his left foot!

A little disappointing to open the bag and find this guy inside, to say the least.

Series 1 has 24 figures to collect, of which half are variants and repaints.

3 Spider-Man
3 Hulks
2 Cap
2 Venom/Carnage
2 Green Goblin
2 Ultron
2 Ghost Rider
2 Ultron
2 Iron Man
2 Thor
1 Nick Fury
1 Punisher (one of the best looking figures!)

I probably won't be getting any more of these unless I'm trying to hunt down a particular favorite character of mine. I could see these being a good pacifier for the little ones crying in the toy aisles who want something and the surprise of not knowing what's inside might be fun for them. If you're someone that's into painting miniatures, I think these could be worth picking up to customize.

Aug 14, 2015

SummerSwap2015 Stop 5

The Swap Box made it's most recent stop in Terre Haute having travelled around 6900 miles! This stop was hosted by Morbius Kromwell. He's a fellow Halloween fiend and occasionally posts some fantastic mixes over on Here's some of the ghoulish goodies Morbius swapped in.

Morbius took Drac out and about for a few days.
Here's some of the highlights of his travel journal.

Day 1
Drac was a day late in arriving and was pretty tired from the trip. He met a couple of friends of mine and they seemed to hit it off.

My home town was the birthplace of the coke bottle. I offered Drac some special edition bottles but he told me he never drinks…Coca Cola. Maybe he is a Pepsi person.
I was a little embarrassed.

A photo with Drac and my wife and I in our casual wear. 
He said it made him feel “Velcome.”

Drac liked my Halloween themed Truck but couldn’t drive it without a license. He thought it was “Wary nice.” It was a bit sunny out and the SPF 1,000,000 didn’t help much so he spent most of the day inside.

Day 2
How nice that “Take a Vampire to Work Day” in our town was a dark and stormy day. You couldn’t have asked for anything better. He thought that the fact that my office is in Stalker Hall was “most appropriate.” 


 Drac pointing out an error I made in my Drupal programming. He said he is very familiar with webs and gave me a nice story about spiders. He said a former employee was quite the expert on the subject. Wow, he will chew your ear off if you let him. 

Day 3
Drac was a little bored the next day. He wanted to listen to some music. He asked about a band called Children of the Night but I didn’t have any of their stuff. He also had some issues with the ear buds.

We found some better headphones and he was happy listening to music. 
He loved my Halloween sound effects collection. 

 All in all, it was a nice visit. Drac really loves watching old horror movies. He especially loved Tim Burton’s Ed Wood. I guess he is quite the fan of Martin Landau. Thanks for letting me invite you into my home, Count. You are always welcome to drop in whenever you like. I hope the next person to get the Drac Pack finds his visit as delightful.

Aug 7, 2015

Toon Alert - Guardians of the Galaxy

Over on their YouTube channel, Marvel Entertainment recently released a couple of clips from the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy animated series.

Of course, I'm very excited for this!

The Guardians have appeared in the Avengers and Spider-Man animated series before but they were definitely more influenced by the comic team than the movie.

These two clips give a little bit of Star Lord's origin, after he's picked up as a kid. I hope we get more backstory on all the characters, not just Quill.

Although teams like the Avengers and X-Men travel into space on occasion, the Guardians live there! With the whole of outer space open for adventure, there should be no shortage of wild and crazy experiences ahead. Not to mention we may see the Nova Corps, Kree, Skrulls, and who knows what else. I'm definitely betting on the Badoon.

If you want to see more, including a look at the people behind the voices, check out Marvel's Guardians channel.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy premieres Saturday, September 26 at 9:30 PM ET on Disney XD! Just in time for my birthday!


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