Jun 12, 2019

Order of the Thinned Veil 2019

After basically becoming obsessed with the Jackling figures from The Cryptocurium, I decided this year was the year to join the Order of the Thinned Veil.


The Order, or OTV, is a yearly membership for Halloween fiends to get tricks and treats all year long. There are three levels of membership, basically the more you pay, the more stuff you get. I went for the Trick or Treat level which is the mid-level option. That means I get one package now and one later in the year.

The first shipment is the first level, or Candy Corn membership. It arrives in a plain white box but as soon as you open it, it's all black an orange.


What's this black envelope with the pumpkin imprinted wax seal?


Why it's my official membership card signed by the weirdos behind the order, Jask McKittrick and Sam Heimer! No matter when you sign up for the Order, the membership is only good for that calendar year.

Let's unpack the box and see what goodies lie within...


In the top left is a welcome letter from Lisa Morton, who's written a few books on Halloween. Next to that is the Legend of Lantern Jack who is the basis for a lot of the art. Speaking of art, that print "Vessel Vassal" is by Sam Heimer who has some absolutely amazing Halloween/horror art. Just below this is the OTV 2019 Membership pin.

On the bottom row we have a small cloth bag with pumpkin seeds! Members are encouraged to plant them and participate in carving. Then is the Pumpkin Clown wall plaque. There's a great little legend that goes with it, you can read on the OTV page. And of course, candy corn!

While this is all wonderful, what really made me want to join this year were the extras. The first 25 people that signed up, got a couple of bonus items.


Another print from Sam Heimer, called "Harvest Bound" and a witch Jackling. I can't overstate my love for Jacklings so getting this great Halloween loot and an exclusive Jackling was a no brainer!


I love this little figure so much. All the Jacklings have that country/folk art look to them but this one is a little different. She almost seems a bit creepy to me because of all the little nicks and scratches (which you can't see well in the pics). This one really makes me imagine it would be something you'd find maybe on the floor in a barn or in the woods somewhere. The others all have personality, to me this one seems to have history.

I can't wait to get the next part of my membership which will include another wicked art print and a figure of Lantern Jack!

Please check out the sites of the people behind the Order
Cryptocurium
Sam Heimer 

Jun 1, 2019

Monthly Movie Recap - May 2019



Streaming

Ash vs Evil Dead - Netflix finally got the last season and it was everything you'd expect. I'm a little disappointed at the way it ended because that is a setup I'd like to see turned into a new series!


The Umbrella Academy - Finished this up and it was fantastic! It really felt to me like X-Men by way of Watchmen. It's not a typical superhero type of comic story.

Game of Thrones - Thanks to a free 7 day trial of HBO I was able to catch the final season. I can see why people might not be happy with the way it ended but I was completely satisfied with the ending. Not many show finales do that for me.

Let's head to the big screen!


Clint Howard plays a bullied student at a military academy. I almost feel sorry for him with a last name like Coopersmith. He finds a Satanic text that he (get this) has to enter into his Apple PC to translate the Latin into English to get his revenge. Eventually things get crazy. It's a very slow build to the final 15-20 minutes and that's likely all you'll remember about the movie.

Rating: 4/10

I'm familiar enough with the original but by no means a hardcore fan (whatever that might look like) so I didn't really have any reservations revisiting the character. I was nicely surprised that it felt like a return to the classic Disney era. There's a fantastic bit of combined live action/animation and the songs, for the most part, are bouncy and catchy as heck.

Rating: 7/10

This is definitely an Art movie. One that I felt was a bit long and was a lot less on the horror than I was expecting. The look of it and the dancing were great but I think I would have been lost on some of the story had I not seen the original. I have to give props to Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton, they were both excellent.

Rating: 5/10


It's a nice change of pace from the usual zombie/infected flicks with grade school kids being the antagonists. Sure watching adults beat on flesh eating kids wears thin after awhile but it's a decent time. The cast is what makes it watchable.

Rating: 6/10

Better than what I was expecting. It was good to finally see how it all started. The main character may be ex-military but his bad ass-ness takes this Purge more into action hero territory than it should for me. Worth a look if you're a fan of the series.

Rating: 5/10

I really enjoyed the first one and was interested to see what a sequel would bring. This one switches gears from horror/slasher to more of a scifi vibe. A killer is still on the loose but the story focuses more on the time loop aspect and something else I don't want to spoil. If you liked the first one, I highly recommend this one too!

Rating: 7/10

Month
New: Rewatch: 0

Year to Date
New: 33  Rewatch: 2

May 29, 2019

Monster Prom - Game Review

While browsing Steam game suggestions, I happened upon something called Monster Prom. Monsters? Sure ok! Prom? Um...I guess?

Love interests
Monster Prom falls under the "dating sim" or "visual novel" style of game. And while that's not my usual thing, the fact that it features monsters and some fun cartoony art sold me on it.

Players
Monster Prom allows you and up to 3 friends to walk the halls of Spooky High to try and woo a date for the prom. You start by selecting one of the four students, giving them a name and choosing your gender pronoun. You're not locked into gender roles here, monsters just love other monsters! You then answer a few questions that determine your initial stats like Smarts, Fun, and Charm. The only difference between the player characters is their looks so there's no reason to play one over another aside from personal preference.


You then click around the school having crazy experiences that can boost/drop your stat levels. You'll also encounter other students in pairs and it's up to you to settle what's going on with them, usually helping out your intended prom date.

Each "week" is broken into three stages: Morning, Lunch, and Evening. Morning and Evening let you pick where you want to visit on the map that turn. Lunch brings you to the cafeteria where the love interests are paired up at different tables so you can choose who you want to interact with.

The game is presented with no instructions so you may feel it's just a Choose Your Own Adventure type dating game. Not so! Your scores matter. The love interests will only go to prom with you if you meet minimum scores in specific stats. I played through a few times to get a feel for things. But of course, there is a Wiki if you want to peek behind the scenes.


You'll have the chance to buy weird items that will either change your stat scores or open up new story content if it's flagged as "event." Just be careful, you don't know how an item will change your stats before you buy it!


If you play you're cards right, your crush might go to prom with you! Or you may face crippling rejection. Either way, there's a fun little epilogue where you get to see what some of the students are up to post-school.


In the base game alone, there are 1472 possible outcomes! It's a lot of replay value but the more you play, you will see the same events again and know how best to handle them to drive towards your desired outcome.

The art style is cute but the dialog and writing would most definitely get this game an R rating for profanity and not-so-kid friendly subject matter. The humor is funny and occasionally crude but it gives this game its own vibe. Each of the love interests has their own quirky personality and you'll quickly figure out what they like to get on their good side.

I'm having a lot of fun with Monster Prom exploring the wacky stories and experimenting with playing characters in different ways. I can only imagine how crazy it would be with multiple people playing at the same time, especially if you're going after the same person!



This Valentine's Day saw the first DLC pack, Monster Prom: Second Term, release with 2 new love interests and plenty more events and secret endings. And if that's not enough monster antics, they're currently doing a Kickstarter for the sequel, Monster Prom 2: Holiday Season. This one sounds like a lot of fun too as it will have three mini-stories to pick from: Camp, Winter Retreat, and Roadtrip.
They are crushing the $36k goal as they close in on $400k!

May 22, 2019

Spring Cleaning with Steam

Okay I know it's almost Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of Summer, but it's never too late to do some Spring cleaning, right? Today I'm going to show you how to have fun with Steam this weekend!


Nah, not that kind of Steam.
This kind of Steam!


Over the years, I've picked up my fair share of Humble Bundles (discounted groups of video games) and I realized I have a lot of codes that I'll never use. So if you want a free game or two, here is what you'll need:

Windows PC
Steam account (it's free)

The only "tricky" bit to this is that it's on you to look up the titles to find out what they are and to make sure your system can run them. I don't think any of them are that beefy so they shouldn't require a hardcore gaming rig to run.

To claim a game, message me on Twitter, Instagram or leave a comment below (making sure your profile or comment has a way to contact you) with your choice and I'll send you a code to redeem on Steam. There's a lot of games and I know I don't have a ton of readers so feel free to pick a couple and/or send friends over.

ADR1FT
Crashlands
They Bleed Pixels
UnderRail
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Lethal League
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
Octodad: Dadliest Catch
Regency Solitaire
Super Time Force Ultra

1001 Spikes
Absolute Drift
Bulb Boy
Craft the World
Deathtrap
Snakebird

Telltale Games
Poker Night at the Inventory
Puzzle Agent
Puzzle Agent2
Sam & Max: Devil's Playhouse
The Walking Dead: 400 Days
The Walking Dead: Season 1
The Wolf Among Us

Albedo: Eyes from Outer Space
Enforcer: Police Crime Action
Meridian: New World
Victory At Sea
Beware Planet Earth!
Chariot
GoD Factory: Wingmen
Tooth and Nail?

May 15, 2019

Space Inavders Dice & Kickstarter

A couple weeks ago, I got an email from Miniature Market about their latest clearance sale. I always browse the sales but rarely buy anything. But when I saw this on sale for less than $10 I figured why not check it out.


Note: the invader does not come with the game, he just showed up for the photo shoot.
What you get in the box are a bunch of dice, a pad of score sheets, and a rule book. I have to say, the rule book could have been written better. This isn't a terribly complex game yet I couldn't find answers to a couple questions I had while playing. Thank the Internet gods there is BoardGameGeek.com! There I was able to find better clarification on the rules.


You get one UFO die, 3 fire dice, 8 attack dice, and a pad of score sheets (see below).
 One fan on Board Game Geek made up this sweet custom playing sheet.

I was going to break down how the game plays but decided I'd basically just be posting the rule book and most people don't want to read that. I am not most people. I, for some reason, really enjoy reading game rules and exploring their mechanics.

Here's a quick 4 minute video that covers how to play.


Despite have a couple questions that the rule book couldn't quite answer, I had a lot of fun when I played. I don't know if I'd say a surprising amount but it was definitely more fun that I was thinking it would be. I didn't get as high of a score as Matt here in the video but I did almost clear the board.


The box says the game is for 1-4 players and the rules offer up some options for "multiplayer" but I really think the game will play best solo. In fact, I think this would be a pretty great mobile game to kill some time. That will likely never happen as the company that made this game, Turn One Gaming Supplies, has vanished into the virtual ether. Their former web address now brings you a sketchy site that wants to install something on your PC.

As of this post, Miniature Market still has the game on sale for $7 and I think it's totally worth it at that price if you're a Space Invader fan. They also have a set 6 regular dice with Space Invader graphics replacing the pips for just $3.

If you're looking for something a little meatier for your game night adventures, zip over to Kickstarter and check out the just launched campaign for Space Invaders - The Board Game.


It looks like it could be a good time! And if you've got an extra grand burning a hole in your pocket you can get a limited collectible art piece that is absolutely beautiful.


May 8, 2019

Dungeon Thief Figure (Spy Monkey Creations)

Spy Monkey Creations dropped a new wave of Battle Tribes a couple weeks ago. While they're pretty darn cool, I usually resist the urge to get one from every wave but this drop had a figure I couldn't pass up, the Dungeon Thief.


As usual, the figure comes with multiple heads and an assortment of equipment, like this punch knife and dagger. This one also comes with a belt which is a separate piece that can be removed. I call this head helmet dwarf. Original, right?


This here is mohawk dwarf with warhammer and spiky shield. I'm not a big fan of the shield piece. Because of the bulky design (more below) they never look like the character is holding it quite right. But where they are pretty genius in their design is the other way you can use them. A quick peg swap in the back of the shield...


And it becomes armor plating for your dino warrior dude!


I love this dino head! I'm no dinosaur-ologist but it reminds me of an Ankylosaurus which is one of my favorite extinct lizards. Note without a beard and the belt, you can see more of the torso graphics.

If you've been reading along and had something nagging at the back of your brain that something is familiar about this figure, you're not wrong.


This is what sold me on the figure. It's very much inspired by the classic LJN Dungeons & Dragons assassin figure Zarak!


They done this head before but I don't think it's ever had such a maniacal look. He's just itchin to get in some trouble!


The Dungeon Thief is still available at Spy Monkey's site along with many other Battle Tribes figures. And if you're a fan of the classic D&D figures, there's one based on the Dwarf

If you haven't dipped into the world of Battle Tribes yet, it's never too late. The figures really are a lot of fun because all the figure parts are interchangeable.

May 1, 2019

Monthly Movie Recap - April 2019

Here we are folks, we made it to Endgame! 
Don't worry if you haven't seen it, no spoilers here.


Shazam (2019, IMAX)
When the trailer came out, I thought DC might be over correcting for their previous Snyder-ness but this was actually the right amount of fun. It's got plenty of humor and heart and there's one unexpected scene that might scare the pants off very young kids. The animated end credits sequence is one of the best things DC has put on film.

Rating: 7/10

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009, Prime)
I'm no hardcore fan but I watched the cartoon and collected the comics and a few toys. That amount of fandom is why I'm having a hard time figuring out how I feel about this flick. If I had no clue about GI Joe going into this, it would have been good enough to get me interested. But knowing what I do, they did so many things wrong. Why does Snake Eyes' mask need a mouth?! It's a fun enough action flick with a dash of sci-tech that could probably be improved by removing a flashback or two or somehow writing them better into the flow.

Rating: 6.5/10, I just can't bring myself to a 7


Eighth Grade (2018, Prime)
No matter who we are, I think we were all Kayla at one point in our lives. There was no internet/social media when I was her age but I can only imagine it just makes figuring out who you are even more difficult. This movie completely embraces the awkwardness of being a young teen and that's what really gives it its heart. Even at my age now, it's still comforting to know everyone else was going through similar things. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up liking this movie. Give it a watch and I can almost guarantee you'll want to be Kayla's BFF.

Rating: 8/10


The Silence (2019, Netflix)
The novel this is based on was released a few years before A Quiet Place so naturally most people will think this is just a knock-off movie. Well, joke's on them because this movie is not great. Kiernan Shipka (Netflix's Sabrina) is the best part of this. The movie seems to take place over a couple weeks at the most and in that time things around them escalates to a weird place. If the movie isn't entertaining me enough where I start asking myself questions about the logic, you've done something wrong.

Rating: 4/10


Don't Knock Twice (2016, Netflix)
I initially passed by this on Netflix because the summary didn't grab me and then someone recommended it so I checked it out. It's a good horror flick with some genuinely creepy moments. I feel like it might want to be The Babadook but there's never that foreboding dread. Not to say that's bad because I really like the lore/urban legend aspect of the Big Bad and the fact that it's something a bit different than your standard horror movie.

Rating: 7/10

*Avengers: Infinity War (2018, Netflix)
Pre-game preparation.



Avengers: Endgame (2019, IMAX 3D)
It's impossible to objectively rate this. It's not a movie you can just watch without having invested a good chunk of time into watching what came before it. That said, it blew me away. There are just so many great moments that put it over the top. It made me laugh and cheer out loud, it might have even got me a little choked up. I was actually tense during the final fight because I didn't know what was going to happen.
On the other (gauntleted) hand, I'm a little mad at them for giving me a good reason for doing things the way they were and then making a mess anyway. All in all, it's a comic book movie, "logic" be damned! I think it's a perfect end to the first 10 years of the MCU. They could stop here and I'd be okay with it.

Rating: 9/10

As always, let me know what you've seen recently that was good, or bad! But please refrain from posting any Endgame spoilers to preserve it for those that haven't seen it yet. Everyone should get to enjoy it as much as I did going in.

Month
New: Rewatch: 1

Year to Date
New: 27  Rewatch: 2

Apr 17, 2019

That Star Wars Trailer


By now, you've probably watched The Rise of Skywalker trailer a few hundred times, possibly even watched one of those "things you missed" videos to see if there was anything you missed. I'm not a fan of those, I poked fun at them when The Last Jedi trailer came out.

Where was I going with this? Oh yeah...Everyone must have trailer over exposure so why am I bothering to talk about it? One, I'd feel like a bad fan if I didn't. Two, you've watched the trailer but have you looked at it?

One of the things that really captured my eye in the trailer is the costume design. As boring as it may sound, this post is about clothes. There's a couple of non-trailer shots and comments based on Celebration panels to hopefully hold your interest.

Let's start with Rey.


Right now, we know is that this movie takes place "some time" after The Last Jedi. Rey's still got her original Jakku look with some updates.


One is that she added a hood to the tunic. Her simple outfit was already vaguely Jedi-like and I think the hood adds that much more to it.


She's also traded in the billowy desert pants for some that are more form fitting. I think it upgrades the original desert nomad look to something more swashbuckling. Although I am still a big fan of her look in The Last Jedi.


We finally get Poe into something other than a flight suit for most of the movie! Yes, everyone's comparing the look to Nathan Drake. I'm not saying it doesn't look pretty darn close but I am saying it's not that unique a look.

There's been plenty of speculation about the desert planet in the trailer. It doesn't quite have that Tatooine vibe to it but it would make sense to wrap things up there. During the Ep. 9 panel at Celebration JJ Abrams mentioned filming in Jordan which stood in for Jedha in Rogue One. Of course, it could just be a new desert too.


John Boyega was very excited to have his own look in this movie. Almost any Celebration interview he mentions those blue pants. He's also traded in Poe's jacket for a new one.

One of the things I'm really excited about is they've said the gang will all be together for this adventure. I'm looking forward to seeing Poe and Finn bro out. Although there was no sign of R2 in the teaser, we know he'll show up somewhere. I just hope they give him something to do other than a glorified cameo.


During the Ep 9 panel, we got to meet newcomer Naomi Ackie who's playing a character named Jannah. She's not in the trailer and there wasn't much given away about her role. Of course theories are flying that she's Lando's daughter and I have to admit they do seem to have a similar fashion sense.

Lando had better have some kind of reunion with L3 on the Falcon...

If you're like me and couldn't attend Celebration this weekend, the Star Wars YouTube channel has hours of coverage including the Ep 9, Clone Wars, and Mandalorian panels plus celeb interviews.

What did you think of the trailer?
What's got you excited? That Yavin medal? The Death Star ruins?

Apr 10, 2019

Marvel Collector Corps - Captian Marvel

Okay, last Captain Marvel post for awhile. I knew there would be a Funko Marvel Collector Corps box for Captain Marvel and when I saw it was coming with two exclusive Pops, I figured why not check it out.


Before we even get into the contents, check out the "stellar" art on the box top.


Carol is zooming around space among line art constellations that include Goose the cat. The art is that kind of off-white that looks like it would glow in the dark. Sadly it does not.

Alrighty, let's see what's in the box!


I think this is he first piece of glassware I've received in one of these boxes. The art really pops off the glass. When Carol first took up the mantle of Captain Marvel in the comics, I was not a fan of the mohawk look. It's grown on me over the years, even more so after seeing it in a live action movie.


Next up is the shirt that I'll be wearing when I see Endgame. Grown men should probably not use the phrase "totes adorbs" but I mean...it's Funko Pop art. I like that Goose is on the shirt but not really stealing the spotlight. It's funny that you just see him walking away.

It wouldn't be a good Captain Marvel box if you didn't have just a little more Goose in it.


The detail that goes into these Pops never fails to impress. They didn't need to include buttons on Fury's jacket cuffs or the wrinkles in his pants. And the tie is pretty great too. Of course, he's holding an itty bitty Goose which is too cute.


The last item is a glow in the dark Pop of power punching Carol. She's flying a bit off the ground thanks to a translucent base. I mentioned the extra details on Fury weren't really necessary but here, it's all necessary for her costume and it looks amazing.

I tried to get a shot of her glowing. It's not great but here it is.


Her eyes glow a little but not as much as her hair and power effects. I was a bit surprised that her her glows because I was only expecting the eyes and maybe her hands.

Overall, another solid Funko Collector Corps box! If you want to subscribe, it's now offered on Amazon. The next box will be Avengers: Endgame and include a shirt. Sign up for this box ends on 5/28. It's not a hard set subscription service, you can just order when you like the theme and cancel after that if you want.


Apr 1, 2019

Monthly Movie Recap - March 2019

Yes, it's April Fools Day.
No, there are no lame internet jokes here.


Streaming
Love, Death, and Robots (Netflix): I've watched 12 of the 18 shorts that make up this animated anthology series and just about every one of them is at least an A if not A+. Highly recommended for fans of scifi in the vein of Heavy Metal (the movie and/or magazine).


I couldn't find a trailer so here's the opening scene of this crazy movie. I also can't accurately describe it, so here's the summary from Amazon: "A girl's life cascades into chaos as her schoolmates suffer gruesome and increasingly bizarre acts of fate, including a deadly wind, machine gun teachers and a pig in a tuxedo holding a knife."
If these two things don't grab your interest, there's nothing more I can say. It's a wild journey as you discover just what the hell is going on alongside the main character.

Rating: 7/10


Are you a high school student that's never seen The Craft? Then have I got a movie for you! If you are not a teenager or, more importantly, have seen The Craft you can skip this one and your life will be about 90 minutes richer. This movie has two things going for it: a shooting location that actually looks like Salem MA and Paget Brewster, who's not in the movie very much.

Rating: 3/10

Captain Marvel (2019, IMAX)
It's not up there with the great MCU movies but it lands stongly at the top of the really good ones. It was a fun sci-fi adventure and if I could, I would have watched it immediately again. I cannot wait to see her in Endgame!

Rating: 7/10


This whole thing felt like a very 90s slasher flick. It's not terrible, it just doesn't really go above and beyond in any area. If you're looking for something with teens in a secluded location getting offed one by one, this is that kind of movie.

Rating: 5/10


Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018, Redbox)
I had a good time with the first movie so I figured if you can do that and add Halloween to it, it's worth checking out. It felt like a bit too similar to the first one and I had a few continuity/plot questions which the intended audience will not care one bit about. It does have some great monster designs but also some not so great visual effects. A safe one to introduce monsters to your little ones.

Rating: 6/10


The Dirt (2019, Netflix)
On the other end of the spectrum is the Mötley Crüe biopic that is most definitely not family friendly! Sex, drugs, rock n roll, and personal tragedies pretty much sums it all up. Having been a long time fan, I really enjoyed this. As much as I like Iwan Rheon in everything, seeing him (and Pete Davidson) kind of kept me from getting fully into it in parts.

Rating: 8/10


I skipped the previous installment but decided to give this one a go. I had the lowest of expectations and was surprised that it wasn't completely terrible. I thought it would be more on the PG side of gore but there's a decent amount and a fun kill or two. For every "good" moment there's something equally bad whether it's cheesy dialog or Leprechaun riding a drone but it all makes for a solid B movie. something much better than you'd expect for premiering on SyFy.

Rating: 6/10

Month
New: 7  Rewatch: 0

Year to Date
New: 21  Rewatch: 1

Mar 27, 2019

Quarter Bin - Battle of the Planets



Battle of the Planets will always be one of my favorite cartoons. It was my first real intro to Japanese animation and was one of the shows in rotation that my friends and I would use for inspiration when playing out our own adventures. I remember making our own wristbands and sonic boomerangs out of cardboard.


The arrival of Battle of the Planets in the US was due to the popularity of Star Wars at the time. It's right there in the name! Star Wars. Battle of the Planets. The original show, Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, was edited (read: sanitized) for American audiences and incorporated new footage featuring an R2-D2 inspired robot called 7-Zark-7. Until the internet age, I had no idea BotP was anything other than what I saw on afternoon TV. The original Gatchaman is a bit more violent and has some adult themes, including transgenderism.

Here's the show's intro



Just hearing that music and voice-over makes me feel like a kid again! The basic premise of the show followed this group of super teens battling the evil Zoltar and the forces of Spectra. Like any good hero, each one has a signature weapon and vehicle. Being Japanimation, the vehicles combine but not in a Voltron like way. This is a quick clip showing how all the vehicles combine into the command ship, The Phoenix.


I don't know how popular the show was when it aired but I feel like they missed out by not marketing it in the US with a toy line. I know I kid me would have been all over it!


The show ran in syndication from September 1978 - May 1980 while the comic produced 10 issues from June 1979 - February 1981. The first few issues featured the Gold Key logo and then switched to Whitman. Oddly, issue 4 can be found with either company logo on it.

The art in the comic is about on par with what you'd expect for a comic adaptation of a 70s cartoon. It's not going to knock your socks off but it gets the job done. Like the series, the comics for the most part are self contained stories. I didn't fully look into it but I think they're all original stories.


In 2002, Image/Top Cow Comics brought the super teen team back into print with a 12 issue mini-series featuring alternate covers by Alex Ross. They went on over the next couple years with a manga adaptation, one shots featuring Mark and Jason, and a 6 issue Princess mini-series. There were also a pair of crossovers.


I know next to nothing about Witchblade so that book wasn't nearly as exciting to me as the Thundercats crossover. Definitely a fun read for fans of either!

Collecting the Gold Key issues will put a small dent in your wallet. Ebay shows issues ranging from $10-$40 each and going upwards of $100 for pro graded copies. The more recent Top Cow books are generally under $5 each.

If you've never seen the show, it's worth checking out. There are plenty of episodes to be found on YouTube. While the original Gatchaman might appeal more to us now as adults, Battle of the Planets is still good if you need a dose of Saturday morning cartoons.

And just the next day, Toy Galaxy posted this awesome video.

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