Jun 16, 2021

Square Enix's Guardians of the Galaxy Game

 Square Enix recently announced an upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy game slated for late October. I'm excited about it but at the same time a little hesitant.

As someone that loves the Guardians, why would I be anything but over the moon about their second video game? Part of it is these weird 90s X-treme character designs. I get that you want to give the game characters a unique look, make them your own, but I'm not loving most of these. 

Gamora and Rocket are the most "normal" looking out of the group. Full size Groot doesn't need to wear anything (you can't see it hidden behind the space llama but check the footage), Drax just looks weird with his tats all bunched up, and speaking of bunched up...what's up with Quill's jacket? It looks like he's perma-shrugging. Although, I do love the rock n roll look of it with pins and patches everywhere.

Have a look at the reveal trailer.

The other part is in articles I've read, they are comparing this to the recent Avengers game. I only played the demo of that for about an hour and I felt it was pretty bland. On the other hand, it also looks like they've mixed in the story choices from the Telltale Games series which is absolutely good news. Even though that style is more of an interactive movie, your choices matter and can effect your relationships.

Here's a little more behind the scenes.


I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little let down that you'll be playing strictly as Star-Lord in the adventure. I'd definitely prefer having a little change up between levels. But maybe that will make for a stronger story telling experience. The way you can command the crew during a fight looks interesting.

Check out this game play video and see what you think.


At the end of the day, this is one of my all time favorite Marvel teams and not even these weird costume designs are going to keep me away from the game.

Jun 1, 2021

Monthly Media Recap - May 2021

Weather-wise, this was a terrible Memorial Day Weekend. Rainy and temps in the 50s but it's good movie watching weather! Now if only the world was normal and I could go to a theater.
 

(Disclaimer: Linked titles are affiliate links to Amazon)

Streaming
 
Mindhunter (S2, Netflix)
The first season had quite the ending. The second sees the characters continuing their serial killer interviews, working on the Atlanta child murders, and dealing with their own personal dramas. Doesn't seem like another season is in the works but maybe I'll pick up the book it's based on, Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit

Deadhouse Dark (Shudder)
An anthology of six 15 minute of less horror stories. Overall, they were good with a couple that stood above the rest. Some of them are somewhat ambiguous which is totally fine. Horror can lose something when everything is laid out for you. 

Love, Death & Robots (S2, Netflix)
Another round of sci-fi shorts but only 8 this time. I feel like the first season was more consistent for great episodes but there were still some good ones here. 
 
This was like the best season of American Horror Story and unlike AHS, the quality was consistent from start to finish. Some may find it hard to watch for the racism and/or violence.
 
Friends Reunion (HBO Max)
If you're a fan of the show, it's obviously a must see. Lots of highlights, some fun behind the scenes stuff, and a handful of special guests.

May 25, 2021

Star Wars - The Making of the Movie (1980)

The masses can keep their May the 4th celebration but I'll always celebrate May 25th as the real Star Wars day! Today in 1977 is when it all began so I wanted to do a little something to commemorate the 44th anniversary.
 
While I was enacting #BasementPurge2021 a couple months ago, I came across a box with Star Wars books from the 70s/80s. There were old favorites that I read cover to cover I don't know how many times like The Star Wars Album and the Art of books. But there was also the book I'm featuring today which I don't really remember so it was like finding a treasure from 41 years ago.
 

 The Star Wars Album (again, the book, not a record) had a lot of behind the scenes info about how the movie was made and that's what really got me interested in the behind the camera aspect of movies. This particular book is a Step-Up book written for kids that are ready to move beyond beginning reader level so the text may not be that interesting to older readers.

While anything from the original movie era is a treat, I did find a couple of images in this book that I hadn't seen before. That's something I really appreciate!


Like the above image, for example. Brand new to me! If you're an old timer like me, you'll no doubt see lots of images you remember seeing from your childhood, including the infamous Pink Shorts Boom Operator.

In addition to the special effects, the book also talks about some of the full costume characters and the actors inside them, cantina aliens, and the early drafts of the Star Wars that might have been. It wraps up with a summary of the movie.

I'm not a professional digitizer/scanning person. I wanted to preserve the book as best I could so some of the pages will be slightly tilted but I still hope you'll enjoy blasting back to 1980 to read about the making of Star Wars.

Click on the book cover above to check it out.

May 19, 2021

Star Wars Poster Magazines

Jumping back even further this week to the original Star Wars era when every tidbit was a new piece of the ever expanding galaxy far, far away.


There are download links below each image but if you're not the download type, you can find the poster books, except for the Return of the Jedi 1 & 4 among my Star Wars gallery on Flickr. Even though these are poster magazines, most of these scan are just the articles with no posters.

I should also add that these are not my scans, just things I happened upon while travelling through cyberspace and squirreled away like a Jawa with droid parts.

Star Wars UK Poster Magazine #3 (1978) 1

 This UK magazine has a great Vader poster using an image I had never seen anywhere else. If you're a long time fan, you're used to seeing the same promo shots over and over. Not this one! It still amazes me after all this time that there can still be something "new" to find.


Here's a four pack of magazines from Empire. We take all of Star Wars for granted now, especially if you weren't around when these were released. Things like these poster magazines and the backs of trading cards were a gold mine for new trivia.

 
The Return of the Jedi pack also has four magazines. Issues 1 and 4 were taken from StarWars.com. For some strange reason, one of the pages in each looks like it was photographed (making it almost impossible to read) instead of scanned.
 
Be sure to tune in next week on the "real" Star Wars Day, May 25th for a special surprise!

May 12, 2021

Star Wars Greeting Cards (1994)

 1994 was an odd time in Star Wars history. Just a few years prior, Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire was released ending what a lot of fans call the "dark times" when it seemed like we'd gotten all the Star Wars we ever would. 

After Return of the Jedi, the final Kenner toys, the Ewok TV movies, the Droids/Ewoks cartoons, and the original Marvel comic series ending in 1987 as far as we knew...that was it. (The West End RPG was just taking off but that's definitely not as mainstream as it is today.) I credit Zahn's books with kickstarting the Star Wars renaissance of the 90s. For better or worse, the next year we'd start getting new (beefier) action figures.

While going through more boxes for #BasementPurge2021 I found a Hallmark bag with some Star Wars greeting cards. These aren't something I generally collect so I'm going on the idea that these were the first new cards to be produced in awhile.
 

I thought they'd make a fun blog post and I can just make a Star Wars month out of May. Why keep it to just one day? 

Let's have a look!
 

May 4, 2021

Talisman: Star Wars Board Game

 Over the years, the Star Wars license has been slapped on many classic board games including Operation, Clue, Life, Trouble, at least a half dozen versions of Monopoly, and most recently, Uno. Unlike all these other games, you'll have to shop outside the US to get this one. I assume it's because Hasbro has licensing rights to board games in the US.


If you're not familiar with Talisman, it's a fun way to kill an afternoon with friends. The original is set in a generic fantasy world. Each player has a character with its own abilities. You travel around the board encountering creatures and places, finding allies and gear, and building up your power while searching for a Talisman that allows you to travel to the center of the board to win the game.


This version is basically the same but Star Wars-ified. In the original, a character can be Good, Neutral, or Evil. Here, there is only Good or Evil and you're making your way to the center to defeat or overthrow the Emperor on Exegol.

May 1, 2021

Monthly Media Recap - April 2021

 Wow, was it just me or did April fly by? 
 

Streaming

I happened on this when channel surfing and really liked the art and weirdness to it. Since all the eps are on Disney+ I decided to check it out from the start. I'm only a handful of episodes in but I am loving it. It's got an Adventure Time/Gravity Falls vibe to it which is not surprising, since the creator did storyboard art for GF and GF's creator is a creative consultant!
 
Creepshow (S2, Shudder)
I thought they were going to shoot themselves in the foot this season by putting what will likely be the best episode up first. The rest were pretty good and the season finale was great. Not as good as the opener but close behind.

Mindhunter (S1, Netflix)
I had seen a lot of people talking about it online but never really gave it a look until GI Jigsaw recommended it to me in last month's Recap when I mentioned I was on the lookout for some good true crime. I was a little hesitant at first because it was a show and not a documentary but it hooked me in pretty quickly. A couple eps in and Anna Torv showed up adding a whole new dynamic to the two main characters and that pretty much sealed the deal.

Yeah, yeah, I know. Not something I would ever expect to see show up here either! Mrs Dex wanted to watch it so I gave it a shot and it's really good. The Girls have great chemistry, the dialog is insanely witty, and there's plenty of people in the cast before they became household names to have fun going "Hey, look who it is!"

Apr 21, 2021

Star Wars Rebels Playing Cards

 Since I showed of the Black Series Zeb figure last week and these were sitting by in a pile of Christmas loot that still needs to be sorted out, enjoy these Rebels playing cards! I also have a Star Wars post planned for next week, so why not keep it rolling until May the 4th? I do observe May the 4th but being a devout Star Wars fanatic, still hold true May 25th as the high holy day.
 

I don't think I have this deck already but it was released in 2017 so I could be wrong. In addition to the standard tuck box, it was also released in a collectible tin. The tins are great but not being standard box size, they can be a pain to store with your other cards.


With a 2017 release, I'd guess these came at the tail end of Season 3 so they had plenty of episodes to pick the subjects that would go in this set. There are no duplicate images among the 55 cards, which is always a bonus in my book. The tibidees (middle Joker) look like they came from the How to Train Your Dragon universe.


The pip cards, or 2-10, have various characters and vehicles from the series. Back when the series debuted, some people didn't like the art style because it was different than Clone Wars but it never bothered me. Especially because they took a lot of inspiration from Ralph McQuarrie's concept art from the original movies.

The cards have a glossy finish and seem like they got an coating of anti-friction something or other because they're pretty slick to the touch.


The court cards, J-A, are a bit different. Every Ace features a different image of the Inquisitor. Jacks are always Ezra. The Kings and Queens are Kanan and Hera (Red) or Zeb and Sabine (Black). Chopper has his own pip card and shares another with Ezra. I guess he wasn't important enough to rank in the face cards. They could have split the Jacks with him and Ezra but I don't mind. Chopper is my least favorite member of the Ghost crew. Direct all hate mail to the comments.

Apr 14, 2021

Star Wars Black Series - Zeb Orrelios

 Zeb Orrelios may not have been a Jedi or the ruler of Mandlaore series but he has always been my favorite member of the crew over the course of the Rebles animated series. For whatever reason, he is only available online, while I've seen other deluxe (ie: more expensive) figures collect dust in stores. The plus side to that is not having to hunt him down.
 

He comes with his Lasan Honor Guard AB-75 Bo-Rifle, which is a combo bo staff/rifle. I know this from watching the show but if you were someone who happened on the figure and picked it up because it looked cool, you probably wouldn't know his weapon transforms. And to be honest, I didn't realize it either until I looked up photos of him online. Before doing that, I did try to take off the effects on the staff end but was worried they weren't supposed to come off and that I might break it.

The only downside to converting the weapon back and forth is that sliding the body to expand/shrink it seems to be scratching the paint. If you look reeeeally close in the middle under the top handle, you can see a bit of silver there.

A transformable weapon isn't the only neat thing this figure has to offer. There's a couple of holes on his back that pegs on the rifle plug into so he can carry it on his back.

And they did an amazing job on his legs/feet. He's got those back bent knees and they did an impressive job translating that into the figure. I had no problems getting him to stand with the rocker ankles. All the poses you see here are him standing on his own.

He's a deluxe figure, which means they're charging a little more than the usual Black Series $20 price point. And this is likely because he's a bigger figure. I'm glad they stuck with keeping him true to scale. He just wouldn't be the same if they cut him down to 6".

They did a fantastic job with his coloration, skin patterns and armor details. My only small complaint with him is the coloration where the hip swivel is. Above that, the paint is glossy, and below it it's flat which results in slightly different colors. Not a huge deal and really the only "bad" thing I can say about him. If you're a fan of Rebels, you probably already jumped on him when it was announced. If you just like cool aliens, he's worth picking up.

You can grab him on Amazon for around $29.

Apr 1, 2021

Monthly Media Recap - March 2021

If you haven't discovered it yet, check out JustWatch,com or download the app. You can look up movies or shows and it will tell you which streaming platforms you can find it and if it's free.
 
 
Streaming
 
Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer (Netflix) 
Yep, I'm on the true crime train now. I was just hitting mid-teens when this guy was on the loose and remember hearing about him on the news but I had no idea how truly whacked he was. I've seen plenty of CSI shows where they match shoe prints to ID the suspect but I'd never heard of a big case where they actually did that before.

Disenchantment (S4, Netflix)
I love this series. It's not often you get an animated show with an ongoing story and character growth. Well, not from America anyway. And it's still got it's oddball sense of humor.

Wandavision (Disney+)
I didn't think it would be possible, but Marvel has me even more excited for a new Doctor Strange movie! I can't wait to see Wanda and Strange together. It's going to be wild!

Mar 29, 2021

2021 - The Year of the Purge

I made a decision that 2021 is the year of the Purge!
 

 No, not THAT Purge. The Basement Purge of 2021.

I'm not a New Year's Resolution type of guy but this year I decided to make one and stick with it for the whole year...and likely beyond because a year probably isn't going to be enough to do it right.

I've been a collector of stuff since the original Star Wars came out which was...a long time ago. We moved into our current house close to 20 years ago and I've still been collecting that whole time. You know what? Stuff takes up space!

I would be ashamed to show anyone my computer room because I think it looks like a "Five Years Ago" photo leading into an episode of Hoarders. What's the point of collecting stuff if you don't have a place to put it so you can look at it?

There's boxes of stuff that I owned before we moved in piled up in the basement. 99% of it has stayed in the box it was packed in to move it here this whole time. So I figured it was time to start making space for new stuff. My resolution is this: every month I'm going to go through at least one box in the basement and get rid of what I can. If it doesn't move on eBay after a month, it gets donated somewhere.
 
One box a month my not sound like much but if you've sold on eBay, you know there's time involved with looking up the items to make sure they're worth selling and that you're pricing them well. Then there's measuring and weighing the packages, and let's not forget taking photos of everything.

So far, I've stuck with it and it's paying off!

 
A lot of the time, I will post stuff to Instagram before eBay at a lower price than I think it will get at auction. It's not about the money, I'd rather have it go to someone I "know". So far, no bites there yet.

You can check out my eBay shop here.

Mar 24, 2021

Thundarr the Barbarian Funko Pops

 Shortly after Funko started cranking out Pop figures, I had my heart set on ones based on my favorite Saturday morning cartoon, Thundarr the Barbarian. While I kept it in mind that they may never happen, over the years I figured they'd start running out of things people were nostalgic for and eventually they would come and they finally have...sort of.
 

 Back in February, Funko announced all the exclusives for their Spring 2021 VirtualCon and among them were these three I had been waiting on for years. Yes, my most wanted Pops were coming but they were going to be an online exclusive. In the span of a few seconds I went from elation to presuming I'd never actually see these at a decent price.

A couple weeks later, I saw something about being able to register ahead of time to order the figures. The only catch was you had to have been signed up two weeks before I found this info. Like Thundarr, I was going to fight on ignoring any obstacles in my way!

Mar 17, 2021

Hot Wheels 2021 - Rigor Motor

 There's nothing like finding a sprinkle of Halloween in the off season!


Rigor Motor returns for the first time since 2019 as part of the Hot Wheels Art Car mini collection. This is one of my favorite "Halloween" models because of its coffin shape, skull radiator, and bat ornament. This release also has the skull wheels that I think I've only ever seen on Halloween specific releases previously.


This version is also special because it's got a flat body paint which is something else you don't see very often. But the real stand out is the art. Let's get a better look!


The skull graphic definitely has a Dia de los Muertos vibe to it. That could be a capital "I" but since the card it comes on says it's 1/10 in the art set, it could be the number 1. Looking at pics of other cars in the series, I'm not seeing a number on them. Who knows?

Mar 10, 2021

Slashy Camp Game Review

 If you're into mobile gaming, you've likely heard of Crossy Road or one of the seemingly hundreds of clones of it. If you're also a horror nut, you might have also heard of Slayaway Camp, a slasher inspired puzzle game. Now, the people behind Slayaway Camp have stitched these two together for a really fun casual game on Android and iOS.


Skullface, the "star" of Slayaway Camp, is back for more blood in an endless runner kill fest. Your goal is simple: romp through the woodlands, avoid hazards, and kill everything on two legs. I say two legs because even maniacal slashers shouldn't hurt forest animals. Trust me.

Mar 1, 2021

Monthly Media Recap - February 2021

 A short month means not quite as many movies. That and I was totally absorbed by the Cecil Hotel doc on Netflix!


Streaming
 
Westworld (S1-S2, HBO Max) - The 1973 movie is one of my all time favorites and I wasn't sure how they would turn it into an ongoing series. I wasn't really expecting them to go in the direction they did but I love when sci-fi is used to address what it means to be human so I was all in. And then the end of the first season threw out a few wrenches and opened even more possibilites! Can't wait to keep watching.

Neon Genesis Evangelion (Netflix) - Anime is one area of where my geekness is sorely lacking. It's not that I don't like it. I loved the Japanimation that was on TV daily as a kid. I know people love this which is why I wanted to check it out. But I'm 4 eps in and so far it's not really doing anything for me. I'll probably give it a couple more before deciding if I'll finish it.
 
Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel (Netflix) -  I had definitely seen the infamous elevator footage before coming into this, maybe it was back during American Horror Story: Hotel was on and I was poking around into the hotel. The story starts out kinda creepy and then becomes sad toward the end. Personally, I think something happened to her other than a brain chemistry issue but we'll never know. The "internet sleuths" that ruined a dude's life based on pretty much no evidence are a bunch of jerks.

Feb 24, 2021

Behind the Music - Mah Na Mah Na

 On February 19th, Disney+ added all five seasons of the original Muppet Show (1976 - 1981) to its streaming catalog. The is pretty amazing considering the last two seasons have yet to receive a home release. Featured in the very first episode is the iconic (and infectious) musical number "Mah Na Mah Na". 
 

No doubt, you know the tune, but do you know this wasn't the first Muppet performance of it, or where the song originated?

Join us as we go Behind the Music with Mah Na Mah Na...
 

Feb 17, 2021

Tron Legacy Boots into Fortnite

It seems like the folks at Epic Games are out to get me. Get me to play Fortnite that is. I had somehow held back when previous Star Wars and Marvel events invaded the game. This past December, they brought in the Mandalorian (and Grogu!) so I decided to finally check it out. I've been enjoying the game a lot. I'm not great at it by any means (building still confuses me) but I'm okay.

Even with the Predator, Sarah Connor, and T-800 Terminator recently released, I thought the Mandalorian would be the end all of collaborations. Then they go and drop this on me last week.

Feb 10, 2021

Monsterwax Spookshow Trading Cards Series 2

 Trading card company Monsterwax is back again with a sequel to their fantastic Spookshow trading card series from 2012. You can see my review of those here.


As before, they took to Kickstarter to make this series happen and I was thrilled to be part of it. And just like last time, I wouldn't be content with just the base set of cards so I ponied up for the Delux Master Set!

So what did I get for front row seats?

Feb 1, 2021

Monthly Media Recap - January 2021

 Welcome to another year of Monthly Media Recaps! 
 
A few reminders:

You can find me on Letterboxd. I don't usually post reviews there but I do record my movie views so I won't forget any at the end of the month.

If a title is linked, it will take you to Amazon if you want to buy the movie, or anything else, and drop a few pennies in the coffers.
 
 
Streaming

Cobra Kai (S3, Netflix) - I don't want to say this season jumped the shark but it's definitely getting a little more soap opera-ish and how many times do you let kids beat each other up before you get the police involved?
 
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (S4, Netflix) - I am definitely going to miss this show! The overall story for the final season was great. The final couple eps were crazy but in a really fun way.
 
The History of Swear Words (Netflix) - Seriously, who could host this better than Nic Cage? OK, maybe Sam Jackson but still, this is a lot of fun and a good change from anything else you're watching.

WandaVision (Disney+) - Still airing new eps but it is a real treat! Not only am I interested to see how it unfolds but the work that went into recreating each sitcom style through the years has been top notch.

The Flight Attendant (HBO Max) - Love this show! Definitely a very Hitchcock vibe to it. It's even got a little bit of retro going for it with the title score and split screen shots. Kaley Couco was fantastic and had a lot to do with her character. It's nice to see do something other than "the blonde girl on the sitcom". I wasn't sure they were going to wrap it up by the end but they pulled it off while leaving the possibility for another season. However, it would have to be a really great story.
 

Jan 27, 2021

Plunderlings Goblin Figures

It took about a year longer than expected but I finally got my Plunderlings figures!


The Kickstarter originally launched in August 2019. The figures looked great and were overflowing with character. The hard part wasn't deciding whether or not to back it but keeping myself in check and only going in for two figures. I looked back at the page for this post and found myself saying "Why didn't I pick that one?" a whole lot! You can see the page and all the figures on Kickstarter.

 So let's start at the beginning and get my least favorite thing out of the way.


The packaging is very cute. It comes with cardboard ears that you can slot into the sides to make a fun Plunderling head. However, the box is terrible at showing you what's inside of it. It's not a huge deal because, trust me, if you have any of these guys you're going to want to have them out of the box!

Jan 19, 2021

Disney's Haunted Mansion Attic Diorama

 I didn't want to do another Haunted Mansion post and start it off with "Welcome, Foolish Mortals!" but what are you going to do? That's like THE thing.


I got this diorama set for Christmas and couldn't wait until October to post it! (Only 285 days til Halloween!) This is one of two sets that are available in parks or on ShopDisney, when they're in stock. The other one is of Madame Leota's seance room and it looks pretty sweet.

Inside the box is a floor, three walls, some connectors to hold them together, the bride, and a whole lot of attic stuff.


I mean, this isn't even everything! I love the chaise lounge with the tiger pelt draped over it. It's hard to see in the pics, but the wedding cake topper has a headless groom. And yes, there's an axe on the table with the tea setting. It wold have been cool if they had a hole in the bride's hands so she could hold it.

There isn't an "official" story of the Haunted Mansion but if you see the attic bride on the ride, she's surrounded by reminders of her previous husbands and they definitely "lost their heads" over her. You can see some of that on the walls, there are portraits of her with different men.

The left wall has a banner that's dated 1872 and says Love Forever, Frank and Constance. The room is more narrow at the back and widens as it gets toward you which angles out the side walls so you can see them without having to stick your head in there to peek at them.
 
 
Adding a little blue light for a ghostly effect.

I really like the way this one came out. If I was more skilled with Photoshop, I could have done a transparency thing to make her a little see through.

This is a really cool set and hopefully ShopDisney will get the other one back in stock so I can get that one too.

I did this one for scale so you can get an idea of the size. I don't have any "spooky" 3.75" figures but I think the scale is close enough.


LEGO on the left, Playmobil on the right.

Jan 13, 2021

The TypEtching Art of Winifred Caldwell - Part 2

 Yes, this is the second half of a story! If you haven't, go back and read part one first.
 
 
As I mentioned at the end of Monday's post, I reached out to Mike Devaney, grandson of Winifred Caldwell, through Facebook and explained to him how I had come into the magazine featuring his grandmother and her letter.

He told me that she was quite the promoter of her art and that he had several pieces of correspondence from people that she had reached out to but did not have any of the letters that she sent out.

He offered to send me a reproduction print of her art that was made in the 60s and would sell for $7.50. While I was interested to see if he wanted the items, I wasn't looking for anything from him when I contacted him. It just felt like the right thing to do! Can you imagine if someone contacted you with 60 year old documents relating to a family member?

Jan 11, 2021

The TypEtching Art of Winifred Caldwell - Part 1

Back in October, I bought a Vincent Price Trick or Treat Memorabilia grab bag on eBay. It wasn't particularly spooky so I didn't post it in October. It's actually a fun way to kick of the new year due to the story that came out of it.

The grab bag was put together by his estate/daughter and contains all sorts of random things you might find if you were going through his desk at different points in time. It was a priority flat rate envelope packed with all sorts of ephemera.


This is just a small sampling of what was included. There were a couple of photos, several things relating to the art world such as gallery opening invites, holiday cards, random newspaper clippings, wedding invites, and even a children's birthday party invite.

Jan 6, 2021

Hauilday Excerpts

I usually try to do the after Christmas post before the New Year. At least I think I do, I'm not going to go back and check. Here's a few highlights from my gift haul 2020.


Starting off with a couple of really cool shirts. I love the art style on the Strange one, plus is kind of a subtle reference that non-Marvel people will miss. We'll get back to Mando & Son, there's a lot more of them coming up!


I got my first Funko Soda ever. I've always held off on getting any of these because I usually want the 'regular' version and don't want to take the chance on getting a variant. I like the kinda chunky, solid figure design.

The other thing is a Disney's Haunted Mansion diorama set. I've seen pictures of these from the parks and was definitely going to pick one up on my next trip (Which would have been September 2020, thanks Covid.) It's part of the attic scene and there's lots of little bits and pieces to it. This will likely get its own blog post whenever I get around to putting it together. Looks very cool! I also got the Hallmark Hitchhiking Ghost ornament.
 
 
In recent years, the Disney Store has been selling these collector keys. They come in all sorts of themes and characters. This is a pretty cool set that covers a few different aspects of Disney. The Marvel one has Avengers symbols and the Star Wars one has Vader and Luke on it.
 

There's just something really fun about having a "Star Wars Christmas" again and this year was definitely one of those! On the Pop front, we have Moff Gideon with Darksaber and Mando & Son in the desert. Top right is a pair of Mando and IG-11 Cosbaby bobblehead figures. Not pictured, a Mandalorian 2020 wall calendar.


For when you need to shoot and capture your bounty alive: the Mandalorian Polaroid camera! It's the odd perfect combination of modern day Star Wars with 1970s technology. It might be the 21st century but the photos still look like how you remember Polaroids from back in the day.
 
 
The camera itself looks like it would fit right in with Mando's armor and even has a Mudhorn skull on the back. Do you remember the last time you had to look through a viewfinder to take a photo? Me either! My one minor complaint with the setup is the position of the shutter button below the flash. You have to pay attention to your hand position when snapping those pics otherwise you're going to get finger shadows on your subject. The original cameras didn't have a flash, or if they did it was on an additional part of the camera that flipped up.

The film has Mandalorian themed borders and graphics on it. What's really cool is that when you prep a new film cartridge, there is a film protector that gets ejected (bottom right). This one of the Armorer is numbered 5/8 so I'm guessing there's 8 different cards to collect as well.

So that's some of the stuff I got over the holidays. 
What kind of cool stuff did you get? 
Let me know in the comments!