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!

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.