Wednesday, December 11, 2013
OK, this might be considered a "lazy" blog post, but it's one that I have wanted to post for a while. See, like many of you, I am a YouTube junkie. I watch videos posted by comic book companies, sports card fanatics, Techie Geeks, autograph hounds, wrestling companies, old T.V. shows, Old T.V. commercials and from fellow toy geeks. Like most of you, I have my favorites that I try to watch on a daily basis or as they upload.
Now, just because the title says that you should be watching these videos, doesn't mean you will agree. I understand that everyone has a reason why he or she would watch a video or follow a particular channel. I just think that if your like me, you will enjoy these channels and subscribe to se new video content as they are uploaded.
So, without further ado, here are 5 YouTube channels you should take a peek at.
For my money, Stewart has one of the best and most well organized Superman collections on YouTube. His well articulated reviews only showcase his love for his collection of the Man Of Steel and even though I don't collect Superman, I enjoy each video he uploads and I have not missed a review since I discovered his channel. If you have not visited his channel, I urge you to check out his video of his entire Superman collection. The video is over an hour long, but I daresay it's an hour that is well spent as he shows off each piece in his Superman collection. If I can have a Batman or Spider-Man collection half as cool as Stew's Superman collection, I would be a happy man.
Visit here: http://www.youtube.com/user/stewmurray47
When I first discovered Lamarr, I was trying to decide on a new cell phone. I ran across Lamarr's channel when I ran a search looking for reviews of the Galaxy Note 2, which I eventually wound up buying. Lamarr's review of the phone helped me decided on picking it up, but the real reason I followed his channel is the guy is hysterical. At the time I followed him, he was doing only Tech reviews, but now is uploading videos where he shares his thoughts on anything from laptops to video games to why cable sucks. I feel it's one of the more entertaining YouTube channels you will find.
Visit here: http://www.youtube.com/user/wilsontech1/featured
Shartimus is one of those toy reviewers that I enjoy because not only does he review cool toys, but he makes his review videos fun to watch buy adding humor to his in depth reviews. Shartimus collects Transformers, Marvel Legends and has uploaded reviews of NECA, Hot Toys, Star Wars, Batman, Spider-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers figures. The guy knows his stuff and I try to watch each review before I decide on buying a figure.
Visit here: http://www.youtube.com/user/ShartimusPrime/featured
This guy is a man after my own heart. This is someone who add to his collection the way I do. By scouring eBay, Target, Ross and Thrift Stores for deals. mycollection7000 is a collector from Hawaii and his collection has a little bit of everything in it from GI Joe to Michael Jordan to Hot Wheels to Rap CD's. His videos are haul videos as opposed to review videos, which is fine by me. I enjoy watching videos of what someone else is buying.
Visit here: http://www.youtube.com/user/mycollectionz7000
If you are into Kenner's Super Powers, than this is the channel for you. This channel has just about every figure and prototype from that line and plenty more. There has been vintage He-Man, Star Wars and other vintage figure reviews as well as some Loot Crate unboxings, Lego figures and some DC Kotobukiya New 52 statue reviews. This channel just passed 300 subscribers and I can see it getting close to a thousand sooner than later.
Visit Here: http://www.youtube.com/user/Richd1482/featured
Now, I'm sure you guys have your favorites that you like to watch and if you want to show them some love or if you have a channel you'd like me to check out, post a link bellow and I will be more than happy to watch a video or two, maybe more.
I really enjoy watching YouTube. Some of the YouTube'rs have some really creative, informative and fun to watch videos. It doesn't matter if you're into toys, movies, video games, makeup, cars, autographs or even model building there is something for everyone to watch. So get on your computer, log on and melt your mind watching opinions, reviews and how to videos.
Friday, December 6, 2013
I wish I had the guy that intro'ed SNL's Deep Thought's back in the 90's to intro this for me.
Anyway, There was a few topics from some news items this week that I wanted to kick things off with:
Gal Godot is Wonder Woman in Batman Vs Superman
Personally, I am not too crazy about this.When I look at her, I don't see Wonder Woman. Yes, she has the height to pull it off, but not the weight, which she can gain. The question is, how fast. I think they start shooting in Feb and she is going to have to not only put on weight, but muscle too. People can point to Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman and and say she didn't have muscle and she pulled off the role and I would agree, but this is a different time. I want Wonder Woman to look like she can stand toe to toe with any villain, including Batman and Superman.
I understand that she can put on the weight and she can be taught how to fight with a sword and her fists (if she doesn't already now how), but the perfect candidate was already out there in Jamie Alexander. She too has the height for the role but, unlike Gadot, has already proven she can be a convincing ass kicker and already looks the part.
I just want Wonder Woman to be done right. She is one of the three pillars of the DC Universe. There has been so many attempts at getting a Wonder Woman TV series or movie done and she is one of the characters in comics I feel deserves a movie. If done right, Wonder Woman could be a great movie.
I am willing to give Zach Snyder and the WB a break though. They picked a great Superman (although I will pass my judgement on Ben Affleck when I see the movie) and if they think Gadot will be a good Wonder Woman then so be it.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Trailer Dropped This Week
So, I got to see the trailer the morning Sony released it upon the masses and I have to say there is a lot I like about it. That said, there are a couple of things I didn't like about it. If you haven't seen the trailer just yet, you probably should stop reading this right now.
Still here? OK, I warned you...
I love the new suit. It looks more like the classic Spidey costume, which is what I was hoping would happen after the first movie. I will be honest, when I first saw the first costume, I despised it, but after viewing the film it grew on me. But I really didn't want it's return in the second movie, so good job on taking care of that.
I LOVED seeing Doc Ock's tentacles and the Vulture's wings in that one scene in what I assume to be a room in Oscorp. This must mean that we could possibly get the Sinister Six in part 3. We have the Goblin, Rhino, Electro, Vulture and Doc Ock. Who would be the 6th? A returning Lizard? Personally, let's get Venom in this group and have him done right.
Also, in one scene, if you pause it, there is a Venom file in the Oscorp computer files. (shrieks like an excited girl after seeing One Direction)
Dane DeHaan looks like he is going to be great in this. I've never seen anything he's done before, but sometimes you can just tell when someone is going to be good and I just have that feeling about DeHaan in this.
I was initially bummed when Chris Cooper's name was dropped from the cast list, but I was elated to see him in the trailer. As much as I liked Willem Defoe as Norman Osborne, Chris Cooper is the type of actor that can take a role like this and run with it and make it his.
Another initial casting choice that may make me regret doubting it is Jamie Foxx. I'm sure we will get the fans complaining he doesn't look like Electro or snicker at his voice, which fans are already doing, but after seeing the trailer, I think Foxx is going to prove that his inclusion in this movie is a good one.
I also liked seeing the Daily Bugle all over the trailer. I am hoping for a J. Jonah Jameson cameo. If it's J.K. Simmons, I would really like that too.
I didn't like the Rhino-Dino in this movie. Really? Rhino is a machine in this movie? You couldn't CGI the Rhino suit on top of Paul Giamatti? Plus he's a Russian Mobster? Come on, I'm all for a tweek of a character, but not this. I am a big Giamatti fan, but I think he is all wrong for this role.
I would have preferred they kept the Goblin until the 3rd movie and it be Norman Osborne. From the looks of the trailer and movie poster, DeHaan is going to be the Green Goblin. It seems they still didn't get the outfit right either. Green armor and no mask. What, is he going to be deformed to look like a Goblin? I'm not really sure how I feel about the Goblin in this. I guess I will have to see for myself and then make a decision.
We geeks got a couple of things to talk about this past week. Now, maybe you agree or disagree with me on the points I made. Leave them in the comments section. I would love to read them. Maybe you might change my mind about a few points I made previously. I mean, I have been wrong before and it wouldn't be the last time I'm wrong either. Just be nice about it. I'm fragile.
Monday, November 25, 2013
I remember seeing this cover as kid and ever since then I have been fascinated by Peter Parker unmasked as Spider-Man. Some of my favorite Spider-Man stories have Spidey unmasked for one reason or another. Like when Parker caught a 24 hour flu in Amazing Spider-Man #12 and lost all his strength. He went to fight Dr. Octopus anyway because he had kidnapped Betty Brant and Peter felt like he had to save her. Because of the flu, Parker was over whelmed and unmasked. Luckily, Doc Ock thought that Parker was masquerading as Spider-Man and threw him aside.
Or probably the most famous Spider-Man unmasking, which occured in issue #39. That is the issue when the Green Goblin discovers Spider-man's true identity, with the help of a gas that dulled Spider-Man's spider sense. He didn't know he was being followed after a fight with some crooks on the observation deck of the Empire State Building, where one of the crooks, who was hired by the Goblin, threw the gas at Spider-Man. Afterward, Goblin followed Spidey and saw him change back into Peter Parker and followed him to his house. After a fight on Parker's lawn, he was subdued, roped up and dragged away by the Goblin. Also in this issue, we discover that the Goblin is Norman Osborne. (SPOILER ALERT!)
Now, ever since I found out that Funko was releasing a Unmasked Spider-Man POP Vinyl, I knew I had to have one. The fact that it was a Comikaze exclusive and that Comikaze was taking place in Los Angeles and I'm a New Yorker was irrelevant to me.I was either going to get this on eBay or I would fly out to the con and get one myself, which is just what I did.
Only the Hot Topic booth was selling this figure, a fact that I didn't know until I was at the con for about an hour and after going to booth after booth looking for one. Lucky for me, one of the dealers told me where to find one.
The first thing is the packaging. One of the things I love about the boxes is the drawing of the figure you're getting on the bottom left. The drawing on this one is very well done as usual. The coloring pops off the package. We also have the usual clear cellophane that shows off the figure as well as the number on the top and the name of the figure on the bottom.
There's the sticker that proclaims this as a Comikaze exclusive. I've said it once and I'll say it again, management needs to think of a better logo than that octopus.
As usual, the back of the box shows off the other POP's in this line. Now, if I wasn't just strictly collecting Batman and Spider-Man, I might grab that Ghost Rider POP because it looks awesome. I also like the Dr. Doom and Silver Surfer. I know that Deadpool POP is going to be a popular one as well.
Now, as much as I like the sculpting on this figure, what jumps at me right away is the paint job. The black on his boots are all over the place. I love that he is looks like he is about to spin a web and Parker has been de-masked, but that paint job on the boots just irritates me.
The back of the figure doesn't get any better. There are white spots galore on his left hip and left shoulder area. And the boots are pretty funk-a-fied on the back as well. Unlike myself, there is not a spot of white on Parker's hair. As if being Spider-Man isn't enough for me to be jealous of Parker.
One thing I remember, there was a dispute if POP made any bobbleheads and sure enough, this one is a bobblehead. I also see that Parker has been branded. I need to find out what that marking on the bottom of his foot his. I am not sure if any of my other POP's have a number on the bottom of their feet. Again, the boots are a complete mess. It looks like Spidey has been hanging out in the mud pits over at Lallapalooza instead of fighting crime.
Overall, this is could have been a fantastic figure had it not been for the paint job on it. Somewhere, a painter is getting destroyed by his boss so bad that he is shrinking into his beret and rightfully so. There is no excuse for a company to have released a figure so badly painted as this one was. I just hope that anyone else who managed to pick one of these up has a better painted figure than the one I got. I'm still going to display this next to my regular Spider-Man POP, but man, it should have been painted better.
I'm pretty sure you guys are getting tired of reading POP reviews and I promise this one will be the last review for a bit. I can't promise you how long because I am addicted to these little guys. They're inexpensive and look great displayed. Plus, there are others I will be picking up, but in the meantime, I will be reviewing other stuff and discussing other topics for the foreseeable future. But, I dare you to try walking past these at Barnes N Noble, Toys R Us or any other of your fine retail stores. They are like Lays potato chips. Once you get one, you just can't stop. I dare you to try.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
I've been without internet for a week and in that time I have been going through blogging withdrawal. Thankfully, I have my internet back and I can get back to what I love to do and it's not watching dogs talk on YouTube (although that is also pretty cool).
So, since I've been back home, I have yet to review the goodies I was able to score while I was in California. So today, I will start off with the Funko Pop Vinyl Blackest Night Batman I picked up from Hot Topic in West Covina while hanging out with my girlfriend and her daughter.
Wow, isn't he the ugliest thing?
In case you guys haven't read the Blackest Night arch, Batman "died" in Final Crisis. In Blackest Night, the villain Black Hand is seen digging up Bruce Wayne's body, stealing his skull, and recruiting it into the Black Lantern Corps. The skull was briefly reanimated as a Black Lantern, reconstructing a body in the process by Black Hand's lord, Nekron, to move against the Justice League and the Titans. After the Black Lantern Batman created several black power rings to attach to and kill the majority of the Justice League, the skull was returned to normal after Nekron explained it served its purpose as an emotional tether.
When I originally bought the figure, I thought this was a Hot Topic exclusive, but none of these POP's I have seen has the sticker indicating that it is. However, I haven't seen this figure anywhere else, so it could be exclusive to the store.
The back of the box shows off the rest of the POP figures in this run. I have seen the Harley Quinn POP's and I may grab one as it would look pretty cool next to my Joker POP on the shelf. I am also considering the Nightwing POP.
Here's an up close shot of the figure loose. The sculpt on this figure is awesome. It looks like it flew off the page of the trade paperback. The paint job on this is very impressive. You can see the zombie marks on his face, but what really freaks me out is his teeth. He obviously takes care of his teeth. This is one pissed off Batman. Then again, when isn't he pissed about something? This is the same look I have when I find out someone drank my Blue Moon and ate my Double Stuffed Oreos.
The back of Batman shows off his spots. I'm assuming that his cape zombified as well and that he isn't a dalmatian. Maybe his arch villain is Cruela DeVille. Ok, that was corny.
I have been picking up quite a few POP's lately and my collection is building. I can see myself picking up more POP Vinyls and expanding the collection. I have seen a few POP forums and when displayed, POP's are pretty sweet on a shelf. I still have one more POP to review and I'll do that in my next post.
As cool as this POP is, if I start having nightmares, this thing is history.
Friday, November 8, 2013
Boy oh boy oh boy oh boy, do I love to shop. Especially if said shopping spree is to add more pop culture goodness to the House Of Swag. Batman, Spider-Man, Comic Books, Beatles, Vintage Marvel or DC, Superman, Luke Skywalker, Star Wars, Hulk. It doesn't matter. If I like it, I want it.
This week's League assignment is for us bloggers to look through the current Hake's Americana & Collectibles Auction #210 catalog. Now, imaging you won the lottery and bought Tony Stark's mansion, what would you buy to hook up the man cave?
So, what I decided to do was to limit my spending spree to 5 items. Setting a limit will help me to decide what I really want, as opposed to buying up everything I see. Although Hake's might not mind that, I love hunting for new additions to my collection, so I would want to have something to hunt for and the money to spend it on.
Plus, I'm sure you guys don't want to read the ramblings of a mad man any longer than you have to.
Wait a minute..
1-Mego 12.25 Batman Magnetic Variant Boxed Action Figure
There are two things I know I will never pass up without either picking it up or drooling over it and that's Batman and Mego. This magnetic Batman figure has been on my wish list for a while and the thought of owning a boxed version is enough to make me get my credit card out faster than a disgruntled Batman fan go on line to complain about Ben Affleck playing the Caped Crusader. I'm assuming Burbank Toys is a toy store that is no longer in business which makes the thought of owning this piece even more appealing to me.
2-Green Hornet Metal Lunch Box With Thermos
I love the Green Hornet. I have been a fan of the T.V. series for a while now and have wanted to start a Green Hornet collection for a while, especially after meeting Van Williams this past spring. Picking up this lunch box with some brilliant art showing Williams and Bruce Lee kicking some thug butt would be a great way to start my Green Hornet collection.
3-Superman Krypto-Raygun Boxed Daisy Set
If there is one thing I really love, it's vintage toys and brother, this one fits the bill. Check out the awesome box art. To me, Superman is one of those superheroes who looked awesome the way he was drawn back in the 40's and 50's. The box beautifully captures Superman the way he was presented back in 1940. Sure the box shows wear, but to me that's part of the charm of it. I'm not sure I would open the box to take out the ray gun for fear of breaking the box. Either way, this would look fantastic on my shelf and would be the centerpiece of my growing Superman collection.
4-Ideal Bat Cave
Another piece of Bat memorabilia that causes strange stirrings in my utility belt. Released during the height of Bat-mania in 1966, this playset doubled as a carrying case for your Ideal action figures. This particular set comes with Batman, Robin and the Batmobile
This would look pretty sweet displayed in the cave among my vintage Batman merchandise. I have seen this piece go for hundreds, but hey, I'm rich now. I can afford it.
5-Rawhide Linen Mounted 3 Sheet Movie Poster
Ok, the New York Yankees fanatic in me cannot pass up the chance to own this movie poster. Why would a baseball fan want a movie poster of a western picture? Because it's the only movie that Yankee great Lou Gehrig ever appeared in. I've never seen the complete movie, just bits and pieces here and there. In the movie, Gehrig gives up baseball for the peace and quiet of the west as he visits his sister in Rawhide, MT. Once there, he encounters a group of thugs who run a protection racket through fear and violence. He teams up with an attorney to fight the bad guys. From the bits I have seen, the movie doesn't look as good as Pride Of The Yankees, but if I can ever find a complete copy of the movie, I'll watch it. This movie poster would be a very unique item to have hanging up on my wall right next to my Yankees collection.
The five items I picked would be welcome additions to the man cave and would certainly be centerpieces in their respective collections. They each represent my favorites and I would absolutely kill to own them. OK, maybe not kill. How about tickle until your sides hurt to own them? Yeah, that will do just fine. Maybe one day I will have the opportunity to own at least one of the items I picked. They would definitely be going to a great home.
Check out the auction here: http://www.hakes.com/default.asp
Check out what pieces my fellow League members are drooling over:
About a week ago, I went back to visit my girlfriend who lives in Los Angeles County. It was a trip I was looking forward to because I missed her terribly and I wanted to spend a lot of time with her and her awesome daughter, Mariah. While I was there, I got to meet her family and go Trick or Treating with them, went to see the Last Vegas (very funny movie), watched the Jets game in a Raiders bar, eat like a pig and, oh yeah, attend Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo.
The Expo was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, which is right across the street from the Staples Center. I think this was the first Comikaze Expo and I have to tell you, I really enjoyed myself at the show. There was everything you could imagine at this convention. Toys, comics, apparel, artists, actors, musicians, wrestlers, cos players, movie props, games, memorabilia and yes, Stan Lee was there, although the closest I got to Stan The Man was when he took the stage to say hi and I was very far back and couldn't get a good picture of him.
Why yes, I did take pictures while I was there. Want to see?
I am curious as to why an Octopus was included in the logo for the Expo.
That's Mariah looking at me like, what are you doing?
We arrived around 11 am Saturday morning and the place was packed.
There were some Hollywood cars making appearances.
And I managed to squeeze a pic of me in front of my two favorites
My Marla Hooch shot
R2-D2 was there as well. I asked him for an autograph and he just screamed at me. Arrogant droid.
Actually, some guy made a couple R2's and had them running around the Expo floor. He did a great job on them. Loos like the authentic droid from the movie.
The last thing I saw before passing out from being choked.
While walking around, I passed by a certain Dark Knight who was admiring the swag I was wearing. After arguing who was the real Batman (I'm Batman), we called a truce and posed for a picture.
Marvel Studios had some displays up at the Expo
You know, Chitari's look so much shorter in The Avengers.
Watching this artist create this piece was awesome. Makes me wish I had talent like this. I'd exploit it.
Mattel had some figures on display in it's booth.
I'm not sure about these bears. But, if it's Batman, I will usually pick it up.
I lied. This was the closest I got to Stan Lee while I was there.
Weird Al Yankovic
Lou Ferigno was there as well and I was dying to meet him, but I really didn't want to pay the $40.00 he was charging. I am regretting it now. I hope to rectify that mistake one day.
An artist made these figures and had them on display. If you said the Spider-Man was my favorite, you would actually be wrong.
This Gene Simmons was my favorite. God Of Thunder and Rock N Rolllll!
I managed to take some pictures with a couple of displays
I managed to make it out of Comikaze with a couple of goodies
The Batman Bendie figure and the Detective Comics Batman Sketch done by Ivan Fuentes were gifts from my girlfriend. I picked up the Funko Pop Peter Parker Comikaze Exclusive. The 1966 Batman t-shirt was picked up at Target and the Batman watch was grabbed at Journey's, also gifts from my girlfriend. I grabbed the Funko Pop Blackest Night Batman Hot Topic Exclusive. I will do reviews on most of the goodies you see in the pictures.
When I left Comikaze, I came away with a couple of more important things. One, I really need to lose some weight. two, and most important was I was able to take my girlfriend's daughter to her very first comic con and she loved every minute of it.
We saw an adorable little girl dressed as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and Mariah had to take a picture with her. I got to spend a lot of time with Mariah on this trip and I discovered that she is such an intelligent young woman who I loved being around. I am just so glad I was able to take her to her first, and hopefully not her last comic con.
That smile is worth more to me than anything I could have bought at the Expo. It's a smile that says she will be back. I think I may have started her on the road to true geekdom. YES!
Plus, I got to go home with these two beautiful ladies