Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Transformers G1 (re-issue) - Autobot Jazz

I'm ready to start going over some of the goods from that Bro Midnight trade package over these next couple of days ,in no particular order. Some of those figures have grown on me more than others ,like this G1 re-issue of Jazz! I've been wanting a G1 styled Transformer in my collection for a long time now.I've always had my sights set on the more affordable mini cons ,never going after the larger and more expensive Transformer figures.Which Is why I'm so damn psyched to own this Jazz figure.It's not the original,vintage release but It's a damn near perfect copy of It.

Remember when Transformers were simple?I miss that about this particular line of figures.It made transforming them a snap.Transformers of today are chock-full of joints and articulation.That might be gravy  for the average collectors who want to display their figures In  cool battle poses, but maybe not so much  for the kid who would prefer to transform his Autobot on the fly and In less than a minute.I figured out how to transform Jazz in seconds,literally,without any instruction sheets.  

Jazz Is missing his weapons and a couple of decals.I may have to track down his blaster at some point but the lack of decals don't bug me as much.That chrome is too glorious to cover up with stickers.      

Now,I believe this re-issue released In 2002 but the date stamp on It says 1992.Not sure what that's all about.There Is some die cast present In the sculpt as well.Jazz was one of my favorite characters on the show and one of the more prominent Autobots.  

Just a beautiful toy!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Are You Scared?

Nightmares scare the shit out of me.I don't know about you guys and your bad dreams but mine seem to be written and directed by  Stephen King.The only thing Is that they don't feel like a movie.They feel like the real thing.To the point where when I wake up and realize that I'm still lying safely  In my bed,I let out  a big sigh of relief.I've had Jason Vorhees  dreams and as a kid I had a nightmare with Juggernaut.Yes ,a life size Juggernaut  was In my room and he was giving me this mean,clenched teeth stare and  It scared the fruit of the looms off me.Every once In a while I'll have an end of the world dream .I'm  talking meteor showers,news anchors giving us the countdown to when we should expect the big  bright flash ,the whole nine yards.Pretty crazy stuff.So yeah,nightmares scare me,alot!

"You may say I'm a chicken,but I'm not the only one..."

Mr. Smith keeps It real......

Bro Midnight would prefer to stay grounded...

and Alexis should make It a point to never watch the film Arachnophobia!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Brother Midnight's Box of BANG! Part 2

This trade box from Brother Midnight of the top notch  photography heavy blog Green Plastic Squirt Gun ,really blew my mind!If the vintage movie posters weren't enough,how do  bags full of California Raisins and M.U.S.C.L.E. figures sound? You even hooked It up with the Doctor Doom Titan figure!I freaking love that thing!I quickly put him up on display with the rest of the Titans.And damn,that Palisades Kermit!I'll be going over that and the rest of this star studded cast of toys  throughout the upcoming week and weekend.Many thanks Brother,many thanks :)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

I'm Never Gonna Want To Leave My Basement Again!

Ho-lee SHIT!Brother Midnight's trade package arrived today ,and right off the bat,delivered a punch that knocked me silly and right back to the 80's!A while back,I posted about a man cave I was In the process of hooking up and Bro Midnight gave me an idea to throw up some Christmas lights and maybe a couple of movie posters. Both were great ideas ,only problem Is I didn't have any movie posters :( Well,Brother took It upon himself to aid me In my efforts to create my make shift man cave with a mind blowing assortment of  80's movie posters!

Willow!God, If you don't remember Willow then you were In a cryogenic sleep for most of the 80's.I need to see this again!

Predator 2  In spanish!Me gusta very,very much :)

Are you kidding me?E friggin' T!?!You almost made a grown man cry with this one Brother.

Last but not least,a film so epic that none of the words In the title had to be capitalized. *batteries not included !This film showed how normal,everyday people of different age,color and background can come together to  make change,with a little extra terrestrial help.One of my all time favorite movies!

I'm afraid that once I put these up In my basement man cave,I'm never going to want to leave! I'm not sure If I'm going to frame them or just use staples to hang them up.Either way  Brother,you have made my Saturday.I'm 12 years old again,at least for today,anyway. In fact,these posters will bring me back every time I  get to look at them hung up on my walls.Thank you Allen :)  And  I haven't even gotten to  the toys yet lol!

Monday, October 10, 2016


My very first memories of Zombies date back to Night of the Living Dead.I was In my teens when I  first saw It re-aired on TV ,and It didn't really scare me.I remember It being pretty intense but nothing that really scared the crap out of me.It wasn't until Resident Evil that I would start giving Zombies the respect they damn well deserved.This game released In 1996 ,well before the  Walking Dead  craze and the influx of Zombie films that would be released In the 2,000's.Not that Resident Evil started the trend,but It got the ball rolling for our generation ,kind of like how Night of the Living Dead got It going for kids In the 60's.I remember watching an interview with the creator of Walking Dead and not once did he mention Resident Evil as It being one of his inspirations.I'm sure he played the shit out of that game and gained at least some inspiration from It.

Resident Evil on the PS1 filled that  post Jason Vorhees,Bubba Sawyer,Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger  void  In me that had been empty for way too long.Horror flicks after those guys just didn't appeal to me.This game,to me,was the next generation of  horror.One that I could literally be a part of so to speak.I'll never forget walking down that first floor hallway for the first time and jumping when those two zombafied doberman's crashed through the windows. Or that first face to face encounter with the zombie that was hunched over a body,hungrily helping itself to some tasty human  innards.This game  scared me.In a way that no movie ever scared me before.So there you have It.Resident Evil on the Sony PlayStation .My favorite Zombie experience ever and quite possibly my favorite gaming  experience,period.Check out some other Zombie themed posts right here

The Toy Box   loves Zombie related products and

Bro Midnight  has probably stolen someones thunder with his Zombie themed post ;)

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Marvel Infinite Series - Beta Ray Bill

Another discounted Hasbro Toy Shop pick up,Beta Ray Bill has found his way onto my Marvel Universe toy shelf.I don't care If they're released under the  Infinite or Legends 3 3/4 mantra ,to me they are all Marvel Universe.I must admit to only picking this figure up due to the low,low price tag of $3.99.  I just thought,this Is too cool of a character to pass up.Beta Ray Bill may sound like the name of a used VCR salesman to you ,but he Is far from that.In fact Beta was one of the few characters In the Marvel Universe mythos to ever give Thor a good ol' run for his money.Beta Ray Bill was even able to lift Mjolnir and use It against Thor In the midst of the heated battle.Odin catches wind of the skirmish and deems Beta worthy of his own hammer,Stormbreaker!You have to check out some of his cartoon appearances ,Planet Hulk comes to mind as one of my personal favs. Truthfully,I didn't know shit about Beta Ray Bill until I decided to actually go ahead and purchase the figure.I did an extensive search on the internet and came up with everything I just laid out for you guys ;) It was well worth it,though ,because It's never too late to learn about your Marvel superheroes.Oh,and the figure really Is a thing of beauty!

Articulated jaw?What?

Beta Ray Is an alien being,hence the 4 fingers instead of 5.I think that's pretty damn cool!His stock photo shows him with 5 fingers so initially I got scared and thought they were going to send me a variant that wasn't comic accurate.Luckily,the stock photo is just that,a stock photo,and all Beta Ray figures are four fingered. I've gotten lucky with Hasbro Toy Shops figures as all of them have been flawlessly painted sans any defects or paint slops.  

"Lets not fight anymore ,Thor"  - "Fine by me Beta"  

"Selfie?" - "You got It Beta!"

"I'm bored.Wanna fight?" - "Bring It On!"

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Marvel Infinite Series - Grim Reaper

And yet another villain to add to my Marvel Universe collection!This Is one of the nicer figures In the Infinite series.Plus,his  scythe makes for a great back scratcher. My fondest Grim Reaper memories date back to my child hood.Just kidding.I don't know much about Grim Reaper   but remember him being Simon Williams'/Wonder Man's brother.$3.99 on ebay Hasbro Toy Shop. Go get him!

Come on,wouldn't  you want a scythe for a right arm ,too?!?