Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas Wishes Vs. Christmas Reality


If you guys didn't know,Mr. Smith over at Mr. Smith's Plastic Bubble ,has started a new social media challenge for pop culture/toy bloggers like you and I.Every Monday there will  be a round robin challenge assignment ,similar to Cool And Collected's Pop Culture League.The twist Is If your the first to post your challenge,then you create the following weeks challenge/assignment.Here's my entry.


CHRISTMAS WISHES VS. CHRISTMAS REALITY 

Man.This Is a pretty good one because these days I rarely get what I want for birthdays or Christmas.I mostly get things I need.I'm not being ungrateful or anything because the things I get take precedence over toys or other pop culture related items. Sometimes,though,It would be nice to open up an action figure or two. I really can't blame the wifey,though, as she really has no clue what I have and don't have In my collection so It's a bit difficult for her to  make those kinds of purchases.Actually ,she did get me some Titan Heroes a couple of birthday's back.But this Is about X-Mas.So .... 


Christmas Wishes


I really want this set.


Knew this would never happen but It's still something I wish I had gotten under the tree.


Christmas Reality 


Like I said,things I need.Those headphones are wireless and  amazing!I needed these for recording   vocals without the beat showing up In the background.Plus I can wear them all around the house jamming sans annoying wires and cables!I got some much needed gear ,hat ,hoodie and vest.I did get some geek paraphernalia.A tube filled with Avenger shaped lollipops and an awesome  Marvel tumbler set which I'll look at more in depth later on.

So there you have It.My Christmas wishes vs. reality.What are your's ?



Check out Mr. Smith's Christmas Wishes Vs. Christmas Reality post!

The Toy Box got two boxes ,each with a toy inside that he talks about more in depth on the The Toy Box!

Alexis,over at Alexis's Universe,has a friend In me ;)


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Ultimate Snake Eyes w/ Head Swap

I'm really digging my new look  Ultimate Snake Eyes figure.It's not that much different than before,just a different head.It's a tad bigger than the Ninja Duel head It came with but still looks great imo.I would have preferred the visor be grey instead of black but the black still works.He's still not perfect,but close to it.













Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Custom Arctic Snake Eyes

I've been thinking about picking up that ROC arctic Snake Eyes figure,with the puffy coat.But until that happens,I've decide to make my own using a lackluster ROC Frostbite body and my extra Ninja Duel Snake Eyes head.It's not a perfect fit but It works.At least until I can snag up that arctic figure.







Monday, December 12, 2016

Do Over




If I could do  one thing over,It would be to duck and counter  instead of taking one right in the nose from the school bus bully back In the 4th grade .That motherfucker!He was mad because a girl liked me and not him.Boo-Hoo,my bad.Sorry If she liked the way I rapped Slick Rick's La Di- Da Di and not your sucky art skills.That shit hurt man lol. He also stole my G1 Bumblebee. Oh well ...whaddaya gonna do?

Checkout Bro Midnight's buck fifty do over!

Monday, November 28, 2016

There's a Sale at Penney's!



I'll never forget the great purge of G.I. Joe ROC movie merchandise!They were literally passing these boxes out at the door ,where there were tons more stacked on top of each other just waiting to not be purchased.I say that because I'm pretty sure kids weren't interested  In these at the time.Only slow footed adult toy collectors knew what these toys were all about and the value that came with them.I picked up both of these at 5 bucks a piece!Not too shabby considering both came with an action figure pilot.These two sit at the bottom of my shelving unit collecting dust with the only other two vehicles I own.They're still pretty damn neat and every now and again I'll pick up the Hydra and fly It around my room while making swooshing sounds.I still love my Gunship,too,!




Can you spot Timber?


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Saturday, November 26, 2016

G.I. Joe Arashikage Clash - Snake Eyes

For those of you who don't know about one of ,If not the coolest Snake Eyes figure ever to be released ,do your homework on The Pursuit of Cobra Ninja Commando Snake Eyes.The figure I'm posting about today Is the reissue.Of course this doesn't fall under the "reissues" that mimic vintage figure designs.This Is essentially a reissue of a contemporary action figure. So no,I don't have a problem with that.Funny story though.I used to have the first release of this figure and loved It to death.It was by far my second favorite Snake Eyes figure ever.The first one being v.2 vintage Snake Eyes.I also remember trading It away.I didn't think It would be difficult for me to find another one  If I ever wanted to pick one up again down the road.Yeah right.GI Joe  POC figures pretty much disappeared from store  shelves ,never to be seen again.I don't remember any of them going on clearance either.Man!I was shit out of luck.Not to mention the fact that scalper prices on eBay for them were ridiculous.Even today that POC Ninja Commando Snake Eyes is selling for about 40 bucks MOC. Crazy!Luckily,Hasbro decided to drop a two pack on us. Arashikage Clash!Included is another highly sought after figure, v.41 Storm Shadow.You've probably seen them everywhere online.I was able to finally pick up another v.54 Snake Eyes ,although something about It seems off.I don't know  what It Is exactly but something about the quality seems odd.The sculpt Is there and so are all of the accessories including an extra head sculpt ,but the figure seems a bit light to me.Almost like they used a cheaper quality plastic.Maybe I'm wrong about this.Maybe I shouldn't dwell on It for  too long because overall,this Is still an amazing looking figure.Not only that but I now have an alternate head for my v.67 Retaliation Snake Eyes.













 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Gee ,Thanks!


It’s the season to be thankful.




Firstly,lets get the obvious out of the way.Of course I'm thankful for my fam and the kids and all that other mushy good stuff.But I'm going to keep this pop culture related.What am I most thankful for as far as childhood brainwashing agents go?Hint- It's a cartoon character. Hint 2 - He is the reason I began collecting action figures again. Hint 3 - Look at the picture below. 


          What made me want to start collecting action figures as an adult you ask?Easy.Snake Eyes.And even though I had picked up a few vintage Joes before him,Snake Eyes  was always the one I wanted.So there I was ,an adult about to make my childhood dream of obtaining a Snake Eyes figure finally come true!Snake Eyes w/ Timber V.2,released In 1985 would be the first of It's kind to make It onto my, then scant, vintage action figure display. And there would be more after....






Once I  had my fair share of G.I. Joe vintage goodness,It was time to make the jump over to the contemporary stuff. Marvel Universe was out at the the time and so was the 25th Anniversary Joe stuff but I wasn't feeling them.They were everywhere and on clearance ,too,which made me second guess their quality.I thought,there had to be something wrong with these figures for them to be selling for less than 3 bucks a piece at a Marshalls clothing store.I stupidly passed on them ,and waited to see If there were going to be any Snake Eyes figures released for the line.It turns out there was,but I had missed the boat ,so I would have to wait for the new line of Joes to hit the shelves If I wanted to get my hands on any modern ,plastic incarnations of Snake Eyes.Luckily ,an incredibly sucky film was on the horizon,and with It a slew of new G.I. Joe action figures.Rise of Cobra Joes were everywhere but I wasn't really feeling those either.Especially the movie version of  Snake Eyes with the over sized head and creepy mouth sculpted onto the head sculpt. Plus,he didn't come with Timber.Then ,In 2010 ,Pursuit of Cobra happened.The Pursuit of Cobra line of Joe figures has gained a bit of a cult following.It set a precedent for contemporary action figures with It's amazing figure sculpts and designs.Not to mention the sheer amount of  accessories each figure came with.Then there was Desert Battle  Snake Eyes!This would be my  first contemporary Snake Eyes figure.A mainstay In my action figure  collection.





Hasbro decided to keep the ball rolling with their Pursuit of Cobra line by releasing a few more  waves  of awesomely detailed and accessorized figures.Wave 3 gave birth to what might be the best contemporary Snake Eyes action  figure ever.Even though this versions card back also has him listed as Dessert Battle Snake Eyes ,most collectors refer to this Snake Eyes as Commando or Ninja Commando Snake Eyes because of the awesome commando styled  head sculpt he came with.I had traded away my original POC Snakes but was able to snag up this re-released  version for less than half of  what the original Is selling for on ebay today.Just an amazing action figure!Different quality,though.I'll get into that some other time.




Even though this next version of Snake Eyes released before the POC line did,I didn't pick him up until after .Rise of Cobra Rescue Mission Snake Eyes!Alot of people slept on this version of Snakes mostly because It wasn't released individually.He was part of a Rescue Mission set that included Duke and a couple of  Cobra vipers.This version,Imo,Is the second best looking  contemporary Snake Eyes figure .Sleek,all black and well proportioned.Also,the way his sheath clips on to his lower back Is pretty sick.Not the first Snake Eyes figure to feature that,but the best implementation when coupled with the all black color scheme.I'm also a huge fan of the bad ass head sculpt.




I'll end things off with 2 of my lesser favs. G.I. Joe Retaliation film based figures were out way before the actual  movie due to the delayed release date.The first Snake Eyes figure from that wave wasn't the best but I had high hopes for the second,Ninja Duel Snake Eyes.This one was movie accurate,but not a great figure.The hands are a bit big for the body and the feet too small.I love the design ,costume and head sculpt ,but overall It seems a little dis-proportioned. 



Hasbro would come through,though,releasing a wave of Retaliation figures that paid homage to the original designs of the Joes we all grew up with.I was thrilled to see them in pics online.Snake Eyes seemed to be a perfect 10 ,in the pictures.Unfortunately,Hasbro made the decision to go with the Ninja Duel head sculpt  for the classic Snake Eyes figure.WHY?!?What could have been a perfect 10 Is now a solid 6  in my book.The body sculpt with web gear are exactly like the Snake Eyes we grew up watching in the cartoons.So why not follow through and hit the homerun by giving him the right head sculpt?I'll never know.It's still one of the nicer modern Snake Eyes figures but could have been perfect. Gee ,thanks!


Here Is a list of some other thankful bloggers






   

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Custom Unmasked Snake Eyes

Everybody's tried this one before.Mine will be different because of the brown hair.I had no choice,no yellow paint.Even still,I kinda like a brown haired Snake Eyes.Too many blond Joes. Duke,Rock And Roll,Short Fuze,Beach Head and Low Light just to name a few.That's my justification.What do you guys think?The head's a tad big and I was thinking about whiting out his pupil on the damaged side of his face.


"Look away,baby look away...."




Here's another custom  look.This Is his "awe fuck It,I'm going balls out and  maskless" look.I would imagine this to be a future Snakes that has coped with his facial flaw and has taken on a Punisher - like vigilante roll. 



Saturday, November 19, 2016

IDW Revolution

I think the last time I bought a comic book ,a contemporary comic book with some sort of relevancy,Ronald Reagan  was president.I came close to picking up the new Secret Wars series that released in 2015.Oh ,and the new DC 52 stuff ,too.But I never pulled the trigger on either.I had been out of the loop for so long.Couple that with the 4 dollar price tag per comic and the only thing they got out of me was a disinterested "Nah,I'll pass." Now,recently I had been hearing talk about a merger of popular 80's toy franchises ,coming together for a big screen debut.MASK,G.I. Joe ,Transformers,Micronauts, ROM and I believe Visionaries made the cut as well.This literally blew the drawers off  of me!This Is something I have been wanting to happen since I began collecting action figures.In fact one of the reasons why I started to collect 3 3/4 was because so many different lines/characters were available ,and I would be able to mix and match my figures like never before!I have always wanted to see G.I. Joe and Transformers together on the big screen.As far as the movie goes,I'm not sure when they plan on releasing  or If they are going to  release It at all.Then I found out about IDW's Revolution.Hence,my very first set of comic books,delivered!

Nicely packaged and It only took a month for them to arrive.I still gave the seller positive feedback seeing as how everything arrived well wrapped and  In great shape .



Things got hectic quickly when browsing online for these books because of  all the different covers.I guess these are considered variants (please forgive my comic noobness).I didn't realize this at first though.I went for the coolest looking number 1 issue,imo,  (sub cover d) Scarlett and Optimus !All of the (sub cover -d's) have different pairings of action figures on the cover. 


Issue number 2  (sub cover b) has a bunch of different characters relevant to the comic apparently running towards something?The bathroom maybe?


Here's the rundown on what you can expect within the pages of  Revolution!I haven't read these yet ,but I'm excited.The cool thing Is that there are only 5 issues .I'm guessing there will be  spin offs  of all the participating franchises. I've got issue number 3 and 4 on the way  and I don't think 5 Is out yet.Will this give me the push I needed to start collecting again?Maybe so,maybe no.At the very least I got a post out of It ;)