Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Repro Star Wars

Today's video talks about the phenomenon of '80s toy reproductions. Is that something that collectors should be worried about?

Superstar

I was so excited when I saw Ronald's Red Shoe car the other day, but I had no idea how much further my day would be made. Right after seeing that car, then I met the man himself. The boy wonder to Ronald's Batman, here he was!


Yeah, I have to admit I was pretty starstruck. What a day!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

F--- Batman!

No, I'm not here to talk about the new Teen Titans TV show, despite the title of this post. Instead, I just wanted to communicate my feelings about Batman and his wimpy little Batmobile. I used to think the Batmobile was awesome, like way better than the Spider Buggy, pretty much tip top among all superhero transportation. But that was before I was driving past my local McDonald's today and saw this piece of badassery parked out front:


Now this is what I would call traveling in style.


Imagine how many chicks would flock to you if you could pull up in a ride like this, get out, and lean on it like you owned it.


It'd probably be like that episode of Friends when Joey finds the keys to some guy's Porsche and then everyone seem to think he's so much cooler and more interesting because they believe he owns the car.



What a dream it would be to own this sweet ride.


Not all of us can be Ronald McDonald though. Not all of us can fight crime and be a sex machine with all the chicks. And don't tell me to shut my mouth, because I am not talking about Shaft.


Look at the sweet daddy interior on this thing. Now that is class.


And again, Batman ain't got nuttin' on this piece of pure machismo. Look at that steering wheel. Ronald's logo is so much cooler than the bat logo.


I was standing in front of this thing just imagining the thrilling excitement as Ronald and Grimace raced across the city in hot pursuit of the Hamburglar.


It takes somebody special to bring that villain to justice. I just wish I could be that awesome.


So that I could drive a car with this kind of style...


And grace...


Someday, Jennifer. Someday.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Toy Fair Episode

Just finished uploading my latest video. In it, I talk about the stuff they announced at the recent New York Toy Fair, and how it has gotten me all excited.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Is Spring Springing?

I grew up in Sacramento, so I'm used to Spring coming early, and Summer being way too long and hot. But I don't think we ever had to deal with this. Look at my car:


We went to New York for the weekend, and when I got back, the thing looked like this. Pollen overload. I think there was a fair amount of rain and wind while we were gone. The wind sent the pollen airborne and the rain made it stick to the car when it landed. And now I've got this gross mess.

I tried to get a car wash the other day, but each time I drove past, there were at least five cars in line. I guess everyone else had the same problem as me. Maybe I'll get it washed soon, but I'm not waiting in line thirty minutes for a car wash. The thing drives just fine when it's dirty. I'm not too proud to drive a dirty car.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

New Wall-P

When we moved to Houston, my wife insisted that we have a pool. She said she wasn't moving to someplace as hot as this without some sort of refuge. So, we got one. Let me tell you, a pool is not just a water pit, it's also a money pit. We've had to fix issues with the pool over and over, including getting a whole new pump which cost a boatload.

Our pool came with a Polaris pool sweeper--one of those robot things that tools around the bottom of your pool vacuuming up the stuff that falls in. I tend to name all of my electronics...my computer is Optimus Prime, my phone is Conky, my car was Bumblebee...so I had to name this thing. After all, this thing was an actual robot. It had to have a name. We decided to call it Wall-P. Wall-E from the movie's name stood for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class. So, since our pool sweeper was doing the same job as Wall-E but for our pool, he was Waste Allocation Load Lifter Pool-class.

Unfortunately, Wall-P was a pretty old robot. I just found out that he was a full ten years old. For the last year and a half he's had nothing but issues like the rest of our pool's equipment. Recently, he's just been sitting at the bottom of the pool doing absolutely nothing. There was no difference when he was turned on or turned off. He always looked like this:


So, we fished him out and took him to the pool store to have him looked at. They told us that to get him repaired would cost more than it would to just buy a new one. My wife shopped around, found us a good deal, and now we have a new Wall-P in our pool. When we plugged him in and turned him on, he jumped up and went right to work, scrubbing that pool till it shined like those Dow Scrubbing Bubbles.


When we talked about giving it a name, we didn't know what to call it. The kids were calling it Wall-P, but it wasn't Wall-P, because that robot was in the trash can. They also called him Wall-P2, a la the Simpsons and Snowball II. But that just doesn't resonate. I suggested a little mashup of franchises. We could call it Wall-P2D2. But it was just too unwieldy. Maybe just P2D2 for short? Like saying Artoo.

My wife, however says that we've all got it wrong. This new robot isn't a boy at all. She says it has to be a girl. It does too good of a job cleaning. Boys always do half-assed jobs.

"Ah," I said, "So we need to call it Eva, you're saying?"

I guess that's exactly what she's saying, because she's been calling it that in any conversation we have about it ever since.

Goodbye Wall-P. Thanks for your service. Hello, Eva. Welcome to the family.


The pool looks so nice and clean, too bad the water's still so freaking cold that it numbed my arm when I hooked Eva up to the pump. It'll be nice to be able to go swimming again in a few months.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Foreheads

They don't just sell lettuce in heads at my local store. Now they also sell it as 4 heads!


Get it? Get it? Four heads...foreheads? Get it? Foreheads? Get it?

Monday, March 4, 2019

My First Time In New York

I love to travel and see and experience new things. Living out in the west meant that I mostly visited things like National Parks...




And the big cities in the vicinity like Los Angeles and San Francisco.



Now that I'm here in Houston, though, there's a new side of the country that has opened up to me. Last year, when we visited New Orleans, it was only the second time in my life that I'd been east of the Mississippi...and considering that New Orleans is actually on the Mississippi, I didn't get very far east of it.

My wife has some website or app or whatever that she uses to be alerted to good prices on airfare. She used it last year to take my daughter to New York for her sixteenth birthday. I'd never been to New York, and I think she could tell how jealous I was, so this year for Christmas, she used her app again to get us good airfare back to New York. She gave me the tickets as my Christmas present, and this past weekend was when those tickets were for.

So, I got to go to New York City for the first time in my life. It was really fun. We went to Times Square:



We went to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island:



We went to the top of the Empire State Building:



And we went and got hollowed out at the 9/11 Memorial museum:


We watched two Broadway plays:


We rode the subway:


And ate a hot dog with sauerkraut and relish on it:


As well as a whole lot of New York pizza:


We had spaghetti at an Italian restaurant:


We went to one of those tiny little ramen restaurants where they only give you chop sticks...whether you know how to use them or not:



We also went to one of those New York delis. I got a corned beef on rye sandwich:


Also, we made sure to have a cannoli and some cheese cake:



It was a pretty fun trip. I really had a great time. Maybe it was totally touristy and typical, but I don't care. I loved it. If you're interested, I think Rish and I are going to talk about it on an upcoming TGMG, so you can get some more details.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Prime Shipping

The other day, my wife ordered some doorknobs for our house. She hates the doorknobs the house came with. They're all gold, and she despises it. I do to, truthfully, so for once I'm all for the wasted money that replacing perfectly good doorknobs entails. The gold ones are pretty ugly. Anyway, she ordered four doorknobs. Today, they came. We couldn't figure out what might be in the box when it arrived though. Look at this thing:


That box is freaking huge! Four little doorknobs came in a box almost big enough to fit a whole door! They also came just like this, no padding or puffy stuff at all. That must have been one of the most rattling packages ever. Anyway, it was silly, so I had to share.

Oh, anybody know a good way to install a doorknob? How the hell do you screw it in? The knob blocks the path to the screw. Is there some kind of special tool? I think my wife already stripped one of the screws attempting to put the knob on my son's closet door. Now what?

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Episode 205 Up Now

In case you didn't hear, episode 205 of the Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine has dropped. Head over to the Dunesteef.com and check it out. It's good stuff.


Or subscribe to our podcast on your favorite podcast app thing.

More Bounty Hunters!

Here's my newest video, just released this week. It's part two of the bounty hunting hunt.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Frosted Flakes?

They're Grrrrrr...what the heck is that on that box?


That's not Tony the Tiger. Pete the Polar Bear? Have they retired Tony the Tiger. No, he's still around. He's just on a different box.

I guess Frosted Flakes isn't a trademarked name anymore and anyone can use it, because they had this cereal at Aldi and it wasn't by Kellog. Maybe it's such an old brand that it's protected status has run out and it can't be copyrighted anymore. That is a thing right? Are Frosted Flakes in the public domain? Weird.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Confluence of Good and Evil

Rish's head will explode if he watches this video, I think. For some reason, he has an undying hatred of Led Zeppelin, specifically one of their most famous songs, "The Immmigrant Song." But he loves the classic 1980s cartoon Transformers franchise, and specifically the movie that came out in 1986. So, I wonder what happens when you put the two together like this:



This is a band that calls itself Cybertronic Spree. I don't get the name completely. I mean, I know Cybertron:


And I know Sprees:


I was always especially fond of the Chewy Sprees back when I could eat candy without calling it attempted murder.


But I don't know the reference that brings those two words, Cybertronic Spree, together into the name of this band. But that's not really important, I suppose. I mean, why is Def Leppard called Def Leppard, and why spell it so atrociously...on top of that, why did the the word def become a term synonymous with hip-hop when it was first made famous by an '80s hair band?

Anyhow, that Cybertronic Spree performance of "The Immigrant Song" popped up on my feed this week, and I couldn't help but share it. Cybertronic Spree are so great. I've been aware of them for a while, but I've never shared on here about them, and I should have. I have been remiss. Forgive me.

Also, it was a chance to make Rish's head explode. I just hope he was recording one of those ultra-shitty YouTube reaction videos when it did, so there's some sort of documentation. Now, as an olive branch, here's some videos that should cause his head to spontaneously reform and probably make it better than new. Cybertronic Spree started out their careers as a band that played the soundtrack to the 1986 Transformers movie. So, here's a few highlights of their portfolio.







I have to admit that I love these guys. There's a few bands out there where their image and presentation has meant more than their actual music, KISS and GWAR immediately come to mind. But none of them are as rad as these guys. I love the choices they made on who to include in the band. First we've got Hot Rod and Arcee, who are great, but then they have Unicron and a friggin' Quintesson. That guy in the Quintesson costume may be the only guy in history who has ever cosplayed that character.

Sometimes they have Rumble on the drums, and sometimes it's Shockwave. I assume that's the same guy, but in a different outfit...or did they have to replace the drummer? Band members being replaced is a pretty common thing in rock music.

Sometimes I catch glimpses of Bumblebee and Soundwave, but they seem to be something other than a regular band member...like a backup dancer or something.

To top it off, they've got that guy in a yellow hard hat playing Spike Witwicky. It's the easiest costume of the bunch, but for some reason it seems the most brilliant. Why was Spike...and, in the original cartoon before they jumped forward to the far future world of 2005, Spike's dad Sparkplug...always wearing a hard hat? I can understand it when they're on the job at the oil drilling platform, but most of the time they weren't. Is it just like the Man In Black from The Princess Bride who wears his mask not because he was "burned by acid or something like that", but because, "they're terribly comfortable" and he feels that "everyone will be wearing them in the future"?

The one thing Cybertronic Spree needs to do someday is have Unicron dress up as a different character, maybe Galvetron to keep with the theme, and get a gigantic stage set of an animatronic Unicron that they can use like Iron Maiden has been doing for years with their mascot, Eddie.


Check out this video to get a better idea of what I mean (skip to about 3:00 in).



Otherwise, Unicron is pretty out of scale, and no toy collector can be happy with scale problems.

That Gets My Glass

If you haven't checked it out yet, Rish and I went to see the latest M. Night Shyamalan movie called "Glass". Then, we got together afterward to talk about what we thought.


Check out the show over at the Dunesteef.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Bounty Hunters, Part One

Hasbro has made it possible to collect all six bounty hunters, and I couldn't resist. Here's part one of my bounty hunter collection review. Check it out if you're so inclined.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Seasonal Decorations

I've been doing big crazy displays for the major holidays in fall/winter. You can see my blog post about my Halloween and Christmas displays here on the blog.

After what they refer to as "the holiday season" passes, however, there's not a lot to do for decoration. I don't really have anything for January's holiday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. February has Presidents Day, and I do have something that I could put up for that, surprisingly. A few years ago they were producing Pez dispensers of all the US presidents. I only ever saw the box that had the first five presidents, but I happened to be a Pez addict at the time, so I bought them. Perfect Presidents Day decorations...not that many people will even notice them hiding on the shelf.


Also, as soon as the Christmas stuff was clearanced out, they immediately put up Valentine's Day stuff at the store. It's usually not a big holiday for decorations though. I'm not a Valentine's hater like Rish Outfield, but I'm also not going to deck my study out in hearts and crap. I do have two Pez dispensers that are Valentine's themed though--a little monkey and a little bear, each holding hearts. I needed more, though. There was room on the shelf for four of them. What to do? maybe I could put up a couple that's known for having a loving relationship or a great love story? I have Cinderella and Snow White and Sleeping Beauty and so on...but who am I kidding. They are never in a million years going to make a Pez dispenser of any of those girls' princes. Those guys are just arm candy, good for showing off at the ball, but barely even in the movies that their future brides headline.

Then I had it! Behold, the most loving couple that I have...flanked by their cute Valentine monkey and teddy bear: