Monday, June 10, 2024

Inside the Mind of a Toy Addict Part 4- Price Hikes and Hunting


Toy Biz finished their license with two final build a figure waves featuring MODOK and Mojo. (2006) The era of “hard to find” figures was kicking off. However, the prices were still low, and MODOK is incredibly goofy and ridiculous thus rendering him awesome. Therefore, when the love of my life, and my enabler, came back from shopping one night and told me she saw boxes of them being unloaded in an aisle at Toys R Us, I jumped in my car and drove to the mall. The excitement of finding the whole MODOK wave still in shipping cartons led to the purchase of the Mojo wave as well.
 
As should be crystal clear by now, I do have a problem.

 

Thursday, June 6, 2024

George 11- We Loved Our Daughter Very Much but She was Evil... Made the Horses Crazy


  Warning

This post contains bad, foul, filthy and unacceptable language - the words that “will curve your spine, grow hair on your hands and maybe, even bring us, God help us, peace without honor.”
 
This is not a post for children.  Kids, take a hike.
This is also not a post for those adults who are offended by this type of language.  Do yourself a favor, and go read some of my cute stuff before moral outrage can kick in.
Just about everything else on this blog is clean…Stupid sometimes, but clean.
End of Warning.
 

Monday, June 3, 2024

Inside the Mind of a Toy Addict Part 3 – The (Marvel) Legends Build


In spite of various six inch scale acquisitions, I wasn’t planning on building an actual Marvel collection.
At least not yet. 
Addicts never do.
 
The series of decisions made in short succession indicates that “not planning on an actual collection” concept wouldn’t last for long.
 
With “room” on the book shelves now that all the little figures were away, I had been debating on beginning to collect Marvel Legends in earnest, based on comic book ads and inserts for some upcoming lines having characters I cared about due for release. I was mostly looking at characters from my main Marvel reading years- members of Daredevil’s world (which I will call "Marvel Knights" to annoy those who know better) and appropriately timed Avengers, like the Iron Man Silver Centurion and other members of the West Coast team
.
 
Aside- I could SWEAR I saw that armor listed as “Silver Sphinx” when it was first coming out. And yet I cannot find any evidence of this being accurate. Even the oldest stuff I have calls it “Silver Centurion.” Can one generate a personal Mandala Effect? 
Maybe I blew a fuse in my brain.

 
However, I was debating between starting down that comic book-based path, or starting to collect Eighties era professional wrestling figures. Yes, I had begun an equally focused path down the rabbit hole of renewing an obsession in that world.
 
I decided to let it come down to what I would find in a store together first. After much comparison shopping, I was unable to locate a Rowdy Roddy Piper and a Junkyard Dog in the same location. However, I did locate a Sabretooth and Colossus (2003), which I knew would go well with the brown costume Wolverine (2004) due out shortly.

Thursday, May 30, 2024

George Awards 11- The Main Reason Santa is So Jolly is Because He Knows Where All the Bad Girls Live

 


 Warning

This post contains bad, foul, filthy and unacceptable language - the words that “will curve your spine, grow hair on your hands and maybe, even bring us, God help us, peace without honor.”
 
This is not a post for children.  Kids, take a hike.
This is also not a post for those adults who are offended by this type of language.  Do yourself a favor, and go read some of my cute stuff before moral outrage can kick in.
Just about everything else on this blog is clean…Stupid sometimes, but clean.
End of Warning.
 

Monday, May 27, 2024

Inside the Mind of a Toy Addict Part 2- Dawn of the Superheroes


While I do accept (And often embrace) my problem, I do enjoy placing the fault of my out-of-control Marvel Figures collection squarely on my sister’s shoulders.

Part of me feels this is well deserved payback for the multiple, "Saaaaaa...llllllyyyyyyyy" incidents over the years.

Due to the success of animated Superhero shows and the comics explosion of the Nineties both Marvel and DC were pumping out action figures by this point. I would look at them at stores but was sticking with what I had.
 
Then one year, when it was time for me to be the annual pain in the butt and regularly ask my sister, “What did you get me for Christmas,” she would constantly answer “Marvel Figures.”
 
She was so deadpan about this that I was convinced she was telling the truth.
 
She was not.
 
She found this hilarious, and for the next MANY years, that would be her answer as any gift-based holiday approached.
“Marvel Figures.”
 
This was her go to gag for a long while.
 
By the time I finished college, I was used to this.
That’s when she actually got me some Marvel Figures for my birthday.
 
She was right, it was hilarious.
 
However, I can now blame her for that gift leading to the raging addiction that stands before me now.
 
I do not remember which figures she got me; they were whatever she found on sale. I do know one was “Exploding Ghost Rider” because I learned falling off the top row of my bookshelves made the “explodey” feature a permanent one.
 

Thursday, May 23, 2024

George Awards 11- Twenty Five Points For Any Ball That Goes In the Basket Off Another Guy's Head


 Warning

This post contains bad, foul, filthy and unacceptable language - the words that “will curve your spine, grow hair on your hands and maybe, even bring us, God help us, peace without honor.”
 
This is not a post for children.  Kids, take a hike.
This is also not a post for those adults who are offended by this type of language.  Do yourself a favor, and go read some of my cute stuff before moral outrage can kick in.
Just about everything else on this blog is clean…Stupid sometimes, but clean.
End of Warning.
 

Monday, May 20, 2024

Inside the Mind of a Toy Addict Part 1- The Foundations


Hello, I’m Jeff, and I’m addicted to Marvel Action Figures.
 
(“Hi Jeff!”

“YOU GEEK!!!!”)
 
Greetings to the imaginary fellow addicts…
And the ghosts of middle school.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Original Rocky Movies What If Part 2


The Mom inspired Mother's Day boxing posts continue. Not only did she point out that Rocky shouldn't lose, but she also said for the initial "Boxing What If" -
"The son shouldn't beat the father."

The initial intent was for this to be a one off "Bonus Fight" at the end of the "Rocky What If" story.

Thursday, May 2, 2024

LIVE! From Morristown New Jersey!


I gotta admit, it was pretty cool hearing the actual Dancing With the Stars announcer say that when we saw the travelling stage show back in January. 
(Photo credit to Rosa, which should be obvious since it's clear what the photo is of.)

Thursday, April 25, 2024

A Plain and Simple Story


Deep Space Nine
was robbed of having follow up stories in motion pictures by the poor performance of the later Next Generation films. 

So sad. 

Thursday, April 18, 2024

The Area Where DC is Untouchable

As stated, Marvel is kind of beating the pants off of DC in many areas of the media.
However, there is one set of outputs over a period of time (I recently watched again) where DC's quality is untouchable and unlikely to be equaled.

The DC Animated Universe.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Godzilla X Kong! You know what the "X" is for?


X-ceptional!

X-citing!

X-ception to American Studios screwing up Toho properties!

WOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Return to Arkham City


After two and a half years (and setting an alarm this year) I finally remembered to return to this Playstation 3 superhero video game and bring Batman to meet Calendar Man on Saint Patrick's Day to finish that one holiday a month, year long, requirement in the urban setting turned prison that is Arkham City.

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Teacher Tributes: German


I have always had an excellent memory, the ability to read and retain things quickly, and often well past when I needed them. 

The ENORMOUS exception to this is languages other than English. 

Monday, March 11, 2024

Fun Filled Old Dungeons and Dragons Memories- Reference Sheet and Index


Here are the links to the goofy adventures of a gaming group that really got the hang of the fun parts of interactive storytelling
 

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Books to Open Your Mind- Frog and Toad


As a kid I had Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobell, and took his three other books in the series out of the grammar school library frequently. 
The set is one of the most frequent gifts I give to people when they have a baby. 
And reading them were featured performances of my doing voices when my daughter was little.

That's a remarkable string of happenings considering how much I dislike the animals the main characters are based on. 

There must be something special about these books. 

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Half Way Across The Spider-Verse

 

Whoah, over thirteen years of blogging and this is the only post that landed on a Leap Day.

One would think it would be something more exciting than a late movie review.

One would, in that case, clearly not know me very well.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

What If... Marvel Made the Second Season Even More Engaging!?


The new season of What If? was loads of fun. It embraced the wild and free sense of the best of the original comics, more than the dark, downer endings that many of the modern runs have taken. 

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Moving Under New Leadership


This is normally the time of year where I say nice things about Miss Chris.
This will not change as she continues to teach, choreograph, and help out in moving the Moving Company through various twists and turns towards the future in her role as Danceworks Founder.

Thursday, February 8, 2024

A Mid-Dumber Night's Dream


My mind should just let me forget my dreams. 
It never goes well. 
Do they sell brain leashes or something? 

I would have preferred, off the shelf, standard script, regular, terrifying nightmare.
This was more of a "stress mare." 
A highly vivid, deranged, lucid and realistic feeling "stress mare."

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Some Special Doctor Who Specials


The thirteenth anniversary of this blog, (earlier this week but after the last post) will be a look at another anniversary. 
Doctor Who! 
(at the end of last year)
That's as good an excuse as any for how late this is.

The Sixtieth Anniversary, the return of Christmas Specials and a new Doctor!
What a time to be a Whovian!

A Whovian who has been a fan of the show for over forty years.
Ouch.
Obviously I am very happy about the return of the old Logo shape.

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Echoes of the Future


The reason for the title is that I'm hoping this show will lead the way to characterization and story taking point in projects over continuity and spectacle. Those are the core of every good comic book run. Hey, I can dream!

How about that Echo show? Only five episodes but it packed in a boatload! Cultural history, an outstandingly portrayed character who went through personal and power based transitional arcs, a fun, well detailed and relatable supporting cast, and an excellently developed villain.

Monday, January 8, 2024

Thursday, January 4, 2024

Creed 1.5 Let's Get Ready to Vortex!


What if...
After the First Creed Film, when Adonis was a Light Heavyweight contender, he fell into a time tunnel and the only way to return was to live through the life and fights of his mentor- Rocky Balboa?

That's a much cooler question than 
"What if, Jeff played video games all night instead of actually writing content?" 
isn't it?

Monday, January 1, 2024

The Triumphant Return of Grandma Treks- The Movies


Can't have "Treklets" without the follow up "Grandma Treks."

Because geekiness is and always has been a multi-generational trait in my family.
And we're darn proud. I can never thank my Mom and Dad enough for so many things, but one of them is introducing me to so many fun and cool fandoms at a young age.