Monthly Archives: January 2015

Loot Crate Unboxing – January 2015

Greetings, and welcome to another Loot Crate Unboxing!  This month’s theme: Rewind.  Grab the keys to the Delorean and let’s go!

Another month of great stuff!
Another month of great stuff!

First up on the list, is a nice addition to any geek’s fancy wardrobe.  The skinny tie from Black Tie Geek is a printed silk tie featuring that arcade classic, Space Invaders.  The tie could go with a wide variety of shirts and suits, given it’s very neutral color scheme.  On a personal note, it’s the only skinny tie I own.

Next, we have a ‘varies by your crate’ piece.  Retro anthropomorphized game cartridges which mash up popular nerd things with retro 10-doh! games from Squid Kids Ink.  I ended up getting the Doctor Who cartridge, which is a clear mash up of our favorite TARDIS-flying Gallofreyan and a certain plumber-turned-doctor.  I’m not sure if items like this are random, but this one seems picked out just for me.

Following that, we have another Loot Crate exclusive alternate cover art comic.  This month, we get issue 001 of the new Marvel Star Wars comic.  While I enjoyed several of the titles that Dark Horse ran for Star Wars, I understand why Disney/Lucasfilm took the rights from Dark Horse.  It makes sense that the Disney/Lucasfilm/Marvel powerhouse would monopolize something like this.  That being said, I do look forward to reading it, and maybe keeping up with it.

Speaking of space and robots, we have a very cool Voltron t-shirt this month.  It’s nothing too fancy, but it is a nice schematic-style print from Flophouse.  I do remember watching some of Voltron and thoroughly enjoying it as a child.  I mean, come on!  Giant robot space tigers that can transform and combine into a super robot?! Yes, please!!

Next, we have a Comic Notebook from Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild.  It’s a 60-page notebook with panels laid out like a comic book.  There are even stencils for the dialogue bubbles!  I’m not much of an artist, but this is a pretty cool thing.

Last, we have another awesome pair of sunglasses.  (Do you remember the last pair we got?)  These black and orange 8-bit sunglasses are quite stylish, given their simple design.  Rated to 400 UV protection, they should do a wonderful protecting your eyes.  It’s times like this I wish I didn’t wear prescription glasses.

What was your favorite piece of loot this month?  Let me know in the comments!

Loot Crate Unboxing – December 2014

Welcome to life in the slow lane! Now that we are a week into 2015, it’s high time I got this done.   Ladies and gentlemen, the December 2014 Loot Crate!  The theme for the month: Anniversary.

A great early Christmas gift!
A great early Christmas gift!

First among the items is the Captain America air freshener.  I have to say, Cap has become my favorite Marvel character.  I feel like if I were in the Marvel universe, I would be Cap.  I’m not much to look at, but don’t enjoy seeing others bullied.  Going through Steve’s transformation to become the Super Soldier would be the most likely way I would get superpowers.  On another note, the Mega Man air freshener from the August Crate was out of freshening.

Next we have the exclusive Dancing Groot socks.  Who doesn’t love the walking tree with a very limited vocabulary?  Obviously the same people who don’t love puppies and sunshine.  The socks feel comfortable and will make a fine addition to my growing assortment of non-generic socks.

Another franchise with an anniversary in 2014 is Tetris.  Que repetitive 8-bit music which is now stuck in your head.  Crap, it’s stuck in mine too.  To celebrate, the 30th birthday of the game, we get some really cool stickers.  I’ll admit that I used a few to wrap the last couple Christmas presents I was giving because we ran out of tape.  So, I can vouch that they are cool and stick!  They even come with this nifty guide to make specific shapes out of the pieces!

Also turning 30, the Ghostbusters!  I particularly enjoy the door hanger that came with my crate.  It asks if the person entering is the Keymaster.  Get it? Because it’s the Gatemaster? Oh, well, if you don’t, then you must be a servant of Zuul and have no sense of humor.

It’s hard to believe how long the Simpsons have been around.  In a seeming homage to how much money the show has made, the characters are now on a wallet!  It’s a Mighty Wallet, so it’s made to last.  It may even outlast the show!

The last couple of items both tie into Batman’s 75th anniversary.  The first item being the exclusive Joker Batman from Funko POP!  It’s another Loot Crate exclusive from the popular Funko POP! folks, and it’s got quite a twist to it.  Although the suit looks like it should be the Dark Knight, the color scheme is that of the Crowned Prince of Crime.  Would this make him the Crowned Prince of the Dark? Or the Crime Knight, perhaps?

Lastly, we have an exclusive alternate artwork cover of Batman: Endgame, from the DC’s The New 52.  It also comes with a free digital download of Batman: Arkham Unhinged!  The Year of the Bat just keeps on giving!  I look forward to reading it.

Did you have a favorite item from the December crate?  Tell me about it in the comments!

P.S. – I almost forgot! Our benevolent Looting Overlords also handed out free trial subscriptions to Crunchy Roll, home to lots of anime and Asian dramas with professional subtitles.  Yes, that came straight off the card.

Weird Al Wednesdays – Jan 2015

Greetings all! Welcome to a new year, and another Weird Al Wednesday post!  I would like to apologize for again changing the scheduling of this post.  Due to my schedule at work, and the upcoming baby arrival, I will be cutting back to doing this post on the first Wednesday of every month.  So, without further adieu, this month’s selection: Dare To Be Stupid.

This is the title track to the album of the same name and is a style parody of the band Devo.  The connections to Devo are quite obvious from the music video, as well as the music itself.  You hear lots of digital sounds, common to songs of the 1980s, and popular among bands like Devo.  Similarities in the video to images of Devo’s music videos are glaringly obvious too, from the yellow jumpsuits, to the odd color combinations and juxtaposed images.

Perhaps a lesser know fact to the younger fans of Al, was this song’s connection to the 1986 animated film The Transformers: The Movie.  This was a fact I literally found out about as I was writing this post.  The song plays during part of the movie as the theme song for the Junkions, strange transformers with a speech impediment who live on a planet of junk.  They only respond positively to the Autobots after a very bizarre ‘universal greeting’, and behave very strangely (based on the three minute clip of the movie I found on YouTube).

I am particularly found of this song because Dare To Be Stupid was among the first few albums of Weird Al’s that I owned, so I listened to it frequently and on repeat for quite a while.  This song also fits as an unofficial theme song of a lot of people now-a-days.  It seems anymore that it’s a goal to be the dumbest person on the planet because you might become accidentally famous on the internet.  In fact, I will probably start hearing this in my head more often when I see something incredibly stupid.

What are your thoughts on this song? What’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever done? Suggestions for next month’s song? Let me know in the comments.  I’ll leave you with a bonus video of Al on “The Meltdown” doing the song with a string quartet. Stay weird, friends!