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Loot Crate Unboxing – August 2015

Greetings, readers!  I realize I am sorely overdue on this post, but I’ve been quite busy with a family vacation and home improvement things.  My apologies to any of you whom have been anxiously awaiting this unboxing.  This month (last month), we have another sequel theme: Villains 2.

Villains 2
Villains 2

As you can see, loot quantity this month is on the low end.  However, the quality has not suffered one bit, starting with that cool apron from 50/Fifty.  I’ll be honest: I haven’t seen Breaking Bad yet.  It’s on my to-do list, but so are a lot of shows on Netflix.  That said, this apron is pretty cool and lightweight.  It’s a nice size, and obviously features the logo for Los Pollos Hermanos, from the aforementioned show.  I look forward to getting the reference some day.

Next, we have an exclusive wooden Joker figure.  This is a rather unique piece from DC Collectibles.  It features some movement of the arms and hands, but also has two different heads that can be swapped out.  One features menacing eyes with “heehee” in red for the mouth, while the other features slightly more maniacal eyes with “haha” for the mouth.  I’ll be using the “haha” face, as it strikes me as a little more Joker than the other face.

One of the reasons for the quantity shrink in this month’s crate is our next item.  A mug from Surreal Entertainment featuring one of two Marvel villains susceptible to sound waves.  In my case, I got Carnage, but other Looters could have gotten Venom instead.  For ceramic mugs, they are pretty good quality and do a decent job of capturing the faces of the symbiotes.  My only qualm is that they’re hand-wash only.  Maybe this will be a mantle mug instead of a drinking mug.

Lastly, we have a very impressive prop replica of a Hydra pin from the Captain America movies.  I’m going to pretend that it’s also tied to Agents of Shield, since that show is amazing and ties directly into the MCU.  The pin is a great replica and is based on digital files used to make actual props on the movie!  How cool is that?  Hail Hydra!!               Oh, sorry, got a little carried away there.

Well, there you have it folks.  Another month of great stuff from our Looting Overlords.  What was your favorite thing this month? Let me know in the comments below!

Loot Crate Unboxing – May 2015

Hello all, and welcome to another Loot Crate Unboxing!  This month’s theme is Unite, and we have quite the plethora of united things.  Let’s dive right in, shall we?

May 2015 Loot Crate - Unite
May 2015 Loot Crate – Unite

First up this month, we have another cool t-shirt from Flophouse featuring a split of the Green and White Power Ranger.  The design on this shirt is very well done and does a good job showing the change of the Ranger’s color.  It’s nice to have a grey shirt, especially when a lot of the last year’s worth of shirts have been black (they can get hot in the summer).  This is a fine addition to the closet of Looters everywhere.

Next we have piece one of three tying into the release of Avengers 2: Age of Ultron.  From the comic powerhouse themselves, Marvel contributes a great car decal featuring the movie title and figures of the team, including Vision.  I loved the movie and will look forward to tricking out my ride with this sweet decal.  Avengers… *inhale*

Gentlemen, I give you, more buttons!  I haven’t played but a couple times, but I recognize the popularity and team-mentality of Team Fortress 2.  So, it makes sense it would have something in this month’s crate.  We get a cool set of buttons from A Crowded Coop featuring the two teams and a couple iconic images from the game.  These will soon make their way to my Con bag.

This month we also see another exclusive comic book cover.  From BOOM! Studios, we have issue #1 of Bravest Warriors: Tales from the Holo John.  Personally, I’m not all that familiar with this title.  The artwork looks very similar to Adventure Time, a show that has yet to capture my interest.  I will likely read the comic, as I try not to dismiss things based on connection to something I don’t like.  I remain skeptical at this point, but variant covers are always cool.

Then we come to Marvel item 2 in this month’s crate.  From ICUP, Inc., a sizable ice cube tray featuring Cap’s shield, Iron Man’s helmet, Hulk’s fist, and Thing’s face.  I’m a little surprised they included Thing in this, since Marvel Studios doesn’t own the movie rights.  However, the Fantastic Four are one of Marvel’s biggest teams of heroes, and the theme is unite.  I look forward to chilling my beverages this summer with these large ice cubes, regardless of my concerns for the Fantastic Four movie coming out in a couple months.

Most people are familiar, at least casually, with MAD Magazine.  It’s been a big part of pop culture for decades now.  This month’s crate features a special Loot Crate edition of the magazine, featuring a play on the teaser poster for the upcoming Aquaman movie.  I look forward to reading it, as it apparently “lampoon[s] Justice League, Avengers and The Hobbit.”

The third and final Marvel item this month is a pair of 48″ shoe laces from Esquire Footwear.  They showcase several of the most popular marvel characters.  In my crate, I got the gray scale version of the laces, but some Looters got the full color version.  I’m a little sad I didn’t get the color version, but I do have a reason to buy a pair of shoes that won’t ever to go work now.  (I still haven’t made use of the lightning bolts from last August)

Lastly, we have a puzzle.  That’s right, a 300-piece jigsaw puzzle, and it features another show I know very little about: Rick and Morty.  I have heard good things about this show from my brother and a few friends.  I look forward to getting into the show and putting this puzzle together so I can glue it and put it up on the wall.

Well, that does it for the May crate.  What was your favorite bit of swag from this month?  Let me know in the comments!  Enjoy your day, dear reader!

Indiana Comic Con 2015

This post is long overdue, but work and being a father had take up a lot of my time, as of late.  Indiana Comic Con was a much better-organized convention than it was last year in its inaugural happening.  They had much more space, bigger stars, and a great line up of artists and vendors.

I was very pleased to add two more autographs to my Season 1 Game of Thrones: Rory McCann (The Hound), and Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo).  Both of them were really cool to meet.  Rory was interesting to see smiling and happy, very unlike Sandor Clegane.  Jason was very much the bad-ass you would expect him to be, with his shades, long hair, and general muscly-bigness.

Another highlight of the weekend for my wife and I was getting some brief interaction and an autograph from Jenna Coleman.  Yes, THE Clara Oswald was in town!  It was a little exhilarating to hear her say our names with her accent.  We exchange brief pleasantries with her before moving the line along, but it was nice that she made an effort to say hi and thank us for seeing her.

My wife also took some time to meet a couple of the Disney princess voice actresses.  Paige O’Hara, who voiced Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was there, as well as Linda Larkin, who voiced Jasmine, in Disney’s Aladdin.  My wife got an autograph from each of them to her and our daughter.  Granted our daughter can’t appreciate them yet, but she will sooner than I realize, no doubt.

I was able to find a few issues of Dark Horse’s Star Wars: Legacy and Star Wars: Dark Times that I was missing.  The comic vendor selling them only asked $1 a piece!  I didn’t get to look at any of the other comic vendors, unfortunately, because it turns out I have a lot of missing issues for Legacy.

Speaking of comics, on Saturday of the con, I was dressed in my Captain America (Cap costume hoodie, jeans, nice boots, and the shield) and got to get some pictures with one of the actual shield props used in Captain America: The Winter Soldier!  And it was signed by the main cast of Winter Soldier and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D!! I really felt like Cap for a minute…

Perhaps the pinnacle of nerd for me was a combination of a Saturday and Sunday.  Carrie Fisher was a guest of the con, so of course I had to get her autograph.  I was wrestling with what to have her sign and decided on the variant of the new Princess Leia comic of Carrie from A New Hope with her blaster.  Bonus: Mark Wade was there at the con, so I had him sign it too!  While talking to him, I mentioned I was going to have Carrie sign it and he warned me that she had been glittering people all day.  ‘Oh, boy, something weird to look forward to when I get up there tomorrow,’ I thought.  Man, was I right.

After some schedule rearranging, and time to rest and feel a little better, and lots of time in line, I finally got up to see Carrie F#@*ing Fisher!  Her con handler passes her the comic with the post-it ‘To Phil’.  “Phil!” she exclaimed.  “Hi,” I said.  She wrote ‘Love to Phil’ on the comic cover and paused to look up at me with a look of someone thinking hard.  “Help me remember,” she said.

Uh…what the hell was I supposed to say to that?!

I stood there, with this dumb look on my face, eyes wide with confusion and panic, mouth agape.  “Just say anything,” she said after a few seconds.  As I stumble around in my brain for what to say, I finally just blurted out “Tacos.” Tacos.  Really brain? That’s what we went with?!  Oh well, it’s too late now, as she’s writing.  Under ‘Love to Phil’ she added ‘Meet me at Taco Bell – Let’s ring it! Carrie Fisher.’  I kid you not.  Then, before I’m allowed to leave the table, she tells me to wait.  She stands up, gets out this gold paint-on make up and puts two spots on my left check, then adds some silver glitter.  Then she adds another gold spot to my right cheek and more silver glitter.  This is not a joke.  Here’s photographic proof.

Aftermath of meeting Carrie Fisher.
Aftermath of meeting Carrie Fisher.
Aftermath of meeting Carrie Fisher
The Taco Bell autograph.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All in all, it was a great con.  We got to see some friends attend a convention for the first time, got some fantastic autographs, and had a great time.  We even had the baby with us one day!  This was one of the best cons Indiana has had to date, excluding the well-established Gen Con.

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.

Uber Geek Cosplay

One of the cosplay original ideas I have is to build an ‘uber geek’ that combines different aspects of multiple fandoms. To that end, I have amassed the following items:

1. Lightsaber – a ForceFX replica of Luke’s lightsaber from Return of the Jedi
2. Comm Badge – a magnet pin replica of a comm badge from Star Trek: The Next Generation
3. Sonic Screwdriver – a decent replica, with lights and sounds, of the Other Doctor’s sonic screwdriver from The Day of the Doctor
4. Wand – a replica of Harry Potter’s wand from the popular book and movie series
5. Colonial Military dog tags – replicas of Colonel Saul Tigh’s dog tags from Battlestar Galactica
5. Ultra Ball – a foam replica of an ultra ball from Pokemon.
6. Diamond Sword – a foam replica of from the popular Minecraft game
7. 4 Star Dragonball – an acrylic replica from one of the best anime shows of all time, Dragonball & Dragonball Z
8. Cap’s Shield – an aluminum replica of Captain America’s shield that I plan to modify slightly

Today, I purchased an addition to the costume: a Jayne hat, from the cult classic Firefly.  As you can see, I’m bridging quite the array of nerd cultures here. If you have any suggestions as to other items I could add to this, please let me know in the comments!

 

*I would like to say a few things about the links, and apologize for not having one for the Cap Shield.  For the most part, I got these items for about the same price as listed on the links.  Some of them even came from the exact link I’ve given above.  However, when I bought the Col Tigh dog tags, they were not nearly that expensive.