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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!

Weird Al Wednesday – May 2015

Hello readers!  Welcome to another installment of Weird Al Wednesdays!  This month’s Weird Al song is in honor of the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron and also celebrates Spiderman’s return to the fold and up-coming arrival in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).  Ladies and gentlemen, Ode to a Superhero.

I like this video because the song came out about the time of the first Spider-Man film with Tobey McGuire.  I know, it’s not the best superhero movie, and certainly not the best Marvel movie.  However, it’s not bad for what it is.  At any rate, it seems more to the canon I’m familiar with when compared to The Amazing Spider-Man.  I mean, that whole thing with Peter’s dad and the genetics… what the hell?

But, I digress.  This song is good for several reasons.  First, it’s a parody of Piano Man by Billy Joel.  Piano Man holds a special place in my heart from my fraternity days and always seems to put a smile on my face.  Another great thing about this is the way Al blends the comedy of his music with the synopsis of the movie.  It’s pretty spot-on for a five minute summary.  I’ve seen this song live, so I know for a fact that Al’s guitar player is the one playing mandolin on this track, and Al plays both accordion AND harmonica.  Once again, Al and his band prove they can handle a wide range of musical styles.

I would like to point out that, as of writing this post, I haven’t seen Age of Ultron yet.  So, I to the best of my knowledge this doesn’t spoil any teasers about Spider-man’s return to the MCU.  I would be pleasantly surprised if I’m wrong, but I won’t find out for a couple days.

What do you think of this parody by Weird Al?  Do you like the original better?  What’s your favorite MCU movie so far?  Which one are you most looking forward to?  Let me know in the comments below.  Have a great day and stay weird!

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 – 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.

Loot Crate Unboxing – July 2014

Greetings, friends, and welcome to a double first!  Not only is this my first Loot Crate unboxing post, but it’s my first unboxing ever!  I have been hearing about Loot Crate for some time now, and seen some of the very cool stuff they send out every month to their subscribers.  So, I decided it was about time I signed up.

For those who don’t know, Loot Crate is a subscription to a mailing service that sends you cool stuff once a month.  Each month has a different theme to the contents, which come from a variety of fandoms and showcase various big-name and small-name artists and companies.  For this month, the theme was Villains, and my first Crate does not disappoint.

July 2014 Loot Crate Swag!   Picture taken from my Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/JediRayNos)
July 2014 Loot Crate Swag! Picture taken from my Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/JediRayNos)

The Joki t-shirt is an original design by Zack Finfrock, an artist who also does the cover art for the Loot Crate magazine included in each box, and the pin inside this month’s box.  It’s a brilliant combination of Loki and the Joker, and perhaps the greatest incarnation of a chaotic evil character in all of comic history.

Keeping with the Joker theme, the two posters on either side of the shirt are from DC Comics & Trends International and feature some fantastic artwork of Joker and Harley in a style very much in the vein of the popular Arkham video games.

The comic fun continues with an exclusive cover of a new series following Rocket Raccoon.  I look forward to reading this issue and finally picking up a comic from the beginning.

I’m not normally a fan of socks with stuff on them, and especially don’t buy any such socks myself.  However, the Deadpool socks from the Crate look pretty nice and feel comfy, so they will likely see some wear.

The Darth Vader key chain by Lucas Film & Plasticolor is a very well done piece.  Again, I don’t normally add a bunch of key chains to my keys, but I’m sure I can find some place to proudly display this item.

That blue and white square in roughly the middle of the picture is a DVD containing a documentary about DC Comics villains.  The magazine says it’s narrated by Christopher Lee, who excels as playing villains himself.  This should be a fun thing to watch!

Last on the list is the Bowser ‘I Want You’ recruitment magnet.  It’s got some lovely artwork of everyone’s favorite royal Koopa.  It will make a lovely addition to my already nerd-magnet-covered refrigerator.

Do you subscribe to Loot Crate?  If so, tell me what your favorite item is from this month’s crate.  If not, and you have the means, I recommend signing up ASAP!