Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Indiana Jones Tricky Treasure from Burger King

Guess where I went to lunch today? Yup, Burger King. Take a look at what I got.

The crate itself is roughly in scale with action figures, so you may have fun with it as a display piece. Other than that, it's a cheap little gag toy, but it has a decent sculpt and above-par paint job. Of note are the little legs, which are actually rope. Nice stuff for next to nothing.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Just got back...

...from the road trip, which involved a great many toy stores. Like dozens. If you can name a better way to spend your prime years, I'd love to hear it. I managed to score a few goodies (which you may see if you read the various blogs) including the newly released Star Wars Force Unleashed Battle Rancor, the slick Indiana Jones Cargo Truck, and some other goodies.

It's worth noting Indiana Jones stuff-- like nearly everything-- is on sale at Target stores this week. If you've been holding off on the vehicles or Adventure Heroes or any of the products that aren't painted badly, now may be a good time to buy.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Thinkway Toys Wall-E Hitting

I hit a Toys "R" Us today to find numerous toys from Pixar's Wall-E available, including tiny $7 figures, medium $10 figures, a big $20 transforming figure, and some small figure sets. I picked up the $7 figure, which is packaged similarly to the Hasbro Titanium Series toys. If you like robots, you may not be able to resist snapping up one or two of these.

(I'm out of the office and do not have my camera, stay tuned for more.)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Star Wars FX Lightsaber Construction Set

As part of my day job, I do some wacky low-budget videos. Here's another one.

It's for the Master Replicas (who no longer has the Star Wars license, by the way) Star Wars Force FX Lightsaber Construction Set I just got. Well, I, we, whatever. I have one, and it's in the video. It's a lot like the regular FX Lightsabers, although the light-up sequence is slightly different, the handle is customizable and made of metal and plastic bits, and you can switch up the colors.

The item was originally sold at Radio Shacks, but in my neck of the woods they're long gone. And rightly so, this is a really fun big item. It's not quite as heavy as the regular versions, and it does lack the ice-cold all-metal feel of the other releases, but it's a fair trade-off for the blade's color changing abilities. That alone makes this far more entertaining than it should be. If I had the means, I'd buy one of these for pretty much everybody I know. It's just a weird fun item to own.

Hasbro recently confirmed they would be reintroducing some of the FX lightsabers later this year, but did not give any information on if this would be one of the ones remade. It's a fine item, and it makes Hasbro's customizable lightsaber a whole lot less exciting-- the big H will have a new one out this July with parts of various Clone Wars and Force Unleashed characters' weapons.

Day Job, Don't Quit It

While I get asked literally tens of questions a year, one of the ones people don't ask about is what I do at my day job. This is good, as most of what I do is all over the place. Like making this video.

Is it a joke? Is it serious? Wouldn't you love to know.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


After like a year of not seeing it in the wilds, I got this nifty Constructicon Devastator in the mail in a trade with Seth, one of the many wonderful toy collectors in the world today. This Wal-Mart exclusive hit about a year ago and I've never once seen one in stores, despite a lot of looking. (And yes, some exclusives hit Los Angeles six months later than the "first sightings" elsewhere.)

I like it. The two shades of green are weird, I need to see what the deal with that is. It appears they're all that way, which is kind of a shame, but oh well. It's a recolor of the five Constructicon toys sold during Transformers Energon, but in more Generation One-esque colors to appeal to people like me who can and will buy the same toy twice because of color improvements. We're not very smart.

The entire package sold for $30 and seems worth it. It's 4 $7 toys and 1 $10 toy, so if you bought this piece by piece-- and if you're like me, maybe you did-- you can see there's an obvious benefit to getting them as a boxed set. If you don't have any of the Devastator toys, this is a decent one to get. I'm still messing with it and am telling you about it now only to test some blogger features, but I can say I enjoy it muchly and you should get one too.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Sunday Night Slog

I'm in the middle of my Sunday Night Slog. It entails doing lots of work before the work week starts, like making sure any packages are ready to go out, updating my Q&A Column, updated, and working on stuff for the future on both sites. Also transferring over some content from GH to Blogger for ease-of-searching.

If you ever run a daily column for three years and decide to mirror it elsewhere, let me just say it's a bad idea if you're also cranking out new content for said column. It's going to be a few months to do this. I should probably try to do a few more of those. On the bright side, if you've ever wanted to just read Figure of the Day by Sith Lords or Jedi or whatever, you're going to have some handy keyword tags. It's neat to revisit it like this because now it's really easy to sift through and reread some older stuff. But at the same time, I have to recode and reformat most of these, and by most, I mean all. So it'll be a long time coming. You can see the feed on the side of this blog page, so keep an eye on my progress. I predict it'll be done by September's end.

Oh, and I finally saw Iron Man today. If you haven't seen it, it's as good as everybody has been saying.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Figure of the Day Blog Live

Due to popular demand, I'm going to be putting Figure of the Day on Blogspot. Why?

1. Search works
2. RSS-enabled
3. Why not?

It's going to take some time, but I'm pretty pleased with how it's turning out in its ultra-beta stage.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Another project

It's never too early to spend your life writing about stuff. I've been writing online about toys and action figures in a semi-professional capacity since 1995, an am now trying out a few blogs. Like, more than one. I presently write for and, as well as the Playmoblog. My day job is Toy Evangelist for Entertainment Earth, where I do a lot of merchandising things, YouTube videos, podcasts, and other exciting things that the kids call Web 2.0. Or rather, they don't, just the people in their 40s.

I'm now playing with Flickr and YouTube from a pure publishing perspective. I think there's a lot to gain by giving a lot away, for example just biting the bullet and putting all your photos on Flickr for the world to use as they see fit. (Maybe with a credit on the image.)

Hopefully you'll like this little experiment in quick, dirty content. I want to write more but spend less time doing it-- let's see if it works. I'm betting on "no."