Thursday, January 16, 2014
Christmas Swag and Beyond
I wasn't really planning on doing this, but I don't think I'll have the 2002 Grayskull pics done when I wanted to, so here's what I got for Christmas, as well as some more junk I got around and after Christmas.
First things first: That up there is Samus Aran relaxing on a fine dollhouse couch. Samus, if you weren't aware, is from the video game series Metroid. She came in December and I totally forgot about her! I had preordered her sometime earlier in the year and I knew she wouldn't come until later...but obviously that was in the back of my brain. Surprise! Pre-Christmas present from yours truly. Anyway, she's from the Figma line, and she ROCKS. If you ever wanted a good figure of Samus, this is it! Do not hesitate. Once she sells out, the price rises ridiculously, so get 'er while she's around fifty.
But lets start with the stuff I didn't get myself: Like that couch! That (and the rest of the stuff following this) is from my wife. It was a set with the couch and two chairs, and they're real friggin' slick. They should be useful for a number of things!
Yes....yes, a number of things. Just...have to think of something...
I'm sure I will sometime!
ANYWAY: Furniture! More of it! These'll be more useful for Joes, though I can't escape the fact that I don't really have a believable ROOM to put them in. Doesn't matter! I've wanted a nice TV for awhile now, so the Techno-Vipers have a thing to play video games on.
...also they can now rock out. WHAT? What do you want from me? It's a tiny stage with instruments! I'm sure I'll find a use for it at some point, and it even comes with a terrible boy band!
I'm not sure if that's a high point. Oh, and this thing has REAL speakers too! You can hook an MP3 player up to it and play your own music. So just imagine these guys are playing Jesus Built My Hotrod and it all becomes funnier.
And speaking of music: here's a Sonic figure with some light up Chaos Emeralds! What's that got to do with music? Well, the Emeralds light up brighter based on the severity of the impact, so if you put these one some speakers, one could watch them light up to the beat! They're really cool.
If there was ever any question about if my wife really knows me, then it is completely erased. Or maybe it was erased with the dollhouse furniture. Or any of this so far. I love you, babe.
Legos are always a given for me on gift-giving days, 'cause I don't buy much myself, but I STILL WANT THEM. So it's always a sure fire win! Also: if the current Ninjago theme happens to be cyborg ninjas, then go to town. Really. Buy anything.
I'm kinda getting into Imaginext right now. They're toddler toys, but they ROCK. So many different themes, simple little figures, and LOTS of awesome imaginative designs and playset ideas. This is a truck with a payload that turns into a robot! Case in point.
And to cap off the presents: D-Arts Bass! Bass is an enemy from the Mega Man series; sort of a rival who was built by Dr. Wily (the main antagonist) but he always ends up fighting against Dr. Wily anyway. 'Cause Bass is a dick like that. Anyway, he's posed with my D-Arts Mega Man right now, and you will certainly see him at some point when I go over the D-Arts Mega Man stuff. I dunno when, but I most certainly will!
Now that Christmas is done and over, it's time to start BUYING THINGS FOR MYSELF! Granted, I haven't gone nuts yet, but since I'm trying to buy some time before the 2002 Grayskull pics, I'll just post junk that I got around Christmas and afterward.
I don't think I've mentioned these on the blog yet, but these are Glyos figures. They pop apart into many tiny, buildable parts. These are un-customized, but they will be soon! Glyos is a massive line with new colors always coming out - AND - tons of other independent toy makers jumping in on the Glyos System and allowing their own creations to pop apart and work with Glyos.
Case in point:
Robo Force! You may remember these from back in the day, sort of. Toy Infinity brought them back in Glyos form. They look FANTASTIC on their own, but they also pop apart into all sorts of great items to continue to allow you to customize your Glyos figures.
Finally, lets wrap this up with some real recent grabs. I found the most recent Lego Minifigure blind bags. They're based on the movie that will be out soon, so I don't fully know what all these guys will be doing. I just bought based on what I figure will be funny characters (and the fact that there's a robot floozy).
Next, just yesterday I found this BIG BUFF Green Ranger in the 6 inch scale. I've also got a White Ranger and a Robo Ranger in this scale...they're okay, but we'll see how they feel with time. I may do a little focus on them, as they're pretty articulated, but a little crazy on the muscle side. Also the midsections seem a little thin...
And last, but....well, maybe least? It's no secret my Joe interest has fallen to the wayside a bit as of late, but I still find myself buying the new ones when I see them. And "when I see them" is at TRU. That's it. No one else has them (at least, in the places I regularly check). TRU only just recently put new ones out, and new stock seems to be the only way I can catch them - as in, RIGHT when they stocked, or soon after. It was all brand new in a wave of repeats, save for these (no Night Viper, sadly). I like them, but Hasbro just seems to treat these like they're ashamed of them, and it saps my excitement for the brand, even though my excitement has always been based on my own ideas. You can use Joes however you want, but I've got SO SO MANY. I'm a little overwhelmed by them right now, and I keep going back over new ways to refresh them in my mind so I can review them and get them off my goddamned floor.
BUT...these two are neat! In some ways. Jinx's hands are stretched out thanks to that old staple of putting weapons in hands in-package, but otherwise they work for the swords and staff. Blind Master is nuttin' to F with, but they give you a mask for him and *sigh*...well it's not like I'm not careful about this stuff, but I want to USE accessories they give me! So the mask is neat, but it peeled some paint off his forehead when I took it off. BAH. Otherwise he's got neat stuff and I like the look.
That's about it for another filler post! Still pluggin' away at the 2002 Grayskull pics, so they'll be done when they're done. Hope ya'll had some good hauls for Christmas (or whatever) and I'll be back with more whenever I'm back!