Monday, January 30, 2012

Lego Star Wars Mini Ship Minifigures and Planet Container Series 1 Tie Interceptor Death Star

I ran into these new Star Wars Mini Ship Lego sets today, and said "Neat more mini ships!" The real draw is the Death Star container that the Tie Interceptor comes with.  Planets Tatooine and Naboo are less impressive, but still a neat idea for storing purposes. I collected many of the mini ships years ago, but never either one of these two sets, so it was a good buy. It was also a good item for video review, which I am swaying more and more to these days.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

G.I. Joe a Real 30th Anniversary; Cobra Viper Infantry

I have said many times that the Cobra Viper is my favorite style trooper from the Cobra Organization. With the urban gear he wears, the Viper looks the most authentic, from a legitimate flashy branded terrorist organization. I can't believe it took me so long to get one, as I would have felt really stupid for missing it.

This figure is another successful awesome from Hasbro. Looking real nice with a chrome helmet, darker color scheme, and permanent goggles, this Viper is ready to go.

Five out of five My Little ponies, for the grenade launcher he carries. Perfection says his grenade actually comes off (and not in the over used spring firing ways)!

Only a few short years ago, I thought the 25th anniversary Viper was the way of the future.

Now the 25th Viper looks antiquated with his shiny blue pants, crooked back wrists, bland painted helmet, and lose goggles.

Then there is the Original Viper... (Remake of Original Viper that is).

...Well nothing can beat the original.

In the end, all Vipers look great. Can't wait for the 35th anniversary version!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

2012 Happy Meal Toys 8 Team Hot Wheels Cars and I can Be Barbie McDonalds

At last, 2012 Happy Meal toys are rolling in, after weeks of getting rid of old extra toys. I was only planning on getting a couple Hot Wheels cars, but the die-cast/plastic was SO shiny I couldn't resist, and got all eight, and one Barbie too.

My favorites are the Dragster and Monster truck. I kind of grubbied them up already with the stickers, I think I will remove them, as they look better off. The outer shell is a light metal, die cast of sorts, the bases are plastic. The wheels are a little cheaper than what is sold in stores. Lots of stickers if your into customizing.

I recommend picking up a few, but not all, now that my high is over.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Lego Minifigures Series 6 is Out, Review and Bump Codes and Cheats

Its that time we have all been waiting for, Lego Minifigures Series 6 is arriving in stores (Bwa-ha ha ha)! Sorry, a little over excited. This time they are appearing in white bags, with 16 new blind figures to hunt for. I went for a total domination hunt, bringing a black sharpie with me to the store, and marked the code pattern as I went...

I picked up 16 packs with what I think are different codes. I really hate to smoosh the packs this early in the release. I kind of feel bad wrinkling up the packs for everyone else. So how did I do? Pretty well with 13 out of 16. I had three repeats, as bump codes are not always perfect. I am happy that I found the Roman and Minotaur, but upset that I have to keep looking for that Clockwork Robot! At least I didn't get the Flamenco Dancer :) So, Here's the new cast...

Now here is some help with the codes I found, don't take them for 100% as they are sometimes hard to see. These are for packs with the number 543B1 on the bottom.

Good luck with your hunting!

Friday, January 13, 2012

G.I. Joe a Real American or "International" Hero, Series 2 Season 1

Finally after 23 years I can find out what the deal is with this second series of GI Joe. I have only heard that it wasn't as good, and seen short clips, so I didn't have much to go with. (Oh, found at Walmart today for $20.00)

Yes, this is the show where the Baroness wears a cow skull and transforms GI Joe Movie snake ridden Cobra Commander back into a man-snake-man New Cobra Commander. I watched the initial five part series, Operation Dragonfire, and was impressed. I thought the animation was more fluid, yet not as detailed as the previous series (which is better than what I have heard). Some voice actors and music were maintained, which really surprised me. The story moved just like the other series; high intensity ADHD. There were plenty more new vehicles, getting wackier then ever. I wouldn't mind searching for a GI Joe Mudfighter, or whatever the heck Gold headed Destro was driving. The characters did feel a little soft, and the absence of Duke, Flint and Hawk so far is kind of annoying. I hope they show up in the regular episodes. I do like how some of the old characters are re-dressed, as you can't wear the same thing every day. New characters are also introduced of course, which is good for new content. As for humor, the show had a few good silly moments, and I hope that continues too.

In the end, I am really glad that there is this series, than not, as the other show pretty much went as far as it should have gone.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Trouble at the Batcave

Its always "interesting" what happens to the toys when the Niece and Nephews come over and visit. Things must have got really crazy when Batman had to Bat-a-rang his own Semi truck up onto the second floor railing.

Smurfette was able to tie up Gorilla Grodd on the crain before her untimely demise.

Finally, when a Power Ranger falls, it is tradition to place their sword on their back as they lay with their arms and legs in the air.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Star Wars Spacetrooper Saga Legends 31

The Storm Trooper Space Trooper. I like, not too overdone, yet Spacey. Good articulation, except maybe in the hips, very 1990's hips. Awesome space back pack accessory. No clone face under helmet, just a ball. Neat magnetic square boots.

So, now with the Space Shuttle out, how many Space Troopers does it take to work the International Space Station?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Lightsaber Madness

I usually don't share other creator's videos (except ThatBoyWhite who has kidnapped my cat), I just thought this was cleaver fun by by itsmejennae Channel. Makes me want to get off my butt and get my new editing software, that I keep putting off.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Hot Wheels Video Racer Micro Camera Car Test Run on the 12' Door Jump Track

So far I am really wowed by this toy. Now I did get a great deal on it, so I don't have to worry about as much return per cost as normal. I think the suggested retail is about $65, so getting it for $32.50 is a steal. I believe, with better lighting, I could get an even clearer picture. I would recommend watching it in 1/4 speed, but it looks like You Tube only lets you do that in private mode? Errr. Well I am getting a new editor soon, and when I do, I will work on this car again.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

V.A.M.P. MK-II Multi-Purpose Attack Vehicle the Complete SUV for GI Joe

There was a lengthy few minutes of joy on Christmas Eve this past year, when I was showered with a ton of GI Joe Toys. I don't think I have received so many Joe toys at once since 1987 when I got the Mobile Command Center and a Tomahawk helicopter. But enough about my good fortunes, lets take a look at the new VAMP!

I believe this is the second run of this vehicle this year, with the first one being in desert tan for the Pursuit of Cobra line. I am more accustomed to VAMPS being jungle green, so I am all a go with this one. For the first time in quite a while the, designers created a vehicle with plenty of passenger seats. Too often Joe vehicles have one maybe two seats, and the rest of the team have to hold on for dear life on questionable peg location. Once Shipwreck calls Shotgun, you're left with the small little ledge behind the explosive firing missile. Another Up-grade with the new VAMP is the retracting capture claw. Now when Duke gets carried away in battle, you can pull him right back in!

The overall construction is pretty solid, I bet I could roll it down the stairs and a few Joe's would still survive. The wheels are on plastic flap "shocks," that make this more quality then the run of the mill army men vehicles. It comes with two main weapons, a spinning gatling gun (shown) and a firing rocket launcher (not shown). Also like the original VAMPS, shovels, A hammer, and two gas canisters. My military science consultant brother-in-law says there is missing rings for airdrops or something...

The Design flaw on this vehicle is the back gun turret. It's so poorly designed, I didn't even bother showing it. It doesn't snap onto the back turntable well, it doesn't even fit right with the ammo-reload thingy piece, and it doesn't hold up the weight of the gun. It's a rare fail for Hasbro, as 99% of the time their vehicles are solid. I am not too concerned though, as the left alone turntable is really spiffy for placing a figure on, and having them spin on a dime.

What really just surprised me is how much bigger it is from the original VAMP (Shown is a 25th anniversary VAMP). The MK-II dwarfs the original in height, length, width, seats, etc. The New VAMP makes the old VAMP look like a Power Wheel or something, Heck old Clutch can even see through the roll bar.

The new VAMP comes with a stock Steel Brigade Delta figure which looks cool but is So-so in the GI Joe world. Please give me a character with a back story, so he can fit into the team better.
He does sport two knives with belts, and a must be really uncomfortable double helmet (Really-there is another helmet under the one shown). I am afraid, this guy is just going to get randomly killed first. In driving my old VAMP out of the garage, Anniversary, this one could have been Triple Clutch).

Overall its a healthy vehicle in which I give five out of six My Little Ponies. I will give it a sixth My Little Pony if I can find a trailer to pull the sixth pony with it.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Hot Wheels 2012 Premiere; Troy Soldier 1/50

I thought I would show some better pictures of the Troy Soldier Hot Wheels car, that I talked about briefly in my last Vlog. Or, if you didn't brave 14 minutes of blabbing, its new to you!

I like cars, I like Trojan soldiers, I like both.

However, now I am really confused. I thought the Spartan's wore the red cape, and the helmet with the brush on top? The Trojans had the same gear? Then what about the Roman Soldier? And then there is Marvin the Martian. It's been too long since my last Western Civilization class.


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