Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 109: Looking for the perfect episode…

So you say you’re looking for the perfect episode? Well I mentioned it briefly in the past, but I think we do have a pretty amazing solution. Even on longer episodes like this we are done with all of the toy news by two hours. So if that is your thing, boom, listen to the second break. If you want to listen to what we got, listener questions and non-toy news, then stay for the rest. It really is a perfect way to listen if I do say so myself. It’s an ideal by-product of our ranting and you get more of a natural show as opposed to me constantly monitoring every minute.

As you can tell by now, we got another long one for you mofos. As Vern can attest to there’s not a lotta Masters and even less Joe news. What we do have is Transformers and of course, with Force Friday coming, a metric shit ton of Star Wars stuff. Target put up its answer to Amazon’s page and now with coupons from their ad or online code “FORCE” you can get $10 off $50 or $25 off $100. A new possible MP Megatron shows up and people lose their shit. What’s funny is the biggest MOTU news wasn’t even Masters and wasn’t even news. Unsurprisingly the Classics Lion-O sold out in a couple minutes. Again, as with Masters, the best Joe news wasn’t even Joe. And it was only loosely related to Joe.

Well here’s a perfect beat, I mean episode, for ya…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 108: Misrepresenting the truth…

Have you ever lied? I think that is like asking have you ever breathed. Can anyone honestly say they have never lied or even say they haven’t lied in the last month? There’s lotsa different lies people tell. The nice ones like how somebody looks in something, cover ups that ensure we or the ones we love, like or want to empress see the best possible outcome and those broad stroke “white” ones that don’t fall into either of those categories, but still cause little to no harm. The two you have to look out for are deceit and even more importantly, lying to yourself. Both are destructive and both can cause irreparable harm to not only ourselves, but the people around us. While I don’t think society is ready for people that don’t lie, the next time you feel the need ask yourself if it’s really necessary. Even more so if those lies are damaging your life.

On a brighter note, TOYS! That’s right, toys, bringing kids and grown men joy for decades. This time around Rogue One stuff goes off. Speaking of going off that is what you literally need to do to play Tappers of Grayskull. In contrast to the two previous, Titans Return news hits with “quality” over quantity. And with exactly two news stories, Joe is neither (insert Price is Right “you lost” sound here).

Trust me…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 107: Humble Pie…

If you didn’t know, I’m the "technical one" on the show. I always have been. Anytime something has gone wrong I try to figure out what happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again. In almost 90 episodes with Mrs. McFavorite I had a relatively good track record with only a couple lost shows/segments and just a couple "technical difficulties". I primarily attribute that to local recordings. Well in only 15 episodes with the new remote team we have lost one show, almost lost another, we’ve had to rerecord a couple segments and now this week’s kerfuffle. In playing with my new headset, I somehow turned on an echo. The guys couldn’t hear it and when I listened to the test recording everyone sounded great. In hind sight I must not have waited to hear me talk or I would have caught it. Well there’s another one for the list, ensure ALL hosts sound good on the test recording.

What’s worse than a bad recording? It happening on a great show or at least one we had a blast recording. Roger is back and so is Masterpiece Soundwave . Also back is the Lego Death Star , bigger and better than ever. Well at least more expensive than ever. Speaking of expensive, the Joe Club is back with it next installment of its FSS series . Are you in for a Shattered Glass twin(s)? Something that may be back and Vern is still not in is Power-Con . Boo this man.

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Humbly yours…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 106: Together Everyone Achieves More…

Last time we talked about doing shit. Well no matter how much stuff you can get done it doesn’t compare to working with a team. However, that team only works if everyone pulls their weight. There’s nothing worse than when you depend on people and they drop the ball. At least when it’s just you, you only have yourself to blame. You’re able to control what does and does not get done. The most frustrating thing about a team, is you never know who’s going to show up, physically or metaphorically. People are going to do them, good or bad, and that’s all there is to it.

This show is dominated by SDCC. We know that was almost a month ago, but hey, when have we ever been timely. For Transformers, the little Gnaw was the belle of the ball. For Masters the big news is Classics being taken over by Super7. Pixel Dan gets the scoop on what this means. For Joe at least there were some display cases. For Star Wars it wasn’t much better, but at least we get some cool Black Series 6″ stuff.

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Teamwork makes the dream work…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 105: Busy, busy, busy…

It is definitely that time of year. There is just crazy amounts of stuff going on, work, the show, cons, Lil’ Miss McFavorite, wife and life. I gotta say, I am killing it. However, it still seems like I’m not getting anything done. Do you know how good it feels to get things done? It’s amazing, but if you constantly worry about the things you’re not getting done, it can rob you of truly enjoying your accomplishments. Once you can appreciate that you only have so much time, the next thing you have to watch out for is poor prioritization. If you do all the piddly shit first you will never get to the tasks of substance that really affect your life. Do yourself a favor, give yourself a break and then kick your ass into gear. Don’t leave this life wishing you had more time, celebrate that you did as much as you could with the time you had.

We managed to shave some time off this show. While it’s still 2 and a half hours, that’s primarily because we just had an onslaught of SDCC news. The show was actually recorded in two parts due to some technical issues and the Comic-Con stuff is the first 45 minutes. It will probably take up even more time on the next show as we discuss all the news from SDCC. One thing it looks like we won’t know too much about is MOTUC. For the first time since the line started in 2009 there is not a panel this year. On the other extreme, Transformers has 3 panels, but none of them seem like toy panels. At least Star Wars still gets a toy panel, but even cooler than that are their exclusives this year. And for Joe, well, at least we’re getting an exclusive.

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Until next time…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 104: Back at it again with the long shows…

Yeah, I know. It’s almost comical at this point. At least Mrs. McFavorite gets a kick out of it. Almost three and a half hours again. Unfortunately we lost the original 104, it was only 2 hours, I swear. It might be the for best as I was a little salty that night. So this is more like 104 and 105 with a much happier Slick with a special guest appearance by Lil’ Miss McFavorite. I promise you they will be shorter. However, it’s my day off and I’m being lazy. Bitching about show length is a great way to not have to get all deep and shit.

In this marathon we talk about some amazing toy stuff, we get a little offensive, but most importantly we have lotsa fun. I cover my experiences attending Power-Con and Joecon. Spoiler, they were unreal and I had an absolutely amazing time at both. News-wise the gang all agrees this MP Inferno is the pooh, take a big whiff. Other things we all pretty much agree on are all the new fictions coming out for every brand. Rogue One = yay, Last Knight = nay, Masters = about time, and Hasbro Cinematic / Revolution = meh.

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It’s just that easy…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 103: Change. Now it’s time for change…

Nothing stays the same. Now it’s time for change.

As long time listeners are most likely aware, I’m not the biggest rock enthusiast. I have even made statements to the fact that I don’t necessarily enjoy electric guitars. This is definitely an oversimplification and generalization, but it serves a point. However, there are some groups and songs that will forever live with me, whether it is an especially memorable moment in my life or sometimes just really catchy lyrics. This song by the immortal Crue, serves as both. I find myself singing these same lyrics over and over, primarily because I don’t know any of the other words.

With that said, we still have all the amazing news you have come to expect. Could we have seen almost every new official Hasbro Transformers toy for the next year in one week? Yup, probably so. Will we ever see a MOTUC Snake Mountain? Stay positive. Are we getting new 6 inch Star Wars figures for only $3? Yeah, kind of. Should we support G.I. Joe no matter the cost? Maybe not at this price point.

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Nothing stays the same…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 102: Enough is enough, or is it…

We need your input. If you’re a long time listener, you know my propensity for worrying about long shows. If you’re a recent listener you know we have been doing REALLY long shows. I’m talking 3+ hours. This show in particular is probably our longest ever. I’m a big podcast listener and when I come across shows of this length I just delete them. I know in the past some of our most diehard listeners have said they’re down with long shows. However, that was when we were averaging two hour shows. What say you, the people listening, way too long, just fine, or just shut the fuck up already and talk toys?

Being possibly our longest show ever, we definitely talks some toys. We go in depth on what was confirmed to be the last Botcon, including FunPub’s shut down of TFSource. Could we have gotten one more G.I. Joe Ultimate Gift Set in 2013? All signs point to yes. It seems Matty still can’t make fans happy or possibly everyone just has amnesia. Anti-Enternia He-Man is a CHASE figure people, live with it. Now somethings that are not supposed to be chase figures, but unfortunately will probably end up being so are the next wave of the Walmart exclusive Black Series 3.75 line. While confirmed during this show, they’re actually hitting shelves.

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We’ll see you longer rather than shorter or shorter rather than longer…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 101: StarFest 2016…

To quote one of my favorite shows right now, “welcome back for the first time”. Okay I may be a little biased, but is that so wrong? We’ve done SDCC more times than we count, Joecons, Botcons, even the new kid on the block, Denver Comic Con every year since its inception. Still nothing compares our first love, Starland’s StarFest.

It has an incredibly rich history, a true family feel and it doesn’t hurt that it’s the first show of con season. This year was no different. The one thing that was different was the location. We really wanted to love it, but it just didn’t have that same je ne sais quoi. While it did take away from the magic just a little, not as much as I thought it would. I still very much enjoyed traditions like star-studded panels, pictures with cosplayers and of course the dealer room. Due to Mrs. McFavorite only being able to join me on Friday night, I got to experience the con as a daddy daughter date day and with one of the OGest of OG sci-fi fans, mother-in-law, Schmommy McFavorite. So check the pics, take a listen and feel the love.

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 100: Enough Said…

100 bitch. Mic drop.

Just kidding, you know that’s not our style. Well, we finally made it. Only took us seven and a half years. The best part is while it’s a little long (as usual), it’s just a regular ole’show. No live broadcasts, no themes and no video. Just the gang talking toys like we do. Oh and Mrs. McFavorite shows up for about… 10 minutes (SPOILER).

As usual here are four things we covered that I find interesting. Did you see those G1 Transformers cartoon auctions? I wanted the 1986 story boards so bad, like second mortgage bad, but couldn’t pull trigger. Rumors of a new Big AT-AT surfaced. At the time we all said yeah right, why, then that Rogue One trailer. Oh man, that Rogue One trailer. I’m really digging these MOTU toy patents. We did have one special guest, Mr. Gary Godsoe from What’s on Joe Mind, stop by to talk about how you can Save G.I. Joe.

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100…Slick

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