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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See you next year friend…Slick

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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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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 099: Podcasts recorded on the Web, 99 podcasts recorded…

Record one more, put it on the Web. 100 podcasts recorded on the Web.

A year and a half ago I never thought we would get this close. Not to jinx us, but it looks like this is going to happen. The best thing about 100 is Mrs. McFavorite will be back. Unfortunately she has a huge test coming up so the next episode will be delayed, but just by a week at the most. Crazy to think a week is even a delay, but if you haven’t noticed, we’ve been pretty consistent since coming back. That’s all thanks to the new team and our understanding loved ones.

We wrap up Toy Fair with probably the most exciting news of the show coming from Matty and Pixel-Dan. Unfortunately with another relatively lackluster Toy Fair in the bag, that’s not saying much. We did get confirmation via a Hasbro Q and A that another Black Series 6 inch vehicle is coming. The Joecon theme was also confirmed via this year’s brochure. Lastly, got what is probably going to be about a grand to spare? You too could buy an Ultra Magnus that doesn’t even transform. However, he is still pretty bad ass.

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See you at a 100…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 098: Commitment, how many of us have them, uh, it…

I couldn’t help myself, had to go back to the music references. If this is your first time reading my musings, you probably don’t know that I really lean on music from my past for concepts. Even if you’re a regular reader, you may have missed that these posts have a pretty rigid format. It helps cut down on the creativity needed. For good or bad I’m committed to it. Same thing with the show format, but if I was worried about 2 hour shows, as you could imagine, 3 hours are driving me a little nuts. While I have no problem with talking toys, I can’t imagine you, the listener, wanting 3 hour shows. Listen to the next show for more discussion on this.

Speaking of formats, I still love this format. Again, if you never noticed I reference my favorite story from each brand below. This can come from news, online, grab bag, etc. This time around they all come from Toy Fair. In the "who didn’t see this coming, but glad they’re finally here" category, Funko finally showed off their full color ReAction MOTU line . In the "surprise, but don’t we have most of this stuff" category, the next Lego Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series (UCS) set is yet another Hoth base with supporting entourage. Thankfully it has a couple things I’m really excited for. As usual Transformers wins the "worst kept secrets/reveals" category. I just wish we could be surprised with something . G.I. Joe won for "the most disappointing" category and that’s hard to do at Toy Fair. Unfortunately they surprised us with this .

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Commitment, huh, yeah! What is good for? Absolutely everything…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 097: The OYT-Team…

In 2015 a crack podcasting unit was asked to revive a has been show for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly accepted against their will and escaped to the toy community underground. Today, still wanted by the listeners, they survive as podcasters of fortune. If you have a toy question, if no one else can help, and if you can hear them, maybe you can ask the Open Your Toys Team.

Cheesy? Yes. Over the top? Yes. Do I love it? YES! Sometimes you gotta love some cheese. Like this. I love that they made this. But, I really love that they made this. MP Menasor will be mine, oh yes, it will be mine. This is as close as to news as we get for Joe. At least Masters has a director, maybe. Unfortunately, this guy’s a music video director named after a McDonald’s gangsta.

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I love it when a plan comes together…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 096: Fuck Big Bang…

I love these guys! I meant it, like family, already. The 3 hours we record every other week is quickly becoming some of my favorite time. Like family we don’t always agree, but when we don’t at least it’s funny. What I especially appreciate is all the different personalities. I think with our gamut most people can find someone they can relate to. I think especially with our community that’s a big thing. When we interact with our toys and the community itself, it creates common experiences which enable us to relate to one another. When you can relate, you feel like you belong. That right there is a beautiful thing.

Speaking of beauty (segue), check out this thingy. I’m excited for that uncharismatic bore, but still have some trepidation. It’s the same feeling we have about the supposed combined shipping from Matty that no one knows about including them. Has the long rumored Rattler reissue been confirmed? Nope. Do we care? Not really. Lastly, I provide a little more evidence to the theory that I actually didn’t see The Force Awakens by not knowing/remembering that Ackbar makes a cameo. Marijuana’s a hell of a drug.

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I love you guys, man…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 095: To Club or Not to Club…

Just because we have a new team, doesn’t mean we’re going to be any timelier, at least for now. I am really having a hard time turning over the reins of things I have always done to the new team. So you have no one to blame except for me about how late these shows hit. We did make one baby step as I created a new email and Twitter account for the show that Swage will now be running. While I will still promote via my socials, official announcements will come via @OpenYourToys and as always at our Facebook page. So please make sure to Like and/or Follow the show too.

We’re back to our familiar format after having an absolute blast yapping about The Force Awakens. We address the latest and possibly the greatest FunPub hubbub ever. Again, timely as usual, but at least you get to hear what fans at all levels of club spectrum think about the future of these two polarizing organizations or should I say organization. Meanwhile, Masters and Matty continue to make more news via their licensees than their figures. Finally, everybody is Star Wars crazy and at least this time it has nothing to do with distribution.

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We’ll see you later rather than sooner…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 094: The Force Unwakens…

So there were a few things back in 1999 I thought I would never do. The first would be posting to the Web while I drive through the middle of nowhere Wyoming to see my family. Back then, I had just got my first cell phone and I was amazed that in a time of monochromatic screens, my super fancy non-subsidized $200 phone was in color, but why wouldn’t be, that was a lot for a phone. I think I had service for about 1 hour of the 7 hour drive. Flash forward 17 years and I am using my phone as a wireless hot spot to give the car Internet so I can write this post, Toddler McFavorite can watch YouTube and Mrs. McFavorite can download an audiobook.

The other thing I never I thought I would be doing is talking about a sequel to my favorite film franchise of all time. I knew I would have an opportunity to see a prequel, which everyone at that point was extremely excited about. In fact I dare say people were more excited back then than we were this year. George had said there would never be sequels because it was the story of Anakin. Especially after his vision or more so his execution left such a bad taste in most people’s mouths, I was sure I would never do this. However, I have learned when there is money to be made never say never. So here we are, talking (for almost 3 hours) about a sequel to a movie that is over 33 years old and I loved every minute of it. No, not the movie itself, but the discussion. No review spoilers here, you’ll have to listen to see what I and the new crew thought of the movie that is destined to be the highest grossing movie of all time, at least for awhile.

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We’re home…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 093: Guess who’s back…

I can’t tell you how many times over the last year and half I thought I would write another one of these again. But, we’re back, from outer space. We just walked in here without a sad look on our face…es, okay, it’s a stretch. However, after that crazy hiatus, we are back stronger than ever. You will quickly discover we does not include the amazing Mrs. McFavorite. My beautiful wife has stepped down as my co-host and a crack crew of toy experts has stepped up. You’ll hear some familiar voices and some not so, but I will tell you it is probably one of the best times I’ve ever had talking toys. I love the new team and I hope you will too.

We try to make up for lost time with our longest episode ever. And I do mean EVER. Can you say 3 and a half hours? That’s right kids. I have finally started to let go of my obsessive need to try to keep the show short. However we still had to cut a couple segments just to maintain our sanity. During the marathon we discuss the Joe Club’s new incentive figure and possible Joecon sets. Is Hasbro starting its own Transformers con? Probably not, but we can dream. A legend wins an award for a really crappy toy and we fawn over the new Masters mini-comic collection. It truly is an amazing collectible. So please, sit back, relax and enjoy the toy goodness.

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Back to the grill again, the grill again…Slick

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