Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 119: The Perfect Storm…

Sometimes there’s a confluence of events that dictates the worst possible outcome. Welcome to our Toy Fair episode. Just under two months in the making, this should be our masterpiece. However, it is far from it. It is a cobbled together, multi-hour, mess of an episode, but it is ours and we love it. I dare to say you may love it too if you can make it all the way through. Please do not judge it by its timeliness, its length or lack of team cohesiveness for it is a miracle of circumstance.

Perhaps one of the best examples of circumstance has been Super7 taking the helm of Masters Classics. While the first effort was ideal, pre-orders of only what you want, even the “savior” of the line has understood that it requires an all-in or nothing approach. Which are you? Star Wars gets the award for one of the best ideas, the 40th Anniversary line and one of the worst ideas, Titanium 3.75 inch figurines. Transformers continued to make one of the strongest showings. Even if you’re not a movie fan, the CHUG line or Titans Return line as they are referring to it has some pretty great reveals. As per the usual, Joe is nowhere to be seen outside of a pitiful 3rd-party showing.

May patience be with you, always…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 118: Under Pressure…

Have you ever felt under pressure? Of course you have. We all have. It’s how you deal with it that matters. A lot of people fold. Some people mutter their way through it. Far fewer people shine. Who do you want to be? Sometimes it’s as simple as just making a decision. If you’re constitution makes it more difficult, it just means you need to work at it. This can be as simple as rehearsing if you have the opportunity. For some it can take years of training. The best thing you can do is understand how you handle it and choose if you rather it be different.

Speaking of people that shine, the Four Horsemen, sculptors of MOTUC, are absolutely killing it with their Mythic Legions 2.0 Kickstarter. In the most amazing thing that no one in their right mind or at least no one with a budget will ever buy is Generation Toy’s Green Shadow. Absolutely beautiful translucence. Another thing that is absolutely beautiful, that everyone can afford is the new Lanard Kong. While they made some choices I don’t necessarily agree with, I love it for what it is. Unfortunately, we hardly ever get any “3rd Party” Star Wars stuff, but we did get a pretty exciting official release, the name and logo of the next movie in the Star Wars saga.

May the calm be with you…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 117: Own it…

It’s been so long since we recorded this show, I can literally not remember what we talked about. However, I own that and I’m actually not too worried about it. Life happens and there are things that are so much more important. Things like health and happiness. These are things people take for granted until they don’t have them anymore. If you don’t have them, own it. Own the reason why you don’t have them. Sometimes there are factors outside of your control that contribute to why you don’t have them. Whether that is the case or not, own the solution. It’s real easy to say that’s just the way things are. You need to own those things start to finish and more importantly give them the weight in your life they deserve. In the end, only you can ensure you have both.

Sometimes it’s pretty easy to get an action figure you want. Take the timely second run of Kultur/Tarn. Sometimes there are ones that are going to be impossible to get. Take the wave 11 single-packed TBS 6 inch Royal Guard. Then there are things like the Super7 Ultimates. They were super easy to get during the pre-order, but will impossible to get when they’re released. Finally, there are things nobody should want to get, take the Rise of Cobra props currently being auctioned.

Own the important things…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 116: Darkest before the dawn…

For some of us the future seems dim, for some of us it seems brighter than ever. For some this is the start of a new era, for some this is a start of a Brave New World. No matter where you fall, just understand everything is cyclical. Our world has a way of correcting itself, whether that’s what you feel is happening now or you’re hoping that will happen in the future. The main thing to remember is that no matter your outlook, the most important thing is to understand we all want the same thing, happiness. The greatest thing is happiness is relative. Whether you are the richest of the rich or the poorest of poor, you feel the same level of happiness. It may not stem from the same events or even happen at the same intervals, but subconsciously whether someone gives you a $20 at a stoplight or you make a billion dollar deal you can feel the same peak of happiness. It is all relative to your past experiences, so it registers at the same peak. Just remember to celebrate your level, sometimes it’s all we have.

As toy collectors, it seems we always want more, but again it is relative. Depending on your point of view this show may have the least amount of news ever or the most amount of hosting ever. We muse about the outgoing Matty Collector administration. We discuss the new Boss Fight Studio wave as the trend of smaller collector-focused companies taking over for larger conglomerates continues. However, no matter what anyone says, Hasbro is still trying to make Transformers great again with their new Titans Return Kup. In our saddest news possibly ever, we say goodbye to our princess.

May the force be with us all…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 115: For Auld Lang Syne…

No, that title is not a long chain of typos. It’s actually the name of that song people hum at midnight on New Year’s. Basically it translates to "for the sake of old times". The page I lifted this information from puts it succinctly when it states, it represents "a time when people come together to recall past joys and sorrows, specifically those spent in each others company." I can’t think of a better way to ring in a new year. Fortunately or maybe unfortunately, depending on how well you handle it, that’s usually accompanied by mass amounts of alcohol. How well do you handle it? No not the booze, the new year. Do you welcome it as a fresh start to being the person you really want to be? Do you mourn everything you didn’t do last year? If you’re like me, it’s a little of both. However, whether you’re a glass half full or half empty kinda person, you can’t help but feel a little bit of hope in the air.

Something we have a lot of hope for in the new year is Super7 and Masters of the Universe . We’ll soon see what they’re going to bring to the table. Unfortunately, something we don’t have a lot of hope for is the latest action figure Kickstarter . Something we know will continue to grow is the Masterpiece line, hopefully just not in price. $170 for a Seeker is just too damn much. Something we didn’t talk about much due to time was Rogue One and its relationship to Rebels . You won’t hear much about Rogue One on our next episode either, but just wait until Roger is back and we really kick off this new year.

Here’s to the best one yet…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 114: Procrastination…

Why do I do this every year? I mean EVERY year. That’s not an exaggeration. Every year Mrs. McFavorite and I say next year will be different. Next year we WILL be done with Christmas stuff by now. Yeah, we literally just started. Now luckily I’m done with presents at least for Lil’ Miss and Mrs. McFavorite. Imagine that, I’m done with the shopping part, however it’s everything else. This includes decorating both inside and out, the ridiculous amount of care packages we do for family and friends and of course good’ole traditions like Santa. As we talk to others, it’s the same situation. Is it all just part of the risk/reward of the holiday season? Is it laziness? It doesn’t seem like it’s that hard, but yet year after year we all do it. Well maybe with the exception of a few over achievers. You know who you are. When will the insanity end? Does this add or detract from the season for you? I’m sure some thrive on this. For the McFavorites it’s pure hell.

It doesn’t get much more hellish than the Transformers 5 trailer. Can we please end Bay’s run, please? At least Matty’s run is ending, but man they too are going out with a bang, in a bad way. Star Wars at least has what we hope is a shining light coming out this week in Rogue One. Unfortunately, much less exciting and the only Joe news is the most likely disappointing Hasbro Cinematic Universe.

Next year WILL be different…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 113: Ranting, Ranting, Ranted…

Yeah there’s only two of us, big whoop, wanna fight about it? Nah, I didn’t think so. Neither did we. We just want to talk toys and talk toys we do. And we talk about our childhoods, ex-girlfriends, movies we’ve seen and even politics. Okay, I really don’t remember everything we talked about and no it wasn’t because of the shots. It’s more because we go down countless rabbit holes, but in a good way. The way that makes you realize there is always more to learn. So open your mind, your hearts and your ears and take a big fat listen.

Listen while we discuss the heart wrenching, soul crushing price of Masterpiece Megatron. Listen while I try to reference the case assortment for the next wave of Black Series that wasn’t posted until after we reorded the show. Listen while we hem and haw over the new Super7 MOTU offerings. Finally, listen to me explain why we got probably the best Joe news since Joecon.

Joy to the world…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 112: Empathy, Sympathy…

It’s a historical night, for good or bad. We are really close to knowing whether a misogynistic racist or a lying political insider will be the next most powerful person in the free world. I’m human, I take sides, however I always have empathy for the other side. I know how it feels to be completely baffled at someone else’s decision. No matter the outcome of tonight, what is important that we as a people, not just Americans, but as Earthlings, start to sympathize with and practice empathy in regard to those we may not see eye to eye with. Maybe then we can finally start really listening to one another and truly progressing.

Speaking of listening, thanks for listening to us talk about a lot of stuff that doesn’t really matter, but at least is fun. We probably spend way too much time talking about this Asian exclusive mace for MP32 Optimus Primal and not nearly enough time about the new Joe-esque Kickstarter, Hell Screamerz. We definitely talk too much about these goofy MOTU Dorbz and definitely not enough time on the latest LucasFilm’s art exhibit, The Power of Costume.

All we are saying, is give empathy a chance…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 111: The Cool Table…

One of my favorite shows just put out a special episode where they used the term “the cool table” to describe an inner circle. Crazy thing is most of them started on other shows, but they didn’t feel like part of those cool tables. I’m sure all of us have felt what it’s like to be on the outside looking in at one time or another. Hopefully at least a few times you’ve felt like you’re at the cool table. It can happen at work, school or even online. I think that can be a pretty big draw to collecting. Finding that hard to find toy, having a ridiculous level of knowledge about an obscure line, or even trolling. They can all make you not only feel like you’re part of something bigger than yourself and in some instances can lead to a higher echelon of belonging. The main thing to remember is be yourself. If for some reason other people don’t want you at their table, start your own.

Just like these guys. TFCon has really carved a niche in the Transformers world by catering to 3rd Party with a dedicated panel, and we talk about most of it. At the other end of spectrum, the new kid on the block just happens to have the biggest table of them all and they’re inviting you to kick it with them at Hascon 2017. At yet another con, Mondo’s showed off new 1/6th Masters which will most definitely become a cool table thing. Meanwhile, Hasbro looks like they are going to kick out a huge part of their Star Wars collecting inner circle in lieu of better margins.

Pull up a seat…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 110: The Shit Show…

I was listening to NPR the other day and they had an author on there that wrote a book called All That Man Is. Before the interviewer even had the chance to lob the softball of a question about the title, I knew he was being clever and it had a dual meaning. It has the glass half empty connotation of this is all that man will ever be. However, to those of us that choose to be a little more optimistic it can represent the grandeur of what us as a people have achieved. Even people closest to me have no idea how rough life has been lately. If you ask me how’s it going, I’ll say “Good, how about you?” Some would say I’m in denial. I say I’m being optimistic. Life won’t always be this way, it will get better. At least I hope so and sometimes hope is enough. Now back to our title, do you see the dual meaning?

If you don’t, it means this show is the shit. We had a great time and I needed it. All of us are here talking NYCC, including the Super7 MOTUC reveals. While NYCC had some official reveals, a con none of us know the name of had the best Transformers reveals. Of course Star Wars had what is now becoming their standard panel, but at least we get some cool pics. And while Joe may never have another panel at a big con again, at least the 2 and 3-packs are hitting.

Life is half full…Slick

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