Open Your Toys Cast – Episode 134: End of the Line…

Remember a couple of shows ago, I talked about a new site? Well as you can tell that hasn’t happened. There has been a lot of other things that needed to get done, that just haven’t got done. Every day I wake up, get Lil’ Miss McFavorite ready, take her to school, come home, clean up, check email, check the groups, eat some breakfast. Then it’s time to start checking job sites, add any new jobs to the list, apply for a job or two, make lunch, check email and the groups again. Then I start trying to up my skill set, then it’s time to pick up the cutie. Then I spend some time with her and it’s off to cook dinner. Then I take some time to be with Mrs. McFavorite. Now it’s time to clean up the kitchen. Then “2 shows” with the boog before she goes to bed. Maybe a little more time with the Mrs. and finally bedtime. What’s missing there? Any kind of time to create, innovate and in general do the things I know need to get done to get hired in my competitive market. I won’t lie, there’s plenty of goofing off in there and it’s not as straightforward as it sounds, but the point is I am not adding to my portfolio, I am not increasing my skillset fast enough, and just in general not getting shit done. All I know right now is major changes are coming.

I do know I love little guys, I know I love Duocons. So these little guys are a no-brainer. Seems like most people know Hasbro is really killing it with their Legends line. From some of the cheapest toys out there to one of the most expensive. We know, for now at least, everytime the UCS Falcon goes up, it’s going to continue to sell out. That’s just crazy knowing it’s $799 price tag. No new toy news for MOTU or Joe, but at least there’s something for each. Nothing to really know yet, but She-Ra is going to have a little anime flava to her and Joe is going to be rebooted in 2020.

I don’t know much, but I know that I love you…Slick

Subscribe to the RSS
Subscribe through iTunes
Subscribe through Google Play
Listen on Stitcher Radio
Download the .mp3 (3:02 / 83.9 MB)
Follow along with the show notes

Continue reading

Open Your Toys Cast – Episode 133: Merry Kiss My Ass…

By that title, you might think this is another poor me post. Actually, I just think it’s funny and if you can’t smile at Christmas, when can you? I think I got that from my friend Carlos. His birthday is actually on Christmas. I thought I got a raw deal with the 21st. However, the older I get, especially this year, I appreciate it as a doubly special time. I go right from my birthday to my favorite holiday. It has been pretty amazing. Mrs. McFavorite seemed to enjoy it more than she has in a long time. Lil’ Miss McFavorite is turning into a Christmas junkie. The joy in her eyes while she opens presents could melt the coldest of hearts. What are we are really trying to drive home with her, is the music, movies and presents are wonderful, but what really matters is love. Love for her family, love for her friends and most importantly love for her fellow man.

You know what I love? That we are getting more Mega Construx Masters guys. I really enjoyed the He-Man and Skeletor courtesy of AliasAngelAlias and Lil’ Miss McFavorite. I also dig the Megatron Rules option on the upcoming G2 Megs.  Not quite sure how I feel about a female Snake Eyes, but I do love that her premiere issue sold out. Something I have no doubt about loving is this ridiculously limited Echo Base collection from Columbia. The Han Paraka might be my favorite jacket ever.

Hope yours was the best yet…Slick

Subscribe to the RSS
Subscribe through iTunes
Subscribe through Google Play
Listen on Stitcher Radio
Download the .mp3 (2:05 / 57.8 MB)
Follow along with the show notes

Continue reading

Open Your Toys Cast – Episode 132: Incoming…

So this has been planned for the past year, but as with most things in my life, it just kept getting put off. Well after a couple of months of job hunting it is very clear I need to update my skillset. This will be my first real project (i.e. not a tutorial, online course or experiment) since I got laid off. I’m really excited. It’s my old proven process, but using new software, new frameworks and more importantly a new CMS. Unless you develop for the Web that won’t mean much, but for you, it means a new mobile-first (i.e. built for your mobile device) design. There will also be a ton of new features and just a better experience in general. Oh, did I mention a new logo? Yeah, I’m kinda sad about that one, but it’s time.

It’s also time we get some MOTU movie news. We possibly have a director and I’m personally excited. I’m also excited that the AT-ACT has hit a reasonable price. It’s about time. Who would have ever thought Street Fighter Transformers would get the time of day. They did, unfortunately. Something else that is unfortunate is the FSS 7.0 Crystal Ball. My god GJCC, please don’t mess up this time.

Can’t wait…Slick

Subscribe to the RSS
Subscribe through iTunes
Subscribe through Google Play
Listen on Stitcher Radio
Download the .mp3 (2:32 / 69.9 MB)
Follow along with the show notes

Continue reading

Open Your Toys Cast – Episode 131: In a Hurry…

Well, it happened again. Awhile back you heard me whine about losing my new iPhone. That was at the start of my unemployment. Well just as things are getting really tight around here financially, I did another dumb thing. As with my iPhone, I was rushing. This time I backed into a car. It was a tiny bump, the car was a beater, but I did dent it. I waited for while no one showed. I knocked on the door of the house it was parked in front of, no one answered. After waiting another 5-10 minutes I left a note on the windshield. This is all while Lil’ Miss McFavorite was asking why I hit the car, why I didn’t just park somewhere else, why I was knocking on the door, why I was writing a note. It was a great learning experience for her about taking responsibility and doing what is right, but again, it was all about rushing. You’ll hear a lot of apologies during this show. Vern had already had a bad weekend, and again, because I was in a hurry I made it worst. Due to me not managing my time right, I cost you, the listener, and Lotus and me the chance to have Vern on this show. So here’s one more apology Vern, I am really sorry. Usually, the cost of hurrying (i.e. time management) is a lot more subtle, for me, it has been very evident.

Another thing that is evident is that we’ll never get this under two hours. Especially when we have very divisive things to talk about like the Make America Great Again Jazz. Something that has been less divisive than usual, but still has to have just a little drama is the new FSS 7.0. I still love it! How is it that Joe has more news than MOTU? A minicomic we have talked about since Power-Con is literally the only official MOTU news. Something never at a loss for news is good’ole Star Wars. We talk about the new trilogy and the possibility of a new TV show.

Be quick, but don’t hurry…Slick

Subscribe to the RSS
Subscribe through iTunes
Subscribe through Google Play
Listen on Stitcher Radio
Download the .mp3 (2:16 / 62.7 MB)
Follow along with the show notes

Continue reading

Open Your Toys Cast – Episode 130: Reality…

Sometimes the harshest mistress is reality itself. She is real and inescapable. Trust me, I’ve been running from her for months. Well, she has caught up with me and it’s finally time to do what I need to do. You know what? It feels good. I think we can rationalize just about anything to ourselves. I know I’ve done a great job these last few months. I don’t know if it’s a mid-life crisis or just the thought of I will probably not have this again for another 25 years. Whatever it was, I kicked ass last week and I can’t stop even if I want to. There, are you happy reality? Me too!

How good is the new Solo movie? The reality, at least Lucasfilm’s, is 20%. Can Ron Howard “save” the other 80%? The G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club FSS 7.0 is real and it’s spectacular. Something less spectacular, but still incredibly welcomed is the return of WTFWTK or now simply known as the Super7 Q and A over at He-Man.org. Being old school, there is definitely something very real about print. That’s why all of those Takara rumors never seem like reality until the newest Figure King scans.

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one…Slick (or more specifically, Albert Einstein)

Subscribe to the RSS
Subscribe through iTunes
Subscribe through Google Play
Listen on Stitcher Radio
Download the .mp3 (2:21 / 65.0 MB)
Follow along with the show notes

Continue reading

prev posts