Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 123: I try so hard…

In this episode, we learn that I got laid off last month. Now while for a lot of reasons, this isn’t the worst thing that could happen. However, it still is a little hit to my ego and starts a whole concern about money thing. It’s slowed the toy buying thing, but not completely. I have picked up some super hard to find figures at retail. In doing so, I use every discount, sale and coupon I can. I do this with everything I buy, groceries, commodities, tech, etc. Sometimes literally saving only pennies over a different option. This last weekend was Mrs. McFavorite’s birthday and this weekend is Lil’ Miss McFavorite’s. To say we spend a little money on these activities is an understatement. Now we’re not jet setting off to the Keys or Cancun, but we are just less concerned about money. Usually, that is. Being unemployed makes it a little harder, but I was trying my best. So what happens on the last night of the Mrs.’ birthday weekend, I accidentally leave my 3.5 month old iPhone on the train. By the time we got home, whoever took it had powered it off. The telltale action of someone going to profit from your lost phone is powering it off so it can’t be tracked. Why would did I specifically put .5? We always keep insurance for three months on our new phones. Guess what I canceled a couple of weeks ago? Yup. It’s just a kick in the balls and not the kind where you’re like “come on, do it!” (I have a friend that does this, believe it or not), but it’s the kind where you’re in the fetal position pleading “please don’t”. It’s just killing me that I spend hours on a regular basis to save pennies on the dollar and in 15 seconds I lose $600.

Feel like joining me in throwing away hundreds of dollars? Check out the “Super Fan” experiences for Hascon coming up in less than a month. Other things that would have cost you hundreds of dollars are these amazing test shots of canceled Joe figures. They had to be snow-themed, tear. Something that adds a little value, but still brings a tear to my eye for what they could have been are the gorgeous faux mini-comic covers accompanying the new Ultimates. Lastly, probably the best way to use hundreds of dollars is going to be visiting Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. This looks like it is going to be amazing!

Don’t sweat the small stuff…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 122: Insane in the Membrane…

Well, I’ve got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that we should be back to a more regular schedule after this episode. The bad news is that’s because I was laid off last week. Yup, after ten years with my company we simply didn’t have enough work to sustain my entire team. It’s partly my fault. I introduced innovations to our product that literally reduced our requests by 75% in the last year. In the end, it becomes a numbers game, unfortunately. However, that has nothing to do with our title. The title refers to the fact that even in this circumstance, I still can’t seem to stop buying toys. I know I need to, but a great deal on Prime Day (Amazon, not Optimus) still made me order something I didn’t really need. What kind of insanity is that?

You know what is really crazy? This Shiva Force Box Set from Skybound. Is it infringement? Is it an homage? Either way, it will be mine even in my current state of employment. Another couple of exclusives that will test my level of sanity and the definition of infringement are the Four Horsemen’s Power-Con exclusives. Luckily, there’s one major release that everyone is crazy about that holds no interest for me and that’s Takara’s MP Sunstreaker. No matter your economic situation, theft should never be an option. Especially this kind of theft.

Don’t you know I’m loco…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 121: Andale, andale, arriba, arriba…

Here we go, hurry up, hurry up, let’s go, let’s go. It’s summer time and it’s time to hurry. There is lotsa stuff going on so not a lot of time to muse. I’ve brought it up before, but I think I need to harp on this. Empathy, please learn it, love it, live it! I think back in 50’s if Warner Bros. would have had any level of empathy Speedy Gonzalez would have never been born. While I loved him growing up, primarily because he was a reflection of the culture I was raised in, looking back I can see the lack of empathy from a culturally insensitive time. However, we have the opportunity to move forward. Please whatever you do don’t look back. Empathize! Hurry up, hurry up, let’s go, let’s go.

Something you needed to move fast on was Hasbro’s Fan Favorite Figure vote. However, it looks like comic fans won this year considering I have no idea who Doctor Aphra is. Another thing winning that I will not be participating in is this year’s Power-Con. Val Staples of He-Man.org fame continues to kill it with the premier MOTU convention. Something not killing it is the new Transformers movie. Even with a pretty impressive final trailer, it’s been pretty much universally panned by critics, again, with a whopping 15 percent on Rotten Tomatoes so far. The last thing is not quite killing it, but is about as good as we’re going to get, at least officially. The G.I. Joe Collectors Club announces FSS 6.0.

Figuras de accion por vida…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 120: Be Thankful…

Please remember to be thankful for the things that people do for you. From the small things like packing your lunch or serving you a burger, to much larger things like preserving your freedoms. It is Memorial Day after all. A day to remember those brave women and men who have fought and died so we can do pretty meaningless things like amass small armies of plastic figures. And while our hobby may not hold a lot of significance in the long run, the things people do to make our lives better should never be taken for granted. So the next time somebody does something for you, don’t just passably throw a thanks their way, take a second, engage them and give them a meaningful THANK YOU.

After having to edit this beast, I am truly thankful for all the work Vern does. Our apologies for taking almost two months to release it, but hopefully you’ll find the wait worthwhile. We have a very special guest. Not to mention we’re almost twice the length of a standard cast. So take frequent breaks and be thankful, you never know when the next one will be posted. Spoiler, it’s already been recorded. Another spoiler, Celebration was last month. Yeah, that happened again. There was a lot of news, but perhaps the most exciting was the return of the second most beloved line in Star Wars history in 2018. In another throwback, Takara kills it by revisiting Targetmasters. The vintage nostalgia continues with Super7’s new vintage-era MOTU sculpts. Unfortunately there is no reverence for Joe as Hasbro looks to reboot the movie franchise again. Remember to be thankful for what you’ve got.

You’re welcome…Slick

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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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